Downtown After Dark: Tech Garden exhibit pays homage to Apple visionary

— As a computer entrepreneur and inventor, Steve Jobs changed the world.

The co-founder, chairman and chief executive of Apple Inc., and former executive of Pixar Animation Studios, died Oct. 5 from pancreatic cancer.

To honor this leading innovator of our time, The Gallery at the Tech Garden is displaying an exhibition titled “Open Apple Steve — Memoriam: An Aesthetic Homage to Steve Jobs.” Having opened in mid-November, the exhibit can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 16. There’s no admission charge.

The Tech Garden is downtown at 235 Harrison St.; 474-0910.

While the exhibit showcases work in many media by artists from as far away as India, Ireland, Salt Lake and Los Angeles, local artists include Kathryn Petrillo, Ryan Diana, Vicki L. Harris, Paul Melnikow, Isaac Bidwell, Ellen Leahy and Matthew Keeney.

“The Tech Garden is a place where ideas come to grow,” said curator Ty Marshal, the Syracuse artist who recently recreated the Cardiff Giant. “Our state-of-the-art facility focuses on the incubation of technology start-up businesses with a focus on high technology entrepreneurship.”

For venue info, visit thetechgarden.com.

For exhibit info, visit stevejobsart.blogspot.com.

Gentile’s expands into ’burbs

One of Syracuse’s best restaurants, Gentile’s at 305 Burnet Ave., has branched out into the suburbs. Last month, chef Kevin Gentile opened Gentile’s Pasta & Pizza Café at 1349 Cold Springs Road (Route 370), at the corner of Long Branch Road, in Liverpool.

“It’s gourmet quality food,” Gentile said, “but it’s café quick. We’re proving you don’t have to sacrifice taste and quality for convenience and affordability.”

Kevin’s not kidding.

I stopped in for a grilled chicken-breast sandwich last week, and — with portabello mushrooms, prosciutto, tomatoes, mozzarella and sage aioli on a fresh ciabatta roll from Renzi Brothers — it was the best chicken sandwich I’d ever tasted! Service was stellar: swift, pleasant, attentive and efficient.

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