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City to modify odd/even parking regulations

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he City’s odd/even parking regulations, which go into effect from November 1 to April 1. may change to make the rules easier for residents to understand. Current regulations permit cars to park on only one side of the street between 2 and 6 a.m. with allowable side alternation each night. The new regulations would extend this and go into effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Parking regulations are only implemented when winter storms cleanup is required. While current regulations are in effect from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., DPW night crews typically work until 3:30 a.m. This results in only 90 minutes per night when one side of the street is clear of vehicles, allowing effective plowing or street sweeping to take place. Common Council agreed to explore this change with the new rules, in plain language, as follows:

From 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street.

From 7 p.m. on an even-numbered day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the even side of the street. The new rules will eliminate the confusion that arose on the 31st of the month, which under existing rules seemed to be an exception to the normal pattern. Signs are along roads leading into the city announcing odd/even parking. These will be modified to reflect the new rules and can also be viewed on the new city website, www.ithacaoddeven. org, for residents to view them. Residents can sign up to be notified when odd/even will be enforced at www.cityofithaca. org/617/Emergency-Notification. Staff R eports

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GreenStar workers at their informational picket outside of the DeWitt location on Thursday. (Photo by Casey Martin)

GreenStar workers picket to raise awareness of union fight


n the midst of their ongoing unionization push, GreenStar workers organized their most publicly visible effort Thursday when they gathered outside the DeWitt Mall location of the local grocery co-op to call attention to their labor efforts. The group started organizing over a year ago but only went public earlier this summer. They have alleged several workplace violations by the GreenStar administration, including coercive statements, improper terminations, etc., which they officially lodged with the National Labor Relations Board in July. A mix of GreenStar employees, union advocates and leaders, and member-owners of the co-op were present at the picket on Buffalo Street. GreenStar’s Brandon Kane

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denied the charges levied by workers against GreenStar’s administration in a statement to the Ithaca Times in July, while saying he supports their right to unionize (though workers have vocally questioned that). The gathering lasted from 3-7 p.m., consisting of people carrying signs, buttons and pins championing pro-union slogans, along with the GreenStar organizers’ “Stronger Together” logo with a fist holding a carrot. It was clarified that the action didn’t constitute a strike, as the picket was characterized more as an effort to make the community aware of the workers’ complaints about GreenStar’s working conditions and generate public support. Theoretically, there is still the possibility of a work stoppage should the tension between

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workers and GreenStar’s administration continue, but that does not appear imminent currently. Michelle S. Parks, a GreenStar employee, said the working situation has worsened over the summer, as workers have continued to feel understaffed during shifts, among other complaints. She added that she still feels as if unionizers, or those sympathetic to the organizing efforts, are being treated differently at work than those who haven’t expressed support. “I’ve always been in support of [the union], but now I feel driven to be a part of it,” Parks said. “They’re going to build an entire new store, what are they going to do then? How can they properly manage their workers? They need help, and we just want to help. We want to be stronger together.” M att Butler

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Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena church. The event, as it says, is dedicated to inspiring positive actions and promoting peace. Featured artists include Maddy Walsh & the Blind Spots, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and several others.

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Green Street Garage

City and developer strike deal on Green Street Garage


fter months of negotiations and deadline postponements, the City of Ithaca and developers Vecino Firm have entered into a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) regarding the Green Street Garage redevelopment project. The resolution to approve the agreement was passed unanimously by the IURA board at its meeting last Thursday. Though there had been votes almost held during the board’s last few meetings over the summer, each time postponements were approved to give more opportunity for negotiations with Vecino. The deadline to reach an agreement had been extended to the end of August. The resolution calls for 218 units of affordable housing (serving people making 50-80 percent of Area Median Income), around 356 new parking spots, a 49,000 sq. ft. conference center (though there are provisions in place in case the confer-

Infill Discussion

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City of Ithaca garners public feedback on infill guidelines

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n recent months, the City of Ithaca Planning Department has been working on developing a new set of infill guidelines. Part of this process is to hear the public’s thoughts on this process and take suggestions. During a public forum on Aug. 26 at the Tompkins County Public Library, the board offered several suggestions on the types of development that have been noted around town. Prior to the discussion, residents were able to give their opinions on some of the issues being faced with the discussion on infill development. An overwhelming number of people voted in favor of having one primary structure and a one-story accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in favor of specific types of infill development. On the other hand, many people didn’t like the idea of having multiple primary structures on a single lot,

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ence center falls through) with 2,000 sq. ft. of street-level active use, plus retention of the Cinemapolis movie theater and Home Dairy Alley. Vecino won a four-way competition to be named the preferred developer of the Green Street Garage, pulling ahead of other, local developers thanks largely to its affordable housing components. There is, however, an important caveat within the DDA. The city and Vecino are still determining the financial feasibility of a conference center, even after a second round of analysis showed that market demand for a conference center is actually higher than initially thought. IURA Executive Director Nels Bohn had set a deadline of January 23, 2020 for the city to make a final decision regarding the inclusion of a conference center, and the financial feasibility of the inclusion. If it is determined that a conference center would make the project infeasible, than

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having two accessory dwelling units per lot and two detached accessory dwelling units per lot. Residents were asked several questions about infill developments and what are some of the restrictions that should be placed on it. When asked if infill development should be restricted to larger lots, people were overwhelmingly opposed to this. Some people felt this was going to benefit wealthier residents while others felt this was going to slow down the process of Ithaca going green. Another question posed was whether secondary structures should be limited in size or have other design requirements. People felt this was necessary with some saying there should be a form-based code developed by the city of Ithaca. The City’s Planning Department has been working on this, with guidelines being developed to ensure infill developments have the same aesthetic style as the rest of the neighborhood. During the community conversation, many people had some concerns regarding the use of ADU’s and the current mixed opinions over short-term rentals and Airbnb. According to the City of Ithaca’s Zon-

the project will significantly change: the conference center would be excluded and the unit load would increase to 273, along with 9,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. The project’s current parameters appear to be a middle ground approach, in a way. Vecino had provided three options for the city to choose from, two that included a conference center and one that didn’t. The two versions with a conference center also included either 173 affordable units or 273 affordable units (essentially small and large alternatives). The larger option had gained popularity among many city officials, who were vocally supportive of the 273 affordable units the project would bring, most recently Downtown Ithaca Alliance, which endorsed that version. There was at least one notable opposer, though: local affordable housing leaders Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, which penned a letter warning that the plan might actually have too many affordable units coming online too close together (including other pending projects), potentially resulting in high vacancy rates. M att Butler

ing Code regarding accessory apartments, these are made to provide homeowners, particularly those of low and moderateincome, with a means of obtaining rental income, companionship, services, and security as well as to enable them to stay comfortably in their homes and neighborhoods. Another purpose listed in the city’s code is to add inexpensive rental units to the housing stock to meet the needs of smaller households, both old and young. In terms of this, some people felt there is a generation gap when it came to opinions and feelings regarding infill. One member of the Ithaca Sunrise Movement spoke about how tiny houses should be built as ADU’s but should only be priced for $300 to $400, considering that college or post-undergraduate students would only be able to pay that much in rent. Residents quickly commented that this sounds like a good idea in theory, though, high taxes throughout the City of Ithaca prevent rents from being that low (though we can all dream a little). Residents were also wondering if there should be some sort of guideline about whether or not accessory dwelling units should be used specifically for Airbnb and short term rentals. While the Planning Department hasn’t been working on guidelines for short term rentals, though it will be considered. Many people did want owner occupancy restrictions in place for ADU’s so rentals aren’t left to degrade into squalor because the landlord doesn’t care about the tenant’s rights. All comments and feedback from the meeting, will be considered as a part of the guidelines which will have been the subject of discussion from several meetings. E dw i n J. Vi er a


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Thumbs Up - Rep. Tom Reed is back, baby. As in, he’s in Ithaca again for the first time since a few months ago when he visited Ithaca College for a hastily organized forum. This time, it’s for a post-Labor Day event to talk about Social Security. Will it be productive? Maybe. But it’s always beneficial for Reed to show up before arguably his most hostile constituents every once in a while.

Thumbs down - To how little space we have this week, so we can’t put several good stories in the print edition. Check online for updates on Planning Board’s fun meeting last week and anything else you might’ve missed last week... and as always, for the Best of Ithaca voting that lasts until the end of the day Wednesday.

LCA Executive Director Patricia Fernandez de Castro Martinez. (Photo by Casey Martin)

2020 Census

LCA of Tompkins County prepares for 2020 census


s the country prepares for the 2020 Census, there are ongoing efforts on the local level to inspire people to participate in order to produce as accurate a portrait of the area’s population demographics as possible. These efforts have taken on renewed importance with the wave of focus on grassroots activism and local politics, and the census’ close relation to the latter. That’s led local groups, like the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County, to redouble their efforts in the area to encourage and reassure people that taking the census is safe. There are some general concerns and confusion, but LCA Executive Director Patricia Fernandez de Castro Martinez said much of the Latino community’s fear stemmed from the potential inclusion of a citizenship question on the census. “There was a lot of discussion about why it was being imposed, whether it would be added to the census or not, why it would be added to the census or not,” Martinez said. “There’s a whole range of things people say about it. There’s a lot of confusion and some fear. The confusion stems a lot from the fact that people are not certain if the census is something that applies to U.S. citizens or all persons in the United States and so a lot of people are wondering, ‘If I’m not a citizen, regarding my migratory status, if I’m a permanent

Seen - Sunday night’s rain may have washed it away, but someone made a powerful statement over the weekend. Chalk drawings showed up on the pavement outside City Hall that highlighted National Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, and included chalk outlines of bodies laying on the ground with initials and names of victims, signifying local overdose victims.

resident, if I’m a student, if I’m here on a work visa, does it hurt to answer to the census. An undocumented worker wonders if this applies to them.’” The question’s inclusion had been proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration but has now been blocked by the US Supreme Court, thanks to a decision in June after a legal challenge. It was set to ask respondents to confirm or deny that they currently held legal citizenship in the United States. While the citizenship question seems new, it was once on the census previously, in 1950. When the 1960 census came, there was a question in its place asking about a person’s place of birth, according to a report from NPR. Martinez has also noted that people are riddled with fear due to worries over whether people might hack into a database to retrieve someone’s information or worries over the recent vilification of immigrants from numerous politicians. Even with the triumph over the citizenship question, those fears haven’t been allayed. “We need to try and reassure the Latino population and all immigrant populations that yes it applies to them, this is a count of human beings,” Martinez said. “It is for statistical purposes and for the purposes outlined in the Constitution and your information is safe. That is one big important task before not only the LCA but the state and county and city authori-

ties. Another one is to try to make sure that people hear about this and everyone knows that they have to answer, that everyone understands how they will be able to answer, that the first stage will be online and if you haven’t answered, they will have a paper questionnaire sent to you. If you don’t answer than someone will come to your door and ask you to answer the information.” Martinez is looking to educate people on everything from the reasons the census is done to the importance of fulfilling this obligation. The LCA has been working with the newspaper CNY Latino to advertise these issues and continue providing information at LCA events. The Tompkins County Public Library has been working with the LCA to make sure there is appropriate language support for people, filling out their census form, who speak a language other than English. Martinez will be speaking at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Tompkins County Complete Census Count Committee to ask about joining the committee to increase the Latino community’s presence in decision-making. Most importantly, she just wants people to know that it’s okay to answer the census’s questions truthfully. “There are all kinds of safeguards and I do hope everyone in the Latino community and the Tompkins County community, in general, counts themselves because it is very important,” Martinez said.


