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98 Affordable Units Get Funded
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inety-eight affordable housing units are slated for renovation this year under a $50,000 infusion of funding from the county, giving a much needed facelift to some of Ithaca’s oldest apartments. The funding, which will be voted on at the next meeting of the county legislature, is part of a $19 million plan to renovate older buildings owned by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. The 98 units are located in 44 properties on 17 tax parcels scattered throughout the City of Ithaca in the Northside, Southside, and lower West Hill areas. Renovations will be based on a recent evaluation of roofs, windows, insulation, siding, heating systems, kitchens, baths, carpeting, flooring, and other cosmetic needs. “To have this many rental units rehabbed at one time is pretty unusual,” said County Planner Megan McDonald. “[...] especially with the area’s tight rental market that doesn’t encourage landlords to put money into renovating units when they can keep them leased up.” No residents will be permanently displaced by the construction, INHS said; tenants will be able to remain in their apartment during the construction or moved to another available INHS unit. None of the money given by the County involves local tax dollars. The County’s contribution comes from funds originally received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that were loaned under the County’s Homeownership Program and have been repaired by borrowers. The City of Ithaca is giving $50,000 in funding for the project, and Cornell University is contributing $200,000. Low income housing credits and mortgage funds will comprise roughly $12 million of the project’s total funding. As part of the requirements to receive funding, INHS has agreed that the renovated rental units will become subject to a housing regulatory agreement that will maintain the units’ affordable housing status for the next five decades even if they are bought and sold over the years. If all goes according to plan, construction is scheduled to begin within the next year. –Jaime Cone
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abitat for Humanity continues to strengthen its new foot hold within the City of Ithaca, as a new construction project is being considered for funding by the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA). The four units would be at 402 South Cayuga Street, joining Habitat’s other ongoing Ithaca project on Morris Street, where there will be two more townhouses with construction potentially starting in April. The Cayuga Street site is currently empty and has been for quite some time, after a fire tore through the previous apartment building and was subsequently demolished several years ago. Before these two projects,
T ▶ DiBella’s Subs will FINALLY be opening on February 16. The Rochester-based chain, though sharing its recipes with Wegmans, has its own special place in the hearts of Rochestarians. We’re sure it’ll catch on here. (Seriously, life begins and ends with their Dagwood. Trust us.) ▶ A panel on drone resistance is happening on Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m. over at GIAC, two days before the Big Books Drone Resistance Trial
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An empty lot at 402 S. Cayuga St. Habitat For Humanity wants to build a house there. (Photo: Casey Martin)
Habitat had never before built in the city, unable to break through the robust (and expensive) Ithaca housing market despite a 30-year history of building in other parts of the county. Shannon MacKinney, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties, said they are excited to finally have a chance to make the jump into Ithaca proper after so many projects elsewhere. “We’d love to be able to help fill that need,” she said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for us to continue working in the city, and hopefully start a trend.” MacK i n ne y s a id a s she knows it, the site could cost $32,000 to purchase from the city, though she was not aware if an updated valuation was being made. She’s been with Habitat for several years, and said she has seen the housing issue moved from footnote to headline during the past year.
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“Housing has really made it to the forefront of the conversation in the past couple of years,” she said, noting the contributions of other area agencies and organizations to low-income housing throughout the years. “Habitat can kind of fill that niche in a unique way […] You need a way to not only give to the family, but have them give back to the community. Hopefully, in the process of building housing we’re building better neighborhoods.” The sheer cost of development and the lack of availability have been the major obstacles to Habitat’s expansion into Ithaca, MacKinney said. The housing market is different than most and probably not going to change soon, she said, and as a result most of their projects have focused on places like Cortland, Lansing, Groton and Trumansburg. According
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If you could choose a new festival for Downtown Ithaca, what kind of festival would it be?
“Winter sports festival! I’m from Florida so I need some lessons.” —Katherine Herleman
“Downtown Music Festival would be nice – Grassroots without the camping!” —Marcus Wright
“I’m from out of town – but I’d definitely come back for an Ithaca Jazz Festival” —Pete Grayson
“Local Herb Festival.” —Will Weaks
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“Policing is a classically local or state prerogative, not a federal prerogative.” tion that remains is can Trump make good on his threats, and by declaring sanctuary status, are Ithaca and the County walking into financial ruin? Ari Lavine, Ithaca’s City Attorney and one of the main legal architects behind the sanctuary city bill, said the city has three main legal principles it believes will protect it from large-scale punitive action. Fi r s t , t he I m m i g r at ion Reform Act of 1996, Lavine said, does not require municipalities to share certain information with immigration enforcement agencies such as ICE or Customs and Border Patrol. According to
“Grape harvest festival!” —Robin Burke and Shanise Jay
s more and more cities across the United States come out in opposition to the new presidential administration through sanctuary city legislation, questions about possible repercussions have arisen. One of President Donald Trump’s staple campaign promises was to cut federal funding to all sanctuary cities, in an effort to make them comply with a nationwide crackdown on undocumented immigrants. That pledge came to fruition, in part, on January 25 when Trump signed an Executive Order that stated “jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal law do not receive federal funds, except as mandated by law.” Undeterred, Mayor Svante My r ic k a nd t he C om mon Council passed an ordinance last week that officially declared Ithaca a sanctuary city, and similar legislation from legislator Anna Kelles and constitutional law professor Kathleen Bergin is under consideration in the Tompkins County Legislature this month. The murky ques-
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the IRA, Lavine said the city only cannot forbid local police from providing information about immigrant status – legal or illegal – and nation of origin, which the ordinance specifically allows. In addition, Lavine said the Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which deals with the separation of state and federal powers, protects states from having to activate their enforcement agencies to abide by federal government laws. The city is instructing IPD to not enforce federal immigration laws, Lavine said, because they consider that a federal priority not in line with the city’s values. A similar situation has arisen in recent years regarding local policing of marijuana, which is still illegal federally but has become further decriminalized in many states and cities nationwide. “Policing is a classically local or state prerogative, not a federal prerogative,” Lavine said. Lastly, Lavine said the Spending Clause in the U.S. Constitution would shield Ithaca from losing all federal funding or grants. In other words, while the order threatens to withhold funding from non-compliant jurisdictions, the funding would have to be “closely related” to the enforcement of immigration laws in order to be legal. Mayor Myrick has previously said that IPD does not receive significant federal funding, and the city would be able to cover any lost police money. Lavine said this puts Ithaca in an advantageous position compared to other cities with more serious crime problems whose police departments receive more substantial grants and thus may be more vulnerable to the disappearance of federal money. “It’s the city’s position that the Spending Clause of the U.S. Constitution protects the city from being de-funded, as to infrastructure or transportation
spending as a result of alleged violations of immigration-related statutes,” Lavine said. These points all seem generally legitimate, particularly the commonly used 10th Amendment defense, according to Cornell University international law specialist Jens David Ohlin, though he had not specifically reviewed the ordinance itself. He said from others he had seen, Ithaca’s falls on the stronger end of the spectrum since it includes limits on complying with detainer requests from the federal government – there must be a warrant for criminal arrest, or approval from the City Attorney’s Office. The most important battleground will be the Spending Clause. That is where it would appear the federal government has the most interpretationleeway to lower the boom on sanctuary cities. But, as ot hers have said including Lavine, Ohlin stated that a federal attempt to drain funding beyond just law enforcement would be tenuous. A fear that arose at a recent Tompkins County meeting on the legislation was whether education funding would be at risk for schools serving undocumented students, though Ohlin said that would seem to be a step beyond the scope of illegal immigration enforcement. “That has a whiff of plausibility to it,” Ohlin said, without wanting to speak definitively. “But that becomes tangential, that would be much weaker footing.” Ohlin said while the federal government has some recourse, eventually Congress would have to actually make the decision to cut the funding and carry out the action. Congress cannot do something “too coercive,” Ohlin said, which limits their penal abilities against oppositional jurisdictions. –Matt Butler
to the Habitat website, there have been 23 Habitat projects in Tompk ins and Cortland Counties since 1988. But Habitat for Humanity seems like a natural match for Ithaca in 2017. The company’s dedication to affordable housing fit into the general movement in Ithaca towards providing the low- and moderate-income population with a roof over their heads. The last several months have been dominated by local discussion on the topic, most notably at the Tompkins County Housing Summit in November. IURA member Karl Graha m sa id one of t he more crucial aspects of the Habitat proposa l was that it would be owner-occupied housing, which has been an additional
“The problems will still remain, the lots are rare and they’re expensive […] Affordable housing will continue to be a real issue in the city.” focus in a city bursting at the seams with rental properties. “It’s lacking in the city, and here was an opportunity to help an organization that we rea lly wanted to help, who does great work,” Gra ha m said. “It fit perfectly, and we were really happy that they were able to come for ward with a proposal. Gra ha m said whi le he would like to see Habitat continue to find projects around Ithaca, it is probably a coincidence that af ter so many years of dormancy, the city will now host two projects. The breakthrough is good, but doesn’t represent a significant change in a stubbornly price prohibitive housing market. The challenges that kept Habitat out will probably continue to do so. “I think it’s an anomaly,” Graham said. “The problems will still remain, the lots are rare and they’re expensive […] Affordable housing will continue to be a real issue in the city.” –Matt Butler
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econd Wind Cot tages, the cluster of tiny houses that provide shelter for homeless men on Elmira Road in Newfield, will continue to expand this summer with the addition of three more cottages. In addition, Carmen Guidi, director of Second Wind, says that the nonprofit plans to build an entirely new facility located just up the street that will house exclusively women and children. He said Second Wind already owns the land and that it’s an ideal location because, like the original site, it’s also located on the bus route. But that’s not for another couple of years, Guidi said. For now Second Wind is focusing on the original men’s campus. The first six cottages went up in fall 2013, and three more have been added each year for a current total of 12. They will add three this summer and another three in 2018 to reach their final goal of 18 residences. Each tiny house costs roughly $12,000 to $15,000 to build, and community members are invited every year to help out with the construction. Second Wind’s annual operating budget is about $132,000, Guidi said, pointing out that after the next six cottages are built the nonprofit can turn its attention to hiring staff and other issues. There are no stipulations on how long a resident can live at
Scott Goodrich, in his home at Second Wind Cottages. (Photo: Jaime Cone)
the cottages, and some of them have been residing there since they opened while six others have been able to move on to traditional housing. Second Wind does not turn away the most difficult to place felons, including arsonists and sex offenders. They pay rent as they are able to help meet operating expenses. Six of the twelve men living at Second Wind are currently employed, including Scott Goodrich, who was recently hired for a construction job. Prior to that, he said, he was recently offered a job at Home Depot before management conducted a background check and informed him that it was against company policy to hire someone convicted of the felony of Grand Larceny. Goodrich, who is originally from Ithaca, said he skipped town after he was charged with embezzling from his employer. According to published reports, a warrant was issued for his arrest in March 2015 after he was a no-show in court. He said he travelled all the way to the West Coast and lived at multiple homeless shelters before taking a Greyhound bus home and turning himself in. After seven months in jail he found himself homeless again until he applied to live at Second Wind in November. He has battled drug addiction but says he has been sober for over one year, and he’s currently focused on paying his restitution to the company he stole from. It’s the nonjudgemental support of the staff, he said, that has had the biggest impact on him when it comes to turning his
life around. The most recent addition to Second Wind is a small administrative building donated by Cornell through the help of the Ithaca ReUse Center. It just opened December 17 and has offices, a kitchenette, and washing machines and dryers for the residents to use. “It’s a huge deal for us to have a place that’s not their own space where we can interface with them and the community can come in,” Guidi said. “It makes a big difference,” agreed Sarah Widercrantz, Second Wind Cottages Board of Directors and treasurer. “Before we would have been sitting in a truck to meet with you.” Guidi said the ultimate goal is to build a much larger on-site facility where the residents can learn various trades and sell the resulting wares. The story began after a working trip to Haiti, when Guidi went to “The Jungle” one day with a stack of pizzas for the homeless people living there and formed fast friendships with many of them, which led to urgent efforts to find them housing. “I was housi ng men i n campers, and it was astronomically expensive, but it was one of these situations where at the time something had to be done,” Guidi said. “People were dying outside.” The biggest hurdle to placing men in permanent housing was not lack of money for rent. Rather, Guidi said he found that many landlords refuse to rent to people with criminal histories, regardless of their financial situation. In an effort to provide immediate shelter for six homeless men he knew, he built the first six tiny houses that would soon multiply and become Second Wind Cottages. He says that there’s still room for improvement. According to Guidi, while the number of homeless people in Ithaca went down the year he started Second Wind, it has since continued to rise, with a number of people continuing to live in the “The Jungle,” a homeless camp behind Ithaca’s big box stores. Guidi said the housing his organization provides is not enough. “If you don’t have anything to combat the problem, the numbers are going to continue to grow,” he said, “until you start to implement more things.” –Jaime Cone
Facing An ACA Repeal
▶ Anti-Capitalist Chili As Downtown Ithaca was packed with people enjoying the best of the best chilis in town, in its usual spot in Dewitt Park, the group Food Not Bombs, promoting its vision of peace and a world without poverty, served up a bunch of free chili. These guys get the thumbs-up not for doing this but for their creative and persistent self-promotion efforts (including the Trump piñata on inaugauration day). Gold stars all around.
