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arking in Ithaca garages will become more expensive in 2017 after rate increases were approved at a Board of Public Works meeting on Monday. The Worker’s Special permit will also be introduced to the Cayuga Street Garage in 2017 which allows for 210 hours of parking per month at a lower price than other worker-focused permits. Rates for the city’s four parking garages are all going to either stay the same or climb in 2017, with the most significant changes coming to the Green Street Garage. Full Access to Green Street will now cost $96 per month, while all other prices will rise between 12 and 21 percent. Cu rrent ly, Green St reet Garage costs $85 a month to park. Cayuga Street, meanwhile, costs $67 a month. This change is a result of Director of Park ing Frank Nagy’s desire to merge the two separate permits for the Green and Seneca Garages according to a memo submitted to the board. The permit prices are now the same for the two garages, and permits may be used interchangeably. Nagy said the hope is that the new discounted Worker’s Special permit will help that shift to Cayuga, especially because Green Street is nearly overflowing with parkers as it is, while Cayuga has plenty of space to work with. “If we can get some of the monthly permit folks moved to Cayuga Street, which is only 50 percent occupied, it makes sense to move them over there,” Nagy said. “That’s why we came up with $56 dollars a month, instead of $78 or $98. You got to walk an extra block, but you save $20 or $40, so which would you prefer?” A l s o me nt ione d i n t he memo is a new Shopper’s Zone in Green Street Garage, which will consist of 40 spaces of 3 continued on page 5


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n Veteran’s Day, Charles Gladu could be found at a table at the local Texas Roadhouse with a friend, Jim Raponi, partaking in one of many ceremonies and activities to honor those who dedicated themselves to their country. It’s a trend many businesses have begun to latch onto, offering some kind of free service, such as a meal, as a small gesture standing as a way to thank veterans for their service to the country. Raponi, a veteran himself who has joined Gladu for lunch the past several years, said Gladu, 102, loves his country. “He’s always been patriotic,” Raponi said. “He always liked helping people.” Gladu, 102, served in the Army for four years and was

stationed in Hawaii at Fort DeRussy, a long way from his home in Keeseville, NY, where he was raised since his birth on May 24, 1914. One of four children, he left his three sisters Loretta, Helen and Pricilla to serve in the Army between World War I and World War II as somewhat of a easy decision. “I had no choice but to go,” he said about enlisting. “I was drafted.” Gladu wa s st at ioned i n Hawaii in the days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, missing the attack by mere days. “He t r aded place s w it h another guy,” Raponi said. “… His buddy wanted to stay (to be with his girlfriend, he later added) and Charles needed to leave, so Charlie took the boat out and he missed Pearl Harbor by a day or two.” After his service was up and he was honorably discharged, Gladu married twice, and now has a son, Brian, as well as two daughters, Michelle and Penny. He also has one grandson and one granddaughter. To help support them, Gladu worked at a hardware store and built

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old, from “Florida up to New York,” Raponi said. He added Gladu worked at Bishop’s Hardware Store in Ithaca and later, Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications until he was 85 years old. He was all about being his own man; Gladu didn’t surrender his driver’s license until he turned 100. “He fixed lamps, chairs, tables,” Raponi said. “He built coffee tables for people and lamps for people… He’d go on the road with a friend of his and they would go to flea markets and set up his stuff that he made.” Raponi added Gladu would bring in his own wood to make the products. But he was also an animal lover, Raponi said, just an example of the type of man Gladu was. “Everybody loves Charlie,” Raponi said of his friend, “and Charlie loves everybody.” – K e l l y Wa t e r s

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McNeil Music, a Mainstay in Ithaca’s Music Scene, To Close

“An unlimited supply of high end recording gear for my music career.” ­— Chris Porter

“Peace.” ­—Kathie Modisher

McNeil Music is closing its doors in January (Photo: Casey Martin)


cNeil Music of Ithaca announced last week it would be closing its doors on January 31. The music equipment retail store on Green Street has been in the area since the 1980s. Founded originally by the

“Italian subs.” ­—Tim Shaffer

McNeil brothers in the ‘50s in Cortland, the store settled in its current spot in downtown Ithaca in 2012 after a brief stint at the Triphammer Mall. The main factor behind its closing is a steep decline in business over the last five years said McNeil


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thaca is doing its best to ensure that when its residents go shopping for gifts this holiday season, the first place they look is right here in town. Through Sunday December 4, the city will be participating in Buy Local Week, a 14-year-old initiative to educate people about the benefits of buying locally and encouraging people to spend and circulate their money as locally as possible. According to a news release from Local First

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owner Eric Laine, who bought McNeil in February of 2009 soon after moving to Ithaca. He said the store never truly recovered from the market crash of 2008 and 2009, and the everexpanding Internet marketplace made any sales comeback nearly impossible. “It’s always been difficult,” Laine said. “2011 was the first bad year, and it never recovered from there. We’ve lost sales every year since 2010.” Even after the move downtown in 2012, business didn’t turn around as expected for McNeil. Sales have declined between seven and 20 percent each year, though rental and repair prof its have actua lly grown over that time. The store’s rental business will continue on online as McNeil Music Rentals, a sound system and backline audio equipment rental service that has had sustained success despite the retail store’s downturn. It remains unclear if the music repair shop will close or stay open. “There was a lot of hope in 2012 when we moved downtown… But by the end of the year, when we looked at the numbers, it hadn’t really made a difference in terms of sales,” he said. As with most small businesses, sales at McNeil were dramatically impacted by the expansion of websites like Amazon into more niche markets such as music equipment, as well as already existing industry giants like Guitar Center. Other factors, such as the long-term construction at the Commons, played a role as well. “There’s just too many stores, plus the internet, for us to keep going with the baggage that we have,” Laine said, referring to

the debt the business has already incurred over the last few years. “The true fact of the matter is, we can’t compete with Amazon. com.” The store will continue to operate for two months, selling its stock at increasing discounts in an attempt to offset some of the financial burden that has built up. A farewell message on the store’s Facebook page attracted dozens of comments lamenting the closing and thanking Laine and his staff for their work over the years. Many recounted their memories from the store over the years, with several saying they bought their first instruments from McNeil, or still play instruments repaired by in-house guitar guru Christian deBrigard. “But this experience has been as rewarding as it has been heartbreaking, and I am grateful to have served our amazing Ithaca music community for these eight years,” Laine wrote in the statement, while also noting that the store had been a “financial disaster” for his family. Laine speaks of his dying business with a rational but resigned disappointment, having been surviving on the brink of closure for several years. He said the advent of Amazon and its effect on his business is like a highway bypassing a small town. The highway is convenient and efficient, but the small town withers away beside it. “It happened to bookstores, it happened to electronic stores, it happened to record stores, it’s going to happen to many independent retail stores eventually,” he said. “That highway is just passing us by. I just think that’s inevitable.”

local economy–rather than to larger chains–the benefits could be substantial, the release says. Organizations throughout the city have introduced a number of ways to help encourage spending locally, especially downtown. Local First will bring back the Local Lover Challenge for the eighth year, a “beloved, local game played from Black Friday till Christmas Eve where players pick up a card, get the card stamped at five participating businesses and drop it off for a chance to win prizes for themselves and local non-profits. And, on December 3, Santa Claus himself will be coming downtown as a prelude to the

annual Ice Festival a week later. If you need a place to park for all the festivities, the city recently introduced 40 Shopper Zone short-term parking spaces in the Green Street and Seneca Street parking garages, which allow up to three hours of free parking per day to shop. While parking is always free at night and on the weekends, Seneca Street Garage will have the shopper zones available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday as parking is exclusive to hotel guests on the weekends. The Cayuga Street Garage already reserves its entire second floor for short durations of free parking.

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▶ While it’d be far too easy to grumble about a rate increase, it’s good to see the city is finally forcing people to start searching for the nearly empty Cayuga Street Parking Garage. While, like the rollout of the ParkMobile meters, it’ll take some time to gauge the impacts, its good to see some action taken to improve the efficiency of our parking system.


he Planning and Development Board received up d at e s on t he Cit y Centre Development proposed for downtown, also approving plans for a four duplex housing project in the 600 block of Aurora Street on Tuesday night, while several other prominent construction projects continued to move forward. The controversial City Centre housing and retail project, proposed for the current Trebloc Building just off the Commons, saw some minor changes to the 193 unit proposal, including one less underground parking spot (down from 72) and some increased space for bicycles. Some concerns were raised during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting on the City Centre, including a lack of solar power inclusion and some questions about how the structure would look to the naked eye. Scott Whitham, of Whitham Planning and Design, said the group would be publishing a sustainability statement in the coming weeks in order to answer any questions regarding alternative energy scenarios. T h e bu i ld i n g pr op o s a l remains eight stories, with a mixture of one and two-bed-


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hour maximum parking to foster consumer travel to Ithaca. That zone will increase to 90 spaces, to meet the needs of the Marriott Hotel when it opens. This creates a bit of a crunch at Green Street, which Nagy said is the most crowded, so the memo says city staff will begin to actively encourage monthly permit holders to use the Cayuga Street Parking Garage to avoid space problems. The Dryden Road Garage remains the most expensive in the city, costing about $70 more per month for full access. ($159 a month, currently.) Dryden

▶ Ithaca Gets Bronze As a bike friendly community from the national organization Bike League. Now, to devise a way to bike Rt. 13 without dying...