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Trumansburg neighbors remain at odds over Crescent Way


embers of the public filled the Trumansburg Fire Hall Aug. 29 and shared strong opinions about Crescent Way, a proposed housing project to be located on South Street in the Village Trumansburg. The majority—but not all—of the commenters argued against the project. Crescent Way, formerly known as 46 South Street, is a mixed use, mixed income development located on a 19-acre parcel. The current plans call for a two-story 40-unit apartment building, six affordable rental townhouses, 10 affordable for-sale townhomes, and nine for-sale market rate lots that will accommodate up to 17 units. Also in the plans is a new school building that Trumansburg Community Nursery School will lease from Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), one of the project’s developers. About 75 members of the public came to the public hearing, and about half of those in attendance made a public comment. Each speaker was given three minutes to speak, and the meeting lasted a little more than two hours. Before the public hearing began, Trumansburg Planning Board Chair Jessica Giles requested that everyone be respectful

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of one another. “What makes civics work is civility,” she said. Giles turned the meeting over to Adam Walters of Phillips Lytle, LLP, attorney for the developers. He walked those in attendance through the previous stages of the project, starting with the original concept plan presented more than two years ago when the project was dubbed Hamilton Square. True to its name, Hamilton Square’s residences were arranged in a boxy configuration. Backlash from the Trumansburg community and feedback from the planning board prompted the developers to redesign the project. “”It was changed substantially,” Walters said. “It’s now an oval, to follow the contours of the land and meld the project into the site, rather than flatten everything and build around.” Walters characterized Crescent Way as an “intergenerational and mixed income community where seniors can age in place, local workforce can rent and young families can purchase homes in a very competitive local housing market,” a statement with which several members of the public continued on page 7


n a stunning revelation, the Center for Disease Control announced today that using e-cigarettes may be worse for your lungs than breathing air.

“It’s way too early to tell,” said spokesperson Alexandra Formaggio, “but some researchers hypothesize that inhaling vaporized chemicals could be un-good for you. Even possibly bad.” The general medical community has adopted a wait-and-see position. Also in health news, the United States has lost its ‘measles elimination’ status as the number of cases of the disease continues to rise. “I’m as shocked as anyone,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams. “This really came out of nowhere.”

When asked if the anti-vaccination movement was in any way related to this development, B-list actress and renowned medical expert Jessica Biel said, “no.” In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, the U.S. Senate has moved swiftly to do nothing. Reached at his luxury condominium at NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, spokesperson and senator Mitch McConnell recited, “guns don’t kill, people do; guns make us safer; gun laws don’t work; and the 2nd Amendment specifically guarantees the right of citizens to own assault rifles.” Expect story updates as more nothing is done.

In business news, economist John Maynard Cornstarch issued a statement today in which he suggests that slapping a 15 percent tariff on the imports from America’s largest trading partner might make those products more expensive. This represents a surprise reversal of his previous position, in which he maintained that the said trading partner would pay for the whole cost of the tariffs. In a related story on the escalating trade war, Iowa soybean farmer Elmer Flanksteak is quoted as saying something almost completely unintelligible except for the words “son of a bitch.” More bad climate news: Arctic sea ice is melting at triple the rate predicted by scientists just last week. In a completely unrelated story, the Florida Keys disappeared late last night and are unlikely to return. Yesterday, Denmark confirmed that it is officially declining to accept President Trump’s offer to buy an 836,000 square mile chunk of its sovereign territory. The offer has been characterized by the White House as “not a hare-brained scheme,” and Denmark’s response as “unexpected” and “unduly harsh.” In a related story, Ithaca, New York mayor Svante Myrick offered to buy Taughannock Falls from neighboring community Trumansburg. There’s been no formal response at this time.

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After almost ten weeks of investigation into the dealings of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, a joint task force of local, state and federal law enforcement officials revealed that while there were hundreds of people who “barely knew” Epstein, there were no close friends or associates. The conclusion was described as “totally unexpected.”

wages.” Patricia Doyle Waytena, via Facebook


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YOU LETTERS In response to “A Decade of DSP” “The last event that drew me to the State Theatre was when they screened two of the original Indiana Jones movies. It was a real pleasure watching them on the big screen again.” Oliver Chunderson, via Facebook National Overdose Awareness Day was Aug. 31, and to commemorate the occasion, someone drew a chalk outline of apparently several overdose victims on the walkway and sidewalk surrounding Ithaca’s City Hall. Last year, Mayor Svante Myrick officially declared Aug. 31 as Overdose Awareness Day in the City of Ithaca, coinciding with the national day of remembrance. (Photo by Matt Butler)

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objected. Many residents voiced concerns about added traffic noise and construction noise. “Right now on Hector Street there is an amazing amount of traffic,” said Nancy Young, who lives on South Street Extension and does massage and healing work on Hector Street. Several Trumansburg residents recounted their experiences with swampy back yards and flooded basements and told the planning board that building on the proposed site is not a good idea; there is too much standing water, they said.

because we have a lot of people that drive into this area because we do have jobs,” Koreman said. Koreman added that it is better for the environment for people to live in close proximity to their work. People who own homes in the village pay property taxes, and those who rent contribute to sales tax, she said. People residing within the village help maintain a vibrant community, which is important, she said, “because we’ve lost several businesses over the last year, and our school enrollment is down.” The planning board has 45 days from

In response to “Ithaca police investigate shots fired in West Village” “What is it going to take to improve the quality of life in West Village?” Esther Herkowitz, via Facebook

In response to “Should bow hunting be allowed in Lansing village?” “Yes Great idea. Hunting is the best way to guarantee a healthy herd and healthy habitat.” Tom Mallow, via Facebook

In response to “Lawsuit filed to stop South Hill student rental project”

In response to “Lawsuitfiled to stop South Hill student rental project”

Anne Koreman, the Tompkins County legislator representing Trumansburg, spoke in favor of the project. “I wanted to speak on behalf of the Tompkins County Legislature…we are always trying to figure out how to get more housing in this area

the day of the public hearing to reconvene and make a determination about whether or not to give the project preliminary approval. Jaime Cone

In response to “Trumansburg neighbors remain at odds over Crescent Way” “And this is one reason why we can’t have affordable housing or enough housing stock to bring the overall cost of living down: radical NIMBYs.” Sherman Cahal, via Facebook

In response to “Trumansburg neighbors remain at odds over Crescent Way” “A lot of people support the project it seems. Just they also feel there is a better location further away that would be better.” Drew Peters, via Facebook

In response to “City of Ithaca mulling photo ID requirement for City Hall” “It’s embarrassing that this idea even made it onto paper!” Aryeal Jackson, via Facebook

There are complaints about students in the South Hill neighborhood. Then you complain when they try and to build student housing. The entire reason of high rents is the lack of student housing. Seriously what will make you happy?! Luke Urbanek, via Facebook

Affordable for-sale townhomes that would be available if Crescent Way in Trumansburg is approved.

Gee, maybe if property taxes and every other tax in the State weren’t so damned high, people might have enough to improve their homes. Jerry Dennis, via Facebook

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The Fight for the Neighborhood

Concerns continue to mar Airbnb’s rise


By M att Bu tler irbnb has become a popular way for people to offset the costs they incur by owning a home in Tompkins County, especially when they feel overwhelmed by property taxes or otherwise. Using their home, or even just a single room in their home, as a short-term rental becomes an attractive option to alleviate some of that financial burden. Airbnb isn’t the only company that does what they do, there are others like VRBO, HomeAway, etc., but Airbnb has become the brand most closely associated with the issue. Home-sharing has become an increasingly common trend natiowide over the last several years, and that’s especially true for Ithaca. In fact, last year at around this 8  T

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time, Airbnb published its own internal figures that showed Ithaca as the third most frequently visited city in New York State during Memorial Day to Labor Day last year; in total, Ithaca saw almost 27,000 guest arrivals, over 700 hosts booking and those hosts raked in around $4.3 million during that time period. Others in the top five were larger, more established tourist spots, like NYC, Buffalo, Saratoga Springs and Niagara Falls. Countywide information is unavailable, as the company only released information on Ithaca. Parallel statistics weren’t available for 2019 for Ithaca stays, but figures provided by Airbnb do show that the trend appears to be continuing. In total, Tompkins County hosts saw 34,500 guest arrivals during the summer of 2019, collecting $5.9 million of income during the time

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period as a result. Both of those numbers nearly triple the next closest county in the Southern Tier of New York. The ballooning industry has been good news for some tourism entities. Tompkins County Tourism Planning Director Nick Helmholdt said thanks to a 2016 agreement between Tompkins County and Airbnb, the first of its kind in New York State, the county does collect room taxes from Airbnb stays, money that is paid directly by Airbnb. Similar agreements have not been established with other homeshare providers. It’s impossible to tell exactly how much of the total room tax collected by the county stems from Airbnb, but the overall number has steadily increased from under $1.6 million in 2009 to a high of $2.9 million last year. Since 2017, the first full year that Airbnb was collect-

ing and paying the room tax, revenue from that tax jumped $400,000 in one year and has outpaced its budgetary projections in 2017 and 2018 by nearly $200,000. There are, of course, numerous opponents, coming from both commercial and residential viewpoints. Those with concerns over neighborhood deterioration are usually the most vocal detractors, regularly speaking out at community meetings regarding the topic. Their central claim usually stems from a fear that more and more people will foresake actual home ownership and occupancy in favor of utilizing the property as primarily or solely a rental entity. In theory, that would subsequently lead to less families permanently residing in the neighborhood, reducing its attractiveness. While that concern is valid but a tad