n It haca a nd Tompk ins County, the past several weeks have been marked by a number of visible actions both by residents and legislators in opposition of a proposal by both the White House and house Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, despite not having a replacement at the ready. In late January, a large community forum was held to discuss what a future without the ACA would look like for those in the county who have come to rely on it, where little action was discussed other than lobby i n g C on g r e s s m a n Tom Reed, a Republican in favor of the repeal, to oppose a replacement-free repeal of the law. On February 2 and February 7, respectively, both the Common Council and County Legislature unanimously approved resolutions opposing the repeal of the ACA. Even Republican legislator Mike Sigler, of Lansing, voted for the resolution despite, in a lengthy Facebook post the night before, stating he does not see the ACA viable as written. “I don’t think you fix the AC A t h rou g h re s olut ion s demanding your Congressperson vote the way you want,” he wrote. “I talk to Congressman Reed’s office at least twice a month. I reiterate the needs of my constituents with preexisting conditions and ask how the expansion of Medicaid can be made sustainable. I’m told the Republicans have no plans on this. They had more than two dozen plans at last count. I simply won’t jeopardize my relationship with my Congressman and chance at having some input into the repeal or revision of the ACA because I want to placate those who refuse to see their neighbor’s plight because they are afraid, who refuse to see that the law as it stands cannot be maintained.” Yet Reed, in a town hall on the future of healthcare at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira last week, said the repeal of the law will not
▶ Cornell, Again Which, in predicting new growth for the coming year, plans on increasing revenues by 2.6 percent this year. How so? With a 3.75 percent tuition increase, bringing tuition up to a total of $52,612 for out-of-state students. (Tuition increases to about $35,000 for in-state students). We should note, higher education finances are complicated. You can read more about it online, either on the Chronicle or Daily Sun.
Heard&Seen ▶ Stranded With A Kiss A particular favorite group of this editor, will be releasing its debut album with a show on Saturday, Feb. 25. at The Dock. The show starts at 9 p.m. and the cover is only $7.00. ▶ A Vape Shop is opening up on the Commons, adding to our rich slew of smoking-related retail. The PA-based chain, Vape Dragons, will be opening up shop “sometime in the coming months,” according to a tweet from ownership.
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Should there be more legislation or incentives for landlords to rent to Section 8 recipients? Please respond at the Ithaca Times Web site www.ithacatimes.com. L ast Week ’s Q uestion : A dmit it. You went to see the turbine . 71.4 percent of respondents answered “No” and 28.6 percent answered “Yes.”
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ot this past week but the week before, The Ithaca Times, as well as every other news outlet in town, published the type of innocuous report straight from the clutter folder. Typically, as you can assume from any story that comes from this folder jammed with press releases which, this piece would serve only as the “web-only” fodder that drive our internet traffic. This Ithaca Police Department release said that coming weekend, a “large load” would be coming through town, disrupting traffic along Route 13 for an undetermined period at an undetermined time, and that residents should watch their local media outlets for updates. Doing our due diligence, we published the release, joining outlets like 14850.com, WHCU Radio, The Ithaca Voice, The Ithaca Journal, MyTwinTiers.com, Time Warner Cable News and, for those more worldly, The Cortland Standard. Even the Post-Standard, out of Syracuse, picked it up, localizing the phenomenon for all of us here in far-flung Tompkins County. It was safe to say the event was wellcovered. Yet, the piece written in less than 30 minute’s time went to number one as the most-read piece on our site, above such important topics like the West Dryden Pipe-
line, the potential impacts of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act... basically anything substantial we picked up. For a weekend, this turbine coming through town was poised to drive the news cycle. Given any idea of how a newsroom works, this puzzled us a bit but, given the context it was understandable: the news is serious business, after all. That weekend as the turbine came through town, we gave our reporters a day off and told them not to worry about this thing: after all, the other outlets in town were all over it, there was no angle we could possibly get from a General Electric shipment coming through town that could possibly differ from anyone else’s take: we shrugged it off, deferring a day’s boost in web traffic simply because, in the managing editor’s judgement, it wasn’t a big enough deal for us to cover. The following week in print, we made fun of the phenomenon, how something so seemingly dull could have captured the attention of people so powerfully as it did in such an exciting town; we wondered how something moving at 2 to 4 miles per hour could possibly grip anyone’s attention for longer than a minute, if at all. Then, we received a letter (published on contin u ed on page 7
Ithaca Is...? By St e ph e n P. Bu r k e
thaca Is Gorges” is a slogan all Ithacans know, and we love our gorges, though you will never see residents wearing t-shirts with this slogan, meant for tourists and students’ families: not us. We might not even visit a gorge all that often: maybe as often as New York City residents visit the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, which is to say when one has guests from out of town. There is probably no other possible slogan so cunningly catchy and commercial for Ithaca, or you would have seen it on a bumper sticker by now, but I wonder if there are equally apt metaphors for our town, or even apter, to define us further. Here are some that occur to me. “Ithaca Is Gray.” Maybe, but not as much as Syracuse. “Ithaca Is Expensive Housing.” Again: maybe, but not as much as, say, New York City, where their Times newspaper recent ly ran a feature about a professional, job-holding guy who, as his residence, rents a 5X8foot crawl space with a 5-foot ceiling (he is 6-foot) and no water for $400 a month (it is probably $700 by now, with the publicity, and others vying for it); or Martha’s Vineyard, where a
friend of mine recently moved, who reports there are practically no rental houses for 12-month residents, who might be able to pay a maximum of, say, $3,000 a month, or $36,000 a year, but summer visitors will pay a lot more than $36,000 for just June, July, and August. “Ithaca Is Snack Foods.” Nah, just kidding. Ithaca is kale and kombucha, of course. “Ithaca Is Fashionable Clothing.” Again, just kidding. Ithaca is no suits or shoe polish, and skirts worn over pants. “Ithaca Is Restaurants.” A popular claim has Ithaca as the city in the U.S. with most restaurants per capita, but other cities (San Francisco, Providence, et al.) make the same claim. It seems to be a matter more of opinion than fact, like the existence of God, and as hard conclusively to prove. “Ithaca Is Music.” Nashville, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Brooklyn are bigger centers for musicians, but I bet that Ithaca, on the elusive per capita level, has more of them. Check out Porchfest sometime, an event where our city closes neighborhood streets so hundreds of musicians can
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Yes, I DID Watch The Turbine
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ES, I did watch the turbine procession. I also spent time talking to and learning from some of the small army of people that made its passage possible. It was gratifying to view an American-made (in NYS, even) device on its way to improve the lives of our citizens. The craftsmanship, ingenuity and teamwork that made such an expedition possible was impressive. I enjoyed every minute of it, and your smug comments and snide “thumbs-down” won’t rob me of that. Neither was it, by a long shot, the “dumbest thing” you’ve ever covered. Your estimation of this event and the attitude implied toward observers are symptomatic of the condescension and dismissal displayed toward working class people and their lives by our politicians and elite. Just the kind of thing that drove millions of alienated voters to elect the biggest Windbag in History to the office of U.S. President. By the way, the turbine was not “stuck in Danby,” but temporarily idled for a day so the workers could have their mandated time off. –Dorothy Stiefel, Spencer
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hat ever happened to “home rule” which local environmentalists made so much of when it suited their interests? The IDA will impose a PILOT program whether the school district or the Town like it or not. We did not elect the IDA. –‘Cicero,’ vi a Ithaca.com
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have brought very ill potential patients to the ER and have had to wait in a long line to even get “registered” in spite of telling the desk clerk that the person I brought was seriously ill. I finally had to barge through the door into the ER proper to talk to a nurse and get my friend assessed. She was taken right into the ER and then admitted to the hospital [...] This hospital needs to go back in time when there were fewer administrators but those that they had actually oversaw the care the patients were receiving instead of just sitting behind a desk and ignoring the poor care, or no care, that the patients they ultimately are responsible for are not getting. –‘MF McCann,’ via Ithaca.com
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play outside their houses for thousands of listeners. The Porchfest phenomenon has spread to scores of cities, but it started here. “Ithaca Is Politics.” For the Trump anti-inaugural last month, every bus available for rent in our area was hired and filled. Meanwhile, our downtown had 10,000 people convening and dissenting. “Ithaca Is Progressive.” In the 2008 Democratic primary, we were the only county outside of New York City to vote for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. In 2016, Clinton somehow became cool enough to win in the city; but not here, where Bernie Sanders took Obama’s role, winning in a landslide, 62 to 38 per cent. “Ithaca Is Yoga.” Ithaca has
yoga classes everywhere. Look out your window right now and you will see someone with a backpack and a yoga mat. Relatedly, Ithaca is a major global center of Eastern study, as the North American Seat of the Personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (I am using capitals as they do). “Ithaca Is A Stellar Weekly Newspaper That Runs Dozens Of Stories, Features, And Sections Per Issue, For Four Decades And Counting, And Is Free.” Ahem. “Ithaca Is Ten Square Miles Surrounded By Reality.” Ah, wait. That one is done. Stephen P. Burke is a columnist for The Ithaca Times. His column, ‘Ithaca Notes,’ appears biweekly.
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the opposite page) that brought us back to earth. The letter, written by a resident of the equally far-flung village of Spencer, chastised us for being so dismissive of this phenomenon, stating that not only did it show an elitist’s loftiness in perspective, but that it was a continuation of the further phenomenon of an elitist media, recently exposed with the underestimation of populist movements that had recently made themselves heard nationwide. The turbine was not, as the editorial arm described it, “the dumbest thing we’ve ever covered.” We were dumb. Beneath our noses was a wellorchestrated operation of both teamwork and specialized skill, people extremely well-versed in a particular discipline none of us could ever have accomplished. It wasn’t grunt work, as this desk jockey wrote it off as: this is the type of ingenuity, effort and focus that made America great in the first place. And we let it slip right past us at 4 miles per hour. What this exposed to us is simple. We come misinformed, without context, judging newsworthiness by I llu stration By Marshall Hopkin s
what ’s on a meet i ng’s agenda or what comes prescribed by our personal interests and passions. But in approaching the news this way, we don’t do what we’re meant to do: we shy away from serving the interests of our community, seeing the world from our reader’s eyes and bringing it back to a context they understand. There is a practice out there called “parachute journalism,” in which journalists are thrown into a strange place to report on a story in which the reporter has little knowledge or experience. In our ten square miles, that strange place came to us in a convoy moving at the speed of cold molasses. And the pitch came and went without a swing. A desk, they say, is a dangerous place to see the world. Limited staffing, piecing together special sections to drive advertising revenues and increased responsibility make it harder and harder to get outside (unless you’re talking about the walk between 109 N. Cayuga St. and Shortstop Deli). So please, everyone, keep writing and continue to remind us that there is, in fact, a world out there. You just might help us see it.
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passed the 21st Century Cures Act on Friday. The resolution backs funding and research initiatives for the National Institute of Health and other agencies. Despite priding himself as a supporter of clean air and water, Reed voted in favor of a resolution that formally disapproves of the Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule which requires assessment of risks to properties surrounding surface level coal operations. Reed said in a media call last week he opposes the rule’s government overreach, “To me that was an attack on the coal industry for example, where they were carrying on an agenda in the EPA in order to pick winners and losers when it comes to the energy development resources in America.”
Week Of 2/5-2/12 By Vaughn Golden Barbara Lifton NY State Assembly This past week in Albany, Assemblywoman Lifton voted in favor of legislation to enact the DREAM Act which provides scholarship funding for undocumented individuals to attend SUNY schools. Similar legislation passed the senate in 2016, but was shot down in the republican-held senate. This year’s attempt is likely to meet a similar fate.
The house will consider legislation on veteran’s affairs, labor laws and more environmental regulations this week.
Several measures also passed through the assembly this week with Lifton’s seal of approval. Assembly bill 4881 reduced the maximum jail time for a misdemeanor from one year to 364 days. Federal immigration agencies review every individual’s citizenship status if they’ve spent over a year behind bars. By releasing any individuals a year early, legislators found a simple workaround to protect many of the sanctuary measures advocated fiercely by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. However, that legislation still awaits review in the senate.
