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he Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will be receiving $14.2 million in state funds to upgrade the facility from a small, regional waystop into one that can field international passengers, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an announcement at the facility last week. In addition to the upgrades, the Governor also announced that the New York State Department of Transportation facility – a long-time eyesore along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail – will be relocated up to the expanded facility, capping off 20 years of local efforts to free up the waterfront for commercial and residential development. An upgrade similar to massive undertakings in places like Elmira-Corning and Rochester announced over the past several years, the project will bring on several new boarding bridges, as well as 4,000 square feet of new dining space and a 5,000 square foot customs facility to allow international passengers to fly directly to Ithaca from their connecting flights, rather than having to go through customs at an international airport before transferring here. The $14.2 million in funding represents just a share of the $22 million anticipated cost of the project. While nobody is quite sure who will be footing how much of that $8 million, County Administrator Jason Molino told The Ithaca Times that the state funding would be used to leverage additional investment from other partners, with Tompkins County expected to pay a decent share of that. Work is expected to start this fall with completion sometime next year, after which the DOT facility will be relocated. According to the Governor, that process will take approximately 18 months before the property it sits on – currently valued at $2.5 million – is ready for development. Continued on page 4


n many scholastic sports, the competitive nature of making a roster’s final cut can feel discouraging for some students. Only a portion of those who try out make the team and even then, not every player even receives playing time. For one with intellectual disabilities—but whose interest and passion for a sport is just a strong—that possibility can seem even more daunting. The Ithaca City School District, however, is working to narrow the gap and make their dreams into realities. ICSD is one of 15 districts in Section IV—a geographical division of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA)—to introduce a Unified Sports program for its high school students, a program created in partnership with the Special Olympics. Unified Sports unites students with and without intellectual disabilities by providing them with an opportunity to

compete together in athletics, thus building community through inclusion. The Special Olympics states that the program’s founding principle is simple: “training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.” Because of its relative familiarity among students and moderate equipment requirements, basketball is the first sport to be offered at Ithaca, although others could follow. ICSD’s team is coached by Ithaca High School special education teacher and former varsity girl’s coach Stephanie Valletta, and is comprised of 14 co-ed IHS students of mixed ability: Pop Abdur-Rashid, Sherese Anderson, Jaden Cruz, Nick Fenton, Alice Fenton, Narea Forest, Myah Frostclapp, Cody Hamilton, John Hicks, Trey Osadchey, Nick Pagliaro, Meredith Salmon, Francesca Santelli, and Maria Vieira. Many are members of the school’s Youth Activation Committee,

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which is designed by the Special Olympics and responsible for promoting and maintaining the Unified Sports program. Others were selected based on input from teachers. The team held its first of six practices in April. “From day one it has been amazing,” said Valletta. “Everyone has been very excited about the opportunity to participate.” For the rest of the month, student-athletes focused on fundamental skills such as layups, shooting form, passing mechanics, correct defensive stance, and communication, as well as setting up a few offensive plays. Valletta notes how valuable these practices were for skill development, as none of the student-athletes had played basketball scholastically for Ithaca. “The growth has been incredible to watch,” she said. But more importantly, the team’s chemistry during that time flourished. “The connection between the students has been wonderful to see,” said Valletta. As the varsity girls coach, her philosophy centered around the team being a family, and now she’s applied that to her current role. “I brought that continued on page 5

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est results from soil samples collected by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in August 2017, but not publicly disclosed until last week, confirm what investigators found in February 2018 – lead levels on the Ithaca Falls Gorge Trail exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) removal management level at 400 parts per million (PPM). In response to the test results, the EPA placed a stone cap over areas where elevated levels of lead were found and erosion booms were placed at the foot of the gorge wall to prevent additional lead contaminated material from sliding onto the trail floor when it rains. These are interim measures to protect public health until the DEC and EPA complete their investigation of the cliff face This is not the first time high lead levels were detected at the base of the gorge at the Ithaca Falls Natural Area. Removal operations took place from 2002-2004 and again in 2015, to the tune of millions of

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ccording to a feasibility study by consulting firm Fisher Associates completed in 2016, the 7.6 acre DOT site could be worth more than $43 million at full build-out, offering a mix of commercial and residential space. No proposals, officials said, are currently being considered for that land, however it is located adjacent to a property recently bought by Cayuga Medical Center called the Carpenter Business Park, the future of which is still up in the air. While no cost figures were available last Thursday for how much it would cost to relocate the facility up to Lansing, a plan outlined in the county’s feasibility study presents an outline of what, fiscally, needs to take place to support a relocation. The state – and local partners – would contribute a share of funding toward the new facility after the land has been sold and from there, a general obligation bond or Pilot Increment Financing (PIF) would cover the cost of the facility by diverting real estate taxes – estimated to be about $1.6 million – from the fully developed project to be built on the land and sharing it proportionately by the county, city and school district. Debt payments would be approximately $357,000 per year, according to the study. While it is uncertain what would be built on the site, Tompkins County Planning staff have hinted the property would be best suited for residential or commercial space, already citing uses such as industrial or as a hotel as prohibitively expensive due to limited access, above-average site costs, and the uncertain economic landscape created by a significant pipeline of new hotel projects. There is potential for dining or tourist-centric retail space to be introduced in line with the nearby Ithaca Farmer’s Market as well as Cornell and Ithaca College’s nearby boathouses, and housing – in demand at all income levels – could also be considered as part of the site’s redevelopment. Several concepts were introduced in the plan of varying degrees of density with one proposal – a mixed-use townhouse concept – being identified as one of the most feasible. The conceptual drawings describe a development with


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numerous townhouse units and two mixed use (ground floor commercial, residential above) buildings located at the south end of the site, with a multifamily structure positioned on the east side of the main internal street. Parking would be included, with other amenities including a pool, outdoor leisure space, bbq’s, activity space, dog walking, mailroom, recycling facility, movie room, business center, laundry and a transient docking pier floated as possibilities. Because of its waterfront location and the environmental challenges that come with it, the estimated development costs, according to the report, would be slightly higher per square foot than similar complexes like

comes from different sources. “It’s important to recognize we’re not building airplanes anymore,” he said. “Big industrial factories are over for our community. Finding ways to recognize our heritage while focusing on what we have – our universities and our tourism and our agribusiness, our service industry – means taking planes like this and bringing them downtown into the heart of our community into a Heritage Center. (Currently under development) And that wouldn’t be possible without guess who – that New York State Governor of ours.” WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?

Governor Cuomo meets with County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson (Left) and County Administrator Jason Molino. (Photo:Nick Reynolds)

210 Hancock ($150/SF for a townhouse, compared to $165 on the DOT site.) with multifamily development costs ($215/ SF) significantly higher than affordable housing complexes like Stone Quarry ($175/SF) or pricier locations like The Lofts at Six Mile Creek ($197/SF). You can read the full report here. Whatever development does happen there, Mayor Svante Myrick said, would be an improvement. “People ride along that waterfront trail and look to their left and wonder what the pile of sand and all that industrial fencing is doing between the Farmer’s Market and the Boatyard Grill,” he said. He talked a bit about Ithaca’s past – its vibrant manufacturing sector that once included the construction of airplanes, one of which was on display behind him – and reminded the audience that the region’s economic growth, today,


n Cuomo’s remarks to the audience (he did not take reporter’s questions following the announcement) he said that airports were the center of 21st century business and that the only way for regions to be competitive on an international scale is to have access to interstate highways or airports that can provide quick, unfettered access to the world economy. Cuomo noted the loss of population in Upstate New York and in the Southern Tier especially as more and more of the workforce defected across state borders without the manufacturing jobs that once propped the region up. “We had this old New York mentality that we’re New York and businesses will come here, why? Because we’re New York and because they have always been here,” said Cuomo. “That was true for a period of time. It is no longer true.” The governor – as well as Myrick and airport director

Mike Hall – emphasized that today’s airport functions as more than a connector from point A to point B, especially in economies such as Tompkins County’s where numerous companies and manufacturers boast international clientele. (ADC 9001 in Lansing, an advanced manufacturing firm, is a prime example.) The modern airport, Cuomo said, needs to be more. It needs meeting space, and dining areas. It needs quick and easy access for international passengers, particularly for the thousands of foreign students and faculty arriving to attend school at Cornell each year. A number of studies, summarized in this article from Duke University’s Department of Urban Economics, have all pointed to the crucial role of airports in a region’s economic development, with the main pitfall – Director of the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate Richard Green wrote in 2007 – being the adverse social factors of increased noise to come with increased traffic. “Airports are the new front door to the economy,” Cuomo said. “You have business people who never even leave the airport. They fly into a country, they meet their business people in the airport. They have a meal, get back on the plane and they leave. That’s what an airport is now. They’re the economic hubs of the next century. This nation has missed the boat entirely on this.” Michael Stamm, the Director of Tompkins County Area Development, agrees. Noting the substantial industrial and commercial development already present on the airport’s campus, Stamm said the airport’s expansion will only help to lure even more venture capital and internationally based companies to take a closer look at Tompkins County as a place to do business. He said the airport – as currently oriented – has “certainly hampered” the county’s ability to attract business but, thanks to Cornell and numerous spin-off businesses to emerge from the campus, he said a new airport will only help to enhance an already vibrant sector that the region’s economic development council has targeted as a priority. “We know there are Chinese businesses and venture capitalists who want to fly here direct and now we’re able to do that,” said Stamm. “It will really be a boost to advanced manufacturing here in Tompkins County.”

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t seems even in the most rural parts of traditionally blue Tompkins County, Republican Congressman Tom Reed will still find his critics waiting for him.

At a town hall in Enfield last week – his third in Tompkins County since last winter – interactions included irate interjections and a large banner reading “Tom Reed: Careless Leader,” on top of sometimes combative policy debates in addition to, at times, in-depth conversations on policy relating to gun rights and health care. When Brandon Menard, a reporter from WENY News in Elmira, asked Congressman Tom Reed Thursday night about the “feisty” nature of the crowd he faced in the garage of the town’s highway department, the Congressman couldn’t help but crack a smile. “Representing people, you have to listen to people,” he replied. The input he got throughout the evening was wide-ranging. From questions asking Reed – an A-rated voter with the National Rifle Association – his opinion on the NRA’s support of arming teachers in schools (he does not support that measure, he said) to debates over health care (he believes that health care should continue to be market-based, but requires significant reform) the evening alternated between explanations of his own stances on policy to, at times, debate over those stances. One of the best questions of the evening came in the press gaggle after the meeting when Reed was questioned by a reporter over his use of the phrase “Ithaca Liberals” to describe a wide swath of his constituency, to which he responded: “I’m going to call out extremism across the district and I believe the extreme Ithaca liberal brand is achieving that,” said Reed. “It is identifying these positions that are extreme. I want people to make sure that they understand the difference between what we support, what I believe is a common sense type of approach to legislating, as opposed to many of the policies that we see that’s represented by that extreme Ithaca liberal brand that support this extremist type of policy. That’s not good for the country and not good for the area.”•

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Dr. Milton Mills


acism and discrimination continue to grab headlines throughout the country on a near daily basis. These incidents present themselves often in tangible, visible ways that lend themselves to those very headlines naturally, but not always. For example, one of them has hung prominently in school classrooms for decades as doctrine of healthy living despite, some argue, inequities of who exactly it is healthy for. Doctor Milton Mills explained these inequalities of the US Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines at length, painting a picture of the historical negligence of the US government when it comes to crafting their food recommendations to the dietary needs of minorities in the country, led most notably by its impact on African-Americans. Mills is an Intensive Care Unit doctor in Washington, D.C., and a noted speaker on the topic of disease prevention through dietary

methods, shunning the typical western diet in favor of eating a plant-based diet. Mills spoke to a small group gathered at the Southside Community Center Wednesday afternoon in an event sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy School Food before delivering a similar speech to an audience at Cornell University. Mills’ seminal point was that throughout its history and its different iterations, the government-issued food pyramid and related dietary guidelines have overlooked and misserved the country’s minorities through a series of decisions fairly subtle to the casual observer, but with a significant impact nonetheless. The premise is simple: with an absence of minority voices involved in the process, their dietary needs have been ignored in favor of recommendations that mostly benefit the white majority of the population. “It turns out that when we look at minority communities within the United States there are some endemic problems that occur over and over again and are troubling,” Mills said, noting that America’s tendency to victim-blame helps perpetuate some of the issues as well. “If you look back at governmental policy and the way the government has dealt with minority communities throughout our history, patterns emerge that it becomes apparent can account for a lot of what we see of these endemic problems.”

