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armers Market Executive Director Anton Burkett has resigned after an incident with an employee at the end of September. According to Linda* (name has been changed to protect the privacy of the underage employee), her son relayed an incident at the Farmers Market in which he had been accused of stealing money from Burkett’s wallet. Linda wrote the following to the Farmers Market board about what her son had told her: “He returned to [the farmer’s market] because he realized he had misplaced his AirPods. Upon his return, he was searched by Anton Burkett, executive director, and accused of stealing money from Mr. Burkett’s wallet. Mr. Burkett searched [his] backpack, forced him to empty his pockets, and then followed him to the bathroom where [he] had gone to try to call us. Once [he] entered the bathroom, Mr. Burkett followed him inside

and closed and locked the door behind them. He told [him] he could not call his mother and took his cell phone to search through it. Eventually they left the bathroom and the money was found in the possession of another employee. Mr. Burkett did not apologize and did not allow [him] to leave right away. It is not clear whether he notified the police. [Our son] seems to think he faked a call to law enforcement in order to scare him.”

Linda also pointed out to the board that her son is an underage Black child, “both developmentally and in the eyes of the law.” She then said she was willing to meet with the board to discuss the matter further and requested an apology, as well as “assurance that the market has implemented policies and procedures that will keep BIPOC employees, vendors and customers safe from this type of mistreatment in the future.” According to Linda, the employee who was found in possession of the missing money was a young white woman. Linda’s son had been working at the market for about a month on the weekends doing trash duty. She said he had wanted to work at McDonald’s with his friends, but said he has some learning disabilities that she thought made the market a better fit. On Oct. 16, the Ithaca Farmers Market Board of Directors offered a public apology to the community after news of the incident made its way across social media. The board wrote: “We acknowledge that this incident was mishandled and worsened through a series of actions and decisions that were unprofessional and racist. The IFM has not taken this incident lightly, and members have met numerous times over the past few weeks in hopes of addressing and resolving the issues which arose as a result of the incident.” The statement also relays that they had accepted Burkett’s resignation, but that while it addresses the immediate need for accountability “it is only a step in working towards fully championing and

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▶  Ithaca Police Department - sent out an update on recent arrests after a spate of violence in the city throughout October. On Oct. 15, IPD arrested Mohamed Osman, 27, and charged him with criminal sexual act in the first degree, attempted rape in the first degree, sex abuse in the first degree and criminal obstruction of breathing.

embodying diversity, equity and anti-racism at our market.” The Board of Directors will also consult with a human resource specialist to review the market’s policies and procedures, as well as make recommendations for professional development for staff and board members. “The board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has already begun their work to enhance equity within the market culture,” the statement read. David Stern, the president of the board of directors, deferred to the public statement when asked for comment. Linda said that the market’s Board of Directors has been cooperative and responsive while working with her through this incident. Linda said that there was no dispute over the facts of the incident. When contacted, Burkett said he would not be offering public comments on the matter. Linda did send the Ithaca Times the apology email she and her husband received from Burkett, in which he writes “it’s abundantly clear to me that I owe your family a sincere apology for the distress my actions caused your son [redacted].” He continued to write that he mishandled the incident at every juncture and is “appalled upon self-reflection to realize the extent to which I let my own implicit bias rule the day.” Linda said that even if the apology is sincere, she cannot forgive him for the impact the incident had on her son. “He’s struggling,” Linda said. “It’s just another trauma in the series of traumas of being Black in America.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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He was indicted by the Tompkins County Grand Jury and arraigned before Tompkins County Court Judge Rowley. On Oct. 20, Duane Magee, 54, was arrested in relation to an assault on Oct. 11 on the 300 block of W State Street. According to police, Magee allegedly slashed the leg of another person with a machete, causing injury. Magee was charged with

criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and arraigned before Ithaca City Court Judge Seth Peacock and remanded to Tompkins County Jail. There are still a number of incidents from October without arrests, including a few cases of shots fired, one of which resulted in injury, and a stabbing at Walmart on Oct. 11.

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IF YOU COULD MAKE THE RULE, WHAT DATE SHOULD BE THE OFFICIAL START DATE OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON THE RADIO, STORES, AND JUKEBOXES?

“Pete – Dec 15th is enough time. James – Oh come on! November 29 should be the date.” -Pete B. & James W.

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n a marathon meeting on Oct. 28 that had to be extended twice (finally coming to an end at 10:45 p.m.), Ithaca’s Common Council finished up fine-tuning the details of the budget and voted to send it along for a full vote at the Nov. 3 meeting. This final meeting, in a series of budget meetings throughout the month of October, was used to go through all the requests above the mayor’s budget that had been presented to Council by differ-

ent departments, as well as add any amendments of council Members. By the end, the tax rate sat at $11.89 per thousand, which is a .34% increase, and the levy change is $26,366,541, a .95% increase. A debated topic as of late and one that has been a subject in many different meetings was the right to counsel for eviction court. Alderperson Laura Lewis introduced this amendment, with $125,000 going toward this. There was discussion about funding the

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organizes book discussions and other events for educators, especially educators of color, to participate in. Simms said one of the main focuses of their recruiting strategy is centering student voices. She showed clips from elementary age students and high school students talking about what they want to see from their teachers. The younger students said they appreciated qualities like kindness and generosity in their teachers, while the older ones emphasized the need for more diversity among educators. According to Simms, the district has hired 62 educators

expense out of the American Rescue Plan Act funds for 2022 as a sort-of pilot program to gather data about the need for it, however Council ultimately decided to fund it as a recurring fund. “I think it’s important and there probably is an ongoing need,” Alderperson Rob Gearhart said. “I do think it’s something we should budget for. We can spend a year figuring out how much this load is, but then we’d be in this same position next year.” for the 2021 school year, 13 of whom are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), which breaks down to 21%. Last year Simms attended eight recruitment fairs and has plans to attend seven more this school year. On Dec. 2 ICSD will hold its own recruitment event in an effort to connect with mid-year graduates, with an emphasis on educators of color. She said she’s also seeking recruitment outside of New York state to broaden the pool, however there are some challenges associated with that. Out of state educators must apply for a New York State teacher certification, and reciprocity is not automatic. If an educator has not graduated from a New York Stateapproved program, then they must go through an individual evaluation pathway. “Those are some of the roadblocks we’ve come to face,”

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A lively discussion was also had about providing $15,000 in funding to Tompkins County Public Library. The library requested that amount from both the city and town of Ithaca to fill a funding gap to have open hours on Sundays. Lewis supported the funding, saying she thought it was an important resource that continued on page 7

Simms said. “We’re trying to really build some collaboration with New York State.” Andrew McCracken, a senior at Lehman Alternative Community School, asked Simms if the same efforts are being made to hire bus drivers and other staff, as there has been a big shortage of drivers throughout the state. “I know the district is out of bus drivers because I’ve been late to my first period class every day,” he said. “Are we taking the same steps to hire people who aren’t educators exclusively? Because it’s not just teachers this district runs on, it’s bus drivers, janitors, lunchroom staff..” Simms confirmed that she had recently attended a job fair with the district’s director of transportation and said they are doing all they can to hire continued on page 7


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Ups Rumor has it the hot bar is back at Wegmans. We only saw it on Twitter but we’ll check it out in person and report back next week. Downs It’s time to turn the clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 7. If only the extra hour of sleep was worth the next four months of 5 p.m. darkness.

