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thaca’s been thinking big about its housing problems, eyeing skyline-makers that can house hundreds to make the city denser and increase the tax base. But the Planning Division’s 2018 agenda indicates the city could be looking smaller to boost the effort. The backbone of Ithaca’s housing fight has been projects building upwards, like Harold’s Square on the Commons or City Centre at the Trebloc site on State Street. The Planning Division’s report, though, distributed at a January 10 meeting shows the city may be looking to use what little developable land it has left to deploy smaller, more creative options ranging from tiny houses (usually less than 1,000 square feet) to repurposed school buses, though the idea is still in its infancy and would need approval to get around New York State’s building codes. “Address the affordable housing shortage, in part, by revising zoning and building codes to allow alternate housing types in the City such as Tiny Houses, Shipping Container Homes, converted buses, etc.,” the report states. The agenda also includes a potential renewed push for inclusionary or incentivized zoning, which has been floated before to induce more affordable housing construction, though its effectiveness has sometimes been shaky when employed elsewhere, having a chilling effect on all housing construction which is about the last thing some Ithacans would want. Some area developers, like Buzz Dolph of Tiny Timbers and Bruno Schickel of Schickel Construction, both of whom build small homes, doubt this aspiration of the Planning Department will ever come to fruition. Dolph argued that the road to approval for things like building permits is too burdensome now, in both time and money, to truly attract more outside developers in any meaningful quantity, combined with an uneasy public. Those factors are far more restrictive and culpable for the housing issues than whether or not the city embraces things like shipping container housing, they said, and the impact those have negatively impacts Dolph and Schickel both used the

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class of fourth and fifth graders smashed grapes, sliced apples and chose peace, all while dancing and singing, Friday morning at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in an event meant to emphasize diversity and healing. The program, called Music for Unity and Social Change, was co-taught by teachers Elisa Sciscioli, who wrote the bulk of the program and Harmony Malone, recruited by Sciscioli to help present the material and keep the kids energized. The class combined learning experiences in and out of the classroom, and culminated in the performance last week, which comes as the Ithaca City School District’s f lagship high school faces race questions of its own. Parents watched beaming as their children showed off their dance moves (the aforementioned fruitrelated actions) and sang songs including lyrics about stopping to think about actions and walking together through life. “They’re never too young to learn about who they are and

their identity,” Malone said. “There’s a way to deliver these messages, and the conversation is extremely important to have with children.” After the performance, students said they had enjoyed the experience and liked the creative learning opportunity. From their answers, it seems they were able to grasp the point of the class as well. “It shows younger kids that people can be different and to embrace that,” Issei, a fourth grader, said. The students attended three sessions, dealing with respect of self, others, community and the environment. Those lessons entailed a fairly broad breadth of education that ranged from hard history lessons about the country’s past to an introduction to musical instruments and dances from African cultures. Coincidentally, the concert comes at a turbulent time across ICSD, which finds itself grappling with a larger race conversation after controversy erupted

T a k e ▶ Ladysmith Black Mambazo the Grammywinning band from South Africa, will be coming to the State Theatre Thursday. The group, which has been together in some form since the 1960s, has added cultural education to their performance and promises to be an interesting show as South Africa endures a record-setting drought.

The adult cast, on stage at BJM last Friday. (Photo Provided)

over a planned Hunchback of Notre Dame performance at Ithaca High School. Eventually, the school cancelled the performance and it is being replaced by another production. “The people taking a stand in the theater program are creating a great movement,” Malone said. “In the past we’ve never addressed the issue of race in regards to having black-conscious individuals in positions of power at ICSD.” Sciscioli said the performance fits nicely with a sentiment that was oft-mentioned by people close to that incident, particularly by Southside Community Center Executive Director Nia Nunn: that race education needs to start earlier and appear more frequently in school curriculum, so students can identify and have the confidence to address inequities when they find them throughout life. “Social change is important, and it starts with the youth,” Malone said. –Matt Butler

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his past Sunday evening, people lined up outside of Bailey Hall at Cornell University in icy weather that reached dow n to a w ind chill of 22 deg rees. T he news t hat Trana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo Movement was going to talk spread swiftly, and tickets at Cornell went rapidly for the 1,200 seat venue. Many came in pairs to hear her, such as Winston and Lindsay Black. “I was interested in what the speaker had to say. I wanted to get some practical advice to move the movement forward,” said Winston. And Lindsay Black said she was “motivated to hear her talk and really excited to hear her story.” More than 1,000 people in the audience waited for Burke to speak. Camille Ledoux, a student at Cornell University, thought “it’s exciting because so many people want to talk about the movement and make a charge. It’s good that that people want to be the change makers.” Burke spoke about what made her “not an activist,” she said, but an organizer wanting to make change. At 14, she joined the 21st Century Skills Movement Organization, a movement that would help her bring the change she wanted to see in herself and in

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words “joke” and “unrealistic” to describe the proposal. Looking at the fight over projects like 210 Hancock Street is informative in this case, Dolph said, as an indicator of the NIMBYism that is likely to arise if anything tangible is proposed. Ithacans were either fearful that a large, well-designed affordable housing project would negatively impact their property values, or that the neighborhood fit wouldn’t work. What would the reaction be if someone tried to plop a shipping container down the street then? Sean Gannon, a former Common C ou nc i l c a nd id ate w it h decades of small housing experience, just returned from several weeks around the country touring how other communities handle tiny r u a r y 7 – 1 3 , 2 0 1 8


the community where she lived. Later, as a student at Auburn University, she began her work on racial injustice and against sexual harassment when it “wasn’t a big topic, to be honest,” she said. Over the past 25 years, Burke has focused her time and efforts to social justice work. She worked to help young women of color who had survived sexual assault and abuse. And as founder and director of the Just Be Inc, and senior director of Girls for Gender Equity, Burke’s aim has been to empower you ng women of color from being exploited in schools, churches, and at work. Burke a lso said during her talk, that the people in need lack the resources, class status, or even the acceptable skin color to have their stories told. And “in the whole history of the world and sexual violence in this country we have been talking about this for four months,” she told her audience to expand the scope of #MeToo beyond sexual harassment to public and also private house building. This, plus his experience, led him to the conclusion that they are not a “reasonable solution to increasing housing availability in a sustainable manner.” While they may work for individuals, they don’t pass muster as a more general fix. The city’s Planning Director JoAnn Cornish said she understands the skepticism and agreed that certain changes to the building process would be beneficial, as Schickel also said he wouldn’t build in the city because he didn’t think the hassle was worth it. His Boiceville Cottages development in Caroline is one of the more notable small-house developments in Tompkins County, holding over 100 free-standing cottage units, with some others attached, all that fall between 650 and 1,050 square feet per unit.

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places. Burke’s hope is to have more organizations such as Just Be, and whether it’s online or offline, the aim of the #MeToo Movement is to have community healing on a wider scale around the globe. And she added that the intent of the “#MeToo is not just about taking down powerful men. This is not just a movement for women – more specifically, for famous, white cisgender women.” Burke continued to speak and as she ended her talk, she insisted t hat a l l women a nd men who are in need should be listened to from the heart and should feel safe enough to tell their stories without retribution of any kind, because the #MeToo Movement will continue to grow and it will not go away. “We need to keep telling our stories,” Burke concluded. - G.M. Burns

“There’s no question about it,” Schickel said. “They have a very complex regulatory environment that has a negative impact, it drives up housing costs and it drives down supply [...] I wouldn’t, I just don’t think it’s a good fit for me.” She said while opinions vary on the efficacy of outside-the-box solutions like shipping-container houses, it could help address a less discussed housing gap: workforce housing, which wouldn’t necessarily qualify as “affordable housing” per se, but is meant for people with income but not enough to afford otherwise acceptable housing near their workplace. In particular, Cornish said attracting the commuter population that travels to work in Ithaca but lives elsewhere due to prices could be one of the effects. She said perhaps building multiple small homes, actual house

ompkins County and Ithaca City officials met for the first time last week to begin discussions on ways to improve traffic flows in the most heavily congested stretches of New York State Route 13. The group will likely study three distinct segments of the highway – the stretch running through the Village of Dryden to the juncture of Route 366, the route running through downtown Ithaca, and the stretch from Ithaca’s Southwest out toward Newfield – to prioritize each individual section based on use. Notably, the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County sees a large number of commuters arriving to work from outside the county (25.6 percent, according to the most recent American Community Survey), and can tend to compound in large traffic jams on overburdened thoroughfares through the city. Solving traffic congestion issues aren’t an exact science. To address the problem, Frechette said, a comprehensive understanding of Route 13 and the roads that lead to it must first be established. There are a number of intangible factors to weigh as well. The city, in recent years, has been working toward less carcentric, more walkable development emphasizing density over parking requirements and more development will stress things further. The study will likely take several years. structures and not repurposing anything, on a single parcel could be an interesting alternative to large apartment buildings. That way, they could still advance the city’s density goals while simultaneously fitting in more appropriately with a neighborhood, avoiding some of the public fights that kind of development has caused. Still, she was non-committal about the plan, and emphasized that it’s only an interest now, not a committed plan. “Maybe the time is right to introduce some of this,” she said. “If demand increases, I think there would be support for exploring some of these options. [...] It’s worth exploring, I don’t know how practical it is but I think it’s worth trying to see if we can make some of these work.” –Matt Butler

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Bringing Death Back Into The Mainstream


f all the inevitabilities we have in life, it seems odd that we as a society are so reluctant to talk about the one that catches up to all of us at some point: our own death. Relegated to the realm of the morbid than the mundane, the act of dying is a common one for all of us and, at one point, was even accepted as a fact of life that followed us everywhere. The nature of how we deal with

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or ne l l Un i ve r s it y a nd Ithaca College play host to a combined student body of 27,400 during the semester — that is, 27,400 emerging professionals with only a few years before they earn their degree. This immense asset remains a well of untapped potential for Tompkins County’s workforce, since more than nine out of every 10 students from these institutions relocate elsewhere following graduation, according to their latest institutional research. But that’s not all: over the last couple decades, the age distribution of local workers has shifted upward, as reported by the county’s committee for development

