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How should county Kelles pushes for cryptomining spend $20 million? moratorium, sees Finger Lakes at risk


he Tompkins County Legislature is seeking community input on the use of $19.8 million in onetime funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Survey results will inform Legislature discussions. The survey can be filled out online, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TompkinsARP or printed and mailed c/o Dominick Recckio at 125 E. Court St, Ithaca N.Y. 14850. Survey responses are due by Monday, June 28. The uses permitted by the Federal Government and reflected in Tompkins County’s survey are listed below: to meet residents’ additional needs for public health, mental health, and early and special education services after March 3, 2021; to respond to the needs of households that suffered economic losses as a result of COVID-19 to respond to the needs of small businesses and not-forprofit agencies that suffered economic losses and/or are having difficulty providing services as a result of COVID-19; to provide aid to industries like tourism, travel, and hospitality, which were particularly hard hit by the impacts of the pandemic; to provide premium pay to essential workers in the public sector; to provide premium pay to essential workers in the private sector; to the extent that the County lost revenue as a result of the pandemic, to pay for County government operations; and to make necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Assemblywoman Anna Kelles pushes back against cryptomining.


lthough Assemblywoman Anna Kelles’ (WFP 125th District) cryptomining moratorium bill died in the State Assembly this month, the representative remains relentless in her pursuit to pass the legislation. The bill (A7389) seeks to place a moratorium on operating cryptomining facilities in New York State pending a statewide environmental review to assess the environmental impact of these facilities. After passing the Senate, it faltered in the Assembly. She said she will reintroduce the bill in January 2022. Kelles originally introduced the bill in May 2021 in response to the current cryp-

tomining trend in New York State, in which investors are repurposing old power plants into cryptomining facilities. This current trend, symptomatic of the global frenzy to increase shares of the cryptocurrency market, potentially carries numerous disastrous effects on the environment with respect to climate, water, waste and air quality. Lacking a centralized validation and storage location, cryptocurrencies use various mechanisms to validate and record transactions which are tracked in a blockchain. Different cryptocurrencies use various methods to do this, and the method of authentication used by Bitcoin and Ethereum — the currencies with the largest shares in the market — requires massive amounts of energy. This method of authentication entails solving a complicated mathematical equation. Whoever solves the equation first wins the cryptocurrency. However, the equations are so complicated that the most efficient mode by which to solve them requires generating random strings of numbers into random orders. “You cannot write a software that is more efficient than randomly entering numbers in itself,” Kelles said. “The only way that you can get an edge is just by having more computers running at random all the time.”

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Computers at these facilities string together random numbers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, whichconsumes massive amounts of energy. According to Kelles, the energy intensive cryptomining process releases enormous amounts of pollutants such as methane and carbon dioxide into the air which harm the environment and degrade air quality. This process contradicts the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019, which set aggressive targets for reducing total greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, she said. Beyond the detrimental emissions the facilities create, the computers use 130 million gallons of water from the surrounding lakes, including Seneca Lake currently, each day as a cheap coolant. The facilities then dump this water back into the lake at higher temperatures, which carries both short term and long term consequences, not only harming underwater ecosystems, but also increasing the risk of harmful algal blooms, according to Kelles. “[The heated water] is entering first into the class C trout stream which does actually significantly affect that very localized ecosystem — for the trout, that is their spawning ground,” Kelles said. “But there is also evidence that there is significant or there is increase in the temperature of the lake and higher temperatures is one of the risk factors for outbreaks of harmful algal blooms in the north.” After cryptomining took

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PHOTOGRAPHER Legislature mulls options for Rescue Plan funds; approves Justice Center positions By C a se y Mar tin


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nterim Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes presented an overview of the $19.8 million of one-time American Rescue Plan funds made available to the County, including key dates, restrictions on use of the funds, and options for use of the funding for one-time expenses in the Capital Program at the County Legislature meeting on June 15. Holmes explained that proposals regarding the Capital Program would enable more flexibility in target funding for departments and agencies as well as long-term budget stability and fund balance, while supporting emissions reduction goals that were adjusted during the pandemic. The presentation outlined the 2021 budget impacts on

the County from the pandemic including the elimination of 47 full time equivalent positions (inclusive of 41 retirements), a 6% ($11.5M) reduction in spending, capital program and agency funding cuts and reduced sales tax. Legislator Shawna Black (D-Ithaca) expressed interest in long-term investments that would save local tax dollars needed for large capital improvements and expenditures. Legislator Martha Robertson (D-Dryden) sought further clarification on uses for the funding, including whether it might be used for smaller onetime projects such as facets of the Reimagining Public Safety plan and on the potential use for projects in the areas of infrastructure and public health.

Legislator Deborah Dawson (D-Lansing) shared that this is the beginning of conversations, adding to the perspective that investments made with this one-time money can make long-lasting impacts on savings and the freeing up of other County resources. Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBeanClairborne (D-Ithaca) added that the returns from these investments are intended to benefit the entire community. On June 15, the Legislature released a survey seeking community input on the use for the funds. The survey and more details can be found on the County’s website, https:// www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/ news/tompkins-county-seekscommunity-input-use-american-rescue-plan-funds. Michael Stitley Confirmed as Next Director of Department of Emergency Response Tompkins County Interim Administrator Lisa Holmes welcomed Michael Stitley, sharing that he has, “Worked in a variety of settings, and has served as an emergency manager during many situations including hurricanes and Su-


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s the state hits a 70% vaccination rate and COVID cases hover around 10 locally, local agencies are starting to think about what economic recovery will look like in Tompkins County in a post-pandemic world. Heather McDaniel, president of Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED), presented a county-wide economic recovery strategy to the Planning and Economic Development Committee of the Common Council on June 16. She said the plan is a result of collaboration between IAED, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Visit Ithaca, Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology, Workforce New York and the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce. McDaniel said they’ve been doing regular surveys with


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businesses throughout the pandemic to keep a pulse on the economy, and are currently looking at upcoming challenges and opportunities as the area begins to recover. The three phases of the recovery outlined by McDaniel are response, stabilization, and redevelopment and revitalization. Much of the response and stabilization phases—the first two phases— took place during the crisis. IAED and other agencies worked to provide business-saving loans and grants to area businesses to retain jobs. The third phase looks forward to the next two or three years and focuses on actions that will support redevelopment and revitalization. That has been broken into three parts — targeted sectors, workforce and infrastructure.

IAED President, Heather Mcdaniel

“This is very much a companion piece to the economic development strategy that’s already in place,” McDaniel said. The focus will be heavily on local businesses, which McDaniel described as the “lifeblood of our downtown and other parts of our community.” There will also be a concentration on the tourism and hospitality businesses, which were hit particularly hard during the pandemic, and the office market, which McDaniel

perstorm Sandy in New Jersey.” She continued with confidence that he will “advance the goals of the department given his work and lifelong commitment to this work… he has been in this line of work since joining a volunteer rescue squad at the age of 15.” Stitley thanked legislators for their confidence in his abilities and shared that he is looking forward to meeting the county’s team and community. Stitley comes to Tompkins County having most recently been the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator & Interim Security Manager for Guthrie Health System. Stitley was confirmed unanimously (14-0). Robertson (D-Dryden) welcomed Stitley and thanked outgoing Acting Director, Brian Robison stating, “Brian served for two years in the position and did a tremendous amount — he had been a retired police officer and County Legislator and pulled the department through tough times and big transitions.”