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2008 224,245 425,802 652,904 500,553 (8,616) 1,794,887

2009 185,733 411,982 613,173 482,818 (22,625) 1,671,082

2010 205,629 450,117 642,496 493,815 (7,917) 1,784,140

2011 198,559 462,564 688,976 566,231 5,102 1,921,431

2012 249,508 515,379 712,305 558,170 45,069 2,080,430

2013 246,795 530,995 742,300 586,547 42,079 2,148,716

2014 239,394 518,257 791,531 607,263 107,084 2,263,529

2015 255,511 588,301 816,604 673,415 34,425 2,368,257

2016 272,677 613,413 876,679 696,084 19,043 2,477,896

2017 306,561 739,499 973,901 774,477 18,806 2,813,243

2018 311,725 732,497 1,039,520 796,894 43,945 2,924,581

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1,859,659 61,772

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2,373,352 (5,095)

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To m p k i n s C o u n t y h o t e l r o o m o c c u pa n c y ta x r e v e n u e s h ow i n g t h e “A i r b n b b u m p” w h e n t h e 2 0 1 6 ag r e e m e n t b e g a n ( P r ov i d e d : S t r at e g i c To u r i s m P l a n n i n g B o a r d) vague, there are others that are more targeted. Some neighborhood residents fear parties thrown with the reckless abandon of someone who knows they aren’t responsible for the long-term feelings of the people living around them, as well as parking hazards from overcrowding a house. But there’s a connective tissue between all of these fears, which is a loss of familiarity with one’s surroundings, something that seems particualrly impactful when it hits so close, literally, to home. Legislatively, opponents of short-term rentals have found their strongest ally in the Village of Cayuga Heights, led by Mayor Linda Woodard, where Airbnb and other services found a substantial foothold in

the village’s high-income neighborhoods that are conveniently situated for visitors to Cornell University’s campus. Woodard headed the charge to implement the most restrictive short-term rental regulations in Tompkins County (and the first local municipality to put regulations of any kind on the books officially), and ones that she claims are the most stringent in the country. Home-share operators must apply (and pay fees) for a certification from the Village of Cayuga Heights, which is renewed yearly, and are limited to just 14 nights of unhosted renting with a maximum of 28 nights of hosted renting. Woodard said their laws were motivated by sentiments often echoed by oppo-

nents: that short-term rentals were reducing the long-term rental housing stock, particularly in a village where 20 percent of the properties, in Woodard’s estimation, have accessory apartments that have long been used as rentals for Cornell graduate students. “Instead of renting them out, people were taking them off the housing market and using them as short-term rentals,” Woodard said. “The other consideration was that Cayuga Heights is essentially a residential community [...] If you buy a house in Cayuga Heights, you do not expect to have a business next to you.” Meanwhile, others see home-sharing and short-term rentals as an invaluable S e p te m ber

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source of income in a county whose cost of living seems ever-rising. People can make, comfortably, thousands of dollars over the course of a year, and even just in a weekend (specifically, Cornell’s graduation weekend, which holds as Ithaca’s most popular time as a destination). There are also ways that using the properties, at least part time, as a source of income generation can enhance a house’s profile on the sales market, even if a buyer doesn’t intend to use the home for solely rental purposes. Home-share operators even mounted a petition early this year in opposition to the Town of Ithaca’s potential short-term continued on page 10

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rental regulations, which have yet to be formally proposed. Before its momentum waned, the petition gained over 400 signatures, with plenty of comments arguing that renting out their home or a room was the only way they were able to afford their taxes and utility bills. Larger hotels are feeling an impact from home-sharing platforms nationwide. Even hotels, though, don’t have an issue with the lakefront segment of the homesharing market, said Teri Tarshus, the general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn on Seneca Street. On the lake, there is an acknowledged demand and need for short-

term rental housing, since there are almost no other options for visitors who want to stay on the lake as hotel alternatives are mostly concentrated either in downtown Ithaca or farther out towards Lansing on Triphammer Road, with another 131room Hilton Canopy hotel set to come online in the coming months. Much like virtually everyone else, Tarshus said local hotels are keeping a close eye on the continuing Green Street Garage conversations and whether or not the project will include a conference center. That would obviously create a significant boon to any lodging business in the

area, as the resulting center-based events would create additional, stable opportunities to house visitors, especially during the week. Tarshus said between 26-30 weekends in Ithaca per year are guaranteed sellouts for local hotels, but weekdays and the remaining weekends can be difficult to fill. Hotels aren’t the businesses facing the most severe threat from them. Instead, that falls on smaller bed-and-breakfast businesses, which have likely been operating for years before home-sharing swept in to dominate the industry. Helmholt said the complaints his department often hears from those businesses is that the lack of

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regulations and safety criteria for shortterm rentals through third-party companies like Airbnb put their businesses, which must meet stricter rules to stay in operation, at a competitive disadvantage. “There’s defintiely concerns that we don’t hear from residents, but from the lodging community, like the unequal application of regulations,” Helmholt said. “An established bed and breakfast, for instance, might be subject to a different set of code requirements and business requirements that the short term rental properties are not. That ranges from everything from fire safety to food safety to making sure the building is accessible. We hear that consistently from our hospitality partners.” Helmholdt also noted (and expressed surprise that New York State hasn’t intervened) that most Airbnb properties, at least the ones they monitor in Tompkins County, do not charge the standard eight percent sales tax that hotels or conventional bed-and-breakfasts must add to their final lodging prices for customers. That’s a bit of an anomaly, even for an online business, as online retailers of a certain size, like the behemoth Amazon, must now add state sales tax to goods they ship to New York customers. There are sure to be more legislative efforts to address short-term rentals, as it seems unlikely they will remain unchecked for much longer in municipalities. Cayuga Heights may maintain its title as the most stringent, but it will be interesting to see how others will play out. The Town of Ithaca, which also sees a significant amount of rentals especially near Cornell, might present their final draft of a short-term rental law for public feedback later this month after years of discussions. Currently, according to Short Term Rental Committee member Rich DePaolo, the town’s law would set a yearly limit of 29 days for unhosted rentals, meaning the homeowners are not on the property while it is being rented, but which would extend to 60 days for properties with certain setbacks and lot size requirements satisfied. He said the law does not apply to “conservation, agriculture or lakefront zones,” or hosted rentals. The Village of Lansing jump-started their own internal negotiations about regulations earlier this summer at the behest of the public, and City of Ithaca officials have recently started mentioning shortterm rental regulation, so that process could begin before the end of the year.

GIAC Festival of Nations comes to Ithaca High School By E dw in J. Vie ra


n 2019, people are still seeing and feeling the effects of the 2016 election. However, that was the same year the Greater Ithaca Activites Center (GIAC) began their Festival of Nations. The idea stemmed from another GIAC program, The GIAC Youth Council, which allows kids in the program to form their own governments and form their own ideas about politics. Angel Clairborne, daughter of GIAC Executive Director Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, had the idea of celebrating the numerous cultures of Tompkins County. Thus, GIAC’s Festival of Nations was born. Since then it has been held at GIAC but this year, it will be held at Ithaca High School on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. with free admission. However, recently the festival has not quite been reaching GIAC’s goals, according to McBean-Clairborne, so this year the ideas are undergoing a slight makeover. Tompkins County has over 70 distinct countries with large active community groups. In the early days of the festival, McBean-Clairborne found it difficult to represent all of these countries, but she did try to get as many as possible to participate. She’s felt that all the residents of Tompkins County should have a great sense of who is around them. Some of the challenges faced every year are the size of the festival due to having the festival in GIAC which cannot accommodate the growth of the festival. “When we looked at trying to represent 72 cultures with food, performances, and arts

and crafts, the question is, where do we put it,” McBean-Clairborne asked. “So, that it’s good enough space to be representative and everyone doesn’t get a tiny little corner. That was the first challenge, the second was what does it mean to put this on financially; how much money do we need? None of us really had a cent so we reached out to festivals in Syracuse, and we asked them ‘when you’re putting on large events, how much money does it take and what do you do?’ What do you pay for and what do you expect others to pay for. That was our second challenge, understanding what sort of budget we need to work and work well so it doesn’t become a financial strain to GIAC.” Other challenges included how to get people to participate in something like this when it has never happened before, and what would be the Plan B in the case of poor weather conditions. The former festival has been about small neighborhood vendors who were given a chance to come and sell food. Now it has become about a larger scale and how to represent the county’s diversity in the best possible way. McBean-Clairborne spoke about some of the cultures and countries represented at the festival. “We have our African nations, the African diaspora is represented with folks from the Caribbean so we know there will be Caribbean food, dance, and music,” McBean-Clairborne said. “Then we have our Latinx culture who will have food, music, performances, and

educational materials. Then we have our Asian cultures that will be represented with similar ways. We have folks from the Middle East, we have to represent our American culture with music and performances. And, we would not have this festival without representing our indigenous people. Our indigenous peoples will open our event with a prayer and honoring the land, followed by a number of performances such as line dancers, Latino band, dances from the Caribbean, African drumming and dance. The list goes on.” There will also be Celtic and Irish music, with many cultures being pulled in who are willing to participate. In previous years, the renewed focus on the community cultures and large scale of this year’s event separate it from the GIAC festivals in past years. Other focuses will be on GIAC’s presence and place in the Ithaca/Tompkins County community as well, though not as much as in previous years. She felt this festival is special because people who attend will be able to see themselves represented in some way. McBean-Clairborne said that with so much hate, division and oppression in the country, people make connections and relationships to learn about new things and experience a wealth of culture. Along with the Festival of Nations, GIAC will also be hosting the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. It’s a national tournament that has been running for 40 years with the Ithaca leg of the tournament being new for 2019. With families attending the tournament, this allows them the opportunity to take a stroll through the festival. She is grateful for everyone who has helped to put the event together and the foundations that have been able to support the festival. Se pt e m be r

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Street vendors from GIAC’s Festival of Nations Street in 2017 (Photo: provided)

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Personal Health

Advice on how to find the best sunscreen for you By E dw in J. Vie ra


very summer, sunscreen is the go-to product for people who spend many days baking in the sun. Recent articles have asserted that certain sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that could lead to some of the same diseases caused by not using some form of sun protection at all. Dr. Diana Stephens, a dermatologist with Cayuga Medical Associates (CMA) Dermatology has seen the confusion lead to an abundance of questions. For the most part, she has found most of the articles have little to no evidence to back them. “At this point, there have been no studies that have shown there to be any known medical consequences of using the current FDA-approved chemical-based sunscreens,” Stephens said. “There has been confusion due to a recent article that discusses the absorption of several sunscreen ingredients into the body and calls

for the need for additional safety data. However, the data presented in this article do not conclude that there are any effects on a person’s health and more research is needed before that can be determined. Most importantly, the study author’s stated that individuals should continue to use sunscreen.” For those looking to avoid sunscreen with chemicals, they would have to look for mineral-based sunscreens. These types of sunscreen, which are also known as inorganic or physical blockers, contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These reflect harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays off the skin, whereas chemical absorbers, called organic sunscreens, absorb the UV rays and convert them to non-damaging rays, which dissipate as heat. Aside from using these, Stephens found the only other way to stay protected from the sun without sunscreen is seeking the shade.


Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science

“For infants less than six months of age, it is best to avoid sunscreen,” Stephens said. “Therefore, sun avoidance is recommended for this age group. For kids older than 6 months, physical sunscreens (those containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) are best Dr. Diana Stephens (Dermatologist with CMA Dermatology) for their sensitive skin.” Her final piece “Seeking shade, especially during the of advice in the big sunscreen mystery is to hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the most choose wisely when it comes to sunscreen effective way to avoid the sun’s harmful but to also check what goes on your skin. rays,” said Stephens. “Wearing wide“The best type of sunscreen is one brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sun-prothat you will use, whether physical and tective clothing (UPF designated clothing) chemical-based,” Stephens said. “Go for are other ways to block UV rays without sunscreens labeled ‘broad spectrum,’ with wearing sunscreen.” an SPF of at least 30-plus, and ideally While most chemical and non-chemilabeled water-resistant. Re-apply every cal sunscreens are equally effective, there 2 hours while outdoors, or after sweatare some differences between the two. ing or swimming. Remember that proper Chemical-based sunscreens protect from application is important – it takes about either UVB or UVA rays but not both, 1 ounce of sunscreen (a shot glass) – to according to Stephens. She said that uscover an entire adult body. Sunscreen ing sunscreens that have the term ‘broad should be worn year-round, as the sun spectrum’ on the label to ensure a person is always emitting UV rays; you can get is getting UVA and UVB protection. For burned even on cloudy days. And lastly, if kids, though, she said, parents should sunscreens aren’t your jam, seek the shade be careful about exposing young kids to or wear sun-protective clothing if you sunscreen. must be in the sun.”


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Million Dollar Quartet, about a bygone era of rock and roll, is playing at the CRT until Sept. 13. Stage Stage

Million Dollar Quartet An homage to 1950s rock at the Cortland Repertory Theatre By Br yan VanC ampe n


h, it’s one of those great rock and roll legends. The time was December, 1956 and the place was Sun Records in Memphis. Carl Perkins was recording that day, when Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. And some punk kid named Jerry Lee Lewis was there, hoping to audition for Sun Records honcho Sam Phillips. That was the moment for what was dubbed “The Million Dollar Quartet,” and CRT’s final show for the summer is a rockin’ tribute to what was, in retrospect, the first super group. I have been attending shows at CRT since 1992, and I have never experienced anything quite like the last 20 minutes of this show, which had most of the audience on its feet cheering and clapping. It was as much tent revival as it was theater, and thanks to the fact that all of the music is performed onstage by the actors, some of whom can do double and triple duty on other instruments, the electricity and excitement is right there on stage. Carl Perkins is played by Todd Meredith, a former CRT intern who is also musical director and co-director with CRT’s Kerby Thompson. Of the four,

Perkins is the least famous, but Meredith finds the resentment for Presley’s success that lurked within Perkins’ working-man rockabilly. Noah Jermain plays Elvis Presley, and he’s smart enough to hold off on the King’s signature moves until later. Colin Barkell’s Johnny Cash has the right voice from the basement – one of his vocal modulations got an applause break – and he has that Cash way of pointing his axe like a rifle. And though it’s mean to pick favorites with performers this skilled, Gavin Rohrer quite frankly kills it as the Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis. Rohrer

can really play that piano like Lewis, and I actually found him funnier and more charismatic than Dennis Quaid in Great Balls of Fire. Besides these four amazing actors, the cast includes Bobby Becher as Sam Phillips; the day’s events are told from his perspective and so he breaks the fourth wall to fill in exposition and background. There’s a fantastic rhythm section: Perkins’ Brother Jay on bass (Nathan Yates Douglass, who finds at least 20 cool things to do with his upright bass besides play it) and Fluke (Michael Lucchetti) on drums. And then there’s Dyanne (Emily Seibert), a composite character based on Presley’s date on that date. She sings a few numbers with the guys, which never happened, but Seibert earns her stage time for sure. As much as I appreciated hearing all the great rock n’ roll nuggets that were played that day – and we’re talking tunes like “Who Do You Love?,” “That’s All Right,” “I Walk the Line” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – I appreciated the quieter moments, when Jermain as Presley puts down his guitar, sits at the piano, plays some simple changes, and the four men gather around and sing the gospel hymn “Peace In The Valley”. At one point, Phillips poses the boys around the piano and takes a picture, and that moment, a screen lowers and we see the actual photo that was taken. Another applause break, and another sweet moment in a show filled with sweet moments. This is a good ‘un, kids.

Cortland Rep Million Dollar Quartet, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Directed by Kerby Thompson and Todd Meredith, scenic design by Caitlynn Barrett, costume design by Colin Bradley Meyer, music direction by Todd Meredith. At Cortland Repertory Theatre through September 13.

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to inaugurate the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards.

Bound for Glory: Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio | 8:00 PM, | Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca

David Yearsley, organ | 1:30 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca | Performs music by J. S. Bach†on the Cornell Baroque Organ

9/9 Monday Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale


Annie in the Water | 9:00 PM, | The Range, Ithaca


9/7 Saturday

9/4 Wednesday

IU Summer School: Stud1nt (Discwoman), Kilamanzego, Your Mystery Guest, Hop Hop, Jasmine Reid, Otodojo, Glitter Skulls | 1:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $12 - $15

Janet Batch | 6:00 PM, | Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca

9/5 Thursday

Endless Mountain Derelicts | 7:00

9/8 Sunday

PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett

Charlie Ellis | 1:00 PM, | Treleaven Wines, King Ferry

The Long Now | 8:00 PM, | Casita Del Polaris, Ithaca Rye Makepeace & Straw Hat | 9:00 PM, | The Range, Ithaca

Galtee Mountain Boys | 1:30 PM, | Keuka Spring Vineyards, Penn Yan Big Soul Family Band | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca

Brews and Brats Open Mic | 6:30 PM, | Brews and Brats at Autumn View, Rte 96, Trumansburg

The Hip Hop Lounge - hosted by Gunpoets | 9:00 PM, | Casita Del Polaris, Ithaca

9/6 Friday Kitestring | 6:00 PM, | Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Freeville The Backtalk Band | 6:00 PM, | Treleaven Wines, King Ferry Atlantic Crossing | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale | 20

ENDLESS MOUNTAIN DERELICTS Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 PM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 NY-414, Burdett | A five-piece band birthed out of the Finger Lakes, that began as a solo acoustic act in 2016 and has grown in size and sound. Original music that walks a tight line between folk, classic country, bluegrass and rock. Lyrically based off of hard work, small-town life, and love (or lack thereof). (photo: Facebook)

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Chamber Music at New Park | 7:30 PM, 9/6 Friday & 9/7 Saturday; 2:00 PM, 9/8 Sunday | New Park Ithaca, 1500 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | World-class musicians from the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Sphinx Competition, National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and more | $15+

JD Simo | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $12 - $15

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Professor Tuesdays Jazz Quartet | 6:30 PM, | ZaZa’s Cucina, Ithaca

Midday Music in Lincoln: Piyawat Louilarpprasert | 12:30 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | An exploration on sound and visual interaction with Sergio Cote and Pisol Manatchinapisit.

Richman & The Poorboys | 6:00 PM, | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Ithaca

The Don’t Know Whys | 8:00 PM, | Silver Line Tap Room, Trumansburg

9/10 Tuesday


2019 CFCU Summer Concert Series: Fall Creek Brass Band | 6:00 PM, | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca

Moon Hooch w/ Jaw Gems | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $15 - $20

Open Mic | 8:30 PM, | Agava, Ithaca


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Keyboards in Conversation | 8:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | Sage Chapel, Cornell, Ithaca | Annette Richards (Aeolian Skinner and Vicedomini organs) and Richard Valitutto, Aditya Deshpande, Andy Sheng, and Thomas Reeves (Bechtstein and Schweighofer pianos). Keyboard Colloquies | 9:30 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | New Meets Old: Collaborative Confrontations

Jukin’ Bone | 7:30 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | | $25-35 Keyboard Collaborations | 8:00 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | 2nd Annual A Cappella Sunday | 2:00 PM, 9/8 Sunday | Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | Enjoy an afternoon of song with the area’s best a cappella groups. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition. | $12, under 5 free Cornell Jazz Faculty Concert | 7:00 PM, 9/8 Sunday | Carriage House Cafe, 305 Stewart Ave, Ithaca | Jazz faculty concert featuring a mix of original and standard compositions. With James Spinazzola, Paul Merrill, Dave Solazzo, Peter Chwazik, and Greg Evans. Midday Music for Organ: Annette Richards | 12:30 PM, 9/11 Wednesday | Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca | 18th-Century organ fantasies, variations, and more, from the Bach circle. Chico Freeman | 8:00 PM, 9/13 Friday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Musician, composer and producer heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time. | $25 Cornell Concert Series: Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science | 8:00 PM, 9/13 Friday | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Social Science is the latest project from GRAMMY Awardwinning producer and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. | $19-36 Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited | 8:00 PM, 9/13 Friday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician.

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He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic lineup. Jazz Ensemble Family Concert: What is Jazz? | 10:00 AM, 9/14 Saturday | Ford Hall, Whalen Center, IC, Ithaca | Crash Test Dummies | 8:00 PM, 9/14 Saturday | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | $35 Frank Gambale Band | 8:00 PM, 9/14 Saturday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Grammy winning guitar virtuoso. $20/25 Moonshine Falls | 8:00 PM, 9/14 Saturday | Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora | Bluegrass. | $10 s.d.