Karen Brown, Teri Reinemann and Elizabeth Bergman. (Photo: Casey Martin)

the end of our lives has experienced a fundamental shift, far removed from a time where war, unsophisticated medical practices and a world before vaccination made death a permeating influence across all generations, rather than among the elderly. But as technology and medicine have evolved, generations of Americans have grown to see death as something to put off until tomorrow and the promise

of a long life, as something guaranteed, and not worth taking on immediately. The faculty of Ithaca College’s Gerontology Institute want to change that. E st abl ished i n 1992 , t he Institute serves as a campus and community resource to promote and support research, community education, and community service activities for the aging. And one of their specialties is end of life care.

and environmental quality; in other words, Tompkins County is due for larger hits to its workforce as more seniors retire and younger generations aren’t there to hold up the expanding economy. But for many graduates, the cost of living puts Ithaca out of the question. Other graduates secure better career opportunities in larger metropolitan areas, viewing Ithaca as nothing more than a college town. This major exodus of young professionals makes for a depleted and transient workforce, prompting ongoing efforts from the city and local nonprofit organizations to tap into this unrealized personnel resource. The biggest factor driving young people to relocate after graduation is arguably the county’s exorbitant housing costs, according to Deb Mohlenhoff, a member of Ithaca’s Common Council. With a median housing cost of $205,400, living in Tompkins County is unaffordable for many young professionals who she said would otherwise prefer to stay local. “Affordable housing gets a mis-

nomer sometimes where people are looking at it as a welfare program or benefits,” Mohlenhoff said. “We’re talking like, you’re a knew professional, you just graduated college but you literally cannot find housing that you can afford.” To put this in context, graduates who stay in upstate New York most commonly move to Syracuse and Rochester, where the median housing prices are $86,000 and $86,300, respectively, according to the latest reporting from Zillow, a national real estate firm. But by a wide margin, Tompkins County loses the most graduates to New York City, which doesn’t boast particularly cheap housing for recent college graduates. However, it offers an array of employment opportunities and professional networks, far surpassing those of Tompkins County. “Having the transient population leads to some of those issues of recruitment for business and retention,” said Dominick Recckio, member relation manager at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a bit of

For years, the Institute’s faculty has recognized the changing trends around death and dying, from medical policy to the sociological nuances of how we cope with death. And in that time, they noticed something wa s broken i n ou r moder n healthcare system. Through our expectation of a long life and our ability to stave off death artificially, a certain medicalization of end-of-life care has taken place, ending the days of homeopathic care and a doctor being but a piece of one’s final days. It was not too long ago in human history, notes professor Teri Reinemann, when doctors could barely keep us breathing if it was our time to go. But today, the timeline of one’s death can be prolonged indefinitely, and while one can live much longer should they desire it, Reinemann said our ability to live longer might lead us away from the choice of dying with dignity, and leaving this world peacefully and on one’s own terms. This spring, Reinema nn, along with colleagues Karen Brown and Elizabeth Bergman, will be trying to reframe the conversation with a number of events intended to not only to make an immediate difference in our perception of end of life care, but to help turn our cultural understanding of death continued on page 10

brain-drain that comes with it. Students come in but then they leave for other places and that’s great, but it does lead to a kind of brain-drain where we’re losing so much talent.” Ryan McCune, head of marketing at Renovus Solar, said Ithaca companies could do more to reach out to students and young professionals to combat its reputation of a transitory town. “While we have incredible cultural and professional resources for a community our size, we haven’t always done a great job of selling them,” McCune said in an email. Local businesses with the most success in recruiting and retaining young professionals offer them stand out employment and are well networked with their colleges. For example, Advanced Design Consulting USA Inc., founded in 1995 by Cornell alumnus Alex Deyhim, manufactures technical equipment for clients like NASA. The company regularly recruits Cornellians, who make up

Ups&Downs ▶ Tuesday’s Stop Criminalizing Our People Rally Better late than never, as they always say. Regardless of size of attendance or participation, it was good to see some follow-through from the community after the rash of ICE infiltration since 2018 started. Bonus thumbs-up goes to the Philadelphia Eagles. We did it, guys. We did it. ▶ The Nunes Memo Fiasco for distracting everyone for a brief period of time for the same partisan back and forth we’re all tired of. Congressman Tom Reed came out with a statement supporting its release on Twitter... about ten minutes before its release. So there’s that.

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Heard&Seen ▶ More Sad Commons News The hits keep on coming, as Due Amici has fallen into the Commons graveyard, preceded by a week by Le Commons Bistro and Subway. ▶ Top Stories On Ithaca. com this week are... 1) Local cheerleading “battle” goes viral 2) Dryden Town Supervisor incorrectly printed on Tom Reed mailer 3) Sick of traffic on Route 13? So are Tompkins County officials 4) Parents question ICSD on right not to vaccinate for religious reasons 5) ICSD pursues more transparency from New Roots

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If the city building code allowed it, would you live in a shipping container? Please respond at the Ithaca Times Web site L ast Week ’s Q uestion : H ow do you feel about programs to manage deer populations?

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ongressman Tom Reed’s latest Federal Election Commission filing makes sobering and depressing reading. Of the more than a $1 million dollars that the Congressman raised in the 2017-2018 cycle, a paltry $43,181 came from small donations of less than $200. The list of PACS and businessmen that fuel his campaign coffers reads like a who’s who of powerful corporate interests: Abbott Laboratories, AETNA, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, United Technologies. The list goes on. Tom Reed unapologetically stands with the Trump/Ryan/Koch/Mercer cabal that cynically funnels huge amounts of campaign donations to

Republican candidates in exchange for the dangerous deregulation that

threatens our environment and the safety of our workplace. Legislators like Tom Reed unashamedly make laws that allow the mega-rich to capture more of our national wealth, while defunding our public schools and fracturing our safety net. This corrupt nexus of money and political power explains why Congressman Reed not only neglects his constituents, but also why he actively works to undermine and hurt us. Fabulously rich Republican donors like the Koch Brothers and Mercer family wanted to end Obamacare, so Reed did their bidding. Mr. Reed stood with them, not us, when he voted to deprive 80,000 of his constituents of access to health care, including the one out of three children in the district who depend upon Medicaid for medical care. Earlier this year, Reed again betrayed us, voting for the Tax Bill (for the Rich) that will line the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans’ pockets, while also sending an estimated $14 billion of our New York dollars to Red States. That money could have purchased new school buses for the rural school districts that are the hearts and

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pcoming are two annual celebrations that abut one another on the calendar but are worlds apart otherwise: St. Valentine’s Day, on February 14, and Nirvana Day on the 15th. The first extols desire. The second dismisses it. The first comes from Christian liturgy; the second from Buddhism. The first is well-known in the West; the second in the East, while practically unknown in the West. (Ithaca might be an exception to this, and certainly is in some quarters: the Namgyal Monastery, off Danby Road, is the North American headquarters of the Dalai Lama, and a worldwide center of Buddhist study.) As with many holidays that were once strictly religious, modern society has transformed Valentine’s Day (dropping the “St.”) into a day of secular iconography. This one concerns romantic love: wanting, spending towards, maybe getting it. The day was originally a commemoration of martyrdom. It’s a bit of a step, but not a vast one, from that towards a focus on passion, then towards amorous longing. That direction was taken because, simply put, martyrdom doesn’t sell much chocolate. Today’s Valentine’s Day sells that and much more: cards, flowers, jewelry, perfume, cologne, clothes, meals and nights out. It’s all in the service of love, that fundamental human hankering. It can

b e e ter na l i n nature, or short-term: whatever your aim. Love is a broad spectrum, if a tough target. Meanwhile, utterly in the other direction, Nirvana Day declares that desire is the basis of all suffering, and promotes in its place detachment from things of this world. In fact, Nirvana Day celebrates death, the ultimate detachment. But it is a special death, that of the Buddha, which marked not just the expiry of his physical body, but also his personal parinirvana, or “nirvana after death,” his release from the cycle of rebirth, and passage into a realm of pure, eternal bliss. Not bad. Of course, this aim is a tough target, too. (Let us say even tougher.) Maybe this is a shared trait of the disparate days: their elusive goals. In love, you have to have ardor. Of course, it can also pay to play hard to get. But fire and ice is a difficult mix. Similarly, for release from the cycle of suffering, you have to want it, but isn’t desire the problem in the first place? This is also a tricky scenario. But the two days remain fundamentally different. In the Western way, Valentine’s Day urges you to approach satisfaction and success (in this case in romance) by spending. It’s a business. There’s a buck to be made from it. The price of roses rockets up in February. Candy sales have their best season

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That Compressor Station In Ellis Hollow? It’s Not Healthy.


he Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project recently visited New York State to report on phase one of our New York Environmental Health Study. This study focuses on air exposures and potential health effects resulting from the transmission of natural gas across the state, including the compressor station located at 219 Ellis Hollow Creek Rd. Ithaca, NY. EHP’s work and the work of other researchers shows that industrial sites such as these pose a serious health risk to those living nearby, especially to children, the elderly and individuals with chronic health problems. However, we believe these risks can be substantially mitigated if there is sufficient political will to do so. Compressor station emissions travel

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since Halloween and until Easter, those other once-holy holidays. Next Wednesday will be the busiest weeknight for restaurants all year by far. Even in Ithaca, with its globally significant Buddhist monastery, awareness of Nirvana Day is practically nil, but there are some existential Eastern leanings here around these issues. Materialism is not so rampant in Ithaca. Before I moved here I wouldn’t think of letting Valentine’s Day pass without buying roses, at whatever cost, any year I had someone to give them to. But in Ithaca I learned that holiday roses are fundamentally undesirable because of their bad environmental impact as

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capacity to synergize with multiple chemicals, we strongly recommend that the natural gas industry employ the best available control technology to remove particles and thereby reduce exposures. If emissions are not mitigated, it will fall to residents, schools, daycare centers and others in the path of emissions to understand the health implications of exposure and protect their health by filtering indoor air as best they can, while also monitoring air quality each day to identify days when outdoor activities should be limited.