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said has been significantly impacted by the shift to working from home. “We have seen some very high vacancy rates,” she said. “We’re trying to identify ways to recruit office tenants or repurpose some of those office spaces. Nationally, office markets are not expected to rebound until 2025.” McDaniel also said there will be an effort to help local manufacturers adopt technology to streamline their production processes to be more competitive. “It’s all focused on job opportunities,” she said. “As long as people have jobs and our job base is healthy, our community is healthy and is going to thrive.” Continuing in that vein, McDaniel reiterated the importance of the workforce to recovery, as low wage, entry level workers were the most heavily impacted by the pandemic. “We’ll be looking at strategies around closing skill gaps, and identifying training opportunities to train out-of-work continued on page 10


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East Hill Historic District expansion moves forward despite mixed feelings from homeowners

A row of Victorian houses on Court Street that could be added to the East Hill Historic District. (Photo: Casey Martin)

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend the expansion of the East Hill Historic District to include 19 properties on North Aurora Street, East Court Street and Linn Street. According to Bryan McCracken, the city’s historic preservation planner, the current boundary of the historic district is essentially arbitrary. After surveying the 19 properties, McCracken said they were found to reflect the characteristics and historic context of the rest of the East Hill Historic District, which comprises properties built between 1830-1932 with textbook examples of architectural styles of the time. “[These 19 properties] fit many, if not all, of the architectural themes and historic themes that made the East Hill District significant,” McCracken said. He cited specifically the Italianate and Italianate Second Empire architectural features on many of the properties, and said there are “very few fine examples of this style in the city.” He also pointed to William Henry Miller, a prominent architect and Cornellian, who designed two of the properties in the area, including the Livermore Building where Tompkins County United Way

currently resides. McCracken also noted that some of the properties reflected the contribution of women in providing housing to the Cornell community during a time when job opportunities for women were limited. McCracken said there’s no definitive reason for why these 19 properties weren’t included in the first place. However, he said his best guess is that when the historic district was originally created, an owner or group of owners in the proposed district objected to being included, and it was easier for the surveyors to just exclude that chunk of the neighborhood. Historic preservation does often come with extra costs for homeowners, as exterior alterations are regulated and any proposed change requires either staff review or a full Landmarks Preservation Commission review depending on the type and extent of the project. This process could potentially preclude homeowners from adding modern upgrades or require them to use a particular type of material for a more costly renovation. Donna Fleming, the Common Council liaison that sits on the Commission, asked how members would respond to property owners who complain about the burden of being part

of a historic district . McCracken responded that the designation would only affect exterior renovations and that there are resources to help ease the costs. “With local designation there are incentive programs available to you to help maintain your home, and a local property tax exemption that provides abatement on any increase in assessed values associated to repairs or alterations to your historic property,” he said. “There are state and federal tax credits available to assist you in funding the work you may propose.” Commission Chair Ed Finegan asked if there were any concerns about the designation dramatically altering the property value. Commission member Katelin Olson said historic designation generally stabilizes neighborhoods. “There’s a correlation that has been demonstrated between historic district designation and increased property value,” she said. “[…] There’s stabilization in neighborhoods in historic districts because you know massive change won’t happen quickly like it could in other places.” McCracken echoed this, sharing that designated neighborhoods don’t see the rapid fluctuation other neighborhoods might see. Neighborhoods that were affordable before designation tend to stay affordable The opposite is true too — affluent neighborhoods tend to stay affluent. Property owner Micah Beck, who owns 321 N Aurora St. with his brother, said he doesn’t think there’s any reason he and his neighbors’ homes belong in a historic district. “The main focus points continue to be that […] the line of the current district is messy and the buildings are old and various people have lived in them for a while,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve heard any consistent architectural value beyond individual cases. Our own property is essentially a rectangle clad in aluminum siding that’s rather recent. I don’t think the people who lived in these properties constitute a group of great historical interest, nor do I think that such a consideration should carry any weight unless that person is overwhelming.”

The commission also read a letter for a homeowner named Susan, who echoed Beck’s points. “None of the buildings possess special character or historic or aesthetic interest or value as part of the cultural, political, economic or social history of the locality, region, state or nation,” she said. “They were simply a hodgepodge of design elements that have changed throughout the years […] There’s no historical or legal reason for our wedge to be included in this bureaucratic nightmare.” Fleming seemingly agreed. “I have to confess, I’m not really sold on this,” she said. “It seems like the criteria being used to advocate for this designation could be used with any other block in Fall Creek or one of any other neighborhood […] The criteria don’t seem strong enough to me and seem they could be applied in so many places. It’s a bunch of houses built at the same time period for roughly the same reason.” Fleming’s support will be important going forward as the designation requires Common Council approval, so McCracken took his chance to make his case. “I think what’s significant about this wedge and these properties [is] they have a high level of architectural integrity,” he said. “Especially the Italianate. They have not changed much over the last 100 years. That can’t be said for every neighborhood in the city. It’s the retention of the original historic fabric.” Commission member David Kramer agreed, and said he feels it’s been a missed opportunity for a long time not to include those properties in the East Hill Historic District. “You turn from Aurora Street to E Court Street and there’s nothing like that row of Italianate and Second Empire,” he said. “There’s nothing like it in the city, so beautiful and so pristine […] I feel strongly this is just a wonderful addition to the East Hill Historic District.” The designation will go before the Planning and Economic Development Committee of the Common Council before going in front of the entire Council for a vote. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g J u ne

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Ups Juneteenth was officially celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time this past Saturday. It was about 150 years late, but you still love to see it. Downs Monday’s storms uprooted a willow tree at Stewart Park and damaged several others. Hundreds in the county were left without power as strong winds took down power lines and tree branches.

HEARD&SEEN Heard Plantation Bar and Grill sustained signifcant damage in a fire. There’s currently a GoFundMe circulating to support the staff and tenants of the building: https://gofund. me/c06bb8af Seen There was a lively dance party at Southside Community Center over the weekend as folks gathered to celebrate Juneteenth. It’s good to see people getting to spend time together in person again.