Even the foods marketed and conventionally considered healthy can be dangerous, Mills said. One of the leading perpetrators of this is the inclusion and prominence of dairy in the food pyramid and generally recommended for healthy growth. While this may have some merit for Caucasians (though Mills disputes research on animal dairy’s efficacy in bone development, the scientific community seems divided), the problems for minorities with dairy are clear. The incidence rate of lactose intolerance in African-Americans hovers around 75 percent, more than three times higher than the incidence rate of those with Anglo backgrounds in America. Other minorities are also diagnosed with the condition at far higher rates, led by East Asians at 90 percent. On this point in particular, Mills relayed a story of a patient he had several years ago, an African-American woman in her 60s. She complained, as several of his other patients had, of symptoms that seemed to the naked eye like irritable bowels or something similar. Mills, as he would normally do, ordered her to abstain from dairy products for two weeks, with the hunch that she was undiagnosed lactose intolerant. At their next appointment, she said the symptoms had subsided and Mills then told her she was lactose intolerant, which was causing her issues. “Oh, I know,” the woman responded. “Then… why do you still eat dairy?” “Because I have to, the guidelines say I have to eat these foods to be healthy,” she said. This angered Mills to the continued on page 10

UPS&DOWNS ▶ A Thumbs-Up to the City of Ithaca, for investing in that totally awesome playground on the Commons. Construction always sucks and, losing the playground our kids had grown to love, it’s great to see we’re making moves to make our growing pains a little easier. ▶ A Thumbs-Down to Eric Schneiderman who, in addition to downplaying serious allegations against him, only added to the political bodycount of the already shakey Cuomo administration. Yikes.

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HEARD&SEEN ▶ We might be slow to this, but did you notice we have two cranes on the Commons now? Absolutely wild. ▶ The Top Stories On This Week Are...

1) Cornell President announces reforms coming for Greek life on campus 2) Congressman Tom Reed: There’s a “wave out there” 3) Cartoon: LimeBike Bingo 4) Commons eats: Down home Moroccan 5) What will a new airport do for Tompkins County’s economy?


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same mentality to our Unified Sports team: we are a family, we will respect each other, and we will get better every single day,” she said. “The student-athletes bought in to that mentality from day one and the result has been a group of people who recognize each other’s strengths, while also appreciating individuality.” The team played its first game on Thursday, May 3—a 38-20 home win over Owego. Hosted in Ithaca High School’s Bliss Gymnasium, the contest featured similar amenities to

the varsity basketball games: full bleachers, an announcer, a scorer’s table, a DJ, and other festivities. “It was an absolute joy for all,” said Valletta. “The smiles on the faces of the students, staff, and families were incredible to see.” Ithaca’s remaining schedule includes five more games, all against Southern Tier Athletic Conference opponents: May 8 at home, May 10 at Horseheads, May 17 at Union-Endicott, May 22 at Johnson City, and a final home game on May 24. Each one tips off at 4:30 p.m.

Although the team plays to win, a positive experience is the main priority. “Our goals for the rest of the season are very clear: continue to build bonds, forge new friendships, and enjoy a high school experience through basketball,” said Valletta. “There have been many students who have approached me in the last week or two who have asked about joining the team,” she said. “Everyone is very excited about what this program means for our students.”


With their latest reforms, do you think Cornell is doing enough to control Greek culture on campus? Please respond at the Ithaca Times Web site L ast Week ’s Q uestion :

With the warm weather here, do you think LimeBikes will overtake ridesharing and taxis in ridership? 89.3 percent of respondents answered “No.” and 10.7 percent answered “Yes.”

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Running With The Peacemakers

I Love A Parade

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By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r Ah, the Ithaca Festival Parade, where Ithaca’s personality is put on display for a ll the world to see. It’s technically open to all, though parade applicants were encouraged to ref lect this year’s festival theme, which is Arts, Ag, Adventure! Yes, the exclamation point is part of the theme. The Surrounded By Reality legal team, using leftover subpoenas from the dumpster outside Robert Mueller’s office, has obtained some of the applications for this year’s parade entries. Check them out and look for the participants on June 2nd: The Gyro Gearloose Recumbent Riding Team These contraptions, invisible to motorists, are fixtures at or near all Greenstar outlets. There should be between four and nine of them, depending on their roadworthiness on parade night. Regardless of the weather, riders will be wearing handfashioned garments of cruelty-free alpaca wool, and will dispense handfuls of raw organic crabgrass to the crowd from hemp shoulder bags. The plan is to pop wheelies in a never-ending circle, Gaian style. Speaking of bikes, look for participants riding LimeBikes throughout the parade. Check them out while they’re still nice. Dog Drinking Game This speaks to the Adventure! portion of this year’s theme…registered canine marchers outnumber human participants by a ratio of 3:1. Scorecards can be downloaded on the Ithaca Festival website, and for every 10 dogs that pass your spot on the parade route, drink a shot and mark your card. It’s legal on parade day. Uber/Taxi Smackdown A WWEstyle octagon and tag-team mixed martial arts fighting between a team in realistic Ithaca taxi costumes and a team in ride-sharing vehicle costumes! More Adventure! Probably going to be the most exciting float in the parade. (Just a reminder - wagering is illegal in New


om Joyce grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, moving to Canada in 1973, where he lived for 12 years, in response to the United States’ involvement in the war in Vietnam. From his roots in Catholicism, Tom was drawn to the Catholic Worker movement, which encourages each of us to do works of kindness; to care for other living creatures and our environment; to speak out against violence and war. In the early ‘80s Tom visited Jonah House, a Catholic peace community in Baltimore, Maryland, where Phillip Berrigan, his family and fellow pacifists, lived together sharing their time, energy, and resources to uplift neighbors challenged by poverty, homelessness, racism. “People at Jonah House are committed to making nonviolence a way of life,” he said. “We agree that “Thou shalt not kill” has no exceptions: We believe that we are commanded by our faith not to kill and, beyond that, to resist killing in our name. More – we know that nonviolence involves the utmost respect for each other, for all people (individually and collectively), and for all creation.” While visiting Jonah House, Tom met Peter DeMott and they began a lifelong friendship.

Tom and his young family moved to Ithaca in 1991. By that time Peter DeMott had also settled into Ithaca, along with his wife, Ellen Grady. Tom and Peter, along with their families and friends, met often as they extended themselves to neighbors in need. At weekly discussions they considered what Dorothy Day (18971980), the founder of Catholic Workers, had asked: “Why are there poor people?” As the local Catholic Workers movement grew in numbers and actions in this region, they began planning to create a Catholic Worker House in Ithaca. “Catholic Workers simply serve wherever they are called upon to serve,” said Tom. “They work with neighbors who are overwhelmed by a sudden loss, or temporarily unable to take care of their kids at home. If they hear that a family needs help, they help. If someone has an emergency need for rent, they donate it. This is the Catholic Worker ministry of personalism.” “Every Catholic Worker group has a local spin,” he added. “Locally we continue a weekly vigil for peace, (10 a.m. Saturdays at Clinton and Fulton Streets), to express our concern over the use of drones, and to continued on page 7

York State.) Climate Change Cavalcade A perennial favorite - 24 white Toyota Tacoma SUVs, single file with windows up and air conditioners blasting, in a glorious celebration of our constitutional right to cheap gas. A temporary filling station will be placed at the corner of Cascadilla and Cayuga, so the participants can top off and be sure of finishing the whole 1.3mile parade route. The Geriatric Pranksters This year, the Pranksters’ float has a biggerthan-life-sized effigy of Wavy Gravy, peering warily out of his tie-dyed yurt. Certified genuine former and current hippies will participate in a symbolic social security card-burning in front of the old library, where the parade turns east. (Some concern was raised to the parade committee that the abundance of wispy gray hair might constitute a fire hazard, but it will probably rain, so, yeah.) Udder Delight For the Ag! part of the theme, the committee was obliged, in the interests of fairness, to give a nod to Big Ag. This f loat is cleverly designed to highlight the many benefits of industrial dairy farming – it’s actually a methane-powered pickup truck painted Holstein black and white. The bed of the truck will hold a reinforced open tank containing 750 gallons of rBGH-tainted urine and 4000 pounds of manure, representing the slurry pond of one day’s waste from 50 dairy cows. Hamburger patties, cheese sticks and pint cartons of whole milk will be launched into the crowd, so bring your appetites! CRAZY TCAT A stirring tribute to mass transit in our community. There will be a real TCAT bus with a traffic light eternally changing from amber to red suspended directly above. The application calls for up to a dozen people representing fleeing pedestrians to continued on page 7

YOUR OPINION Earlier this week, a resident submitted a letter to the editor coming out against the upcoming ICSD school budget arguing for, among other things, more sustainable practices to be incorporated into the budget. On Tuesday morning, she submitted this letter, dropping her original contestment of the budget and sharing some new information she had learned. By Marshall Hopkins

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went to the Board Budget Hearing last night and am withdrawing my letter to the editor and changing my no to a YES. Much good came out of going to the Board Budget hearing last night, and I’d like to share what I learned. I wrote my letter in haste as it appeared we had fewer than five business days to get informed and then

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directly precede the bus in the parade. The Visum Bulldozer Squad will be grinding down Cayuga Street in its first appearance in the Ithaca Parade. In a salute to the theme of Arts!, they’ll be leaving a symbolic trail of bits of historic Collegetown buildings as they capture the ambience of Olde Pyongyang on East Hill. The Commons Way of Life A wagon with a scale model of the Ithaca Commons will be hand-pulled by underprivilegevd retail merchants. Twelve volunteers, representing coffee-holding tourists, under-employed loiterers, shuffling texters, milling window shoppers, wool-gathering office workers and intoxicated college students will be on board. In addition, street musicians will compete with the Commons Profanity Club for the crowd’s attention. Lit cigarette butts will be flicked from the float for the kids! Political Correctness For All From a safe space on the back of a gender-, race-, body type-, class-, ability-, age and sexual orientation-neutrally decorated truck, a committee made up of undergraduates from both colleges, steeped in months of life experience, will publicly identify microaggressions among the spectators, free of charge. Big Box Bonanza This one’s pretty ambitious, with mock-ups of all the Elmira Road big box stores mounted on a f latbed along with eleven work-

ing traffic lights…all red, all the time! Spectators on the east side of Cayuga Street will be treated to the display of a harried mother smacking her kid inside the Wal-Mart diorama. Facebook Forgiveness Float A curiously late entry - a troupe of selff lagellating software engineers will improvise excuses while marching in lockstep. A dazzling piñata representing the prospect of a distracting new match-making facebook feature will be revealed in front of the reviewing stand. The F.A.T. (Far Above Town) Float representing the eternal Ithacan symbiosis between the colleges and the townies. Historically, this float has been entered every year, but never actually seen on parade day. In spite of the profusion of Nobel prize finalists, leaders in their field and internationally known experts that are in charge, the members inevitably get lost making the trip from campus to downtown. Keep your fingers crossed…this may be the year they make it! Extreme Ithaca Liberal Psychedelic VW Bus This one’s bound to be a little dusty. The Committee to Keep Tom Reed Pandering (CKTRP) has kept this baby in a barn for the past four parades. That’s pretty much as much as far as we got before we ran out of subpoenas. Clearly, the days of high school marching bands and decrepit vets in the back of convertibles are over. We are Ithaca.•

