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The Tab celebrates 150+1 years in Fall Creek
abernacle Baptists Church is celebrating 150+1 years of service in the Fall Creek neighborhood. The church originally wanted to host a celebration for its 150th birthday last year, but like most things, it was derailed by the pandemic. “We really wanted to do something to emphasize our community and focus on loving them, instead of focusing on an internal celebration,” Pastor Elijah Beltz said. Beltz said they were going to host an ice cream social during Porchfest, but that was canceled again this year. But as luck would have it, the Streets Alive! Ithaca event is still happening and it takes place right in front of the church. During the festival on Sept. 19, the Tabernacle Baptist Church will have games and ice cream sundaes for all to enjoy. “We just want to show appreciation for our community,” Beltz said. “The ice cream is for Fall Creek. We would love to get to know our neighbors better.” The church currently sits on the corner of Utica and Cayuga
Streets, as it has for most of its existence. Tabernacle Baptist Church was founded in 1870 by two women who were attending First Baptist church that converted to Christianity. “They had a heart for the kids in the Fall Creek area,” Beltz said. What began with the two women and an evangelist holding revival meetings in a hotel where they were staying led to the Tabernacle Baptist Church. They first met in rented rooms at 28 Mill (now Court) St., and held their first covenant meeting on June 3, 1870. They built a chapel next door at 30 Mill St. later that year, and on
Oct. 26, 1874 the church paid $500 to buy the land where the church currently sits. There have been two different buildings on the site, with the current one built in 1963. “A number of people donated houses so we could have this property and parking lot,” Beltz said. “They were members of the church and people who lived in the Fall Creek neighborhood.” While the church isn’t new to the community, Beltz is. He moved to Ithaca in fall of 2020 from Rome, NY to take over as the pastor. He said there were a lot of factors that made him and his wife want to move to town. “We liked the ability to be so close to Cornell and to be in a college town — there are so many perks to that,” he said. “The people are intellectual and even the food becomes great in a college town. My
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wife and I like ministering the college-aged people and we liked that the church was embedded into the community. It’s not a suburban church, it’s a community church.” He also noted the church’s history of an international congregation, with attendees from places like Zambia and Nigeria, as a draw. Being new to town and the church during a pandemic has presented Beltz with challenges in getting to know the community, but he said he’s been working hard to try to be present when there’s the chance. “We do blood drives once a month, and those continue whether or not there’s a pandemic because that’s a huge need. That was a great way to meet people with safety protocols in place,” he said. The church has also lent space to the Cayuga County Youth Orchestra, the Ithaca Suzuki Institute and local homeschoolers during the pandemic too. “In the last 10 years we’ve transitioned to that mindset and tried to become more outward focused in some of the things we’re doing, all while trying to maintain who we are in our message,” Beltz said. “We’re Christians, we believe in Jesus Christ, that he died for our sins and rose on the third day. We believe that message, but we want to show it by loving our community.” Currently the church is only hosting services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, but will continue to work to reinstate other programs. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g
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NFL SEASON IS BACK. IF ITHACA HAD A NFL TEAM, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL THEM?
“The IthaCANS!” -Ruo H.
“Hmm.. The Iguanas. They change color and are ready for anything.” -Marc S. & Jorgen L.
1971 Cornell Lacrosse Team
Cornell lacrosse’s past and future converge “THE BANANA FIDDLEHEADS!” -Renee F. & Ashley J.
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or the past two decades on Sept. 11, Richie Moran — the coach who led Cornell to three national championships over the course of his 29-year Hall of Fame career — has made a pilgrimage to the campus to hang a wreath at the plaque honoring Eamon McEneaney. Eamon, of course, was one of the greatest players ever to play the game. The three-time All-American was a cornerstone of the Big Red’s championships in 1976 and ‘77 (they were undefeated during both seasons) and he died in the North Tower in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Every year since then, Moran has gone up to hang the wreath, talk about Eamon’s enduring impact on and off the field, and to keep his legacy alive. This year, it was even more poignant, as Eamon’s son, Kyle — who is a grad student at Cornell — showed up to give the coach a hug and to thank him. It was also pointed out that many of the players that showed up for the ceremony were not yet born on
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9/11/01. It was — as always — a very moving scene. The entire Cornell lacrosse team gathered around the retired coach — like seekers sitting at the feet of the Wise Man on the Mountaintop — well aware that he is the foundation of the revered and iconic program of which they are proud to be a part. As Richie prepared to address the team, I sat with (Cornell’s athletic director) Andy Noel, who asked me how long Richie planned to speak. I asked Andy if there was a preferred time frame, and he replied, “After what Richie has done for this university, he can speak all day if he wants to.” ● ● ●
In years past, Moran settled back into his routine and enjoyed watching high school and college football games. This year, however, he is resting up for a big weekend, as on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 17-18), many former players — now in their seventies — will show up to celebrate the
50th anniversary of Cornell lacrosse’s first national championship. Moran will welcome his former players and their guests back to Ithaca, honor the nine players who have passed on, and they will (responsibly) gather to celebrate a half-century of friendship and shared memories. Richie loves to tell the story of how that 1971 team laid the groundwork for a lacrosse dynasty. He recalled, “In 1970, we were undefeated — we led the nation in offense and defense — but the national championship was determined by a committee of 15 people. They ranked us #5.” That had the Big Red seeing red... The next year, there would be a tournament rather than a committee, and Cornell beat Brown 10-8 in the first round, took a dramatic 17-16 win over Army — at Army — then took down Maryland (Moran’s alma mater) 12-6 in the title game. That win made Moran the first man ever to win a title as a player and as a coach, and he told me, “That game was extra special, not only because we beat Maryland, but we did it at Hofstra, where I had played during my college career.” The coach loves to talk about the fact that the ‘71 team had something to prove, and
he loves how they went about doing so. “They outworked everyone,” Richie offered. “We started practice on Feb. 1 and the players would walk through a foot of snow to practice in the polo barn, where they ran through a foot of horse manure.” He never fails to add, “It was fertilizer, and they all grew two inches!” In Coach Moran’s words, “Winning that first championship really helped to build the program in terms of credibility and confidence. We eliminated all doubt. We won it on the field, not by committee.” I have personally had the good fortune to meet many of those guys, as they have come back to Ithaca for various gatherings, and for the release of Richie’s autobiography in 2017. Many have gone on to be leaders in their chosen fields — a trucking company, real estate, insurance, university and hospital administration, lawyers, doctors, the Director of NBC Sports and a 4-Star General to name a few. Many have pointed to Richie and said, “I was a good student and a decent athlete, but that’s the man who taught me how to be a leader.” Rest up, Richie. This weekend will be epic. B y S t e v e L aw r e n c e
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Provost takes charge at TC3 while hunt for new president begins
TC3 Provost Paul Reinfenheiser
hings are moving forward at Tompkins Cortland Community College after the school’s president Dr. Orinthia Montague left for a new job at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee in late August. Since her departure, Paul Reifenheiser, the provost and vice president of academic affairs, has assumed many of her duties after being named the “administrator in charge.” “It’s not uncommon to have a gap between presidents, and that’s when they put in an administrator in charge,” Reifenheiser said. “Theyneed someone to be a de facto president — but I’m not the president.” He added that it can be difficult to find an interim president when schools are in this position because it would essentially just be hiring someone for 6-12 months. As for the process, nothing has been decided quite yet, but Reifen-
heiser said he anticipates the school’s Board of Trustees will hire a search firm. That search firm will help advertise the position, recruit candidates and likely vet candidates in an early round to make sure they’re meeting qualifications. From there, candidates move to a larger committee with stakeholders from the campus and community. That committee will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees, who then need to approve a new president; the SUNY Board of Trustees must also approve the person. “Things are still under discussion at the board level,” Reifenheiser said. “They have not yet announced they’re following that process.” But while it’s not official, it’s probable. And the process could take up to a year, thus Reifenheiser taking on some additional responsibilities. “All of the teaching, faculty and everything in the enroll-