The congressman will also host three town halls in the western parts of the district this coming Saturday. When asked to affirm if a town hall was being planned for Ithaca, Reed said “we have done them there, we will do them in the future.” Kirstin Gillibrand U.S. Senate Senator Gillibrand introduced a bill last week that would create a national program for paid family and medical leave. 27 democrats in the senate co sponsored the legislation which Gillibrand claims garners support from both industries and family advocacy groups alike. “The business community knows if we had a national paid leave plan it would put a lot of money, potentially $21 billion back into the economy every single year, all for the cost of a cup of coffee a week,” Gillibrand told a press call last week.
Both houses of the legislature also passed bills preventing state or local governmental bodies from creating registries based on people’s “race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and national or ethnic origin.” Lifton, as well as her counterpart in the senate, Tom O’Mara, voted in favor of the legislation which will likely receive Governor Cuomo’s autograph this week. The assemblywoman announced several town hall meetings for later this week including 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Caroline and Friday at 3-5 p.m. in Ithaca.
This is not the first time the junior senator has proposed a family and medical leave bill. Gillibrand proposed similar legislation in 2015, but it never made it out of the senate finance committee, where it currently sits this week
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The house is also taking up the same bill which is sponsored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut and co-sponsored by 117 other democrats. That bill now sits in the house ways and means committee of which 23rd District Congressman Tom Reed is a member.
Uber and Lyft users are one step closer to hailing rides by phone in New York thanks to a bill cosponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara. The senate approved the bill last Monday and it now awaits approval by the assembly which killed the bill in 2016. Governor Cuomo supports the measure and even included a provision in his state budget which aligns with the senate bill almost identically. The only difference is that the governor’s bill imposes a 5.5 percent fee on all rides while the senate’s bill only imposes 2 percent.
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Senator Schumer lead the charge against Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary early last week where democrats held the senate floor throughout the night speaking against the nominee. “The nominee for Secretary of Education doesn’t know some of the most basic facts about education policy. She has failed to show proficiency, and there is no longer any time for growth,” Schumer said.
Congressman Tom Reed and a bipartisan group of 229 other representatives co-sponsored and
Despite the resistance, DeVos was confirmed by a tie-breaking vote from the vice president last Tuesday.
O’Mara will continue with several state budget hearings this week before the legislature ends session prior to a district work week.
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Seeking a fresh start after jail or recovery, where do those with nowhere to go end up living? By Nick Reynolds
arry Briggs did everything he was supposed to do. Sitting in jail close to two years ago, Briggs decided once he got out he was going to get on the right track: to go to school, stay clean and open up his own catering business. While in jail he hooked up with Edwin Santiago, a mentor with Ultimate Reentry Opportunity, and began planning his passage back into society, finding housing through 8
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the Department of Social Services, continuing his mentorship and playing it straight on the way to success. At least, that’s what the road ahead looked like in theory. Instead, Briggs found himself bouncing from couch to couch to a room in the homeless shelter, all while fighting a system of limited resources that can break a person’s will before they even have an opportunity to get on their feet.
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In Briggs’ case, it was the bureaucracy that got him: first, he couldn’t get his paperwork for Section 8 because he had no address, as he was living in the shelter. Then, after nobody with DSS would place him into housing, Briggs found his own landlord, got the paperwork he needed and was on his way to getting his $400 a month to pay for his housing. Until DSS withdrew his Section 8 for a “lack of paperwork,” something he said was
a fault of their own. “That’s what discourages a lot of people; they don’t have the fight in them,” Briggs said. “They’ve been fighting so long that once another discouragement comes along, they just quit. It’s sad when you get to that point, where you can’t fight by yourself.” Anybody who comes in the shelter, like Briggs, oftentimes doesn’t have paperwork or identification, and may have some unmet connections with organizations like DSS that need to be made to move forward. The idea is you can come into the homeless shelter, staff can help you make connections and move you quickly into some sort of room, somewhere. When Rich Bennett, the current director of the Ithaca Rescue Mission, got to the shelter, the top floors of the shelter were used as transitional housing but have since
been converted into permanent supportive housing, which could serve clients longer than the three to six months allowable in traditional forms of transitional housing. The other rooms in the facility, one of which Briggs stayed in for three weeks, often stay occupied far longer than intended: there’s often few places for their tenants to go. “In this community, you can have someone come into the shelter and work their butt off,” Bennett said. “But it still takes them 30 to 45 days to find housing because it’s in such high demand.” The idea is that once your time is up, whether incarcerated or in rehabilitation, you’re supposed to be corrected, cured, ready to reenter society: once your sentence ends, the assumption of the system is a new start for those who had been in it, getting back into society as a contributing member rather than a liability. Where the system falls short is easing people back into society, providing a brisk step off a cliff rather than a smooth transition back into the world. After incarceration or addiction, housing is considered to be the foundation to successful recovery. The main tenet of the “housing first” model -- a homeless assistance approach prioritizing the provision of permanent housing as quickly as possible to those in need – the model relies on a safe setting and voluntary supportive services in order to facilitate recovery. In Ithaca, which is already strained for affordable housing, ideal housing for those in recovery is scarce; assuming you can even get it in the first place. The Ideal
Upon reentry, a former convict or addict loses a lot. Outside of an institutionalized, regimented life within the walls of a jail, prison or treatment facility, people are essentially given a list of phone numbers and a person to meet with to try and find them a place to live. Many of these people, even if looking to turn their lives around, aren’t used to freedom or are incapable of dealing with their newly-vested independence. “If you’re coming out of prison and you’ve been incarcerated for upwards of a year, it’s going to take a while just to figure out how to be free,” said Deb Dietrich, director of Opportunities, Alternatives, And Resources of Tompkins County. “Frequently, when you’re coming out of jail, you’ve been homeless.” Overcoming a lifestyle so radically different than that offered beyond the streets or the walls of an institution is a challenge difficult to undergo alone, one which
Norfe Pir ro Dietrich said ideally requires six months to a year of housing where programs emphasizing personal accountability and close to services are available. The issue, she said, are the facilities offering services like programming are few and far in between and have been declining in number for years. And, in a climate where the Department of Social Services only provides $400 monthly rent in a market where a typical rent is more than double that, options in the private sec-
“In this community, you can have someone come into the shelter and work their butt off. But it still takes them 30 to 45 days to find housing because it’s in such high demand.”
tor are often limited, oftentimes a single room in the outskirts of town, far from essential services downtown or with in-house support. To fight this, many organizations, like Tompkins County Action and OAR, are working to purchase their own homes to serve as transitional housing. Dietrich’s organization, for instance, is trying to purchase a home to house five to seven of its clients coming back from incarceration for six months to a year, the whole time governed by several guiding principles to get back into the world. The house they’re looking at, a dilapidated home in need of essential repairs just to bring it up to code, will eventually include community space for
meals, programming like AA or the Mental Health Association, etc.: All served by someone serving as a sort of de facto residential advisor. Dietrich hopes that with the nonprofit sector creating a model like this where the public sector can’t can prove to be a more cost effective answer to recovery: While the corrections system does have a purpose, a lack of structure in society and gaps in opportunity can mean there is room for people to slip through the cracks who won’t be cured simply by locking them up. “A lot of times, people suffering from addiction issues have underlying mental health problems,” Dietrich said. “That tends to be how the addiction started – with self medication… a sense of community to help you discover what pushes your buttons are more than helpful but they aren’t the whole answer... It’s not just an issue of willpower, like we think.” Martha Robertson, a Tompkins County Legislator, said organizations like OAR or Tompkins Community Action has the mission and expertise to put programs like these in place in purpose-built facilities conducive to recovery. Tompkins County Action, for instance, is looking toward the construction of its 23-unit supportive housing complex, Amici House. OAR is close to securing the funding it needs to build its own home and URO is close to finding a site to construct a home of its own. Even the Salvation Army, which has been looking to create its own facility for some time, is getting close to building its own facility. Whatever they’ve planned, these organizations, with limited funds in a stressed Th e
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housing market, have a hard time finding their place or the financing to meet all of the demand in Ithaca and the surrounding community, with many landlords offering Section 8 typically reporting peak occupancy. And the stock of homes suitable for that bracket is diminishing. “Because our market is so incredibly tight, even decrepit houses in bad neighborhoods are expensive,” Robertson said. The Landlords
For landlords like Norfe Pirro, where the nonprofit sector falls short lies opportunity. Pirro, who owns 137 units of housing, says almost 95 percent of those he rents to rely on Section 8 or other housing subsidies to make ends meet. Many of those are former addicts or parolees, recommended to one of his properties by DSS. “I’ve always felt the responsibility to provide housing to people who need it, rather than who can afford it,” Pirro said. With options like what OAR offers yet to come online, it’s often someone like Pirro who DSS turns to. But people like him, he said, are harder and harder to come by each year. With slim profit margins, rising taxes and a lack of community support, the private sector has to be creative about where it finds room to grow. Oftentimes, the only sure bet for a successful addition to a portfolio is by fixing up foreclosed or dilapidated properties to the bare minimum of what the municipal code requires. But then, there’s the pushback of the neighbors to contin u ed on page 11
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a quick process, an opinion in line with that of many House Republicans following a statement by President Donald Trump a replacement plan would be in place “within a year” or even, as late as next year. Yet Tompkins County, which saw a seven percent drop in its uninsured rate in the two years after the institution of Obamacare, has a large contingency of people with much to lose, and nervous over the potential repeal of the ACA. According to Barbara Lifton, State Assemblywoman for the 125th District, more than 8,000 people stand to lose their health insurance and the quality of care in hospitals could be drastically affected: According to Lifton, if a repeal is instituted the state stands to lose “billions of dollars a year,” with the local
hospital, Cayuga Medical Center losing $3.4 million a year in federal funding. “I don’t see a silver lining in here, I don’t see a way to cope with this,” Lifton said. “We’re going to have people thrown off health insurance, our rural hospitals could close: these are devastating cuts and I don’t see the money to fix that. We’re talking millions and billions of dollars and we just have huge uncertainties.” Across the Southern Tier, many have echoed the same sentiments. In a town hall featuring Cornell professor Dan Lamb and former State Senate candidate Leslie Danks Burke, it was said that in New York, which covers health care through property taxes, a repeal of the ACA would mean local municipalities would have to foot the bill to cover the difference. While thousands of locals could see some
negative impacts from a repeal without a replacement, one sector in Tompkins County – the public sector – should do fine regardless. In the county, a public health consortium – a large risk pool comprised of multiple municipal governments – has created a massive risk pool utilized by the municipalities when buying insurance, meaning lower premiums due to lowered risk of payout from the insurance companies. The consortium includes Tompk ins County’s public sector as well as that of the six surrounding counties, and buys “metal level” plans from the private sector, where the insurance companies cover 100 percent of the risk. The “metal level plans” can pay up to 90 percent of the average policyholder’s health care costs and, in doing that every year, the plan is compared against the federally cal-
