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Downtown After Dark: Jazz Central, Orange Line form alliance

While the high-falutin' Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse (IDEAS) is talk, talk, talking about ways to put keisters in the seats at local cultural venues, two downtown arts organizations have gone ahead and done something about it.

Jazz Central is proud of its partnership with the new Orange Line Gallery.

The operators of the two venues hope they'll form the heart of a vibrant new "Downtown East" arts district. Jazz Central is located at 441 E. Washington St., a few blocks east of City Hall, and Orange Line Gallery is in the old Firebarn building at 106 Montgomery St., adjacent to City Hall.

Jazz Central's executive director, Larry Luttinger, sees the alliance already bearing fruit.

'Curtain Call' after-parties

"You'll notice the evidence of our partnership immediately, "Luttinger said. "Our theater will be named the Orange Line Theater at Jazz Central in all future publications and publicity. CNY Jazz Central and Rarely Done Productions, our in-house theatrical company, will create cooperative and complementary events before and after shows at our theater - 'Curtain Call' after-parties, 'Narrative Night' discussion forums and other concepts to be formulated that will capitalize on the synergy that can be created from the wide variety of experiences our combined venues can offer in a single evening."

Owner-operators of the Orange Line Gallery are artist Melissa Tiffany and former Coffee Pavilion manager Bill Harper.

Orange Line Gallery will officially open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 with an exhibit celebrating "the beauty of advocating, experimenting, exploring and appreciating art and artist," Tiffany said. "Orange Line Gallery remains dedicated to art and the arts, and to artists earning a living in their chosen mediums. It is the mission and message of Orange Line that art is necessary to everyday good living. No one should live uninspired!" For info, visit theorangelinegallery.com.

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