ment process kind of flows up to the provost position, but then there’s a whole host of other duties,” he said. “Offering leadership in things like human resources and student affairs work and information technology and the foundation board. So it’s often stuff like that, just added layers.” However, he gave credit to the strong group that Montague put together, saying it hasn’t added too much to his plate. “The great news is we have an incredibly strong team at the top, so they don’t need a lot from me,” Reifenheiser said. “It’s just consistently following the strong strategic plans we have in place. We’re not reinventing any wheels right now.” And while that may be true, this fall semester hasn’t quite been the return to normalcy everybody hoped it would be. With some COVID restrictions still in place, life at the college has fallen into an in-between, not quite pre-pandemic, but definitely different than last year. As with all SUNY schools, there is a vaccination mandate at TC3 for any students attending courses on campus. Reifenheiser said there are still limits on in-person classes as well, for instance a class who normally meets face-to-face Tuesdays and Thursdays might only meet one of those days. “It’s not quite the return to normalcy, but it’s a lot closer than last year,” he said. But despite his excitement to see students in person for orientation this year after last year’s virtual version, Reifenheiser said he doesn’t want to ever go back to pre-pandemic. “We learned a lot,” he said. “For so many of our students the flexibility we offered them was of paramount importance […] I don’t want to take that away from students. We have such a broad array of students with so many different needs and I don’t want to take away any of that.” He noted that the demographic of community colleges are often different than that of a four-year college. “It’s parents, it’s grandparents, we can serve people at all these different ages,” he said. Simulcast lectures and online courses provided extra flexibility for students who were working full-time but a
course they needed was only available in the middle of the work day, or for students who are parents and need to be available to get their kids to and from school, Reifenheiser said. He added that a lot of people focus on the things students and educators didn’t get last year, instead of focusing on the things they did learn. “People who were maybe not very familiar with technology got a lot more involved with that, and kids learned a lot of grit and a lot of personal responsibility,” he said. “I think those are fantastic and good things.” Going into this semester Reifenheiser said the school did some polling of the students to learn what things they liked in different modalities so that when they crafted the schedule for this year they could be mindful of what students said worked for them. “Right now we’re thinking about what changes we’re going to bring to spring,” he said. “Many students are seeking inperson classes, and I think that will become contagious.” Another thing the school has been working on is workforce development and microcredentials. “One of the things we learned pre-pandemic was that many students just can’t come back for 30 credits or 60 credits, especially if they’re going to school part-time. Sixty credits part-time is years and years of commitment,” he said. “But they can come back for 12 credits.” So the school has been working with local businesses to craft courses so employees can get training their employers would love for them to have but can’t offer themselves. Reifenheiser said this will help people get their foot in the door of new industries, or help people who are underemployed move up to better employment by adding skills. He said there are six different micro-credentials being offered, with more on the way. “We’re going to focus on health,” he said. “Healthcare is in desperate need of workers, and if we can offer people to get their foot in the door of the medical field, that’s pretty exciting.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g Se p te m be r
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Ups COVID cases have fallen fairly drastically as things level out now that arrival testing at Cornell is over. But still, wear your mask indoors and get vaccinated if you haven’t!
Downs There was a spate of violence last weekend that saw a couple people get injured in robberies and disputes.
HEARD&SEEN Heard Both the State Theatre and the Kitchen Theatre are back this week, so that’s exciting. See a show! Hear some Queen! Seen Fliers posted in the gravel lot next to Comics for Collectors are warning folks that a portion of W State Street will be closed from 5 p.m. Sept. 30 until Monday, Oct. 4 for Apple Harvest Festival. Worth it.
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Name your favorite Fall activity. 41.7% Apple picking 8.3% Trick or treating 33.3% Foliage viewing 16.7% Look at that! We haven’t discussed COVID in 4 seconds!
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Cornell freshman in running for $400K of prizes in science competition
ornell University freshman Ellen Jannereth is in the running to win $400,000 worth of prizes via the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The challenge is an annual global competition for students to “inspire creative thinking about science.” It’s open to students ages 13-18 from countries across the globe. Participating students have to create and submit original videos (up to three minutes in length) that “bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.” The submissions are then judged on the ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways. Jannereth chose quantum tunneling in physics for her topic after “stumbling across” the competition online. “It sounded really interesting to participate in, and I had a lot of fun making it,” she said of the video. Jannereth, a physics major at Cornell, decided to go with her topic after falling in love with quantum physics through watching “Fabric of the Cosmos,” a series based on a book of the same name by renowned physicist (and former Cornell professor) Brian Greene. “In middle school I was obsessed with
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Brian Greene’s ‘Fabric of the Cosmos,’” Jannereth said. “Quantum physics as a whole I find super interesting because it’s so far removed from our everyday reality. Really weird things happen in quantum physics that make zero sense, so it’s really interesting to think about how it works.” She said that when she learned about quantum tunneling in her high school physics class it piqued her interest and she wanted to learn more about it. Her video explains in simplest terms that quantum tunneling is the phenomenon where a wavefunction can move through a potential barrier. “The math is extremely complicated,” she said. “But just to boil it down to simple concepts was my goal.” Her video, which she said she had to learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects to make, has made it to the top 30 entries worldwide. The first round of judging is based on peer-to-peer review. Every competitor is required to watch at least five of their peers’ videos and rank them according to the criteria, which include engagement, difficulty of the concept and creativity. The videos that continued on page 7
he Supreme Court has ruled that the answer to all of the following questions is “b.”
Dad, Mom and two kids have come to the Cayuga Inlet, and they find a small rowboat. The boat can carry only one adult or two children at a time. Both kids are decent rowers. How can the family reach the other side of the Inlet?
a. Until the Inlet is dredged, the family can safely wade across.
b. Th e family blames the Democrats for stealing a larger rowboat and settles on this side of the Inlet.
Of the following implacable forces, which force is the more implacable?
a. The Taliban.
b. Th e ability of His Serene Highness Donald Trump to remain a part of the conversation.
A plane crashed on the border of the United States and Mexico. Where were the survivors buried?
a. Trick question – the Wall would make it impossible for a plane to crash ‘on the border’.
b. I t doesn’t matter because the Democrats have opened the border and let thousands of COVID-infected immigrants in.
A man is found dead, hanging from the rafters of a room. There are only four things in the room: a hook hanging from the ceiling, a rope attached to the hook and the man hanging from his neck on that rope. The only clue as to how he was able to kill himself is a large puddle of water on the floor. The ceiling is 15 feet high, and the man’s feet are eight feet from the floor. How did the man hang himself?
a. He was a really good jumper.
b. H e was standing on a block of ice and Jewish space lasers melted it.
A father and daughter have a car accident and are both badly hurt. They are taken to separate hospitals. When the girl is taken in for an operation, the surgeon (doctor) says “I can not do the surgery because this is my daughter.” How is this possible?
a. The doctor, as the patient’s parent, knows she is not insured.
b. Th e hospital is in Texas, where it’s up to the most litigious private citizen to decide what medical procedures can be performed.
Losing the popular vote is no bar to a Republican becoming President of the United States.
a. False. In a democratic republic, whoever gets the most votes wins.
b. A sk Donald Trump. Or George W. Bush. Or Benjamin Harrison. Or Rutherford B. Hayes.
Classical dilemma: Would you steal a loaf of bread in order to feed your family?
a. W hat kind of bread?
b. Th e answer is similar to the answer to the following question: “Would you suppress voting to retain your grip on political power?” (Yes)
Hey, there’s a new disease and it’s highly-transmissible, but we have a vaccine for it. Want the vaccine?
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a. Of course. I’m not an idiot.
b. What’s your game? You can’t tell me what to do. Is this about implanting microchips? I knew it! I’m going to Washington on Saturday to fight tyranny!
e must do more to strengthen our power grid against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Such an event can result from an attack by terrorists or by another country (e.g. China may already have the capability,) or it can occur naturally. It could result in devastating loss of life. There is disagreement on this, but why take chances? We should also have a ground-based GPS back-up system, (like Russia has,) or we could lose internet at the least in an anti-satellite attack. -Alvin Blake, Ithaca, NY
Re: First vaccinated death in county
Ellen Jannereth video still from her video
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are scored the highest make it to the top 30. Now, there’s a popular vote going on until Sept. 20. Whichever video gets the most likes, comments and positive reactions gets to bypass the next round of judging. “It’s surreal to get this far,” she said. “It’s been a really great opportunity.”