Stage Working, A Musical | 7:30 PM, 9/4 Wednesday | Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E Lake Rd, Auburn | The hopes, dreams, and joys of the average working American are the focus of this unique, genre-defining musical. With songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor and Stephen Schwartz and based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers. Thru 9/21.

Million Dollar Quartet | 2:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Little York Lake Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Rd, Preble | Thru 9/13. A musical inspired by one night in 1956, when Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins ended up jamming together. The Children | 7:30 PM, 9/11 Wednesday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Sep 8 - Sep 29. Hazel and Robin, retired nuclear scientists, have set up camp on the British coast. Though living in the wake of a nuclear disaster, they have found a way to lead a quiet life of yoga and farming. That is, until an old colleague turns up at the door and makes them question their past - and their future. Trampoline Presents: Who Wants to Live Forever | 7:00 PM, 9/12 Thursday | Casita Del Polaris, 1201 N Tioga St, Ithaca | Participate in the storytelling or just enjoy the entertainment. Show up. Sign up. Tell a 5-minute personal story, without notes, based on the theme “Who Wants To Live Forever?”. | $5 Laughter’s The Best Medicine Comedy Show | 7:00 PM, 9/14 Saturday | The Space at Greenstar, 700 W. Buffalo St, Ithaca | An evening of

fun and laughter. Hosted by Ithaca’s Kenneth McLaurin and featuring nationally touring comedian Travis Blunt. | $10-$20

Art Textures - Paintings by Ileen Kaplan and stitched fabric remnants by Patricia Brown | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 W Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca | Reception. Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural | 5:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Handwerker Gallery, Gannett Center, IC, Ithaca | Opening Reception. Curated by David Solomon (Assistant Professor, Art History), Catheryn Dwyre, Chris Perry, and Kathy Velikov. Summer’s Keep - Opening Reception | 5:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | ZaZa’s Cucina, 622 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca | An exhibit of fiber, acrylics & prints by June Silberman. Sweet Tender Love, an exhibition by artist Kadie Salfi | 5:30 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Corners Gallery, 903 Hanshaw Rd Ste 3, Ithaca | A show

about family, memory, history and time that you may be interested in promoting or writing about. Craft & Chat: Polymer Clay Book Charms | 6:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | Registration is required to help plan for refreshments and class materials. First Friday Gallery Night | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | Downtown Ithaca, Center Ithaca, Ithaca | Downtown Ithaca explodes with talent in different shops, restaurants and hotels. Nearly 20 businesses downtown become the home to different local artists and sometimes global ones, as well. Gallery Night: Group Exhibit Aviation! | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | CAP ArtSpace in the Ithaca College Gallery, 110 N. Tioga St, Ithaca | This group exhibit will feature art of or inspired by planes or flight. Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku | Contemporary Printmakers and Mid Century Modern Architects | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | Ink Shop Studio Gallery, 2nd floor CSMA bldg, 330 E.State / MLK Street, Ithaca | The Ink Shop Printmaking Center will host visiting printmakers and architects from Tokyo

Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival | 10:00 AM, 9/7 Saturday & 9/8 Sunday | East and West Parks, Broad St. , Norwich | Now in our 25th year! Featuring headliners the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Rory Block, slam poet Buddy Wakefield, and performance painter Robert Channing. First Saturday on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail | 11:00 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Individual Artist Studios in Tompkins County!, Tompkins County, Ithaca | Art studios are open to you! No cost - just visit! Find the list of artists participating this month, and learn tons more at Botanical Mosaics by Marjorie Hoffman at Museum of the Earth | 10:00 AM, 9/8 Sunday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd,, Ithaca | Larger than life, three-dimensional interpretations of plant forms. Handsculpted ceramic elements are combined with stained glass, stone, seashells, fossils and insect galls.

Film Cinemapolis Week of Friday, September 6 through Thursday, September 12. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first*. One Child Nation*| After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment. | 85 mins R Luce | A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student. |109 mins R

After the Wedding| A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor. |111 mins PG-13 The Peanut Butter Falcon | Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. | 93 mins PG-13 The Farewell | A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. |100 mins PG Finger Lakes Drive-In Movies will start at 8:45 PM. It Chapter 2 / Annabelle Comes Home | Friday, 9/6 & Saturday, 9/7* (*Special Event included on Saturday - Haunted Drive In with the “Terror Field/ Stabbin’ Cabin.”) Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. The Citizen | 9/4, 7:00 PM | A security guard in Budapest’s main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship, but he keeps failing the exams that are required for his application. In preparing for the next exam, he is helped by a Hungarian woman of roughly the same age who is a history teacher. Honeyland | 9/5, 7:00 PM; 9/8, 5:00 PM | The last female bee hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. Rashomon | 9/5, 9:00 PM | The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai’s ghost and a woodcutter. Ramen Shop | 9/6, 7:00 PM | A young man who is curious about his deceased parents’ past takes a food



Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons | Originally formed at Dryden High School a decade ago, FCBB has grown and evolved, incorporating many of Ithaca and Cortland’s funk masters into the band along the way. Featuring unique interpretations of popular songs and their own original compositions, the Fall Creek Brass Band always draws a crowd. All concerts in this series are free, all ages, and family friendly. (photo: Facebook)


Handwerker Gallery, Gannett Center, Ithaca College | This semester the gallery is hosting an exhibition that gathers work by architects, artists and landscape architects dealing with how to represent “the ill-effects of Anthropocene on the environment and society.” (Photo: a drawing by Cathryn Dwyre.) Se pt e m be r

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Words and Pictures: 5 Artists Respond to Haiku by Zee Zhava | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | The Mink Gallery, 614 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | A thoughtful collaboration by five friends in response to poetry by former Poet Laureate Zee Zahava.

The Nightingale | Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. |136 mins R

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oneyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone. A portrait of a solitary beekeeper, Hatidze, living in the mountains of Macedonia with her ailing mother, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, this film is an exploration of an observational Indigenous visual narrative that

deeply impacts our behavior towards natural resources and the human condition. Subtitled. From the director: The Nagoya Protocol a United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came into force at the end of 1993 and established global guidelines on access to natural resources. Its objective was the promotion of fair and equitable sharing of benefits for both providers (i.e. land, plants, animals), and users (i.e. humans) of resources. Genetic diversity, or biodiversity, enables populations to adapt to changing environments and a changing climate, contributing to the conservation and sustainability of resources. The “honey crisis” in this film illustrates the

risk of ignoring these protocols and upsetting the respect for biodiversity. Hatidze’s story is a microcosm for a wider idea of how closely intertwined

nature and humanity are, and how much we stand to lose if we ignore this fundamental connection.

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journey to Singapore where he uncovers more than just delicious meals. Rocketman | 9/6, 9:00 PM; 9/7, 9:45 PM | A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Ash is Purest White | 9/7, 7:00 PM; 9/8, 7:00 PM | A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017. True Blue | 9/9, 7:00 PM (FREE w/ filmmaker Swati Dandekar) | The story of indigo, India’s most precious natural dye, which was lost to the events and processes of history. Cowjews and Indians | 9/10, 7:00 PM (FREE w/ filmmaker Marc Halberstadt) | Filmmaker relates Jewish land claims with Native American land claims in a provocative, wacky documentary. Island of the Hungry Ghosts | 9/11, 7:00 PM | While the yearly crab migration takes place and locals perform rituals for ghosts, a therapist works in Christmas Island’s asylum seeker detention center.

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Blinded by the Light| In 1987 Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen. |117 mins PG-13

It Chapter Two* | Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club members have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. | 169 mins R

The Angry Birds Movie 2 |96 mins PG Dora and The Lost City of Gold | 102 mins PG

Angel Has Fallen | Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat. |120 mins R

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark | 111 mins PG-13 Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw | 135 mins PG-13

Ready or Not | A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game. | 95 mins R Good Boys| Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs. |89 mins R 47 Meters Down: Uncaged| Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark

Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood | 161 mins R

Special Events Campus Club Fall Coffee | 11:00 AM, 9/5 Thursday | Clarion Inn, 2310 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca | The Campus Club at Cornell is a social and educational organization open to all women in the Ithaca area, providing opportunities

for newcomers in the area to meet others through participation in our activity groups, social events and programs. We have over 20 activity groups and social events/programs throughout the year. All are welcome Hilliard United States Vintage Grand Prix | All Day 9/6 Friday & 9/7 Saurday | Watkins Glen International , 2790 Cty Rte 16 , Watkins Glen | The Trans-Am Championship returns as a companion series to this great weekend of historic competition. Northeast Electro-Music Festival 2019 | 11:00 AM, 9/6 Friday thru 9/8 Sunday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 South Main St., Homer | Features musicians and video artists who use electronic musical instruments along with hardware and software tools to create a performance-centric event. | $10 AIDS Ride for Life 2019 | 6:00 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Stewart Park, Stewart Park, Gardner Parkway, Ithaca | Around Cayuga Lake. Challenge yourself† - choose to Ride 14, 24, 42, 69, 90 or 102 miles. We have seven pit stops before our finish line. | 25+


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CAP ArtSpace, Tompkins Center of History & Culture, 110 N. Tioga St., Ithaca | Local photographer Jon Reis curated this collection of spectacular photographs of airports and airplanes. The exhibit features Reis’s photos of aircraft hangars where aviators live and work with their airplanes, as well as photos by Joe Pries, who has traveled the world photographing airliners landing and taking off with intriguing backgrounds. (photo: provided) Ithac a T imes


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GIAC Festival of Nations | 11:00 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Ithaca High School, Field b/w Gymnasium & Stadium, 1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca | Everyone is invited to this celebration of cultures from around the globe, found right here in Ithaca, where we share our precious heritage through music, performance, art, unique and craft products, apparel, and expressive cuisine. Ellis Hollow Fair | 12:00 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Ellis Hollow Community Center, 111 Genung Road, Ithaca | Come on out this this old fashion country fair! Great fun for all ages! Rain date is Sunday, 9/8. The Edible Home Landscape: A Garden-to-Table Program | 4:00 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Rd, Ithaca | Edible landscaping is an easy and sustainable way to grow your own food while maintaining a yard that is both beautiful and productive. Join our horticulturists for a tour of the Herb Garden and Vegetable Garden to learn about edible plants that also make lovely ornamental additions to your home landscape. | 55

The Paddle, Pedal, and Play Festival | 9:00 AM, 9/14 Saturday | Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr., Ithaca | Sample an incredible variety of outdoor activities you may not have tried before at free and reduced pricing. Festival activities, organized by local businesses and recreation enthusiasts, will include kayaking, paddleboarding, biking, tree climbing, soccer, pickleball, disc golf, volleyball, bocce ball, birdwatching, juggling, and more! United Way Carnival for a Cause! | 1:00 PM, 9/14 Saturday | The Commons, East State Street, Ithaca | Free games and activities for the whole family. Food will also be available; proceeds go to support the United Way of Tompkins County. The Dunk Booth will be back again, featuring many of our local friends and celebrities who will take the big splash! Americana Countryfest | 1:30 PM, 9/14 Saturday | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken | Featuring Donna & The Mystics; Jason Wicks; Chasing Neon; Tailor-Made and personalities from Q-Country radio. Cornhole tourney, food, drinks, Woofstock Fundraisers Raffle. Family & dog-friendly.