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culated cost for the average person. Though there is some creep, with pharmaceutical costs raising rates across the board each year, the Affordable Care Act has had an impact on the consortium model. In the ‘80s, when the consortium concept was signed into state law, public health plans paid about 80 percent of all health care costs. Now, they all pay 94 to 96 percent of healthcare costs, with public employees pay virtually nothing, often between six to eight percent of their total bill. Meanwhile, their premiums increase, on average, about five to seven percent a year, far less than the 10 to 15 percent increases seen from those in the marketplace. While a special and objectively, successful model, the shortcoming of its viability for the rest of us is that the consortium model is limited to the private sector. So, even with premiums rising outside the public sector and no fees to collect for those pulling out, health care would start to unravel no matter what was done. “If the affordable care act is undone in part – let’s say they don’t have any fees or penalties for people no longer covered by insurance – this actually hurts the insurance companies,” said Don Barber, head of the Tompkins County Health Consortium. “The healthy people – who support those who are sick – would pull out because they don’t need insurance. So now the whole paradigm of how insurance works begins to unravel […] unless you want to go into socialized medicine – which almost every developed nation does – and put everybody in the country into one big pool.” At the state level, there has been an effort to do this for more than two decades. Lifton said since 1992 or so, the assembly has weighed a single-payer healthcare bill paid for through a payroll tax administered by the employer that, despite constant tweaks, has consistently stalled before the Republican-controlled senate. Though acknowledging the issues with the ACA, she said she’s met doctors who, despite the relative chaos of the act say they’ve more or less adjusted to today’s healthcare model, building the structure of their practices around the policy. She said a single-payer model would require little tweaking of the current law but, because of a lack of support from the insurance companies, a single-payer policy will be held up. She said ultimately, she doubts free market principles apply in the healthcare system, speculating nobody compares costs of emergency rooms between hospitals when the ambulance is dispatched and that the idea of competition between hospitals is “just a fallacy,” warning that if we go back to a model of competition in the marketplace, hospitals and emergency rooms may take on the load of those uninsured who should have gone to primary care physicians. “I support universal healthcare,” Lifton said. “We have a great bill that will do that very well and it would save New Yorkers $45 billion. I’ve heard nobody come forward with any sort of proposal that would say ‘well, if we tweaked it this way or compromised here we could all agree on a plan.’” Presently, House Republicans are working toward proposing a plan which preserves the marketplace aspect of the ACA for private insurers, according to a February 13 article in the New York Times. But until a concrete proposal comes forward, the future is gray. –Nick Reynolds
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deal with. Pirro ran into a prominent case where several of his homes in Groton became the subject of a nuisance lawsuit, where neighbors – and the town itself – tried to write up his properties for their alleged negative impacts on the community, reducing the stock of rooms he has available by 18. What people don’t understand, he says, is how rare the properties he’s offering are to find. Typically to convert a house at a point that’s profitable, he needs a property zoned for multiple occupancy, offering at least one bathroom for every four rooms. To code, each of these properties don’t even need a kitchen, Pirro’s rooms each coming with a bed, a microwave, refrigerator, a table, a chair and a dresser. He can only do this, however, if his homes are properly zoned. And variances are hard to come by. And this is before the challenge of finances in purchasing properties, whether buying new properties or, in Pirro’s case, losing potential capital by paying taxes and upkeep on empty properties that can’t produce any income, if he wants to expand. Not to say the public makes it easier. “People will say things like ‘oh, I can’t believe you would rent to these people,” Pirro said. “When you drive by Wal-Mart or Wegmans when you have people holding up a sign that says, ‘I’m hungry,’ you know there’s a problem. We have the jungle, which has been there for many years. People have died in the jungle, from frostbite, starvation… their tent caught on fire. People have been killed in the jungle. They need a place to live too. Some choose to be homeless because they don’t want to live by the rules. Some don’t.” However, even though the parole officers of the formerly incarcerated have the keys to the property, none of Pirro’s properties have no real programming in place to keep people accountable: logically, no good businessman would spend any more than they have to in keeping their operation running. “The private sector, for the most part, isn’t interested as much,” Robertson said. “It’s not their job to make sure there’s a staff person or an emergency number to call if someone needs help or say, a meeting room for training or GED classes. That’s not their job: most private owners simply want to run a business. The role of the public sector – whether the state, local or federal government – is to try and fill gaps and make
things happen.” As new funding is hard to come by, however, businessmen like Pirro – who consistently reports a full occupancy across all his properties – willing to accept the slim profit margins are the only sector poised to fulfill the demand for transitional housing in the county. “It’s not a great picture (for nonprofits) in terms of resources,” Dietrich said. “Changes at the national level aren’t promising for a lot of resources to be put into those programs. But if we had a really vigorous cost/ benefit analysis, we could show that transitional housing is cost effective. And that’s probably how we’re going to have to frame these issues over the next decade.” There are some, however, who see the lack of viable options and choose to break
on… it’s a safe environment and that’s what they need. There are rules here. It’s not just transitional housing, where a lot of these places don’t have that and the bad behavior can continue. This is a place to go to work, come home and build your life, where you aren’t affected by temptation.” Yet even for those willing to build something like what Segal did, pathways forward are limited. Segal’s property at 121 W. Court St., for instance, was zoned specifically to be a shelter and had a lien from the city on it which Segal managed to have removed. And, even if there were properties which could be turned into housing like his, the demand for student housing, still extremely high, further reduces the incentive for landlords to get into the transitional housing market, much less take the further financial hit to make it supportive transitional housing. But, Segal said, once the market begins to soften the potential for growth in the transitional housing sector could begin to show improvement. From the legislative perspective, something like inclusionary zoning, where there are mandates for certain types of housing, can work but, Robertson said, being in a happy situation where developers want to build and have figures showing demands at the very bottom of the market, the private sector may soon step up to meet these needs. And the county, she said, might be willing to help. “We’ve tried to be creative with financing, which we have the capacity to do,” Robertson said. “For example, if you identify a piece of property you want to buy that you’d need a grant to get – but it’s on the market now – the county has been willing to lend the money.” Through programs like the community housing development fund, affordable housing projects like Breckenridge and 210 Hancock have been financed and, through the same passages, transitional housing can also be funded. It’s not enough to fund a project, Robertson said, but the initial funding helps nonprofits leverage state or federal funding and tax credits. Programs like this, advocates say, help make these projects viable for private developers. Until then, it’s the nonprofit sector best poised to offer transitional housing. “If you’re trying to keep rent affordable – charging rent at the 340, 350 dollar range – you have to keep finding ways to make that work,” Bennett, of the Mission, said. “One of the advantages of our 25 units (at the shelter) is we’re a not for profit... the goal is to break even and try to create a safe place.”
with youth in the community and eventually, became a drug counselor where he got the idea for a “Christian house,” for those at risk or in recovery to get job training and move their lives forward. He had an idea for a program called holistic hardware, where you could move your life from one of crisis to one of productivity and develop practical skills. But what he lacked was a facility. A few years ago, Segal jumped on his dream and bought a building on Court Street, unloaded by the Red Cross to pay its debts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Getting to work, Segal fixed the house to code, outfitting all the rooms of the complex (which features 10 rooms total) with modern furnishings and with a staffer, who stays on at the house to make sure all the rules of the house are enforced.
“It’s a safe environment and that’s what they need. There are rules here. It’s not just transitional housing, where a lot of these places don’t have that and the bad behavior can continue. This is a place to go to work, come home and build your life, where you aren’t affected by temptation.”
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In 1996 Barry Segal, splitting sets at the Courtside Racquet and Fitness Club with Ithaca police officer Marlon Byrd and future Mayor Alan Cohen, got an idea. Briggs, an outgoing man and devout Christian known to be spotted on his cellphone as often as he is running the streets of Ithaca, asked the pair what they saw as the biggest problem facing the city. Both responded unanimously: “Drugs,” they answered. Heavily-involved in the community, Segal – a carpenter by trade – often worked
To get into the house, prospective residents first need a recommendation from DSS and then to go through a guy named Steve Chapman, who filters who gets in and who doesn’t. As long as there is financing or they have employment in place, they can get in. owing only what their voucher gives them. That $400 per month includes heat, free food on Fridays, rides to medical appointments and assistance with some of the day to day issues people need help with. Segal said he doesn’t make a dime on it; just enough to pay off the mortgage and the taxes. But what he gives is worth it all. “It a safe place for these guys,” Segal said. “They can come in and count on nobody doing drugs at night, nothing bad going Th e
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The Ithakid Film Festival at Cornell Cinema runs from January 27 to March 19.
ornell Cinema isn’t just a resource for the collegiate film fanatic. For more than 30 years, Cornell Cinema’s Ithakid Film Festival has been offering up the best of international films of all kinds for interested families. This semester has already seen screenings of goodies like Kubo and the Two Strings, and more is on tap. Cornell Cinema’s Mary Fessenden spoke to the Ithaca Times about all things Ithakid.
IT: How many years has Cornell Cinema been doing the Ithakid Film Fest, and can you remember the reason it started? MF: Well, we’ve definitely been presenting the Festival for the entire time I’ve been at Cornell Cinema, since 1987, but I think it started before then, possibly in 1985. Ith a K id Schedu l e
Kubo and the Two Strings Jan 27, Jan 28, Jan 29 The Eagle Huntress Feb 4, Feb 5 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Feb 11 Moana Feb 18, Feb 19 CatVideoFest Mar 3, Mar 4 18th Animation Show of Shows Mar 10, Mar 11, Mar 12 Sing Mar 18, Mar 19
From the start, it’s been collaboration with the Ithaca Youth Bureau, and the IYB continues to help us publicize the semiannual Festival. My recollection is that it started as a community outreach project, which was welcomed by the New York State Council on the Arts, an organization that started funding Cornell Cinema in the mid-1980s. The initial idea was to offer alternative children’s programming, to expose kids to a wider range of cinema than could be found in the offerings at the mall. And we’ve certainly stuck with that philosophy over all these years, although we started mixing in contemporary kids’ fare many years ago. IT: It would be easy to just grab all the recent animated and family films that people know, but there’s always that eclectic mix of older stuff, animated shorts, etc. Can you speak to finding that blend? MF: I started programming the Festival shortly after I started working at Cornell Cinema, and I’ve always loved the idea of the eclectic mix. If kids start seeing this range at an early age, then they’ll come to expect more from cinema than just entertainment, and understand that it comes in all shapes and sizes and colors, or black and white! How great is it for 21st century kids to experience silent films made in the early 20th century, and typically with live musical accompaniment! We’re not showing any silents this spring, but we regularly include them in the line-up, and over the years, so many kids in Ithaca have had this experience and really enjoyed it. We also
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include foreign language films – just this past weekend we screened the documentary The Eagle Huntress from Mongolia – as I think it’s great to expose kids to other cultures (and reading subtitles, for that matter) as early as possible. As I already mentioned, we do offer contemporary films, as another aim of the Festival is to provide affordable popular entertainment. Our 2 o’clock Saturday matinees are typically just $5 for adults and $4 for kids, and
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ver the well-traveled sophisticate, I visited three Upstate New York cities last week (Binghamton, Johnson City and Ithaca), and I can tell you firsthand the contention people are more likely to be depressed during the winter is on point. In Binghamton and J.C. it was cold, damp and gray, the collective mood of the citizenry seeming to ref lect those traits. They shuff led, eyes down and zombie-like, from one place to another. Conversely, in Ithaca, I found myself in the midst of 4,000 other people who had also put on the layers and scraped off their windshields to go somewhere, but there is something about Lynah Rink in the winter that perks people up. The fact that the Lynah Faithful were forced to forego their Friday night pilgrimage due to weather-related delays made them even more excited to be there on Saturday, and given their beloved Big Red hockey team is having a very solid year, the fans were fired up. The Yale Bulldogs were in town, and while the visitors were hovering around .500, the Big Red were rolling along at 15-5-3. It would be a golden opportunity to pick up some points in the run-up to postseason play. Of course, home ice advantage is crucial, and when Cornell’s Anthony Angello lit the lamp first – assisted by senior Jeff Kubiak – the Faithful got a little frenzied. Soon thereafter, the two switched roles, Angello assisted Kubiak , and the hosts led two-zip on home ice. All was good in
the ‘hood. Cornell had a few chances to put the ‘Dogs away – like a penalty shot and two breakaways – but Yale’s goalie Sam Tucker played one helluva game, turning the Red away time and again. Cornell’s goalie, Mitch Gillam turned in a fine game of his own, but the visitors kept chipping away at the lead and when Ted Hart banged in his second goal of the game, it would end the scoring for the evening. Both teams came up empty in OT and while Cornell would pick up a point on the tie, it was not the outcome they had desired. Sunday afternoon games are rare in Lynah Rink, but the tweaked schedule provided one the day after the tie with Yale. Sophomore Angello apparently liked working on Sunday, as he hit the net two more times to lead the Red to a 5-3 win over Brown. Gillam was his usual solid self, stopping 23 shots in the victory (he had 35 on Saturday). The game wrapped up a busy stretch, and Cornell was 4-0-1 over the course of its last five games. They sit in third place in the ECAC with four regular-season games remailing, and will head north Friday and Saturday to face off against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Congratulations to head coach Brian Stone and the Ithaca High Little Red on winning their first STAC title in 45 years. I was a student at Owego Free Academy in 1972, and I remember Ithaca’s swagger that year, with tough, smooth players like homeowner insurance
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M i t c h G i l l a m ( P h o t o : C o r n e l l U n i v e r s i t y At h l e t i c s) Keith Carrington coming into our gym and roughing up our team. I had the good fortune to watch the Little Red numerous times this season, and they played a very exciting brand of basketball. They play like a group that has spent many years, honing their skills and their chemistry. Of course, that’s just what they are. Stay tuned for updates on post-season play. Anot her loca l team wrapped up a championship, but unlike the Little Red hoop team, the Cornell wrestling team also won last year. And the year before that. And the 13 years before that.