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Juggling Act

The Sellers’ Market

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ome people hear the word “summer,” and they envision a well-deserved slow-down. Floating in a pool, pulling a cold beverage out of a cooler and settling into a chaise lounge... John Nicholas also envisions a cooler, a pool and settling in...He wonders if his cooler will have enough water and Gatorade to last through a lacrosse tournament. He hopes his hotel will have a pool, and he hopes the seat in his vehicle will be comfortable when he settles in for yet another trip to Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Auburn, Lake Placid or Maryland. Many travel team parents are accustomed to packing up and hitting the road on summer weekends, and if a parent is fortunate, he or she will have one kid playing on one team. It’s a bit more complicated when there are two kids playing on the same team – you double the food, equipment and attitude. But when a family has two kids playing for two different teams in two distant geographic locations, well... summer can be not hazy and lazy, but crazy. Nicholas has two teenagers who have lived and breathed lacrosse since they were very young, and I heard a mixture

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of sadness and relief when he told me, “Dominic’s travel schedule is really picking up, but Alecia’s is winding down.” Let us clarify... Alecia’s travel schedule will not actually wind down over the next four years. Rather it will involve different modes of transportation, as the 2021 Ithaca High graduate will take her game south as a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. In choosing UNC (over Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn and Brown), Alecia will be, her dad said, “realizing a childhood dream.” Already having paid her dues, so to speak, Alecia will play a limited number of tournaments this summer as a member of the Syracuse-based Salt City Snipers. She has played for that organization for the past five years or so (and was the Little Red’s goalie since eighth grade), and she will also meet up with some future college teammates that live in New York State to get in some additional games. Dominic — a rising junior at Ithaca High — still has a few hills to climb if he wants to land a spot on a collegiate roster. He is playing for 3d Lacrosse — a training and development organization out of continued on page 7


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n a bright, sunny June afternoon in Ithaca, New York, a pall hung over the house at 1 Cemetery Lane. By virtue of phenomena not explicable by meteorological science, a dark, low cloud had parked itself over the property for as long as anyone could remember. Winged creatures seemed to patrol the gloomy recesses of the house’s gables and towers. Dogs and children would cross the street when walking past. An amber Mitsubishi Mirage pulled up directly in front of the house and sat for a long moment before the engine turned off. The driver’s side door opened and Simone DeWitt, clad in a Cornstarch Realty blazer that matched the color of her car, stepped slowly out. She walked around the front of the car, never breaking her gaze at the house. The creak of the cast-iron gate startled a black cat lurking in what appeared to be a small thicket of venus fly trap plants. As she approached the front door, DeWitt pulled her blazer close in response to a sudden chill. Hesitantly, she reached down and pulled on the knob next to the massive front door. An unearthly scream and a foghorn announced the presence of guests. As if by an unseen hand, the door swished open, revealing the towering, ponderous presence of Lurch, the butler. An invisible gloom seemed to pour from the house to the outside. “Good afternoon,” ventured DeWitt. “I’m looking for a Mrs. Addams?” A deep murmur, like the drums of Moria, seemed to emanate from the butler’s throat, and DeWitt became aware of a presence at her elbow. Morticia Addams, clad in a long black gown, appraised the realtor with a single raised eyebrow. “You must be Simone,” said Addams,

extending her right hand, palm-down. “I must say, you look very natural, my dear.” DeWitt took the proffered hand and struggled not to recoil at its iciness. “So pleased to meet you, Mrs. A. You have a... home. I mean, a lovely...that is… Anyway, after I got your call, I took the liberty of posting a description on our website. We call it a ‘pre-listing’. I used a little editorial license.” She handed a printout to Addams. Addams read: “Period home: quaint fixer-upper with plenty of personality, newly-renovated dungeon, walk-in mausoleum. Eclectic architectural features include on-site guillotine, attic rookery, crematorium and a front yard burial mound. No indoor plumbing. One mile to shopping as the bat flies. Recently featured on Ghost Hunters.” She looked up. “This is marvelous. Of course, I must consult with Mr. Addams. I haven’t told him we’re moving yet.” “You’ll be interested to know,” said DeWitt, placing a laptop on the hallway table and flipping it open, “that we’ve received considerable interest already. We have two dozen cash offers well over what we would have set as the listing price, sight unseen, and there’s a family that wants to swap your house for a mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, plus fifty thousand in bitcoin.” She let a short shriek escape, as a disembodied hand hopped up on the table and skittered onto the laptop. “Not now, Thing,” said Addams, swatting the hand away. “It seems fortune is smiling on us. First, a pandemic, and now this. I suppose we should act right away. You know the old saying...’strike while the body’s still warm.’ I’ll handle Mr. Addams. Where do I sign?” Next week in real estate news: Bidding War on Three Mile Island.


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Rochester — and will be trying out for numerous elite tournament teams this summer. As is the case in many travel teams across numerous sports (hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball), some tournaments are set up as “showcase” tournaments. These events are designed to — big surprise — showcase players’ particular skill sets and college coaches looking to fill particular program needs find them fertile ground for doing so. This summer, Dominic will be playing at Onondaga Community College, in Auburn, Lake Placid and will make at least three trips to Maryland. He will be trying out for the Under Armour team and for the New York State Regional Lacrosse Tournament team (formerly the Empire State Games). His dad said, “This is a big year for Dominic. He knows there are a lot of good lacrosse players in New York state, and this is what he will need to do if he wants to play in college.” Dominic is a defenseman and a long-stick midfielder, and given his sister is a goalie Former Little Red goalie Alecia Nicholas will play I asked John if Dominic and for the University of North Carolina. Alecia worked out any sibling tensions by having him fire a few thousand shots at her. “No,” Tar Heels games as possible, and he is John replied, “she works out with (former optimistic that he and his ex-wife will Little Red teammates) Mackenzie Rich, continue to team up to give their kids Jamie Lasda and Shea Baker. Jamie plays the opportunity to chase their dreams. It at Ohio State and Shea is going to Boston has been a juggling act, given that Alecia College, and they just won the national has had lacrosse overlap with soccer and championship, so Alecia is not hurting for Dominic has experienced the same chalshots!” Mackenzie, he added, will also be lenge with lacrosse and football. But as all a Tar Heel. sports parents know, we will surely miss it John is gearing up to take in as many when it’s over. LEGISLATURE Contin u ed From Page 7

Resolution Passes Approving Community Justice Center Staffing The Legislature passed a resolution (13-1, Legislator Mike Sigler [R-Lansing] opposing) approving two positions to staff the Community Justice Center and implement the Reimagining Public Safety plan. The positions of project director and data analyst will be supported equally by the county and City of Ithaca and recruitment for candidates will begin shortly. Legislator Leslie Schill (D-Ithaca) stated, “These are exciting new positions, for people in my district this is a really important issue and folks are very interested. They want to talk about how we change the face of public safety.” Among Other Business A resolution urging that New York State follow the borders of Tompkins County in

the upcoming congressional redistricting process to include the entire County in the area represented by one Congressperson passed unanimously (14-0). Regarding the recruitment for the next Tompkins County Administrator, Legislators unanimously opted for a hybrid approach retaining a recruitment firm for outreach, with the Human Resources Department managing processes screening and interviewing candidates. Various options were presented by Human Resources Commissioner Ruby Pulliam and considered by the Budget Capital and Personnel Committee and the full Legislature. The proposed search timeline would have the job description posted in late summer with the selection and offer before the end of 2021. -Staff R eport