–Celia Lewis, Research and Communications Specialist & David Brown, Environmental Public Health Scientist Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

A #MeToo Moment At Cornell I have watched the unfolding of the #Me Too movement, greatly saddened, though not at all surprised by the extent of the abuse. As women we are forced to function in a society where girls are still told they are beautiful before they are told they are smart. Women are still objectified, catcalled and sexualized. We are still judged on our appearance and not by what’s in our heads. The #MeToo movement has highlighted sexual assault of women, but what about psychological assault? What about the constant de-valuing of women intellectually and economically? Eleven years ago I had to leave Ithaca because I was denied tenure in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in a brutal psychological game that left me with symptoms similar to that of victims of sexual assault. Like victims of sexual violence I cannot go on the Cornell campus and the mention of Cornell University triggers the internal movies that never go away: the accusations of lying about the cre-

a monocrop raised in remote regions by exploited workers, transported with wasteful burning of much fossil fuel. Not to mention a consumer rip-off, which counts in thrifty Ithaca. Instead, in Ithaca, I found a source of relatively inexpensive local dried flowers that were actually quite lovely (the late, lamented Ludgate’s on Hanshaw Road). I guess there is an ultimate similarity in these two days: they instruct us that reaching out can be rewarding. Just be cool about it - not stupid, desperate, or extreme. Be mindful and humble in what you want, and you might get that and much more.

Stephen P. Burke is a columnist for The Ithaca Times. His column, Ithaca Notes, appears biweekly. dentials, the late night lobbying against me, the feeling of incompetence in spite of receiving a third percentile ranking on my national research grant, the dragging of job candidates through my lab and office to show them where they will have their lab, and the struggle to not break down crying at international meetings when confused colleagues ask me what went wrong. They say that in science a woman has to be twice as good as a man to reap the same rewards. Studies support this: female postdoctoral applicants have to be significantly more productive than a male applicant to be judged as productive as a male applicant suggesting that the systematic underrating of females affects the success rate of female scientists (1). Some work environments are toxic for women. We are warned--as was my experience at Cornell, and think we can overcome all odds, but cannot. There are some barriers so high and so psychologically damaging that we need the help of others to not only overcome these barriers but to survive the psychological battering that occurs. I urge all who read this, both men and women, to reflect on their own professional environment and how women are treated. When I left, a colleague encouraged me to send my materials to the new president of Cornell University (Dr. David Skorton) and denounce what had happened: I prepared the materials, but never sent them. The overwhelming sense of confusion, shame, panic and sadness made me want to hide. Watching these brave women of the #MeToo movement reminded me that we need a record of all unjust actions, for history and for our own self worth. Today I sent the materials.

– Kathleen Whitlock, PhD Faculty, Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience University of Valparaiso, Chile

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souls of many Southern Tier communities or paid for improvements in Upstate New York’s crumbling infrastructure. Congressman Reed has made the NY23rd a wholly owned subsidiary of the powerful and the rich. Tom Reed also took an oath to defund and protect the Constitution of the United States. The Congressman has failed to uphold the most fundamental and sacred of his duties. A fierce defender of President Trump, he has enabled our lawless and reckless president at every turn. While the Justice Department was begging President Trump not to release the House Intelligence Committee memo as a matter of national security, Reed parroted Mr. Trump’s demand to release it. Seven Democrats currently are running in the June 26th Democratic primary to challenge Congressman Reed. I do not yet have a horse in that race, but I firmly believe that any of these fine Democratic candidates will stand head and shoulders over Tom Reed. On Monday, February 12th, at 6:30 pm, at the State Theater of Ithaca, the people of Tompkins County will have a chance to meet and listen to all seven candidates: Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, Rick Gallant, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, Eddie Sundquist and Charles Whalen. After the Forum, Tompkins County registered Democratic voters can vote in a straw poll that will rank the candidates. Doors open at 6 p.m. We all have a duty to get to know and choose a candidate to take on the Congressman next November. Attending this forum is a great place to start filling this basic civic obligation. Our district should belong to us, the men, women and children of the Southern Tier, not the rich and powerful who fund Tom Reed’s campaigns. Together, we can take it back.

Ann Sullivan is a Tompkins County Democrat and Indivisible of the Southern Tier member

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Budget hearings continued in Albany this week. Lifton, a former high school English teacher, made a point to bring up a recent downturn in the number of secondary and elementary education majors to come out of SUNY Cortland to New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia last week. Elia attributed the drop in new teachers to the uncertainty for education during the recession around 2009. Lifton also cosponsored a piece of legislation that passed the Assembly again last week to establish a set of state sites noted for their geological significance. Last year, the bill died in the Senate. 19 other bills passed the Assembly last week including a bipartisan measure to combat hunting while intoxicated. Tom O’M ara-NYS S enate

Senator O’Mara’s paint stewardship program legislation passed the Senate again this week and was delivered to the Assembly where it died last year. The Senate also passed additional bills this week including a measure to expand the definition of cybercrimes and increase skiing safety respectively. Next week, the state legislature continues budget hearings as Albany grows closer and closer to a critical election-year budget. Tom R eed -U.S. Congress

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ithaca com A few people had thoughts on our article on potential Route 13 upgrades (See page 3). Here are a few of them. How about a bridge across the lake from the 79/89 side that ends up in Lansing? People could bypass downtown Ithaca and 13 all together. Open Spencer to through traffic. People (like myself) will turn left at Spencer and Meadow to bypass Rt.13. Removing options for people to travel is a failure of the complete streets program and practice. Remove the no left turn on Buffalo and Fulton from 3-6 p.m. People turn left anyway and it snarls traffic. The 10 second advanced green arrow would probably cut down on the traffic backlog. Fe b r uar y

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Last week, Washington was abuzz with its own Super Bowl. The State of the Union address grabbed mixed reactions from Democrats and Republicans, both of whom mostly returned to party lines following the controversy over the Intelligence Committee memo. Rep. Reed advocated for the memo’s release on a conference call Tuesday afternoon prior to the formal release by the White House on Friday. Rep. Reed did not attend the GOP’s annual retreat at the Greenbriar Hotel in West Virginia where party leaders discussed the party’s agenda moving forward in this election year. The Ithaca Times is going to print just as congress approaches another spending deadline where the House could become a battleground as some defense hawks and the House Freedom Caucus may vote down another stopgap spending measure. Reed has advocated for the passage of longer-term appropriations bills prior to last month’s government shutdown, but hasn’t specified his stance leading up to this week’s deadline.

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Kurt Riley on Love, The Rolling Stones and Jesus Christ. By Christie Citranglo


wo keyboard players ready their instruments, fixing their sheet music on the stand. They don’t bother fixing their hair — they’re both bald — but one of the musicians rimmed his eyes with black eyeliner and sharpened his cheekbones with bronzer: a face primed for the stage. He sits down, shifting in a brown leather jacket, and adjusts a vintage microphone, glistening under the stage lights Behind them, light-up letters sit on the edge of a windowsill, spelling out the performer’s name, “Kurt Riley,” in a scene reminiscent of the marquees seen in the golden age of rock and roll. A few steps outside of this time bubble, the space is home to the usual whirring sounds of an espresso machine and the quiet chatter of cafe-goers. People pick at their sandwiches and desserts, catching up with friends on the goings-ons in their lives. The 8  T

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rest of Ithaca Bakery continues on with its usual routine — except for the presence of a meta-pop artist taking over a corner of the cafe. “We are the premier Kurt Riley cover band — in the world, actually,” Riley says to his band members a few nights before the Ithaca Bakery show, soliciting laughs and nods of agreement. “After a while, it’s just like playing in a cover band — you’re just playing covers of your own material,” bass player Rick Kline chimes in the joke. Riley and his band will be releasing a new single this Valentine’s Day Wednesday, Feb. 14 — the inaugural Valentine’s Day single Riley will make into a yearly tradition. The song is called “Love is in my Heart,” and it will be released on his website, complete with a music video and custom CD cases with art by Fried Rice Designs. Part of this idea to release a holiday single comes from one of Riley’s many inspi-

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rations: The Killers. Each year, the group releases a Christmas single to commemorate the holiday season. His decision to focus on Valentine’s Day, he says, deals with him being “in love with the idea of love,” and focusing his energy on bringing a positive light back into what can feel like splintered communities. “There’s this great fracturing between the relationship of the sexes in the last couple of years. It’s been exasperated by a ton of things, especially the scandals that have been coming out of Hollywood,” Riley said. “Everything is very uncomfortable and at each other’s throats a little bit. Doing something kind of romantic will put some life into that again.” This idea of putting life into romance again came naturally to Riley. Unlike some songs he says can take months to craft together, “Love is in my Heart” poured out of him almost instantaneously. The process,

he said, was smooth and seamless, an ideal way to begin a musical tradition. He describes the song as sounding like “electro Nat King Cole,” swirling together the classic sounds of jazz with more synthesized and futuristic vibes. The music Riley makes — much like himself — resists any sort of genre, intermingling influences from past musicians and his background as a child of a traveling military family. He calls his music “metapop,” a title that encompasses elements of pop, rock ’n’ roll, jazz, synth — the perfect genre influence for the right mood. Much of Riley’s resistance to a single type of music comes from his background as a rebellious teen — like many rock ’n’ roll stars and other musicians. Growing up, his parents filled the house with the classic tunes of artists like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Songs of the ’40s and ’50s flowed through the house: “old person music,” Ri-

ley used to call it, but as he’s “become an old person [himself],” he’s developed a deeper admiration for the music. Beforehand, he resisted the music, filling his adolescent music library with bands such as The Rolling Stones and T. Rex. And when he grew a bit older, Riley extended this rebellion past listening and began creating. Riley began covering songs when he was in high school, even so much as starting a cover band with a few of his friends. Growing up in the South, his craft came under the vigilant eye of conservative parents and a strict high school. “Keep your hair short, son, and keep your collar down,” he was told in high school. Yet at the same time, he grew up around the beating heart of a vibrant blues and rockabilly movement in Nashville. Big velvet coats, quaffs and girls dressed as pinups lined the sidewalks of South Broadway’s Honky Tonk Highw ay, c re ating a musical subculture a nd a bu b ble of inf luenc e for him to draw from. But the time bubble in Nashville presented a rare opportunity for Riley: he was able to learn the classic music of the ’50s as if he were still living in that era. Later down the road, Riley was introduced to classic groups like The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Iggy Pop, opening room for the glam rocker in Riley to begin to blossom in high school. A turning point in his musical career came when Riley performed a cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones in his school — much to the dismay of his principal. “The principal took me into his office and said, ‘Listen, son. Our students don’t need to be hearing that because you get your satisfaction from the Lord Jesus Christ and no one else, and certainly not Mick Jagger,’” Riley said. “And it was this big deal.” Instead of finishing high school, Riley sought a different path, leaving earlier to instead, get a GED. After a few years of working — just at the height of a financial downturn — Riley found himself without a job and without a degree, leaving him no

choice but to get at least one of those two things. Riley earned an associates degree in political science, becoming one of the first in his family to receive a higher-education degree.

out the help of his band. While Riley writes the music and lyrics, his band members put the final polish on his songs, transcending them from the words in his notebook to full-fledged recordings.

