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Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.  Hamilton @ The Other Side presents Latin American Art and the Myth of Arachne: Remedios Varo, the Best Female Surrealist You Never Heard Of, a talk by Nhora Lucia Serrano, Assistant Visiting Professor of Literature and Creative Writing.

In Thomas Pynchon's 1965 novella The Crying of Lot 49, the protagonist tells the story of a trip to an art museum where she first saw Spanish Mexican artist Remedios Varo's painting, Embroidering Earth's Mantle (1961).  Behind this brief mention lies the larger story of Varo's incredible impact on her contemporaries and the fact she was an expert feminist storyteller. Speaker Nhora Serrano argues that the triptych in which Embroidering Earth's Mantle was the central painting  re-interprets Ovid's Myth of Arachne, in which a young weaver's tapestry defies the gods by revealing social and gender injustices.  In Mexico, Varo refashioned the myth as a modern, visual, feminist parable of storytelling, revealing the artist as one of the best women surrealists.

Art Gallery News

After a successful opening on Friday, March 3, the very popular show of work by Robert Cimbalo, Silent Sensations,  continues through the month.  Gallery hours are Thursdays, 5-7, Saturdays 11-2.  On Cheese man Saturdays, the gallery is open but unstaffed. To inquire about a work, call Gallery Director Rainer Wehner at 315-395-5235.

Cheese man Mike Haritos returns with Isle de Formaagio this Saturday, March 11 (9-5) and SundayMarch 12, (9-2) to tempt Utica once again with his stupendous array of imported cheeses and other food items.  Kneady Baker Joe Silberlicht will also be on hand Saturday with his awesome artisanal breads, and  Bach Farms will be back Saturday also with fine local beef, pork and lamb.

Later In March: Live Jazz and an Evening with Gene Nassar

Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.  Religious Struggle In the Poems of John Donne, George Herbert and Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Our friend, and popular TOS guest Gene Nassar, Professor of English Emeritus at Utica College and Rhodes Scholar, returns to our space with a Lenten-appropriate topic.

Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m. Jazzin' It Up presents NYC trombonist Elliot Mason and vocalist Sofija Knezevic.  Continuing with our theme of women's talent in Women's History Month, TOS is pleased to present this rising young woman vocalist, performing with her husband, a trombonist in Wynton Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra! With Mike Dubaniewicz on sax, Tom Brigandi on bass, Andrew Carroll on piano and Jimmy Johns on drums.  Tickets are $15, $8 students.  To reserve, call 315-735-4825, email, or stop by Cafe Domenico and leave your name.  

Jazz fans, mark your calendars!! On FridayApril 21, popular NYC saxophonist Ralph Lalama will return to our venue.  On Friday, May 19, we close the spring portion of our season with another 'jazz marriage,' TOS favorites Akiko Tsuruga (organ) and Joe "Mags" Magnarelli (trumpet)

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