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It's safe to say that Saturday's opener for TOS's 2017 Jazz season with phenomenal tenor saxophonist Harry Allen exceeded all expectations (except perhaps those of photographer John Herr who is already a confirmed Harry Allen devotee).  The band composed of Upstate musicians is to be included in this rave review of the evening: honestly I've never heard better than what we enjoyed last night from Dino Losito on the piano (long a TOS favorite), Dan Ziemann on bass (returning for his second of we hope many visits to TOS) and our beloved Jimmy Johns holding it all together with his drums.  The crowd was kept at a high pitch of enthusiasm from the first song to the last note.  The event made a fitting opening in a series aimed at honoring Utica jazz great Dolores Mancuso (1922-2016).  Many thanks to music director Mike Dubaniewicz for putting this show together. We look forward to the coming delights Mike is going to cook up for us (stay tuned).  Many thanks to our team of volunteers: Joe, Jean, Ruth, Rainer, Carl, Mike who smoothly coordinated the event during this period when we are disadvantaged by Orin's being incapacitated following surgery.

Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.  Herbal Study groupHerbal Aphrodisiacs.

February the month of love, when birds choose mates and ewes begin to lamb; what better time to focus on nature's plant-based "love potions:" herbs that increase arousal, enhance sensitivity, and increase stamina, as well as ones that simply lift one's mood by influencing the production of endorphins (the feel-good chemicals in the brain), & more.  It's likely you have some of these herbs in your kitchen! 
Meeting at the same loving location (The Other Side) and same time (6:30-8:00).
A $5-10 donation is welcomed; 25% goes to The other Side to help them to be able to continue hosting this and other worthy community programs and events.  Newcomers welcome.  Bring a mug for tea!

Friday, February 3, 5:30-7:30 pm The Seasons

Opening Reception for the Pratt/MWP student art show.  Come out and view the work of the exciting young artistic talents in our midst and enjoy the opportunity to socialize and gnosh.

Gallery hours: Saturdays 11-2 (on Cheese man Saturdays, gallery is open 9-5 but unstaffed), Thursdays 5-7

And More Great Jazz to Look Forward to (at Hamilton College)

Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. The Bad Plus comes to our region.
"By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music…bad to the bone, hot players with hard-rock hearts.”     (Rolling Stone)                                 

Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer Dave King explore a myriad of musical forms born of jazz that is uniquely The Bad Plus. They are an intensely collaborative trio constantly searching for rules to break and boundaries to cross. Don't miss the concert at Hamilton College supporting their new album, It's Hard. Call 859-4331 for tickets.

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