The winner of the competition will receive $250,000 for a post-secondary scholarship, $50,000 for their teacher and $100,000 for a Breakthrough Science lab for their high school. The final winner will be announced in November, but for now you can support Jannereth by liking or commenting on her video on the Breakthrough Junior Challenge’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=529665378138796. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g
County Legislature prepares for budget season, protests auction of Bell Station land
detailed report on the Tompkins County COVID-19 pandemic response was given to the Legislature by Public Health Director Frank Kruppa and Emergency Operations Center Chief Amie Hendrix. The main takeaway of this presentation was that the number of positive COVID-19 cases has risen significantly, though the number of hospitalizations remain low. Tompkins County Health Department has continued to monitor and communicate with the community on the severity of disease resulting from COVID-19. Kruppa outlined data related to the recent increase in cases, sharing “…The good news is our cases have peaked and are starting to come down. What we saw in those numbers was that it was predominantly related to higher education and finding positives through Cornell’s [arrival and surveillance] testing protocols.” Kruppa continued, “While we’ve been looking at case numbers throughout the pandemic and continue to monitor them, we are focusing on the severity of illness and what’s happening at our hospitals. Even as our cases have increased our hos-
pitalizations have stayed at single digits.” He also outlined the anticipated transition from this being a “pandemic” to “endemic,” which involves acknowledging that there will be spread as activity resumes, there are tools to keep people healthy including vaccines and masks, and that a key activity moving forward will be continuing to take care of the most vulnerable in the community who are unvaccinated (including children) and immunocompromised individuals. Tompkins County Chief Equity and Diversity Officer Deanna Carrithers presented an update on the Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative. The update included details on the Collaborative’s work to-date, the development of the Community Justice Center, and the launch of the www.publicsafetyreimagined.org website and community engagement tool. The search for the Project Director and Data Analyst for the Community Justice Center are open through Sept. 24. Carrithers kicked off the update reminding legislators and community members of the charge to center communities of color in the Reimagining work.
his is a little misleading because they don’t tell you the CDC “definition” of vaccinated. This is from the CDC web site, “For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a singledose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/ Janssen)” If there is an immediate (or before the 14 days after the final dose) adverse effect from the vaccine and it causes death, it is counted as an “unvaccinated” death. -Rob Ervin, via Ithaca.com
Re: Tax the rich
think Jim and I would agree that our tax system is overly complicated and difficult to navigate. I disagree with the culprits and solutions. From the Institute on Taxation and
Interim Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes shared an update on the to-be-presented 2022 Tompkins County budget. The budget was presented at the Expanded Budget Committee meeting of the whole legislature, on Sept. 14. Holmes added that Administration received 125 over target requests from departments and agencies, totaling $7.825 million (up from $3.6m in 2021 and $3.1m in 2020). A proclamation was read by Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne (D-Ithaca) celebrating Latinx Heritage Month. Several members of the Tompkins County Latino Civic Association were present to receive the proclamation. Association President Patricia Fernandez de Castro spoke following the acceptance of the proclamation, stating, “Thank you not only for the celebratory aspect of the month, and your support and interest of the month-long festivities that we hold, but also to the county for support over this past year, including access to [COVID-19] tests regardless of migratory condition and your interest in making public information accessible to all major language groups in the County.” Legislator Mike Lane (DDryden) thanked Fernandez de Castro for her efforts, especially helping during the 2020 Census count. Se p te m be r
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Economic Policy, the top 1% of earners paid 24.3% of total income taxes. The top 20%? 66.4% of total income taxes. Is this really unfair? Jim states 55 large companies pay zero tax on their $40.5 billion in income. Even if the government confiscated every dime they earned, it would only be 13.5% of the $3 trillion Federal deficit. Seeing how a 100% tax isn’t enough, Jim needs to expand his definition of who is “rich”. Would the taxes eventually resemble Ithaca’s, where we oppressively tax home owners? Property taxes here create immense struggles for average people to hold onto their homes, let alone keep up with repairs and invest. For these reasons, I have difficulty with Jim’s Republican boogeyman because it’s in states such as our own that have the most complicated and inequitable spend and tax schemes. BEFORE the pandemic hit New York had a $6 billion dollar budget deficit. Jim asks, why are our roads and bridges crumbling? New York has some of the highest per-mile construction costs in the United States. Why do we have overcrowded classrooms? I’m not certain this is a problem locally but nonetheless, according to the U.S Census Bureau New York spends double the national average per pupil, the most of any state. I see many Democrats dividing people today. “Rich versus poor”, “essential versus non-essential”… I think we should stop dividing people, and focus on the culprits of our division. It’s the people spending our money! -Jason Evans, via Ithaca.com
Another proclamation was read by McBean-Clairborne (D-Ithaca) acknowledging Suicide Prevention Week in Tompkins County. The proclamation was accepted by Beth Harrington on behalf of the Suicide Prevention Coalition. The proclamation stated that suicide is preventable and that tragically, there are around 47,000 suicide deaths in the United States each year. If you need help, you can reach the crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 at any time. A resolution opposing a public auction of land along Cayuga Lake by NYSEG was passed unanimously, 13-0. The resolution states that the Tompkins County Legislature requests that NYSEG take action to cancel the proposed auction of the Property and instead immediately enter into negotiations with the Finger Lakes Land Trust to bring about a sale for conservation that would provide NYSEG with fair market value compensation for the property. Following the passage of the resolution, the legislature will advocate to New York State officials on this topic. -Staff R eport
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LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!: PART II Continued from Part One. Visit Ithaca.com to read the prior installment. By Aaron Pichel
n Ithaca, New York in May 1914, the newly formed Wharton movie company forged ahead on their very first production, “The Boundary Rider,” starring husband-andwife acting team Thurlow Bergen and Elsie Esmond. The Whartons’ makeup artists, hair stylists, and costumers prepared actress Elsie Esmond for her filming debut in the downtown Ithaca banking district. With the heavy spring rains finally abated, Ithaca’s radiant sun was the perfect single-point light source to shoot exterior scenes in downtown Ithaca, taking advantage of the sunlit urban environs. “The fine bright day for picture taking brought the Wharton Company down to the banking district,” noted the Ithaca Daily News. “The scene this morning had to do with the depositing of valuables in the savings bank.” A crowd formed to watch the new-fangled spectacle of movie-making. “Several hundred persons enjoyed a treat this morning,” reported the Ithaca Journal, “witnessing the first taking of moving pictures by ‘Wharton, Inc.,’ on North Tioga Street, between State and Seneca streets.” READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP
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clared, “playing the part of a woman detective, which is one of the leading parts in the photo-play.” There, on Tioga Street in Ithaca’s Bank Alley, cinematographer J.A. Dubray, with his wooden Pathé-made camera, captured the light and caught on film the very first hand-cranked moving picture images of actress Elsie Esmond. “Dubray, the Whartons’ expert camera operator,” observed the local paper, “was stationed in front of the First National Bank Building, directly across the street, and the bright sunlight afforded a splendid atmosphere for the scenes.” (The historic bank building still stands — with the First National Bank name carved in limestone on the façade — although another bank now occupies the modernized space.) The local papers covered the excitement of silent filmmaking almost daily. “The Whartons had a great success,” reported the Ithaca Journal, “in the first day of the moving picture taking. Leo Wharton expressed himself today as greatly pleased with the progress of the first picture.” Leopold even made a cameo appearance as a sheriff on-screen in the bank scenes, leading away a prisoner played by Bergen.