HEARD&SEEN PLANNING

Collegetown ‘Catherine Commons’ plan gets broad Planning Board support

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evelopers are looking to start making progress on the Collegetown development called “Catherine Commons.” The project was originally part of the overall Collegetown Innovation District proposed in late 2020 as a Planned Unit Development, however it quickly became clear that the large project was too cumbersome and would move too slowly. The plan is now being tackled in pieces, with Catherine North and Catherine South being the first two parts. The sites are along the intersection of College Avenue and Catherine Street. The portion on the northside of Catherine Street is Catherine North, while the portion south of Catherine Street is Catherine South; Cook Street acts as the southernmost boundary. “We have the opportunity to revitalize this portion of Collegetown where the really dilapidated buildings are,” Kathryn Wolf, an architect at Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architecture, said. The two Catherine buildings will comprise six buildings that house approximately 360 apartments, 2,600 square feet of commercial space, a fitness center at the corner of College Avenue and Cook Street, expanded sidewalks, pedestrian plazas and a handful of surface parking spaces. Catherine North will have three intercon-

nected buildings, including commercial space along College Avenue with “transparent glass facades to enliven that streetscape,” according to Wolf. A major emphasis of this Collegetown development carried over from the Innovation District proposal has been the pedestrian plazas. Wolf said they will extend by the public right of way into the private property of the Catherine buildings. The plazas are intended to be gathering spaces for people and the buildings will be set back to provide ample room. Additionally, one of the Catherine South plazas will act as a protected bus stop. Arvind Tikku, an architect from ikon.5 architects, said his team worked to minimize the scale of the buildings by using undulating panels, contrasting colors and staggered windows. He said the goal is to design buildings that are more transparent and less monolithic. The buildings were described as predominantly in compliance with existing zoning, but the developers will be seeking a height variance. At Catherine North, the zoning allows for six stories and 80-foot buildings, but they’re currently proposing a 10-foot height variance with two additional floors. At Catherine South, zoning allows for a 70-foot building with five floors, while they’re currently

proposing a 78-foot building with seven floors. Graham Kerslick, the Alderperson who represents Collegetown, wrote a letter to the Planning Board encouraging them to look at the effect of the requested height variance on the surrounding buildings. “The Collegetown district and design guidelines have resulted in many innovative projects. The proposed Catherine Commons project seeks an excessive number of variances and will likely have significant impacts on adjacent buildings,” he said. “I urge the Planning Board to reduce the height of the buildings on College Avenue so [developers] can move forward within the zoning guidelines.” Kerslick also mentioned historic buildings nearby that could be affected by the height variances, and Planning Board member Mitch Glass said he was interested in learning more about that specifically. Glass also said that while he agrees many successful projects have been built within the zoning regulations in Collegetown and he’d like to hear the reasoning behind the need for extra height, he also thinks that you can’t compare projects, and that each one is a case-by-case situation. Board member Emily Petrina agreed with Glass, and said she’d appreciate any justification developers could give about the need for more height, but that generally she was already in favor of the variance. In fact, the response from the board was all favorable, with board member Elisabete

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Rendering of proposed development at Catherine St. and College Ave. in Collegetown (Photo: Provided)

Godden noting she enjoyed learning about the thought process that went into choosing façade design and materials. Deputy Planning Director Lisa Nicholas told the board that there are several houses that are currently vacant in the area up for development for Catherine Commons and said the Fire Department is concerned they have become a nuisance over the winter. There have been issues with breaking in, breaking windows and other problems like that. Normally demolition isn’t allowed at this stage, but to alleviate some of those concerns she asked if the board would consider letting the applicant demolish early. Board member Garrick Blalock said boarded up, abandoned empty buildings are depressing, while construction is a sign of progress. “I’m all for demolishing some of those buildings and putting a construction fence up with some signage about what’s coming,” he said. Godden agreed and said boarded up buildings are a fire hazard and safety hazard. “We don’t want squatters during the winter,” she said. “There’s potential for it being a safety issue.” There was a board consensus that developers could go ahead and start with demolition on the 11 buildings, four on the Catherine South site and seven on the Catherine North site. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g No ve m b e r

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Seen Tons of kids were out enjoying trick-or-treating on Sunday evening. The weather was crisp, the costumes were cute and the candy was sweet.

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Saving Our Place

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f memory serves, the first time I told Michael Huyghue that I would meet him at Schellkopf Hall was 40 years and four months ago. I was working as the associate director of the Cornell Summer Sports School and Mike was a rising senior and wide receiver on the Big Red football team working as one of the student-athletes working as a camp counselor. Last week, I asked Huyghue to meet me at Schoellkopf Hall again, but this time we sat in a conference room in the coaches’ office complex. I was there as a sports writer, and Michael was there as an assistant coach for the Cornell Sprint Football team. I said, “It’s nice to see you. It has been a while. I hope that after you left Cornell, you were able to find a job.” Mike replied, “Yes. I found a few of them.” We both laughed. I have been following Michael Huyghue’s career for a long time, and to say he found a few jobs is indeed laughable. While at Cornell, he was a Cornell Ambassador, a Dean’s List student and did an internship in the Public Defender’s Office in Washington, D.C. After Cornell (class of ‘83), he went to law school at Michigan (graduating in ‘87) worked for the National Football League’s Labor

rabbi, an imam and a pastor were arrested together in front of the White House,” Todd Saddler said. “It’s not the set-up for a joke, it’s what happened Tuesday when the multi-faith delegation took its turn. That’s when I was arrested.” Saddler spoke with the Ithaca Times after this column described the People Vs. Fossil Fuel mobilization in Washington, DC last month. He went from Ithaca to the week-long demonstration. “It was a week of climate protests and nonviolent direct action,” Saddler said. “It was organized by a group called Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of hundreds of groups across the country fighting for climate, racial, and economic justice. “Each day we marched to the White House or Capitol to call on President Biden and Congress to declare a climate emergency and stop all federal approvals for fossil fuel projects. 655 of us were arrested.” Saddler mentioned the leadership of Indigenous people, whose treaty lands are frequently on “the front lines of the climate crises” and fossil fuel extraction and transport. “At the start of each day Indigenous elders would ground our spirits and fill us with positivity and power,” Saddler said. “Over 50 Indigenous activists were arrested in an occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior.” Along with the Indigenous participants, Saddler said, “the majority of other speakers were from front line communities” of climate crises and pollution. “From St. James Parish, Louisiana, the ‘Cancer Alley.’ From the California wildfires. People in New York City flooded out. People living with fracking who were told everything would be all right, then got sick.” Saddler was asked if any politicians spoke: sincere, grandstanding, or otherwise. “No, it was a very clear lineup of front line people,” he said, then laughed. “I guess grandstanding politicians didn’t make the cut. “It was democracy in action. We were talking to the Biden administration, saying we got you elected, now keep your promise” for environmental leadership. “We know they got the message. There were thousands of people marching in the streets and hundreds getting arrested. Afterward there was a call-in day, following up with phone calls and emails to the White House. “This is especially compelling to me because I remember when Obama first got into office, he turned around and sent the same guy, Todd Stern, to the U.N. Climate

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Conference that Bush had been sending, to do exactly the same thing, refuse to commit the U.S. to meaningful climate action and obstruct all the other countries that were trying to agree on a way to deal with global warming. “The Democrats will only be different from the Republicans if we make them be different. “Most people want action, including Republicans, but leadership has been fighting it for decades.” Saddler said, “It’s mostly the people being affected” taking leadership roles now, pressing politicians and dismissing ostensible experts, often tied to business interests, with “bags of money and explanations why it’s all under control.” Media, at least corporate media, play a similar role, Saddler said. “Mass media might feel bad about it, but they’re not going to say these are problems of consumerism or capitalism.” He said he was not surprised by lack of coverage of the mobilization in the New York Times, as noted in the Ithaca Times, but had observed reporters from foreign and independent sources such as the Guardian of the U.K. and the Pacifica network, along with some from mainstream U.S. outlets such as the Washington Post and CNN. Saddler said “the same rich people” or elites who caused the problems of environmental degradation and injustice, “tied to a zillion other things,” are not likely to be the ones, uncontested, to solve them. Saddler is a long-time activist and had some concern, “coming from outside” to this mobilization, about his lack of familiarity with the organizers. “You want to know what to expect,” Saddler said, although if necessary one will simply choose to “show up and see what happens.” But he said the organizers provided “a level of trust” very quickly, not just with expertise in planning and contingencies, but beyond. Each morning, he said, there were instructions: “Those planning on getting arrested, this side. Those not, that side.” The demonstration and arrest processes were well-orchestrated, he said, even “gentle.” Saddler reiterated his respect for the Indigenous leaders. He said that when they spoke each morning, “You could feel connection to the earth and to each other. “There were over 100 speakers, and a cumulative effect. This is everywhere. There are not that many places left to go.”