YOUR LETTERS The problems with the Cliff Street Retreat proposal


elcome to Ithaca’s Un-Neighborhood, my neighborhood, Cliff Street. For 30 years now we’ve been Ithaca’s Un-Neighborhood: some 50 homes, on one of Ithaca’s busiest streets, hardly noticed as 17,000-18,000 commuters and tractor trailers zoom through at speeds of 35-45 mph. In the 1990s, when Ithaca-style environmentalists fought for the “Low Impact” Plan A solution to the Octopus approved over a new highway, Cliff Street became the Route 96 Corridor. Indeed, on these very pages, Ithaca-style environmentalist Don Enichen proclaimed that it was “silly” to consider Cliff Street a residential street. Common Council agreed, in voting to kill any new highway, and keep their Route 96 Corridor through the Cliff Street neighborhood. Even before the ink was dry on its Octopus decision, a new draft West Hill Master Plan came before Common Council for approval. Despite the uncertain future un-neighborhood residents were facing in light of the Octopus decision, Cliff Street went un-mentioned in the Plan. So what if children on Cliff Street were stepping into traffic because they shared the sidewalk with parked cars. The impact of 400 cars per day on real neighborhood streets like Warren Place, Hook Place and Cliff Park was the greater crisis. Plus, one of the citizen advisory committee members observed, Cliff Street was all washed up anyway. Fast forward to 2015 and the new Plan Ithaca 2015 document is so obsessed with the need to preserve neighborhood character, the goal is referenced two dozen times. Yes, two dozen times! Except for Cliff Street. In the Plan the unneighborhood has morphed into a unique environmentally sensitive area so important that on the Future Land Use Map it’s designated Environmentally Sensitive. An entire neighborhood suddenly becomes an environmentally sensitive area, not a residential neighborhood that daily copes with heavy traffic, speeding, traffic noise and dust. Cliff Street residents have now woken to find that on June 2 Common Council approved, with the blessing of 1st Ward Alderpersons Brock and McGonigal, a “Planned Unit Development” at 407 Cliff Street that will inject almost 20,000 square feet of retail/office space, a complex the size of the building housing Chipotle at 740 Meadow Street. Yes, injecting Meadow Street commercial development J u ne

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into the middle of what anywhere else in Ithaca would be a residential neighborhood. There’s nothing “planned” about in this “Planned Unit Development.” In fact, it completely contradicts the Plan Ithaca 2015 plan. Instead, Common Council is merely promoting the “make a quick profit and get out scheme” of some developer, and a poorly thought out one at that. There is no benefit to Ithaca as a city. Indeed, the re-zoning eliminates the potential for developing upwards 30 family homes, in a city with a desperate shortage of decent affordable housing. And the action will only further exacerbate the problems Cliff Street residents endure on a daily basis. But, hey, this is Cliff Street, the Rte 96 Corridor, Ithaca’s Un-Neighborhood. Who cares? -George Frantz, Ithaca, NY

Eviction Moratorium: A Government Failure


here are multiple ways to skin a cat, but all of them must be humane. You must not hurt the cat. Likewise, there are numerous ways to stop eviction temporarily, but one of them must not be to rob Peter to pay Paul. The eviction moratorium is not even temporary anymore. It has been in place for over a year. A year is enough for the government and tenants to make permanent arrangements and not get evicted. When a democratic government ruled by a democratic constitution passes laws to rob one section of the society to pay another, it is arbitrary and inhumane. The fundamental beliefs and constitutional principles of American society are life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, justice, equality, diversity, truth, sovereignty, patriotism, and the rule of law. Let us now check as to how many of these principles are violated by the eviction moratorium. Life: The moratorium does not impinge on anyone’s life, but it definitely adversely affects the livelihoods of landlords. The landlord is responsible for all the liabilities. The assets are enjoyed by those who choose not to pay because they are protected. My tenant owes close to 20,000$ and has not even paid their water charges. They have the means to pay but will not pay. When the moratorium ends, they will walk away. I will have a judgment, but I cannot collect because there will be nothing to collect. There is a simple principle in law - whoever causes damage must compensate. In the instant case, the government has caused the damage by ruling that tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment. Therefore, the government has caused damage to the landlords. It is for the government to pay the landlord and collect from the tenants. For the rest of this letter, visit Ithaca. com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/. Sanjay Behuria, Ithaca, NY

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tupidly passionate and pathologically optimistic. That’s how the City of Ithaca’s sustainability director, Luis Aguirre-Torres, describes himself as he starts to work toward bringing climate justice to Ithaca. Aguirre-Torres began his work in March and immediately jumped in. He began with the Green New Deal, which the city had been working on for years and changed the objectives to encompass a more holistic approach to policy. It was originally passed in June 2019, and the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement was passed this past spring to enforce green building codes and reach the original goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. Aguirre-Torres said the original Green New Deal was inspiring and aspirational, with a firm intent to do the right thing, but he didn’t think it had enough meat behind it. “We can’t just look at buildings, or transportation or social benefit,” he said. “We need some model of shared governance and participatory budgets. So people not only have a say, but see their say implemented in the budget by their taxes.” To accomplish this, he’s starting with engaging the community. “We’re going beyond typical surveys,” he said. “We’re putting people first and redefining the social contract. The outcome in 10 years is elevated social capital. That’s my thing.” He added that the community needs to have a way of participating in an organized and informed fashion. “If you want it to be truly shared governance, you have to organize and work with people who are working with communities,” he said. He’s been working on reaching out to leaders of different communities, whether that be a neighborhood institution or an individual, to better understand peoples’ needs. “We started a program called 1,000 Conversations,” Aguirre-Torres said. “It’s about engaging people in having 1,000 conversations.” He noted that in terms of community activism there are “like 10 people who are extremely loud, 50 who are really loud, some that are loud, and then a bunch that are quiet.”

He wants to use the loudest folks to bring in people who have bever been involved, especially people in Black and brown communities. “It’s mostly white people who have the luxury of being environmentalists,” he said. “So I wanted to invite people who have to work harder to be heard. Involving them has been difficult because they’ve been victimized. They’ve been here before. They don’t buy it.” For Aguirre-Torres, the Green New Deal and addressing climate change is much more than trading in plastic straws for metal ones. His focus is on climate justice, which frames climate change as an ethical and political issue, rather than one that is purely environmental or physical in nature. Climate justice is linked closely with social justice and environmental justice, a term popularized in the ‘80s describing a social movement that focuses on the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. All this to say, Aguirre-Torres believes change is going to have to be systemic.

“We can no longer have climate justice as a footnote,” he said. “It has to be at the center of it.” He’s starting by creating a series of subcommittees. One will work on engaging members of the community who want to be involved. Part of the desired outcome of this subcommittee will be a better understanding of communities who suffer from climate injustice. Aguirre-Torres points out that much of the demographic data in Ithaca is skewed by the large student population and by wealth disparities, particularly between those who work at Cornell compared to folks with lower incomes. “It’s so skewed it’s difficult to use the data,” he said. “The problem with the census is it’s a political instrument, so I believe we need more data to move forward.” His current program is going to focus on electrifying 1,000 buildings, bringing