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LOCAL ITHACANS PARTICIPATE
Locals acted in roles for “The Boundary Rider,” including F.W. (Dick) Stewart (an Ithaca stockbroker who thought he could make it big in movies), Francis White (no relation to silent movie star Pearl White), Robin H. Townley, Dick Bennard and others. Even Ithaca Police Chief Edward Buck got in the act playing police roles in uniform. Behind the scenes, Archelaus Chadwick from Interlaken took the reins as chief production designer and held that role with the Whartons for all their filmmaking years in Ithaca. Local undergraduates got in on the movie action, too. “More scenes for [“The Boundary Rider”] were enacted this afternoon in the gorges,” reported the Journal. “Cornell students … [are] among [those] who are taking minor roles in the movies.” Ithacans enjoyed a vicarious thrill in reading about the local filmmaking and reveled in the tales of their own neighbors and friends working in the movies. The Ithaca Journal reported on stockbroker Stewart’s filmic debut and cinematic demise: “F.W. (Dick) Stewart, the broker, walked up East State Street yesterday afternoon,
limping,” the Journal reported. “‘What’s the matter, Dick?’ someone asked him.” “‘Oh,’ said Mr. Stewart nonchalantly, ‘I got killed in the moving pictures yesterday.’” Actor Bill Bailey and Stewart had played a fight scene at the Whartons’ upper East State Street studio that ended in Stewart’s screen death. The fight was well-staged, but burly Bill Bailey put a real hurt on Stewart. “Both men were pretty well bruised up,” noted the Journal, “but that is a mere trifle in the life of a moving picture actor.” LOCAL SCENERY
The Whartons took full advantage of the natural beauty and uniqueness of Ithaca’s scenery. They shot in the Fall Creek and Cascadilla gorges, they took scenes in downtown, and they filmed at Ludlowville Falls. Shooting in Ludlowville on May 19, 1914, the Whartons created a “smugglers cave” behind Ludlowville’s big waterfall. “The Wharton Company of Ithaca, numbering sixteen, enacted scenes above and below the village falls,” noted the papers. “The realistic movies were continued under the village falls by the Wharton company during the week and were much enjoyed by many spectators,” reported the Ithaca Journal. “Especially enthusiastic
were the school children who rushed to the scene of action as soon as released from studies.” Theodore and Leopold Wharton’s creative imaginations were part of their cinematic genius. Where others saw a waterfall, the Whartons saw a shimmering curtain of water that could hide a smuggler’s cave. Where others saw Cayuga Lake, the Whartons saw an infinite ocean ready for cinematic sea battles and full-scale prop submarines. Where others saw gorges, the Whartons saw an endless variety of natural backdrops for foreground drama. “Ithaca certainly is a great place,” enthused Theodore Wharton, “and the citizens of the community cannot do enough for us. Their good-will is a tangible asset in our business. In fact, they look upon our company as their own. If there is a rainy day the business people worry about us. It is certainly a splendid town. In Cornell University there are students from all over the world, and we can get the services of men of almost any nationality in native garb.” DUAL ROLE
The Whartons’ leading lady, Elsie Esmond, played a dual role in the “Boundary Rider” movie. Her main role was a woman detective, but she had a second role — as a Chinese servant boy — in heavy “yellowface” makeup. Acknowledged as racist today, white actors playing Asian characters (or roles of other ethnicities) was not uncommon at that time, on stage and in the movies. “Elsie Esmond assumes such a clever disguise in part of the picture,” wrote the trade journal Motion Picture News, “that when at last she reveals herself it is doubtful if most people will not be surprised. She poses as a Chinaman to spy on the smugglers. No one would suspect that she was a woman.” “She is not recognizable, and her unmasking at the climax gives a tingle of surprise,” another reviewer commented, ignoring the racial implications we see today. The movie also contained a cleverly made representation of New York City’s Chinatown, designed by Ithaca’s own master scenic artist/set designer Arch Chadwick. He transformed the alley next door to the old Ithaca Journal offices with lights and set dressing into ethnic “Oriental” atmosphere. The Whartons even hired three Chinese students from Cornell to act as waiters in scenes, for more “realism.”
NEGATIVE INTO POSITIVE
When filming was finished on June 3, 1914, cameraman J.A. Dubray promptly hopped a train to New York City that evening to personally transport the reels of exposed negatives for development and editing. “It will probably take from two weeks to one month before the picture will be in readiness for release,” reported the Journal. The anticipation began — waiting to find out whether the negatives were properly exposed and the scenes properly captured. Remember, no one had seen the exposed film footage (a basic through-thelens viewfinder did not exist, much less video assist). Only after lab development of the original negative footage and processing of a viewable positive print would the Whartons know if all their efforts were on the mark. Unable to bear the suspense of awaiting the results in Ithaca, the brothers Wharton caught a train for Manhattan to find out for themselves. FAILURE OR SUCCESS?
Triumph! The footage was perfect. The negatives were well-exposed, the images sharp, and the scenes could be edited into a complete five-reel narrative. The Whartons happily reported that “the picture is excellent and will prove a success.” When the brothers completed cutting the film in New York City, they arranged to transport a positive print to Ithaca by train for a private screening at the Star Theater on June 19, 1914. (The Star Theater, built in 1911, was a 1,200-seat grand cinema located at 118 East Seneca Street in downtown Ithaca, and later served as a gymnasium for Ithaca College for many years. The building was demolished in the mid-1970s; the former theater site is now occupied by a seven-story bank headquarters.) The atmosphere at the preview screening was electric. Actors, crew members, the company’s local investors, extras, and family members were spellbound as the Wharton company’s first Ithaca-made movie reels unspooled. The carbon-arc light of the projectors at the Star Theater beamed the images from the 35mm moving picture frames to the grand theater’s huge silver screen. “In a private exhibition,” reported the Ithaca Daily News, “the first completely produced photo-play by the Wharton Motion Picture Company… was shown at the Star Theater, after the regular performance last night, before members of the company, including the local persons who took minor parts and a number of invited guests.”
“That the picture is a success was the unanimous verdict of all present,” the papers reported, “including both the professional and the layman’s opinion.” “The critics last night,” the Daily News continued, “highly praised the work of Mr. and Mrs. Thurlow Bergen, who play the leading parts, and also the work of all members of the regular company. The audience… was particularly interested in the work of the Ithacans, most of whom” were making their film debut.
ture was shot entirely in Ithaca in the fall of 1915. Most prints of the Wharton silent movies have suffered the same sad fate as so many other silent films of the period. The majority are lost. Movies were considered somewhat ephemeral, not meant for archiving and protecting. The reels would be projected until unusable – split, scratched, and torn – then discarded. The filmstock itself was composed of chemically unstable nitrate that can decay — to liquid or dust — or spontaneously combust at any time.
“The Boundary Rider” made its formal, public Ithaca premiere at the same Star Theater movie palace seven weeks later on Friday, August 7, 1914, to the delight of throngs of Ithacans. “This clever photoplay is the first of the output of the Wharton Company to be shown upon the screen,” said the local papers. Ithaca viewers experienced a special thrill in seeing their own city up on the massive silver screen, especially those who participated in the production or who watched parts of the filming around town. “It was made in Ithaca,” proclaimed the Ithaca Daily News, “and the natural settings furnished by the gorges and beauty spots of Ithaca and vicinity round out a film production of more than usual interest.” The trade journal Moving Picture World commented that the Wharton company’s first movie “is a good offering, with much interest and suspense, and we commend it as entertainment.” The shots from Ludlowville were specifically praised: “Those scenes that show the stream and the smugglers’ method of getting the opium over the [border] are particularly fine.” The film moved into the flow of international commerce as the Pathé company saw to the distribution of the Wharton production to all interested exhibitors worldwide. SAD NEWS
At this point in the story, the bad news must come out: this first Wharton Inc. movie, “The Boundary Rider,” and all of the seven movies made by the Whartons in Ithaca in 1914 are presumed lost. No known copies survive today. The Whartons’ own inventory of nitrate negatives and positive prints burned to ashes in an outbuilding fire on their lawyer Howard Cobb’s Ithaca property in 1929. A huge loss. Only one single Wharton film with Bergen and Esmond survives: “The Lottery Man” (1916). This raucous comedy fea-
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However, there is hope. The multinational Pathé company distributed the Whartons’ movies around the U.S. through their subsidiary, the Eclectic Company, and Pathé translated and distributed the movies throughout the world. Some Wharton movies may be waiting to be discovered, perhaps in other countries, perhaps stored under foreign title translations as yet unknown. Some incredible artifacts have turned up in the decades of past research on the Whartons, and there is the possibility that more good things are yet to come. “The Lottery Man,” for example, was digitally restored and screened in 2008 at Ithaca’s majestic State Theater — the city’s only remaining movie palace — with live musical accompaniment by renowned silent film pianist Dr. Philip Carli. A capacity crowd packed the 1,609-seat historic Ithaca theater and saw Bergen and Esmond projected onto the silver screen once more. Perhaps, when the pandemic subsides, it will be time for another grand public screening. Special thanks to historical consultant Terry Harbin (founder of Ithaca Made Movies) for his decades of invaluable devotion to Ithaca silent movie history and research, for his sharing of the fruits of his work with everyone, and for his valuable editorial assistance and fine-tuning. Thanks to S.K. List, Gail Dennis, and Naminata Diabate for editorial contributions. Photographic restorations by Angel Hernandez. The author is an Ithacan, attorney, award-winning film producer, and film historian. He is a graduate of Ithaca High School, Cornell University, and Cornell Law School. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A digital version of this article with footnotes included is available upon request.