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stints as the vice president and general counsel for the Detroit Lions and the general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1994-2001. The Jags reached the AFC Championship game twice during his tenure, an eye-opening achievement for an expansion team. Also listed among those “few jobs” are the president and CEO of Access Sports and Entertainment and commissioner of the United Football League. A few jobs indeed... A look at Cornell Athletics’ website will reveal that the name Huyghue appears twice, as Mike’s son, Tyler, is a wide receiver for the Sprint team. Tyler is a senior in the school of arts and sciences, and his father finds his own involvement with the program quite refreshing. “Sprint Football is much different than other varsity programs in that these athletes didn’t come here to play football. With everything that is happening now in big-time college football — like the new NIL (name image licensing) rules — everything is about the last dollar.” He added, “These players are doing it out of sacrifice, for the love of the game.” Huyghue is also teaching law at the Industrial and Labor Relations school at Cornell, and he shared how much he is enjoying being involved in football in a much different capacity than he has in a long time. “This — teaching and coaching — was my sweet spot before I was with the NFL,” he offered, adding, “I still do a lot of diversity work with the NFL, and I love that component of the Sprint team.” He laughed again and said, “We had a group of players together recently and there

were two [Jewish students], a Black kid, a bi-racial kid, a redhead and an immigrant from Russia!” Sounding — and looking — like a man who truly has rediscovered his sweet spot, Mike added, “It was as if they had been friends their whole lives.” I asked Michael how different it feels to be outside the pressure cooker that is professional sports, and he said, “When you’re in that environment, it’s difficult not to put a lot of pressure on yourself.” Admitting that he is not — and never has been — a person to kick back and take it easy, he said, “I will say that it is nice not to have that external pressure. I like being able to focus on my relationship with the players, and I know that much of my success came down to those relationships.” The fact that Tyler is very happy at Cornell is the proverbial icing on the cake for Huyghue. He told me, “Tyler found his own niche, he took to this place like a fish to water, and sprint football became his fraternity.” Regarding his return to Cornell, Mike stated, “I never really considered myself Mr. Cornell, but this place was the trigger for many of the things I have been able to do.” (Before becoming a faculty member, Huyghue was a Distinguished Alumnus, a Trustee and he and his wife endowed a scholarship.) He added, “Given athletics has been such a big part of my life, it’s great to be able to extend the time clock, so to speak, to have come full-circle. I played racquetball against (now head trainer) Bernie DePalma when I was a student here, and now I see him every day 40 years later.” Looking out at the field on which he wore #83 four decades ago, Mike said, “I do owe this place a lot, and my most valuable give-back is my time.”

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bus drivers. “There are some challenges we’ve come up against, but we are recruiting and have put different radio ads out, and I’m recording one in Spanish in hopes of also being able to reach Spanish speakers,” Simms said. “We’re looking at different avenues with recruiting and connecting with community members.” She said the district recently recruited two trainees who will get their commercial driver’s license and then start driving for the district. Board member Eldred Harris recalled that in the past they’ve had issues with meeting prospective candidates early because the district can’t provide them with a contract immediately. Bob Van Keuren, the district’s director of human resources, confirmed that remains a point that slows ICSD down in comparison with the competition who may not have as intensive processes for offering a contract. “There is the ability for the superintendent to do early contracts and offer them on the spot, but we’ve seen a little bit of

resistance,” Van Keuren said. “We have offered early contracts, but we don’t do it as often as the competition would require.” Simms also noted that she does tend to meet a lot of resistance about moving to Ithaca — particularly from people worried about the weather. “Even for me a big thing is the winter and getting out, so trying to convince people to dress warm and to go on beautiful hikes,” she said. “Those are the things that have worked for me to enjoy this environment.” Ithaca High School student Grace Lim said she was glad there was so much focus being put on recruitment, but asked if changing contracts to offer higher pay or better benefits would contribute to recruitment and retention success. Simms said she’d love to be able to do that, but that contract negotiation is beyond her control. Van Keuren explained that the terms of teachers’ contracts are collectively bargained through the Teacher’s Union, and not on a case-by-case basis or able to be negotiated on the fly. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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should be available on Sundays. “It seems to me during COVID, and as we’re headed into winter, kids in particular need the library to be open so they can do their work on the weekends, and so their family members have opportunities to use it,” she said. “The point was made that the number of patrons using the library is significant, and Sunday hours bring people into our downtown area which I also support.” Alderperson Patrick Mehler agreed, calling the library an invaluable resource. However, while that fact wasn’t up for debate, there was discussion about who should bear the burden of the cost to keep the library open on Sunday. “I agree it’s a vital part of this community, and it’s important to have it open on Sunday. But it’s the Tompkins County Public Library. The county should be paying this $15,000 to keep it open on Sunday,” Alderperson George McGonigal said. “It’s not the city’s responsibility to pay to keep it open.” Alderperson Donna Fleming agreed, pointing out that the city taxpayers pay the bulk of county taxes, and that the county got its own American Rescue Plan Act funds. “We don’t charge people outside of the city to use Stewart Park and Cass Park, I don’t understand why the county came to the city to fill in a gap that they should be filling in themselves,” she said. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said the County Legislature told the library that since the library is located within the city

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and gives city residents disproportionate access to the library, they should ask Common Council for the funds. “I disagree with that logic,” he said. “I think the city is a good place for the library. It’s equidistant from Groton to Caroline and Newfield to Lansing. It’s in the middle of the county, which is why it is where it is.” He echoed Fleming’s point that a third of county resources come from city of Ithaca taxpayers, and said on principle, he disagrees that the city should have to pay the $15,000. However, he also pointed out that he thinks the library should be open on Sundays and if they deny the funding it won’t be. “I suppose I was just picking my battles,” he said. McGonigal said that denying the funding does not preclude the county from reconsidering and “covering their own responsibility and opening the library on Sunday.” The request for funding failed, with only Lewis and Alderperson Ducson Nguyen voting in support. Other interesting approvals were an increase in Common Council salaries, raising them from $10,000 to $13,000 to be closer in line with other municipalities. Additionally, they gave the mayor’s salary a 2% cost of living increase. To watch the full meeting, visit the City of Ithaca Public Meetings YouTube page. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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A NEIGHBORHOOD’S TRANSFORMATION The Arthaus building and Visum’s massive Neighborhood of the Arts project will completely transform the Cherry Street neighborhood in the West End

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lot next to their building, the Cherry now has something of a second home. Modern in design and with bright pops of red, undoubtedly a nod to its home on Cherry Street, the Arthaus building stands at five stories. The Arthaus was built by the Vecino Group, the same developers who are currently constructing the Green Street parking garage, conference center and affordable housing building next to City Hall. There are 123 units, priced to be affordable for those making between 30% and 80% of area median income, which is currently around $60,000. This makes the 30%80% range of area median income about $18,000-$48,000. Additionally, of those 123 units, 40 will be dedicated to housing chronically homeless youth ages 18-24, according to building manager Renee Funke. Residents have already begun moving into the building, and Buggeln said he

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heard there was already a 100-person waiting list for the units. “This building filled up quickly,” he said. On the front corner of the Arthaus building, the side facing the Cherry but still visible from the street, is a sign that says The Cherry Gallery. During the development process, developers from Vecino approached the Cherry about working with them to run arts spaces within the building. When you walk into the Arthaus, there is a gray barn door to your right. When you slide the door to the side, you enter into the gallery space that is run by the Cherry. Empty right now, Buggeln said he and Lucas have started to put out feelers into the community to see what they’d like to see in the gallery and who wants to be involved. “We’re talking to people with more visual arts experience since we’re mainly per-

formance arts,” Lucas said. “We’re calling on the community for sources.” Off of the gallery is another gray barn door, the Camilla Shade studio, named for a late actor who was prominent in the local scene. This studio is a community rehearsal space. Though Buggeln and Lucas are still working out the logistics, it will be available to anyone who wants to schedule time. And while there’s no set cost, there will likely be a way for people to make a voluntary donation to use the space. As far as the people who live above these new spaces, Buggeln said they’re still exploring the different opportunities for residential programming. After speaking with the manager of a building in Troy, New C h e r ry S t. S i t e v i e w w i t h n e w A r t h au s b u i l d i n g (p h o t o : N i c k Tu b b s)