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oppose our endless wars. Catholic Worker members support Black Lives Matter and work to end the occupation of Palestine.” Ithaca’s Catholic Workers meet once a week at the Catholic Worker House in downtown Ithaca. Each week different members prepare dinner, and everyone dines before the 7 p.m. “clarification of thought”. The topics discussed vary. This week the topic might be mental health courts. Another week it was nonviolence as a way of life. Next week the topic might be ’What the heck do we do?” The weekly meetings are helpful to understand that a country’s wealth can be spent shoring up families with health care, housing, and safe schools, or spent on military buildups in faraway countries where families may be raising their children in combat zones. Once a year Catholic Workers host a colorful, fun event to celebrate Peter DeMott and the Catholic Worker community’s efforts toward social justice. This year’s Peace Trot will be held June 17th (Father’s Day) at 10 a.m. at Cass Park. For some it is a competitive race, and runners from all over will gather, from runners’ clubs to cross-country and high school runners. CW also

hosts a Kids’ Race and record times for that too. But like many Catholic Worker events, the Peace Trot is open to everyone — people in wheel chairs, with walkers, grandparents pushing grandchildren in strollers. There will be delicious healthy food and drinks, and treasured Peace Trot t-shirts and prizes. While Peace Trot is a race, it has a folksy, fun spin. Many people come from far away each year to connect with old friends at the Peace Trot. Preparation for the Peace Trot goes on all year. Peter De Mott’s dreamed of a Catholic Worker House to provide temporary shelter to guests, with a large garden, community dinners and support for neighbors in need. Funds raised by the Peace Trot will go a long way to keep the CW House thriving, and help create a healthier community, which starts with healthy families. Tom Joyce, one of the Peace Trot coordinators, needs help to make the Peace Trot happen this year. If you’re interested, please go to and volunteer and register for the run. There’s a fun assignment for any interested person.•

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vote. I did not know that the budget was a year-long process. This is a new process which tax payers and staff can give input whenever we want throughout the year (not solely at the end). All you have to do is go to the “Board docs” page of the ICSD website and enter the topic of interest into the search bar. Or call and ask a board member which committee to talk to. The Board was congenial, caring, and approachable. Energy conservation: the Board spent about $9.1(?) million dollars to do an energy overall of the district. They addressed the energy hogs like the IHS swimming pool and created building insulation “envelopes” and changed all lights in the district to be LED and to turn off when there is no motion in the room for a certain period of time. BRAVO!!! They updated the boilers and heat exchangers and did extensive research into solar. The current roofs will not support solar panels, so they continue to look into the feasibility of solar fields and are exploring collaboration with Greenstar and Cornell. The school bus ICSD wants to purchase is $150,000, not $500,000 (a number I found on Google). However, TCAT buses do cost that much. Nevertheless, the Board did look into more efficient buses but couldn’t find ones to manage the mighty hills of Ithaca or the range of the district. For more information on the Energy Performance Contract, I was told to put EPC or Trane into the search bar. Lastly, the board has already funded new water filter systems for the entire district for next year. I asked if they could be non-refrigerated systems to conserve energy, and they said they would refrigerated if there electricity was available. I urged them to do non-refrigerated, and there was no opposition. Amanda Verba, Chief Operations Officer, said she would look into it. I added that some of the refrigerated fountains were still plugged in and refrigerating. I plan to follow up by asking Ms. Verba (the district’s Chief Financial Officer) if the district could make a list of all of these energy improvements and post somewhere visible in each school so taxpayers are more aware and appreciative. (Wegmans does this in their lobby.) Regarding reducing methane emissions by adopting Meatless Mondays, I was advised to attend the Finance Committee this month as they will be meeting with Food Services. Regarding Cornell contribution and the poverty rate, they confirmed that Cornell gives $450,000 per year to ICSD. The poverty issue is complicated, and I won’t tackle that issue here. Overall, this experience increased my gratitude to our School Board for their commitment, dedication, and all the good they have done for our children. Thank you, School Board!•

DEC S eeking Public Comment O n M orse Chain Cleanup Plan The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on its proposed plan to clean up the former home of Morse Chain, a polluted former industrial complex on South Hill slated to be redeveloped into housing. The DEC will be accepting written comments about the proposed plan (available for review at the Tompkins County Public Library) for 30 days, from May 2 through June 1. The site is identified by the state as a Class “2” superfund site, classified as representing a significant threat to public health or the environment. Pollution at the site has long been documented since operations ceased on the site and, for the past several years, a developer has been looking to convert the 60-acre complex into a mixed-use neighborhood of residential, commercial and industrial properties. Contaminants on the site include numerous chlorinated volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethene (TCE), petroleum hydrocarbons like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and toxic metals including barium and cyanide. Cornell President A nnounces R e forms To G reek L ife Cornell University President Martha Pollack announced administration would be initiating a slate of reforms on campus in response to numerous reports of misdeeds committed by members of Greek Life on campus this year. Citing health and safety concerns, Pollack announced a broad suite of disciplinary and preventive measures to avoid such incidents on campus. Immediate actions include the banning the possession of all alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic content over 30 percent in all residential chapter houses, as well as immediate suspension for any chapter implicated in acts of “hazing.” According to a news release from Cornell administration, Pollack’s reforms follow a series of phased reforms announced in 2012 by thenPresident David Skorton. While those reforms were intended to take effect in stages through the 2014-15 academic year, the release noted, “not all of the elements of those reforms came together as planned” and several recommendations had stopped short of full implementation and have failed to eliminate the issue of hazing on campus, said Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life. In recent months, Cornell University’s Greek Tri Council released its own list of reforms in the wake of a racially related incident by the now shuttered frat, Psi Upsilon, calling for a number of increases in education and accountability of its membership.•

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Running For School Board This Year the controversies, such as the accusations of racial inequality leveled by Students United at Ithaca High School or the implementation of state vaccination requirements among others, which they say they are working to resolve through better communication and tangible policy work.



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s Ithaca City School District Board of Education elections approach, we’re witnessing the resurgence of a trend seen last year in local elections around the country: heightened interest among community members who wish to get involved with local politics. This week, residents within the Ithaca City School District will choose among six candidates to fill three spots on the Board of Education in the May 15 election, a departure from just one year ago when three incumbents went entirely unchallenged. The BOE has had a slew of headlinegrabbing moments over the last few years, particularly since the beginning of 2018. Though notable, that didn’t seem to be the main fuel behind the three challenger candidates’ campaigns. Each of them (Lori Labonte, Greg Goodrich and David Shapiro) delivered some version of the same message: the current board, while wellintentioned, could use some fresh perspectives and methods. Meanwhile, the returning board members (Nicole Lafave, Ann Reichlin and Moira Lang) will see if they’ve retained the public’s trust through 8  T

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Lang wants to continue her family affair on the Board of Education, seeking her second term after retiring from a long career as a secondary English teacher, which consisted of 25 years in Ithaca High School and followed by a four year stint in Istanbul, Turkey. Her daughter teaches at Lehman Alternative Community School now, and several other members of her family have taught in the district as well. Having spent her entire professional career in a classroom and now, three years on the board, Lang said she brings a level of experience and institutional memory to the board which has helped her contribute consistently, as well as the obvious advantage of having served in a classroom for so long. She currently serves on the Curriculum, Policy, and Human Resources committees. As for specific agenda initiatives for the curriculum agenda, she said the primary work being done by that body is about 9–15,

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constantly updating the school district’s teaching methods and content to better serve students now and going forward. “What we’re really focusing on is innovations in teaching and learning, so we’re looking a lot at what as a district we’re trying to accomplish in terms of culturally-responsive teaching and engaging students,” she said, citing examples like examining and integrating more project based learning, a method which has seen a substantial rise in popularity in pre-college educational courses in the past several years. Some of those same themes lend themselves to the work currently being done by Lang and the policy committee, as they try to adjust certain district policies that have remained untouched for years. Currently in the spotlight is the student conduct policy, where Lang said the committee is reviewing sensitive topics like inequities in discipline faced by certain demographics of students. On the school board’s bumpy last few months, she said she thought if the BOE had fostered better communication with the community, most specifically in Enfield, they might have been able to address problems before they reached the point where parents and teachers were making emotional public appeals for help at BOE meetings. “Before things blew up in Enfield, I think we might have realized that things were becoming very tense and conflicted among teachers and parents and maybe had tried to manage that better through communication,” she said. As for the problems pointed out by Students United in the IHS theater program, Lang thinks more conversations surrounding diversity and equity are important to remove some of the individual “silos” that likely contributed to the IHS controversy; it all leads back to her belief that more communication could have hopefully resolved the situation before students felt it necessary to speak out themselves. One solution that could be in

the pipeline: she mentioned the potential establishment of a committee that will examine diversity and equitable access in extracurricular activities throughout Ithaca City School District.


A sculptor by trade, Reichlin does not come from the conventional education background that fill the resumés of the routine school board member or candidate. She’s taught in high school and college classrooms, and has done some freelance work with students, but was ultimately drawn to BOE involvement by her family, as she has two children who have both gone to Ithaca High School and whose experiences there were so beneficial she felt a need to give back through service. During her time on the board, Reichlin’s served on the Facilities and Legislative Action committees and as the liaison to a variety of local schools. Her background in art, education and the intersection of the two gives her a different perspective and approach to problem solving than other members of the board, she said, which can help with working through tough issues in a more innovative way. “One of the big things for me is as a sculptor, I tend to bring my practice of art-making into the process, I tend to

think outside the box quite a lot,” she said. “And in a personal way, I’m a very strong supporter of the arts.” Reichlin’s interest in the school district extends beyond its geographic limits to Albany, where statewide decisions have impacts on district decisions daily. This interest has manifested itself most notably in her spot on the Legislative Action committee and her founding of the parent organization SOS Election Boosters, aimed at monitoring education policy issues at the state level. She has worked through these two efforts to fight against funding issues from the state or adapting to them when they become inevitable. That’s a constantly shifting goal, in addition to her work on the Facilities committee, which is currently looking at entryway improvements to local schools and other summer projects. The largest challenge Reichlin foresees having to address if she is reelected is addressing numerous inequities that exist for lower-income families, such as transportation outside of school hours to attendance at important events like parent-teacher conferences and the like. Family engagement is one of her paramount concerns, which she feels leads to more positive outcomes for students who can feel more comfortable taking ownership of their education, from a young age all the way to graduation. “It’s continuing to innovate, and continuing to solve problems that will always be arriving,” Reichlin said. “One of the issues that the board will always have to deal with is bringing the families into the

school, being partners with their child’s education.” Facilitating the proper follow-through the board’s rhetoric over the last few months now necessitates is another priority Reichlin intends to focus on if she is reelected. “The important thing is what do we do with this information going forward, do we make good on the promises that we made,” she said. “I feel like that’s my responsibility, to help with that process.”