If you care to respond to something in this column, or publish your own grievances or plaudits, write upsanddowns@ithacatimes. com, with a subject head “U&D.” City Centre, an eight story building proposed for 301 E. State St.

room apartments and studios. Whitham also said they are striving to keep the first floor of the project versatile in order to attract retail businesses to those spaces. “I don’t know if we are going to have commercial in there at the beginning of the proposal,” he said. “But certainly with the flexibility that indeed it could be, at some point in the life of the building.” Tompkins County Action (TCA) also presented before the board on Tuesday, regarding their Amici House and Childcare Center project on Spencer Road. The two building proposal includes a fivestory building that will serve as a combination of housing and services for young homeless people and their children,

while an adjacent single story building would house a childcare center consisting of five classrooms for Head Sta r t and Early Head Start. Many of TCA’s advocates spoke out in support of the project, saying that having more housing for the homeless–especially sober environments for those who have come to Ithaca to enter rehabilitation for a drug or alcohol addiction–could be beneficial to their rehabilitation efforts. Justin Delaney, an Ithaca resident who lives on Spencer Road, voiced his objection to the Amici House project during its public hearing. He said his wife, he and his neighbors were nervous about the proposal. “We are scared about the

situation, and how it may affect us,” Delaney said. “The scale and sculpt just seem very large. Certainly we care about homeless youth and children, but this project is far too big and we don’t know of any precedence of Amici House handling anything on this level.” Delaney said he had attempted to reach out to TCA but had not received any return communication. The Board also received updates on the Maplewood Redevelopment Project and moved forward with the College Townhouse Project. Sketch plans for construction at 126 College Avenue and 210 Linden Avenue were also brief ly presented.

will also see a small increase in July 2017 for its fees, about 3 percent. Cayuga Street Garage is still the cheapest parking garage option in the city, even after its own 3 percent increase per month to $69. The new rates appear to fall in line with the city’s stated goal for 2017 of maximizing revenue and minimizing costs, which includes the phrase “increase fees where applicable.” Parking has been a contentious issue around Ithaca for several years, including the installation of new parking pay stations connected to the PayMobile app. Parking revenues are up over the last few years, from 2.86 million in 2012 to just over $3.1

million in 2015 according to numbers presented at a Common Council meeting in late September, where the possibility of upping parking rates was first discussed. The city is still fighting an $840,000 deficit on its garages, though that number has been helped in 2016 by the continued strong growth of parking revenues, which were higher from January to June than that same time period in the previous two years. The first six months of 2016 yielded $1.65 million in total revenue, a $277,000 increase from 2015, fueled mostly by spikes in parking meter fees, parking permits and hourly parking. If usage stayed consis-

tent from July through December, it would represent another year of significant growth in parking revenue. Nagy said after the meeting that the better permit revenues are a direct result of the higher street parking prices that have been instituted over the last few years. The garages went from being around 40 percent occupied to around 75 percent occupied now. “The big reason the garages are doing better than when I first got here is that we have taken the long-term parker off the street and put them in garages where they belong,” Nagy said.

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Heard&Seen ▶ Ice Carving While we’re hoping temperatures will be significantly colder this year, we’ve heard that the competition at next week’s ice carving competition will be extremely heated. Last year’s champion, Guiness World Record holder Rich Daly will be returning, as are a significant portion of last year’s roster. There will be two newcomers in Michigan natives Alex Wagner and Kaitlin Proffer, both making their first trios to Ithaca from the Ice Farm.

.▶ IHS Runner Heads To Nationals Ithaca High School’s Silas Derfel, after turning in a solid seventh place finish at the Nike Cross Regional Championships for New York , will be headed to the cross country national championships on Dec. 3 in Portland, Oregon. Best of luck young man!

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Would you start to bike to work in the winter to save a few bucks on parking? Please respond at the Ithaca Times Web site L ast Week ’s Q uestion : Do you think the cold weather will hold out long enough for a functional ice bar? 61.5 percent of respondents answered “No” and 38.5 percent answered “Yes.”

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What to Fear Most? Cornell student Claudia Gisemba examines what we’re willing to sacrifice out of irrational fears.


a c h ye a r, m ore than 100,000 people are shot in the United States with an average of about 11, 000 people dy ing. As of November 16 this year, 12, 933 people had died due to gun violence, with the total number of gun incidents adding up to about 50,000. When I compared the number of deaths caused by terrorism versus gun violence, I was surprised to find out that in 2013 alone, 33, 636 gun deaths occurred, compared to 21 due to terrorism. The stark difference in the numbers makes me question why we give endless attention to terrorism whereas many

more people lose t heir lives due to gun violence. This makes it worth asking: Does domestic gun violence need more attention? If yes, is domestic gun v iolence a matter of national security? In partnership with the Cornell Survey Research Institute, I was able to ask my question to a nationally representative sample of 625 adults in a telephone survey. The question that I asked was experimental in nature with respondents only responding to one version of the question. About h a l f of t h e r e s p on d e nt s responded to the question: “Given recent g u n v iolence, do you agree or disagree that government surveillance of phone calls and email is nece s s a r y for nat iona l security?” The other half responded to the same question where terrorist threats replaced gun violence. Without a shadow of doubt, I expected more people to agree that government surveillance is necessa r y for nationa l securit y continued on page 7

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Sui Generis By Stephen P. Burke


ome time ago I w rote here tan in a program called “Cons, Cards, about celebrated people to and Conversation: An Evening With whom It hac a c a n lay pa r- Ricky Jay.” The event gave little advance tial claim as one-time resi- notice: Jay’s appearances don’t need dents. I didn’t get any ques- much promotion. The three shows will tions from readers about Nabokov, sell out, even though they are on weekHans Bethe, Carl Sagan, or any others nights, are not full-scale performances, besides Ricky Jay. Who is Ricky Jay? and tickets are $177. (Orchestra seats Ricky Jay is not a novelist, physicist, are currently on StubHub for $280, astronomer, even before the or any thing shows sell out.) else that The front row of might win a Jay’s shows tend Nobel Prize. “The Guinness Book of World Records certifies to s e at p e ople He is a sleight like Jack Nicholof hand art- Jay’s ability to throw a card 190 feet at 90 miles son and Jay Z. Sleight of ist, the best per hour. That is further, faster, than a major h a nd i nvol ve s in the world. league catcher can throw a baseball from home a choreography Ricky of s l i g ht , f u rJay l ived i n I t h a c a f o r plate to second base. A baseball is considerably tive movements large, dismost of a more aerodynamic than the Jack of Hearts.“ and t r ac t i ng one s , decade in the accompanied by late ‘60s and a f luid verbosearly ‘70s ity (“patter”) to while attending (and not attending) Cornell. He misdirect and frame the perceptions made his first appearance on national of the audience. Jay’s capacities in this TV then. He’s had a prodigious career realm are practically supernatural, although achieved, like a concert vioever since. This week, Jay is appearing for three linist’s, through singular dedication nights at the Sheen Theater in Manhat- and endless practice. In his art, Jay is continued on page 7

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lections have consequences. Beginning January 21st, President Trump and the Republican led House and Senate will begin their long desired, systematic destruction of Medicare. For anyone younger than 55, a system of vouchers to be used toward the purchase of private health insurance will replace the popular and well run single payer system that insures older Americans. Congressman Tom Reed has signed on to “save” Medicare by privatizing it and stands with Paul Ryan. Unlike Congressman Reed would have us believe, Medicare is not going broke. The real problem is paying for the enormous tax cuts Reed, Trump and Ryan want to give the top 5% of American tax payers. They will literally pick working peoples’ pockets to pay for these tax cuts. That is why Congress-



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man Ryan says he wants Medicare gone by June 30th. Only a concerted effort by voters of all political parties and persuasions can push back against this assault on a program that is popular, financially sound and which has insured a dignified old age for all Americans. Stand up for Medicare by calling Congressman Reed at 607.654.7566. Call once a week to reemphasize your demand that Medicare not be privatized. Also attend one of the two town meetings Congressman Reed is holding on Saturday, December 10th at 8:30 at Horseheads Town Hall 150 Wygant Road. Or at 11:00 at the Barrington Town Hall, 4424 Bath Road, Penn Yan. Let him know that Medicare is not on the table. –Ann Sullivan, Ithaca

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like Paganini, but where there is no Heifetz, nor any other player to compare. Sleight of hand also, of course, involves entertainment. Few of Jay’s tricks (or, more properly, “pieces”) are simple enough to describe in a paragraph, but here’s one. Jay asks two audience members to each think of a card, and hold it in mind. He elaborately shuffles a deck of cards (in fans and cascades, with a rapid rap of jokes and asides) and cuts it into two stacks. He asks the two people to announce their cards. When they do, Jay flips the top card of each stack. There are the two named cards. (Even if it were a set-up, and Jay knew the two cards in advance, it would hardly matter. He still has to make those two cards turn up.) T he Gu i n ness Book of World Records certifies Jay’s ability to throw a card 190 feet at 90 miles per hour. That is further, faster, than a major league catcher can throw a baseball from home plate to second base. A baseball is considerably more aerodynamic than the Jack of Hearts. Jay can throw a card through the rind of a watermelon. He can throw one from a stage of a 1,500-seat theater to the back row of the balcony. He can toss a card ten feet into the air in an arc that brings it back to him to catch like a boomerang. Jay has written eleven books on the history and practice of eccentric arts and entertainments. His latest one was augmented by an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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He is the subject of a 2012 feature documentary, “Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.” Cornell Cinema screened it in September, 2013, and Jay came back to his alma mater to speak. I was there, in the front row, feeling like Jay Z. Jay famously, in interviews, does not (as in, will not) revisit his past, but he did that night. He mentioned having attended the Hotel School, and taking a long time to graduate because he spent so much time each semester not in Statler Hall, but in the Royal Palm Tavern on Dryden Road, practicing shuffles and pieces on the long wooden bar. He said that his academic listlessness deepened an estrangement from his family, and fostered an aversion to looking back too much. “Genius” does not refer to the ability to graduate from the Hotel School in four years. Nor does it refer strictly to numerical I.Q. It refers to exceptional creative power and natural ability. In his decades of renown as a prestidigitator, entertainer, and scholar, Ricky Jay is arguably more exceptional in his field than Nabokov, Bethe, or Sagan in theirs. There are other brilliant novelists, physicists, and astronomers. There’s only one Ricky Jay. Even if “genius” doesn’t apply, “sui generis” does. Stephen P. Burke is a columnist for The Ithaca Times. His column, ‘Ithaca Notes,’ appears biweekly.