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Fresh faces on a familiar stage THE KITCHEN THEATRE RECENTLY WELCOMED TWO NEW DIRECTORS TO ITS COMPANY
he Kitchen Theatre has seen some changes in two of its most influential offices since the last season. Namely, Rebecca Bradshaw and Cary Bland Simpson have joined the Kitchen as the producing artistic director and managing director, respectively. Bradshaw comes to Ithaca from the Boston area, where she spent the past decade working at the Huntington Theatre Company. “I did a lot of producing and building new plays, as well as casting and being on the artistic team,” she said. “I was inside a very large company and had been wanting a smaller company that is more nimble and can do a lot of cool work.” Bradshaw said when she came across the job listing for the producing artistic director at the Kitchen she was excited because its past programming was full of shows she loved. “The plays on my list were already on my producer or director bucket lists, so I knew our aesthetics matched,” she said. “The first day in the space I remember walking around and thinking, oh I can do a lot of great art here.” Prior to applying to and accepting the position at the Kitchen, Bradshaw wasn’t particularly knowledgeable about Ithaca. She said she knew of the colleges here because she had looked at Ithaca College when she was in high school, but wasn’t too familiar otherwise. “I did know the previous artistic director, so I had heard great things from her,” Bradshaw said. However, she said this transition gives her the chance to go back to what she’s been missing.
B y Tanner Harding “I love woods and nature and wanted a bit more of a small-town feel to my life,” she said. “This is such a beautiful match between where I want my personal life and where I want my theatrical life to be.” Bradshaw added that one of the things she’s excited about in particular is the passion for arts that people have in Ithaca. “It’s a really surprising gem of a place, there are so many arts here and it’s so different,” she said. “It feels like the level of artistic enthusiasm you see in a metro area but in a small city. And it’s really exciting to already feel that having talked to many people. It definitely feels like people are really engaged in the arts here, they want to be here. I’m excited to hear that part of the job is easy.” As the producing artistic director, Bradshaw said she feels that one of her strongest values is putting people first. “I think about the people ahead of the product,” she said. She added that she doesn’t want people to dread coming to work every day, she wants artists to feel supported so they can do the best job they can do on stage. “It’s important they feel comfortable because when they walk in the space they can do their best work,” she said. “I hope I can extend that level of support to creative artists both local and from out of town, and also to our staff. I want to make sure it’s a humane and supportive place to work.” Simpson is also new to town. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she moved to Ithaca from New York City. There she was working at Only Make Believe, a service The
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organization that brings theater to children with illness and disabilities. Prior to that she worked in “a bunch of regional theaters.” She had also never been to Ithaca prior to finding out about the open managing director position, but one of her best friends had gone to Ithaca College and another friend worked as a costume director at the Hangar Theatre, so she had heard plenty about it. “I was told by both of them that it was the part of upstate that feels the most like North Carolina, rural and beautiful but the people are lovely and the food is excellent,” she said. “There’s always something to do but time moves slowly. It has a mythic quality to it.” Simpson visited this summer while the Kitchen’s show “Shape” was running at Washington Park and said she fell in love with the theater, specifically the versatility that comes with a 98-person space. She added that she felt like taking this role was meant to be, because after she had seen the job posting, three other people sent it to her saying it would be a perfect fit. “It’s kind of fun to be on an adventure in this new place that kind of reminds me of where I grew up,” she said. Though, she did note the house she moved into here was built in 1860 and has a (seemingly harmless) ghost named Sarah. As she takes the reins as managing director, Simpson said her main focus at first is to update systems and streamline the operations. And then rehearsals start. “I’ve been out of the producing theater world so I’m just excited for rehearsals to start back up and artists to be back in the space,” she said.
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Similarly to Bradshaw, Simpson said creating a human-centric art space is important to her as she gets to work. “I am formally trained in managing director systems and how to lead an arts organization with humanity and people-centric work,” she said. “I’m excited to bring a heart to this role. Mental health is very important to me, worklife balance is very important to me, making art in a safe, human way is very important to me. I’m getting to support and uplift what has been done here while updating systems and bringing that 2021 ethos.” Simpson said she thinks she and Bradshaw will make a good team and is thrilled to be working with her. “We hit it off right away, we’re similar in our leadership styles and management styles,” she said. “Her vision artistically is beautiful and full of heart and hope, but she also has a great civic mind and is aware of what’s going on around her.” Bradshaw said she feels the same. “I feel like we’re going to be a really great team, and I’m excited to lift up this theater with her by my side,” Bradshaw said. “I have really good vibes moving forward working with her, and I think it’s going to be a really cool duo.” The Kitchen’s new season began Sept. 14 with “A Boy and his Soul,” which runs through Oct. 3. Visit https://www.kitchentheatre.org/ for more information. Rebecca Bradwhaw and Cary Simpson at the Kitchen Theatre (Photo: Casey Martin)
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Break a leg LOCAL THEATRE COMPANIES GEAR UP FOR THEIR FALL AND WINTER SHOWS B y Br yan VanCampen
lockmaker Arts presents “In Case You Forgot” for one performance at the State Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 10. This is a world premiere of Clockmaker Arts’ folk pop musical: The haunted and broken-down Old Bennett Inn echoes secrets from the past as two restoration
architects with a penchant for the occult, ritual and transformation embark on a journey of healing personal trauma, addiction and racial inequity, all while asking the question, “How do we engage with change?”
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House of Ithaqua will stage “Contradictions” by Mike Bartlett, an absurd dark comedy about labor exploitation and the loss of privacy. The production will run for six performances at the Cherry Artspace from Oct.11-Nov.23. This will be the first House of Ithaqua show using its new policy that every single ticket will be sold on a “pay what you will” basis.
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The Kitchen Theatre opens its 2021-22 season with Colman Domingo’s “A Boy and His Soul” (Sept. 14-Oct. 3). When returning to clear out his family’s West Philadelphia house to be sold, Jay finds an old record collection of disco, R&B and classical soul, transporting him through the vibrant memories of his youth, coming of age and coming out in the 1970s and 1980s. How does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time? Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire “The Thanksgiving Play” (November 2-21). In “The Chinese Lady” (March 22-April 10, 2022) by Lloyd Suh, we see the arrival of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman on U.S. soil. The Kitchen will also offer two other plays in the season TBA. Running to Places (R2P) plans on two major productions this semester: in October (710), they will present Clark Gesner’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on Charles M. Schulz’s long-running “Peanuts” comic strip, featuring classic songs like “Suppertime” and “Happiness.” Then in January (14-16) comes “Seussical,” the musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the many children’s stories written by Dr. Seuss.
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Just the classics CATCH SOME CLASSICAL MUSIC, EITHER ENSEMBLE OR CHORAL, IN A VARIETY OF PLACES THIS FALL
s the summer winds down and the crisp days of Fall start to emerge, what better to spend an afternoon or evening than listening to some beautiful classical music. Below is a sampling of some of the exciting events that are occurring the next few months. Check dates and venues as schedules can change.