LaFave is seeking her second term, having won a special election in 2016 after mounting an impressive write-in campaign just days before the vote was held. She works as the administrative assistant for Cornell’s School of Applied and Engineering Physics. Since joining the board, she said she’s learned quite a bit about the process and

SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE In addition to the elections of actual board members, there will be three propositions on which to vote on May 15, including the new budget and school bus upgrades. Proposition 1: Budget The ICSD budget for 2018-2019 is listed as nearly $128.5 million, a 3.03 percent raise according to the district’s budget report. It’s the smallest year-over-year rise since 2015-2016. The resulting tax levy will be 2.19 percent, with a resulting tax rate that falls 1.83 percent. It’s the third straight year the tax rate has fallen, though there could be a hitch: The district boasts of property tax decreases, but this is contingent on “without an increased assessment.” With values continuing to increase, the average change of all re-assessed properties in Tompkins County this year, according to Assessor Jay Franklin, was an increase of around 10 percent. According to the budget highlights, new budget additions include:

the tenderness required when handling problems that arise in schools. The emotional load was something she didn’t expect when she first came to the board, though she’s comforted knowing that her mentality, and those of her counterparts on the board, has stayed firmly focused on the good of the children even if those decisions are uncomfortable. “There have been decisions that I think some of us have walked away from the table knowing nobody felt good about making the decision but it was the right thing to do.” she said. “[There’s] emotional baggage or emotional labor that comes into this type of work when you’re dealing with public education that deals with all children.” LaFave, like other members of the board, felt the brunt of that emotional labor over the last few months of contentious and controversial BoE meetings. But that hasn’t soured LaFave’s enthusiasm for the work she has in her sights if elected again, including an effort in the curriculum committee to de-track the district’s math programs. (ICSD uses an educational tracking method which entails an evaluation of a student’s achievement after completing fifth grade.) Though it’s possible to fight a certain designation, in her experience LaFave said those efforts are often all for naught. Whatever the benefits of such a system, she said, the drawbacks include potential discrimination along the lines of race, gender and class based on a teacher’s assessment of a child’s performance at age 12. “I’m excited that we’re hopefully mov-

ing toward dismantling that system because I think we’re doing our kids a disservice by deciding in fifth grade that they are or aren’t capable of,” LaFave said. “I don’t want to use the word ‘segregation’ because of all the political and racial connotations with the word, but it feels like educational segregation.” LaFave is also a member of the finance committee, where she hopes to accomplish a particularly impactful goal: evaluating the financial health of the school district through the lens of finding enough money to reinstate pre-kindergarten classes that were lost in the economic squeeze at the turn of the decade and its aftermath. This could be a more long-term process, but she said the need is undeniable and demand continues to grow. “After the financial crisis we had to cut several pre-K classes and each year we have a growing list of three- and fouryear olds that are waiting to get into the classroom,” she said. “I think we can all agree from either personal experience or research that the earlier you get the student into the classroom, the better it is for them. As well as the financial burden on parents in Tompkins County who have to find childcare, which is really expensive.”


“professional development, an inclusive summer school, security enhancements, mental health supports and administrative supports.” Proposition 2: Buses and Infrastructure This proposition asks public opinion on whether the BOE should be authorized so spend just over $1.3 million of reserve funds for relatively minor reconstruction and re-upholstery of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, plus some even smaller repaving and plaster projects at Cayuga Heights Elementary School. The largest chunk of this, presumably, is the eight new full-size school buses and one full-size wheelchair-accessible bus. Proposition 3: Voter registration This proposition would offer unregistered voters in ICSD the opportunity to register to vote in-house at the District Clerk’s office throughout the school year without a pre-requisite Board of Registration meeting.


Shapiro, the executive director of Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca, was the first outside candidate to announce his candidacy, emerging a month ago after an unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Tompkins County Legislature. Perhaps his most salient campaign plank thus far is a desire to investigate and hopefully institute universal pre-kindergarten options in ICSD. The experi-

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ence of raising children is more financially burdensome now more than ever, and a lack of early spots for students exacerbates the issue. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $10 million in available state funding over the last calendar year for such programs in certain districts throughout New York state. “I just feel like the way I want to involve myself is making sure that kids at a young age are getting support they need to be successful in life,” Shapiro said. “If I were

to get elected onto a school board one of my biggest issues would be how to make sure we were funding pre-kindergarten for anyone in the community who wants it.” Shapiro has taken part of his cue on this issue from his own personal life. He has three children, and despite a two-parent household with stable and decent wages, the price of pre-kindergarten is a much bigger burden now for his third child then it was five years ago for his first two. He said that example is not a complaint about his own situation, but rather an explanation that if it can impact his family that much, those with less means are sure to be


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hit harder. “It’s going to hurt tremendously but we’re going to keep doing that anyway, and that’s with the two of us having good jobs,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who are middle-income, lower middle-income, who just can’t afford to keep their kids in good pre-elementary school programs, and at the same time make too much money so they can’t qualify for the programs in their school districts.” While Shapiro’s inspiration to run is child-based, he reiterated that when he decided he wanted to become involved with local politics one of his prerequisites was to avoid developing tunnel vision on children’s issues since they already make up his career. “I decided a couple years ago as I was going to participate in local politics, I was going to make sure that with whatever platform I was given, I wasn’t only fighting for children but I was fighting for equity for everybody,” he said.


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point of joining with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a vegan advocacy group, and begin working to change. The food pyramid has a long history in the United States. It was first adopted by the US Department of Agriculture in the 1990s, was adapted in 2005 and then changed wholesale to MyPlate in 2011. It’s undergone several adjustments and shifts during that time, but Mills said as it currently stands, with dairy still holding daily recommendations of multiple servings, it’s insufficient, at least for minorities. Mills’ primary recommendation was to avoid these foods individually as activism and lobbying continue to attempt influencing change on federal dietary guide-

BOE, including serving on bodies like the Parent-Teacher Association and the like, that it’s now time to try his hand at impacting change from within. In terms of experience navigating the issues that have come before the BOE, Goodrich has cut his teeth over the years primarily with his role in speaking out following the infamous lead situation in ICSD’s drinking water in 2016 and his deep involvement with the ongoing controversy regarding the overall learning environment in Enfield Elementary School. Goodrich is a long-time Ithaca resident who returned to the area after serving in the Navy, and has extensive history both personally and through family members with ICSD. The central message of his campaign is an equalization of voices, drawing upon both complaints he has heard and his own experience occasionally butting heads with the board to form that basis. Goodrich acknowledges all involved parties are striving for the best outcome for students, board members included, but that the dynamic between the board and the public has become unbalanced which results in inequality. “We need to build a better community with everybody involved, because after talking with a lot of parents, teachers, caregivers, staff, everybody involved, there’s a perception that they’re not heard,” Goodrich said. “So when you’re having these discussions with the school board, you get this perception that they don’t care. Whether it’s real or perceived is up for debate. But that’s why my slogan is ‘A voice for all.’” That slogan, he said, means every concerned shareholder from students to janitors to the top of the administration should be allotted at least the right to be heard and have their voice counted. That wouldn’t involve lowering the bar for dislines. Obviously, as an advocate he’s coming from a place of some bias, but he said a plant-based diet is probably the best policy for most minorities, a regimen customized to be low in fat and high in fiber. Race and ethnicity dominated the majority of Mills’ lecture, though classism was also specifically mentioned, with Mills noting the inequalities in that realm slash across all demographics. Regardless, the message of his lecture was clear, agree or not: dairy has been granted an undue place in our lives and at our dinner tables, and he believes it’s deserved reconsideration for a long time. “I look at dairy foods like crystal meth,” Mills said tongue-in-cheek. “It’s something you can do for fun, but it’s not necessary for your health and there’s a lot of harm in it.”•

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course, he said, but rather lifting those who feel like they have a lesser platform up to the level of everyone else. “I hope that when I’m there, I can listen to people and make them feel like they’re being heard, and if they don’t feel like they’re being heard,� Goodrich said. “I’ve stood up in the roughest things, I’ve been shot down by every single [board member], I know what it’s like to be on the other side of that table, begging for help and feeling like nobody hears you.� Among other things, Goodrich would like to see a strengthening of the district’s trade options in a way that could continue fostering development for students who either can’t or don’t want to continue into higher education. Now a member of the local Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Goodrich said he knows that path, having attended trade school while in the Navy, and that it should be prioritized more and destigmatized. “We need to figure out and identify the kids who maybe aren’t college-bound, and not tell them they’re failures for not going but maybe give them life tools so when they get out of high school they can go into a trade,� Goodrich said. “Everything is about college, college, college. That’s not necessarily the answer. That’s a one-size-fits-all, and that’s not how education works.�


Labonte, the outsider candidate at least in this race, has lived in Ithaca for three years after moving around quite a bit as a result of her husband’s military career. While she’s currently a stay-at-home mom, she had previously spent several years working in and around the airline industry. She finally gets to settle down now, after moving over a dozen times throughout her life, and said she has been attending board meetings since the 2016 lead issue spiked her interest. Family issues precluded her from seeking a position during last year’s BOE elections, but she’s now entered


the race with a laundry list of issues she wants to address as a potential member of the board. That list is highlighted by a few primary topics, namely working to increase transparency (a lack of which she believes led to the manifestation of certain issues like the 2016 lead situation), exploring ways to provide childcare to enable parents to work full-time then pick up their children (though she acknowledges that further work on the logistics of transportation would be needed as well) and balancing the influence of technology usage in the classroom. While the last topic may seem to be counterintuitive to the normal embrace of technology as a learning tool, Labonte correctly points out that studies are emerging more and more which at least question the amount of time children and students should be spending staring at screens at young ages and the benefits versus the opportunity of fully integrating technology so early. Labonte’s heard arguments from parents on both sides of the issue and thinks the conversation deserves a longer look at the board level to examine the efficacy of studies that have been conducted and strike that perfect medium. “Technology is the wave of the future, I understand that,� she said. “It’s amazing to hear different perspectives on this, because

it’s important to understand there’s such a balance you have to hold [...] There’s both sides of it, I would like to find some footing and balance on that.â€? She also spoke of the important of establishing stronger teacher support in and out of the classroom so they feel comfortable relaying information to parents and administrators. While Labonte didn’t specifically point to the Enfield situation as an indicator, questions about teacher resources has come up numerous times in that debate. “In terms of being a parent and knowing where your child is at in their learning and I think that’s really important and I think that support for teachers allows for that open communication,â€? she said. “It’s a trust issue too, we have to know that people become teachers not because they want to make a great amount of money, but because they have a vested interest in what happens with children and their future.â€? Similar to Goodrich, she also wants to make trades a more appealing option to students coming out of high school, something she thinks can be accomplished by a deeper partnership with Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) perhaps in the form of shadowing days or something similar.•

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Playing In The Big Time By Ste ve L aw re nc e

In the world of youth sports, there are local teams, there are travel teams, and then there are teams that we can call Travel teams with a capital “T.” Many young athletes are happy to play against opponents from their own town, and if they get an opportunity to take their game to neighboring counties, that’s a step up. Others play in leagues that travel the Binghamton, Syracuse, Elmira, Rochester loop, and when a family brings hotels into the mix, it involves a higher level of commitment. For the Poole family, the travel can carry a capital “T” and the commitment can carry a capital “C.” For the past three years, 11 year-old Nathaniel Poole has played travel hockey for the Syracuse National, a AAA team that is a perennial Top 20 team for kids born in 2007 (teams are made up of kids born in the same year). Ron Poole, Nathaniel’s dad, told me, “The team starts up in September, and usually goes through March.” He added, “We usually travel two weekends a month, and we go to Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, New Jersey,