But that wasn’t the last first for Riley. “I was looking for places to transfer to, and Cornell had sent me an ad in the mail. And I thought, ‘This must be for the wrong person. Maybe for somebody with money,’” he said. “I called and surprisingly they were interested, and it worked out very well. It was very difficult, but it was one of the toughest things I had ever done, and it was worth it.” Now a Cornell University graduate — the first in his family to graduate from an Ivy League University — Riley stuck around in Ithaca after graduating. His music career has taken off since, having released three full-length albums and another to come. One of the producers on his previous albums has even gone on to work with top music artists in the industry such as Beyoncé. A glam-rock teen looking to carve an original path has made one in Ithaca. Riley’s music wouldn’t be complete with-

“For the most part, we try to stay true to what Kurt has put together, and it’s practically a finished product so why mess with it too much?” Kline said. Riley recruited bass player Kline, keyboard player Charlie Jones and guitar player Cecil Hollien into his most recent group, working on “Love is in my Heart” and Riley’s upcoming fourth album. Per Riley’s brand, each member of his band comes from a background of creativity, resistance and love for music. Kline comes from a passion for music, sitting on his bedroom floor listening to premiers of classic rock tunes on the radio. Kline took his passions, like Riley, to playing in cover bands from high school up through his career as an adult. Hollien embraced his musical side as he grew up and, like all good rockers, sported long, flowing locks when he was younger. He pursued a career in technical drawing, merging visual art with his skills as a musiFe b r uar y

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cian as he got older, embracing the 16-yearold cover band artist within him. Riley found Jones in what he calls a “Spaceballs moment,” having a faint connection to Jones through his girlfriend’s sister’s roommate. After Riley heard about the nerdy roommate who played synthesizer, Riley knew he had to include him. Jones had been playing piano since he was a child, taking off his musical career also in high school and eventually graduating to synth. With the eclectic background of his band, Riley creates complete music. Most of the members in his group haven’t been with him for more than two years, so new adventures always await the crew. Moving to the future, Riley plans to craft music that plays more with time, destroying boundaries and crafting tunes that break a timeline. “I was, from birth, weaned on sciencefiction,” Riley said. “ … I always wa nted to create something that would be informed by those inf luences and contain a feel of those visions from the future. Rock ’n’ roll, at this point, is a n enda ngered species. Which is interesting because that was really where rock and roll began: on the fringes with outsiders and people who don’t fit in.” Riley said he’s just about done writing his fourth album, which will come out sometime later this year. “Love is in my Heart” may be the new window into this era of his music: an era of future, of past and of creating something with passion and soul. “Songwriting is like communing with God: It’s like being in the presence of the divine,” Riley said. “All the sudden you have this something flowing through you, and you’re creating. The way I see it, human beings can either consume, destroy or create. When you create, you’re doing one of the three things we can do that isn’t a negative thing: it’s a positive thing.” • Riley will debut his new single, “Love is in my Heart,” Wednesday, Feb. 14, on his Facebook page,

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to one of practicality, the way it once was just three or four generations ago. On Tuesday night, the group held a panel discussion centered around the 2017 Academy Awardwinning film Extremis, based on Dr. Jessica Zitter’s book ‘Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life.’ The film is the first in a number of events the organization will hold this Spring, each centered around coping with the end of our lives in a practical and realistic way. Bringing together students from the department and community members alike, the faculty’s idea is to bring multiple generations together around the difficult topic of the end of our lives, building the fundamental understanding necessary for students to provide effective end-of-life care. Through a number of events, including “death cafes” and discussions centered around Zitter’s book, the department seeks to provides a forum for those broaching the topic for themselves, to contemplate the issue pragmatically and in a way that works for them: to consider how to go out of this world on their own terms. These conversations, argues Brown, are important to learn to have. Held back by fear, too many families wait too long to breach the topic of the end of one’s life and, in the moment, may find themselves too emotionally charged to make the decision right for their loved ones. This topic is addressed quite comprehensively in ‘Extreme Measures,’ which deals with the life-extending practices commonly used in our medical system’s intensive care system. “The extreme nature of all this is that conflict, the cost of policies like this,” Brown said. “It’s kind of this microcosm of the system in general, where you wonder of whether or not some of these policies create more harm to a person than good.” It’s also about who is allowed to make these decisions: In the United States, Gerontology Institute Director Barbara Ganzel said, the concept of choice is something noticeably absent from the practice of end of

life care, leaving many families at a loss for how to cope with conclusions they may not have come to on their own. Bergman shared a story of her mother, who died in a intensive care unit in Florida this past November, and her last 24 hours alive. Bergman said she and her father remained with her and, even though they’d had discussions on their end of life, they were limited by the medical system itself in having the option to give her mother the death she would have wanted. “The staff in the ICU, they were exemplary in what they did,” Bergman said. “They were doing their jobs to the letter, and their job was to keep my mom alive. And it became clear to my dad and I, fairly early on, that their job as it is interpreted and institutionalized, is not consistent with what we wanted for her. There was very little discussion about that.” The goal of the institute’s efforts this spring is not only to make an immediate difference, but to help turn our cultural understanding of death to one of practicality, the way it once was just three or four generations ago. In America, we’ve developed a sort of resignation to the will of progress as a trademark of our culture, whereas other nations have retained traditions that normalize death. Where it may be difficult to get a few days off to attend a funeral in the United States, places like China host a multi day ritual to celebrate the end of one’s life. With the department’s slate of events this spring, they hope to take the first steps needed to help direct the conversations in a constructive way, not to rebuild a cultural understanding of death the way it once was, but to adopt the principles of our past to the realities of our present. “It’s about getting out there and advocating for change,” Bergman said. “That’s what we’re trying to do.” To learn more, call 607.274.1607, or email More information can be found at –Nick Reynolds


The organization’s board consists of eight local professionals, including Ryan McCune of Renovus Solar, with a mission statement to “connect young professionals with their community in a meaningful way.” “People who are most connected to their community tend to stay longer,” McCune said. Of the county’s three institutions of higher learning, Tompkins Cortland Community College contributes the most toward the local workforce, since the vast majority of 5,000 enrolled students go on to work locally after receiving a degree. Along with the chamber, the college also sponsors Leadership Tompkins, which offers local professionals a yearly professional development program. Running from September to June, the program includes leadership retreats and mentorship from a local community leader. Program director Deb Mohlenhoff said it’s particularly geared toward two kinds of professionals: those new to the area and those engaged in nonprofit or government work. “Any kind of connectors for people like that, we would hope that would make them stay longer,” Mohlenhoff said.

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of their total staff, said business manager Rebecca Schindler. “We have a very good retention rate,” Schindler said in an email. “On average, our long term employees have been with ADC for six and a half years.” In 2017, ADC teamed up with Cornell University faculty members in the department of engineering. Included in the project were three of the department’s students. “It’s a win-win for everybody,” Deyhim said. “They gain an immense amount of experience.” For these reasons, the Chamber of Commerce has enlisted people like Mayor Svante Myrick and the local chapter of the United Way to create robust networking opportunities for young professionals. One of these is Tompkins Connect, a nonprofit organization hosting monthly opportunities for volunteering and social networking with various community partners. For this Thursday, they have planned a bowling night, 7 p.m. at Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg.

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t’s always fun when a young person asks a question, I preface my answer with ‘Well, back in 1984…” and the person with whom I am conversing does mental math, as if trying to draw a historical parallel. Is this a person, they wonder, that actually grew up without a cell phone?!?! Anyway, a young guy I encountered at Lynah Rink on Saturday night asked me how long I had been a sports journalist, and if I had known (Coach) Mike Schafer for a long time. I replied, “Well. Back in 1984, I hosted a housewarming party and I invited Mike, who was at that time an undergrad and a member of the Big Red hockey team. I heard what I thought was a tractor coming up my driveway, and I looked out to see Schafer and about nine other hockey players pile out of his beastly old Buick, and he told

me that my rough driveway had claimed his exhaust system. He grinned and said I owed him $300. I told him that loading a ton of human flesh into one car was the cause of the problem, and his overloaded Buick had damaged my driveway… to the tune of $300. 34 years later, the financial stalemate remains intact…” The young guy liked that story. Having known Schafer for so long, I knew as I watched the clock wind down on Saturday night that a loss in early February would not throw him off the rails. Yes, it was a wonderful feeling for any fan of Cornell hockey to walk into the hallowed Lynah Rink knowing the Big Red was the top-ranked team in all the land, and the home team’s 11-game unbeaten streak had been a lot of fun to watch, but many of those

in attendance on Friday night (I missed it) conveyed that the boys in Red were “a little off,” and that they were fortunate to come away with a win. On Saturday, as I watched the RPI Engineers warming up, I wondered if they felt any pressure bringing their 4-10-2 ECAC Hockey record into the famously hostile arena, facing the #1 team in all of collegiate hockey. I decided that they really faced no pressure at all, and I was sure they just wanted to make a statement that they belonged on the ice with the Big Red. After all, the Engineers were 4-2-3 against Cornell over the past nine games, so they were unlikely to be intimidated. In fact, they might have been bolstered by the cheers of “Let’s Go Red,” as they were also wearing red, which brings us to an interesting point made by my buddy, Chip, soon after RPI’s opening goal – a mere 20 seconds into the game - lit the lamp and put the Big Red in a hole. Chip offered, “I wonder how confusing it is to be in a swarm of players - some trying to clear the puck out of there and others trying to put it in the net – and everyone is wearing the same colors… It must be really confusing.” RPI’s one goal lead held up through the first period, and was doubled in the second.

Jared Fiegl, right after his goal Saturday (Tim McKinney / Cornell Athletic Communications)

It could be argued that both goals were “lucky,” as the first one came off a deflection and the second one was the result of a defensive lapse on a man-up clearing attempt, but the bottom line was that the hosts entered the third period down 2-zip. Jared Feigl put Cornell on the board with a spectacular individual effort – taking the puck behind the net and executing a full-speed wraparound gem – but the game would end with the Engineers on top. Being ranked #1 in February was nice, but Schafer and his troops have bigger goals. After the game, the coach was quoted as saying, “A little taste of a loss will go a long, long way for this hockey team.” Cornell embarks on one of its most daunting road trips this week, heading to the North Country to take on ECAC Hockey rival Clarkson on Friday night. After that matchup of the conference’s top two teams, the Big Red will make the trip to St. Lawrence on Saturday.