York who has a similar art space in a lowincome building, Buggeln said he thought they’d have the most success doing educational programming for some of the youth. “We can help a new generation of young folks who might not have felt welcomed to art galleries and experimental theater,” Buggeln said. However, Funke said she’s already gotten some phone calls from tenants who wanted to know about programming for residents, and said she plans to send around some survey questions to gather more information about their interest so she can pass it along to Buggeln and Lucas. “If there’s a ton of enthusiasm from tenants here then that’s awesome,” Buggeln said. There’s still some fundraising left to do by the Cherry to make the space perfect — adding locks on the door separating the gallery and the studio, building out a moveable wall system for the gallery and soundproofing the rehearsal space. “We’re so excited,” Buggeln said. And this is just the beginning for Cherry Street’s transformation. Currently, 110 Cherry St. LLC, is undertaking the Brownfield application process with the state so that Visum Development Group can build on it. A Brownfield site is essential property that needs to be decontaminated before it can be reused or redeveloped. According to Patrick Braga, Visum’s director of development, their application for 110 Cherry Street is complete and needs to go through the public notice portion. Part of that parcel includes the lot between the Cherry Artspace and Arthaus. The property is currently leased and operated by Upstate Shredding, Weitsman Recycling as a scrap metal collection facility. Braga said the site was originally mixed residential and industrial in the early 20th century and through the 1930s. There were a handful of houses, a flower shop, lumber storage and mills and a condensed milk factory owned by Nestle. The site was also used by Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation from at least 1914-1928. “It’s been industrial mixed use for over 100 years,” he said. “It’s the residential part that dissipated over time.” The area used to be prone to flooding before the flood control channel was built, driving people out. In the 1960s, autowrecking began occurring, and just south of the 110 Cherry St. site was a junkyard, and north of it was the auto-wrecking yard. By the ‘70s, the middle section of the site became a scrap metal yard. Braga said the breaking down of vehicles, which at the

A r t h au s b u i l d i n g t h e C h e r ry t h e at r e a n d a r t s pac e i n t h e b ac k g r o u n d . (p h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) time just meant effectively smashing them up with a machine, led to a large number of contaminants leaching into the soil. “We’re talking really, really contaminated,” Braga said. Soil samples on the site found metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, and things like arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel, silver and zinc. “It’s unknown if it’s leaking into the water right there, but it seems probable,” Braga said. Currently, Braga said, the vision is to bring the scrap metal operations on the site to an end, so that when the tenant moves to a cleaner, more modern facility, they’ll be able to clean up the site to the state standard. “I’m excited to get rid of all those toxins on that site,” Braga said. The timeline will depend on the type of remedial action the LLC ends up taking. They will look at the best way to remove the contaminated soil and then replace it with new clean soil. “We’d like, once we choose which alternative makes sense, to do it within a year,” Braga said. “I don’t know if that’s optimistic or realistic, but we want to transform the site as soon as possible.” And they have big plans. On its Brownfield Cleanup Program Site application, 110 Cherry St LLC. outlines Visum’s plan to build the Neighborhood

Th e s i t e f o r m e r ly u s e d b y U p s tat e S h r e d d i n g , We i t s m a n R e c y c l i n g (p h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) of the Arts on the waterfront along Cherry Street and Cecil Malone Drive. “This mixed-use district will be an inclusive, connected, and creative community set along Ithaca’s western waterways,” the application reads. “[Neighborhood of the Arts] includes the proposed [Brownfield site], as well as the parcel to the south.” The Brownfield site will comprise dense, mid-rise residential buildings in the mixed use district, as well as a parking garage to “serve the commercial activity on the adjacent non-[Brownfield] parcel.” The Neighborhood of the Arts will reuse the industrial structure at the intersection of Cecil Malone Drive and Cherry Street as a mix of businesses and activities. At this stage, the application states the new businesses will generate 85-100 permanent jobs. Other plans for the Neighborhood of the Arts include a food and wine hall that promotes state agricultural business, public art, active recreation with indoor and outdoor recreation such as rock climbing, a bounce house, bocce and shuffleboard, a youth center where children can play, several public green spaces and a boutique hotel. “Since we acquired the site in 2018 we knew we wanted to transform it into an urban neighborhood, which is also the city’s vision,” Braga said. “Because it’s so large of a vision with so many moving parts, it’s a plan that will be perpetually alive when we build the neighborhood. But the ultimate No ve m b e r

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vision settled as an arts neighborhood, so we’re doing different research now to look at stakeholders in the arts community and understand their needs and how we can meet them.” Currently, Visum is working on submitting plans for 132 Cherry St., which will be a five-story residential building on land that is not contaminated and doesn’t need to go through the clean-up process. Overall, Braga said he’s envisioning it to be an 8-10-year project, which will also add about 1,000 affordable beds. “As soon as we have the Brownfield agreement, we want to start,” Braga said. “We don’t want to delay. Getting planning approvals in Ithaca is pretty tough […] What we want to add is a really highquality neighborhood that’s forward looking and integrates itself really well with the city.” Currently, the Brownfield application is open for public comment through Nov. 26. You can view the application by visiting https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/ C755020/ or through the document repository located at the Tompkins County Public Library. There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to the site project manager Christopher Mannes at 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY, 13204; via email at christopher.mannes@dec.ny.gov; or by calling (315) 426-7515.

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and the way of the future is just beginning to take hold in the mainstream public,” Campbell said. His recommendation that most everyone can adopt a plant based diet and have it benefit their lives hinges on a discovery he made early in his Cornell grad and career: that people lecturer publishes do not need to eat animal protein books on the benefits in order for their of a plant-based diet bodies to get the protein they need. By Jaime C one For the son of a dairy farmer, this flew in the face f there is one piece of advice that of what he had 87-year-old Dr. T. Colin Campbell believed growwould give to those looking to age well ing up — but the and stay healthier longer, it would be to evidence that a change your diet to a plant based, whole plant based diet food approach. can prevent and, in The idea of “plant based” eating has the vast majority of gained popularity in recent years, but it cases, even reverse was first coined by Campbell back in 1978. common American T. Colin Campbell, PhD The bestselling coauthor of “The China ailments like diabeStudy” (published in 2006) said it has been tes, high cholesterol exciting to see it gain traction in the last and heart disease several years. “It’s interesting because the idea of a was so strong that he dedicated his career plant based diet possibly being the best to researching it and publicly sharing his findings. He has also worked to shape public policy around health and nutrition and was the liaison to Congress for the medical research community in 1980 and 1981. Campbell wasn’t always interested in studying nutrition. He was completing his first year of veterinary school when he received a telegram from a well known Cornell Professor offering him a scholarship and research opportunity, which led him to complete his education at Cornell University and MIT in the field of nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. During his time at Cornell, around 1965, he was tasked with coordinating an effort to aid malnourished children in the Philippines. It was believed at the time that the OUR SERVICES children needed more animal protein to be healthy, but what Campbell found instead Medical was that the few children who came from • Acne • Moles families who were able to consume more • Rashes • Rosacea • Allergy Testing • Excessive sweating • Surgical and Nonsurgical • Autoimmune disease animal protein had a higher rate of liver • Infections treatment of Skin treatment cancer than their peers. • Itching Cancer “I could’t quite believe what I was seeing,” Campbell said. “I had many students Surgical work in the lab on this question and over • Skin biopsies • Cyst removal • Liquid Nitrogen the years found that there is no need to • Skin surgery • Mole removal • Electrodissecation consume animal food to get that protein. That is totally false.” Campbell spent a decade on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, then returned to Cornell in 1975, where he currently holds his endowed chair as a professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. BRAD YENTZER, MD, FAAD DERMATOLOGIST In recent years Campbell founded a 607-708-1330 fingerlakesderm.com | 2141 Dryden Road Freeville, NY 13068 non-profit organization on online learnRoute 13 between Ithaca and Dryden ing in nutrition which recently developed, under the direction of Campbell’s daugh-

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ter LeAnne Campbell, the program Plant Forward, which holds online workshops. The workshops teach a simple philosophy that can be difficult to put into practice at first but pays great dividends if the individual can stick with it for a month or two, Campbell said. “The people who stay with it are often people who have a serious health problem or have a motivation,” he said. Sometimes the effects are almost immediate. “People can see their blood sugar drop precipitously in one day,” he said. “It’s amazing.” The key is to go all-in on the new diet. He likened it to quitting smoking — just cutting down to one or two cigarettes per day or smoking on some days but not on others is not likely to lead to success in the longterm. But soon, Campbell said, this new kind of eating will become second nature and even enjoyable. “You’ll all of a sudden discover you crave a salad,” he said. “Just eat vegetables, grains, nuts, and avocados for the oil and fat.” “As much as possible, stay away from added oils and refined carbs,” he added. The effects of adopting a whole plantbased diet are striking, he said. “We can turn experimental liver cancer genes on with animal based protein and turn it off by eating a plant based diet,” he said. Campbell’s own father died of a heart attack when he was 70, and his wife’s mother died of colon cancer when she was just 51. “That motivated us to think about changing our diet, so we did,” he said. His wife is 80 years old, and both are largely medication free other than a short period Campbell spent on medication to control his blood pressure. Campbell’s first book, “The China Study,” came out of a partnership in the 1980s with researchers at Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine and sold nearly four million copies worldwide. Campbell followed that up with his second book, “Whole,” in 2013, which is focused on the science behind plant based eating. In 2020 he published “The Future of Nutrition: An Insider’s Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting it Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right.” He still gives lectures and is involved with the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in Partnership with eCornell. His research is the cornerstone of the 2011 documentary film “Forks Over Knives,” and his oldest son, Nelson Campbell, made another popular documentary on the topic called “Plant Pure Nation.” Some advice that he received from his father that has guided him throughout his life: “Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” It is a philosophy that allowed him to question his original assumption that eating animals must be good for health. “The key is to be honest with yourself and check your own biases,” he said. “That’s really critical.”


