by Mark Ziobro
Walking past the sidewalk that runs in front of “The Other Side” next to Café Domenico, one might have mistaken the magnificent jazz emanating from the building as just another CD playing from the café. However, on Sunday, May 22nd,the sounds were not from a record, but live- “The Other Side” transformed into a jazz club from the hours of 2:30-5 p.m., replete with a jazz quartet, wine by the glass, and an intimate performance that packed the house, all for $15.
Call it a collaboration of creativity and social concern. When The Other Side of Utica (TOS) opened its doors seven years ago, it had grown out of the need of the community for a place to meet and discuss and learn. It offered a forum for finding resources on issues confronting society.
Since, the not-for-profit center’s focus has gradually shifted, according to TOS founder Kim Domenico, “to being primarily a space to promote the arts and humanities, especially at the grass roots level.”
Three Hamilton faculty members will talk about "Local Food Matters: Food as Culture, Politics and Pleasure," on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Other Side, a community center located next to the Cafe Domenico, 2011 Genesee St. in Utica (across from the Uptown Theater). Professors David Gapp (biology), Naomi Guttman (English, creative writing) and Frank Sciacca (Russian Studies) will discuss some issues of interest to Slow Food enthusiasts, fans of Michael Pollan's books and lovers of good food.
Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature, presented a talk titled "The Medea Project: Performing Greek Myth in Prison," at The Other Side in Utica on Dec. 17. The talk focused on the power of myth to transform minds and spirits even, in the case of incarcerated women, while the body remains in prison.
Frank Lentricchia will be in his hometown—and the setting for his new crime novel, The Accidental Pallbearer—on Saturday, January 12 for an event with The Other Side & Café Domenico. This is the Utica literary event of the season, bar none, a chance to celebrate the accomplished work of a native son, a detective novel set in the bleak hinterlands of upstate New York.
OPENING JUNE 3 — An exhibition of paintings by Gregory Lawler at The Other Side Gallery, 2011 Genesee St., Utica opens with a reception: June 3 from 5:30-7:30p.m. It runs through July 2. Gallery hours: Thursdays 5-7 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. For information contact Kim Domenico at 735-4825 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I like coffee—maybe a little too much. But for me, coffee is more than just a stimulating morning routine. It’s also social connector, a catalyst for good conversation with good friends. To me, coffee is as much about the experience as it is the flavor. With that in mind, here are my picks for best coffee in the Utica area.
1. The Tramontane Café. If you’ve been out and about in Utica long enough to remember Virgo Bat and Leo Phrog’s, then you already have a pretty good idea of what the Tram is all about; the Lincoln Avenue coffeehouse is the latest venue from the same folks who brought you Virgo Bat. …
At 2011 Genesee Street you can find Utica’s genuine java joint: Cafe Domenico. This place is my ultimate favorite location due to its extraordinary suppliers and superb coffee-making techniques. If your up for a cup of Joe you should stop by. It won’t be long before your hooked and become part of the cafe community.
This Cafe has made a number of improvements to the space since it opened five years ago. Passing by in the car it isn’t much to look at but stop by on foot and you’ll note music piping through outside speakers. …
Cafe Domenico is more than just a place to buy coffee in Utica. With a piano, a plethora of books and magazines and various vegan cookies and organic teas, Cafe Domenico gives the residents of Utica a meeting place. Local musicians are welcome to play, making this a perfect meeting spot for the youth of Utica.
Join Frank Lentricchia for a reading from his gritty crime novel, The Dog Killer of Utica, at Café Domenico in Utica, NY. The book is the second installment in Lentricchia’s Eliot Conte mystery series, the main character of which has been praised as “an instant original” by the Washington Post.
The Dog Killer of Utica finds Conte trying to live a peaceful life, far away from the sordid underworld of long-established Mafia networks, unsolved crimes, and the specter of his political kingmaker father that make up the background in his gritty hometown of Utica, New York — only to find, as he tries to track down a missing student of his, that the trail seems to lead back to secrets Conte hoped he’d buried forever
UTICA — A free, public talk on “The Utica Peregrine Falcon Experience” will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., (next to Cafe Domenico).
Matt Perry, co-founder and President of the Utica Peregrine Falcon Project (UPFP) will give a presentation focused on the first successful nest of Peregrine Falcons in Utica and Oneida County.
Perry will shed light on “the fascinating lives of these urban dwelling raptors. …
UTICA — “A Bowl of Embers: A Concert” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., (Next door to Café Domenico).
The concert will present a sonic version of Imagining America, a partnership between Hamilton College and The Other Side. All events in the series are free.
Performers are Professor of Music Michael “Doctuh” Woods (bass and composition), Tom Witkowski (piano), Rick Compton (drums), Bob Cesari (saxes), Joe Handy (guitar), Anthony Dangler (trumpet), and James Vees (trombone).
The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica, presents an evening of jazz Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m.
The concert features Joe Magnarelli on trumpet accompanied by John Piazza on trumpet, Rick Montalbano on keyboard, Jimmy Johns on drums and Tom Brigandi on bass.
Tickets are $15, $8 for students.
Tickets available at Cafe Domenico, by calling 735-4825 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The relationship between a respectful civil life and healthy communities will be the topic Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica.
“Civil Society and the Good Community” is the topic of the free talk by Achim Koeddermann, associate professor of philosophy at SUNY Oneonta. The program is being presented by the Center for Small Cities and Rural Studies at Utica College.
Drawing on his work in Europe and the U.S., Koeddermann argues that strong communities need respect and justice in order to have healthy societies.