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The Ithaca Concert Band’s outdoor concert is a fun way to celebrate some of the last official days of Summer. The concert, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Danby Community Church, is Bring Your Own Blanket (BYOB). More information about the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/danbycommunity-church/icb-concert-at-danbycommunity-church/1036073470468916/ The Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards also has a mix of exciting events. The Center recently acquired a piano made by Paul McNulty that is a copy of a piano designed by Gottfried Silbermann, who worked with Bach. To celebrate, Mike Lee will be performing pieces on the piano, including one by Bach, on Friday, Sept. 24. Additionally, the Center is hosting a special event across two evenings — one on Friday, Nov. 12 and one on Saturday, Nov. 13. Called “Future Imperfect: Brahms and the Passage of Time,” this series chronicles Brahms’ work on the types of pianos used across his lifetime — including an 1857 Streicher piano that was recently gifted to Cornell. On Friday, Mike Lee and Ji Young Kim will perform variations of Brahms Opus 9 and Opus 24. These were two pieces Brahms dedicated to Clara Schumann, his friend (and perhaps more). On Saturday, Roger Moseley, John Haines-Eitzen and Rebecca Anderson will perform Brahms Opus 8 alongside other pieces that intertwine with Opus 8. More information on these and other upcoming events can be found here: https://www. historicalkeyboards.org/ piano-events-fall-2021/ The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (CCO) has a busy season this upcoming year, with the first show occurring on Sunday, Sept. 26. The orchestra will be playing string classics by three different (and all extraordinary) composers — Germaine Tailleferre, the only
woman in a prestigious group of French composes, George Walker, the first Black composer to win a Pulitzer, and Johannes Brahms, a famous German composer. The following month on Saturday, Oct. 23, there will be a concert that feature CCO concertmaster Christina Bouey and the pieces Overture to The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Violin Concerto, Opus 14 (Barber), and Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven). There will also be a pre-concert chat before the performance. Other exciting events are Family Concert & Storytime (Thursday, Nov. 18) and a concert with Jordan Dodson, an accomplished guitarist (Saturday, Nov. 20). More information about the season is available here: http:// ccoithaca.org/calendar/ Also on Sept. 26, the Ithaca College School of Music is holding their annual Founders Day Concert in DeWitt Park. The Wind Symphony and Concert Band will perform “Musical Postcards” that includes music from Ticheli, Still, Giroux, Sousa and others. Grab a picnic blanket and your friends and family for a fun (and free) afternoon. More information can be found here: https://events.ithaca.edu/event/ founders_day_concert_in_the_park_2155#. YTq3y9NKg1I
On Saturday, Oct. 9, Ithaca College’s Treble Chorale and Chorus is having a concert. For those who prefer the comfort of their own home, the concert, alongside many other School of Music performances, will be broadcast online and will be available for a few days after the event. More information is available here: https://events.ithaca.edu/event/choral_ concert_2770#.YT6vlZ5Kg1I Ithaca College will also be hosting its Manley and Doriseve Thaler Vocal Concert Series on Thursday Oct. 21 with Lawrence Brownlee, who has been deemed “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (The New York Times) and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR). The day before, Brownlee will be holding a masterclass that is also open to the public. More information can be found here: https://www. ithaca.edu/academics/school-music/concertsand-events/manley-and-doriseve-thaler-vocalconcert-series The
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hen he was 5 years old, Randy Gregg heard two Queen songs at a neighbor’s house: “Tie Your Mother Down” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He then said out loud, “That’s what I wanna do.” For 17 years now as tour manager, business manager, bass player and back-up vocalist for the tribute band Almost Queen, Gregg’s been doing what he wants to do. The band — Gregg, lead vocalist and piano player Joe Russo, guitarist Steven Leonard and drummer John Cappadona — returns to the State Theatre on Sept. 17. Gregg spoke to the Ithaca Times about getting the details right, Queen’s continuing impact on the culture and the Queen songs that fans pretty much insist on hearing. Ithaca Times: Replicating the Queen songbook is really intimidating to me. My guitar doesn’t have those notes on it. Randy Gregg: [laughs] Yeah, we had to actually buy extra notes to get to this band.
IT: It’s just the four of you, and I was always amazed with Queen that it was the four of them. RG: Yes. When we first started the band, we wanted to make sure that it was a four-piece. We work as hard as we can to have as many four-part harmonies as possible. IT: Is it just the music, or do you try to emulate the hair, costumes and other props? RG: Sure, all the costumes are there, Joe’s got a moustache. He’s got several outfits: the Live Aid outfit, the “Killers” outfit. Same thing with our guitar player, you know, curly wig, Red Special [guitar]. Everyone’s not a spitting image of anybody. And there’s just little things about us, like, that’s the reason we called it “Almost Queen,” because we would never be Queen. So there’s a built-in excuse to call the band “Almost Queen” [laughs]. IT: It seems like there’s always something that keeps Queen in the culture. They never really go away, whether it’s Adam Lambert or Paul Rodgers singing with the band, or the movies, like “Flash Gordon” (1980), “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018) and “Wayne’s World” (1992). RG: I think it’s because Queen has been so relevant over the years. And maybe 10, 15, 20 years ago, it was more spotty, but it was always there. This is a band that, each member has produced Top 10 hits. Here is a band that goes back to the ‘70s, where back in the day, it was “Oh, the guy around the block plays guitar!
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Oh, the guy two houses down the block plays bass! Let’s start a band!” And it was never, back then, “Hey, what are you into?” “What are you into?” It was never that like it is today where you get people who are a little more like-minded, so it narrows down their song library. You have a guy like Freddie pulling out operatic parts, and you had Brian, who was a total rocker. And then you had John Deacon, who’s like the secret weapon of the band. A lot of people don’t know, but he was the one who produced their first Top 10 hit, “Another One Bites The Dust.” But he also wrote “You’re My Best Friend,” and like, how many weddings have you been to where that song’s playing? Everybody from that band had their own little way of writing songs. And it just led to such dynamics over the course of their career. So now you’re just opening it up to a bigger audience. “Oh, my grandmother loves that song ‘Love of My Life.’ ‘My older brother loves ‘Dragon Attack.’” It just reaches people: different genres over the years. With “Almost Queen,” our crowds go from 8 to 88, and it’s just all over the place, because every generation loves this band. IT: Are there certain Queen songs that are essential, where fans would be disappointed if you didn’t play them? RG: Well, there definitely is. We could start with the big ones, right? If we didn’t play “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I don’t know what would happen. There’s just big songs: “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Under Pressure,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Somebody to Love,” “Another One Bites The Dust.” It just kinda goes on and on. They have Top 10 songs, but it goes bigger than that. “Fat Bottomed Girls” is on the radio all the time. “Bicycle Race” is on the radio all the time. “Killer Queen” is on the radio all the time. In the end, all I can say is, if you have seen Queen before, come down and revisit it with us. If you’ve never seen Queen before, well then, come down and maybe experience what that might have been like. That’s our job and our role and our motto.
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As higher ed galleries reopen, the arts scene in Ithaca is in for a lively fall By Ar thur W hit m an
thaca’s exhibitions scene, which has been recovering steadily throughout the year, is poised for a big flowering this fall. The big news is the reopening to the general public of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College, both shuttered since the start of the pandemic. Occupying Cornell’s historic 1973 I.M. Pei tower, the Johnson Museum (museum.cornell.edu) is an indispensable visit for any local art enthusiast. Their big contemporary show this fall (through Dec. 19) is “Art and Environmental Struggle,” which “brings together the work of 20 artists responding to environmental challenges occurring in their countries and communities.” A related symposium, “Rhythms of the Land: Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Thriving Together in a Changing Climate,” will be
held at the museum and at the Cornell Botanic Gardens from Oct. 11-13. Other current or soon to open shows at the Johnson explore documentary photography, Southeast Asian art, illustrations of Dante, and “the art and design of women’s lives.” Under the direction of Mara Baldwin, the Handwerker (www.ithaca.edu/ handwerker-gallery) does a strong job of representing faculty and students as well as inviting often up-and-coming artists from out of town. A curatorial focus on the work of female and minority artists is also clear. (Baldwin also co-curates, with her partner Sarah Hennies, Neighbors, a home gallery and performance space. It’s on hiatus this month but will be reopening in October.) D.E. Todd, Photo by Number, Nine unique Fujifilm FP-100c instant film photographs, 2019, Corners Gallery
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Their current show, “Finding Wholeness in Imperfection” (through Sept. 26) features ambitious figure paintings by Ithaca College student Julia Bertussi. Upcoming shows include their October Greater Ithaca Art Trail show, a display for Native American Heritage Month the following month, and their popular “CAP-a-Palooza” art sale in December. Founded in 1989, the State of the Art Gallery remains an anchor of the local gallery scene. This month’s members’ show “Life Within and Around Us” (through Sept. 26) features a characteristically eclectic grouping from 18 gallery members – including new member Vincent Joseph. Located on the other end of State Street, above the Community School of Music
and Arts, the Ink Shop Printmaking Center (ink-shop.org/) is another long-lived cooperative. Their “2021 Member Exhibit” (through Sept. 25) shows them as strong as ever. An upcoming show, “Dan Welden: Aesop’s Fables (Color Sequel) (Oct. 1-24) should be a particular treat, highlighting a series by a legendary technical innovator. Finally, it would be remiss not to mention See Beyond Art (seebeyond.art/), another collective, which has recently set up an evolving pop up space in Center Ithaca. They’re proponents of what the writers David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro have dubbed “wild art” — beyond the whims of stuffy art world gatekeepers such as yours truly. Regular evening hours have been extended through Sept. 18.