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1,000 electric vehicles to the city and grading 1,000 jobs, all within 1,000 days. “We have three years to show it’s going to work,” he said. One of the things he’s currently working on is getting ready to electrify the buildings. But he needed to know where to begin. “We know at least there are 50 buildings we need to start with,” he said. He said they’ll begin with lower-income housing, everything from duplexes to family homes to apartment complexes, and hopes to complete those 50 buildings within the first year. “Family home are easier, because there are a number of legal issues you need to comply with to work with the housing authority,” he said. “But we will do it properly so it lasts. We’re not in a rush, we want to do it right.” He said one of the biggest hindrances to achieving climate justice, and one he suspects he’ll run into while electrifying buildings, is social resistance. “It’s almost impossible to convince people they can cook with an induction or electric stove instead of a flame,” he said, only half joking. Another hindrance, and the one everyone jumps to first, is money. “Everyone always asks, how are we going to pay for it,” Aguirre-Torres said. “When we started, nobody thought about who was going to pay the bill at the end.” As of now, he’s raised $100 million through private investors, which will go to the goal of electrifying 1,600 buildings. This will make the program free for residents. Aguirre-Torres said as an example, if someone is currently paying $1,000 for their gas and electric, once it’s electrified their utility bill will be about $500. They might pay around $800, and the difference would pay for the work that was done. “We got someone to upfront the money, they put in $100 million and we have 20 years to pay it back, and only if it works,” he said. “If it doesn’t work, we don’t pay it back. For it to work, we need people to pay less for electricity. It’s an awesome deal.” To further bring investors to Ithaca, Aguirre-Torres is targeting the global stage. “The community thinks it’s all Tompkins [County], it’s all the city, the town,” he said. “It’s not. We’re part of a huge machine that needs to change, so we went international.” He said the City of Ithaca is “this close” to being recognized by the United Nations as the only city in America with a higher

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ambition than its state and federal governments. “That’s unique,” he said. “And showing our intent in such a serious manner will attract people to the city.” Aguirre-Torres has plenty of experience internationally, as he’s lived and worked all over the globe. With a PhD in the “mathematical model of the internet,” AguirreTorres said he was a very “square-headed dude.” But he eventually became an entrepreneur and started his own company and began marketing and selling technology to governments. “I moved to Israel and worked there for a while, then I moved to Korea and worked there for a while,” he said. “I was working with the governments.” Then he moved to Califiornia, where he worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger on green legislation, and said it was then he “grew a conscience.” “My wife says it was a mid-life crisis,” he laughed. He said this is when he realized he could help people in different ways, and started a think tank to assist developing countries to develop legislation. He was hired by the United States Department of State to help the Mexican, Brazilian, Colombian, Chilean and Argentinian governments to develop climate change legislation. “I spent my time between Washington D.C., Mexico City, Bogota and Buenos Aires helping politicians see the light,” he said. “’Come to the green side of the forest.’ […] Latin America is very corrupt — it was a nightmare. But we did amazing things.” One of the things he accomplished was changing the constitution in Mexico to allow for the use of solar energy. He was also a presidential fellow under the Obama Administration, but said he was fired by the Trump Administration. Then the pandemic hit and, like many, he spent some time reflecting. “I was like ‘I don’t know what I’m doing with this,’” Aguirre-Torres said. “So I decided to come back home and be with my wife [who works at Cornell].” Conveniently, the city was looking to hire a director of sustainability, though Aguirre-Torres wasn’t sure if he’d be a good fit. “My experience was at a federal level, which is different,” he said. “And my ideas require $200 million.” However the city clearly disagreed, and he jumped in with both feet. “It’s really exciting,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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people for in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” she said. “There’s a new reality to the workforce.” She added that the Workforce Development Board has a pandemic skills map that identifies new in-demand job opportunities. Now they are working on implementing earn-and-learn training programs. The final pillar of the recovery plan is infrastructure. “We look at infrastructure in our regular development strategy, but there are key areas that need to be supported,” McDaniel said.

She said downtown Ithaca is essential to retaining and attracting a workforce and investments in the community. “It contributes to a high quality of life for everyone, and also anchors arts and culture organizations, an absolute musthave for visitors,” she said. “We want to attract people to live, work and play here. There are a number of actions focused on supporting small business downtown, entrepreneurship downtown. We need to have more supports to bring people together downtown.” Transportation is a big part of that, and McDaniel said they had been working on the “first mile, last mile” transportation issues, as well as shorter trips that will help get people to and from work and activities.

She also said there are key development sites, such as the waterfront, Inlet Island, Chain Works and the West End that will serve to bolster the tax base and increase housing and business opportunities. “If you increase the pie you have more budget to support all those quality of life things we want,” she said. Broadband will be the last infrastructure piece of focus. “We’ve been working with a $465,000 grant we got during the pandemic to put in a broadband line from Dryden through Lansing,” McDaniel said. “We’re taking more of a leadership role in identifying gaps in broadband service and finding economical ways to increase broadband.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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over the old power plant in Dresden on Seneca Lake, there has been some local concern that the plant in Lansing could be targeted, putting Cayuga Lake at risk too. Kelles said that an additional environmental concern is the large amount of waste these facilities produce due to computer burnout and technological turnover. Mining is done with specialized, singular purpose hardware and as technology advances to make these computers faster, companies will replace them to maintain a competitive advantage in solving the equations. The problems with cryptomining go beyond environmental concerns. Cryptocurrencies gained popularity among many individuals as a response to the consolidation of wealth among small swaths of the population, but this intended “people’s currency” actually has the potential to amplify wealth inequalities, Kelles said. “If the equations get harder over time, and they cannot be solved in any way, except for randomness, the only way you can get an edge is by having more computers,” she said. “So ultimately, the wealthy are the people who are winning the majority of the currency which completely counters the initial intent.” Even though the moratorium garnered the support of major environmental organizations across the state, labor unions served as a major roadblock to its passage. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers wrote a memorandum in opposition to the bill, arguing that it unfairly targets a specific industry and further does not take into account the benefits generated by the mining sites such as the generation of jobs and capital. According to Kelles, however, many of the professed economic benefits of the cryptomining facilities are unfounded. The capital it generates circulates within global markets rather than the local communities, and the job creation does not benefit the local communities either. “The jobs it does create are more highend engineering jobs, which very often is a mismatch with the skills of the labor force,” she said. “So even if it was to create a handful of jobs, very few, if any, in many of the upstate communities will have the skill set of those jobs.” Although she anticipates opposition from unions and corporations with interests in the process to persist, she will continue to advocate for the bill in earnest. “I’m going to just keep going. By [January] I’ll have six more months behind me building coalitions, educating the public, having conversations with the unions, and then it will be reintroduced,” she said. “This is my primary focus and I will not let it fail. The environment can afford it right now.” -Fa i t h Fish e r

“‘Master Harold’... and the Boys” explores the complicated relationship between the oppressed and the oppressor during Apartheid in South Africa.