RENAISSANCE MAN Modern Mythological Manifestations at the North Star Art Gallery B y Wa r r e n G r e e n w o o d Characters, events, retrospectives shall be convey’d in gospels, trees, animals, waters shall be convey’d, Death, the future, the invisible faith, shall all be convey’d.

Wa l t W h i t m a n L e av e s o f G r a s s Hey, everybody. I’m back. I wrote for the Ithaca Times for about 15 years (mostly in the arts area), doing roughly an article a week. Then retired in 2018. Now I’ve been doing about an article a year. Why? Because every once in a while, I discover an artist who is such a genius, I think people simply must pay attention. Thus: Brian Keeler.

One of the things I have written before is that Ithaca, N.Y., for such a small city, has a crazily outsized art scene. And we have some world-class artists here. In the music realm, I think of the sublime Hank Roberts or the wonderful Judy Hyman of the Horseflies. In the area of theatre, I think of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company. In the visual arts, I have referred to Alice Muhlback as the Picasso of Ithaca, Carlton Manzano as our Upstate Monet, and the Ithaca cartoonist and painter Jim Garmhausen as Robert Crumb and Robert Williams rolled into one. Which brings us back to the Ithaca-based painter Brian Keeler. I think of Brian Keeler as a Renaissance master. (He can also switch gears and paint like an impressionist master or a fauvist master, but we won’t even get into that.) And Keeler has a new show, Modern Mythological Manifestations: From Titian to Keeler, at his North Star Gallery, here in the greater Ithaca area, running through November and December 2021. Brian picked me up and drove me out to his studio on a beautiful, overcast day in early October. The studio is in the country, east of Ithaca, located in a magnificent Italianate

Victorian home that was built in 1865. (I was trying to wrap my mind around the idea that this house was constructed in the final year of the American Civil War.) Normally, when I visit a gallery, I hang around and take notes. But to my surprise, Brian had a whole presentation ready to go. His significant other, Linda Graves, filmed us with a smartphone (for a YouTube video for God’s sake) as Brian wandered through his studio and lectured (rather comprehensively and brilliantly) on the paintings. (I managed to interrupt occasionally and babble a bit…hopefully giving the final video a more conversational feel.) Incidentally, the paintings were all mindboggling. There is an incredible volume of masterful work to be seen here, people. But let’s consider a handful of paintings…the ones I found most compelling…hopefully giving the Art-Loving Reader a taste of the show. The material breaks down into three rough categories: The mythological or allegorical paintings, paintings involving the works of the upstate New York sculptor John Belardo, and landscapes. Regarding the mythological or allegorical works: The showstopper, for me, is “The Hemlock Cup,” an allegory of the death of Socrates. This painting is a riff on the famous painting of the death of Socrates by the romantic, neoclassical painter Jacques Louis David. We see Socrates, on a bench, gesturing to his grieving students, just before he drinks the cup of hemlock (forced upon him by the idiot Athenian authorities). I actually find Brian Keeler’s painting more engaging than his source material. Keeler takes a somewhat surrealist approach. And, rather than being set in a stone prison, as in David’s masterpiece, Keeler sets the scene in a sunny Tuscan landscape with burnished fields, cypress trees lining a stylized, zigzagging road with a distant horse and rider on it, a stretch of forest, and monumental cumulus clouds in an azure Italian sky. Something Keeler does that I really admire is he altered the age of the grieving students. In David’s masterpiece, the students are largely young people. In Keeler’s work, he chose middle-aged models. The result is that he finds a compelling beauty in the middle-aged human form. Another, odd, lively, near-surrealist touch is Keeler plants a colorful rooster in the foreground of the painting. (I think of that rooster in the opening shot of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.) This comes from the traditional story that Socrates’ last words were a request to repay the god Asclepius (the god of medicine) a rooster that he owed him. Another of the new mythological paintings is “Ulysses and the Incredible Levitating Rowboat.” Here, we see Ulysses (aka Odysseus) standing in a commanding fashion in a rowboat…floating in the air over a pond. A sailor, sitting in the stern and rowing backward, is rowing the rowboat. Water drips from the boat in a stylized fashion that evokes surrealism. continued on page 12

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And nude water nymphs emerge from the pond, imploring Ulysses like the Sirens. The pond has enormous water lilies and a distant, Japanese-inspired bridge that evokes Monet’s famous water lily paintings. And there is an autumnal, moonlit, upstate New York forest in the background. The painting is rendered in an academic realism-neo-classical style…but the effect is both surreal and charmingly humorous. Brian also showed me some of the studies for these paintings. And they are as spectacular as the final paintings. There is a “Study of Socrates” and a “Study of Ulysses,” both rendered in red chalk and white pastel on tinted paper in the fashion of the drawings of the Renaissance masters. Both are beautiful and engaging realistic studies. The next category of paintings involves a response to the work of an upstate New York artist named John Belardo. Belardo is a sculptor, working in Pine Planes, N.Y., a small town in the Hudson Valley, east of Kingston, near the Massachusetts border. Keeler writes in an essay on his North Star Studio website: “I became acquainted with John first through his involvement with the Hudson Valley Art League, as he served as president of that organization from 2009 to 2016. I was in one of that organization’s shows held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Eventually, I became Facebook friends with John and was wowed by the incredible virtuosity expressed by his multiple figure ensembles. To me, there was nothing else quite like them in the entire history of art.” Keeler visited Belardo’s studio in April of this year, resulting in a remarkable series of drawings and paintings of Belardo at work on his sculptures. The works reimagine Belardo as a sculptor working in

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15th century Florence. This is because they are meant to be illustrations for a novel that Keeler is developing. This is from a website essay where Keeler writes about the project: “I have a novel in mind about Renaissance Italy where the lead character is in the workshop of Verrochio, the sculptor and painter in Florence in the mid-quatrocento. The concept and inspiration of the novel is to view anew this workshop with Verrochio’s students, Leonardo, Perugino, Botticelli, Lorenzo di Credi and others. As I plan to illustrate the work, I needed a sculptor whose work is connected to this august tradition and has similar themes of ancient myth and Biblical narrative. John’s work was a perfect fit.” And Keeler’s resultant drawings and paintings are marvelous. The drawings are hyper-realistic…and the paintings have a

feel of both Renaissance paintings and the illustrations of the golden age of magazine illustration. The final category of paintings in the show consists of landscapes. Keeler is an extraordinary landscape painter. (His work is so masterful it is a little disorienting.) There are a vast variety of works… vistas of upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Italy, Ireland, and France. (Another thing Keeler does that I adore — even when painting traditional mythological themes, he will often set the action in landscapes that are clearly American east coast landscapes… which gives the work an inherent surrealist feel.) The paintings are realistic, sometimes a bit impressionistic, and often the color is overloaded — “hopped-up hyper-reality” is how I characterized it when I first wrote

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about Keeler a decade ago. (And Brian, at the time, told me that critics compared him to the early 20th century fauvist movement, whose adherents painted landscapes with “trumped-up” or “arbitrary” color.) Most of Keeler’s landscapes are plein air works. (“Plein air” being a fancypants French phrase meaning the work is painted out-of-doors on location.) There are views overlooking the Finger Lakes, country roads, rolling hills, glowing cumulus clouds, cylindrical hay bails, cold November light, late August sunsets, and light pouring through the trees like honey. Indeed, one of the most extraordinary things in Keeler’s paintings is his use of light. Light seems to glow off his canvases as if the viewer were actually standing at the location in the real world. (When I wrote an article about Keeler for the Ithaca Times circa 2015, he laughed and told me, “The light is sort of the main subject, and the scene or the topography or the buildings are sort of supporting actors.”) The first time I noticed this curious light effect was in 1979. I was visiting the Norton-Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and I saw my first Van Gogh. (Not in a book, but in real life.) It was a startling experience…the painting seemed to radiate light. Indeed, light seemed to blast right off the canvas. It was like being hit with a blast of high wind. But Van Gogh’s light is more of a lurid, over-the-top, psychedelic light…while the light emanating from Brian Keeler’s canvases is more naturalistic, more mellow, affecting the viewer on some deep, nostalgic, almost subconscious level. The landscape that most got my attention when I was at Brian’s studio was a long-shot, night view looking out over the city of Ithaca from a stone patio on Ithaca’s University Avenue. (I’ve actually been at that location in the real world.) The light seemed to glow softly off the canvas as if Brian had sneakily lit the canvas with real lights from behind. For some reason, I found this painting especially compelling. (Note to Brian: I’d like to buy that one, if I could afford it.) And so, in conclusion, I couldn’t recommend this show highly enough. If the Art-Loving Reader can make it out to the North Star Gallery, I think he or she will find the experience richly rewarding. Or, if not, it would be worth viewing the paintings on-line at the gallery’s website. Kurt Vonnegut wrote: “The function of the artist is to make people like life better than they have before.” I think Brian Keeler’s marvelous paintings will more than serve that function.