News Quick Hits Santa Claus to Rapple Down Onto The Commons It’s time again for that yearly ritual when Santa Claus comes rappling down off the roof of Center Ithaca and onto the Commons. Look for him at noon on December 3. New News Director Takes Over at WHCU Radio After the announcement was made three weeks ago that Greg Fry, Cayuga Radio Group’s news director since 2013, would be moving on to a role at Challenge Industries, the nine station conglomerate has promoted its next news director from within. Kyle Robertson, a 2014 alum of Ithaca College and a reporter at the station nearly two years, will take over the post. He is most notable for producing the Tech Minute, which aired weekly. Barbara Lifton Calls For Audit of Presidential Election Ithaca’s New York State Assemblywoman has joined the cacaphony of voices calling for a recount of votes after a motion was filed by third party candidate Jill Stein questioning the results of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency. The presidential elect has several times doubted the legitimacy of the voting system, recently saying, without proof, “millions” of illegal immigrants voted in the recent election. He has since denounced the recount.

when thinking about terrorism compared to gun violence. Consistent with my expectations, 68 percent of the respondents who responded to the terrorist threat version of the question agreed that government surveillance is necessary for national security. Keep in mind that this percentage is within a margin of error of 5 percent. To say it differently, a substantial portion of the public think government surveillance is necessary for national security when thinking about terrorism. On the other hand, there was nearly a 50 -50 split among the respondents who answered the gun violence version of the question, with 51 percent agreeing to a need for government surveillance. The numbers may not tell the whole story, but makes me wonder: why do more people believe terrorism is a greater national security issue warranting the need for government surveillance? We Americans have “fallen prey to the habit of mentally clinging to dangerous, but extremely rare events ” because they are unpredictable and dangerous. Gun violence is a subject that will not end any time soon, but terrorism continues to receive more attention. With discussions about gun control laws heightening and a new president-elect, all eyes are watching the steps that will be taken. Given that nearly half of the respondents d isag reed when t he ex peri ment changed from terrorism to gun violence, it is clear that gun violence is not viewed as a huge issue. This may be because terrorism receives a lot more media coverage and tends to instill fear and terror compared to gun violence. Hence, people tend to agree with surveillance because they feel surveillance could be more effective in reducing terrorism and not gun violence. Moreover, the mere fact that a large number of households have small firearms may present gun violence as a commonplace event. Def initely, gun violence needs more attention, but the public may not think so? It is time to take a stance and direct resources to more important national security issues: gun violence.

ithaca com Earlier this week, we posted the news of McNeil Music closing online. The response was rather enthusiastic, with several people choosing to share their memories of the shop. Here is a small sampling. “My most memorable purchase from them was a ‘68 Fender Mustang I bought in I wanna say ‘78 or ‘79 something like that, that store is an Ithaca mainstay , sad to see them go.” –B ruc e Ja m e s My e r s “I spent a lot of time there when I was young. So sad!” –D e bbi e S z a l kowsk i I’m really gonna miss those guys... –E m e r s on M i t ch e l l

“Hearing For Spencer Solar Farm Scheduled” I live in Wisconsin. We put a PV system on the south slope of our roof with DC to AC converter in the attic. It meets all our electric needs except in the summer (ironic with the longer days) because of the air conditioner. Photovoltaics work even when it’s cloudy, not as efficiently, but they still work. Admittedly, it was a huge up front cost, but they will pay themselves off in 5 years, then nothing but free electricity for the rest of the panels’ lives. –monacru e

“Chapter House Rebuild?” It’s just a stupid student bar. Let it go. –D i rt yL o c a l

The telephone (cell and land-line) survey includes a nationally representative sample of adults and was conducted with Cornell’s Survey Research Institute. The sample size was 625 with a sampling margin of error of 5 percent.

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“Students Assist in Pheasant Release” Such a fun and yet encouraging event! It’s important that kids are involved in other activities beside the school that unites kids from all classes is very important. Unfortunately, school classes themselves plus homework take so much time and sometimes children spend too much of their off school time doing their home tasks. If you don’t want to deal with assignment writing online, then why not clicking the link and get it all settled up right now? Sometimes it’s really important to involve kids in extracurriculars rather than keep them study 24/7.

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Forging A New Understanding of Ithaca’s History What Could We Learn From A Data-Driven Approach To Understanding Our Past? By Nick Reynolds


f we’re speaking in averages, in the United States, your typical home was probably built sometime in the past four decades, dating back to a period where a new taming of the land was taking place, the result of a post-postwar resettlement that changed the way we live. But then you look at Ithaca, where that average home age is somewhere in the neighborhood of 74 years old, an average skewed even further by the houses left over from the city’s earliest days, well before the exodus of urban flight that brought the suburbs into our vocabulary. Within those old houses, you have more than 30 years of memories–three more decades of history–behind walls that have seen the past century come and go well past the lives of its inhabitants. For years, all we’ve had to track the passage of time has been the only medium available to document our history as it was happening — what we could read; whether a newspaper clipping or a caption on a photograph, a journal entry or a sales ledger, a deed to a plot of land or a book penned by an invested scholar years after the fact. But what we’ve never had in explaining our history is a way to analyze what was happening in our city, a narrative told through data and hard, empirical evidence explaining how people have moved from neighborhood to neighborhood, the memories created in those old houses and above all, an explanation beyond anecdotal assertion of what experiences have formed the present identity of the city those past generations once lived in. It was several years after his retire8


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rather than by statistical analysis. To work effectively, the program needs more than its code to operate. It needs data, and lots of it, often gleaned from old handwritten manuscripts that are often tough to decipher. As it turns out, getting this information is a pretty labor intensive process. All handwritten, each piece of census data is read over by a pair of people, each with their own role to play. One person is tasked to read and interpret the information, the other’s job is to type it in and keep an eye out for inconsistencies that may have popped up in the process like, for instance, a misspel ling or misstatement t hat cou ld potentially rise from a la ng u a ge ba rr ier between an Data e n t ry pa r t y at t h e H i s t o ry C e n t e r immigrant ( P h o t o : P r ov i d e d) and a census taker. With mulnew technology, it takes a different ap- tiple sets of eyes transposing the physical proach to historic mapping, optimizing an forms to digital volunteers–in a way–help existing process employed by genealogists to rectify history and, in doing so, make to use census data to explain history in a vi- that history easier to search. “What we’ve done is turn information sual way, allowing social historians to ask questions about topics like immigration in the census into searchable records but that have only been answered in anecdotal also, we’ve turned them into more accuforms or by examining written accounts, rate records than what we’ve had,” Kibment when Bob Kibbee thought of a way he might be able to. What he ended up producing was a mapping program called History Forge, which takes all aspects of genealogical research–names, addresses, anecdotes–and brings them all together under one platform. The dream, one day, is to hover over a property on a map and get every piece of information you can on a house, from when it was built to who had lived in it over the years, where its residents came from and what they did for a living. While their program doesn’t push any

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bee said. What it also does, says the History Center’s executive director Rod Howe, is connect people to the past in a way they hadn’t been before, by giving them a sense of place and a weight to a history at a more personal scale than what they could find in old photographs or news clippings. “They start imagining things about their past… I mean they really want to know about these people,” Howe said. “They may feel there’s some missing information, and want to get to the bottom of it like ‘oh, where’s the husband or wife in this picture?’ So people really start engaging in that process of taking the data from 1910 and adding it to this bucket.” What works for the History Center, Howe said, is the potential to augment both the building and census data with information from all the city’s ethnic communities, from the black population in the Southside to the immigrant populations of the Italians, Greeks and Irish who came to define the city. The center could one day look to its archives, linking an old newspaper article to a name or a building on History Forge. One could even use the maps on History Forge to create a narrated tour of the city, all available online, showing points of interest complemented with a historical context provided by material from the History Center’s collections. They could even produce their own material, such as an interview with a resident of the city in the 1930s, to complement a future version. “As the project was in an early stage, and I was explaining this to a professor of history at SUNY Cortland,” Furber said. “He said this would allow a social historian to ask questions about history they once weren’t able to.”