By Barbara Adams

inding the perfect union of the personal and the political is the unique talent of white South African playwright Athol Fugard –– most searingly displayed in his 1982 masterpiece, “‘Master Harold’ …and the Boys.” An outstanding streaming presentation of this multiple awardwinning work closes the current season at Syracuse Stage. Simply put, this is a splendid production of one of the best plays of the last century. The story’s set in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1950 –– just two years after the official beginning of Apartheid. The same year, two repressive acts were passed, separating “whites, colored, and natives” and restricting where non-whites could live, work, and play. The horrors of this system of institutionalized racism, which would last for over 40 years, are

captured here on a small and intimate scale –– in an empty tearoom, no less. All the action occurs one rainy afternoon in this cozy space, where Sam and Willie, the impeccably dressed Black waiters, habitually polish and clean, there being no customers to attend to. (Handsome set design by Riw Rakkulchon, lit by Rachael Blackwell; costumes by Kara Harmon.) They practice for a local ballroom dance competition Willie’s in. The secret to smooth moves, to appearing “happy,” Sam says tellingly, is to “make it look easy.” The reality of the men’s lives is expressed in small details, like Willie having to choose to spend his last coin on a song on the jukebox or the long bus ride home. The men are eventually joined by Hally, the 17-year-old son of the Afrikaner owner. Fresh from school, he comes bearing books and anecdotes, finding in Sam not only a willing audience but a fellow student and life tutor. (Hally shares his lessons, and Sam takes pride in his acquired historical knowledge: “I’m all right on oppression.”) But over the course of the afternoon, their unfolding exchange will move from affectionate camaraderie to painful conflict and shame. (This play is heavily autobiographical, which makes the narrative even more poignant.) The outside world intervenes with a couple of phone calls from Hally’s mother, who’s gone to the hospital, where his disabled father is about to be released –– news that Hally resists. We come to realize that his father is a tyrannical drunkard and Hally dreads his return –– the angry outbursts, the piss pots needing to be emptied. As Sam tries to get Hally to accept his duty to his father, the boy increasingly turns on Sam. This betrayal, born of defensiveness and pain, is all the more devastating because in

Syracuse Stage “‘Master Harold’ …and the Boys” by Athol Fugard, directed by Gilbert McCauley. Streaming through July 4. Tickets at Syracusestage.org or box office 315-443-3275. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College J u ne

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their reminiscences, we’ve learned that for many years, Sam has effectively been a surrogate father to Hally, caring, listening and encouraging. As a lad, Hally would hang out in Sam’s lodgings, and once Sam made him a kite of scraps and taught him to fly it –– so the neglected child would be “looking up” for once, he later explains. Hally has the arrogant self-confidence masking insecurity of many teenagers, but he also has the dangerous entitlement of the dominant class, the one that benefits from the world divided into masters and servants. Even in their most friendly exchanges, Hally can lash out unexpectedly when crossed, pulling rank, finally unleashing the supreme insult. Under Gilbert McCauley’s brilliant direction, the friendly and familiar gradually turns threatening, even lethal, revealing the pernicious base of Apartheid. The three actors, so excellent they seem the archetypes of their characters, are compelling at every moment. As Hally, an attractive Nick Apostolina exudes privilege, moving easily between boyishness and condescension. When he commands Sam to address him in future as “Master Harold,” we witness prejudice swollen with power. Willie is effectively played by Phumzile Sojola, himself South African; the contrast of his eventually elegant dance moves and him scrubbing the floor on his knees defines the paradox of enslaving the human spirit. But the heart of the play is Sam –– older, perceptive, generous, and enormously decent –– and L. Peter Callender (who, among other positions, is artistic director of the AfricanAmerican Shakespeare Company in San Francisco) portrays him exceptionally, subtly, with every degree of dignity he embodies. But Sam is no “magical Negro” in this tale; much more than Hally’s devoted supporter and moral mentor, he stands up to the boy fiercely when he transgresses. In Fugard’s authentic and revealing dialogue, Sam almost becomes godlike in his patriarchal judgment. That this authority emerges after Sam has, in response to Hally’s offences, even further exposed himself, is astonishing. At the end, shattered by Hally’s humiliation of Sam, we discover that Sam’s humanity extends even to forgiveness, as he turns to the next page, hoping for “better weather tomorrow.” The final image is of Sam and Willie partnered, dancing, tentatively experiencing a moment of joy. The ballroom dance culture that they value represents not only affirmation of life and the transcendence of art, but the coming together of unlikely partners, vanquishing chaos, finally in harmony –– a sort of “United Nations,” a vision of “a world without collision,” Sam says. Fugard, amidst his realistic honesty, seems to be affirming that nothing, no evil act, is irrevocable.

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All Equine, All the Time BVC catches ‘Dream Horse’ and ‘Spirit’ on the big screen By Br yan VanC ampe n


ey, BVC! “Yeah?” “Who are your favorite movie horses?” Glad you asked. As far as live-action movie horses go, I’m awfully fond of the title steed in Carroll Ballard’s “The Black Stallion” (1979). Co-starring Teri Garr and Mickey Rooney, the opening half-hour features child actor Kelly Reno and the aforementioned black stallion connecting on a remote desert beach. The rest of the film is a more conventional horse-racing picture, though exquisitely photographed by Ballard. My favorite animated horses are Bojack Horseman and Flynn Rider’s horse in “Tangled” (2010). All this horse-thought hit me after I caught “Dream Horse” (Bleecker StreetCornerstone Films-Film4-Raw-IngeniousTopic Studios, FFilm Cymru Wales, 2020, 113 min.) at Regal a few weeks ago. I really

enjoyed it on its way out of town, and assumed I wouldn’t write about it until it hit home video. Luckily, Cinemapolis has brought it back for their re-opening, so you have a second chance to see it on the big screen. The first thing I noticed about “Dream Horse” is that the jockey character is in the background and never says a word. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horse-racing picture, from “The Black Stallion” to “Seabiscuit” (2003), where the jockey wasn’t the focus of the narrative. This movie is really about Jan Vokes (Toni Collette), a middle-aged Welsh wife and mother who works at the local big-box chain store and as a bartender at the local pub. Her kids have moved out and she’s bored, looking for something to inspire her, and decides to raise a racing horse called Dream Alliance; she and her husband Brian (Owen Teale) form a financing group with friends and neighbors, and

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the crew takes bus trips to various races as Dream Alliance begins winning. There are all the usual triumphs and setbacks, but they still work emotionally. Toni Collette does what she’s been doing since “Muriel’s Wedding”: she shows up onscreen and wins the whole audience over to whatever she’s doing. “Dream

Horse” has a really sweet ensemble cast to cheer Dream Alliance on. Damian Lewis is particularly good as a miserable tax lawyer who desperately wants to quit his job and pursue professional racing full-time. This was one of those times when I was wondering through the whole film why Lewis seemed so familiar to me. It turns out that he played Steve McQueen in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” (2019). From that to what he does in “Dream Horse” is what I’d call serious range.’ Make sure to stick around for the closing credits, where you’ll see the real Jan and Brian Vokes, as well as other members of the Dream Alliance team.

“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” (2002) was one of hundreds of movies that I’ve only seen once, didn’t really enjoy (Matt Damon playing Spirit’s inner thoughts really bugged me) and then I moved on. Nineteen years later, there’s a whole Open 9 - 9 | Monday - Saturday “Spirit” franchise: TV specials, three video games and a Netflix series. Ithaca Shopping Plaza | 222 Elmira Rd. (Rt. 13 across“Spirit fromUntamed” K-Mart) (Dreamworks Animation-Universal Pictures, 2021, 87 min.) 607.273.7500 | 800.281.1291| www.northsidewine.com is what my friend Andy Zax would call entry-level entertainment, and it is. The story may be simple — three young girls going on a rescue mission to save Spirit and his team of wild horses from a nasty band of horse wranglers — but there’s Open 9-9 Monday-Saturday nothing wrong with simple if it’s done 12-6 Sunday right. “Spirit Untamed” may not have the twists and turns that we’ve come to expect 607-273-7500 with Pixar’s films, but the story is engaging www.nortsidewine.com and doesn’t overstay its welcome. You’ll hear the voices of Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal and the awesome twang of Walton Goggins as the lead bad guy, but I really appreciated the notion that Spirit and the other horses aren’t voiced by humans. In a movie like this, it’s enough that they speak horse.