North Star Art Gallery Brian Keeler’s exhibition, Modern Mythological Manifestations, will run Nov. and Dec. 2021 at the North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850. The gallery is open Friday-Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Phone: (607) 323-7684. Visit www. northstarartgallery.com for more information.


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addy Walsh grew up in a musical family in the Freeville-Dryden area. Her father was a teacher and musician who played out and made records. When she finished grad school in California and returned to Ithaca in 2009, Walsh started The Blind Spots, and they’ve been recording, touring and making music videos since. When the pandemic hit and The Blind Spots were paused, Walsh and her partner, co-writer and guitarist Mike Suave recorded her first solo album, “Humanmade Thing.” She put together a band pulled from the best players in the Ithaca scene for an album release concert at the Hangar Theatre on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Walsh spoke to the Ithaca Times about COVID delays, the new album and discovering songwriting. Maddy Walsh: I had recorded “Humanmade Thing,” which is what we’re finally releasing, so these songs were written prior to the pandemic, but are still brand-new to the world. [laughs]. It was important to us to release ‘em to a live audience, so we’ve been waiting. Ithaca Times: We all got shut down, whatever we were doing. MW: Yeah. Yup. It’s been crazy. And it’s nice to see people jumping on tour again and getting out there, but there’s varying degrees of safety involved, and members of the band feel differently about what actually is safe, and I think in general, there’s just been, like, this zoom-out: people were forced to zoom out and look down at their lives and figure out what was working and what wasn’t. And I think a lot of that is really positive. I’ve had friends completely shift gears and leave marriages and move across the country, start new businesses, go to rehab. I’ve just watched people do all of these incredibly bold things, these incredibly bold shifts in their lives, because I think we were all just kind of going with the flow for a long time, and maybe

running at a semi-unsustainable pace, too. So, for a lot of us, when everything was put on pause, a lot of people re-evaluated, and I think a lot of positive things [happened]. Because I think the negatives of the pandemic are pretty obvious, and we don’t even have to talk about it, but there actually have been a lot of silver linings, and so I say all that just because The Blind Spots are not ready to start touring again, and we probably won’t reconvene fully until next spring, which was good timing for the solo record. IT: You have a murderer’s row of Ithaca music talent on “Humanmade Thing.” I assume that came about from touring and meeting other musicians? MW: It’s such a close-knit musical community in Ithaca. So all these people are friends. We’ve been playing in bands, I’ve been playing on the same bills at festivals and downtown summer music concert series for so long. So, I kinda just thought, like, what would my dream team be, if I were able to assemble the dreamiest team band of musicians [laughs], people that I admire and would love to work with? I’d not worked with lots of these people before, but I know their musicianship, and they are all friends. The line-up for the Hangar show is me and Mike Suave, Jennifer Middaugh from The Sim Redmond Band on vocals, Michael Wu from The Gunpoets on bass, Divas Gurung from Ayurveda, Photoreal and The Rungs on guitar, Sam Lupowitz from Noon Fifteen on keyboards, Bronwen Exter on vocals, and drummer Sam Fishman from Driftwood. And so, I just kinda asked who would be willing to do what. And luckily, everybody said yes. So that’s kinda how we landed this group. And I’m just thrilled. It’s also like a funny blind date situation, ‘cause you don’t really know… you could assemble all these great players, but the chemistry might not be there [laughs] when you actually get in the room. But luckily, it totally was, and the rehearsals have just been really exciting. Everybody comes so prepared, they know the material, and everyone was just adding so much. For me as a female vocalist, having two backing singers is totally a dream come true [laughs]. They’re doing just a beautiful job. IT: It’s so great playing a new song for another musician because of what their instincts tell them to play. MW: For this band, I sent all the material out a month or more before our first rehearsal together, and so the way the

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I see London, I see France

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tunned. Gobsmacked. Speechless. That’s how I was left, pondering the latest films from two distinctive filmmakers.

In Edgar Wright’s first out-and-out horror movie “Last Night in Soho” (Focus Features-Film4-Perfect World-Working Title-Complete Fiction, 2021, 116 min.),

Thomasin McKenzie plays a ‘60s-obsessed girl who goes to London to study fashion design. Her roommates are horrid, so she rents a room in the Soho neighborhood, and finds herself time-tripping back to 1966 Soho, the time of “Waterloo Sunset” and James Bond movies that knew how to be fun. McKenzie finds herself somehow linked to an aspiring performer (Anya Taylor-Joy), and the fun nights frugging to Chad and Jeremy turn tragic as McKenzie becomes convinced that something horrible happened way back when… This is full-blooded, darkly romantic stuff that draws from Italian Giallo and Hammer horror in the best ways. Wright has always been a very kinetic and meticulous director of comedy, and he’s

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one of the few comedy directors whose cinematography and editing are so much a part of his comedic timing. Now applying that same visual imagination to the horror genre, he’s made something really scary and stylish that couldn’t have been made by anyone else. There’s a great deal of impressive mirror work that threads through the whole film. “Last Night in Soho” is an odd duck in that it’s ultimately anti-nostalgic — don’t dwell on the past — while still being nostalgic. Wright is such a film fan that he lovingly casts key roles with ‘60s icons like Terence Stamp, Margaret Nolan and Diana Rigg in her final performance. ● ● ●

Anthology films don’t tend to be financially successful, but Wes Anderson’s typically quirky and delightful deadpan comedy “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight-Indian Paintbrush-American Empirical Pictures, 2021, 103 min.) figures out a way to Trojan horse a compendium picture into theaters. And here in Ithaca at Cinemapolis, a Wes Anderson movie gets people back into theaters. Seeing “The French Dispatch” there on opening weekend was like seeing the latest chapter in the MCU. The framework is deceptively simple: we are in on the layout of the last issue of the title magazine, and the individual stories — a cycling tour of a French village named Ennui-sur-Blasé, a mad work of art, a kidnapping — are all played out for us. It’s a love letter to editors, journalists and magazine staffers. The segmented nature of the narrative welcomes stylistic flourishes like black and white scenes and animation. By now, Wes Anderson’s movies are a unique brand unto themselves. And certainly by now, you know if you think Anderson is a genius or insufferably twee. (Aside from “The Darjeeling Limited” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” I’m an Anderson fan, and have been since his 1996 debut, “Bottle Rocket.”) You know what you’re getting as sure as if you were seeing a Tim Burton or Michael Bay film. It’s all here: the formalism of the titles, the symmetrical design, the insanely intricate attention to every set, prop and costume. “The French Dispatch” may have the most ridiculously stacked cast of all time. The main players include Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Benicio del Toro, Jeffery Wright, Owen Wilson and Frances McDormand for starters, and the cameos and day players are all A-list stars and veterans like Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton and Willem Dafoe. Everywhere you look in “The French Dispatch,” the design and the star power rattle the roof. RIP Peter Scolari (“That Thing You Do!” “The Polar Express”)

Regal/Cinemapolis “Last Night in Soho” is playing at the Regal Cinemas at the mall. “The French Dispatch” is playing at Cinemapolis.


