Internationally-known Visitors to Syracuse

Kazuaki Tanahashi Benefit September 19

Kazuaki Tanahashi at work. Although known for his large one-stroke brush paintings, he also works in smaller formats.

Kazuaki Tanahashi, artist, Zen scholar, worker for peace and environmental change, and prolific author, will be in Syracuse from September 15-21 for a week-long residency at the Zen Center. To take advantage of his presence, the Syracuse Peace Council, the Zen Center and Peace Action of CNY have teamed up to organize "A Brush with Our Time: A Benefit Performance of Tanashashi's Art and Songs for Peace and the Environment" for Monday, September 19 from 7-9 pm at Onondaga Valley Presbyterian Church (275 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse). Tickets are $30 in advance, $50 at the door (sliding scale available). Proceeds will benefit the three groups.

Tanahashi is an internationally-known painter and calligrapher, as well as author of over 25 books. During 2002 and 2003 he wrote 150 "Peace Poems" and invited friends to set them to music. To date, fifty have been set by composers in classical, folk, world, choral and new music.

"A Brush with Our Time" will feature Tanahashi's poetry and art. He will create large-scale paintings and calligraphies as a bamboo flute Grand Master plays a traditional Zen composition. Some of his peace poems will be sung by Syracuse jazz singers Marcia Rutledge, Connie Walters and Kate Woodle; others will be read to the accompaniment of drummers in a peace circle; still others will be set to music by Society for New Music composers.

During his visit Tanahashi will also conduct a calligraphy demonstration at the Everson Museum, give two public lectures at Syracuse University, and lead a day-long brush workshop at the Zen Center.

Tickets for "A Brush with Our Time" are available from the Zen Center (send check with contact information to 266 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13207); the Syracuse Real Food Coop, SU's Schine Student Center Box Office, and at Syracuse Peace Council and Syracuse Real Food Coop booths at the Westcott Street Festival on September 18.

For information on his other events check the calendar on page 24 or contact:
o Sherry Chayat 492-9355 or 479-9355;
o Bonnie Shoultz 443-4323 or 469-6029;
-Sherry Chayat


Joanna Macy Visits Syracuse September 26-28

Eco-philosopher and social activist Joanna Macy will be visiting Syracuse, where she lived in the 1970s as she completed her PhD in Religion at Syracuse University. She is a respected scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology, with several books and publications on these topics. She is also a committed activist using her experience and wisdom to help guide our society toward the creation of a life sustaining, peaceful planet.

Interweaving her scholarship, compassion, and four decades of activism, she has created both a groundbreaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, and "how to" manuals for peace and environmental activists. These manuals provide instructions on how to guide others in powerful workshops designed to help our world heal and evolve toward sustainability.

Over the past twenty years thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna's workshops and trainings. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

Although Joanna's visit to Syracuse will be largely to see personal friends, there will be several opportunities for others to meet Joanna and learn from her years of wisdom and vision. She has graciously agreed to welcome the CNY peace and social justice community at these times and places:

Monday, September 26
7-9 pm - Discussion
Women's Information Center, 601 Allen St., Syracuse

Tuesday, September 27
8:30 am - Zen sitting (silence)
9 am - Dharma talk by Joanna
9:30 am - Open reception
Syracuse Zen Center, 266 W. Seneca Tpk., Syracuse

Wednesday, September 28
1:30-3pm - Discussion
Farm House, Common Place Land Trust, 4211 Rt. 13, Truxton
7-9pm - Workshop/Discussion University Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Thursday, October 6
7 pm - Follow-up Gathering
Women's Information Center, 601 Allen St., Syracuse

All gatherings are free, although donations are welcome. For directions or questions: Cindy Squillace 422-9633.
-Cindy Squillace