Help! I ended up stuck in Syracuse for 24 hours and I don't know what to do!
1. Walk around and look at all the beautiful old churches in the heart of downtown. The city has a lot of beautiful greenery that is nice to enjoy as well- and there are purple petunias hanging in baskets on most of the downtown street lamps.
2. Sit with your journal at Biergarten and enjoy a draft St. Bernardus 12 at long wooden tables where you can sip and write in peace. They also have free fully shelled peanuts in mass quantities.
3. Get a cup of coffee from Recess, the local coffee roasters. Their iced coffee on nitro is the cream of the crema. Get it?
4. Check out what is going on at The Vault in the evening. I'll write more about our experience below- but you could stumble upon some seriously lovely and unexpected art.
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The space that we played at is relatively new and is owned by Syracuse mover and shaker Justin Pellingra. The space is called The Vault, and was named after its past life as a high security banking facility. The store front is incredibly unassuming particularly by day- but in the evening is transformed into a welcoming safe haven for the weird, the lovers of all things eccentric and creative. The walls serve as constant gallery space for the community, and corners of the room were filled with old comfy couches, perfect for intimate conversation. We were told that the regular going on's includes live music, poetry performances, stand up comedy shows, experimental art meetings, and just about anything as long as it is slightly off the beaten path. One person closely affiliated with the space, Askarik, summed up his feelings on art and The Vault with this: "Some people think about thinking outside of the box. I think about redesigning the box".
Our evening was filled with music reminiscent of Ozma by Syracuse locals, Minnoe. Zooters closed out the evening with confrontational pop punk. The night finished up with a pleasant surprise from Pelingra. He videotapes all of the shows for archival and promotional purposes and gave us a recording of the night. Pretty freaking nice of him, considering what rates on video recording are like these days.
Big thanks to Hex records for setting up the show and to Amber and Ryan for putting us up in their lovely home. Amber made us delicious vegan blueberry pancakes and gave me some informative literature on animal rights activism.
Off to go camping. Rachelle is making a fire and it's dumb to be on my telephone writing a blog post in the Adirondacks.