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century maps which documented the built environment of every village and town in the United States–on top of already existing maps by Google using the open source tools provided by the NYPL, utilizing a process called georectification, where you pin common points between the primary source document and the Google map to create a navigable document. (Often called rubbersheeting in the GIS world). Whatever the NYPL program couldn’t do, Furber

dith Kenny and Kristen Varnell along with the History Center of Tompkins County, they would begin in 1910, using Ithaca’s Sanborn map and information from the 1910 census–notable for the recent influx of Hungarians in the city to work the old salt mine in the city’s north side–to map out not just the city’s Hungarian population and where they lived and worked, but that of the city as a whole. Each weekend at the History Center, they would host “data

Retired in 2009, Kibbee was the map librarian at Cornell for close to 30 years. It was his second gig at the university, after some time spent as a research librarian dealing mostly with primary source documents such as census forms and manuscripts of particular interest to genealogists. As a map librarian, Kibbee’s element existed mainly around the realm of digital mapping and GIS work, helping anyone to enter Olin Library hoping for a better picture of the world to navigate the planet, developing a better explanation of their surroundings in the process. It was after his retirement when Kibbee thought t o c om bi ne t he s e t wo worlds together, creating a platform where the built landscape and its inhabitants could stand side by side–in a visual format–to better explain how the city had changed over time. Then, in 2013, he met David Furber. Furber, an applications developer with software development firm GORGES, has a background that doesn’t immediately point to a person destined for computer programming. A student of history, Furber has a master’s degree from Clemson and a PhD from the University of Buffalo, all acquired before moving onto the field he’d shown A s c r e e n s h o t o f H i s t o ry F o r g e , f e at u r i n g o l d S a n b o r n M a p s ov e r l a i d o n an aptitude for as a child in M a p. R e d d o t s r e p r e s e n t r e s i d e n c e s . the early days of home computing. would code himself. entry parties” where for several hours, the It was when Furber met Kibbee at a local “There’s some chocolate and some pea- group would comb through the original GIS users meeting several years ago when nut butter,” Furber said. “Part of the pro- forms used to compile information for the the pair began to conceptualize what Kibgram we made is inspired and part is census, from everyone’s age and ethnicity bee was looking to create: an Google maps original.” to their occupation to help tell the story of overlay of the City of Ithaca built from hisThey got some other maps–called the Ithaca as it was in 1910. toric maps of the city, each structure’s hisCrandall Maps, named for former city entory told by what census data from each gineer Karl (K.F) Crandall–dating from Mobilizing Interest decade said about its residents. the late 19th century, to fill in the gaps arlier in November, Kibbee attended To begin, they needed a platform. What the Sanborn maps didn’t address (like the a meeting of historians in Albany to they created was History Forge. city’s gas lines and the route of the street present the History Forge concept to hisThey found the initial code for their railway, for example) and placed those into torians around the state. Presenting Hisprogram from something already in place their system as a viewable overlay, to help tory Forge at the state archive-operated at the New York Public Library called Map document even more of the city as it was. Researching New York Conference, KibWarper, a program which allows users to All they needed was a starting point, a bee drew the attention of newly-appointed take historic maps and “match” them to the baseline they could create to show the pro- State Historian Devin Lander, who hinted hyper precise maps of today. They overlaid gram’s potential. Assisted early on by Ju- one day the program, which will be providthe Sanborn Maps–historic turn-of-the-


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ed open source, has the potential to be implemented by historic societies statewide. To get to that step, History Forge needs a lot more development and, incidentally, a lot more help. So far, funding the project has been its biggest issue, a grant yet to be won. In fact, without the initial financial support of Bob Baxter, proprietor of Dryden Mutual Insurance, the platform may never have been created and a developer, never hired. But thusfar, its volunteers have carried a lot of the load, most of which involves physically entering each piece of data into the system, to which 3,000 names and numerous properties have been submitted so far. The key to Histor y Forge’s success relies on two things, Kibbee said. One is to show the potential of the system, to convince those with the money to spend that History Forge will have a tangible effect on the way we learn and understand our history. The second is mobilizing the masses of volunteers to help them enter information into the system and increase its research capabilities. “It’d be huge not just for genealogists, but think of what you could do as a historian, looking at an ethnic group as it moved through time,” Kibbee said. “People leave, people marry in and a G o o g l e out, their education increases… instead of working as laborers in the salt mine, they’re becoming physicians and lawyers and shopkeepers. And when this is all done, you’ll be able to see that. ” While at a macro perspective, census data and statistical analysis can help explain history in the aggregate, but as a whole, hardly dive into the individual. By building block by block with more and more research, you can dive into the lives of the city’s individuals. But that means every house is a research project. “It’s a finite undertaking but it’s huge,” said Kibbee. “Imagine doing someplace like New York City. It’ll be tough, but you just do it like we’re doing here: one block at a time.”

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locally and throughout the country. “Many people think of it more like maids, who just come in and do cleaning and housework, but it’s much more than that,” Stuart said. “They provide emotional support for the patients, they do a lot of personal care for their patients, they really help in their healing and enable them to remain at home.” The event included dinner, a reception, and presentations given by those who had received assistance from home health aides

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munity home health aide appreciation and recognition event.” Sue Ellen Stuart, executive director of the Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County, said the event was organized to draw attention to the home health aide profession, one that Stuart said is undervalued and underappreciated


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cialized health services are more widely available in the region, among a litany of other missions. “It’s far beyond what the Office for the Aging can do alone,” Holmes said.

“It’s going to take many community not themselves hire any home health partnerships to make this happen, and aides, she knows other agencies around come nationwide as the number of those are already forming or formed.” the area are having to increase their senior citizens steeply rises. According Part of those partnerships lies in the efforts to attract workers to the field, to the United States Administration on Action Plan itself, which takes ideas including offering flexible hours, coverAging, in 2014 more than 46 million from the Comprehen- ing travel costs and providing ways to people–about 14 percent of the popusive Plans of both the climb the professional ladder. lation–were older than 65 years of age. county and the City of “You can certainly make a higher According to the Age Friendly Ithaca By 2060, there will be about 98 million Ithaca that align with wage in other industries, it’s very difand Tompkins County Action Plan, older persons. the Action Plan’s goals ficult,” she said. “It’s an industry-wide Though there are 300 Home Health the county saw a 34 percent increase for a more universally problem […] Trying to elevate the proAides working throughout the com- in people over 60 years old, propelled affordable and acces- fession in the way the work and the munity, more workers will be needed sible area. workers are respected and appreciated.” by an 89 percent increase in the 60soon as the Baby Boomer generation All of this points grows older and more of them require 64 population. That population is –Matt Butler back to the growing such care. The Bureau of Labor Statis- predicted to continue to grow quickly i mp or t a nc e of a nd tics predicts that the number of home until at least 2040. need for home health health aides nationwide will increase a ide s . Hol me s s a id by 38% from 2014-2024. Stuart said it although COFA does can be difficult to attract someone to the job because of the low annual salary: its median income was just under $22,000 a year in 2015. “They have to have the heart for the work, it’s like nursing,” Stuart said. “I think if we just set the stage differently, we can get more people interested in it.” Despite It haca’s reputation as a college town, Tompkins County has not been immune to the nation’s rapidly climbing older population trend. According to the Age Friendly Ithaca and Tompkins County Action Plan, the county saw a 34 percent increase in people over 60 years old, propelled by an 89 percent increase in the 60-64 population. That population is predicted to continue to grow quickly until at least 2040. Stuart said several organizations related to home health aides are working together to maintain “age friendly” status through the AARP. That is defined as “well-designed, livable communities that promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents—of all ages.” There are dozens throughout the country, and Ithaca was approved as a participating community in March of 2015. Lisa Holmes, director of the Tompk ins Count y Of f ice for t he Aging (COFA), has been guiding the effort to make the city more structurally acces• Over 1000 different beers, hard ciders sible for people of all ages, young and old, along with a steering committee and malternatives in stock made up of people from COFA, Ithaca • Over 200 gourmet sodas College and an environmental geron• 10 Beers, 1 hard cider, and 1 soda taps for growler fills tologist. The effort so far has included subtle but important changes like add• Keg Beer ing cutouts to curbs, and providing • NOW OPEN! New Redemption Center! some alternative ways to park around We pay 6¢ for most NYS returnable containers. We do the city that avoid having to use the customary pay stations. Bottle Drives for schools, churches, Boy and Girl Scouts etc Further actions are being organized and planned, beyond what the Office Mon-Wed 9-9 • Thurs-Sat 9-10 | Sun 12-7 for the Aging or the steering tee would be able to accomplish on their own. This makes it essential that they connect with other organizations in the county to move forward on goals including expanding food security, improving transportation methods for the elderly and the disabled and ensuring community support and spe-

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or those who have had the frustrat- Knipe said. “It’s been in our plans for ing experience of wanting to enjoy years; it’s a real need.” the lake but not k nowing where The project will enhance access for to find a safe public access point, local people interested in a number of activimunicipalities are joint funding a project ties, he said, including paddle boarders, that aims to improve the accessibility and canoers, and potentially boaters on some awareness of 14 Cayuga Lake sites. sites. The funding will help improve access The Budget, Capital and Personnel areas and docks, and it will also pay for Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature voted unanimously “The project includes things Monday to to recommend that like an itinerary to let people the county accept Environmental know this is an experience they Protection Funds in the amount of $101,245 to help fund the develop- can come here and have” Tom Knipe ment of the Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail. Legislator Glen Morey (R-Groton) the installation of interpretive signage asked if the project was only for kayak and marketing that will educate the public access or if there would be a trail around about the 14 featured public access points, the lake. Thomas Knipe, principal planner six of which are in Tompkins County. for Tompkins County, explained that the The project is a combined effort between project would not create a physical trail on the New York State Office of Parks, Recrethe land surrounding the lake but rather ation and Historic Preservation, New a conceptual trail of launch points on the York State Canal Corporation, the City of lake. Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, Cayuga County, “The project includes things like an Seneca County, and several other municiitinerary to let people know this is an palities boarding on Cayuga Lake. experience they can come here and have,” $101,245 local share will be paid jointly b e t we e n t he c o u n t y, t h e City of Ithaca, t he Tow n of Ithaca, Cayuga County, the antiques • vintage • unusual objects Town of Lansing, the Village of Cayuga, the Village of Union Springs and the Town of Ovid. The Coun- Tom Knipe (Photo: Jaime Cone) t y Strategic Tourism Planning Board has previously recommended allocation of $43,480 hotel room occupancy tax to fund the project, providing 100 percent of the cash portion of the County’s share of the local match. “I think it’s a good project,” said Jim Dennis (D-Ulysses), chair of the Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee. “What Just in... we really need to do is identify places for people to use the lake… unless you know, you have to search for ways to access the lake, especially if you have a boat.” - Furniture - Lighting “The really interesting thing is that we Jewelry - Textiles - Rugs were able to talk to towns and villages and - Pottery - Glass - Artwork counties around the lake and get them - Toys - Mirrors - Ephemera involved in this project,” he added. “We Upcycled & As Found have this resource of the lake, and it’s our