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The Ink Shop’s first exhibit in their gallery since last summer features student work from Ithaca College and Cornell University

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struck by “Mountainsides,” a linocut by Katie Tomasello (IC). With its glowing white lines piercing overlapped planes of saturated, aqueous colors, the piece is a striking abstract landscape. Lithography, printed from a flat surface and deploying the familiar resistance of oil and water, is another important tradition. Several Cornell lithographers here provide highlights. I was particularly struck by “Dancing in the Sunlight” by Wendolin Gonzalez. Showing a hand reaching down from above to grasp a floral cloth, the piece recalls the French Post-Impressionists Bonnard and Vuillard in its combination of calligraphic contour, disassociated pattern, and refined color. Yerkezhan Abuova’s “Tea Ceremony,” a portrait of a woman, provocatively juxtaposes realistic facial detail and collage-like silhouetted fabric-shapes. An untitled piece by Shanti Morrissey incorporates the silhouetted forms and textures of string, lace, flowers – and what appears to be a face mask – into a mesmerizing whole. An engagement with the worlds of graphic design, illustration, and typography is also a part of the Shop’s lifeblood. A corner display of unframed screenprint political posters from Cornell balances the subtle and the strident. A number of artists are showing books and other constructed forms. The most elaborate and engaging of these is “Fishy Dream” by Peter Walz (IC), which adapts the Japanese tradition of gyotaku: handprinting from fish. Printed on mulberry paper over an elaborate diorama stage-set, the piece invites an engrossing reverie while inviting viewers to peek backstage. It is customary in highbrow criticism of the visual arts to ignore the social life of the culture. I can’t help pointing out how odd it is — after over a year of being unable to attend on-campus events in the flesh — to have a student show that opens to the public after most of the students have left. It is heartening to see that the Ink Shop is holding on to its ground. One looks forward to seeing where they are able to go now that physical exhibitions are becoming the norm again. PG 8 VER DMI AB SA/SB 7.21

Active since 1999 as an independent local studio and gallery, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center is known for building links between Ithaca’s independent visual arts community and students and faculty at Cornell and Ithaca College. Many Shop members, current and past, have taught at the schools. “I See You (IC/CU) 2021,” the Shop’s latest annual student show, features a large number of printmaking and book art students from both schools. Ithaca College print and drawing instructors Pamela Drix, Patricia Hunsinger, and Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas are liaisons, as are Julianne Hunter and Elisabeth Meyer, both of Cornell. “I See You,” which runs through July 29, is the Ink Shop’s first new exhibit in their physical gallery since last summer. I had no previous familiarity with the work of any of these young artists. My awareness of undergraduate artwork at both schools has never been extensive and has dwindled, given the shuttering of both campuses to outsiders in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. It is hard to know what to make of student art in general: where they have come from and where they might be going. That said, most of the work here looks quite good. Overall, there appears to be a balance in emphasis between traditional drawing and printmaking skills and more contemporary and experimental approaches. “I See You” compares favorably to “Limerick Studio Printmakers,” representing the Shop’s recent exchange with an Irish print studio, which was on display through earlier this year. The current show would be a serviceable introduction to the primary technical means used by contemporary fine art printmakers. Intaglio, based on incising a metal plate, is a basic method. Julia Bertussi (IC) presents “Isabelle,” a black and multicolor drypoint piece printed on paper and transparent plastic overlay. We see the head and shoulders of a girl with elaborately braided hair – the fuzzy lines and bright, layered color create an electric effect. Trading more on modest but engaging drawing abilities, are several black-and-white etchings from Cornell. Pieces such as Crystal Wu’s science fiction “Topological Signals” and Tina Lee’s “Untitled,” an underwater scene, are characteristic in their engagement of fantasy. Relief printing, particularly in the form of woodcut and linoleum cut, is another foundational technique. It is somewhat underrepresented here. I was particularly

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The Hangar opens its outdoor season with ‘The Realness,’ which showcases the everevolving and multilayered hip-hop culture. By Barbara Ad am s


he Hangar Theatre Company christens its new outdoor stage with the regional premiere of “The Realness: another break beat play,” about young love amidst the hip-hop culture of the mid’90s. Idris Goodwin, the playwright and director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, is himself also a poet, essayist, and rapper. He’s an educator as well, and his play offers a window into a world that some may only have glimpsed at the distance of popular media. His protagonist and narrator is one T.O., a Black kid from a well-off suburban family who’s blowing off his college classes. T.O.’s only passion is hip-hop, which informs all his reading, research, listening, and clubbing. He’s infatuated with the diversity and creativity of city life and “the urban buffet.” One night he sees a Puerto Rican woman MC perform, and he’s smitten. Desperate to impress Prima (T.O. is charmingly uncool), he claims he’s a music journalist seeking to interview her. A free-styling artist, Prima resents T.O. comparing her to Lauryn Hill –– “Can I do my thing?” Prima’s focused and no-bullshit, suspicious of T.O. (“a Black man with a trust fund?!”). But against all odds, he eventually manages to reach her. Over the months their relationship blossoms, changes, falters and even fails –– a storyline nominally holding the play together. But what’s more compelling is the historical and cultural context that Goodwin places his characters in. It’s 1996-97, and the couple’s story –– in an unnamed big city, one with an El and a PR community –– reveals the daily struggles in the independent hip-hop scene. Who gets to

perform, who’s heard or recorded, who’s promoted and who’s left in obscurity. And their corner of the world is irrevocably altered by national loss, the murders of Tupac Shakur and then The Notorious B.I.G. a half-year later. Goodwin references the conflicts in the hip-hop scene but also comments perceptively on class: T.O., privileged and careless, has to work hard to achieve any cultural authenticity; Prima, living on little but rich in family, keeps it real as a mode of survival. Director Kyle Haden (a Carnegie Mellon drama professor and former artistic director) evokes honesty from his actors. Damon J. Gillespie as T.O. is interestingly gentle, almost self-effacing, which takes the edge off his self-absorption; Angelica Santiago’s Prima simply blazes with energy, talent, and relentless directness. Her occasional brief raps had last week’s preview night crowd in an uproar. Kiziana Jean-Louis plays several roles, the most notable being the journalism professor who keeps demanding more from T.O. as he attempts to chronicle what he’s seen in the hip-hop community. His ineptness and lack of understanding, ultimately revealed when Prima finds his essays, is sad; he infuriates her but also disappoints us as well. Rasell Holt moves easily into the role of Lord Style, Prima’s previous boyfriend and rapper on the way up. He’s both stereotype and individual; his mistrust of T.O. fully justified. He’s also endearingly comical, as is the surprise card, Nicholas Caycedo, an Ithaca College alum. Versatile in several roles, Caycedo embodies different styles of MCs performing. But he’s most irresist-

Angelica Santiago and Damon J. Gillespie as Prima and T.O. in “The Realness.”

ible as Prima’s friend Roy, who stutters in everyday speech but raps with complete fluidity. In both solo performance and rap battles, all their lyrics are politically astute. The rhythms and beats express pain and passion but are finally there to underscore the verbal message –– “tell a dream till we make it real.” On this production’s preview night, Gillespie’s acting was a little low-key, and the sound levels needed to be boosted at times. It’s possible this intimate play might be better served by a three-quarter-round venue rather than the nine open-air rows. But in its truthful details, “The Realness” offers something unique –– a loving look at an evolving, many-layered culture.

