Downtown Syracuse Events
April 21 - 27, 2017
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street (map)
Through Sunday, April 23
Click here for performance times

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom. The musical takes viewers through her journey to become one of the most successful solo artists in popular music history. Most of the musical is told through a flashback. Viewers will relive Carole's partnership and relationship with fellow songwriter, Gerry Goffin, as well as their interactions with their best friends - and competing songwriters - Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. 

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs, including "I Feel The Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song, "Beautiful," attendees will see how King made more than beautiful music - she wrote the soundtrack to a generation!
Click here for a review of Tuesday night's performance in

Deal Alert! Student Rush Tickets are available for $28, one hour prior to each performance! Tickets are cash only, and student ID must be presented at time of purchase. There is a maximum of two tickets per student. or 315-475-7979
Cost: $35 - $72
Tips on Summer Jobs
for Teens
at City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington Street (map)
Friday, April 21, 7:30 am - 8:45 am

Each summer, the Syracuse City Parks & Recreation Department and the Onondaga County Parks system hires teens as lifeguards, musicians, recreation workers and more. Learn how our youth are put to work and gain valuable experience in what could be their very first job. 

Join the discussion at the next F.O.C.U.S. Forum in the Atrium at City Hall Commons. Coffee will be provided. or 315-448-8732
Cost: Free
Visiting Author Readings: Poet Carl Dennis
at the Downtown Writer's Center
340 Montgomery Street (map)
Friday, April 21, 7:00 pm

Carl Dennis is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Practical Gods, New and Selected Poems (1974-2004), Callings (2010) and Another Reason (2014). A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Ruth Lilly Prize, he taught for many years in the English Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and taught in the Warren Wilson Writing Program in North Carolina. His 13th book, Night School, will be published by Pengiun next spring. or 315-474-6851 x328
Cost: Free
Syracuse Children's Theater Presents Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Kids
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street (map)
Friday, April 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Based on one of the most treasured Disney animated films of all time, Disney's Sleeping Beauty Kids is pure delightful fun! It's Princess Aurora's 16th birthday, and three fairies - Flora, Fauna and Merryweather - must use their magic to save her from the spell of the evil sorceress, Maleficent! The fairies ensure that Aurora only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. or 315-432-5437
Cost: $15/person
March For Science
at Clinton Square  ( map )
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am - Noon

The Syracuse March for Science is a satellite gathering of the national March for Science in Washington D.C. highlighting the vital role that science plays in our health, safety, economies and governments. Marchers will advocate for evidence-based policymaking, science education, robust research funding and inclusive, publicly accessible science.  

The event will begin at 10:00 am, stepping off from Clinton Square with several well-known speakers, including:
  • Marvin Druger, Syracuse University Professor Emeritus
  • David Alicia, Upstate New York Senior Organizing Representative, Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign
  • Jamie Sue Bodenlos, Associate Professor at Hobart and William Smith colleges, and a licensed clinical psychologist 
  • Donald Hughes, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Le Moyne College
  • Lisa Manning, Associate Professor in the Physics Department of Syracuse University's College of Arts & Sciences
  • Richard D. Veenstra, Professor of Pharmacology and Cell and Developmental Biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Following the speeches, scientists from several different disciplines will be available for an in-person "Ask Me Anything" session. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite scientists.

Cost: Free
Symphoria: Parker Plays Grieg
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street (map)
Saturday, April 22, 7:30 pm

Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, Jon Kimura Parker performs Grieg's haunting piano concerto. The program concludes in the Far North, with Prokofiev's noble Symphony No. 5. 

Please join music director Lawrence Loh for the Bond Schoeneck & King Pre-concert Talk, beginning at 6:30 pm. or 315-299-5598
Cost: $20 - $81; 18 and under free
Cathedral Square Organ Crawl
Starting at Plymouth Congregational Church
232 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Sunday, April 23, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This Sunday, April 23, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, three organists will delight the senses by playing the majestic organs at Plymouth Congregational Church, St. Paul's Syracuse The Downtown Episcopal Church, and Park Central Presbyterian Church. This is the first year a woman organist will be featured.

Presented by the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association, attendees will enjoy musical selections played by:
The listening tour will begin at Plymouth Congregational Church promptly at 1:30 pm, and conclude with a reception at the Park Central Presbyterian Parish House at 3:30 pm. Please note, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception would normally participate in the Organ Crawl, but is taking a year off for restoration work (more information below). 

Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event with cash or check for $15, prior to the start of the first performance at Plymouth Congregational Church. 