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questions she wanted to ask before giving it her endorsement. The City of Ithaca has indicated a willingness to contribute $10,000 as well, according to the resolution. Tompkins Cou nt y Ad minist rator Joe Ma rea ne explained that the Municipal Restructuring Grant will only cover up to $50,000 of the cost. The resolution also states that Center for Governmental Research (CGR) would be the firm chosen to undertake the study. Mareane said CGR told the county it could complete the project for $73,000 but that he is confident he could negotiate the cost ne week after getting approval from down to $70,000. “If we start going below the Law Enforcement Committee, $70,000 it’s going to affect the stope of a second committee of the Tomp- services, and I’m concerned about that,” kins County Legislature has approved a he said. resolution to accept a $50,000 State grant “I’m taken aback,” said Clairborne, to fund a law enforcement shared services “because when we undertook this idea it study. The resolution also states that the was to have it funded by the grant. So was county would appropriate $10,000 from its that communicated at all to the vendors contingent fund we’re working to help pay for “I’m taken aback. Because with?” the project. “CGR was when we undertook this All members idea it was to have it funded aware that we of t he Budget , had a cer ta i n Capital and Per- by the grant. So was that scope of things s o n n e l C o m - communicated at all to the to be studied, mittee voted in vendors we’re working with?” and they came favor of acceptLeslyn McBean-Clairborne back and said i ng t he g ra nt they can’t delivat t he meeting e r t h e e nt i r e November 28 except for Leslyn McBean- scope of what you want to do for the Clairborne, who said she voted against the 450,000 the state is willing to give for it,” resolution because she still had additional Mareane replied.

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He added that there is likely to be some cost savi ngs i n t he fac t that CGR was also recently hired by the county to conduct a study of the Tompkins County Jail. The Rochester firm is also hiring its own sub-consultant, Highland Planning, to consult on the public participation element of the study. Since the legislat u re bega n d iscussing the study and its potential implications at the beginning of the year, the public has expressed concern about the possible consolidation of the Ithaca Police, other smaller police departments, and the Tompkins County Sheriff. “Ordinarily we would do just a pure study and go to work doing lot of internal reviews and talking people in the criminal justice system and so forth,” Mareane said. “Here we want to open it up to public hearings and perhaps focus groups to find out the concerns the public has about the various possibilities and to get a sense of where they would like to see law enforcement go in the future.”

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This is largely driven by city residents, many of whom “are pleased about the progress they’ve seen in their relationship with the Ithaca police department, and they don’t want to lose it,” he added. Mareane reiterated that the study will examine many options, ranging from consolidation of police forces to collaborative efforts such as consolidating records to doing nothing at all. The resolution is expected to go before the full Tompkins County legislature at its next meeting, December 6. –Jaime Cone

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Thoughts on what it means to simply be ‘good’ By Ste ve L aw re nc e


will admit it… I am enough of an old liberal/hippie to value equality and parity in sports, but I am also wired to really appreciate dominance. I know the work that goes into rising above the competition, and I doff my hat to sustained excellence. Watching the Newark Valley High School football team steamroll one opponent after another this season was a little boring at times, but their 39-34 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy in the state title game was thrilling. I was glued to my computer (I streamed it), and whenever Ogdensburg mounted a challenge or seemed to be ready to wrest momentum away from the Cardinals, the guys from the next county over stepped up and regained control. When Ogdensburg–after a strong defensive series in the third quarter–was licking their chops awaiting a punt, I said to myself, “Man, it would be great if Newark Valley pulled off a fake punt.” They called the fake on fourth and five, executed it perfectly by snapping the ball to the up-back who fired up the middle for 6 yards, and they capitalized. Late in the game, the Cardinals faced a fourth and one and I said, “I wonder if the coaches have seen any over-anxious linemen and have called for a hard-count to get

them to jump.” Sure enough, the coached called it, the quarterback sold it and a defensive lineman took the bait. Newark Valley kept the ball and ultimately ran out the clock. Yes, Sensitive Me feels bad for the kid who was whistled for jumping the gun– knowing he will always remember committing such a costly penalty at such a crucial moment–but that’s part of the game. Congrats to the Cardinals on their firstever state championship. What a year. Staying on the theme of dominance, the Cornell wrestling team won its two matches at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, rolling over Hofstra 39-0 and roughing up #10 Rutgers, 28-10. Rob Koll’s Big Red is, as usual, ranked among Division 1’s elite teams (#8), and when discussing whether they are the best team in their own conference, there is no doubt they are by any measure there is. Cornell has not lost an Ivy League match since the 2001-2002 season, running up an incredible 73 dual-meet winning streak. The 14 consecutive titles represent the longest winning streak in any sport in conference history. While we are on the topic of dominance, I am pleased that local wrestling fans have one more season to watch Gabe Dean. The senior is going for his third national

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championship, and during a recent radio interview, coach Rob Kill said something to the effect of, “For Gabe’s opponents, it’s like a piece of raw meat being thrown to a lion.” Indeed, Dean is a cut above the rest of the NCAA field at 184 pounds, and thus far this season he has been that lion Koll referenced. Last week at Binghamton, Dean faced four opponents at the New York State tournament and pinned all four. The first three opponents were dispatched in the first period, and Ithaca College’s Jake Ashcraft made it into the third period before facing the same outcome. By winning his second national title in 2016, Dean joined Kyle Dake (four titles), Travis Lee and Dave Auble (two each) as the only Cornellians to win multiple titles. Dean had but one blemish on his record as a junior, as Okla-

homa State’s Nolan Boyd snapped Dean’s 51-match win streak in a dual meet in February. Dean had another shot at Boyd in the NCAA quarterfinals, and delivered a convincing 10-4 victory. The Big Red will rack up some serious frequent flyer miles over the next few weeks, as they jet off to the Las Vegas Invitational later this week, then make the trip to Oklahoma in two weeks to take the mat against two wrestling powerhouses. They will wrestle Oklahoma State on December 16 and Oklahoma two days later. After the holiday break, they will compete in the Southern Scuffle in Tennessee, and will be back in Ithaca numerous times, beginning with a match against Drexel on January 13. The full schedule can be viewed at www.



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ven though some holiday trees were decorated before Halloween this year, the real season is now upon us, providing some especially beautiful music for our pleasure as well as meditation. Here is a rundown of the major happenings so that you can mark your calendars for your favorites and for some new experiences as well. As expected, our mostpopular annual events, Handel’s grand Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, are on the schedule, but in addition this season provides some outstanding choral performances plus the customary church services, many involving audience participation.

Special Choral Presentations The Cornell Chamber Singers are joined by the Cornell Early Music Lab, made up of excellent early music performers and soloists, to open the season on December 1 at 8 p.m. in Anabel Taylor Chapel. They will present a program, conducted by Cornell’s assistant director of choral music Stephen Spinelli, consisting of Renaissance music by Byrd, Gibbons, and Scheidt, with Heinrich Schutz’s Christmas oratorio Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi as its centerpiece. On December 2, at 8 p.m. in Sage Chapel, the Cornell Chorale, also led by Spinelli, is joined by the Cornell Chamber Orchestra in Vivaldi’s psalm setting Beatus vir, with sopranos Tamara Acosta and Lucy Fitz Gibbon (both voice instructors at Cornell) as soloists. Also included in the program are Rachmaninoff ’s “Bogoroditse Devo” and selections from A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten with harpist Anna O’Connell. The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, under the

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direction of Carl Johengen, presents “A Celtic Christmas” at the First Presbyterian Church on December 2 at 8 p.m., at The Center for the Arts in Homer on December 4, and at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning on December 11 at 7 p.m. This chamber chorus of 20 professionally trained auditioned singers has been giving concerts in our region since 1976. The program features holiday music from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, with familiar carols, early compositions, and recent works by Michael McGlynn and James MacMillan, from Ireland and Scotland respectively. There is no admission charge for these concerts, which are “pay what you wish” events. For the pleasure of many music lovers, on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Methodist Church, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra presents selections from Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Ithaca’s director of choral music Janet Galván. The CCO will be joined by the Ithaca College Choir and four soloists—all well known and appreciated by local audiences— soprano and opera specialist Rebecca Leistikow, alto Ivy Walz, tenor Nathaniel McEwen, and bass Marc Webster. Walz and Webster are both IC faculty members, while McEwen, Cornell ’13, is currently in the masters program at Eastman. The Sage Chapel Christmas Vespers on the Cornell campus, an annual favorite, comes this year on December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. A candlelit Lessons and Carols service, featuring the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, led by director of choral music Robert Isaacs, and university organist Annette Richards, has traditional readings by members of the university community and audience participation in familiar Christmas hymns. The choruses will Th e

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perform Robert Pearsall’s In dulci jubilo plus compositions and arrangements by the famed English choral conductor, Sir David Willcocks. NB: the doors do not open before 6:45.

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December 9, 10, and 11. The Ithaca Ballet under the direction of Cindy Reid, upstate New York’s only repertory company, is giving three performances at the State Theatre this year of The Nutcracker, with music by Tchaikovsky. This annual tradition—and a treat for the whole family—is choreographed by Lavinia Reed and has the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra for the opening performance on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees on December 10 and 11 start at 3 p.m. December 11. This is “Music Sunday” for most local churches. As part of the 10 a.m. service at the First Congregational Church, the choir will perform a gem of the Baroque era, Johann Pachelbel’s Magnificat in C major. Composed about 1700, this festive but seldom-heard work calls for trumpets, timpani, and strings in addition to vocal forces, all to be conducted by director of music William Cowdery. The First Presbyterian Church’s chancel choir, conducted by the busy Spinelli, will present the annual Lessons and Carols service at 10 a.m., with seasonal works by Charpentier, Rachmaninoff, and Willcocks, along with congregational carols accompanied by organ, brass, and timpani.