That’s right, the Big Red grapplers won their 15th consecutive Ivy title, and they did so in typically predictable fashion. I tuned in late to the match on the radio, and the announcer said “Princeton is on the verge of winning this match and climbing back into this contest.” My heart rate went up a little, and I eagerly turned up the volume. He continued, “That win by Ray O’Donnell gives the Tigers a ray of hope, as they have cut Cornell’s lead to 18-3.” So much for drama... Cornell will face a member of the Big Ten on Sunday in their final dual home meet of the season.
decade is like a dream. For Ithaca Underground—the ridiculously unique music and art non-profit— it’s been a ride of perseverance. Ten years ago the organization quietly slipped into the city’s consciousness. Fastforward to 2017 and IU is one of Ithaca’s most dynamic and well-known entities; a behemoth of volunteers, artists, rappers, punks and free thinkers. President of the Board Bubba Crumrine and Mel Casano took over the reigns in 2008, and have dutifully help build an ever-encompassing empire of open-minded proficiency. “Ten years ago, Ithaca Underground was being run by our founder, Jayme Peck and Helen Kuveke, at spaces like the now-defunct No Radio Records (currently The Shop) and a former Abittoir,” Crumrine noted. “While that feels like a long time ago, it also seems like it was just yesterday that we were grasping at appropriate places to hold shows — doing everything ourselves — and just trying to get the community to understand what we were attempting to accomplish. Now we have far-reaching support from a half dozen venues, numerous like-minded not-forprofits, several grants, and a dynamic volunteer
base. It’s been a hell of a run.” IU is substantial not only because it brings in cutting edge underground music, but also because it’s an organization that stands for every single person in the community — regardless of age, race, gender, or musical inclination. You think your abstract driven, free synth, dreampoetry is too bizarre for anyone but your Marvel action figures — think again. Original ideas and inclusiveness is what IU is all about. It’s a welcoming platform for outside the box thinkers and progressive individuals to express themselves within a community. It helps show people just how far they can grow, when they have a safe space to explore their true horizon. “The core fundamentals from the very beginning were that all
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friendly, inclusive, and all ages,” Crumrine explained. “Our plan was to support national and local artists in subversive genres, as well as younger artists who otherwise didn’t have a space to perform. Those initiatives have been wildly successful with our radically inclusive initiatives — and now we see more and more events across Ithaca being 16-plus, or all ages. Most importantly, we created a safe space culture where people can show up — be themselves — make friends and grow. Together, the IU team and our collaborators accomplished our initial goals, and legitimized underground music’s place in Ithaca.” Safe spaces for people of all walks of
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life are of profound importance these days. The fascist and nationalistic ideologies currently trending in the US and around the world are insanely frightening. Now more than ever, people need safe places to gather, to be able to express themselves in creative and non-discriminatory ways. This is a human right —and the only way towards any sort of decent prosperity. IU is a guiding light in this respect; a complete vision of equality. “When I founded the board a few years back, the goal was to bring the organization to a place where it could sustain indefinitely — with or without me — regardless of political trends,” Crumrine said. “That said, we are in a climate where there is an increased need for safe spaces where new ideas are able to flourish, and capacity building opportunities exist for marginalized individuals and groups. Regardless of a person’s political alignment — at the national level — arts and music funding and support is in a time of uncertainty. Real change starts on the micro level. Ithaca Underground has grown and succeeded thanks to the enthusiasm, support, and generosity of individuals.” IU is here to stay. A great idea that was birthed a decade ago has morphed into a grand statement on community building. The vastness of IU’s influence is epic. Just think of the bands and artists you’ve seen because of this group: Pig Destroyer, Gadget, Open Mike Eagle, B. Dolan, Dragged
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Into Sunlight, Screaming Females, Skin Graft, Sunken Cheek, Black Anvil, Milo… and the list goes on. It’s like reading the history of the coolest underground punk club of all time. Crumrine set this thing up to last; whether he’s there or not. “Later this year I’ll be taking a sabbatical from Ithaca Underground,” he explained. “To ensure we have the proper infrastructure and knowledge-sharing needed to sustain the organization in the event I need to move on or, in case something were to happen to me unexpectedly. Over the last ten years I’ve learned to share power to allow others the room to take ownership of their ideas and initiatives—to always be willing to listen—and to be less afraid of initiatives succeeding in a new direction that may differ slightly from the original goal.”
ighlighting Ithaca Underground’s 10th anniversary weekend is a special performance by the techmath-punk wizards Mouth to Mouth to Mouth. The Ithaca-born band has a knack for shimmering waves of intricacy, blunt riffs and arty transcendence. Bubba Crumrine, Gabe Millman, Pete Pillardy, and Corey Mahaney combine to form a unique singularity — the group eschews normalcy — offering both passivity and direct force. While there are shades of influence (Rope, Don Caballero, SST bands from the ‘80s), the quartet is refreshingly original; making notes that ring thrilling, heavy and odd.
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The band plays their first gig in two years Saturday night at The Haunt. Ithaca Times: The last album you guys released was the live, Hey, These Aren’t My Glasses! Anything new on the horizon for recordings, and what kind of schedule have you been keeping all these years? Mouth to Mouth to Mouth: At the moment, that live EP is the latest recording. It’s been a little tough getting together with Corey in Chicago, Gabe in Nashville, and Peter now in DC. We have five new songs finished that don’t have official studio recordings, so we’ve been talking about how to make the logistics work of recording again. With Gabe at Georgetown Studios and Corey having interned at Experimental Sound Studio, we have some interesting options in our wheelhouse. IT: The name Mouth to Mouth to Mouth has a sort of sexual and Dadaist take to it—is the name of the band an indicator of the band’s relationship with art, creation, and the wider world around it? MTMTM: Oddly enough, I think this is the first time we’ve been asked about the name. Bubba coined the name, with “Mouth To Mouth” being obvious as a band name, but “Mouth To Mouth To Mouth” queuing more curiosity of what’s happening and what comes next—which seemed analogous to the music we were making. There was symmetry to the music too—if you think about three people kissing to-
gether or the literal palindrome that arises when abbreviated, MTMTM. We say the name it’s more absurdist than Dadaist. This project isn’t as politically profound as the Dadaist movement. In the end, the band is a bunch of goofballs. We truly appreciate the skills and approaches to music the other members have and we strive to keep a balance when writing together in a complementary way. continued on page 18
A Balance of Opposites
Order and Chaos at the Corners Gallery By Ambe r D onof r io
fluid curves. The background is pitch black, which only intensifies their hues, and the chaotic jumble of water current joins together into a complete whole with impressive visual balance. These are three pieces in Order/ Chaos: The World That Surrounds, a group show at Corners Gallery this month, juried by Dowd Gallery of SUNY Cortland Director Erika Fowler and Ithaca College Professor Bill Hastings. The show explores the order and chaos in the world that surrounds us, from Barbara Page’s mapped confusion of subway routes to Pam Drix’s meditation on all of the people who stood in Birkenau before her. Or more accurately, the show explores how order, as artist Mark Oros explains with his included piece, “is the interpretation of chaos to meet our instinctive need for pattern and control.” (Above) Rob Licht’s “Tangle/Untangle Number 2” (Right) In Lindsey Glover’s photographs Marianne Van Lent’s ‘Landscape with Vas (Photos Provided) Transmission Tree and White Trunk Tree, for example, she studies the push and pull contentment. between the human need to landscape Likewise, Weights and Measures by our surroundings and nature’s propensity Elizabeth W. McMahon is an energetic to defy imposed order. In both photos, blast of color, a chaotic background of one landscaped and one natural, two circles and streaks leveled out by more or- trees grow far higher than the ones that derly rows of opaque circles and semicirsurround them, their long trunks scenic cles that seem to dance before your eyes. anomalies. Various mixed media paper cut outs Rob Licht’s Tangle/Untangle Number flow horizontally across Carla Stetson’s 2 studies chaos and order in a different Fluid Dynamics in a mapping of rivers situation, in which the artist documents that snake and overlap one another in his attempt to bring order to tangled fish-
ing line on the shore of Nova Scotia. “My efforts produced a momentary ordering of the jetsam I found around me,” he writes of one photograph where the colored fishing line is carefully untangled in tidy stacks, “which, ultimately, the ceaseless action of the tides reclaimed. What I initially saw as chaos that required obsessive reorganizing soon revealed itself to be a natural organization that simply contradicted the human impulse to neatly
Perhaps one standout from the show, which again explores chaos in a different sense as well, is Fold/Cut/Bind I and II by Laurie Snyder. Two hand-bound artist books, Snyder’s works are composed of a series of discarded photograms made by her late husband, John Wood. The mostly abstract photograms are beautiful in their own right, with their use of organic expression and nostalgic qualities, but what makes the pieces most intriguing is how they function in the context of the show. By taking discarded prints and turning them into something complete, Snyder created order that was not originally there. Likewise, the act of using these prints was likely an act of archiving memories, of producing some sense of resolve for the artist herself as the pieces came together. As Order/Chaos makes clear, chaos surrounds us in our everyday lives, inevitable and expansive. From a pile of scrap metal to an upturned parking lot to an experiment with fire (other subject matter in the show), chaos is everywhere. And yet, somehow we are able to muse and seek patterns, creating order to help shape what we know. There’s a balance between the two, miraculous and alluring. One must simply be open to both ends of the spectrum. • Order/Chaos: The World That Surrounds is on display at Corners Gallery, 903 Hanshaw Road, through March 1.
olor drips from artist Marianne Van Lent’s Landscape with Vas, a painting of cellular shapes of bright pink and lime green over smudges of white, obscured landscape, and a distant and defined black. The resulting image is pleasing though abstract, a collision of forms that float together in layers drawing your eyes closer. The painting is not particularly joyous, yet somehow its effect is one of happiness and satisfactory
arrange and define the landscape.” Order, then, is in a sense relative to who is defining both order and chaos, and it’s fascinating to see throughout the show how inexplicably connected the two entities are, entities that from a distance seem at means with one another yet simultaneously are so interconnected that one cannot truly exist without the other.
