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The ninth annual Syracuse International Film Festival lights a fire under the socially aware with a four-day series of movie screenings that focus on the overarching themes of peace and social justice. The festival’s lineup of films from around the globe tackles hot-button subjects including South African apartheid (One Day After Peace) and GLBT rights (Unfit: Ward vs. Ward), acknowledging societal issues and telling the stories of those working toward reconciliation. The Syracuse International Film Festival also honors slain Syracuse University film student Bassel Shahade, who lost his life in June while documenting injustices in his native Syria.

In addition to spotlighting thought-provoking films, the cinematic extravaganza welcomes renowned performers to its screenings, such as two-time Golden Globe winner Karen Black. The prolific actress, known for starring in such films as Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces, will join the festival’s opening program via Skype to answer questions about her career and whether she thinks squirrels are brown or gray. On Saturday, October 13, actor Ron Perlman, star of The City of Lost Children and TV’s Sons of Anarchy, also Skypes with fans before a screening of the blockbuster hit Hellboy. Other scheduled events include a pianist performance, a film maker's party, and a showing of Toy Story for cinema's young and young-hearted fans.

124 E Jefferson St
Syracuse,
New York
US

Not many establishments offer the chance to see a Steven Sondheim musical, catch a concert, take a theater workshop, and eat an organic salad in one place. But at Red House Arts Center, all of these things flourish. Founded and renovated by a group of local artists, the center beckons visitors to fully immerse themselves in the arts, whether they’re watching an experimental-theater performance, strolling the halls of the second-floor art gallery, or pouring a bucket of house paint on themselves in the lobby.

201 S West St
Syracuse,
NY
US

In an effort to ignite the creative spirits of the Adirondack area’s residents, View regularly hosts events and activities focused on and inspired by the fine arts. Workshops center around hands-on instruction in various artistic mediums, such as woodworking, jewelry making, and photography. The organization’s calendar also features performances, exhibitions, and special events ranging from antiques shows to waterfront house tours done atop party barges or herds of saddled alligators. Located in Old Forge, View’s new 28,000-square-foot LEED-certified building serves as a hub for the group’s activities, housing fine arts studios, exhibition galleries, and a performance hall.

3273 Highway 28
Old Forge,
NY
US

Celebrating 30 years of winemaking at Hunt Country Vineyard, Grape Jam fills patrons with flavorful local wines while live music billows across a panoramic view of the Keuka Lake Valley. Fresh off appearances at this year's Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Jamie McLean Band fortifies eardrums with rootsy rock 'n' roll and The Stick Mob and Blue Sky Mission Club pick out bluegrass sounds to an audience of dancers, toe-tappers, and vine elves. Meanwhile, visitors wander the lush, rolling vineyard grounds, fortified by either one complimentary glass of juice or one of Hunt Country's award-winning wines.

4021 Italy Hill Rd
Branchport,
NY
US

Party Under the Big Tent delights Oktoberfest patrons with sizzling German food, thirst-quenching beverages, and dance-inducing Polka melodies (this Groupon is not valid for food and drink). Satisfy belly yearnings with a flavorful German bratwurst loaded with sauerkraut as you listen to the hypnotic sounds of Joe Maloy and his accordion, which combines the keys of a piano, the squeezability of a bagpipe, the melodic braying of a Julliard-trained billy goat. The one-acre tent party ensures no guest leaves with toe untapped by enlisting a slew of additional musical acts brimming with German flare, including the Genesee Valley Alpine Band (September 17–18), The Spitze Band (September 23–24), and Alpine Keys (September 23–24).

1558 Lake Shore Boulevard
Rochester,
NY
US