London, Ontario… and we play against the best birth-year teams out there.” Ron is an Ithaca guy, born and bred (Ithaca High class of ’82), and his wife, Kathy, is a Cornell grad. Both holders of Master’s degrees (Ron is a banker and Kathy is a teacher), the Pooles are willing to do what it takes to support their sons in sia later this month, as Nathaniel has been their pursuits, but priorities must remain selected to play for Team USA in the 2018 in order. Ron said, “We believe that balEuroChem Cup. The U.S. team (based ance is the key, and school is the number out of Albany) will play against teams one priority. We also believe that diverfrom Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, sity is key (in terms of playing multiple sports), and our other son, Brennan – who Lithuania, Russia and Switzerland and, Ron says, “It has been said that Vladimir is 8 – plays hockey and baseball, and he’s Putin plans to607-277-7000 attend.” x220 also into karate.” The players and families will gather this Nathaniel is finding that balance to Newspaper: Thursday for a big fundraising event in Alserve him well, as he has been the leading bany, where Governor Cuomo and several goal scorer on the Nationals team, and he other municipal reps will be in attendance. was the Central New York PGA Player of The contingent will leave for Russia on the Year for 9-11 year-old golfers. NaMay 24, and will be there until May 30. thaniel is also enjoying his time with the Ithaca Cal Ripken 12-U baseball team, and Prior to leaving, the players and families will go to Albany for a dinner with some his dad says, “In fact, Nathaniel has found Russian families, and they will learn more baseball to be just as enticing as hockey.” As for putting that capital “T” in travel, about the language, culture and tradithe Pooles are gearing up for a trip to Rus- tions. Ron laughed and stated, “We have

already learned that if you give someone flowers, it has to be an odd number or it will be perceived as an insult!” The team will be bringing to Russia two interpreters, a team doctor and a reporter. While excited for this great opportunity, Ron Poole – ever the banker – can’t help but to crunch numbers. Shaking his head (and smiling), he said, “If Nathaniel ever makes any money from this stuff, he can forget saying ‘I’m going to Disneyland,’ he can say ‘Thank you Dad!’” *** Congrats to the Big Red men’s lacrosse team on winning the Ivy League Tournament in very convincing fashion. It was no surprise when Cornell beat Brown 7-4 in the semis (afterClient: all, the Red had put a 19-5 hammering on the Bruins 2 weeks prior), but when Cornell took the field against #1 ranked Yale, no one would have been shocked if Cornell had to hope for a bid to the NCAA tournament. Removing all doubt, the Red roughed up the Bulldogs by a 14-8 score to secure the league’s automatic bid. CU will play Syracuse on Sunday.

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Michael Turback’s Latest Explores The Height Of The American Nightclub


By Nick Reynolds

ocal author and onetime restaurateur Michael Turback, with more than 20 books under his belt, is as prolific a writer as they come. A pioneer of the New York culinary scene (his old restaurant, Turback’s of Ithaca, was considered one of the Finger Lakes Region’s first “destination” restaurants for its use of locally sourced ingredients), Turback’s catalogue includes everything from a cookbook based around wares available at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market to comprehensive books on gin, champagne, ice cream sundaes and even hot chocolate. An entertainer by trade, Turback has long specialized in spreading the gospel of fine dining, marrying the subject with rich cultural context and an unparalleled joy of the pursuit for knowledge and understanding. But his latest project, he recently said over a shot of espresso in Ithaca’s Press Café on an unseasonably cold day, is a little more personal in its meaning and takes a distinct departure from his typical style. “What A Swell Party It Was: Rediscovering Food & Drink From The Golden Age Of The American Nightclub” is a dense little tome chock full of recipes and richlyinvestigated pop cultural history that provides the reader with an intuitive feel for the big clubs of yesterday’s cities; those lofty, high-minded and oftentimes, unruly establishments that flourished from the end of Prohibition up into the 1950s. As a child, Turback would constantly listen to his parents’ music while growing up on the outskirts of New York, learning to love the sentimental sounds of the big band era in which the elder Turbacks had been immersed as a young couple of the 1940s. While other kids were versed in the rock and roll and rhythm and blues characteristic of the popular tastes of his youth, his days would be passed with the likes of singers like Billie Holiday or the virtuosity of great horn players like Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. The music left such an impression on the young Turback that, when he opened his first restaurant, the music playing softly in the background would be that of an era gone more than four or five decades past. “We had a big record collection, with more than a hundred 78s,” he recalled. “That era was always kind of special to me, because of my parents.” A family of movie buffs, he loved the adven-

tures of silver screen protagonists like Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora (“the couple that taught America to drink,” he joked) and was simultaneously steeped in the language of food and wine from his family’s own background as restaurateurs. And so, when his publisher approached him prodding about what his next project would be, Turback knew immediately what he wanted to do: he wanted to bring all those sentimental elements together to paint a picture of a wild time in American culture that – in respect to eras like Prohibition itself – had never been touched. “It was really an era from the end of Prohibition up to and including World War II, when the nightclubs were a refuge with soldiers on leave,” he said. “Other eras have been written about in detail but this one – in a number of respects – had never been touched.” He found out early on that the task would be a daunting one. While the magazines of the era extensively catalogued the wild tales to come from the booths and dancefloors of the great clubs of New Orleans, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, little detail on the other aspects of the clubs – the food they served, the drinks its clientele imbibed – was readily available, leaving Turback to do much of the digging independently. Luckily, the Cornell School Of Hotel Administration has a menu collection, where he found menus for about one-third of the clubs he had in mind. Then, he went to Ebay for the other third, buying up as many menus as he could find from the era’s most legendary nightclubs. The rest, he found through old issues of Billboard Magazine’s dispatches of the club scene at the time which, through general descriptions of the dishes served, Turback was able to reverse engineer what the socialites in each of the scenes were eating and drinking. “A lot of modern recipes are influenced by that time,” he said. “You can see some versions of some of those dishes today, so you have to play around with the portions and be read up on what ingredients were available at the time.” From there on, all that was left to do was reconcile the culinary aspects of his story with the cultural. Because of the freewheeling and often, laterunning hours of the clubs, meals were served from dinner all the way through breakfast, the menus offering the standards of steak and fish to a mix of “Frenchified” dishes (classily plated, but palatable to the American consumer not yet ready for traditional European cuisine), hearty pasta dishes and, because many of the kitchens were staffed from the wave of immigrants coming from Italy and the Far East, hearty Italian dishes and even selections of Chinese dishes were common sections of the menu. “Chinese cooks then were a dime a dozen,” said Turback. “So at all of the clubs, this was the type of May

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food they were cooking for other people on staff so, eventually, they just decided to put it on the menu.” And people drank – heavily. There are too many stories from the era – Sinatra throwing a cake at the maitre de, countless movie stars brawling with each other – “these places were a non-stop party,” Turback said. “Prohibition was 18 years long and there was clearly a pent-up desire to drink socially again. So the clubs were an excuse to just let go, a place to do the types of things you would never do anywhere else.” The influence of the nightclub had an outward presence on all aspects of American life at the time. From depictions in film to the magazines lining newsstands in cities and towns from coast to coast, tales of liquored-up debauchery and the glamorous routine of flashing camera bulbs (a precursor to the tabloid era) and roaring bands enchanted the public. Out of the legendary stories from places like the Blackhawk in Chicago to the Cotton Club in New York City, a cult of influence grew from these clubs, as radio listeners from the midwest – inspired by the live broadcasts of the house bands on NBC or CBS – would pile onto buses to throw their savings at a few nights in the big city. “I would find postcards from the clubs that people would fill out and send back to Hastings, Nebraska,” Turback laughed. “For that one night, the ordinary person could be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers.” Though the nightclubs of y e s t e rd ay are but a m e m o r y, Tu r b a c k said they still serve an important function in remembering our h i s t o r y. For many Americans, it was their first exposure to cultures other than their own, packaged and delivered in a forum where they could forget themselves and branch out. But the story of the American nightclub also speaks volumes to human nature itself, and our innate desire to experience something beyond ourselves. “People are looking for escapism,” said Turback. “You’re never going to get that sitting at home watching Netflix and even then, no matter what film you’re watching, you’re never going to get the same feel as going out to a theater and sitting there, feeling the atmosphere of the room. Live music, and the opportunity to drink, dance and sometimes eat… it’s a human instinct to want that freedom from the rest of your life. There’s always been some outlet out of normalcy and in that era, the club was just that. Once you set foot in that club, you almost had a license to do drink more than you would, eat more than you would, spend more than you would… it was a license to go ahead and be naughty for a night.”•

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IT: You are on the road with the band. How has a touring life shaped you as a musician? (What has been great and a little hard for you)? TN: We’ve basically been on the road since February 10th. Longest time ever in one stretch. It’s been quite a journey from recording on a 3,300 pecan plantation outside of El Paso, to the Suwanee Roots Revival festival in Live Oak Florida, to Nashville where we finished the new record, back down to Austin, Texas, over to Lafayette, Louisiana, up to Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC, and now on our way over to the Shakori Hills festival in Silk Hope, NC. Road life like everything has its ups and downs, its pros and cons. It’s exciting and can be very rewarding, gratifying, and interesting. It also has its challenges and can be very tiring. Taking care of oneself, eating right, getting sleep, keeping up with paying bills, so on and so forth.


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f any band has been busy of late, it seems to be Donna the Buffalo. They were recently out at MerleFest – a roots-based festival in North Carolina – all last weekend and had a pretty hectic schedule before then, looking out toward a busy summer on tour with co-founders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins. Nevins stopped long enough with her busy schedule to do an interview with the Ithaca Times ahead of the band’s performance at the Dock on May 11th. Ithaca Times: You have been playing with Donna the Buffalo for more than two decades. Talk about the music of this group. Do you see it as a jam band or an American group? Tara Nevins: Donna The Buffalo is hard to pigeon hole stylistically. With several traditional and contemporary influences and colorings in our music it probably can best be said that we are an “Americana” band. We are not specifically a Jam band in that our music centers around the lyrical content of the song rather than the jam.

That being said, we are a dance band and of course do our share of jamming. We are “Americana”. IT: Is there a process for Donna the Buffalo when you all get ready to go into the recording studio? TN: We organize the list of potential songs for the record and we have a pre-production rehearsal with whoever is producing the record. IT: With so much music the group has played, do you think the band will come out with a double release? Perhaps even a double live version of some songs? TN: We do have 1 double live CD “The American Ballroom” and doing another one is not out of the question. IT: There is so much music coming out every week and one can hear virtually everything on the Web. Talk about your current musical influences. (And what music is special for you now or do you have different artists you are listening to?)

IT: In your spare time, when your not playing music, what other things do you do to relax? TN: I listen to a wide variety of music from traditional, to contemporary to mainstream. I enjoy discovering new bands. Coming across a band that turns my head is exciting and inspiring. I recently heard “Calexico” at The Old Settlers Festival near Austin, Texas and was blown away. Something fresh to my ears, a musi-