Books Zillah Eisenstein, in conversation with Dr. Nia Nunn | 5:30 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Zillah Eisenstein, writer/activist/scholar, and Dr. Nia Nunn, IC professor and President of the Board of Directors of the Southside Community Center, will come together in dialogue with Zillah’s newest book ABOLITIONIST SOCIALIST FEMINISM, Radicalizing the Next Revolution.†



Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca | Everyone is invited to this celebration of cultures from around the globe, found right here in Ithaca, and share precious heritage through music, performance, art, unique and craft products, apparel, and expressive cuisine. New this year is the outdoor Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament finishing and a special screening of ‘Space Jam’ in the IHS stadium. (photo: provided)

Bob Proehl’s “The Nobody People” Celebration | 6:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry Street, Ithaca | Immerse yourself in the universe created by local author Proehl and attend an “assembly” at Bishop Academy, a school for youth with extraordinary abilities, where he will be interviewed by Melanie Conroy-Goldman Hamilton. The book has been optioned by 20th Century Fox Television with Marc Webb producing. Drew Harvell: Underwater Outbreaks and the Ocean’s Biodiversity | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St,

for this book club, as space is limited. Participants will receive copies of the book. Talk by Steven Newcomb: “The Doctrine of Discovery” | 12:30 PM, 9/10 Tuesday | Wells College, 170 Main St, Aurora | Author and legal scholar of Native American descent (Lenape, Shawnee). TCPL’s Tween Book Club | 3:45 PM, 9/11 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | For children ages 9 to 12. In September, the club will be reading and comparing Drita’s My Homegirl, by Jenny Lombard and Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai. Registra-

Green St, Ithaca | These drop-in hours provide people aged 12 to 17 the opportunity to express their creativity while becoming familiar with the equipment in the Library’s Makerspace. No registration required. Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 9/6 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | A different theme every week! CozyBop, a Babywearing Dance Class | 10:30 AM, 9/6 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | These classes are suitable for babies six weeks or older who have head control. No dance experience

LEGO Building Program | 3:00 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The Library provides building bricks, and all creations are displayed at the Library for one week. Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 9/10 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and fun. There is a different theme each week. Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 9/11 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden |

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DOUG’S FISH FRY | 11:00 AM, 9/5 Thursday | Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg | Pre-order before 4pm by calling (607) 753-9184 ext. 2. DOUG’s Famous Seafood & Sides plus Drinks & Homemade Desserts Available! Proceeds will benefit the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church.

Check It Out Shoppe Closing Bag & Box Sale w/ BBQ Luncheon | 9:00 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Check It Out Thrift Shop, 6609 Turnpike Roaf, Mecklenburg | Closing BAG & BOX sale (9AM-2PM)and Pork BBQ Luncheon, (11AM-2PM) . Sponsored by the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church.

Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road, Candor | 18 Vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, jams, maple syrup, honey, tea, herbs, plants, soaps, hand crafts, tool sharpening and more! Express Ugly Feelings through Guided Art | 5:30 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Participants will learn that art therapy is about expression rather than artistic skill. Open to ages 16+. Registration appreciated.

NORTHEAST ELECTRO-MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019 Thursday, September 6 through Saturday, September 8 | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 South Main St., Homer | Three full days of electronic music concerts along with workshops, seminars, demonstrations and the ever-popular “Synthesizer Petting Zoo,” an opportunity for people of all ages to have a hands-on experience with synthesizers, drum machines and other types of electronic music gear. (Photo: provided)

Ithaca | Award-winning author and Cornell professor Drew Harvell will talk about her recent books and tell how she and her team have worked to sustain ocean biodiversity in the world’s oceans. Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club | 6:30 PM, 9/9 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Adults are invited to celebrate their love of this delightful and subversive medium in a friendly group setting to discuss They Called Us Enemy. Registration is required

tion is required. Register and pick up a free copy of this monthís books at the Youth Services Reference Desk. Chats in the Stacks: Barry Strauss on Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine | 4:30 PM, 9/11 Wednesday | Olin Library, Cornell, Ithaca |

Kids Maker Thursdays for Teens at TCPL | 3:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E

is required. Baby must be worn facing inwards. Participants should arrive ten minutes early for their first class. CozyBop will be followed by a playtime for babies and toddlers. No registration is required. Cardboard Explosion Puppet Show | 10:30 AM, 9/7 Saturday | The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | Performed by Paper Heart Puppets. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Best for ages 5+ | $8 -$12

Notices Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 9/4 Wednesday | McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor | Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s for you. Contact: Denice Peckins Ithaca Sociable Singles | 6:00 PM, 9/5 Thursday | 9/5, Dinner: Old Mexico. Host: Jim H., RSVP: jrhaustein@yahoo. com; 9/11, Dinner: Boatyard Grill.

Cornell University Meet the Employer Session | 1:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, | A Human Resources representative will discuss job search tips, the application process, and general information about working at Cornell University. Car Pride of Ithaca Open Club Meet - Trumansburg | 5:00 PM, 9/6 Friday | Trumansburg Shur-save, 2085 State Route 96, Trumansburg | Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Guided bird walks every Saturday and Sunday morning, sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. For more information,

Ithaca Ballet Open Auditions | 12:30 PM, 9/7 Saturday | The Ballet Center Studio, 504-506 N. Plain St., Ithaca | For the 2019-20 season Saddle Up for Jesus Horse Riding Club | 7:00 PM, 9/7 Saturday | Brooktondale Baptist Church, 2311 Slaterville Road, Ithaca | A Christian, family-oriented riding club. We have club meetings, trail rides, horsemanship clinics for a variety of disciplines, cowboy devotionals and youth programs. Contact Lawrence Canfield at 607-539-6440. Ithaca City Cemetery Cleanup | 9:30 AM, 9/8 Sunday | Ithaca City Cemetery, University Ave, Ithaca | Come out for a morning of cleaning and restoration projects at Ithaca’s oldest burial ground. This annual event is a great opportunity to serve our community and learn more about our local history! Gloves and equipment will be provided. Meet at the shed just above the burial vaults. Knitters and Crocheters | 3:00 PM, 9/8 Sunday | Varna United Methodist Church, 965 Dryden Rd, Ithaca | Come meet other fiber artists and share skills with one another. Mothers Out Front House Party | 3:00 PM, 9/8 Sunday | Mothers Out Front, 105 Second St., Ithaca | Worried about climate change? You are not alone! Come meet the Tompkins County team of Mothers Out Front, and learn what you can do to help fight for a sustainable and livable climate for all children.




Barnes Hall, Cornell | Celebrate the opening of “726,” the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards’ new space at 726 University Ave which provides a rotating home for parts of a collection of concert-ready keyboard instruments. On Friday and Saturday there will be concerts, demonstrations, talks, and lecture-recitals taking place at various venues, all capped off by this final concert. All events are free and open to the public. (Photo:

University Ave, Ithaca | Come out for a morning of cleaning and restoration projects at Ithaca’s oldest burial ground. This annual event is a great opportunity to serve the community and learn more about local history. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Meet at the shed just above the burial vaults. (photo: Friends of Ithaca City Cemetery)

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Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra | 6:30 PM, 9/5 Thursday | Lifelong Senior Center, 119 West Court Street , Ithaca | Beginning September 5th, The Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra (FLFO) will bring together beginner to expert level musicians from around upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. The orchestra members†may play a wide range of instruments beyond the fiddle. These include the banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, cello, penny whistle, and other traditional instruments. | $175 - sliding scale

Guided Tours at Historic Southworth Homestead | 10:00 AM, 9/7 Saturday | Southworth Homestead, 14 North Street, Dryden | Tours are held the first Saturday of the month from May to October. Tours begin at 10, 11, and Noon. | Donation $10 ($8 for members)

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ne of the area’s most prominent museu ms, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, has a new leader as Jessica Levin Martinez arrived in July with goals of using the museum as a platform for community and relationshipbuilding. According to a press release at the time of her selection, Martinez is the fourth head of the museum since it opened in 1973. She is succeeding Stephanie Wiles, who left






Art Through Community NEW JOHNSON DIRECTOR’S VISION FOR MUSEUM OF ART By Mat t B utle r the post in July 2018 to take a job at the Yale University Art Gallery. Martinez has a full background of art and museum experience, as she has worked as an educator and administrator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art before moving back to her alma mater Harvard University to oversee teaching and research operations in museums on the campus. “I think everything that we do here at the Johnson Museum of Art is really about teaching, learning and It hac a

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outreach,” Martinez said. “If you take that perspective on the collection, really bringing it to life and putting it to work for everybody, then it’s a place full of great works of art that are also incredible teaching tools.” To use the art as teaching tools, Martinez said, is to use it as a spring board for new questions and discussions. She sees the Johnson Museum as a place that can serve plenty of different roles in the community, eschewing the stereotype of stuffy, staid art museum. In so many words, Martinez seems to believe that the Johnson Museum can be whatever the person who is visiting wants it to be. “I see the museum as a place for research, but also for respite,” Martinez said. “It works on two vectors. It’s a place for deep thinking and

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critical looking at works of art. But it’s also a place for delight and discovery, seeing new things and meeting new people.” It’s the variety of work in the Johnson Museum that seems to appeal most to Martinez; she said her favorite aspect of walking through the exhibits is the “serendipity” of stumbling upon something unexpected and having it impact her in a new way. Her philosophy on youth involvement might ensure the frequency of that feeling, as she believes that engaging students is crucial to keeping the museum fresh. She emphasized that much in her introductory statements, where she talked about promoting continued on page 13



