Music Review: Woom

Woom makes for a darling summer fling: this duo’s debut release Muu’s Way rollicks daintily through playful, poppy tunes. But like that seasonal romance, the album lacks a bit of substance to make its charm linger. Read more …

Music Review: Marco Benevento

Harnessing the visually adorable power of a baby grand piano, an optigan, circuit bent toys, and a legion of keyboards, Benevento bends, cuts, loops, and shapes fragmented chords, compositions, and visceral improvisation. Read more …

Interview: Spike Lee Talks Tech, Nokia, and Citizen Paps

Is there a difference in how you’re examining these entries versus looking at professional work from an aspiring or amateur filmmaker? Not really. Either something’s good, or something gravitates to you, sticks to you, or it doesn’t. … We don’t want people to think that you have to be this aspiring or budding filmmaker to participate. I’ve always been of the strong belief that everybody has creativity in them; it just has to be nurtured. Read more …

Lights, Camera, Syracuse?

Though you may not have seen it, Syracuse looks great on film. So says local independent filmmaker Ryan Dacko, who has discovered in Syracuse a place that’s primed for filmmaking. “To actually see it up on the screen is something different,” he said. “It’s something you don’t get to see every day.” Read more …

Student-run gallery premieres local program

The student-run gallery attracts decent crowds of students to its biweekly art shows, but through Th3, Spark’s directors hope to help artists reach new audiences. Doug Easterly, a computer art professor, said the students’ dedication to the gallery keeps it running well.

“It’s some of the more vibrant work in Syracuse,” Easterly said. “(It has) that sort of grassroots appeal to it, involved with people who absolutely care about it.” Read more …