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pera Ithaca admirably gives us not only classics, like its recent Carmen, but also fascinating contemporary works, especially those by women, which reflect other cultures. The company’s fourth season closes this week with Song from the Uproar, a 75-minute opera in English. Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek were inspired by a provocative historical figure, the writerexplorer Isabelle Eberhardt. Born in 1877 into an unconventional Swiss family of Russian descent, Eberhardt early challenged social norms by wearing boy’s clothing, finding it more comfortable. Her father, a former Orthodox priest turned atheist, homeschooled her (she knew seven languages, including classical Arabic) and encouraged her nonconformity, as did her mother, who accompanied her, at 20, to Algeria. There they lived apart from the French colonists and as close to the Arab community as possible. Her mother’s presence is not included in the opera, however; Eberhardt’s life is far too complex to be captured in any form but an exhaustive biography. This young woman, enthralled with Arabic culture, wrote fiction and journalism, lived marginally, loved liberally, attempted suicide multiple times, consumed quantities of alcohol and drugs, suffered addiction and malarial fevers and possibly syphilis. Her writing resisted French colonialism; perceived as a threat, she was blacklisted in France, survived an assassination attempt, and ultimately took the stand to argue and win a less severe sentence for her attacker. A convert to Islam, Eberhardt was known as Si Mahmoud Saadi; loving men, she nevertheless dressed and passed as a man, eventually marrying an Algerian soldier. More nomad and vagabond than explorer, she died in 1904, impoverished and worn, in a desert flash flood in Aïn Séfra, Algeria. She was 27. Her convoluted life story resonates with passion, desperation, and a determination to live freely whatever the cost. This is the essence of the opera –– Mazzoli’s first, in 2012; she’s since created works around other dramatic female protagonists, such as Lot’s Wife and Bess of Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. Well suited to the Cherry Artspace, this minimalist production, directed and designed by Joshua Borths, features only a large, low dais, covered with a shimmering cloth that’s alternately lit –– and moves –– like sand or sea. Dappled projections on the bare plywood wall above present Eberhardt family photos, camel-traversed desert dunes, sailing ships in harbor, and mesmerizing tiled domes of mosques. There’s also an intermittent narrative screened as abrupt factual statements (“a woman ahead of her time”), almost like labels, the only unpoetic aspect of this production. (At one point we’re unnecessarily told “drinking does not

relieve suffering.”) Unfortunately, the song lyrics are not also projected, perhaps because the language is English, but with the orchestral intensity, this means that often nearly half of Royce Vavrek’s lyrics are lost. While the music, acting, and ambience here offer considerable emotion, an operatic production needs to acknowledge the art of language as well. Mazzoli’s arresting, electronic-infused score was aptly hailed by the L.A. Times reviewer as “seductive, meditative, spiritually elusive and subversive.” Here conductor Keith Chambers, on percussive piano, heads a small orchestra that sweeps listeners through Eberhardt’s diverse moods and psychic states. Insistent, pulsing, the musical phrases never resolve; even at the end there’s only a dying fall, not resolution –– echoing this woman’s endless unanswered quest. Mazzoli’s music is both tumultuous and haunting. (Eager to continue listening, I was delighted to learn the original cast recording is released by New Amsterdam Records.) Onstage, Kara Cornell portrays Eberhardt, accompanied by a black-garbed ensemble of five –– Joshua Dykes, Christopher Hauser, Josi Petersen, Rachel Silverstein, and Sarah Welden. The choral group represent lovers and witnessing townspeople, inquisitively both searching and spotlighting with their flashlights (a device which becomes overused); they manipulate the sea- and sand-cloth that eventually becomes a shroud. Cornell wears a black gown she soon trades for trousers; overall, this narrative makes little of Eberhardt’s cross-dressing life, rather curiously choosing to emphasize her troubled love of one man. Or so it seems –– much of the performance is suggestive and symbolic here, rather than literal. But the imprecision of the story doesn’t obscure the passion, and Cornell delivers that powerfully, both vocally and physically. At moments she actually looks like the young Eberhardt (from an iconic photo); when dissolution comes, her features seem to fall apart. Matching the music’s turbulence –– turmoil punctuated by moments of peacefulness –– Cornell’s performance is a striking embodiment of Eberhardt’s fiercely free-spirited life. It begins and ends with Cornell splayed, fallen, an unforgettable image of this adventurer’s ironic death by drowning in a parched land.•

Song from the Uproar by Missey Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek. Opera Ithaca at The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca. May 9 and 10, 7 p.m. Tickets at the door and at The company’s upcoming fifth season features diverse offerings: Hamlet, A Little Night Music, La Boheme, Liberation and Enchantress, a world premiere. May

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he Sultans of String are a hard band to put in a box. The three-time JUNO nominees (basically the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys) and all-around good people have been on tour almost nonstop since last September, bringing their genre-defying blend of instrumental folk to almost every corner of Canada down as far as Florida. Blending together a passport of musical styles including “Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms,” according to their website, the Sultans of String marry a sitar track almost seamlessly with soulfully melodic fiddle-playing and persistent rhythms that leave their audiences spellbound. The Ithaca Times caught up with the group’s founder, Chris McKhool, ahead of their upcoming show at The Hangar Theater on May 11.

Blowing in the Wind and there is a folk club in Toronto that was doing a review of Bob Dylan in wacky ways, so they invited us to perform there. So for instance, we would do that with Anwar.

Ithaca Times: Let’s just jump right into it. You’re the founder of the Sultans of String, if I’m not totally mistaken. Are you like the cofounder?

IT: Absolutely. Does that song hold special significance to you guys because of being a world music band and traveling all over and taking so much from different cultures?

Chris McKhool: That’s right. So I’m the bandleader, violin player and cofounder with Kevin Laliberté the guitar player that I write most of the material with and I guess we met, we met maybe even almost 15 years ago. We actually kind of accidentally met on a jazz gig where he was sent in as a substitute guitar player for another guitar player who couldn’t make it and I heard him warming up on his guitar. He was playing this rumba rhythm, you know like a Jesse Cook, Gypsy Kings kind of vibe and I fell in love with that rhythm immediately. I was like, Oh man, what’s that? Was that rhythm? It sounds amazing. And he said, well, that’s rumba flamenca, the coolest rhythm around. I quickly learned that you could put almost any song to a rumba rhythm and it just adds so much energy and life to it. So we started writing some songs. Actually, the first kind of gigs we had were in a little club in a basement north of Toronto and we had three hours to fill and we only knew half a dozen songs together. So we spent most of the night just making music up off the top of our heads. And a lot of that music we still play today. Some of our best songs come out of those early improvisations. Since then we’ve toured around the whole world and played with all kinds of amazing special guests all over the place. This project with Anwar Khurshid is super fun. IT: Is Anwar an official member of the band nowadays? CM: Well, we call him an honorary member. He’s on some of the gigs, but only when we’re playing that material usually. One of the songs we did for the album is

That Dylan tune was one of the tunes that we discovered that we knew in common, which was kind of a funny moment because, Anwar, he’s Canadian, he now lives in Canada, but originally, he’s from Pakistan where he wasn’t really permitted to play his sitar. It was a little bit of a surprise when I learned that Blowing in the Wind was one of the first songs that he learned on his sitar even back when he was living in South Asia. The song’s 50 years old and it’s in English, but that’s the mark of a real great song when it can survive that long and cross all political, linguistic, cultural, musical boundaries and find itself in the hands of a sitar player.

CM: Definitely. There’s a line in the song, I’m going to get it wrong because it’s out of context, but “How many years can some people exist before they’re allowed to be free?” That has great relevance for Anwar coming to North America, but also our percussionist that we record with and tour with some of the time, Rosendo Chendy Leon, is originally from Cuba and he came to Canada for very much the same reason, as a place where he could find freedom. As was the case with my grandfather who came to Canada as a stowaway on a ship in 1903 from Lebanon. The band is this amalgamation of people from around the globe. IT: That’s incredible. You guys have all come together to do this musical project from all over and now you’re all based in Canada. CM: It is a place where people do come from all over to find the freedom to be who they are. As musicians, as artists, we want to be free. You don’t get thrown in jail in Canada for speaking your mind about politics. Read The Full Interview At

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hey look like bubbles, with hexagonal and pentagonal sides in varying sizes, the twodimensional forms appearing to jut out from the surface of the canvas. Painted as though the forms are clear, with wispy white strokes marking each distinct edge, the bubbles (which could also be the closeup of a crystal), refract light in ways that provide rainbow-like coloring in soft starbursts and gentle gradations. The piece is a painting, but it looks very close to life with the organic quality of its forms and the astute attention given to layer upon layer of brushstrokes, alluding toward light and dimension with a surprising air of effortlessness. Openings by Rosalyn Richards is beautiful in color use and execution, near whimsical with the ethereal qualities of its mystique. It depicts real-life matter that’s been magnified into abstraction. It’s difficult to know what exactly one is seeing, but therein lies the point: the shapes themselves become the subject. Openings is but one artwork in DeConstruct/Re-Construct, a collection of work at Corners Gallery up through May 25. The gallery is divided between three artists in the show—Rosalyn Richards,

Werner Sun, and Rebecca Aloisio—each of whom explores the dissection of visual space, taking objects that are presumably recognizable at the start and subverting them into something new and unique to themselves and their own perspectives. Werner Sun’s work is the most dominating in the show, as the art is exhibited as an eclectic mixture of sizes and media. While some more sculptural folded paper pieces hang from the ceiling, other works are hung against the wall or directly stuck to it using pins. A particle physicist by trade, Sun takes the science of objects (both the natural, more molecular forms and shapes and literal photographs, such that of a field of grass, as inspiration) and transforms them into more artistic creations intent on being observed. In some pieces, paper is folded into

three-dimensional pyramidal shapes that are attached to wooden boards. The forms poke out intriguingly, creating texture and dimension that is actual rather than figurative, entering three-dimensional space. In other works, the same triangular shapes are painted carefully then cut out and attached to more wooden boards. These latter pieces function in reverse to the former ones: while three-dimensionality is depicted, the pieces themselves are confined to the flat surface of two-dimensionality. The largest piece of work takes up an entire wall. It is black and white, though mostly an expanse of white background, with a pattern of sculpturally folded chevrons jutting forward from the wall. The image on the paper itself is abstract, looking like a series of expressionistic countries on a map. With focus, in conversation with the rest of the show, they reveal themselves to be the same painted pyramidal shapes, abstracted by digital manipulation that was then printed large-scale and folded into a new piece altogether that is visually stimulating and altogether engrossing. Sun’s work combines collage, abstraction, and depiction, playing with angles and placement of the works for a sensorial experience that is slightly out of the ordinary, but that utilizes the ordinary as its starting point in a fascinating way. Lastly, the show includes the monoprints and mixed media works of Rebecca Aloisio, whose self-proclaimed aim is to manipulate and deconstruct recognizable forms to produce works that delve beyond abstraction, challenging viewers to question the authenticity of what they see. The pieces quite literally work with shared materials. While Red Agog is an abstract monoprint of red strokes, green and blue circles, and various cut-out shapes and edges, Black Visor and Blue and Pink take the pieces of plastic used to ink the original prints and cuts them up, attaching them into new collage patterns on the page. Other pieces too use the leftover materials used to make prints as the subject matter behind the visual images themselves in self-referential fashion. In this way, the pieces seem to comment on the processes used to make visual images, and thus how the images are manipulated through their creation, no longer being what they may have originally been. All three artists in De-Construct/ReConstruct manipulate ways of seeing in their own ways for altogether lovely and fascinating results.•

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Music 5/9 Wednesday

Opera Ithaca Presents Song from the Uproar | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, 5/9 Wednesday | Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | A 75-minute, English-language contemporary opera. Inspired by the true story of Isabelle Eberhardt, a radical Swiss writer and explorer who published her first works under a male pseudonym and lived her later life in Algeria having converted to Islam and adopting the male identity. Djug Django | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, 5/9 Wednesday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | (Hot Club Jazz, Blues, Swing) Whistling Dyl and the Wild Band of Cowboys | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/9 Wednesday | Stonecat Cafe, 5315 State Route 414, Hector | Sacred Chanting with Damodar Das and Friends | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 5/9 Wednesday | Varying Locations, , | Refer to Damodar Das Kirtan on Facebook for location schedule.

