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Coyne Lobby art exhibit exudes nostalgia

— A panel exhibit curated by the Onondaga Historical Association hangs in Coyne Lobby during Syracuse Stage’s production of “Caroline or Change,” which runs through Feb. 26, at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. The musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori is set in Lake Charles, La., in 1963.

“The exhibit covers local reactions and events relative to that pivotal year in our country’s history,” said OHA Executive Director Gregg Tripoli.

Photos and other artifacts recall the civil rights movement, urban renewal and JFK’s assassination. “It makes note of the fact that President Kennedy was buried in a locally manufactured Marsellus casket,” Tripoli said.

The display – sponsored by Green & Seifter Attorneys – strengthens the connection between the audience and the production of “Caroline, or Change.” After the musical’s run here, the exhibit will move to OHA, 321 Montgomery St., downtown, where it will be displayed for several months before touring Onondaga County Public Libraries. For OHA info, call 428-1864; cnyhistory.org.

“Caroline, or Change” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and closes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Ticket prices range from $18 to $50; 443-3275; SyracuseStage.org.

Music: Jazzuits with Nancy Kelly

Scat singer supreme Nancy Kelly vocalizes along with the Le Moyne College Jazzuits at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at James Commons, at Le Moyne College, off Salt Springs Road. Admission is free; 445-4523.

Bop vocalist Mark Murphy calls Nancy Kelly, “The Anita O’Day of today.” Kelly’s most recent disc is “Well, Alright” featuring saxophonist Houston Pearson.

‘Future roots music’

John Brown’s Body, the rockin’ reggae band from Ithaca, performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., on Syracuse’s East Side.

The eclectic nine-piece band blends styles ranging from funk to dub, from soul to ska. Having recovered from vocal cord surgery in 2008, bandleader Elliot Martin has infused the band with an exciting edge of electronica.

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