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music and choral director at Wells College. St. Luke Lutheran Church also has a Lessons and Carols for Advent program for the 10:45 a.m. service. Directed by Erik Kibelsbeck, the choir will sing music by contemporary Latvian composer Rihards Dubra, as well as English composers Ord and Sir Henry Wood. The service includes beloved Advent hymns and beautiful sounds from the church’s new French Romantic organ, a replica of the late 19th-century French organs built by Cavaillé-Cole. On December 18, the 10 a.m. Congregational Church service will have special music by the Ithaca College Brass Quintet for this last Sunday before Christmas. Following the worship service they will also play carols by request in the Sanctuary for all who would like to sing along. The First Baptist Church holds a Pageant Service at 10 a.m., led by music director Belinda Adams, with a variety of special music (Top) The singer songwriter duo Terry Burns and Ron Kristy (Photo: Laura Kozlowski) (Above) The English composer Henry Purcell. from the choir, youth, and com(Photo provided) munity. The Unitarian Church plans an intergenerational service at 10:30 a.m., led by music director StephaThe annual Christmas Eve communie Ortolano, with special attention nity services at Sage Chapel, organized by to the festivals of Kwanzaa, Las posadas the Unitarian Church’s music director Orin Mexico, and the lantern ceremony in tolano, take place at 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. China, and celebrating services of light The early service features the community from different parts of the world. At 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, St. John’s choir of about forty voices led by JenniChurch offers a carol-filled family service fer Birnbaum, brass duo Zeke Lawrence and Larrsson Wing from DeWitt Middle with handbells and pipe organ, while a School, and oboist Emily Diangelo. The full Choral Eucharist at 11 p.m., with a musical prelude starting at 10:30, features second service will have a very different flavor, with special artists who are known violinist Carrie D’Aprix, who joins the for indie folk music with a whimsical and choir and organist Hindenlang in music spiritual feel—the popular singer-songby J. S. Bach, William Mathias, Franz Schubert, Thoburn, Willcocks, and Pietro writer duo Terry Burns (one of the Burns Sisters) and Ron Kristy who accompanies Yon, along with favorite hymns and descants. The Congregational Church will on the guitar. At both services Ortolano will be playing the organ and there will be have a family service with a pageant at 6 candlelight and carols, with the added joy p.m., and its candlelit Lessons and Carols of hearing the chimes ring out, played by service at 8:30 p.m. includes a sermon Keith Jenkins, a chimes master at Cornell and an anthem sung by the choir. The since 1990. Happy Holidays! • Baptist Church holds a family service at 6:30 p.m.



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neat mix of studio veterans and relative newcomers teamed up to take the Disney princess to a more interesting place and, as a result, Disney’s Moana is one of the hipper, more progressive animated features you’ll see.  Moana has it all: a forthright and sweet young heroine who can control the ocean, a shape-shifting demi-god fallen from grace, a sweet and eccentric grandma to provide guidance and wisdom, and one of the goofiest animal sidekicks in the Disney canon. And it’s all wrapped up in a very picaresque South Sea environment that’s a blend of Tahitian and Maori culture, rendered in subtle, vibrant 3-D. Auli’I Cravalho voices and sings the title role, the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe (Temuera Morrison of Once Were Warriors). While playing on the shore, the seas part for her, making a path of beautiful seashells for her to collect. But for reasons best left unexplained, her father wants to keep her far from the water. When the crops become infested, Moana defies her village and takes off on a quest to find Maui (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson),

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the aforementioned trickster, and return a sacred object to the sea and restore order. Moana is always lively, vivacious, sunny and fun to watch and one of Disney’s more empowering adventures, featuring a good role model for kids without ever coming off as preachy or didactic. Aside from Johnson, who’s perfect in his role–I especially liked the way Maui’s body tattoos move, change and react to the story as it unfolds–Disney casts the voices for character, not celebrity; Rachel House is particularly fine as Moana’s grandmother. The veterans here are John Musker and Ron Clement, directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The relative newcomers are songwriters Mark Macina, Opetaia Foa’I and Hamilton’s Linn-Manuel Miranda. It’s too soon to say if they’ve written a “Let It Go” or “Circle of Life”, but it feels like they’ve done a nice thing for all of us. I’ll admit that the alien invasion genre has worn a bit thin for me recently, but I realized the reason: it’s because most of the recent entries in the field have been such empty comic books after seeing Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, which manages to be

about so much more than its plot. Arrival, scripted by Eric Heisserer from Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life, is closer to Robert Zemeckis’s Contact (1997): 12 alien space crafts land on Earth, and Amy Adams, starring as a linguist recruited by Forest Whitaker along with Jeremy Renner as a theoretical physicist, board one of the crafts in Montana and decipher the alien’s language. Villeneuve applies the same realistic approach to the story here that he did establishing the existential hopelessness of the American drug war in his previous film, Sicario. There are indeed amazing impressionistic effects on screen that I will not spoil–considering how many times we’ve seen this stuff, Arrival has lots of surprises–

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familiar. Imperial Sugar meanwhile hints his school year, the Handwerker at bodies through a woman’s hair–the recGallery at Ithaca College is creatognition of someone’s hand–but the figures ing exhibitions focused on the four remain faceless, their bodies dissolved humors of the human body. behind more shards in an unidentifiable, This is a quadrant system first rechaotic setting. Each work draws your corded by Hippocrates that attempted to attention in, requiring focus and time to make sense of chaos and to add order and fully absorb it, to accept its intense misbalrationality to the mystery of being human ance and cacophony. Each painting is a and life’s inherent complexities, a theory whirlwind into the mind, tearing through that each body is composed of four fluids memories and distorting the known to (termed “humors”) that all carry their create unknown in all of its intrigue and own physical, emotional, and metaphoritantalizing fracture. cal qualities and significance. Thus, the Meanwhile, the second half of the shows dwell on the symbolic nature of the show is “The More That is Taken Away” by humors and their individual attributions Ben Altman which–covering the walls with and relevance toward earthly seasons, life stages and general human temperament. The current show, researched extensively by Ithaca College student Cavan Mulligan, is entitled “Dark Passage”: a paired show of artists Sarah Sutton and Ben Altman contextualized through the black bile humor. Focused in the spleen, black bile is representative of an introduction into adulthood and the overwhelming and melancholic disorientation such a drastic life change can trigger. Black bile is the dying leaves of autumn, the necessity of breaking away from past notions of normalcy and making sense of what otherwise “Act 1, Year Four, November #5” by Ben Altman, part of his “The feels senseless. But it is also a time of More That is Taken Away” series (Photo provided) exploration, inspiration, and creativity and the opportunity for spiritual various forms of media from video recordhealing and progression. The show opens ings to photographs to dirt itself–contains up dialogue about the puzzle of the hudocumentation of an as-of-yet unfinished man mind and body, even going as far as earthwork performance of excavation; of exploring death and memories passed. digging a pit or grave. The documentation Artist and faculty member Sarah is repetitive in many respects, focused on Sutton dominates half of the show with labor and upkeep, but it also functions as her portion, “Dissolve”. Her work consists more than a static or detached monument of a series of small grayscale paintings for the dead. As Altman works, the scene that deconstruct themselves, images that remains active and he becomes a part of a could be figurative but instead are faced larger dialogue of death and its foreboding with abstract and confronting disruption presence, of living, and of the people left dominating the visual space in a labyrinth behind. His digging is a form of mourning of shapes and dimensions as if the world and melancholy but also of healing. we know (or at the very least the image of In a sequence of life-size prints that it we have come to accept) is crumbling before our eyes. The two-dimension paint- cover the gallery’s windows, the artist lies naked in the excavated space. His ing becomes nearly three-dimensional, as pose changes as days pass; leaves or snow shapes push at the flat surface, but the flatspeckle the earth beneath him. It seems ness becomes apparent again at a distance as the paint lies low on the canvas, submit- only fitting that natural elements take hold, changing the space with each frame. The ting itself to its object’s non-reality. performance grasps for something tangible In the panoramic Delay Line Memory, but also temporary, accepting the state of what looks to be a train line or the infrathings, striving to heal and progress. • structure of memory meets at a central focal point of a crumpled, abstract shape. Dark Passage will be at Handwerker GalMetal or wooden structures crack around lery, Ithaca College, until December 11. Ben it and the scene is filled with debris, trees Altman will be giving an artist talk Thursvisible in the top left corner providing day, December 1, at 6pm. only a small breath of relief at something