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Synth Night | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM, 5/9 Wednesday | Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 139 W State St, Ithaca | Live performances on analog, modular, and vintage synthesizers every second Wednesday at the Kava Lounge. This is a social event that is part performance, part synth meetup. 8-8:30 is hangout and gear chat, then starting around 8:30 musicians take turns playing 15-30 minute sets. Wednesday Live Music | 8:00 PM-, 5/9 Wednesday | Rulloff’s, 411 College Ave, Ithaca | (Local bands, Soloists) The Big Lonesome w/ Kitestring | 9:00 PM-1:00 AM, 5/9 Wednesday | The Range, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca | Folk Rock

5/10 Thursday

Opera Ithaca Presents Song from the Uproar | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, 5/10 Thursday | Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | A 75-minute, Englishlanguage contemporary opera. Inspired by the true story of Isabelle Eberhardt, a radical Swiss writer and explorer who published her first works under a male pseudonym and lived her later life in Algeria having converted to Islam and adopting the male identity. Vapors of Morphine | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/10 Thursday | Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer | The ‚‘90s band Morphine pioneered a new type of music - ‚“Low Rock‚“ - that had fans grooving worldwide to seductive, sultry and intoxicating sounds that flowed from a wildly innovative lineup: a baritone saxophone, a 2-string slide bass and drums. The Vinyl Showcase | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/10 Thursday | Atlas Bowl, 61 W Main St, Trumansburg | Each week a new local DJ, collector or vinyl

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enthusiast spins a fresh of of vinyl cuts. Mike Titlebaum, Catherine Gale Quintet | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/10 Thursday | Madeline’s Restaurant, 215 E State St, Ithaca | (Jazz, Swing) Drag Show w/ The House of Merlot | 9:30 PM-1:00 AM, 5/10 Thursday | The Range, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca |

5/11 Friday

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers | 7:30 PM-, 5/11 Friday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Presenting the free concert ‚“The Quilt Speaks: Signs and Symbols from the Underground Railroad‚“ . DCJS is a diverse chorus of some 80 singers who perform locally and throughout the region. Their mission is to preserve the Negro Spiritual and the use of its themes of sorrow, despair, and hope to promote racial healing and social justice. Spring Concert | 7:30 PM-9:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 East Main St, Trumansburg | Please join the Trumansburg Community Chorus for their spring concert. Sultans of String | 8:00 PM-, 5/11 Friday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves HereNowHear | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | HereNowHear (Ryan McCullough and Andrew Zhou, pianos) Includes works for two pianos by Stravinsky, Gy√∂rgy

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Ligeti, and the premiere of the revised version of Christopher Stark’s Foreword for pianos and electronics, written for the duo. Richie Stearns at Red Newt Bistro | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Red Newt Bistro, 3675 Tichenor Road, Hector | He‚‘s been described as one of the major innovators of 5-string banjo playing, a wonderfully idiosyncratic musician. Happy Hour w/ The Desert Stones | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | The Range, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca | Rock Covers Hot Dogs and Gin Returns To The Boathouse Beer Garden! | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Boathouse Beer Garden, 6128 State Route 89, Romulus | Young guitar prodigy Eamonn Hubert is coming back with his bandHot Dogs & Ginto the Boathouse Beer Garden. Don’t miss this amazingly talented young guitarist playing all your classic rock favorites! Donna the Buffalo | 8:00 PM-, 5/11 Friday | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Wayne Gottlieb & Brian Earle | 9:00 PM-11:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Agava, 381 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca | Wayne Gottlieb is the singer and song writer for the Pelotones, an Ithaca based swing jazz band, but he also performs solo on guitar and vocals. Accompanied by clarinet player Brian Earle, Wayne will be playing a variety of jazz standards, blues and R & B, including originals. Rocky Burning w/ She’s a Spy | 9:30 PM-, 5/11 Friday | The Range, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca | Indie Rock/Popay |

5/12 Saturday

Jeremy Gershonowitz, cello recital | 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday |

Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Jeremy Gershonowitz, senior cello recital. The Mersey Beatles | 7:30 PM-, 5/12 Saturday | Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | Beatles cover band Symphoria Masterworks Series: Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Crouse Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse | Two revolutionary composers, both as musicians and as humanists. Beethoven‚‘s Emperor Piano Concerto is performed by Syracusefavorite Jon Nakamatsu. Mostly Motown | 7:30 PM-, 5/12 Saturday | First Unitarian Church Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca | Mostly Motown will be doing their big spring show on May 12 at 7:30 at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca. Great tunes by Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Supremes and much more Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers‚‘ Spring Concert | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 N Aurora Street, Ithaca | The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and under the direction of Gerald Wolfe will give a performance of Antonin Reicha‚‘s Requiem. In addition the Chamber Singers will sing Charles Gounod‚‘s Messe Chorale. Cornell Jazz Band Swing Fling | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | Cornell University Jazz Band; Paul Merrill, director. ‚“Swing Fling‚“ features big band arrangements with dancing and refreshments, plus dance instruction at 7:00 PM. Admission: $5 (at the door). Renaissance: A Symphonic Journey | 8:00 PM-, 5/12 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Their career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. Go Gone Gets It All Going At The Boathouse! | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, 5/12

Saturday | Boathouse Beer Garden, 6128 State Route 89, Romulus | Go Gone is regular on the club and festival circuit in the Finger Lakes region. These extremely talented cats play original roots, rock & blues. Tri-Cities Opera at Red Newt | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Red Newt Bistro, 3675 Tichenor Road, Hector | Celebrate spring and enjoy an evening of jazz standards, musical theatre favorites, and lighter operatic fare. Complimentary wine tasting starts at 4:30pm. Binghamton Community Orchestra Spring Concert, ‚“Our Town,‚“ Conducted by Dr. Timothy Perry | 7:00 PM-9:30 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Binghamton East Middle School, 167 E. Frederick Street, Binghamton | Music Program with feature works by Pachelbel, Verdi, Handel, Butterworth, Berlioz, Faure, Beethoven, Dvorak and Gilbert. Tickets available at the door. Children 12 and under free. Raised on Radio at Farrell’s Pub | 8:00 PM-11:55 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Farrell’s Pub, 114 Main Street, Groton | Journey through time with Raised on Radio. Dance and sing to some of your favorite rock songs over the years.

5/13 Sunday

Cornell University Jazz Ensemble | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, 5/13 Sunday | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Cornell University Jazz Ensemble and Appel Jazz Combo; Paul Merrill, director. Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble presents annual Mother’s Day Concert | 4:00 PM-, 5/13 Sunday | Unitarian Church Of Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca | This concert features Brahms‚‘s beloved Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Mahler‚‘s Songs of a Wayfarer for Baritone and Piano, and Schoenberg‚‘s Verkl√§rte Nacht for String Sextet. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call (607) 272-4839. Violin studio recital | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, 5/13 Sunday | Carriage House Cafe, 305 Stewart Ave, Ithaca | Violin Recital of students from the studio of Ariana Kim. Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, 5/13 Sunday | Mix Kitchen

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afford their own home. and Bar, 205 Elmira Road, Ithaca | All jazz and blues instrumentalists and vocalists welcome. Hosted by Dennis Winge Trio. Bound for Glory | 8:30 PM-, 5/13 Sunday | Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca | Bound for Glory’s weekly live show.

5/15 Tuesday

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/15 Tuesday | Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer | Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician, and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music. The Wailers | 8:00 PM-, 5/15 Tuesday | Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo | The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston ‚“Familyman‚“ Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers‚‘ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make

musical history. Tuesday Bluesday with Danny P & friends | 6:00 PM-, 5/15 Tuesday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Blues, Rock The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters | 6:30 PM-9:30 PM, 5/15 Tuesday | The Range, 119 E. State Street, ithaca | Swing, Jazz Irish Session with members of Traonach | 7:00 PM-9:30 PM, 5/15 Tuesday | Argos Inn, 408 E State St, Ithaca | Irish, Traditional Professor Tuesday‚‘s Jazz Quartet | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 5/15 Tuesday | Madeline’s Restaurant, 215 E State St, Ithaca | (Jazz) I-Town Jazz Jam w/ Prof. Greg Evans | 9:00 PM-1:00 AM, 5/15 Tuesday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca |

Film Cinemapolis Friday, 5/11 through Thursday, 5/17. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. Final Portrait| The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacom-

etti | 90 mins R Foxtrot | A troubled family face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son’s desolate military post. | 108 mins R Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami | Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. | 120 mins NR Isle of Dogs | Set in Japan, the story follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. | 101 mins PG-13 Itzhak | A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman | 82 mins Lu Over the Wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta) | The story centers on Kai, a gloomy middle school student whose life changes after meeting Lu, a mermaid. | 112 mins PG Racer and the Jailbird (Le fidele) | Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi, a high-flying gangster, and Bibi, a young racing driver with very upper-class roots. | 130 mins NR

Revenge | Never take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway, especially one devoted to hunting – a violent lesson for three wealthy married men. | 108 mins R Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA | Tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. | TV-14 Cornell Cinema The Grand Budpest Hotel| 5/9 @ 7:30; 5/12 @ 9:30; 5/13 @ 7:30| The tale of Gustave H., a concierge at the titular plush hotel in the fictional European republic of Zubrowka in 1932. | 99 mins R Annihilation| 5/11 @ 7pm & 9:30; 5/12 @ 7pm | U.S. Army soldier Lena journeys with a team of scientists into the mysterious Area X. Not only is nothing as it seems in the otherworldly zone, but Lena’s husband, Kane, is the only person to ever return from it. | 115 mins R Regal Ithaca Breaking In| A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion. | 88 mins PG-13 Life of the Party | After her husband

Stage 5/10 Thursday Room Full of Sisters | 5:00 PM-, 5/10 Thursday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Shopping, dinner, performances LMS Drama Club: Mulan | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, 5/10 Thursday | Lansing Central School, 6 Ludlowville Rd, Lansing | Lansing Middle School Drama Club presents Mulan. Drag Show with The House of Merlot | 9:00 PM-, 5/10 Thursday | The Range, 119 E State St, Ithaca | The bi-weekly drag show with The House of Merlot.

5/11 Friday LMS Drama Club: Mulan | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Lansing Central School, 6 Ludlowville Rd, Lansing | Lansing Middle School Drama Club presents Mulan. R2P presents James and the Giant Peach | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Trumansburg Elementary School, 100 Whig St., Trumansburg | Roald Dahl‚‘s beloved story has been given new life with music! A child, some insect friends, an oversized piece of fruit, and the adventure of a lifetime awaits!

5/12 Saturday Hangar Theatre Company Presents: HAMILTUNES | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | The Hangar Theatre invites fans of Broadway‚‘s blockbuster Hamilton to gather on the stage and let their collective voices ring out during HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG. Everyone is a star in this free community sing-along. This event is FREE and open to the public, and costumes are welcome! General Admission seating, with reserved premium seating for subscribers.¬† LMS Drama Club presents “Mulan” | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Lansing Central School, 6 Ludlowville Rd, Lansing | Lansing Middle School Drama Club presents “Mulan” R2P presents James and the Giant Peach | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Trumansburg Elementary School, 100 Whig St., Trumansburg | Roald Dahl‚‘s beloved story has been given new life with music! A child,


State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca. Presenting the free concert “The Quilt Speaks: Signs and Symbols from the Underground Railroad” . DCJS is a diverse chorus of some 80 singers who perform locally and throughout the region. Their mission is to preserve the Negro Spiritual and the use of its themes of sorrow, despair, and hope to promote racial healing and social justice.

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abruptly asks for a divorce, a middleaged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.| 105 mins PG-13 Avengers: Infinity War | The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. | 149 mins PG-13 Puffs: Filmed Live Off-Broadway | For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too. |110 mins PG-13 Sunset Boulevard (1950) | A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. | 120 mins PG Overboard | A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee. | 112 mins PG-13 A Quiet Place | A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. | 90 mins PG-13 Rampage | When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. | 107 mins PG-13 Tully | A mother of three hires a night nanny to help with her newborn. | 96 mins R Bad Samaritan | A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob. | 110 mins R Super Troopers 2 | When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. | 99 mins R Black Panther | T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake. | 134 mins PG-13 Blockers |Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night |102 mins R

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some insect friends, an oversized piece of fruit, and the adventure of a lifetime awaits! Comic Paul Elia | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | On the Main Stage: Paul Elia has headlined clubs and colleges all over the country. He is a regular at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and has toured with acts such as Chris Kattan, Damon Wayans Jr, Dana Carvey, and many more. 