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t’s not often that a Batman movie poking holes in it, in the kind of logic kicks off with a quote from Michael lapses that comic book geeks have been Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” (Batdebating for years. (I particularly apman claims he said it first.) Actually, preciated one character mentioning “that the fun starts with The Lego Batman parade with all the Prince music” from Movie before the Warner Bros. logo even hits the screen, with Will Arnett’s Dark Knight describing the black screen, the company logos and Lorne Balfe’s score: “the kind of eerie, disturbing music that makes parents and studio executives nervous.” *** So, you all remember how last M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is the year’s Batman-Superman movie was first big hit of the year, but I really no fun at all? Well, The Lego Batman can’t bring myself to recommend Movie is a lot more fun. In fact, sitit, despite a strong performance by ting and absorbing the end credits, James McAvoy as eight of 23 split Constant Companion remarked personalities who kidnaps three that it might be the best movie ever teenage girls; once the personalities made that hits the sweet spot for are established, when McAvoy shifts adults and kids. Like its predecesfrom one to another, you can actusor The Lego Move, it’s about 1,000 (Top) Lego Batman in his lego batmobile in “The Lego Batman Movie” ally track them, and that’s no easy times better than you’d expect from (Photo provided) feat. The experience of watching it what might have been a featureis a cold and clammy one, and the length toy commercial. if you have oddball humor doesn’t really mesh children, it’s no chore to sit through. I’d the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman.) with the horror-thriller of it all. go so far as to say it’s the first really good The film opens with Arnett’s Caped Finally – spoiler alert – the trademark movie of the year. Crusader foiling yet another plot by the Shyamalan twist seems less about what’s It’s clear that director Chris McKay Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and the rest of right for the story and more about what’s (Robot Chicken) and the five credited DC Comics’ rogue’s gallery, including a right for the filmmaker’s future career. writers – Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris host of C-list baddies you might think Like so many of his lesser efforts – I’m McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and were made up in the writer’s room but thinking of Signs and The Happening – are actually canon. Then Batman heads John Whittington – have great affection you sit there thinking, “That’s what we for Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s established home to stately Wayne manor for lobster were waiting for? Sheesh! • mythology. But they also have a lot of fun and a screening of Jerry Maguire. His
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IT: The band’s sound is experimental at its core, but would you say it’s progressive in its true nature? MTMTM: When the band formed we definitely set out to be a math-rock band, but we wanted to bring playfulness to the writing and performances. We wanted to exist in that genre—while bringing in our enjoyment of punk, jazz, metal, hip-hop, and minimalism. Peter and Gabe were still in their instrumental metal band, Makeshift, and Corey and Bubba were still in their noise band Genital Holograms; and
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while MTMTM wasn’t as literally experimental as the latter, we did want to progress the math-rock genre we were living in. IT: What classically famous painter could paint the band’s form the best? MTMTM: Georges Braque’s earlier works were simultaneously geometric but also abstract, being evocative of the duality of our compositions—of punk’s literal and grounded nature—contrasted with mathrock’s abstraction and unpredictability. IT: The vocals are almost like observations in the mist, did you guys originally write the material with lyrics or are they reflections? MTMTM: Our vocals are reflections for sure. Many of the songs didn’t have lyrics until we were close to performing them or even after the first performance or two. We’ll write, and if a particular part feels like it would benefit from vocals or if lyrics strike one of us for a part, we’ll add it. There are even a couple songs that Corey and Bubba added vocals to independently. IT: What’s important to the band, in terms of connection, both within and around the band? MTMTM: Friendship is at the core of the band. Corey, Gabe, and Peter have been playing music together since they were in middle school. We wanted to be in a band that everyone in the band enjoyed being in—challenging ourselves—but not taking ourselves too seriously. We just enjoy being music nerds. Read the whole interview with Mouth to Mouth to Mouth at ithaca.com
Chaos Theory and More
Time for some laughs with R2P’s “All in the Timing” By Lin d a B . Gl a se r
himpanzees, chaos theory, and Philip Glass: not usual fare for a night at the theatre, but playwright David Ives twists these topics and more into six of the funniest one-act plays you’ll ever see. And with the impeccable comic timing Running to Places (R2P) youth theater company demonstrated with Noises Off, their production of All in
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the Timing running Feb. 24-26 at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School is sure to deliver on the show’s laugh-filled promise. “The reason this show gets done so much is because it’s hilarious,” says Joey Steinhagen, R2P artistic director. “The writing is brilliant.” And though he says the script is “bullet-proof ” – who wouldn’t laugh at chimpanzees writing Hamlet? – the show is deceptively difficult. A sophisticated touch is needed, and the R2P cast has worked hard to bring depth to their characters. “Each line through the whole show is loaded with interesting content,”
says Noa Shapiro-Tamir, who plays one of the chimps. “Every time I read it there’s more there.” In order to understand their roles, Steinhagen has guided the cast in discussions ranging from quantum mechanics and chaos theory to how people connect, examining how one random act affects all future moments. The common thread between the one-acts is connection, and how easy it is for us to miss connecting. Steinhagen offers “Sure Thing” as an example. “It’s a little like the film Groundhog Day, where two people get to keep doing their first date over and over. But ultimately it’s about the fragility of relationships and how unlikely it is for connections to happen,” says Steinhagen. “It’s called All in the Timing because sometimes that’s all it takes: I zig and you zag. But real connections between people are what makes society and creates culture on a big scale and what makes love possible.” Here’s a quick summary of the plots for the six one-acts: In “Sure Thing,” two strangers get countless do-overs on the way to the perfect first impression; “Words, Words, Words” features three chimps typing into infinity in order to create Hamlet – if they can overcome their writers’ block; “The Universal Language” asks whether a brand new (gibberish) language can be the key to happiness; “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” follows the avant garde composer in a series of avant garde reminiscences; “The Philadelphia” depicts a woman trapped in the ultimate bad day; and “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” follows Leon Trotsky, Marxist revolution-
ary and politician, as he discovers that dead is dead – and he is. While the show contains no violence or profanity, at a recent rehearsal the cast offered their considered opinion that it might not be ideal for the youngest, most impressionable ages. The themes of destiny vs. free will, the nature of love, etc., will go over their heads -- and as one actor pointed out, scatalogical humor is not always popular with parents, since kids tend to repeat what they hear. Despite the demands of homework and other obligations -- much of the cast is also currently rehearsing for their respective high school musicals across the county -- stage manager Cyia Drew says the cast is really devoted to the show. “It’s been a nice experience,” she says.
Although the show is not a musical, there is music, so the design team includes Jeremy Pletter, R2P resident music director. Choreographer Tucker Davis is serving as a movement consultant (such as for the absurdist opera about composer Philip Glass, sure to be a crowd pleaser) and costumes will be by Liz Woods and Hallie Malina. The sets are fairly simple – the focus is on the actors, not elaborate settings – and are provided by Jim and Deb Drew, with lights and sound by Brian Ugorowski. The show only runs for one weekend Feb. 24-26, Friday and Saturday at 7 PM, Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, available on-line at www.runningtoplaces. org. •
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ists Holly Hughes and Lois Weaver, along heatre—born in the public square with social media guru Mary Jo Watts) in and raised on dissent—has often howlround.com: “Bad and Nasty (aka Bad been at the forefront of opposition and community building. Since the interna- Hombres and Nasty Women) is a loose knit coalition of artists, activists, media makers, tional call for theaters to protest the Trump theatre folk, web geeks, designers, performregime that became the Ghostlight Project, much has taken place: including two events ers, writers, and concerned citizens who are tired of waking up every morning since landing at the Kitchen Theatre this weekElection Day 2016 feeling angry/scared/sad end. Civic Ensemble revives their acclaimed and not having anything useful to do with 2016 production of Athol Fugard’s My Chil- those emotions. So, they began to plot a DIY art action for February 20, 2017 called dren, My Africa in a four-performance run Not My Presidents’ Day. The coalition has February 16–18. Then Sunday, February 19 at 6:30 theater performers from Cornell, over 1700 members, and counting, from across the country and around the globe.” Ithaca College and the community present Bad and Nasty Ithaca: A Not My Presidents Day (Eve) Cabaret. Forged in the heat of protest and state terror in South Africa’s apartheid regime, Fugard’s work is a remarkable proof that yes, great art can be political. 1989’s My Children, My Africa sets up a classroom as crucible: a Black teacher, Mr. M., who has rooted his resistance in education; his prize pupil Thami Mbikwana, a black township boy who has begun to question Mr. M’s ways amid the growing armed resistance; and Isabel Dyson, a visitor from an allwhite girls school, full of hope, naiveté and smarts. It’s a huge play: intimate in details yet sprawling in the history and emotions it captures, with a tragic figure at center. Civic’s production is astonishing in its depth and power, in the precision of its acting, the generosity of its ensemble, the smarts of direction (Melanie Dreyer) and design. As the students, Jelani Pitcher and Brianna Ford spar delightfully, wound easily, and find new trajectories by which to measure their relationship. Crucial (Top) A scene from “My Children, My Africa (Photo: Rachael to every moment of their sentimental Lewis-Krisky (Above) Part of the poster art for “Bad and Nasty education is their adopted father-figure, Ithaca: A Not My President’s Day (Eve) Cabaret” (Photo: Danielle Mr. M. Stoffregen and design by Caitlin Kane) In that role, Godfrey Simmons, Jr. turns in a towering performance in Ithaca’s event is kicking off the night which humility, rage, hope and fury chanbefore, its free but reservations are renel their way through the obviously tiring quired. (tinyurl.com/hhzb2k2) Donations body of an old man. Simmons employs will be taken for Planned Parenthood of self-deprecating humor and authority so the Southern Finger Lakes and for Ithaca marvelously that it is almost shocking how Welcomes Refugees. out of control of events Mr. M. becomes. Ithaca participants include: Holly The messages of this must-see play Adams, Michelle Blau, Sarah K. Chalmers, resonate fully with the times. Showtime is Honey Crawford, Chrystyna Dail, Carolyn 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Goelzer, Karen Jaime, Ross Haarstad, Jenand 2pm on Saturday. nifer Herzog, Paul Hogan, Jayme Kilburn, Expect in your face humor, mockery, Rebekah Maggor, the Senior Troupe of monologues, poetry, song, manifestos and Lifelong directed by Sue Perlgut, Brooke the unexpected from Bad & Nasty Ithaca Shilling, Godfrey Simmons, Jr., Rebecca this Sunday. Simpson-Wallack, Saviana Stanescu, Sara As described in local organizer Sara Warner, and Mary Jo Watts. • Warner’s interview with the organizers (renowned feminist performance art-
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does the dark reaches of the infinite galaxy. Genesis morphed complex variances that were distinctively inviting and odd. Sections were layered on top of others, arly Genesis is some of the most in ways no other band had tried before. ridiculously dynamic and spirited Hackett’s bright and angular guitar ilprogressive rock ever created. luminated the band’s early compositions. Beginning with 1971’s Nursery Cryme When sections roared, it was Hackett and ending with 1976’s Wind & Wutherleading the charge. There were strong ing, Genesis produced six mind-bending artistic opinions in the early version of albums that helped pave the way for conGenesis. Many captains on board one temporary art rock, prog, heavy metal, ship. Gabriel left in ’75, and Hackett in ‘77. “I think Genesis was a good starting point,” Hackett explained. “I’d been playing in several bands in the years prior to joining Genesis, and when I did join the band I was only 21 years old—but I sure felt a lot older. I actually think I feel younger now [laughs]. Those were some creative years. I still love playing the music of Genesis. And with Genesis Revisited I love being able to play it my way own way. It makes it really engaging in a number of ways.” Hackett recorded the album Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited in 1995. It was a project he put together to pay tribute to his former bandmates. The concept of Genesis Revisited proved intensely popular, and the songs were bold and edgy in a refreshingly new way. The illuminating Genesis Revisited II came out in 2012. Hackett is currently touring with Genesis Revisited playing sections from the last Genesis album he was a part of—1976’s Wind and Steve Hackett ripping it up during Genesis Revisited’s 2013 Wuthering. performace in Hammersmith (Photo: the Genesis archive ) “You know I’m still very, very proud of that album,” Hackett revealed. “I think it’s a great album. And Peter always told me how much he liked and folk. Guitarist Steve Hackett was a it. So that was really something.” part of Genesis from 1971 to 1977—the Hackett’s solo career has been a years spanning those six epic records. whirlwind of spectacular records and With hard and spatial riffs, two-handed tapping, and lucid sweep picking, Hackett artistic triumphs. From 1975’s interstellar Voyage of the Acolyte, to 2015’s heavy was a stylist light years ahead of his time. His work with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and mystical Wolflight, Hackett’s always Michael Rutherford and Tony Banks dur- continued to explore—rearranging, traveling, and morphing the matter of the ing the 1970s is the stuff of legend. music-verse. A legend’s taking the stage “One time I remember we were Saturday night at The State Theatre—a all practicing around the time Nursery trip to the outer-reaches awaits. Cryme came out,” Hackett recalled. “All “I think progressive rock is ideally of sudden we all felt this really great vibe. It was like midnight or so, and we just hit music without any rules,” Hackett explained. “And Genesis was continuously this amazing groove. The sound was vivexperimenting. That sort of dynamic idly fresh, classical and experimental. A keeps you young. I think no matter what new type of music was being born. That you’re doing—in many ways—you’re whole section ended up being part of the always sort of a perennial wanna-be last song on Nursery Cryme.” [laughs].” • Hackett was talking about the mesmerizing “Supper’s Ready”—a song that feels as much a part of the earth—as it
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Djug Django | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Hot Club Jazz, Blues, Swing. Wednesday Night Acoustic Open Jam with host Mathias Kamin | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM | Barry Family Cellars, 3821 Main St., Burdett | Old Time, Bluegrass, Wine. Sacred Chanting with Damodar Das and Friends | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM | Ahimsa Yoga Studio, 215 N Cayuga St., Ithaca | An easy, fun, uplifting spiritual practice open to all faiths. No prior experience necessary. More at www. DamodarDas.com. Folk ‘n Kava | 7:30 PM-10:30 PM | Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 139 W State St, Ithaca | Nate Marshall and Friends play Traditional and Original Folk, Jazz, and Gospel Music, featuring Angie Beeler, Travis Knapp, Leon Arguello, and Special Guest Stars. Wednesday Live Music | 8:00 PM | Rulloff’s, 411 College Ave, Ithaca | Featuring local bands, soloists, and other musical groups. Reggae Night with The Crucial Reggae Allstars | 9:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Reggae, Dub, Roots Rock.
Mary Ott Band | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Silver Line Tap Room, 19 W Main St, Trumansburg | Folk, Rock. CTB Jazz Thursdays with Who Let the Cats Out | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM | Collegetown Bagels, East Hill Plaza, Ithaca | Jazz.
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City Limits | 6:00 PM | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Rock, Pop. Throw Down Cold | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Hard Rock. Bob & Dee | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken | Folk. Mary Ott Band | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | HiVE 45, 45 East Main Street, Trumansburg | Jazz, Swing. Grey Wolf Jam | 7:00 PM | Silver Line Tap Room, 19 W Main St, Trumansburg | Early Rock and Roll, Blues, Country, R&B. Ridgeline Dup | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM | Grist Iron Brewing, 4800 NY-414, Burdett | Alternative Rock, Acoustic. Miller & the Other Sinners (Acoustic) | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | Blues, Rock, Sweet Soul, Gospel. Roots Shock | 8:00 PM | Casita Del Polaris, 1201 N Tioga St., Ithaca | Reggae, Roots, Indie. Hot Dogs & Gin, Matt Burt & the Casual Acquaintances | 8:00 PM | Ransom Steele Tavern, 552 Main St., Apalachin | Blues, Rock. The Analogue Sons | 9:00 PM | The Range, 119 E. State St., Ithaca | Dub, Soul, Rock, Jazz.