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amazing. Can’t say if it will be a venue tomorrow, or in the near future, but Trumansburg is a town based in music, art, and historic relevance, and there is surely a time that the Rongovian Embassy will thrive again.” As for the chance to play a show with he Rongo’s going out in style Sunthe legendary Melvin Seals, the band can’t day afternoon with a very Grateful food pantry fundraiser show, head- deny what a pleasure it’ll be. They seem lined by the venerable Terrapin Flyer with particularly engaged for this one. “Yeah, we’ll all be fan girls for this special guest Melvin Seals (the intergaone, we can’t deny it,” they laughed. “We’re lactic pianist/keyboardist best known for playing in the Jerry Garcia Band). Also on absolutely hyped for this show, it’s such a wicked opportunity. Whatever special the bill are Ithaca’s Grateful Dead stylists songs we have planned, will be a definite Terrapin Station (playing an acoustic set), surprise. We can’t give them away just The Mary Ott Band, and the psychedelic yet.” blues throwbacks St. Vith, who forge the Musicians often find themselves at the magic of yesteryear with a charging and forefront of political discourse, whether inspired contemporary notion. they want to be, planned to be, or just It’s a pretty epic show, particularly for simply happened to be, it’s a stage for a all you Dead Heads and Rongo Heads. voice. Some stick to music, some make This’ll be the last gig at the Rongo for the clumsy ideological attempts, and some foreseeable future, and it’ll feature drink forge the continuous whole of everything in their life (politics, music, art, employment, food, philosophy) into a deep and calculated artistic expression (see Bob Dylan, Minutemen, Rage Against The Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Fugazi, Cattle Decapitation). Undoubtedly, a good place to start thinking about this unique connection is a benefit show for hungry families and individuals. “There has been a great St. Vith in the darkness (Photo: Mark Reginald Wonderghost) amount of music and art that is politically based,” St. Vith said, “but we don’t believe it is the only source of art’s motivation. specials, tasty food options, and a silent Some of us are political, others not; and it auction. The best part is, it’ll be helping out families and individuals who are need really depends on what subject in politics is brought up. We believe heavily in some of food assistance. That’s something we things, and are more middle ground on can all get on board with. It’s sort of like a others. Artists have a unique spotlight to special Sunday for the whole community be political and speak of social injustice, here in Ithaca/T-Burg, a time for new but the time for that is to be decided achorizons, progressive action, and fond cordingly.” farewells. The psychedelic crew can agree on Hammondsport’s retro rockers St. one thing though: art is a means to a Vith are no strangers to The Rongo. different vision, a force that is powerful Although they’ve played only a handful and has the capacity to create change. It’s of gigs at the establishment, they seem like a wave, it can pummel, and it can be to really fit with the venue’s romantic, affectionate, and slinky vibe. A breezy wake masterfully ridden. “We are in a time where the wave is rumbles beneath the band’s straightfornearing its lowest point,” the band noted. ward nature: chill and dynamic. This may “Or perhaps where the upswing has be the Rongo’s last show for now, but this begun. With the world in the state that crew doesn’t think it’ll be for long. it is now, history has proven people fall “We’ve heard the stories of the back to the arts; it’s simply the beginning Rongo’s hay day, but that’s about it,” the of a new age, and a rebirth: a flux in the band collectively mused. “We’ve enjoyed world’s wave. It’s not negative, just differthe connections we’ve made there and ent.” • the few shows we’ve played, they’ve been


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Painterly Madness

Brooklyn band highlights IU’s Big Day In By Chr i s tophe r J. Har r ing ton Ithaca Underground’s Big Day In # 12 with B. Dolan, Guerilla Toss, Japanese Breakfast, LVL UP, Sammus, Izzy True, Mr. McBean and more. Saturday, December 3, 12:00 p.m., The Haunt


ou know what’s great about bands that transcend space and time? Their interplanetary hue. These cosmic bands practice in the art of morphing colors that goes way beyond any sort of hallucinatory bender. I’m talking about collectives that pull and stew from paint cans filled with stardust from the fourth dimension. They splash, whip, and direct painterly madness onto canvases invisible and wide, holding court with extraterrestrials and masterful mages. Brooklyn’s punk/ funk/no-wave hybrid Guerilla Toss is one such band, ascending and bending its own perpendicular curve across the star system. The band gives a fresh meaning to the term “free rock.” Guerilla Toss presently call NYC’s most populated borough home (having moved from Boston recently), but where do they originally come from? “In a blackhole-

wormhole near the constellation of Cassiopeia that spits you outside Terrapin Station in the land of Jerry Garcia,” explained singer Kassie Carlson. Now that’s some place. And what kind of animal does the band see itself as here on planet Earth? “I would say for the most part, we are a dog band more than a cat band”, Carlson admitted. “Except for Peter’s immortal cat Pumpkin, which he found on the streets of Manhattan ten years ago, and is like 17 now.” The group has the sort of blank craziness that bands like the Talking Heads (Fear of Music, Remain in Light-era), DNA, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and James Chance and the Contortions expelled. That sort of ‘80s urban-decay, avant-garde looseness that mixed opposing musical and art forms, and created a landscape of open and non-linear idioms. Guerilla Toss is wild and unhinged, but very much accomplished and creative musicians. You could almost say they see over the expression horizon: a vast infinity with limitless connections. “We have a lot of fun together,” said Carlson. “After all, we have been playing

and touring as a group for almost five years now. It’s one thing to have musical skill but quite another to have a sensitive and expressive musical skill, and yet even another to be a sensitive musician in close quarters with other very receptive musicians. Being a touring musician requires you to take risks and make compromises in your own comfort zone constantly. This may be musically, physically, or mentally. Over the years I think we’ve gotten better at this, but it helps having a great crew. Boundaries are Guerilla Toss lighting it up in the dark (Photo provided) always important of course, but so is breaking those musical boundaries and trying something new.” use. One of the things psychedelics do is Guerilla Toss offers an admission to slow down your brain. In order to not go music that is art. The band morphs and drives like an abstract rendering of a night- completely insane, your brain skips over a mare circus, culling punk, dada, noise funk, lot of things to get from point A to point B. Being constantly busy and occupied makes speed and weird junk into one connected it harder to see all the beauty in movement ball of lighting. They create a dissonance and different processes; sometimes its good that is both unruly and perfectly beautiful. Experiencing the band leaves you with that to slow down.” It’s refreshing to hear a punk band that creative-behind-the brain sort of dreamis honest; a band that travels at their own like fuzziness. Something challenging and speed of light, entertained by the madness powerful art accomplishes. They move in of life and its perpetual possibilities. There an existential crawl, happy to dig rigged are no forms that are sacred — all is sacred ditches of weirdness. for Guerilla Toss. “At the risk of sounding cheesy, and “We listen to a lot of Brian Eno in the lack of a better phrase, I do find art in car now as well as the Grateful Dead and everything really,” explained Carlson. “A Phish, along with many others of course,” lot of my words are up close snapshots of a Carlson said. particular unit in time. In a way, using all In 2016, that’s the kind of punk band five senses to describe a situation or feeling. that I want to see: a band that’s free, wide, I use a lot of references to psychedelics non-distinct, and know what’s going on. • but this does not always mean direct drug

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eter Burford, owner and publisher of Burford books, tends to choose books for his list that he’d like to have on his own shelves. A wine aficionado, as he calls himself– though he insists he’s not an expert–wanted to meet a perceived need for an overview of Finger Lakes wines as they are today, and set about trying to recruit authors to write such a book. “Finally, I was sitting here and realized I knew exactly what this book should say, and a voice on my shoulder said ‘Why not?’” he said. Two years ago, he took to the road and started seriously visiting Finger Lakes wineries, and the book Wines of the Finger Lakes is the result. “When we moved here about six years ago, what I perceived was there was not a book that looked in real detail at the wines of the Finger Lakes, the climate, the terroir, the grapes we grow here and, most of all the significant wineries,” Burford said. “It’s apparent there’s tremendous dynamism in the Finger Lakes wine industry and attention is very rapidly being paid to it by the wine world in general.” This well-organized book begins with a geological and historical look at grape-growing and wine-making in the area, taking us along as he discovers information that enriches our wine tasting experience. He mentions the ground-breakers of modern Finger Lakes wines, putting this in historical context with the area’s 19th century wine-making culture. He explains the three major strains of grapes grown here: labrusca, French-American hybrids and vinifera, talks about the variety of wellknown and unusual grapes grown in the region, and profiles 56 wineries and their owners/winemakers whose work contributes to the furtherance of the wine industry. This is not a reference book as much as an intriguing and well-informed read that will enhance the wine-tasting experience for visitors and residents, even for those with some insight into the area’s wine industry. Burford admits his predilection for dry red wines, and was both surprised and delighted by the variety of reds currently in production. He tried some that were new to him — “I was intrigued by how much very interesting red wine there is in the Finger Lakes, and that there was more experimentation with red wine than I’d

expected,” he said. He also found himself greatly enjoying many takes on the Finger Lakes’ signature wine, the Riesling. “Virtually every winery makes a Riesling,” he said, and he found several that engaged his palate. In order to be able to spend time really talking to wine-makers and owners, and learn more about their philosophy and process, he made most of his visits during the winters. “The winter is kind of a nice time in the vineyard,“ he noted. “It’s quiet, the vines are asleep… Every season has its appeal, though.” The book includes a sample production schedule for vineyards and wineries, so visitors can know what is likely to be happening in the season they’re traveling and tasting. In the process, he said, he learned much he hadn’t known before, particularly how the lakes themselves mitigate the winters just enough to allow vineyardists to grow so many varieties of grapes in what is otherwise a harsh climate. He was intrigued by the many different paths owners and wine-makers take to achieve mastery of their craft, from apprenticeship to formal academic study to expanding on skills gained in home wine-making. Another surprise was the collegiality among winemakers, who generally regard each other more as colleagues than rivals. “They get together, share ideas. I was impressed with the camaraderie among wine-makers,” Burford said “I asked several people and they confirmed that that’s why the Finger Lakes is developing so quickly. There’s a collection of people who know each other and share information, and that helps everybody.” Wearing several hats in the production of this book was a challenge, he said. “It’s very interesting to be on both sides of the desk! What I’ve come away with is, I always respected how hard authors work but this really brought it home,” he explains. “The level of detail involved in writing a book of this kind, I hadn’t anticipated how many balls I’d have to keep in the air at one time. It’s been a really fun process to be on both sides of the publishing desk.” • “Wines of the Finger Lakes” is available at several wineries as well as at Buffalo Street Books.

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with Louise Mosrie | 8:30 PM | Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca | Folk, Country.

12/05 Monday Pete Panek and the Blue Cats | 9:00 PM | The Nines, 311 College Ave, Ithaca | Chicago Blues.

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11/30 Wednesday Djug Django | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Hot Club Jazz, Blues, Swing. 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.  Wednesday Live Music | 8:00 PM | Rulloff’s, 411 College Ave, Ithaca | Featuring local bands, soloists, and other musical groups. 