To read more about the Organ Crawl, click here to read the article from the Daily Orange.

WISE Symposium
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street (map)
Tuesday, April 25, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) is hosting its 15th annual WISE Symposium, the premier event for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, individuals active in the business community, and those interested in networking with smart, savvy women in business. The WISE Symposium offers networking opportunities, breakout sessions, a businesses expo and much more. The full-day conference ticket includes breakfast, lunch, a networking reception and access to all keynote and breakout sessions.

The 2017 keynote speaker is Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. Kathrine will be speaking about Breaking Barriers: Yours, Theirs, Ours. or 315-443-8634
Cost: $99/person; $50/student 
tech garden
Immigration Law Relative to Employment
at the Tech Garden
235 Harrison Street (map)
Tuesday, April 25, Noon - 1:00 pm

Learn more about employment-based visa options and new legislation such as the Highly Skilled Workers Act, and the options it presents to entrepreneurs. Andrea Godfread-Brown, attorney with Brown & Palumbo, PLLC will conduct the workshop.  Dave DiMaggio, Program Manager of CASE co-op Program, will discuss typical skills and abilities of students available.

Lunch will be provided, so please register below or email Lynn Hughes at or 315-470-1970
Cost: Free, but registration in required
Syracuse Fashion Week Kick Off: Syracuse Sip & Shop
at Downtown stores & restaurants
Tuesday, April 25, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Syracuse Fashion Week Spring 2017 kicks off with a new special event this year. Stroll, shop and sip your way through Downtown Syracuse. Participating merchants, restaurants and pubs will hold sales and specials throughout the day. The evening ends with a performance by local favorite, Just Joe at Empire Brewing Company at 7:00 pm.
Click here for more Syracuse Fashion Week events.

Participating businesses:
Aster Pantry & Parlor
Blue Tusk
Empire Brewing Company
FHIIT Barre & Bodyworks
Indie Kids
Ish Guitars
Lavish Lofts Salon
Marisa's Fortress of Beauty
Modern Pop Culture
Olive on Brooklea
Peppino's Neapolitan
Showoffs Boutique
The Changing Room
Vintage Love

Please scroll down to the "News" section of this newsletter for special deals businesses are offering during Syracuse Fashion Week, which runs from April 25th through the 29th.

Cost: Free admission
Neil deGrasse Tyson - An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street (map)
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm

From Star Wars to Frozen to The Martian, Neil deGrasse Tyson leads an entertaining and enlightening review of the scientific elements that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right. Neil's talk will draw from some of the most recent films, as well as some classics that you may not have known included any science at all! or 315-475-7980
Cost: $35 - $85
CenterState CEO Annual Meeting
at the Oncenter Convention Center
800 S. State Street (map)
Thursday, April 27, Noon - 1:30 pm

In business, breakthroughs require innovation, synergy, risk, determination and a commitment to a bold vision for the future. For a community, the ability to break through challenges and realize opportunities likewise brings a critical need for a focused vision of what's possible. By challenging assumptions, expanding the dialogue and taking the long view, we can overcome barriers and move our community forward. Katherine L. Adams, Senior Vice President and General Council for Honeywell International, Inc. will present the keynote address.

The CenterState CEO Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of businesses and community leaders in the region. It also celebrates the prestigious Business of the Year Awards, recognizing outstanding CNY businesses and organizations in five categories. or 315-470-1800
Cost: $65/CenterState member; $80/non-member
Docent-Led Tour: Everson Architecture
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Enjoy a docent-led tour exploring the Everson's largest work of art, the museum's renowned building designed by internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei.

The Everson design launched Pei's career as a museum architect. Throughout his career, Pei has designed more than 35 museums and exhibition spaces throughout the world, including the Pyramide du Louvre (Paris, France), National Gallery's East Wing (Washington, DC), the Kennedy Library (Boston, MA), Sainsbury Wing - National Gallery (London, England) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (Cleveland, Ohio). To think the Everson Museum of Art was his first museum design! or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free with museum admission
Trivia Nights
Monday - Thursday

@ Wolff's Biergarten, 106 Montgomery Street ( map), 7:00 pm
Play for free and BYOF - Bring Your Own Food. Prizes will be available for the top teams. 315-299-7789

@The Evergreen, 125 E. Water Street (map), 8:00 pm
Play for free. The winning team takes home a $50 gift card each week. 315-870-3500
@Liehs & Steigerwald, 117 E. Fayette Street (map), 7:00 pm
Enjoy $5 glasses of wine during trivia. 315-299-4799

@The Saltine Warrior Pub, 214 W. Water Street (map), 8:00 pm
Play for free. Prizes awarded to the top three teams! 315-314-7740

@Maxwells, 122 E. Genesee Street (map), 7:00 pm
Play for free. The winner of the entire contest takes home a trophy and some swag! 315-299-6633

Downtown Syracuse News
The 2017 Downtown Living Tour is Exactly One Month Away!
Tickets on sale now!

