The Other Side

A Little Big Garden Dedicated to the Cultivation of Arts and Ideas In Utica

Our major events include the Monthly Art Gallery featuring world-class artists, our Jazz series which brings in some of the best jazz musicians in the country, our Hamilton College Lecture series, our activism-centered series dedicated to Sunithi Bajekal called The Big Conversation, the Mohawk Valley Freedom School dedicated to education and social justice, the Anti-Fascist Book club, as well as the Utica Herbal Study group, Kundalini Yoga, Spanish conversation classes, the Utica Poets Society and much more.


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My Rap Sheet Is Long A Poetry Reading/Book release party with Orin Domenico (& Friends)

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The event is free; public welcome.  Refreshments provided.  Books available for purchase.   "Orin Domenico walks the talk and talks the Walk, singing and chanting the worth of the down-trodden in the murk and muck and mayhem of modern and not-so-modern living...A fine, readable collection...Get it, and take the time to read and study it."  Ed Sanders, poet, author, Founding member of The Fugs. For more information, email

Jazz at The Other Side Presents Andrew Carroll

November 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Featuring Andrew Carroll, piano; Mike Pope, bass; Dave Donley, percussion; Mike Cortese drum set; Mike Dubaniewicz, sax This project made possible through funding by Adirondack Bank, Northern Safety and Industrial, Green Onion Pub, and Anonymous. Andrew Carroll is an award winning jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer. He began piano studies at the age of four and discovered jazz piano when he was nine years old under the tutelage of Rick Montalbano. With more than two decades of professional…

MVFS presents: “The Final Straw” documentary

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Solutions for our most pressing global issues come from unexpected places on this majestic and thought-provoking journey through Japan, Korea, and the United States, turning our perceptions of food and life upside down in an amazingly simple and poetic way. --- Called “a beautiful film … both art and documentary” by New York Times bestselling author Alicia Bay Laurel, Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness weaves breathtaking landscapes and an eclectic original soundtrack together with philosophical insights from a glowing cast…

The US Army’s 10th Mountain Division in the Second World War, an illustrated talk and book signing

November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Maurice Isserman, professor of history at Hamilton College will be giving an illustrated talk and reading from his new book, The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America's Elite Alpine Warriors at 7 p,m.]. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free.

Heading for Extinction Talk

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The planet is in a climate and ecologic crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown that will have dramatic repercussions on our food systems. Climate change will increase the likelihood of crop failure as desertification, flooding, and loss of soil fertility occur more frequently. This is an emergency. In this talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the…

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