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ocal caregiving agencies are battling a workforce shortage that is dwarfing staff numbers and leaving agency leaders in search of new ways to attract home health aides, all while aging Baby Boomers lead to a swell in demand for their services. Across the country, the aging population is growing and more of them are looking to spend their golden years in familiar surroundings, often their own homes, a burgeoning practice known as aging in place. With that trend comes more need for home health care visits, but agencies like Caregivers and Visiting Nurse Services (VNS), among others, have been left shorthanded and are scrambling for ways to address the problem. Caregivers currently employs around 20 aides, which is about half the number of aides the company had at its peak according to administrator Nancy McKeon, while VNS employs 10, which Executive Director Sue Ellen Stuart estimates is several short of being able to comfortably satisfy its workforce needs. Theories abound to explain the shortage, with several factors converging to contribute to the problem including low pay, the emotional toll of working with the sick or elderly, and a young workforce that lends itself to low retention. “It’s an across-the-board aide level shortage,” McKeon said. “A lot of it is the pay, and it’s very hard work. [...] As long as I’ve been

here, there’s been a shortage of aides, but this is the worst it’s ever been.” Stuart views the shortage as a public relations issue, at least partially. She thinks agencies struggle to attract home health aides because the profession is not respected due to misperceptions of its purpose, and so people automatically assume that the term “home health aide” is really just a politely coded name for maid or babysitter. The reality, of course, is much different: home health aides can prove invaluable in improving quality of life for people who wish to age in the comfort of their long-time residences, assuming tasks like fulfilling medication needs, bathing and preparing food, and battling the feelings of isolation that can grow during someone’s elder years, particularly if they have lost a spouse. It’s not glamorous work by any stretch, but to reduce it to the level of tucking someone in at bedtime and sweeping the kitchen is a profound misrepresentation. For the last two years, Stuart has organized an annual event designed to recognize the accomplishments of home health aides during the previous year, in the hopes of reforming the public’s perception about the job and providing an additional level of acknowledgment to let them know the work is appreciated. The evening is funded through a grant from the Foundation of Central and Western New York and has been celebrated by

Frank Proto with Mary Brooks, a home health aide from Visiting Nurse Services.

politicians, who have commended the night’s purpose in a set of congratulatory declarations. To combat the dwindling interest among young adults, Stuart has also shifted her focus to recruiting Baby Boomers who have recently exited the workforce. A job as a home health aide, even part time, can serve many ancillary benefits for someone in the early years of retirement, providing a steady source of income that doesn’t have to be significantly time-consuming or labor intensive. McKeon said this is a growing trend across the country and could help address the industry’s current maladies, but she’s not sure to what extent. VNS has received almost $30,000 in grants to assist in the new recruiting efforts as well as new training that will hopefully help them learn better retention methods to keep the good workers that they are able to attract on the staff for the long haul. The barriers for entry are fairly low too, as

Stuart said the only prerequisite is a certificate that takes 90 hours of training to receive. Both women said they look to organizations like Love Living at Home as a potentially repeatable model that could alleviate some of the worker deficit. LLAH aims to help elderly people live in their homes as long as they want, provided it’s still feasible and safe for the person, while building a community of people willing to help each other out with little daily tasks like running errands or just spending time to combat loneliness. For now, though, the deficit of home health aides has made life difficult for the ones still working. McKeon said in the past week she has worked three shifts that she simply didn’t have any aides to cover, and would be working two additional shifts over the weekend. With no significant wage increase on the horizon, McKeon and others, are hoping some of the more creative tactics make a lasting impact. Read more online at


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he main corridor of the Tompkins County Public Library is designed to evoke feelings of warmth and welcoming. Its floors give off a certain glow from the sunlight beaming down from the ceilings, this “Avenue of Friends” filling those proceeding down toward the Ezra Cornell Reading Room with a feeling of being drawn into the space, of being at the center of it all. For the thousands who enter the library each week, this area serves as a common space and, for years, as a gallery for the community. On the walls, portraits by bona fide professionals hang beside the work of amateurs and, down the midway, glass cases sit exhibiting everything from teen-made crafts to an exhibition on punk rock culture. On Friday night, this space was filled with more than 300 people there to share the space and to meet around something common: a love for the arts, and to welcome Frances Gallardo, the library’s first-ever artist in residence. Gallardo’s arrival represents a new chapter for the library’s longstanding commitment to the arts. Long serving as a space where young or emerging artists could display their work despite a lack of significant arts funding, this past year, the library has made an effort to increase accessibility to the arts. With a pair of grants from the Community Arts Partnership, they will be able to do just that, hosting a slate of programming led by Gallardo and centered around the library’s new, ultramodern makerspace. The theme for the four quarterly shows set for this year will be “Identity,” an ambiguous prompt opening the doors for dozens of possible interpretations. Each exhibit will be curated by members of the community who may not have had the same access to some of the city’s haughtier gallery spaces, but are looking for an “in” in the arts community to find their own voices as artists. “Our goal with the arts program this year is to give opportunities to emerging curators and artists, so people who — regardless of their age or where they are in their career, and might be having trouble breaking into the local art scene — can have an opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Assistant Director for the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation Kerry Barnes. “It ties in very well with the library’s mission.” But another goal, said Barnes, is to educate people on the potential new technologies offered at the library, like 3D printers and digital embroidery machines, but all the possibilities they can have not only for practical purposes, but for artistic purposes as well. It’s this objective that makes Gallardo seem like such a natural fit for the job. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gallardo

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first arrived in Ithaca in 2014 as a student at Cornell University, where she enrolled to pursue an MFA in Studio Art. As a student, her interaction with the community was limited but, after working with Philadelphia-based artist Pepón Osorio, a skilled artist invited by Cornell University to carry out a site-specific project as part of his residency with the university. During that time, Gallardo got her first taste of the community, interacting directly with leaders of nonprofit groups, families and other leaders in the community. It was something inspired during that time that after graduation, kept her here, leading to her establishing a studio in town. Accepting the residency at TCPL, she said, was only natural. As a student in San Juan, she discovered her love for the written word as a staffer in a rare book museum founded in the 1950s by Rochester book collector Elmer Adler and, as a recent transplant in the community, this particular residency offered the opportunity to become truly immersed in the fabric of the city. “It’s one thing to be a student in Ithaca, but this was an opportunity to get to know a new scope of the community,” Gallardo said. “And TCPL has such immense foot traffic, it’s a great place to be in, and it’s very open and accessible… that made me be so excited to be a part of it. It’s such a central place in the community. It seemed like the perfect transition from being a student to being a real part of this city.” What makes Gallardo so unique for the role is her expertise and artistic influence. She boasts an eclectic portfolio, her body of work consisting of collages spanning diverse influences such as science and more traditional schools of fine art, a meticulous style meant to evoke the organic, fluid structures of nature. This oftentimes results in pieces sometimes consisting of hundreds of individually cut pieces that eventually come together to create the whole. Once cutting each piece by hand, it was only appropriate she would one day turn to more modern means to save the frustration of trial and error such a process meant; Gallardo needed precision. “For me, it was a very natural gravitation toward laser cutters,” she said. “It sort of allowed the flexibility for me to make more mistakes, to try new things with a different paper or a unique material, like acrylic or wood … I want to explore all the abilities these machines have to offer.” Her style lends itself perfectly to the mission TCPL is trying to accomplish, one of creating Top: “Surge,” a milled aluminum sculpture. Middle: “Hurricane Soundscape,” an interactive sound installation. Bottom: “Cynthia,” part of her hurricane series; cut paper collage. (Art: Frances Gallardo)

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and I’m super lucky to have a way to create that dialogue and build that knowledge for people to express themselves in a meaningful way.” She will begin working in the library’s



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A viewer looks at “Murmation,” which is a wall installation made of dressmaker pins and laser cut paper. (Art: Frances Gallardo)

accessibility to new technologies and offering opportunities to go beyond what the community previously thought possible. Through teaching how to use these new technologies, Gallardo aims to facilitate one’s reaching beyond their preconceptions of their own creativity in ways that would have been impossible just several years ago. “Part of the residency, for me, is to see people becoming comfortable and coming in to make work like this,” Gallardo said. “We’re creating a hub for people to create work that’s meaningful to them, while they become familiar and comfortable with machines that can be rather intimidating to work with.” What she also hopes to accomplish is to set a tone for what the artist in residence program could potentially grow into. Applying for the job as a way to become more immersed in her new home, Gallardo wants to serve as a sort of ambassador of the fine arts, to not just create a body of work in her time as a resident but to make people more familiar with the crafting of a piece of art. “That level of engagement with the community is super important,” she said. “I have a studio in Ithaca but there, you’re all by yourself. It’s great to have an opportunity to get out there and meet other people,

makerspace in mid-February, kicking things off with a workshop centered on the idea of a book’s Ex Libris, the bookplate on a book’s first page. Often marked with a family crest or some other stamp, these elements identify a book’s ownership and perhaps, might include a personal note on what that book meant to them. “For me, this was an opportunity for people to create their own imagery, and things that are meaningful to them,” Gallardo said. “It’s a very long tradition, for people to use their crest to identify your book and, when you lend it, its prominence to you… you leave something there, every time you lend something.” Beyond that first workshop, Gallardo’s programming slate is still up in the air: with a lot of time to work with, her only restrictions, at this point, is her own creativity. Her mission, she said, will be one mired in the nature of what creatives – and libraries – are all too familiar with fulfilling: a community’s need for intellectual and interpersonal growth, no barriers and no catches included. “The nature of art is inherently this generous thing,” said Gallardo. “It’s the act of giving something to someone else without expecting anything in return. To me, that’s what this is all about.” •


Short and Bittersweet

Top picks for the Oscar-nominated short films By Br yan VanC ampe n Oscar Shorts: Live Action!, Feb. 9 and Feb. 11; Oscar Shorts: Animation!, Feb. 9-11; Oscar Shorts: Documentary!, Feb. 13 at Cornell Cinema.