The countdown is on! The Downtown Living Tour is exactly one month away. Tickets to the May 20 event are on sale now, and can be purchased here for $12. A new stop was just added to the tour, which will grant tourists access to nine different residential properties and two open houses!

Stay tuned; each week leading up to the Downtown Living Tour we offer a sneak peek of what you can expect on Saturday, May 20!
2017 Downtown Living Tour: Spotlight on 311 Montgomery Apartments
311 Montgomery Street (map)

Built in 1895, 311 Montgomery Street was originally designed for the Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Building. Designed by architect Henry W. Wilkinson - the same architect who designed the building that now houses the Onondaga Historical Association located next door - 311 Montgomery Street was one of the first commercial buildings constructed between the blocks of Fayette and Jefferson Streets. The property's connection to an early local communications company, plus the high quality of Wilkinson's architectural composition - which features decorative brick work and terra cotta ornamentation - has earned it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
311 Montgomery Street was given to the Onondaga Historical Association in 1906, which used it as a research and collections storage facility until 2005.

In the present day, the building remains a mixed-use property. The first floor is the home of the law offices of Lourdes R. Rosario, Esq. The second floor features an open floor plan ideal for residential or office accommodations, featuring a fireplace and one bathroom. On the floors above, there are four unique luxurious apartments, each tailored to a different living experience.

Stay tuned; each week leading up to the Downtown Living Tour, we'll give you a sneak peek at what you can expect on Saturday, May 20! The tour kicks-off at Icon Tower at 11:00 am! 
Traffic Alert: Washington Street Paving
Paving project to begin shortly

Please be aware that in the next few weeks, construction will be starting on Washington Street, between State Street and West Street. The paving project is expected to last a few weeks. The exact dates are yet to be determined, but you can check for updates, or call 315-448-2489. We will share additional information as it becomes available. 

Help the Syracuse Crunch Bring the Calder Cup to Syracuse
Playoff tickets on sale now

The Syracuse Crunch had a great season this year, finishing in first place in the North Division after last Saturday's big 5-2 win over the Utica Comets. The Crunch will open the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs at St. John's for a best-of-five series, which will return to the War Memorial Arena next Wednesday, April 26 for Game 3.

As playoffs continue, the Crunch are asking you to help them FIN15H what they started and bring the Calder Cup to Syracuse. Help the Syracuse Crunch get the word out by sharing photos and #FIN15H on social media. The "15" represents the 15 wins needed throughout the playoffs to win the Calder Cup.

Click here to purchase tickets for the third playoff game on April 26 at the Oncenter War Memorial.
Deal Alert! The Syracuse Crunch are offering a special rate of $18 per game during the 5-game series with the St. Johns. Call Andrea Marino at the Crunch office at 315-473-4444 x13 to reserve your tickets today.

New Menu at Byblos Bar & Grill
Focus is now on "hyros" and bowls

Byblos Bar & Grill (map) opened in 2015 as a subset of the popular restaurant, Byblos Mediterranean Cafe at 223 North Clinton Street, with a focus on kebobs. The Bar & Grill is now offering "food-truck-style" food with the comfort of a brick-and-mortar restaurant and bar. Owner Fady Khabbaz wants to make Byblos Bar & Grill more friendly and affordable with his new menu.

What can you expect to find? Gyros (called "hyros" at the Bar & Grill) and Mediterranean bowls with rice pilaf, salad, meat (or falafel) and a blend of Middle Eastern ingredients, spices and homemade dressings are all on the menu. Mediterranean salads, pita wraps, pita pizzas and sides including hummus and Baba Ghanuj are also featured.
Click here to see the full menu.

Deal Alert: Syracuse Fashion Week Specials
Pie & a pint for $11 at Maxwells

Stop by Maxwells in Hanover Square ( map) for a special deal on pizza and beer. Between April 25th through the 29th, customers can order a personal cheese pizza and a pint of Bud Light or Blue Light for $11

Free Syracuse map print at Vintage Love

Vintage Love (map) is celebrating Fashion Week in Syracuse with a free Syracuse map print ($20 value) for every $30 spent. Stop in on Tuesday, April 25 for your print (pictured right)!