5/13 Sunday R2P presents James and the Giant Peach | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, 5/13 Sunday | Trumansburg Elementary School, Main St, Trumansburg | Roald Dahl‚‘s beloved story has been given new life with music! A child, some insect friends, an oversized piece of fruit, and the adventure of a lifetime awaits! Brian Regan | 8:00 PM-, 5/13 Sunday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Comedian

Special Events 14th Annual McLean Happenin’ in the Hamlet | 6:00 PM-12:00 AM, 5/10 Thursday | Rides, food, vendors, music, and more! Go to 2018 Happenin’ in the Hamlet on Facebook or call 607-283-6250 Craft Night for Adults | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, 5/10 Thursday | A night for adults to bring along their favorite craft, enjoy a snack & good company. Everyone welcome - knit, crochet, sew or anything else. Questions - e-mail Dani Perkins: The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Rummage Sale | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | Annual Fund Raiser for the benefit of The Salvation Army programs.150 N. Albany St., Ithaca, NY. Drop off 9 &10, 9-noon & 1PM -3 PM. Accepting donations of gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, small household item and small appliances. 14th Annual McLean Happenin’ in the Hamlet | 6:00 PM-12:00 AM, 5/11 Friday | Rides, food, vendors, music, and more! Go to 2018 Happenin’ in the Hamlet on Facebook or call 607-283-6250 Catching The Stars:Lighting, Music & Dance Extravaganza | 9:00

Heads Up Drama Across Borders by Ross Haarstaad Even three years past, virtually all the theater happening in Ithaca was from the English language tradition. The exception to this has been several offerings by Teatrotaller, a Cornell theater program dedicated to Latinx theatre in Spanish and English. Recently, Cherry Arts and Cornell’s Dept. of Performing and Media Arts (PMA) have begun to change that landscape. Cherry Arts, as part of its mission to “produce work that is radically local, radically global, and formally innovative,” has presented plays in translation from Serbia (Rule of Thumb), Argentina (Winter Animals, Nothing to Do with Love), Iran (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), as well as new work from Saviana

PM-11:00 PM, 5/11 Friday | JOIN US on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9pm for Catching The Stars, a Lighting, Music & Dance Extravaganza, and the PREMIERE EVENT incorporating live performance and lighting on the newly-renovated Schwartz Center Courtyard!The nighttime performance will have the dancers and musicians improvising madly in the dazzling lights shooting onto the streets and into the skies from the windows of the Schwartz Center! What a way to celebrate the end of the school year! STAMP OUT Hunger | 12:00 AM, 5/12 Saturday | Leave a sturdy bag with perishable food items next to your mailbox before mail delivery on Saturday and your postal carrier will collect the food donations and deliver them to local food agencies. Grow a Library, Plant a Seed | 8:30 AM-12:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | The Ford Memorial Library will hold their 9th Annual Plant Sale to coincide with the official Library Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony. Join

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Senator Helming, local officials, library trustees and staff to break ground for our new addition. Refreshments, activities and a bounce house for children. Find many plants for Mother’s Day. For more info: 607-869-3031 or Bake Sale/Gift Raffle | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | The Gift Raffle is something new that we are trying. So come on down for some nice Mother’s day baked goods and gifts as well as free coffee and some treats. 14th Annual McLean Happenin’ in the Hamlet | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Rides, food, vendors, music, and more! Go to 2018 Happenin’ in the Hamlet on Facebook or call 607-2836250. Mothers Day Dinner | 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Mothers support us, care for us, and bring out the best in us all year long. This Mother‚‘s Day, join us in Aurora for a special threecourse dinner designed to express our gratitude for all that mothers do for us. Downtown Ithaca Food Tour |

Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca. The Hangar Theatre invites fans of Broadway’s blockbuster Hamilton to gather on the stage and let their collective voices ring out during HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG. Everyone is a star in this free community sing-along. This event is FREE and open to the public, and costumes are welcome! General Admission seating, with reserved premium seating for subscribers.

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tion from around the world.” Friday’s activities kick off with a keynote speech by Elyse Dodgson, director of the International Department at the Royal Court Theatre in London, taking place at Cornell’s Schwartz Center at 6:30 pm. On Saturday, the conference moves to The Cherry Artspace (9:30 am–7:00 pm), and features presentations and performances of new works in translation from Ar-

11:30 AM-, 5/12 Saturday | Enjoy local cuisine on a guided walking tour of Ithaca’s unique restaurants. During a three-hour culinary adventure, satisfy your appetite for inventive and delicious food while getting a taste for our town’s history, culture, and architecture. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free tastings are available. Other dietary accommodations are on a case by case basis. Laughing Goat Fiber Farm Open House | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | The baby goats have arrived, and this is a great opportunity to visit the farm and get introduced to the newest farm residents.Laughing Goat Fiber Farm specializes in raising exotic fiber animals‚Äîangora and cashmere goats and alpacas.The open house will not only feature the goats, but also displays, exhibits, and demonstrations from other area groups.Visit Cayuga Language Presentation by


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Stanescu, a Romanian immigrant playwright now teaching at Ithaca College. Meanwhile, PMA faculty member Rebekah Maggor has produced the English Language premieres of Hamlet Wakes Up Late by Syrian playwright Mamduh Adwan, and Desert of Light, by PalestinianSyrian playwright Rama Haydar. Now Maggor has organized a conference titled ‘Drama Across Borders: The Politics and Poetics of Poetry of Contemporary Theatre in Translation’ running this Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, free and open to the public. She calls it “a rare and wonderful conference of playwrights, theatre scholars, translators, publishers, producers, and directors of drama in transla-

gentina, Austria, China, Finland, France, Korea, Palestine, Poland, Romania, and Syria, among others. Saturday features a mix of presentations and performances of new works in translation from numerous countries. In addition to local scholars, other notable institutions will be represented. As part of the events on Saturday, Maggor and Samuel Buggeln are directing local actors in short scenes of works.

Steven Henhawk | 2:00 PM-, 5/12 Saturday | Steven Henhawk is a Cayuga faithkeeper who teaches language classes in Seneca Falls. Steven will talk about the Cayuga language as well as place names and their meanings. Pancake Breakfast | 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, 5/13 Sunday | Includes all you care to eat! All proceeds benefit the Varna Community Association’s operating expenses. Candor Emergency Squad Annual Mother’s Day Chicken BBQ | 11:00 AM-, 5/13 Sunday | Cost includes: 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, roll & cookie. Recommended purchasing your tickets before that date as this BBQ always sells out. You can purchase your tickets from squad members, calling 659-5529 or e-mail or emailing Proceeds of this BBQ will go toward the purchase of Zoll CPR assist devices Mother’s Day Hike in Smith Woods | 1:00 PM-, 5/13 Sunday | Join Cornell biologist, Marvin Pritts, for the unique opportunity to experience the sights

and sounds of an old growth forest where trees over 200 years old tower to impressive heights. The hike will start at the entrance to Smith Woods at the corner of Cemetery and Fall Roads. Poor People’s Campaign Day of Action in Albany | 7:45 AM-8:00 PM, 5/14 Monday | A National Call for Moral Revival. Mass rally/demonstration at State Capitol building. Free transportation provided via two chartered buses from GIAC. Bagged lunches provided. Sign up at GIAC website to reserve your seat. Dryden Senior Citizens Lunch | 11:45 AM-, 5/14 Monday | Table service provided. Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, and brownies with ice cream. Entertainment will by Dryden High School’s “Beyond Measure” chorus and the Jazz Band. Anyone 55 or older in the area is welcome. Tree Phenology Hike | 5:30 PM-, 5/14 Monday | Come learn about tree phenology as the plants awaken from their winter slumber. Phenology is the

FINGER LAKES POTTERY TOUR: 5/12 SATURDAY & 5/13 SUNDAY Self-guided tour of three pottery studios in and surrounding Ithaca. Pottery for sale, pottery demonstrations, food trucks and fresh flowers a la carte. Meet the makers, learn about processes and celebrate handmade pottery.

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Books Buffalo St. Books Presents Trampoline Thursdays | 7:00 PM-, 5/10 Thursday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | A night of competitive storytelling where the public is invited to share their tall tales. Each contestant will be given 3 minutes to share their story and enter for a chance to be crowned the first ever Trampoline Story Champ. Wendy Jones | 2:00 PM-, 5/12 Saturday | Buffalo Street Books, Buffalo St, Ithaca | Local author Wendy Jones will discuss her book, Jane on the Brain, which reveals Jane Austen’s intuitive ability to imbue her characters with hallmarks of social intelligence and how these beloved works of literature can further illuminate the mind-brain connection.

The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections | 12:00 AM, 5/11 Friday | Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca | The exhibition features rare and unique books and documents —from 15th-century witch hunting manuals to 20th-century movie posters — and it examines themes such as gendered stereotypes, belief in night flying, shapeshifting, demonic pacts, and the witch epidemics that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands. DE - CONSTRUCT / RE- CONSTRUCT | 12:00 AM, 5/11 Friday | Corners Gallery, 903 Hanshaw Rd Ste 3, Ithaca | Installation by Werner Sun, paintings by Rosalyn Richards, prints and paintings by Rebecca Aloisio. Three artists work with reassembling images, patterns and information through visual means. Who Is Me? | 12:00 AM, 5/11 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Curated by x rance, Who Is Me? caresses the tongue of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) to tackle the biggest existential question of all: Who am I? This April through June , x rance curates their first exhibition. Roots – Real and Remembered | 12:00 AM, 5/11 Friday | State Of The Art, 120 W State St Ste 2, Ithaca | Roots – Real and Remembered, a show of sculpture and cross-stitched work by Eva M. Capobianco, will be held at State of the Art Gallery during May. Real roots were acquired from walks in nature; Remembered roots are memories from her past. In Search Of (ISO) | 12:00 AM, 5/11 Friday | The Studio, 171 East State St, Center Ithaca, Ithaca | Featuring photos from Ithaca College’s Spring 2018 Photo Workshop, the photos are curated with the help of Assistant Professor Rhonda Vanover and graduate student of Image Text Ithaca Melani Lopez. Tioga Arts & Agriculture Trail | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | The Tioga Arts & Agriculture Trail is a countywide, self-guided tour through the region’s finest art studios, galleries, and farmland. Join us on the trail this spring and discover the hidden beauty that is quintessentially Tioga County, New York.  Finger Lakes Pottery Tour | 10:00

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Kids Forensic Club | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, 5/10 Thursday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Who done it?? Use science and forensics to solve the mystery at the library! Recommended kids ages 7-12. Enrollment required! Mother’s Day Candle Making | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, 5/11 Friday | Van Etten Library, 83 Main Street, Van Etten | Create a special candle for Mom using the image transfer technique. Science of Sound | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Held in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room, families will learn what sound is and how it is made. They will then have the chance to create four instruments that create various sounds. Sciencenter Showtime! | 2:00 PM-2:30 PM, 5/12 Saturday | Sciencenter, 601 1st St, Ithaca | Discover the world of science at Sciencenter Showtime! Take part in a lively presentation about different science concepts each week with local scientists, educators, and students. Topics range from chemistry to rockets and more. Monday Storytime | 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, 5/14 Monday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Early literacy education thru reading, writing, talking, singing and playing, combined with a healthy snack and a quick hello to our resident turtle Ted, prepare your child for success in school. Comic Book Club | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, 5/15 Tuesday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Kids ages 7-12 come make your very own comic book! All the supplies are provided, just bring your creativity!

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neighbor s object

Having an Event this Summer?




wins national prize PAGE 5


gorge walk gets a makeove r PAGE 13


PUPPET ‘TUDE all the films he wasn’t in

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Ithac a T imes

Going Back to the Mission




9–15, 2 0 1 8 NEARE R TO THE PAST

Jeanne Mackin’s new novel

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May 9, 2018  
May 9, 2018