Waist, Giant Reed, detail by: Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas, Handwerker Gallery
The Handwerker’s current lineup (through Oct. 13) features work by two Ithaca College faculty members. Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas’ “Thicker Than Forget” incorporates painting, printmaking, and photography as an inquiry into cartography, perception, and nature. Photographer Lali Khalid’s “First Light, the Skylarks Sing” explores topical subjects of immigration and identity through the traditional genre of portraiture. Barhaugh-Bordas will give an artist talk on Sept. 14 and Khalid on Sept. 16; both talks will begin at 6 p.m. Located across Route 96B from Ithaca College, The Gallery at South Hill (www. southhillbusinesscampus.com/galleryat-shbc/) is enjoying a new life under the direction of local painter Michael Sampson. “Jessica Warner: The Color of Distance” (Sept. 18-Oct. 17) promises to be a season highlight, with her signature abstract expressionist still-lifes in welcome abundance. Next up is Sidney Piburn, an accomplished and introspective abstract painter. Over in Cayuga Heights, Corners Gallery (www.cornersgallery.com) has been juggling an irregular calendar of mostly informal exhibits. Their current group show, “Project Polaroid,” (up through Sept. 17) is an exception. Co-curated by gallery owner Ariel Bullion Ecklund and photographer Rachel Philipson, the show is playful and wide-ranging. Upcoming will be “Mundane Marvels/Paintings by Jennifer Small” (Sept. 25-Nov. 6). Abstract painting is a forte at Corners and the Delaware artist’s snappy, brightly colored geometric pieces promise interest. The bulk of Ithaca’s independent gallery scene remains concentrated on and around the Ithaca Commons. The definitive listing for downtown art shows is courtesy of Gallery Night Ithaca, which is administered by the Community Arts Partnership (CAP). A monthly list on their website (www.downtownithaca.com/gallerynightithaca/) includes shows not listed here as well as announcements for the popular “first Friday” gallery walks. CAP (artspartner.org/) also runs their own gallery space, located in the former Tompkins Trust building in Bank Alley.
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pproaching the stairs to Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery — located on the first floor of the school’s Gannett Center library building — look to the right. An elegant but unassuming hammock-like rope structure sprawls across most of the building’s width, wrapping itself around two tree trunks as well as a pair of slender wooden posts — deceptively placed behind a third, central trunk, which has been left free. The piece, entitled “Limb Loop,” is the work of Ithaca College (IC) art professor Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas, with installation help from some of her printmaking students. It highlights her commitment to collaboration with people and plants as well as working between artistic media. The image of the net is one that reappears in her work. Barhaugh-Bordas is one of two IC faculty currently having one-person exhibitions at the Handwerker, which reopened early this month after being closed to the general public for a year and a half. (Both run through Oct. 13.) Her show, “Thicker Than Forget,” features an unpredictable medley of prints, watercolors, and mixed media pieces. She is joined by fellow assistant professor Mehreen (Lali) Khalid, whose “First Light, the Skylarks Sing” complements her striking portrait photography with video and sound pieces. Both artists explore currently fashionable themes of displacement and “identity” in strikingly distinctive ways. Barhaugh-Bordas, who describes herself as being of mixed Latinx and European ancestry, was trained in printmaking. She has stated that she was drawn to the medium for its populist and political associations as well as it’s repeatable qualities. For “Forget,” she is showing framed silkscreen and watercolor works on paper, as well as larger pieces on freely hanging fabric. Her imagery is variously handrendered, photographed and pressed from natural specimens. “Tipping Twice” is the more muted and decorous — and immediately appealing — of two larger, suspended pieces. Printed in silkscreen on paper mounted to muslin, the panorama runs several feet and juxtaposes photographic imagery of a forest lakeside with the imprint of netting. Resembling a deconstructed quilt, “Kick,” takes a funkier approach with its jumble of leaf and forest images printed with dye sublimation on mesh and cyanotype on cotton. Both pieces offer quirky but affecting metaphors for the strangeness of human intervention in nature.
A row of flag-like “Tree Shrouds” span the window-lined front wall of the gallery. Printed in mostly single-color monotypes on squarish sheets of indigo-soaked fabric, these resemble abstract expressionist paintings at first glance. Closer inspection reveals unmistakable evocations of trunks and thickly textured bark — an invitation back outside. Drawing off of her own experiences as a Pakistani immigrant, Khalid brings palpable empathy to her recent series portraying Muslim-American immigrants in ordinary American, mostly domestic settings. An accompanying untitled sound piece — best heard from underneath the speaker umbrella in the middle of the gallery — provides the uneasy socio-political subtext. Interviewed subjects offer narratives of uncertain belonging and sometimes pointed critique. It’s a subtext that the artist leaves otherwise unspoken. Unframed inkjet prints, moderately sized and larger, line most of the walls, establishing a simple but effective rhythm. Khalid’s subjects, identified by name and time in this country, vary in age, gender, and — to some extent — race. Their poses and presentation vary as well. “Jarra, 40 Years” portrays a middle-aged Black woman in a purple dress standing amidst brightly lit trees and grass. The image is striking for its frontal, matter-of-fact presentation but most of the artist’s work here takes less obvious routes. Khalid succeeds amply in her stated intention of humanizing her immigrant subjects, often villainized in American culture as dangerous “others” and blamed collectively for tragedies like 9/11. Given the generally liberal and progressive slant of the art crowd, it’s hard not to imagine better venues for the “message” of this work — still, it is affecting and beautiful. Four video screens offer an oblique counterpoint to Khalid’s photographs. “Split,” a split-screen and “Kites, circling,” a triptych, offer a technically modest but undeniably fascinating loop of nature in motion. The Handwerker has a strong commitment to exhibiting faculty and it is interesting to see together the work of two younger teaching artists, both recent (preCOVID) hires. Khalid will be giving a gallery talk this Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. She will also be launching a new monograph of her work, “Home. In My Heart, Beating Far Away,” here on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Rings of fire (and fun) Marvel revives a ‘70s Asian superhero By Br yan VanC ampe n
ere’s a prime example of Roger Ebert’s rule: “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it’s about it.” In its broad outline, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Disney-Marvel, 2021, 130 min.) isn’t all that different from “Snake Eyes,” the G.I. Joe spin-off that was in theaters earlier this summer. They both feature an Asian cast, the origin story of a conflicted hero with daddy issues and lots and lots of fighting sequences. The main difference is that “Shang-Chi” is fun to watch, while “Snake Eyes” was not fun to watch. The film opens with an atmospheric prologue in Chinese with subtitles, almost a fairy tale about Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung) discovering the ten rings that line his arms, giving him immortal power; he starts his own evil army and rules for a thousand years. In a stunningly beautiful courtship battle reminiscent of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “House of Flying Daggers,” he meets Ying Li (Fala
Chen) and they fall in love and start a family: ShangChi (Simu Liu as an adult) endures years of fight training before escaping to San Francisco under another name. The rest of Simu Liu in Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios the film involves him and his best friend-would-befaces and veterans with a good sense of girlfriend Katy (a very funny, goofy turn humor, and grand spectacle and appetite by Awkwafina) going back to his former for fantasy in its action sequences. And life and defending his family. not for nothing, but there is a fight scene I wouldn’t want to reveal too much set on a San Francisco bus that is the best more about the plot, which is what makes thing of its genre since “Speed” back in the movie feel different from other Marvel 1994. movies while still reworking the tropes of Marvel is very smart about finding the genre, like training sequences, estabclever ways to connect any new film to lishing a cool costume and the like. Right other established characters in the MCU now, “Shang Chi” feels like pretty woke in a fun, inclusive way. It’s all about plantentertainment, supporting its mix of fresh ing seeds, so I’ll only spoil one seedling
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Toad the Wet Sprocket | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St
Cornell (Virtual) Concert Series: Amir ElSaffar | 7 p.m. | Virtual
A Boy And His Soul | 7:30 p.m., 9/15 Wednesday | Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State / W. MLK, Jr. Street | Propelled by the beat of soul, this funny, heart-warming one-man show is a love letter to the power of family and our ability to persevere. ReEntry Theatre Program’s Radio Play | 3 p.m., 9/18 Saturday | Virtual | Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, we will produce this new play exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Listen at WRFI 88.1 FM Ithaca, 91.9 FM Watkins Glen or wrfi.org
Art Life Within Us and Around Us at State of the Art Gallery | 12 p.m., 9/15 Wednesday | “Life Within and Around Us” is a group show at the gallery featuring the work of fifteen artists. Shown will be photographs, paintings, drawings and sculpture. The Jewelbox FALL GEM ROUNDTABLE FRIDAY | 5:30 p.m., 9/17 Friday | Renowned gem dealer and member of the American Gem Trade Association, Judith Whitehead, will be presenting her exquisite collection of artisan gemstones.