The Hangar Theatre “The Realness,” by Idris Goodwin and directed by Kyle Haden, at the Hangar Theatre. With Damon J. Gillespie and Angelica Santiago. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Through June 26. Tickets at 607-273-2787 or https:// hangartheatre.easy-ware-ticketing.com/events. Also this week: The Hangar’s Kiddstuff series opens with the musical “Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!” on June 25-26. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College.

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through June. It includes paintings of man made creations of boats and bridges in natural settings. | Free The Gallery at South Hill exhibit of Michael Sampson paintings | 5 p.m., 6/26 Saturday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Michael Sampson paintings abstracted from the figure. Opening reception Saturday June 26 from 5-7 pm at The Gallery at South Hill located at 950 Danby Road, back entrance to South Hill Business Center. | Free Cayuga Arts Collective Annual Spring Show “Pop!” | 12 p.m., 6/27 Sunday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St | Announcing the fifth annual Cayuga Arts Collective Spring Show celebrating Pop Art and its enduring influence. Show runs Fridays & Sundays through 8/7/21. Emergence | 12 p.m., 7/1 Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street | Exhibition of Paintings by Ethel Vrana



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Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. Werewolves Within | 6/25 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Intheater! Check website for showtimes. After a snowstorm traps residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community. Virtual Cinemapolis: Les Notres | 6/25 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In the tight-knit community of Sainte-Adeline, Quebec, a popular teen’s pregnancy causes suspicions among the townsfolk, which come to a boiling point and the layers of a carefully maintained social varnish to crack. Sister Hazel (Drive In Concert) | 8 a.m., 6/26 Saturday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St |


3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Syracuse Spartans at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Mythaca 2021: A Dance and Healing Arts Campout | 12 p.m., 6/24 Thursday | Arnot Forest, Van Etten, 611 County Rd 13, | Mythaca 2021 is a dance and healing arts campout June 24th to 27th in the beautiful Arnot Forest near Ithaca NY. | $95.00 - $195.00 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen | 6/24 Thursday | Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Route 16 | The third leg of the Michelin Endurance Challenge features world class drivers and a diverse range of premier Prototype and GT manufacturers. Friday Night Roller Skates | 5:30 p.m., 6/25 Friday | Cass Park, 701 Taughannock Blvd | Sessions will be limited to 60 public skaters. Skaters are encouraged to use online registration to pre-purchase your session admission and your skate rental, if desired. There will ONLY be walk up spots available if pre-registration has not reached capacity prior to the start of each session. iTango 2021 - Ithaca Tango Marathon | 8:30 p.m., 6/25 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | | $120.00 Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 9:30 p.m., 6/25 Friday | The late evening is a beautiful time to be on the lake. On a clear night, the

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Books We Read Diverse Books: The Idiot by Elif Batuman | 6:30 p.m., 6/23 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The library will be offering a monthly virtual book discussion to discuss novels centered on characters with diverse cultures, ethnicities, and life experiences.

Tween Book Club | 3 p.m., 6/24 Thursday | Watkins Glen Library, 610 S. Decatur Street | OMI Guitar Lessons Ithaca Student Recital | 2 p.m., 6/27 Sunday | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | http://www.cityofithaca.org/calendar.aspx?EID=4193 Jr High Summer Book Club | 5:30 a.m., 6/29 Tuesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The time is TBD, this meeting will be held on zoom. Students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. 2nd & 3rd grade Summer Book Club | 5:30 a.m., 6/29 Tuesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The time is TBD, this meeting will be held on zoom. Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. Career Exploration 2021 | 10 a.m., 6/29 Tuesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Open to youth ages 13-19 that attend Alexandria Bay, Indian River, LaFargeville, Watertown, or Gouverneur CSD’s. Online virtual event with Cornell University Partners. | Free Tuesday Yoga in the Shire With Dawn | 6 p.m., 6/29 Tuesday | 6:007:00   Power Flow Every Tuesday

Kids Cortland Crush vs. Syracuse Spartans | 6 p.m., 6/23 Wednesday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Syracuse Spartans at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Tween Book Club | 3 p.m., 6/24 Thursday | Watkins Glen Library, 610 S. Decatur Street | KIDDSTUFF: Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play! | 10 a.m., 6/25 Friday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | Mo Willems’s beloved characters. Second show at noon. Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 6/25 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. Free Community Science | 10 a.m., 6/26 Saturday | Conley Park, 601 1st St | Join Sciencenter educators and local experts every Saturday at 10am in Conley Park (behind the Sciencenter), for hands-on science exploration and fun! | Free Eco-Explorers Series: Gorge Hike | 10 a.m., 6/27 Sunday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Join us for a hike through our stream and up the gorge! Make sure to bring shoes that have good grip and can get wet. We’ll learn about the local geology, plants, and animals that make our small gorge unique! | Free 2nd & 3rd grade Summer Book Club | 5:30 a.m., 6/29 Tuesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The time is TBD, this meeting will be held on zoom. Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. Eco-Explorers: Magnificent Mammals | 6 p.m., 6/30 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420

Taughannock Blvd. | Come out to the Pavilion to view a variety of mammal specimens! Discover what makes mammals unique, and some of their cool adaptations that allow them to survive in the wild. | Free K-1 Summer Book Club | 8:30 a.m., 7/1 Thursday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Children entering Kindergarten or 1st grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer.

Notices Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 6/23 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | Music on 6/23 - Nate Marshall; 6/30 - Small Kings | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 6/24 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local vendors with a great assortment fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, maple products, crafts, soaps, baskets, pottery, brooms, kettle korn and a food truck! | Free Birds and Blooms - In the Garden | 9 a.m., 6/25 Friday | Join staff from the Botanic Gardens and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a combined bird walk and plant walk. Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 6/26 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. YEM- Youth Entrepreneurship Market | 9 a.m., 6/26 Saturday | Ithaca Commons | The culmination of a training program that offers students in 4th to 12th grade an opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of a business startup process.

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Arnot Forest , 611 County Rd 13, Van Etten | This communitygenerated gathering has highlighted Dances of Universal Peace, other conscious dance forms such as Ecstatic Dance, Five Rhythms and Contact Improv. It has been a model for shared-creation & egalitarian events across the country including Flow Arts, Healing Arts, Earth Arts, Kirtan, musical performances and community sings. (photo: provided)

Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | | Celebrate the return of live KIDDSTUFF performances with this favorite by Mo Willems and with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Join Gerald and Piggie, everyone’s favorite cautious elephant and enthusiastic pig, on a series of wacky adventures. (photo: provided)

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