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The Hilltoppers | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM | Boathouse Beer Garden, Rt 89, Romulus | Bluegrass. Intrepid Travelers | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM | Heavily Brewing Co., 2471 Hayes Rd, Montour Falls | Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock. The Small Kings | 7:00 PM | Grist Iron Brewing, 4800 NY-414, Burdett | Rock, Funk, Blues. Ithaca Underground 10th Anniversary Fundraiser with Mouth To Mouth To Mouth, BENJAMINTO, KNEW | 8:00 PM | Progressive Rock, Math Rock, Indie. Rapid River Boys Band Album Release Show | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass. Wreckless Marci | 8:00 PM | Ransom Steele Tavern, 552 Main St., Apalachin | Rock, Glam, Punk, Alterative, Covers. Neo Project | 9:00 PM | The Range, 119 E. State St., Ithaca | Funk, Soul, R&B.
Immortal Jellyfish | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken | Rock, Pop, Oldies, Soul. Gerard Burke | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | Mississippi Delta Blues. Vocal Jazz Jam with Diana Leight and Jesse Collins | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | The Range, 119 E. State St., Ithaca | Jazz. Led Foot | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | Grist Iron Brewing, 4800 NY-414, Burdett | R&B,
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8:00 PM | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Former Genesis guitarist and prog legend Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show in 2017. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favorites such as The Musical Box and other Genesis numbers. Martin Sexton | 8:00 PM | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early ’90s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues
of Porgy & Bess at Ithaca College. Hockett Chamber Music Series Masterclasses: The Akropolis Reed Quintet | 4:00 PM | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca | Individual instrument master classes in the Hockett Family Recital Hall, Nabenhauer Recital Room, Presser Rehearsal Room, and Beeler Rehearsal Room.
Darren Stokes and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers | 7:00 PM | Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Danby Rd, Ithaca | Recital of classical, spiritual and
Galactic Escort Service | 8:00 PM | Casita Del Polaris, 1201 N Tioga St., Ithaca | Improvised Electronic Music.
Cayuga Blue Notes | 6:00 PM-10:00 PM | Maxie’s Supper Club & Oyster Bar, 635 W State St, Ithaca | Blues, Jazz, Swing. Tuesday Bluesday with Dan Paolangeli & Friends | 6:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Blues, Rock, Every Tuesday. Irish Music Session | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM | Rulloff’s, 411 College Ave, Ithaca | Hosted by members of Traonach. Professor Tuesday’s Jazz Quartet | 8:00 PM-10:00 PM | Madeline’s Restaurant, 215 E State St, Ithaca | Jazz.
The powerful and deep new film “Lion”, directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel and Rooney Mara, received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles from his home and family. 25 years later, he sets out to find home. The film is showing all week long at Cinemapolis. (Photo provided)
Midday Music for Organ | 12:30 PM-1:15 PM | Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca | Matthew Hall presents François Couperin’s Messe pour les Paroisses.
Midday Music at Lincoln: Malcolm Bilson: Fortepiano | 12:30 PM-1:15 PM | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca |
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from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex, and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers with special guest Justin Austin | 3:00 PM | St. James AME Zion Church, 116 Cleveland Ave, Ithaca | The concert is a Harriet Tubman celebration. Austin played Jake in the October performance
Broadway music, including a reprise of Stokes’ solo of “A Red Headed Woman” from Porgy and Bess, in honor of Black History Month. Benjamin Pawlak: Piano | 9:00 PM | Nabenhauer Recital Room, Danby Road , Ithaca | Classical.
Film The Wanderers | 7:00 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | Cornell Cinema, 104 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca | Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York’s gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight
the Bronx at the end of the Kennedy administration, just before the country underwent profound change. | 117 mins NR |
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comedy, slight High School angst and every bit entertaining with its classic 1950’s Rock n’ Roll soundtrack such as “Walk Like a Man”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by The Four Seasons and “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels. Focusing around a football game where the different gangs play with and against each other, then at its grand finale, come together in a mass of union to defend their honour and their turf. Nostalgic stuff and above all a Rock n’ Roll retrospective on a grand musical era. Timeless. | 112 mins R | Gen Silent Film Screening | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, 2/16 Thursday | Handwerker Gallery, Job Hall, IC, Ithaca | Presented by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services, and the Handwerker Gallery.| The Night Of / with producer Scott Ferguson | 5:00 PM-, 2/17 Friday, | Cornell Cinema, 104 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca | After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder. More at hbo. com/the-night-of | 120 mins Mature | Banff Mountain Film Festival | 7:00 PM-9:30 PM, 2/17 Friday, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM, 2/18 Saturday | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | A collection of environmental and adventure sports films. Ithaca Underground 10th Anniversary: A Visual Retrospective
| 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 2/17 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E Green St, Ithaca | IU continues their 10th Anniversary celebration with a visual retrospective of Ithaca Underground. Join them to look back through student documentaries, performance videos, photographs and stories from their panel to catch a glimpse of how they’ve grown into the second most active independent booking organization in Ithaca, providing volunteer opportunities and a safe space for the Ithaca community. cinemapolis
Friday, 2/17 to Thursday, 2/23. Contact Cinemapolis for Showtimes Lion | A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family | 118 mins PG-13 | I Am Not Your Negro | Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. | 95 mins PG-13 | Paterson | A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. | 118 mins R | La La Land | A jazz pianist falls for an
aspiring actress in Los Angeles. | 128 mins PG-13 | Toni Erdmann | A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach. | 162 mins R |
Moonlight | A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world. | 111 mins R | Gideon’s Army | Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up. | 96 mins NR | The African Queen (1951) | In Africa
during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. | 105 mins PG | Cornell Cinema
Wednesday, 2/15 to Tuesday, 2/21. Contact Cornell Cinemas for Showtimes I Am Not Madame Bovary | After being swindled by her ex-husband,
a woman takes on the Chinese legal system. | 128 mins NR | Doctor Strange | A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. |115 mins PG-13 All The Way / with producer Scott Ferguson | Lyndon Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act. | 132 mins TV-14 |
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone | A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception. | 91 mins NR | Moana | In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. | 107 mins PG | Collegetown | Collegetown is a narrative-documentary hybrid that illuminates the social and financial situations that determine choices made by debt-ridden U.S. college students. | 76 mins NR | The Wanderers | Based on the acclaimed first novel by Richard Price ’71, The Wanderers follows the exploits of the titular Italian-American gang in
Stage Four Score and Seven Years Ago | 7:00 PM, 2/16 Thursday | Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | Runs Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM. With the onset of the Civil War, the esidents of Gettysburg find their lives being turned upside down. “A normal day in Gettysburg, this is not, laments Lemuel, a runaway slave who has been employed by Mrs. McIlheny, a Quaker widow at her family’s general store. Lemuel hungers for the right to vote and longs to fight with the Union Army against the South. He and Mrs. McIlheny share their views of suffrage and discrimination in the song, FullFledged American. Civic Ensemble presents: My Children! My Africa! | 7:30 PM, 2/16 Thursday, 2/17 Friday, 2/18 Saturday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | The great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. George Orwell’s Animal Farm | 7:00 PM, 2/17 Friday, 2/18 Saturday | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. Much has been written about the threat of Communism, but it remained to the late George Orwell, farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, to expose the Russian experiment for what it really is; an idealist’s dream, converted by realists into a nightmare. Intermingling humor and drama, Animal Farm wrings the emotions of its listeners, leaving audiences shaken with the tale of a tragedy that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard. Paul Draper: Mysteries of the Mind | 7:30 PM, 2/18 Saturday | Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Memorial Park Pavilion, Preble | Direct from Las Vegas. Interactive, family friendly and educational, this fascinating evening of entertainment weaves mind reading, mystery and storytelling into a theatrical journey where YOU are the star of the show! Paul Draper is an anthropologist, magician and mentalist who has traveled the world in search of magic and mysteries. www. mentalmysteries.com
Notices Library Seeks Poetry Submissions | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | TCPL librarians will distribute free cards, featuring submitted poems, in the Library, on the Downtown Ithaca Commons and in additional locations throughout Ithaca on April 27. Individuals of all ages, creative writing groups and classes are encouraged to submit up to two poems of no more than 15 lines on or before March 24. Poems can be submitted at tcpl.org/events-exhibits/ poetry-submission.php or delivered to the Information and Learning Services Reference Desk. For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or poetry@ tcpl.org. Ithaca Sociable Singles Dinner | 6:00 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | Gola Osteria, 115 Quarry St South, Ithaca | RSVP email@example.com. Over 30s Basketball | 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, 2/16 Thursday, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, 2/20 Monday | Henry St. John’s Gym, 301 S. Geneva St., Ithaca | Every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ithaca Underground 10th Anniversary: Cocktails with the Board | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 2/16 Thursday | The Watershed, 121 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ithaca | Come kick off IU’s 10th Anniversary celebration by meeting the Ithaca Underground board and learn more about the volunteer opportunities and safe space that we provide to our local community. Bird Walk | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, 2/18 Saturday | Stewart Park, Ithaca (Meet at the Cascadilla Boathouse) | Join Jody Enck, President of the Cayuga Bird Club and lifelong birder for a winter bird walk and bird count in Stewart Park. This walk is part of an annual citizenscience project as bird enthusiasts gather worldwide to participate in a morning of data collection on wild
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Ithaca’s boldest theatre collective, Civic Ensemble, presents another running of their critically acclaimed production of “My Children! My Africa!” Athol Fugard’s intense and moving drama about teaching and learning within segregated South Africa. Written 30 years ago the play still has the immediacy of modern thought: powerful and direct. They’ll be four performances this run, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a special performance Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Ithaca musical stalwarts Lee Hamilton, Michael Stark, Lars Burggren and Aaron Speiser combine to form the dub friendly and totally awesome group, The Analogue Sons. With dub, soul and jazz as their backbone, the group manages to remain intensified and creative through each groove and bend. Hamilton was part of the original John Brown’s Body lineup, Stark has played with just about everybody in town, Burggren has played with the Gunpoets, and Speiser is an original and inspired musician.
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Learning The Chatter of the Visible: Montage and Narrative in Weimar Germany | 4:30 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | Olin Library, Cornell, Ithaca | Lecture by Patrizia C. McBride: German Studies, professor and department chair. McBride’s new book The Chatter of the Visible (University of Michigan Press; March 22, 2016) examines the paradoxical narrative features of the photo montage aesthetics of artists associated with Dada, Constructivism, and the New Objectivity. Immigration Policy Panel Discussion: Understanding President Trump’s Executive Order | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | B25 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Matthew Hall, a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on immigration, will be joined on the panel by Steve Yale-Loehr, an adjunct professor at the Cornell Law School and one of the nation’s lead experts on immigration policy; Brendan O’Brien, the director of Cornell’s International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO); and Raza Rumi, a Pakistani author who fled to the US following a failed assassi-
Birthed in 2009 at the University of Michigan, the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on an intense and visual musical journey. The group runs through an impressive gauntlet of forms and innovative sequences, delivering an honest and spiritual sound. Akropolis took Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions, as well as numerous other awards. They play the Hockett Family Recital Hall at Ithaca College as part of the Hockett Chamber Music Masterclass Series on Sunday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. (Photo Gary Norman) nation attempt and now serves as a visiting lecturer at CIPA. This is what Democracy Looks Like! | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | The Space at GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Come to this community action meeting that follows the Women’s March on DC. Co-sponsored by GreenStar Cooperative Market and the Tompkins County Progressives. Donations accepted at the door. For more information, contact info@ tcprogressives.org. Self-Shiatsu for Energy | 7:00 PM-8:15 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | GreenStar Cooperative Market, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Learn how you can practice a Self-Shiatsu Massage routine that can charge up your energy, with Kala Viv Williams. Registration required - sign up online at greenstar.coop or at GreenStar’s Customer Service Desk or call 273-9392. Slide Show and Talk: Arieh Tal Botanical: Photographer & Educator | 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | Unitarian Church Annex, 208 E Buffalo St, Ithaca | On Sunny-Space Gardening With Native Species: Finding The Right Plants For The Place. Come hear the story of a 13-year effort to populate an
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PM, 2/21 Tuesday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Bring your 8- to 12-year-old to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology during winter break to dissect Barn Owl pellets; learn about ecology, food webs, and trophic levels; and identify bones and reconstruct skeletons. Raj Yoga Meditation Class with Amita Shukla | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, 2/21 Tuesday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca | Groundswell’s Developing A Farm/Food Business Course | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, 2/21 Tuesday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | This 5-session course is specifically for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Info at groundswellcenter.org/farmertraining/businessplanning/ Toastmasters.org Cayuga Club Meeting | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, 2/21 Tuesday | Riley Robb Hall room 205, 111 Wing Drive (Cornell Campus), Ithaca | Toastmasters clubs help their members gain skill and confidence in public speaking in a mutually supportive, friendly, fun environment with great mentorship.