Film The Lost Leonardo | 9/16 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | The inside story behind the Salvator
Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. The Card Counter | 9/16 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Blue Bayou | 9/17 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Antonio LeBlanc is a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou. He’s married and raising his stepdaughter. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past after learning that he could be deported from the only country he’s ever called home. Prisoners of the Ghostland | 9/17 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas Cage) is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor (Bill Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella) has gone missing.
Special Events GT World Challenge America | 9/16 Thursday | Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Route 16 | The final racing event for spectators at The Glen will also play a major role in determining championships as the series’ penultimate round. The Salute to the Greatest Generation | 7 p.m., 9/17 Friday | Center for
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Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 N. Tioga Street (on the Ithaca Commons) | All ages are invited to make their own traditional Corn Husk Dolls with Seneca artist Penny Minner, and to hear the Haudenosaunee story behind why Corn Husk dolls have no face. (photo: provided)
the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | The program will consist of first-person testimonials from local World War II veterans as staged by performers from the area, musical presentations of songs from the 1940s, a tribute to women from Homer who volunteered to serve in World War II. Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 8:30 p.m., 9/17 Friday | Allan H. Treman Marina, 1000 Marina Drive | Hop on board the MV Teal to see the stars over the lake! Night Sky Cruises are every Friday through September 9-10:30pm. Reserve at discovercayugalake.org | $35.00 $40.00 6th Annual Party for the Park Centennial Edition | 5:30 p.m., 9/18 Saturday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 | Join Friends of Stewart Park and Wharton
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Studio Museum for their 6th annual Party for the Park fundraiser; another unforgettable evening in the park. 16th Annual Streets Alive! Ithaca | 1 p.m., 9/19 Sunday | North Cayuga Street, North Cayuga Street | On September 19th from 1pm-5pm, Bike Walk Tompkins brings back Streets Alive! Ithaca. Join this open-streets festival on Cayuga Street from Ithaca High School to Court Street for hours of live music, dancing, and interactive activities! | Free
Books The Everyday Fantastic - Writing Workshop with Bob Proehl | 5:30 p.m., 9/21 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street
Clothing Giveaway | 9 a.m., 9/17 Friday | Varna United Methodist Church, 965 Dryden Rd./Rte. 366. | Our basement is overflowing with donations from generous folks who’ve been cleaning out their closets. We have just about everything and lots of it. Bring your shopping bags and MASKS ARE REQUIRED. | Free Sunset Zip & Sip at Greek Peak Mountain Resort | 9/17 Friday | Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 Rt. 392 | Enjoy a guided 3 line zip line tour ending in a beautiful Upstate NY Fall Sunset. Fall Festival | 9 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Newfield United Methodist Church, 227 Main St. | Annual Fall Festival at Newfield United Methodist Church, 227 Main St, Newfield NY 14867 Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Farmers Market in Brooktondale | 10 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Brooktondale Community Center, 524 Valley Rd | Farmers Market with local flavor, easy
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Kids Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 9/17 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. Corn Husk Dolls Workshop - Community Education Program | 10 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street | REGISTER HERE: https://thehistorycenter.net/event-4406028 Moore Family Farm Fall Festival at Moore Family Farm | 10 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Moore Family Farm is your new favorite fall destination!! Enfield Harvest Festival | 10 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Enfield Community Center, 162 Enfield Main Rd | Chicken BBQ, “Underconstruction” live band, children’s activities, silent auction, quilt raffle, local arts and craft vendors, FYI booths, cake wheel, antique cars and much more. Sponsored by the Enfield Community Council.
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our trails some TLC! We’ll spend time re-woodchipping trails and pruning back branches. Bring work gloves, boots, and prepare to get muddy! Lymantria dispar (Gypsy Moth) in the Finger Lakes | 7 p.m., 9/15 Wednesday | Virtual, Finger Lakes | Join the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society to learn about gypsy moths and their caterpillars that have been defoliating Finger Lakes forests. Register for Zoom link at www.flnps. org | Free Community Sunset Cruise | 7:30 p.m., 9/15 Wednesday | Allan H. Treman Marina, 1000 Allen H. Treman Park Road | Engaging Conversations and Activities about our watershed aboard the MV Teal with rotating community members serving as hosts. | Free Trumansburg Farmers Market | 9/15 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 9.15-Northside; 9.22- Joe Chicone & Renee Baum | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 9/16 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local vendors with a great assortment fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, maple products, crafts, soaps, baskets, pottery, brooms, kettle korn and a food truck! | Free
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parking, playground for the children, BBQ each week. Besides the usual produce, eggs, cheese, and meat, the market features a variety of fiber vendors, native plants, hanging flower baskets and homestead products. Farmer’s Market Cruises on weekends! at Ithaca Farmers Market | 11 a.m., 9/18 Saturday | Enjoy a ONE Hour cruise from the dock at Ithaca’s iconic Farmer’s Market! Reservations are NOT necessary. Pay on board with cash or credit card. “Be a Star for Children” Fundraising Event at Homer Hops Brewing | 12 p.m., 9/18 Saturday | Homer Hops, 700 NY-90 | Cortland County CAC is holding an in-person 2nd Annual “Be a Star for Children” Fundraising Event at Homer Hops from Noon-3pm. Mini Fiber Festival at the Freeville Farmers Market | 12 p.m., 9/19 Sunday | Freeville Farmers Market, 43 Main St, Freeville, NY | Freeville Farmers Market celebrates all things fiber - yarn, wool, and fleece - on Sunday, September 19, 2021. | Free Tompkins Connect Adopt-AHighway Cleanup | 5:30 p.m., 9/22 Wednesday | Corner of Asbury and Warren Rd, Asbury and Warren Rd | The TC Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup event is one of our main volunteer opportunities. Arrive dressed in appropriate work attire: long pants and sturdy shoes/boots. We will supply gloves, hard hats, and vests.
NYS BAROQUE: TRIUMPH NOW WITH JOY AND MIRTH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH AT 7:30PM
First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St. | NYS Baroque begins their 33rd season of concerts with lots of pluck, exploring the repertoire for lute ensembles in the renaissance and early baroque periods, including lute duets by Terzi, lute trios by Dowland, Piccinini, and other lutenist-composers of this very rich musical period. (photo: provided)
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State Street Theatre | Celebrate the re-opening of the State Theatre with one of the shows that had to be postponed back in 2020! Almost Queen was not about to deprive Ithaca of their talents! They deliver a live performance showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, the band recaptures the live energy and precision that is the ultimate Queen experience. (photo: Facebook)
Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State Street, Ithaca | While returning to clear out his family’s West Philadelphia house to be sold, Jay finds an old record collection of disco, R&B, and classical soul, transporting him through the memories of his youth, coming of age and coming out in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Propelled by the beat of soul, this one-man show is a love letter to the power of family and our ability to persevere. (photo: Facebook)
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Ithaca Restorative Justice Meetings | 6:30 p.m., 9/22 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | The discussions will be led by Ithaca Restorative Justice, and anyone who is interested in restorative justice is welcome to attend. The meetings will take place in-person in the Schwarz Jacobson room, but will also be available via Zoom. Questions? Contact Sophia McKissick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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