has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. In “Knife Skills” (Thomas Lennon, USA, 40 minutes), a French restaurant recruits its staff from men and women just out of prison. Lennon’s film follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. BVC picks: “Heroin(e)” We’ll finish up with the five nominees for Animated Short Film. I’m not much of a sports person, but “Dear Basketball” (Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5


hanks to Cornell Cinema, every year I’ve gotten to see all the nominated live action and animated shorts, and you can, too. Impress all your friends in the office Oscar pool! This year’s live-action shorts begin with “DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk’s nail-biter about a man who walks into a school with a gun, and the office receptionist who tries to keep him from shooting. In “The Silent Child” (Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton), a profoundly deaf 4-year-old girl learns sign language, though it alienates her from her own family. “My Nephew Emmett” (Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 20 minutes) is an outrageous heartbreaker, telling the stor y of the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till from the perspective of his preacher uncle who tried in vain to protect his nephew. “The Eleven O’Clock” (Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 minutes) is funny, but not particularly cinematic: It’s more or less just a clever Pythonesque sketch about the delusional patient of a psychiatrist who believes he is actually the psychiatrist. For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the AlShabaab. In “Watu Wote/All of Us” (Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 minutes), the filmmakers recreate an incident in December 2015, when Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail. BVC picks: “DeKalb Elementary” The year’s Oscar-nominated documentary shorts will screen in separate parts, so check the calendar carefully. For lack of planning, I was unable to see “Traffic Stop” (Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA, 30 minutes) “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” (Frank Stiefel, USA, 40 minutes) is a troubled portrait of artist Mindy Alper, who channels decades of depression and mental illness into her art, and it’s as important as Crumb for many of the same reasons. “Edith + Eddie” (Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wrights, USA, 29 minutes), at ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds, but their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. “Heroin(e)” (Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon, USA, 39 minutes) examines a town West Virginia that

minutes), Kobe Bryant’s wise and sweet love letter to his favorite sport, brought tears to my eyes. Glen Keane is a Disney veteran who worked on Tarzan and many other films; in impressionistic swirls, perhaps the best pencil test ever rendered, Keane uses graceful lines to show a boy who loved basketball and grew up to make it his career. In “Garden Party” (Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France, 7 minutes) we watch a bunch of lizards, insects and other wildlife cavorting around a palatial estate. It’s only gradually revealed that the estate has been shot up like the last scene in Scarface, and the humor comes from the critters’ utter lack of awareness of why they have the run of the place. I missed “Lou” (Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7 minutes) since it played in front of Cars 3. It’s a clever premise perfect for animation: a playground bully gets a lesson from a strange being that lives in the school “Lost and Found” box. “Negative Space” (Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 minutes) is a bittersweet stop-motion elegy told from the point of view of a person whose father taught him how to pack. I was haunted by the visual of clothes rolling in and out like the surf. “Revolting R hymes” (Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes) is a mordant and droll British production that adapts Roald Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales. Like “Into the Woods”, characters from different stories intermingle, and there are plenty of twists and surprises. BVC picks: “Dear Basketball” •

Top left: From the animated short “Dear Basketball.” Top right: From the documentary short “Heroin(e).” From the live-action short “DeKalb Elementary.” (Photos provided)

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Tunes Traveling Through Time Group America’s Sweethearts visits CRT Downtown By Br yan VanC ampe n

generation, we first heard the Andrews Sisters when Bette Midler and the Harlettes revived songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in 1972. For those who grew up with the real thing, CRT Downtown welcomes the singing group “America’s Sweethearts” on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for a Valentine’s Day celebration of drinks, dessert and dancing. “America’s Sweethearts” sing music from 1860 through 1980 i n t he cla ssic A nd rews Sisters three-part harmony. The Ithaca Times spoke to the group’s founder, Carly Kincannon. Ithaca Times: Your group’s slogan is “History through harmony.” I like that. Tell me more about that. C a rly K i nc a n non: T hat is at t he root of what we do. We are a group of 12 women altogether, and we took our inspiration from the Andrews Sistersty pe three-part harmonies, and have sort of applied that to music through t he dec ades. We do pat r iot ic music from the mid-1800s, sort of traveling through time. We stop in the World War II era for quite a bit because there’s so much history there, and then traveling through the ’50s and ’60s. We just added an hour of ’70s music, too, so we just take history straight through our threepart harmony. IT: What was it about that style of 4 PM - 7comPM singing that made you start this pany? CK: All of us have our own sort of past to that kind of music. Mine is that my grandmother sang with her sister on

the radio, doing that type of music early on. She introduced me to that style of music and that type of harmony. One of her big inf luences was the Maguire Sisters. So a l l of our pa rents or our grandparents listened to it. And a lot of us came from musical theater, so that was a huge inf luence as well. IT: Is there an Andrews Sisters musical? CK: There is. There have been a couple of plays on that. There’s the Andrews Sisters musical, and then there’s a musical called The Andrews Brothers, which is a men-dressed-in-drag type of thing, [laughs] very funny. And there’s The Marvelous Wonderettes. There’s definitely musicals that have taken on this type of stuff. IT: Can you tell us more about the s how you’ l l b e p er for m i ng at C RT Downtown? CK: We’re celebrating Va lentine’s Day, a nd it ’s a sweet nig ht w it h t he “Sweethearts.” We’re doing a bit of earlier music, so we’ll probably touch on some early patriotic [songs] just to give the f lavor of who we are. Then we’ll do some ’30s and ’40s music and then we’ll travel up through the ’60s. I don’t think we’ll be traveling too far into the disco era. IT: [laughs] CK: “Enough is Enough ” is one of 10 AM 2 PM We have a big Supremes those later- tunes. medley that we can do. So we’re kind of giving everybody a taste of everything that night. There’ll be something for everybody. •


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The Whimsy of Space Carnival Space Carnival brings psychedelic vibes to Ithaca By Kyl e Far r


he Carniva l came to town t his weekend and boy, was it something else. It hac a ps ychedel ic g roove g roup Space Carnival really hit the ground running since their debut in the Oneonta music scene severa l years back and show no signs of stopping yet. In less t han f ive years, t hese guys have gone from a college house party band to being a major force in the region’s music scene. Their high energy, interplanetary skills were on full display at their show at The Range this past Saturday, as they took the stage with supporting act, Formula 5. Spac e C a r n iv a l i s a homeg row n, 4-piece funky disco machine comprised of Jeremy Kraus on guitar, Cameron Fitch on keys and vocals, Chris Meier on bass, and Nick Tassinari on drums. The band’s origins begin at SUNY Oneonta, where Jeremy and Cameron were roommates. Shortly after beginning to play and write music together, they were introduced to Chris, and he joined in on the fun. For a time, the three of them would play at college house parties but realized the puzzle wasn’t yet complete, eventually tracking down Tassinari to f ill the backbeat. After f inding their drummer, they got down to business and in the Fall of 2013, their unique f lavor of music was born. The best kind of musical artists are the ones that can draw from multiple places of inspiration and find a way to make it all come together. Space Carnival is no exception. While listening to them, it can be difficult to pinpoint their exact genre, because they draw from a combination of funk, progressive rock, and slippery disco. It all comes together perfectly to create an incredible psychedelic rock experience that will keep you on your feet, dancing all night long. Their brand new single “Queen of Cups,” came out just a few weeks ago, and their full length album “Drawn in by the Sun” covers all areas of anyone’s musical palate. There is certainly a lot to be proud of if you’re Space Carnival. Going from house parties to opening for the likes of Infected Mushroom, Midnight North, dangermuffin, and ELM in under five yea rs is no si mple t a sk . One of t he moments that stands out came this past April, when they played The Haunt in support of Dopapod. To that point, Chris Meier told me, “Having the opportunity to open for Dopapod has always held a special place in our hearts. We love those guys and their music. For them to

give us that opportunity was huge.” Sometimes when you’ve experienced a lot of success, it can be easy to get complacent, but not for Space Carnival. They are determined to keep working hard, writing new songs, and engaging with more new potential fans. When I asked them what advice they might give a band that is just starting out looking to have the same success they have had, they cited an ethic of hard work and consistency. Citing that consistently playing out and putting yourself out there for others to hear as often as they can was a big part of getting them where they are now. They also added that you need to keep w riting and play ing as often as possible and practicing everyday on your own are critical ingredients too. As for their next step, it starts with ex pa nding on t heir new sing le. Just released a couple of weeks ago, their single “Queen of Cups” is only the beginning. Throughout 2018 t hey pla n to continue their rigorous schedule and fill their calendar with as many dates as possible, but in addition, they plan to spend more time in the studio. Their goal is to have a full length album worth of material recorded by the end of 2018, so keep your eyes open for that. • Space Carnival rocking out at The Range this past week. (Photo: Charlie Wildley)

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Djug Django | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | (Hot Club Jazz, Blues, Swing) Rockabilly Night | 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | The Range, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers Spring Concert | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 402 N Aurora St, Ithaca | The concert will be a performance of Anton Reicha’s Requiem. Sacred Chanting with Damodar Das and Friends | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Varying Locations| Refer to Damodar Das Kirtan on Facebook for location schedule. Folk ‘n’ Kava | 7:30 PM-10:30 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 139 W State St, Ithaca | (Nate Marshall and Friends play Traditional and Original Folk, Jazz and Gospel Music)

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2/08 Thursday

Dino Losito, Brian Murphy, Terry Light | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Collegetown Bagels, East Hill Plaza, Ithaca | (Jazz) Jay Floyd and Brian Tyneway | 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Ransom Steele Tavern, 552 Main St, Apalachin | (Roots, Blues)

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Lynn Wiles and Ted Robinette | 6:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Silver Line Tap Room, 19 W Main St, Trumansburg | (Jazz) Bob and Dee | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken Wayne Gottlieb and the Breakaway | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Ithaca Bakery, 400 N Meadow St, Ithaca | (Swing, Jazz, Blues) Valentine Dance Featuring Radio London | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca | Long John and the Tights | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery, 45 E Main St, Trumansburg | Perry City 5 | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Boathouse Beer

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Burke and Surette |Saturday, February 10, 18 | Canaan Institute, 223 Canaan Rd, Brooktondale | (Folk, Acoustic) The Lightkeepers, The Last Run | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Labrador Mountain, 6935 State Route 91, Truxton | Dapper Dan | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Boathouse Beer Garden, 6128 State Route 89, Romulus |

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Jim Hull | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Agava, 381 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca | (Pop, Folk) The Inner Crazy | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken Michael Mizwinski | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | (Rock, Americana) Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 |