Kids Young Adult Book Club | 4:30 PM, 2/15 Wednesday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | A discussion of Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Little Eagles Field Hockey Clinic | 5:15 PM, 2/16 Thursday | J. M. McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds Dr., Cortland | 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders: 5:15 pm - 6:00 p.m. / 6th, 7th, 8th Graders: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. / Coached by Mary McCracken. Dissect Owl Pellets at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, 2/21 Tuesday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Bring your 8- to 12-year-old to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology during winter break to dissect Barn Owl pellets; learn about ecology, food webs, and trophic levels; and identify bones and reconstruct skeletons.
Special Events 11th Annual Celebrity Chef Pasta Nights | 5:00 PM-8:30 PM, 2/16
Thursday | Glenora Wine Cellars Inc, 5435 State Route 14, Dundee | Pasta Night returns for its 11th year! Join Glenora Wine Cellars for their favorite winter tradition and enjoy fresh pasta dishes prepared by local celebrity chefs every Thursday at Veraisons. Reservations Strongly Suggested. Reserve a table online or call 800.243.5513 Ithaca College Men’s Basketball vs. Houghton College | 8:00 PM, 2/16 Thursday | Ben Light Gymnasium, Ithaca College, Ithaca | Seneca Lake Wine Trail Savory World of Seneca Weekend | 1:00 PM, 2/17 Friday | Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Rte. 14 (west side of the lake), Watkins Glen | Co-sponsored by the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, participating wineries will be preparing food from an amazing variety of different nations, with many of them decorating their tasting rooms in the same theme, pairings up samples of their dishes with their delicious wines. www.glenora. com Cornell Women’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth College | 6:00 PM, 2/17 Friday | Newman Arena, Bartels Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Cornell University Women’s Hockey vs. St. Lawrence University | 6:00 PM, 2/17 Friday | Lynah Rink, Cornell Univ., Ithaca | Cornell University Women’s Hockey vs. Clarkson University | 3:00 PM, 2/18 Saturday | Lynah Rink, Cornell Univ., Ithaca | Cornell Women’s Basketball vs. Harvard University | 5:00 PM, 2/18 Saturday | Newman Arena, Bartels Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Camp Reunion Night. Winter Recess Fiber Arts Festival | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, 2/20 Monday | La Tourelle Resort and August Moon Spa, 1150 Danby Rd, Ithaca | Everyone loves handmade crafts. Free admission, everyone welcome, free coffee & tea all day, door prizes to teachers with coupon.
Books A Salon Evening | 5:15 PM, 2/16 Thursday | Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell, Ithaca | This special event will feature discussions on World War I–era fashion and culture, plus live music in conjunction with the exhibit The War to End All Wars: Artists and World War. Light refreshments will be served.
George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Center for the Arts of Homer, Saturday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
While you may feel like you’re living in George Orwell’s 1984 these days, Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm” is equally as transcendent and visionary. An allegorical novel, the story reflects the events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and then on into the era of Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union. Totalitarianism is at the heart of the story, as are the amazing animals that make the characters of the book. There’s heavy ideology and philosophical theory involved, but also Orwell’s soft and hearfelt love letter to all the animals of the universe.
Art A Salon Evening | 5:15 PM, 2/16 Thursday | Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell, Ithaca | This special event will feature discussions on World War I–era fashion and culture, plus live music in conjunction with the exhibit The War to End All Wars: Artists and World War. Light refreshments will be served. ongoing Breathe | 171 E State St., Ithaca | Kodi Molyneaux & Kayla Darling. These two artists find expression through painting using watercolor and acrylic paint. All of the pieces are done collaboratively when both girls have spare time. They find painting a colorful way to de-stress their lives. CAP Art Space | 171 The Commons, Ithaca | Pam Drix: Red and Black Series. Featuring color woodcuts, with additional inclusions of sewn elements, sculptural constructions, and original wood matrices. Cellar d’Or | 136 E State St, Ithaca | Michael Sampson: Paintings on Paper. This series of paintings on paper use multiple mediums ranging from oils, acrylic, ink, watercolor and gouache. Creekside Cafe | 4 West Main St, Trumansburg | Domenica Brockman: Paintings (Through March). creeksidetburg.com CSMA | 330 E State St, Ithaca | Annual Open Show | Chronicling Brief Lives: Botanical Portraits in Watercolor by Milly Acharya. A retrospective exhibition of early to most recent works by American Society of Botanical Artists award-winning illustrator, Milly Acharya. A master class taught by Acharya at CSMA on March 18-19 will accompany the show. Collegetown Bagels | 203 N Aurora St, Ithaca | Mrika Chew. Marika is an artist based in the Ithaca area. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Elevator Music and Art Gallery | at New Roots Charter School, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca | Craig Mains | Snake | Alligator | Elevator | www. newrootsschool.org Decorum-Too | 215 N Cayuga Street, The DeWitt Mall, Ithaca | Elizabeth McMahon: Magic Potions. McMahon is a painter of bright and bold paintings but in this show she is delving into
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ith two new members and a whole bunch of new songs, local band Not From Wisconsin is finding its sweet spot. “We’re sort of redefining our sound,” said Dave Yantorno, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the group. “We existed in this chamber folk/chamber rock thing… we’re getting closer to an indie rock band these days.” Yantorno’s songwriting has shifted significantly since writing the music for the group’s first record. Not From Wisconsin is taking on a more modern style, especially noticeable when listening for their classically trained violinist (and Yantorno’s spouse), Angela. The “chamber rock” label came from their distinctive rock arrangements with a focal point on the violin. This classical element brought cohesion to the half-folk, half-rock sound of their two albums, And Again from 2015 and a self-titled work from 2010. Their sound has moved into pop and indie rock territory, featuring Angela’s smooth background vocals more than the sweeping violin melodies of their old music. Yantorno attributes a change in sound partly to the addition of two new members. John Young, a member of a multitude of groups from the DixieKats to Spottiswoode And His Enemies, joined Not From Wisconsin in 2016 on the upright
the ”painterly print” the monotype, a one of a kind form of printmaking. The spontaneity of the process sets the stage for surprises. The History Center | 401 E. State St, Ithaca | Made in Tompkins County: “Early American Decorative Arts”. Through September 24th, 2017. The Central New York chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration is proud to display original pieces of tin, glass and wood alongside reproductions done by our members. | www.historicithaca.org The Ink Shop | 330 E.State / MLK Street, Ithaca | I See You (IC/CU). The Ink Shop is pleased to host the 2nd joint show of prints by students of two strong printmaking programs at Ithaca
bass after subbing at gigs with the band. Yantorno, Angela and drummer and singer Brett Powell have cycled through several bass players with classical or jazz experience but Young, they say, has an ear for rock. “He came in with a really organized approach to music that was about writing bass lines that hook into songs in a pop rock kind of way,” said Yantorno. “It creates a bed that we can all play less around, so it’s been a really nice addition, and the timing just seemed right.” With Young’s new approach to the bass, the other three members decided it was time to bring in a keyboard. They found local keyboardist Brooks Miner in the fall through a mutual friend, and after a few rehearsals, it became clear that Not From Wisconsin was headed toward a fresh new style. “I’m always thinking about different soundscapes,” said Yantorno. “We’ve always talked about a keyboard player, but we’ve always held back because we made a pretty good sound before this and didn’t want to make it complicated. We slowly realized we have to change the way we approach our own parts around Brooks and then work on making his part complementary to what we’re playing. We’re finding our stride, and I think that Brooks was the final piece.” Miner trained as a jazz pianist but moved toward pop music when he realized his instrumental jazz groups attracted far fewer listeners than groups with vocalists. He’s played around Ithaca for the past two years with Beverly Stokes, a local Americana singer-songwriter. Miner is enjoying playing with a full band that gives him more freedom in his left hand. Since he now doesn’t have to play bass notes, he’s been practicing on a Wurlitzer electric piano and an electronic imitation of the Hammond B-3 organ, all at the same time. Miner’s also excited about the music
College and Cornell University. The Kitchen Theatre | 417 W State St | SURFACE TENSION: An art exhibition by Barbara Mink. Lot 10 | 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Brook Long. Brook uses simple methods to fragment, arrange, construct, and abstract architectural space. The use of transitional shifts evoke ambiguity within the spaces. She creates the illusion of continuously changing environments using lines, geometric forms, and a quirky color palette. Padma Center for Natural Therapies | 114 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Sarah Oros, From Within the Stone: Photography on Paper, Canvas and White Aluminum. The Rook | 404 W State St, Ithaca
itself. He had heard of Not From Wisconsin before being asked to come to a couple rehearsals, but he had never heard them play. Once he did, he was all in. “I think Yantorno writes great songs, Miner said. “You can have a bunch of great musicians, but you have to have a good songwriter as well. Otherwise, you can have a bunch of great musicians playing average songs with the same chords that lots of songs have or the same words that lots of songs have. But Yantorno’s writing is really good and really interesting and original, and that’s a lot of the reason why the whole thing is so enjoyable.” Not From Wisconsin has always been versatile and varied from song to song. That hasn’t changed. Yantorno’s new favorite songs for the band are “If,” featuring a galloping chord progression reminiscent of the Head and the Heart, and “I Never Had,” with eerie space rock vibes inspired by A.A. Bondy. Another standout is “I Really Do,” a song started years ago and never finished until recently. He compares its angular electric guitar sound to music by Neil Young and Spoon, the latter being one
| Annie Eller: Stillness and Flight. Local artist, Annie Eller pursued her education in the Fine Arts, receiving her B.F.A. in Painting from Boston University, 2008. The natural world, being the artist’s chief source of inspiration, lays the foundation for the works on exhibit that study the beauty and solitude of trees and wings engaging in flight. Show runs through March. Sacred Root Kava Lounge | 139 W State St, Ithaca | Damaris Vazquez Photography: Sensuality of Image. An image is a gateway of self. A seed in this exploration of fine-art nude portraiture. As a professional photographer, Damaris Vazquez communicates in many visual languages. State of the Art Gallery | 120 W
Not From Wisconsin hanging (Photo: facebook) of Yantorno’s biggest influences, especially now Not From Wisconsin is moving toward pop rock. “My influences are pretty disparate, and when I write, I’m not really writing for a reason except that it’s an idea I’ve had and it feels like a good idea,” said Yantorno. “So I don’t have a concept for this band that is a sound – I just write the music that I write and sort of sculpt it together. It’s not very contrived, which means to me that what matters more than anything about our music is that it’s authentic and that the lyrics are ones I’m pretty connected to.” Yantorno’s main goal for the group has always been to record, and with plenty of new music, they plan to produce an album this year. In the meantime, though, Not From Wisconsin is ready to introduce their fresh style to the Ithaca music scene with gigs around town. “Come prepared to listen,” said Yantorno. “If you know Not From Wisconsin at all, this will be different.” •
State St Ste 2, Ithaca | Art in Tompkins County: Then and Now. Gallery artists continue to exhibit art that represents Ithaca’s past and present to celebrate Tompkins County’s Bicentennial. Show dates are February 1 through 26, 2017. www.soagithaca.org Sunny Days of Ithaca | 123 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Erik Lehmann: rePURPOSE your ARTdrive. Erik lives a life of passion, purpose, and possibility wherever he is called to serve! He has spent the most recent 3.5 years launching a global initiative known as the Game Changer Movement. West End Gallery | 12 W Market St, Corning | Little Gems. A group exhibit featuring a beautiful collection of miniature paintings, sculptures and vessels by more than 30 regional
artists. Music performed by William Groome. Exhibit runs through March 10th. TCPL | 101 E Green St, Ithaca | On Being Human: A complimentary, multi-media exhibit, to TCPL’s Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human, traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the American Library Association. “On Being Human” is curated by Terry Plater.
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A renaissance man who’s worked in the fields of anthropology, education, magic and film, Paul Draper is a whirlwind of action: as a magician and mentalist his powers at their most alluring. Before pursuing a career in magic, in Las Vegas Draper received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Weber State and studied at UNLV for a master’s degree. Draper spent time with the Navajo people while working as an anthropologist and it was here where he learned the transcendent power of oral tradition.
Baritone Justin Austin (pictured) of Opera Noire New York, will be joining the venerable and inspiring Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) this Sunday, as part of the Harriet Tubman Concert. DCJS was founded in 2010 by Dr. Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College. The group of community singers was named after Ithaca resident and civil rights pioneer, Dorothy Cotton.
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