Books

Q&A: Heidi Boghosian

The attorney and activist talks about her new book and how to protect yourself in a data-driven world. By G. M . Bur n s

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or years, attorney and activist Heidi Boghosian has fought to protect American civil liberties as the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association. Now as the executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, Boghosian works to oversee the legal defense of people targeted by the government. She is also one of the co-hosts of the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder, which airs on WRFI here in Ithaca. But in Boghosian’s new book titled “I Have Nothing to Hide, And Twenty Other Myths About Surveillance and Privacy,” she addresses the growing problems that many Americans face as their privacy and their civil liberties are steadily taken away and what can be done to safeguard and reverse the trend. Ithaca Times: Your book “I Have Nothing to Hide, And Twenty Other Myths About Surveillance and Privacy” lays out some alarming cases over time when it comes to trampling on individual privacy by corporations and the U.S. government. You cite the common myth that if I have nothing to hide why should I mind who sees what I write, read, or buy online? Can you give one or two cases that would address this issue? Heidi Boghosian: Everyone has something to hide, whether it’s from family members, friends, or at times even the government. At issue is if, how, and when we may elect to share personal information. Two students at the University of Texas made every effort to keep private their sexual identities from their parents. Despite their precautions, Bobbi Duncan and Taylor McCormick were outed on Facebook — even though they had set their privacy functions to prevent this — after a classmate added them to a group for gay choir members. Friends can add others to Facebook Groups without their permission or approval, and newsfeeds are then shared with online friends. The move was devastating to both young persons: Duncan because she didn’t want her father to learn she was a lesbian and McCormick because he came from a family who belonged to a fundamentalist church, and

he’d kept his preferences from his father. Both lost control over their ability to divulge information when and if they chose to. Another instance involves journalists and whistleblowers who need to share information in the public interest. Without protections for confidential sources, we see retaliation and sometimes harsh prosecutions. Society loses out in several ways — government employees are reluctant to come forward with reports of fraud, abuse, or waste, and journalists feel less secure in undertaking investigations and reporting critical stories. In a larger sense, it stifles creativity and dissent because knowing we’re being monitored breeds conformity. IT: Talk about what the role our government has had in reversing the legal protections Americans have long expected when it comes to an individual right to privacy? HB: Since the advent of the electronic age, governmental agencies have failed to enact adequate legal protections to protect Americans’ privacy. That’s largely due to lawmakers’ digital illiteracy — they can’t craft effective laws that keep abreast of rapidly changing technology if they don’t know the ABCs of our connected world. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 amended a 1984 computer fraud law, and prosecutors have been misusing it for years. They use it as a cudgel against young hackers who outsmart their weak security systems to make a “tough on cyber crime” statement, without listening to explanations of how their systems were vulnerable in order to fix them. Courts have failed to enforce anti-trust laws against big tech, or hold corporate profiteers accountable for reckless data aggregation and marketing practices. Such failure to act has allowed Big Tech to stake a claim to, and profit handsomely from, the nation’s personal data. IT: What are some of the ways other corporations shadow people on the web while controlling what they read and see? And how does the profit motive seem to take center stage over public safety and personal privacy when it comes to the web?

HB: Online tracking and behavioral advertising gathers raw personal data and then refines it, through marketing profiles, into a valuable commodity akin to refined oil for much of corporate America. Crossdevice tracking — that’s when marketers, platforms and advertising companies connect our activities over many devices, from smartphones to desktops — affords a more in-depth analysis of our behaviors. Algorithms control what we read or see, and more consequential life choices. For example, algorithms help in decisions about whether to accept applicants to rent an apartment. Background check software creates tenant profile(s) relied on by landlords in deciding who to give a lease to. The problem is, as with any online data, these reports may compile faulty data that then has a detrimental impact on the decision. Confusing someone with another person with a similar name, who may have bad credit, is a common problem. These background checks are frequently not checked by a human being. Clinical algorithms in the healthcare field can inject bias in decisions about access to and quality of care, especially for minority communities and persons who are economically disadvantaged. Predictive admissions algorithms are used in many schools to assign applicants a score out of 100 in terms of how strong a match they are for the institution. The score factors in home address (which can lead to discrimination based on the neighborhood), transcripts, test scores, what websites they’ve visited.

IT: Facebook has been in the news and the Washington Post recently ran an article on how to leave Facebook. However the problem seems to be that 70% of Americans are on Facebook and leaving it is next to impossible by design because so many are invested in it with their photos of friends or family. And talk about the “like” and “follow” buttons, and how the buttons overshadow a user without a person fully knowing their privacy is being shredded? Do you have any suggestions on leaving Facebook and joining other sites that do a better job of protecting its user’s privacy? HB: In addition to an attachment to friends and family through Facebook, there’s more glue keeping many users hooked. Facebook runs other highly popular and engaging social media platforms, such as Instagram and WhatsApp. So if someone wants to permanently divest from Facebook they should consider making a clean break from the entire family. Also, merely closing your account doesn’t retract all the information you’ve posted. Posts to Facebook Groups will remain visible unless you delete all of them before closing your account(s), as will messages sent to friends. That can be time consuming and requires, for many, a month or two of deletions.

For the full interview, visit Ithaca.com

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Coming Soon Hitchcock Mania 4 films including new restoration of North by Northwest! Classics Bicycle Thieves, Fantastic Planet, Daughters of the Dust, La Piscine, The American Friend Experimental earthearthearth w/filmmaker Daichi Saito Just Added Titane, The Rescue, David Byrne’s American Utopia

Silent Film/Live Music A Fool There Was (1915) Starring Theda Bara, film’s original vamp, with live score for chamber ensemble by Philip Carli

Sat Nov 13 at 7:15

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Percussion Ensemble at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/9 Tuesday PaceSetter’s Luncheon | 12 p.m. | Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave Junior Recital: Kam’ren Spence, tenor at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Music Bars/Bands/Clubs

11/6 Saturday

Senior Recital: Allison Quade, violin at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, Ford Hall Junior Recital: Alice DeRagon, jazz tenor saxophone at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 9 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Live Music feat. Briana Horton | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road

11/6 Saturday

11/9 Tuesday

Junior Recital: Anna Damigella, trumpet at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 1 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Tuesday Bluesday | 6 p.m. | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd

Elective Recital: Olivia Hutchings, violin at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 1 p.m. Senior Recital: Maria Vincelette, clarinet at Ford Hall | 2 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Graduate Recital: Comfort Smith, violin at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 3 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Elective Recital: Tiffany Hotte, violin and Mahum Qureshi, viola at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 4:30 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Concerts/Recitals

11/7 Sunday

11/3 Wednesday

Stephanie Monteiro, soprano at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 2 p.m. Senior Recital: Emma Dwyer, clarinet at Ford Hall | 3 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Thomas Feng and Richard Valitutto, piano: CU Music | 3 p.m. | Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | Free Junior Recital: Landon Locke, oboe at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 4 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Schola Cantorum of Syracuse | 4 p.m. | St. Luke Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Avenue Senior Recital: Angelique Scully, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center SHOVELS & ROPE | 8 p.m. | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd.

Elective Recital: Andrea Morokutti, piano | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, at Nabenhauer Recital Room Samantha Fish | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

11/4 Thursday An Evening with Keller Williams | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St Senior Recital: Ratewenniio George, percussion at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, Ford Hall Saxophone Studio Recital at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/5 Friday MADDY WALSH ALBUM RELEASE SHOW SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH, 8:00PM

Hangar Theater, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | The Blind Spots’ lead singer and songwriter is releasing her first solo record with an eight-piece band built of musicians from several beloved regional groups. Members of The Gun-

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Wade with Molly & the Ringwalds | 6 p.m. | Rose Hall, 64 Main Street Junior Recital: Julian Sanita, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Andrew Zhou, piano: CU Music | 8 p.m. | Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | Free

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Binghamton Community Orchestra Fall Concert | 7 p.m. | MaineEndwell Middle School Auditorium, 1119 Farm-to-Market Road Wynton Marsalis and the Cornell Wind Symphony | 7 p.m. | Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave | Free A Band Called Honalee | 7:30 p.m. | CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street Maddy Walsh Album Release | 8 p.m. | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/8 Monday String-Piano Chamber Music at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

GALLERY NIGHT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 5:00PM

Downtown Ithaca & Beyond | The monthly event includes numerous offerings this Friday with exhibits happening at all the usual downtown spots, but also including some new ones like Sew Green’s Denim Dreams Fashion & Art Show (pictured) and farther out locales such as The Gallery at South Hill and Grayhaven Motel. (Photo: Provided)

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11/10 Wednesday NYS Baroque: The Panther & the Rose | 7:30 p.m. | First Unitarian Universalist Society of Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St | Free

11/11 Thursday Flute Ensemble at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Graduate Lecture/Recital: Gabriel Leardi, trombone at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 8:30 p.m.