Mix Kitchen and Bar, 205 Elmira Road, Ithaca | All jazz and blues instrumentalists and vocalists welcome. Hosted by Dennis Winge Trio. Milo, Elucid, Jpegmafia w/ MoeBetta Thagoddess | 7:30 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | (Rap, Hip-hop) Milo, Elucid, Jpegmafia, MoeBetta, TheGoddess | 7:30 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca |

St, Ithaca | (Irish, Traditional) The Wailers, The Crucial Reggae Social Club | 8:00 PM-, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | The Wailers, Root Shock | 8:00 PM-, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Professor Tuesday’s Jazz Quartet | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Madeline’s Restaurant, 215 E State St, Ithaca | (Jazz)

State of the Art Gallery will be exhibiting the second part of their member’s show through Feb. 25. (Art: Margaret Reed)

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Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Event with Casey Max and the Kats | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Lot 10, 106 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca | Tuesday Bluesday with Dan Paolangeli & Friends | 6:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | (Blues, Rock, Every Tuesday) Irish Session with members of Traonach | 7:00 PM-9:30 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Argos Inn, 408 E State

I-Town Jazz Jam | 9:00 PM-11:59 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | (Local jazz jams, improv) concerts

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Midday Music at Lincoln 2/8: CU Music | 12:30 PM-1:15 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | Morton Wan, keyboards, performs Bach and Rameau. George Lewis and Marina Rosenfeld: CU Music | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Johnson

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Museum of Art, Cornell, Ithaca | After Experimental Music Symposium Concert: internationally renowned composers, improvisers, and sound artists George Lewis (laptop) and Marina Rosenfeld (turntables) perform a sonic stew of silicon, vinyl, and imagination. Ladysmith Black Mambazo | 8:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | The State Theatre of Ithaca, 105 W State St, Ithaca | With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy.

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Symphoria Pops Series: A Night At The Oscars | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Crouse Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse | Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria in music from edge-of-your-seat thrillers, epic dramas and Hollywood classics. Alicia Olatuja | 8:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Blue Flames Swing Dance | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 402 N Aurora St, Ithaca | The Blue Flames is a blues-based band with a

West Coast Swing groove. There will be an introductory swing lesson at 7 as part of the admission.

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Cornell Jazz Ensemble with IC and IHS: CU Music | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Cornell Jazz Ensemble; Paul Merrill, director, with Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble; Mike Titlebaum, director, and Ithaca High School Jazz Band; Mike Treat, director. Cornell Jazz Ensemble, CU Music at Bailey Hall MusicPerformance | 3:00 PM-, Sunday, February 11, 18 Cayuga Chamber Orchestra | 4:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | First Unitarian Church, Ithaca | Featuring: Christina Bouey, Hisaichi Shimura,Melinda Daetsch, Anthony Bracewell, Rosemary Elliott, Joh Lathwell, and Xak Bjerken.

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The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal | Under the direction of Stefan Solyom, the orchestra and maestro strive to

expand their musical horizons while respecting their origins. For tickets call 607-777-ARTS or visit anderson. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, James McMurtry | 8:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The State Theatre of Ithaca, 105 W State St, Ithaca |

Film LGBTQ Film Series Screening of Free CeCe! | 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Ithaca College Textor Hall, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | Narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement. Adventures in Early Cinema, 1896-1913 | 6:00 PM-8:15 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The program features short films (1-10 minutes) from the heyday of early cinema (1896-1913), along with an opportunity for discussion about the popular, aesthetic, and scientific origins of the medium. Cornell Cinema Jane | 6:45 PM, Wednesday, February

7, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | A documentary about the passionate Jane Goodall, her early field work with chimpanzees in Africa and its effect on her own life choices. Also showing Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge | 8:45 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | Marie Curie fights for recognition in early 20th-century France in a field dominated by men, and in the wake of a scandal in her personal life that threatens to overshadow her professional accomplishments. Also showing Feb. 10 at 7:15 p.m. Two Trains Runnin’ | 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | A documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers, Son House and Skip James, in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement. Marshall | 9:20 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall was a young attorney for the NAACP. Also showing Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Oscar Shorts, Live Action | 7:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Willard Straight


Friday, 2/09 to Thursday, 2/15. Contact Cinemapolis for Showtimes and for Fantastik Film Screening times Call me by your Name | In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage and the beguiling Italian landscape. | 132 mins R Phantom Thread | Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. | 130 mins R The Shape of Water | In a 1960s research facility, Elisa, a mute janitor, forms a relationship with a mysterious aquatic creature. | 123 mins R Lady Bird | In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California. | 94 mins R I, Tonya | Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. | 120 mins R Darkest Hour | During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western

Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. | 125 mins PG-13 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit. | 115 mins R Regal Ithaca

Wednesday, 2/07 , to Tuesday, 2/13. Contact Regal Ithaca for Showtimes Winchester | Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. | 99 mins PG-13 Padmaavat | Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati is married to a noble king and they live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an ambitious Sultan hears of Padmavati’s beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar. | 164 mins Fifty Shades Freed | Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship. | 105 mins R Molly’s Game | The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. | 140 mins R Hostiles | In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory. | 134 mins R Maze Runner: The Death Cure| Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare.” | 142 mins PG-13 12 Strong | 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down for the Taliban. | 130 mins R Den of Thieves | A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the

Viva Mayhem EP Release with The Ilium Works,

Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall, Feb. 9-13

Casita del Polaris, Ithaca, Saturday, Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m.

Cornell Cinema will be screening short films that were nominated for the 2018 Academy Awards. The first screening will showcase live-action films 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 1:45 on Feb. 11; the second will showcase animated shorts at 9:40 p.m. on Feb. 9, Feb. 10 at 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m.; shot documentaries are screened 6:45 p.m. Feb. 13. (Photo provided)

Band Viva Mayhem will be releasing its second EP Feb. 11 on its Bandcamp. To celebrate, Casita del Polaris will host a launch party, and band Illium Works will join Viva Mayhem on stage. Viva Mayhem specializes in an avant-garde style of punk and ska music. (Photo provided)

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Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | Also showing Feb. 11 at 1:45 p.m. Oscar Shorts, Animation | 9:40 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | Also showing Feb. 10 at 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. Arab Movie | 7:00 PM, Monday, February 12, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca | Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel and everyone would watch the Arab Movie of the Week. What made the Egyptian heart rending melodramas and musicals so dear to the Israeli viewers? How did the movies succeed in crossing the sealed borders between theenemies? These are just some of the questions posed by this documentary. Oscar Shorts, Documentary | 6:45 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell, Ithaca |

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Federal Reserve Bank. | 140 mins R Forever My Girl | After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind. | 104 mins PG The Post | A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. | 116 mins PG-13 The Commuter | A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. | 105 mins PG-13 Paddington 2 | Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. | 103 mins PG Pitch Perfect 3| Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. | 93 mins PG-13 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. | 119 mins PG-13 The Greatest Showman| Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. | 105 mins PG The Last Jedi | Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. | 152 mins PG-13 Coco | Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-greatgrandfather, a legendary singer. | 105 mins PG Insidious: The Last Key | Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet - in her own family home. | 103 mins PG-13

Heads Up A Guide to Chili

by Christie Citranglo


his Saturday, Feb. 10, local restaurants will battle in an annual chili competition. Now in its 20th year, the Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring the creativity of nearly 30 restaurants in the area. There will also be a farmers market with vendors from local wineries and breweries. With The Commons packed with Chili Cook-Off veterans and new faces to the festival, understanding how to best tackle the event can be overwhelming. The Ithaca Times has compiled a few tips to help get the most out of the cook-off. Bring your own mug. Each restaurant scoops a spoonful of chili into a small, sample size cup after you drop a ticket in the bucket. While this spoonful may be just enough to get a taste of the chili, bringing your own mug changes the game. Not only does it reduce the amount of waste produced throughout the day, but restaurants usually fill up

Stage Next To Normal | Thursday, February 8, 18 | Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 E Genesee St, Syracuse | At the center of this acclaimed Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical is a family at once familiar and recognizable, but also coping with its own particular dysfunction. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf | Thursday, February 8, 18 | Auburn Public Theatre, 8 Exchange St., Auburn | Passionate and fearless, Shange’s words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. Comedy Night | 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | (Improv, Stand up. Hosted by Comedy FLOPs) Buffalo St. Books Presents Trampoline Thursdays | 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | A

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night of competitive storytelling where the public is invited to share tall tales. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery | 7:30 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira | Witness five actors playing 40 quirky characters and venture deep into a world filled with disguises. Drag Show with Cassanova’s Royal Court | 9:00 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | The Range, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Cassanova’s Royal Court’s bi-weekly drag show. Winter Dance: Ithaca Ballet | 7:30 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | America’s Sweethearts | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Memorial Park Pavilion, Preble | Celebrating History through Harmony, America’s Sweethears will be singin’ and swingin’ through the decades. The Hollywood Special Effects Show | 3:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Clemens Center, 207 Clemens

Wednesday Night Ithaca Women’s Basketball Association | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Lehman Alternative Community School, 111 Chestnut St, Ithaca | Check out the league’s website for more information: Salsa Night at Agava | 10:00 PM-1:00 AM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Agava, 381 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca | Join an awesome dance crowd at Ithaca’s signature Latin dance party. Arrive early, 10pm, for introductory Salsa dance lesson and workshops. Fish and Steak Fry | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | American Legion Post, 770 4431 Seneca Rd,

An evening of innovative pieces with new choreographic works by Tucker Davis, Lena Polzonetti , Amy O’Brien, María ValenciaAlvarez, Amanda Moretti, and more. This performance will also include a couple of pieces by Lawrence Brantley from Ithaca Ballet repertory. (Photo provided)


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also willing to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss out on the silent disco. New to the cook-off this year, a silent disco will be led by DJ Gourd.


Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, Saturday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.

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One of the local chefs dressing his chili samples. (File photo)

Center Parkway, Elmira | Bound for Glory | 8:30 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca | Bound for Glory’s weekly live show.