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he classical music season calendar is especially full this fall, and includes three extraordinary events. This weekend, on Sept. 6 and 7, the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards—instruments including organs and pianos of all ages—will be inaugurated at 8 p.m.. Lecture-demonstrations and concerts by eminent faculty are scheduled. The organs in Sage Chapel, plus several pianos, will be played by Annette Richards and others on Friday evening. David Yearsley performs Bach on the Baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel on Saturday afternoon. That evening in Barnes Hall the concert features five different pianos: Malcolm Bilson plays Chopin (Pleyel); Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken perform duets by Brahms, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn


Ensemble Unheard of (Blüthner); on fortepianos, Roger Moseley and Bilson offer Mozart variations together (Walter), and Moseley accompanies soprano Rachel Schutz in songs by Schubert and the two Schumanns (Graf). Other works demonstrate the Steinway. More events follow this fall. More information is available at Ithaca College professor of piano Charis Dimaras, along with students and recent alumni from his studio, present eight concerts of all 32 sonatas of the great composer Beethoven, whose 250th birth anniversary comes in 2020. Fall programs, in the Hockett Family Recital Hall at 7 p.m., are on Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. Repertory is listed below. The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Opera Ithaca, in their first collaboration, present a semi-staged concert version of Puccini’s “La bohème” in Ford Hall on Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Mark your calendars now for these and the following highlights. Be sure to check dates, times, and venues, as schedules do change.

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ORCHESTRAL AND ENSEMBLE PROGRAMS The early music group NYS Baroque presents Viol 3, French, German and English music for viola da gamba, performed by three specialists—David Morris, Beiliang Zhu, and Lisa Terry—plus continuo of Leon Schelhase, harpsichord, and musical director Deborah Fox, theorbo, on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Church. The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, conducted by musical director Cornelia Laemmli Orth, opens its regular season with “Simply Strings,” featuring violin soloists Irina Muresanu and concertmaster Christina Bouey, in music by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Pärt, and Enescu, on October 19. On Nov. 23 the orchestra, joined by pianist Shai Wosner for concertos by Mozart and Cerrone, also plays “Chamber Dance” by Joan Tower plus Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony. Both concerts, at 7:30 p.m., are in Ford Hall. Ensemble X, directed by Xak Bjerken performs works by Elizabeth Ogonek (a premiere) and Steve Reich, plus choral works that inspired both, on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Barnes Hall. The IC Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, conducted by Octavio Mas-Arocas and with Kyle Ambrust, viola, present works by Tower and Sibelius on Dec.10 at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall.

CHAMBER MUSIC Chamber Music @ New Park, featuring international and local musicians, presents three concerts on Sept. 6, 7 and 8 at 1500 Taughannock Blvd. The CCO opens its series on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. featuring music by Fauré, Gaubert, and Prokofiev in the Unitarian Church, while the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, at 4 p.m. in the Lodi Historical Society, performs music of Schulhoff, Bartok, and Schubert’s grand “Trout” quintet. The IC Beethoven #1 concert on Sept. 16 presents Sonatas Op. 2/1 and 2/3, and Op. 57 (Appassionata). Cornell pianist Miri Yampolsky plays J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 plus Spanish music on Sept. 17 in Barnes Hall at 8 p.m. In the Cornell Concert Series famed Russian pianists, master and student Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov perform in Bailey Hall at 8 p.m. on Sept. 30. On Oct. 4, Mike Lee, fortepiano, with Wayne Lee, violin, and Clancy Newman, cello, play a concert of three late trios by Haydn in Barnes Hall at 8 p.m. On Oct. 14 is IC Beethoven #2, presenting Sonatas Op. 22, 27/2 (Moonlight), 49/1–2, and 90.

106 (Hammerklavier). And also at Hockett on Dec. 7, IC faculty players—pianist Vadim Serebryany, clarinet Michael Galván, violinist Cal Wiersma, and cellist Elizabeth Simkin— perform Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.”


Daniil Trifonov Bjerken performs works of Beethoven, Ravel, Bartók, Kurtág, and Crumb, on a various pianos, in Barnes Hall on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. FLCE’s first Salon, at 102 First Street at 4 p.m. on Nov. 3, featuring music plus commentary, pays tribute to Beethoven with cellist Stefan Reuss and pianist Michael Salmirs playing “Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen,’” and Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 102/2. IC Beethoven #3 features Op. 26, 31/1–3 on Nov. 11. The Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series at IC presents Isabelle Faust, accompanied by pianist Alexander Melnikov, performing an all-Beethoven program in Hockett on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. On Dec. 2 IC Beethoven #4 presents Sonatas Op. 2/2, 14/1–2, 53 (Waldstein), and

IC’s School of Music is inaugurating the Manley and Doriseve Thaler Vocal Concert Series this fall, and we will hear celebrated mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who, with pianist Craig Terry, sings “As Long As There Are Songs” at Ford Hall on Sept. 17 at 8:15 p.m. On Oct. 3 in Hockett at 7 p.m. is a French Art Song recital by IC voice faculty, accompanied by Dean Karl Paulnack, pianist. Cornell’s Glee Club and Chorus, directed by Robert Isaacs, will sing the Homecoming Concert of repertoire favorites and traditional

Lorelei Ensemble Cornell songs on Oct. 5 in Bailey Hall at 7 p.m. At 8:15 p.m. the same day is IC’s Choral Collage, the four major choruses, directed by Janet Galván and Sean Linfors.

The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble perform a program called “Heaven and Earth” at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Oak Avenue at 4 p.m. on Oct. 6. Led by interim artistic director Melissa Rooklidge and accompanied by organists Jeffrey Snedeker and Erik Kibelsbeck, they sing Louis Vierne’s “Messe solonnelle” (featuring the French Romantic organ), Shaker songs, and a set on romantic love by Britten, Finzi, Gregorio and others. On Nov. 3, soprano Laura Strickling, with pianist Bjerken, performs songs by Debussy, Cantaloube, Poulenc, and Tailleferre in Barnes Hall at 3 p.m. Cornell faculty and students perform works honoring Clara Schumann’s 200th birth anniversary in Barnes on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Cornell Chamber Singers, directed by Stephen Spinelli, perform a program highlighting the influence of Notre Dame Cathedral, which includes Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, with organist Michael Plagerman, in Sage Chapel on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. On Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., also in Sage, the Cornell Chorale, led by Spinelli with faculty vocalists, focuses on the African American spiritual and its influence on Dvorák and American composer H. T. Burleigh. The IC Winter Choral Concert, led by Galván and Linfors is in Ford Hall on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Finally, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, with soloists and orchestra conducted by Gerald Wolfe, perform Handel’s early work “Dixit dominus,” while the Chamber Singers present Josef Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat for two choirs a cappella. The concert is at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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inclusivity of voices that might not normally be listened to in the typical museum environment. “Museums are changing rapidly, they’ve changed more in the last five years than in the last 50,” she said during an interview. “If we’re really going to get the future of museums right, we’re going to have to listen to what students want from museums and the kinds of tough questions they’re asking of museums.” Part of that is going to be stepping aside, Martinez said, and letting younger people set the tone at times so they can take some ownership of the experience. Currently, the exhibit Martinez is most excited about is a video installation called “how the light gets in,” which looks at global migration through the eyes of nearly 60 different artists, ranging in ages and backgrounds. That will be shown on Sept. 12 at the museum’s opening reception for the fall season, held from 5-7 p.m. In order to show the installation, Martinez said the museum constructed its own mini-theater for viewings. It’s a taste of some of the African influences that surely permeate from Martinez’s background in that genre, though she is sure to reiterate that she wants to embrace art from anywhere in the globe. Of course, there are slightly different demands for museum educators when on a college campus, especially as those venues tend to cater to a very wide audience: students, teachers, community members, etc. That means there’s a balance that must be struck to appeal to all sides, something Martinez hopes to achieve by fostering the museum as a place where the community can come to not only maintain their previously-formed relationships (with each other or with the museum itself) but build new ones as well. “Museum educators think about communities broadly defined,” Martinez said. “So we want the Johnson Museum of Art to celebrate those relationships and be a place where the community can come together.”

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$39.50 with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m. Oct.11: The Robert Cray Band - This band works to bridge the gap between blues, soul, and R&B and promises exciting sounds for all. Tickets range from $28.50 to $48.50. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 26: Elvis Costello & The Imposters legendary musician Elvis Costello is coming to Ithaca with the band The Imposters. With an epically euphoric sound, this is bound to be a performance to remember. Tickets range from $59.50 to $89.50. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Nov. 1: Rufus Wainwright - Known for his cover of the song Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright is going to be performing at the State Theatre as a part of his Oh Solo Wainwright Tour. Tickets range from $26.50 to $196.50 for a VIP pass. The doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m.