11/12 Friday Ithaca Music Forum: Phil Ewell: White Stories, Black Histories, and Desegregating the Music Curriculum at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 6 p.m., N.Y. (Robert Trent Jones GC) Junior Recital: Eden Treado, bassoon at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center CONCERT: The Lone Bellow | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St Jazz at the Mill, The Music of Claude Bolling in Concert | 8 p.m. | Cider Mill Stage, 2 Nanticoke Ave Trombone Troupe at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/13 Saturday Junior Recital: Sophie Denton, mezzo-soprano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd Walter Trout | 8 p.m. | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd.

11/14 Sunday Tuba-Euphonium Day Artist Recital at Ford Hall | 10:30 a.m. Junior Recital: Raelene Ford, oboe at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 1 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Junior Recital: Zoe-Marie Fuentes, voice at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 3 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Jazz Vocal Ensemble at Ford Hall | 4 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Tuba-Euphonium Day Ensemble Concert at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 5 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd Trumpet Studio of Aaron Witek at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Senior Recital: Jennie Davis, cello at Ford Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/15 Monday Piano-Instrumental Duos at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Trumpet Ensemble at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/16 Tuesday Piano Vocal Duos at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Concert Band at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/17 Wednesday Woodwind Chamber Music at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Stage Brave Space | 7 p.m., 11/3 Wednesday | Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street | A puddle of fabric grows to envelope the audience in a world of wondrous circus performed under a blanket fort as we build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. | $25.00

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY

OPENS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 8:00PM. RUNS THROUGH 11/21, WEDNESDAYS -SUNDAYS

Kitchen Theatre, 417 West State Ithaca | 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. (Photo: Provided)


a monthly community celebration of the latest art showings taking place in and around Downtown Ithaca. The Gallery at South Hill Exhibit of works by Sidney Piburn | 12 p.m., 11/6 Saturday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | The Gallery at South Hill exhibit of drawings and paintings by Sidney Piburn. Please use back entrance. | Free Paint and Sip Cable Spool Clock | 1 p.m., 11/7 Sunday | Owego Street Makery, 95 Owego Street | Have you ever seen those huge rustic wall clocks and just fallen in LOVE??

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The Thanksgiving Play at Kitchen Theatre Company at Kitchen Theatre Company | 7:30 p.m., 11/3 Wednesday | THE THANKSGIVING PLAY WRITTEN BY LARISSA FASTHORSE NOVEMBER 2- NOVEMBER 21, 2021 How does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time? ArtsConnect 2021 at Online | 11 a.m., 11/9 Tuesday | Career Services in coordination with the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts invites you to our 2021 ArtsConnect Mini-Fair. La Piscine at Willard Straight Theatre | 7 a.m., 11/11 Thursday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | 1969 \> France \> Directed by Jacques Deray With Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) and Marianne (Romy Schneider) indulge in their passion for Psycho | 9:40 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | The most financially successful picture ever directed by the Master of Suspense, Psycho redefined the psychological horror and suspense genres. Annette at Willard Straight Theatre | 9:40 a.m., 11/12 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | 2021 \> France/USA \> Directed by Leos Carax

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With Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg The latest film from Leos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge, Holy Motors) is a Sparks-penned musical Annette | 9:40 p.m., 11/12 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | The latest film from Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge , Holy Motors ) is a Sparks-penned musical starring Adam Driver as a provocateur standup comic and Marion Cotillard as his lover, a Friends! The Musical Parody | 7 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | | $25.00 $45.00 Fire Will Come | 7 p.m., 11/16 Tuesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Oliver Laxe’s third feature brings us to his ancestral home of Galicia. The American Friend | 7 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Dennis Hopper stars as Tom Ripley in this adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel Ripley’s Game . Mr.

Art BEFORE IT’S GONE, Views of a World in Flux at State Of The Art Gallery | 12 p.m., 11/4 Thursday | “BEFORE IT’S GONE, Views of a World in Flux,” is a two-person show of work

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by Jay Hart and Ed Brothers in both galleries at State of the Art. 21st Mini Print International Exhibit | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | The Ink Shop, 330 E. MLK/State St | The 21st Mini Print International is a juried exhibition of prints no larger than 4”x4”. The Gallery at South Hill exhibit by Sidney Piburn | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | he Gallery at South Hill exhibit of paintings and drawings by Sidney Piburn. Open Fridays from 5-8pm, an Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm. Please use back entrance. | Free Gallery Night @ Grayhaven Motel | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Grayhaven Motel, 657 Elmira Rd. | Sign On The Road. Illustrations by Phil Ashworth. Join us for an opening reception at Grayhaven Motel Friday, November 6th, from 5-8pm. | Free Denim Dreams Art & Fashion Show at SewGreen | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | SewGreen, 112 N Cayuga St | Wearable denim art by local artists and craftspeople, fashion show at 6:30 pm. | Free Gallery Night @ Grayhaven Motel at Grayhaven Motel | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Sign On The Road. Illustrations by Phil Ashworth.

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The 21st Mini Print International at The Ink Shop at Ink Shop Studio Gallery | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | The 21st Mini Print International is a juried exhibition of prints no larger than 4”x4”. Art of Wampum - Exhibit Opening Lecture w/ Rich Hamell at CAP ArtSpace | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | WHEN: Friday November 5th, 5:30pm - First Friday Gallery Night 11/5 - Lecture - 5:30-6:15 - Open Gallery 6:15-8pm Exhibit will be on display thorugh the end of November 2021 WHERE: CAP Denim Dreams Art & Fashion Show at SewGreen at SewGreen | 5 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Wearable art by local artists and craftspeople, including SewGreen staffers. Anne Lahr Art Reception | 6 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Historical Seneca County Courthouse Complex (Three Bears), 7175 North Main Street | Anne Lahr is our Featured Artist for November at the Three Bears Complex. There will be a reception and introduction of the Artist on Friday, November 5th at 6pm. Anne’s display will be in Papa Bear’s Gallery from November 5th to November 30th. Join us for one or both of these events! | Free Gallery Night Ithaca - Every First Friday of the month | 11/5 Friday | Virtual | First Friday Gallery Night is

Bicycle Thieves | 7:15 p.m., 11/3 Wednesday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | This classic of Italian post-War neo-realism is a devastating story of a poor married man, his son, and the bicycle which provides their livelihood. Just when the family acquires a long-sought-after job, the bicycle, which is necessary for the job, is stolen. Subtitled. 2nd Screening 11/6, 7:15pm North by Current | 7 p.m., 11/4 Thursday | Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall | w/ filmmaker Madsen Minax via Zoom. This rural Michiganset documentary is an evocative, deeply felt almost essay-like work that tells the story of the director’s rural hometown, a city seemingly destroyed by the ever-present opioid crisis. Fantastic Planet | 9:30 p.m., 11/4 Thursday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. Subtitled. 2nd screening 11/6 at 9:15pm earthearthearth & more | 7 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | An otherworldly journey through the Andes mountains in Chile, which had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year. Dead Guy: Killing Music | 8 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | One night only! This authorized documentary chronicles the short-lived career of the band Deadguy and their seminal hardcore album “Fixation on a Coworker”.

Featuring never before seen pictures and videos. Includes interviews with every member of the band and industry peers. The Birds | 9:15 p.m., 11/5 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | A Hitchcock classic of a small town on the California coast that is inexplicably besieged by vast flocks of birds that appear bent on eliminating the human race by pecking it to death. Screening again Sunday, 11/7 at 7:15pm Spencer | 11/5 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Beans | 11/5 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | 12-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and delinquent adolescence; forced to grow up fast to become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Indigenous uprising known as The Oka Crisis, which tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990. This is Not a War Story | 7 p.m., 11/6 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | ONE NIGHT ONLY.Featuring Q & A w/ director Talia Lugacy and local Veterans Nate Lewis, Kevin Basl, and Everett Cox. Filmed in and around Ithaca. A group of combat veterans are kept together by their anti-war art, poetry and papermaking. Mass | 11/6 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents (Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd) agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward. Daughters of the Dust | 7 p.m., 11/10 Wednesday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Julie Dash took the culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands as the subject for her first feature film and crafted it into a lyrical portrayal of the Gullah culture and a unique dramatization of the sensibilities of African-American women.

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Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave. Cornell Campus | Cornell welcomes Pulitzer and Grammy-winning artist Wynton Marsalis as A.D. White Professor-at-Large. The Cornell Wind Symphony, along with Marsalis and his rhythm section, perform a wide-ranging program including ragtime, blues, and jazz. (Photo: Provided)

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