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mugs entirely with chili — much more than the measly sample cups. For bonus points, bring your own spoon to help cut down on waste from the disposable spoons used throughout the day. Share tastings with a friend. Gathering samples of chili throughout the day doesn’t seem like much food at first. A few spoonfuls at one restaurant, then a few at the next and suddenly you’re much more full than you anticipated — and how will you try the rest of the samples? A simple solution is to buy a bundle of tickets with a friend and share each tasting. You’ll be able to try more restaurants without filling up too quickly, and you’ll have someone to share your thoughts on chili with. Fingerless gloves are essential. Fingerless gloves that can be converted into mittens keep you warm while also giving your fingers the mobility necessary for dropping off tickets and scooping chili. Instead of fumbling around with bulky gloves or freezing without any mittens, fingerless gloves provide a solution. Learn about which restaurants accommodate for different diets. If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or have any food allergies, it’s best to learn what different restaurants offer before standing in line for chili. Each booth will typically have a list of allergens at the front, and the chefs are

Exchange two tickets for a pair of wireless headphones, and walk around the festival with funky tunes in your ears. •

Trumansburg | Cornell University Women’s Hockey vs. Yale University | 6:00 PM-, Friday, February 9, 18 | Lynah Rink, Cornell Univ., Ithaca | Cornell Univeristy Women’s Basketball vs. Brown University | 6:00 PM-, Friday, February 9, 18 | Newman Arena at Bartels Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Ithaca Women’s Basketball vs Clarkson University | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Ithaca College Ben Light Gymnasium, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | Ithaca Men’s Basketball vs Clarkson University | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Ithaca College Ben Light Gymnasium, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | Winter Farmers Market | Saturday, February 10, 18 | Ithaca Farmers Market, 545 3rd Street, Ithaca | The Ithaca Farmers Market, indoors during the winter months. Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM,

Saturday, February 10, 18 | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Targeted toward beginners, but appropriate for all. Binoculars available for loan. Meet at the front of the building. Ithaca Women’s Basketball vs St. Lawrence University | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Ithaca College Ben Light Gymnasium, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | Cornell University Women’s Hockey vs. Brown University | 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Lynah Rink, Cornell Univ., Ithaca | Ithaca Men’s Basketball vs St. Lawrence University | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Ithaca College Ben Light Gymnasium, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | Cornell Univeristy Women’s Basketball vs. Yale University | 5:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Newman Arena at Bartels Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Murder Mystery Dinner | 6:00 PM,

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The State Theatre of Ithaca, Thursday, Feb. 8, 8-10:30 p.m.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the State Theatre. With more than 50 years of touring and performing, the group has perfected vocal harmonies, its signature dance moves and onstage banter. From South Africa, Ladysmith stays true to its cultural roots in all of its live shows. (Photo provided)

Saturday, February 10, 18 | American Legion Post, 770 4431 Seneca Rd, Trumansburg | Pancake Breakfast | 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Varna Community Center, 943 Dryden Rd (Rt. 366), Dryden | Includes all you care to eat Pancakes, French Toast or Waffles, Sausage and Bacon or Ham from Clark’s in Dryden, Cooked-to-Order Eggs (locally sourced), Hash Brown Potatoes, Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Fresh Fruit, OJ & Hot Beverages, homemade Unsalted Butter & Whipped Cream. Knitters and Crocheters | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Varna United Methodist Church, 965 Dryden Rd, Ithaca | Come meet other fiber artists and share skills with one another. Teen-Only Gaming Sessions | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, Monday, February 12, 18 | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Middle and high school-aged students (and homeschooled equivalents) are invited to participate in after school gaming sessions. Use our space to play your favorite board games, tabletop RPGs and collectible card games.

Special Events Seneca Lake Wine Trail Savory World of Seneca Weekend | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Rte 14 (west side of lake), Watkins Glen | Participating wineries will be preparing food from a variety of different nations, with many of them decorating their tasting rooms in the same theme, pairings up samples of their dishes with their wines. The Great Downtown Ithaca Chilli Cook-off | Saturday, February 10, 18 | Downtown Ithaca, Center ithaca, Ithaca | Local restaurants from the Ithaca area face off and compete for the tastiest chilli. Bring your own mug and your own spoon, and don’t forget to bundle up. Chili Cook Off, Van Etten | 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Community Fire and Rescue, 321 State Rte 224, Van Etten | For more info & registration, contact George or Estella Heeman (607) 589-7852 or (607) 220-6781. Chinese New Year Celebration | 7:00

PM-9:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | Experience traditional and modern Chinese dance, costumes and authentic Chinese foods to benefit the Center for the Arts and the CNY Chinese Cultural Center. The 13th Masquerade Ball: An Elegant Evening Of Music And Comedy | 7:00 PM-11:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The Loft, 305 Stewart Ave, 2nd Floor, Ithaca | Music and Laughter come together with a masquerade theme for an evening out.

101 E Green St, Ithaca | Justin Sutera will lead a conversation about safely exploring and enjoying the outdoors in winter. Topics will include tracking, shelter, preparedness and winter foods. Attendees will also participate in hands-on activities.


Health Sacred Sunday Community at Yoga Farm | 9:00 AM-11:15 AM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Yoga Farm, 404 Conlon Rd, Lansing | All are Welcome. Discover Your Self & Awaken Your Kindest HumanityPray. Move. Sit. Connect. Open Meditation | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca | All are welcome to meditate according to their own practice. Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting | 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Monday, February 12, 18 | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | A 12-Step meeting. Contact Leigh 379-4858. Ithaca Bipolar Support Group Meeting | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Lifelong, 119 West Court St., Ithaca | The group is peer-run without supervision by any medical expert. We share knowledge and experience in an attempt to help each other deal with the issues of bipolar disorder.


Fossil ID Day | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 18 | The Museum of the Earth will identify a fossil you bring in. Extreme Life Darwin Days | Sunday, February 11, 18 | Museum Of The Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca | An annual commemoration of the birthday and ideas of Charles Darwin. Celebrate the wild world of evolution with PRI and explore the topic of extreme life, stretching from the earliest life on Earth to the search for possible life on other worlds.

The New Roots Rock Band will perform at from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at The Haunt. (Photo provided)

Discovery Sundays | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Sunday, February 11, 18 | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Learn about exoskeletons, butterflies, skin and skulls, whooping cranes and much more. Visit www. for details. Science Cabaret | 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Sciencenter, 601 1st St, Ithaca | Microbiologist Stephen Zinder will take you on a historical journey of discovery about the mighty microbes known as methanogens. Join us for an interactive discussion about these methanogen discoveries, microbes and how by 1977 these discoveries led to a controversial new tree of life.

Learning Breakfast in Bed | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Thursday, February 8, 18 | The Space at GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Join GreenStar’s own Catering Chef Chris Logue for this pre-Valentine’s

Day special. Recipes and samples provided. Registration is required. Sign up online at or at GreenStar’s Customer Service Desk or call 273-9392. Cayuga Bird Club Meeting | 7:30 PM, Monday, February 12, 18 | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | This month’s speaker will be Bob McGuire, presenting Across Siberia: Birding With a Microphone. For information, email president @ or refer to the bird club’s website: Food in the Foyer: Sensual Avocado Mousse | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | The Space at GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Learn how to make this simple recipe with Theresa Joseph. This nutrientdense dessert takes all of the guilt out of a creamy, comfort food: and it’s rich and chocolatey! Winter Survival Skills | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 13, 18 | Tompkins County Public Library,


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Tompkins County Public Library Art Exhibitions | Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Various exhibitions from local artists. On exhibition through Feb. 14. Paint and Sip Party | Thursday,

Send your events items – band gigs, benefits, meet-ups, whatever – to

The Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off,

The Range, Ithaca, Friday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m.

Throughout Downtown Ithaca, Saturday, Feb. 10

A myriad of local artists will put on a show at The Range, with Thru Spectrums headlining. Members of bands Kitestring, Noon Fifteen and Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis, The Harry Nichols Band, Spacetrain and more will grace the stage. All bands featured are local groups. (Photo provided)

Local restaurants from the Ithaca area face off and compete for the tastiest chilli. Bring your own mug and your own spoon, and don’t forget to bundle up. This year will feature the very first silent disco during the cook-off. (Photo provided)

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K-2 Acting Classes | 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Memorial Park Pavilion, Preble | Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig! We’ll work together to tell this funny take on a famous story. Third to Sixth Grade Acting Lessons | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Memorial Park Pavilion, Preble | Cinderella Bigfoot: Cinderella is special in so many ways. We’ll work on actor training through games and scenework, and we will use music to tell our story. 7th to 12th Grade Acting Lessons | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, Wednesday, February 7, 18 | Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Memorial Park Pavilion, Preble | We will work on acting through song. Through musical duets and scenes, we will explore just how great characterizations on musical theatre can be. Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM-11:00 AM, Friday, February 9, 18 | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Caregivers and babies up to 24 months old are invited to Baby Storytime. Join us for books, music, movement and rhyming, along with early literacy tips for babies and their caregivers. Freedom Riders | 10:00 AM-12:30 PM, Monday, February 12, 18 | Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira | This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

February 8, 18 | The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls | Create your very own masterpiece painting while you sip some wine with artist Tina Yianotti. John Lyon Paul | Thursday, February 8, 18 | Kendal At Ithaca, 2230 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca | John Lyon Paul’s latest artworks will be on exhibition, featuring recent paintings on glass. On exhibition through Feb. 28. The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections | Friday, February 9, 18 | Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca | The exhibition features rare and unique books and documents from 15th-century witch hunting manuals to 20th-century movie posters. Little Gems, A Collection of Miniature Paintings | Friday, February 9, 18 | West End Gallery, 12 W Market St, Corning | A new exhibit which features small works by more than 30 regional artists. Ezra’s Gorge(s): A Historical Perspective on Ezra’s Tunnel by Dan McClure. | Friday, February 9, 18 | History Center, 401 E State St, Ithaca | A look at the history of Ezra’s tunnel. Members Show Part 2 | Friday, February 9, 18 | State Of The Art, 120 W State St Ste 2, Ithaca | Works of art by half of the gallery members: Mary Ann Bowman, Stan Bowman, Erin Deneuville, Frances Fawcett, Shirley Hogg, Susan Larkin, Daniel McPheeters, Diane Newton, Terry Plater, Patty Porter, Margaret Reed, Janet Byer Sherman and David Watkins, Jr. The Weight of the Mark | Sunday, February 11, 18 | Corners Gallery, 903 Hanshaw Rd Ste 3, Ithaca | A group exhibition that celebrates mark-making as the primary source of the creative process. Participating artists : Doug Baird, Bill Benson, Laura Glenn, Ileen Kaplan, Diane McPherson, Margy Nelson, Diane Newton, Barbara Page, Allen C. Smith, and Carol Spence.

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