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Both Ithaca all is C o l l e g e ’ s traditionally Handwerker the time of Gallery (1170 year when Gannett Center) a city’s galleries and Cornell’s and museums Herbert F. Johnson come fully alive Museum of Art (114 after the respites Central Avenue) of late summer. are putting on Ithaca, with its what promise to be compact but vital eclectic exhibitions exhibitions scene, is of contemporary art no exception. organized around The easiest way distinctly au courant to get a feel for our Johnson Museum at Cornell topics. local downtown At the Johnson, art spaces is to contemporary attend one of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s “Gallery Night curator Andrea Inselmann is known for her Ithaca” events, held on the first Friday of every thematic extravaganzas – put together every month. The “night” (running from 5 to 8pm) few years – typically featuring a funhouse-like features numerous opening receptions, held in “post-medium” approach. As often in the past, both formal galleries and more casual venues. “how the light gets in” (September 7 through Most are within quick walking distance of the December 8) will fill all of the museum’s Commons. (See the Gallery Night website, temporary exhibitions spaces. According to the, for publicity material, this will be “an exhibition about the movement of people across the globe more details.) A member-run cooperative founded in and the welcome cracks that develop in our 1989, the State of the Art Gallery (at 120 West notions of borders and nation states.” Handwerker director Mara Baldwin brings State Street) is Ithaca’s oldest independent gallery. This month brings “Textures: Patty a kindred sensibility to her post. Opened last Brown and Ileen Kaplan (September 4 through week, “ambiguous territory: architecture, 29) featuring abstract-leaning work by two landscape, and the postnatural” (August members. Next month (October 2 through 28 through December 15) a travelling show 27) will pair landscapists Diane Newton and curated by David Salomon, Cathryn Dwyre, Patty Porter. November (October 30 through Chris Perry, and Kathy Velikov. It aims to December 1) will feature new members while “highlight…the synthetic and surprisingly the following month (December 4 through 29) efficient ability of art and design to reveal what is ubiquitous but often invisible in our cultural will be an annual open-call juried show. Over on the opposite side of the Commons, and physical climates. Each show will be accompanied by a variety The Community School of Music and Arts and the Ink Shop Printmaking Center (both at 330 of special programming. (Pick up a printed East State Street) form a comparable cultural program or see and A venerable arts school, the CSMA puts on gallery for further details.) And – almost off the map – there’s Corners regular exhibitions in its front lobby. Carrying over from last month, their current “Faculty Gallery in Cayuga Heights (903 Hanshaw Show” (through September 27) features work Road), another important destination for from their diverse and talented teaching staff – the art curious. Owned and run by Ariel Bullion-Ecklund, the frame shop cum gallery many of them rarely exhibited in town. Following a short vacation, the Ink Shop will dexterously balances local and non-local art. be reopening to the public with “Tokyo Geijutsu Representing the former, Kadie Salfi’s “Sweet Daigaku: Contemporary Tokyo Printmakers Tender Love” (September 5 through October and Mid Century Modern Architects from 5) will be “a nostalgic celebration of her Geidai” (September 6 through October 30). grandparents,” explored through a WarholFeaturing graphic art from architects and esque “mix of photo-based imagery, collage, printmakers at the Tokyo University of the painting, ceramics, and marble.” Ithaca’s Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Arts, the show was headed by Shop member and University alumna Kumi Korf. A “Talk provides annual retreats for New York State Print” event featuring show artists will be held artists and writers. ”Intricate Universe: Thea Gregorious/Paula Overbay/Jayoung Yoon” on September 7 from 3 to 5 pm. The Shop will also be putting on “20/20 (October 8 through November 23) features Hindsight: 20 Years in Prints and Books” Saltonstall alumni whose work, in various (November 1 through January 24), a celebration media – fashionably – explores intricate process of two decades as Ithaca’s independent and microcosmic imagination. printmaking studio. The exhibit will feature work by current and past members, students, and collaborators. The

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he fall theatre season is off to a quick start with the Kitchen Theatre, Cornell’s Dept of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), the Cherry Arts Collective and Opera Ithaca all opening shows this month. First up the Kitchen’s season opens with a celebrated piece from Britain, ‘The Children’ by Lucy Kirkwood. In the wake of a nuclear disaster two scientists have retired to the coast, going back to the land. Then an old colleague appears. The Kitchen calls it “A gripping and thoughtprovoking story about the messes we make of our lives and our planet, and how we attempt to clean them up.” Ithaca College faculty Susannah Berryman and Dean Robinson play the couple, and the always electric Margarett Perry returns after a couple of years away to direct. Sept. 8–29. ( PMA brings ‘The Wolves’ by Sarah DeLappe to Ithaca, an area premiere of this popular piece in which teenage girls face themselves, their desires, their fears as members of a soccer squad. “Focused also on the toughness of its characters, the play engages and upends our preconceived notions about girlhood and femininity,” according to PMA. Directing is Beth Milles, who is dynamic with physical theater work. Sept. 26–28 only. (pma.cornell. edu) The Cherry brings us another premiere English translation of a show, this time by Québecois playwright David Paquet. “’The Shoe’ is an emotionally profound and very funny work about the world of an unusual young boy named Benoît and the adults who care for him,” according to the Cherry. The show features Emma Bowers and Godfrey Simmons.

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Performances run Sept. 26-29 and Oct. 3-6. ( October sees Ithaca College, one of the nation’s leading pre-professional undergraduate conservatory programs, kick off a fascinating season, opening with a play by the brilliant young African-American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a MacArthur fellow (“the genius award”). Cynthia Henderson helms ‘Everybody,’ the playwright’s reworking of the classic medieval English play ‘Everyman.’ This Pulitzer finalist is a “radical retelling [that] creates a button-pushing, meta-theatrical experience for the audience. Delving into the discovery of body image, race, friendship and social responsibilities.” (Oct. 1–11)

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Mid-October IC features Ibsen’s powerhouse drama ‘Hedda Gabler,’ directed by Austin Bunn. (Oct. 11–26). The tail-end of October brings the fall musical, ‘Sister Act,’ directed by Courtney Young (who helmed a terrific ‘Wonderful Town’ previously.) Songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Seats always go fast for Ithaca College’s musicals. ( Over at PMA, the graduate student run 10-minute play festival explores the theme of Energy in the intimate Black Box. (Oct 3-5). And Oct. 24 brings a reading of ‘Virtual Landscapes’ by Aoise Stratford and Toby Ault, “multimedia piece, currently in development, which uses video footage, live actors, and ongoing climate science research to take visitors on a tour through time.” The Kitchen throws us another regional premiere in October: ‘The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up,” by Carla Ching. “Diana and Max meet as kids, the day their parents start having an affair. During their parents’ tumultuous on-and-off relationship over more than two decades, Max and Diana are perpetually forced together and become the most unlikely of friends.” (Oct. 20– Nov. 3). The Cherry launches a mini-festival of solo plays for women actors from Oct. 25–Nov. 5 entitled ‘Listen to Her.’ Norm Johnson directs Kathleen Mulligan as Emily Dickinson in ‘The Belle of Amherst.’ Elizabeth Mozer performs

Proof by David Auburn Nov 23 - Dec 15, 2019 her solo piece ‘The Asylum Project’ about the lives of “patients at the now-deserted psychiatric hospital in Binghamton known as ‘The Castle.’” Jennifer Herzog performs in ‘The Saint,’ the Cherry’s third staging of an English translation of Santiago Loza, under the direction of Amina Omari. PMA kicks off November with a brandnew musical, written by Madeleine Gray and directed by Ilana Wallenstein ‘21. In ‘There for You,’ Anne is recently single, pregnant and off her meds; then she meets Katie. Nov 7–9.

The proscenium stage at PMA will be the site of a long-gestating play about climate change in collaboration with Ithaca’s Civic Ensemble. “The Next Storm” is being written by Thom Dunn, while Civic’s Godfrey Simmons directs. Nov. 15–16 and 22–23. House of Ithaqua continues their dedication to challenging and spooky theatre by staging Caryl Churchill’s ‘The Skriker.’ Churchill is one of the world’s leading playwrights, and no two plays of hers are the same. Artistic Director A.J. Sage will helm the piece. “A shape-shifting

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The Ride for Life offers cyclists of all wenty-one years ago, two Ithacans decided to take the “Think abilities the opportunity to be a part of it, Globally, Act Locally” bumper as there are options to ride 102, 90, 69, 42, sticker literally. They had seen the power 25 or 14 miles. There are eight pit stops, of collective action in raising money and and repair vehicles travel the route to help awareness, and they founded the “Ride when needed. As he has done for 18 of the 21 years, for Life,” in support of AIDS Work. One of those guys, Jerry Dietz, told me the back Jerry Dietz will be swinging his leg over the crossbar to do the 102-mile ride. story. “I had to miss a few,” he stated. “You “In the mid-90’s, Russ Traunstein and I had been participants in some of the early know, life can get in the way.” Always the national AIDS rides,” Dietz said. “The rides optimist, Jerry said, “I’m hoping it goes well were started by a guy named Dan Pallotta, this year. I had some shoulder surgery, and back when AIDS was still such an epidemic I wasn’t able to get on the bike until July.” He knows he will draw energy from and gay men were dying left and right. The rides started in San Francisco, ended in Los his longtime riding buddies, including his brother-in-law, who has ridden the CenAngeles.” “Back in 1994, I saw an ad looking for tury Ride with him about ten times before. two-thousand riders to do a 3-day, 370- There will be another change this year, as mile ride from Boston to New York City, the event will take steps to honor a longand they were asking that each rider com- time friend. mit to raising $1,200,” Dietz said. The ride ended up drawing 3,800 riders, and raising $6.5 million, and Dietz said, “We biked from pit stop to pit stop, we stayed in tent cities and it made me realize the power of enlisting an army of fundraisers. There were men, women, gay, straight, people who were HIV positive and negative—it Ride for Life co-founders, Jerry Dietz and Russ Traunstein (Photo provided) was the most incredible and inspiring thing I had ever done.” “We have always encouraged the team Fast-forward to 1998: Dietz and Traunstein teamed up with AIDS Work’s Ex- concept,” Dietz told me, “and we at CSP ecutive Director George Ferrari, formed Management sponsored Team Outspoken. a board of directors, recruited a group of This year, we have put Team Outspoken to volunteers and the inaugural Ride for Life the side to honor longtime rider and volunwas held in 1999. Since then, the event has teer Mark Pedersen. Mark and his partner, raised over $4.5 million, and even though Ron Howe, would rotate riding and volthe focus has shifted somewhat, the level of unteering, and he was one or our unsung passion and commitment have held steady. heroes. Mark passed away a week after last This year’s event will be held this Saturday, year’s ride, and we’re quite pleased that our team will be called ‘Mark Rides On’ this Sept. 7, at Stewart Park. To clarify, I asked Jerry if, given that peo- year.” If Dietz channels as much energy into ple are now living much longer and healthier lives despite having AIDS, are potential the ride as he did into our conversation, donors are more likely to see the cause as he’ll go around the lake twice. His level of less relevant and are they therefore less excitement is the same as it was 21 years likely to get involved? He replied, “That’s ago, and he said, “When I first started doa good question. It’s true that medical ad- ing these rides, the effectiveness of the funvances have made it possible to manage the draising was impressive, but the spirit and disease, but the Southern Tier AIDS Pro- camaraderie were just amazing. It remains gram is a very nimble organization. Given so, and the amount of money we have been the success of some of their programs—like able to raise is a testament to this commuproviding access to clean needles to prevent nity’s generosity. I knew I wasn’t a doctor, the spread of disease—they are now shift- or a researcher, and I couldn’t change the ing their focus to mitigating the effects of course of the crisis in those capacities, but the opioid crisis.” (The Southern Tier AIDS I could ride a bike and raise money. You do Program also continues their work related what you can do.” to HIV prevention.) Fal l

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