12/01 Thursday CTB Jazz Thursdays with Who Let the Cats Out | 6:00 PM-7:30 PM | Collegetown Bagels, East Hill Plaza, Ithaca | Jazz. Under The Rug | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM | Ransom Steele Tavern, 552 Main St, Apalachin | Rock.  Open Funk Jam with the Fall Creek Brass Band | 7:30 PM-10:30 PM | The Range, Ithaca Commons, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Bring your instrument and play along with members of the Fall Creek Brass Band as they play standard New Orleans funk tunes and favorites from Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, and more.  Start Making Sense | 8:00 PM | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Talking Heads Cover Band. Post Punk, New Wave, Indie Rock, Experimental, Pop.  Pete Yorn | 8:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative Rock. 

Radio London | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken | 50s, ‘60s, Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Folk. Better Weather String Band | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | HiVE 45, 45 East Main Street, Trumansburg | Old-time happy hour with Lloyd Graves (banjo), Valerie Graves (guitar), Laura Taylor (fiddle), and Scott Nissenson (bass).  Immortal Jellyfish | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | The Range, Ithaca Commons, 119 E State St, Ithaca | 60’s, 70’s, Soft Rock, Jazz, Pop.  Triple Down | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM | Ransom Steele Tavern, 552 Main St, Apalachin | Jazz, R&B, Funk.  City Limits | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM | Boathouse Beer Garden, 6128 New York 89, Romulus | Rock, Blues.  Jimkata | 8:00 PM | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Funk, Dance Rock, Electronic.  Louiston | 8:00 PM | Silver Line Tap Room, 19 W Main St, Trumansburg | Alternative, Indie-Pop, Acoustic, Americana.  Darwin | 8:00 PM-11:00 PM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | Progressive, Indie Rock, Dance, Funk.  Small Town Shade | 9:00 PM | The Range, Ithaca Commons, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Country Rock. 

12/03 Saturday Ithaca Underground Big Day In #12 | 12:00 PM | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | With B. Dolan, Guerilla Toss, Japanese Breakfast, LVL UP, Eskimeaux, Sharpless, Izzy True, Sammus, Alter, Mr MrBean, Imperials, First Pet, Spazzare, The Horses, Benjaminto, Shull, Hits Like A Girl, Tender Cruncher, Otodojo, Knew,

MONKI, Flocarious, Motorcyclez, Eternal Savages, LC Jones. Punk, Hip Hop, Rap, Indie Rock, Noise, Experimental, Electronic, Alternative Rock, Funk, Pop, Folk. Telephone Party | 7:00 PM | Grist Iron Brewing, 4880 NY-414, Burdett | Pop, Soul, Rock.  Girls, Guns & Glory, Kelsey Waldon | 7:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Classic Country, Old Time Rock and Roll, Retro.  The Purple Valley | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM | Heavily Brewing Co., 2471 Hayes Rd, Montour Falls | Rock and Roll, Blues, Country, Swing.  Grey Wolf Jam | 7:30 PM | Crooked Rooster Brewpub, 223 Franklin St, Watkins Glen | Early Rock and Roll, Blues, Country.  Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne | 7:30 PM-10:30 PM | Colonial Inn, 701 N Franklin St., Watkins Glen | Rock, Blues, Funk, Zydeco.  Swampcandy, Jeremiah Tall | 8:00 PM | Ransom Steele Tavern, 552 Main St, Apalachin | Blues, Americana, Folk.  No Blood Relation | 8:00 PM | Silver Line Tap Room, 19 W Main St, Trumansburg | Folk Rock.  Outdoor Odyssey | 9:00 PM-12:00 AM | The Nines, 311 College Ave, Ithaca | Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants | 9:00 PM-12:00 AM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | Blues, Rock.  City Limits | 9:30 PM | The Range, Ithaca Commons, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Rock, Blues. 

12/04 Sunday Terrapin Flyers featuring Melvin Seals, The Mary Ott Band, St. Vith (Last Rongo Show) | 2:00 PM-7:00 PM | Rongovian Embassy, 1 W Main




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12/01 Thursday Midday Music at Lincoln: Ji Young Kim, Fortepiano | 12:30 PM | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | Includes Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:25, and Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526, with guest Jessica Park. Cornell Gamelan Ensemble | 7:30 PM | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | With guest Indonesian dancer Danang Pamungkas. Features traditional Javanese music and dance, with guest Indonesian dancer Danang Pamungkas. 

Pete Yorn is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer who first gained widespread recognition after his debut record, “Musicforthemorningafter”, was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2001. He’s D.I.Y. at the heart, known for playing the bulk of the instruments on his records himself. He stops by The Dock this Thursday, 12/1 at 8:00 p.m. (Photo provided)

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.  concerts

11/30 Wednesday Midday Music for Organ: Jonathan Schakel | 12:30 PM | Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca |



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Tuesday Bluesday with Dan Paolangeli & Friends | 6:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Blues, Rock, Every Tuesday. Pete Panek & the Blue Cats | 6:00 PM-10:00 PM | Maxie’s Supper Club & Oyster Bar, 635 W State St, Ithaca | Chicago Blues.  Irish Music Session | 8:00 PM-11:00




St, Trumansburg | There will be drink specials, food available, and a silent auction. Come enjoy music while helping individuals/ families who may be struggling to put food on the table through the holiday season. Fresh Vintage | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | Grist Iron Brewing, 4880 NY-414, Burdett | Folk. El Caminos | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken | Blues, Rock, Folk, Country.  Nick LeDuc | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | Two Goats Brewing, 5027 State Rte 414, Burdett | Groove Rock, Electric Acoustic.  Vocal Jazz Jam hosted by Diana Leigh & Jesse Collins | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | The Range, 119 E. State St, Ithaca | Jazz. Instrumentalists Welcome.  Open Vocal Jazz Jam with Diana Leigh and Jesse Collins | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM | The Range, Ithaca Commons, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Diana Leigh and Jesse Collins bring together a house band of local and regional artists, and they play requests. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome to come sit in and perform.  Amy Puryear, Tenzin Chopak, and Travis Knapp: Benefit Show for Morningsong Community Service Farm | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM | Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 139 W State St, Ithaca | Help support the mission of Morningsong Community Service Farm. Amy, Tenzin, and Travis will each play a set. Flint Zeigler | 6:00 PM-10:00 PM | Maxie’s Supper Club & Oyster Bar, 635 W State St, Ithaca | Americana, Folk, Rock.  Swampcandy, Nate & Kate | 6:00 PM | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Boogie, Delta Blues, Folk, Gypsy Folk, Americana.  Bound For Glory: Cliff Eberhardt

Schakel performs music for Advent and Christmas, including works by Hieronymus Praetorius, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, John Bull, and Nicolaus Bruhns.

Cornell Chamber Singers | 8:00 PM | Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca | Stephen Spinelli, conductor, and members of the Cornell Early Music Lab with guests Jessica Beebe and Rebecca Myers-Hoke, sopranos, and tenor James Reese.

12/02 Friday Cayuga Vocal Ensemble: Celtic Christmas | 8:00 PM | First Presbyterian Church, 315 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | This concert will a celebration of the rich traditions of Christmas music

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Friday, 12/02 to Thursday, 12/08. Contact Cinemapolis for Showtimes A Man Called Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove) | Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. | 116 mins PG-13 |

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Certain Women | The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. | 107 mins R | The Handmaiden | A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. | 144 mins NR | Harry & Snowman | The story of immigrant Harry DeLeyer and the plow horse he rescued from slaughter. | 84 mins NR | Loving | Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. | 123 mins PG-13 |

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from Scotland, Wales and Ireland, featuring music from 1575 to the present day. Cornell Chorale | 8:00 PM | Sage Chapel, Cornell, Ithaca | Features Antonio Vivaldi’s Beatus vir with the CCO, as well as works by Benjamin Britten and a selection of seasonal folk music. 

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Emily DiAngelo, oboe, and Andrew Zhou, piano | 3:00 PM | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Features an afternoon of 20th-century oboe music, including works by Poulenc, Britten, and Anne Goldberg, as well as Persichetti’s Concerto for English Horn. Emily DiAngelo | 3:00 PM | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Features an evening of 20th-century oboe music, including works by Poulenc, Britten, and Persichetti, as well as Anne Goldberg’s Esplorazione Spettrale for oboe and electronics. Holiday Swing Dance 2016 with Ageless Jazz Band | 7:00 PM | Community School Of Music And Arts, 330 E State St, Ithaca | Proceeds will benefit CSMA, where the dance will be held in the third floor ballroom – a long-standing tradition. Cayuga Chamber Orchestra: Holiday Concert | 7:30 PM | St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 402 N

Aurora St, Ithaca | Featuring selections from Handel’s Messiah, with Ithaca College Choir director Janet Galvan and soloists Rebecca Leistikow, Ivy Walz, Marc Webster and Nathaniel McEwen. For more information or questions: Mostly Motown Chorus | 8:00 PM | Unitarian Church Of Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca | Great songs by The Supremes, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and more. Jorma Kaukonen | 8:00 PM | Cazenovia Cummings Theatre, Cazenovia | A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Mark O’Connor Band | 8:00 PM | Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | The band, which is already earning praise for their contemporary bluegrass and Americana sound, features Grammy and CMA Award-winning fiddle/violin virtuoso and composer Mark O’Connor.

12/04 Sunday Swamp College Brass Quintet | 2:00 PM | Lodi Historical Society, South Main St., Lodi | Refreshments will be served. Season of Light Solstice Concert | 2:00 PM | First United Methodist

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Church, 144 Cedar St., Corning | Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino (aka Magpie) perform music and tell stories from traditions that mark this Season of Light, celebrating the many common themes of these cultural festivals.  Cayuga Vocal Ensemble: A Celtic Christmas | 3:00 PM | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | Featuring familiar and not-so-familiar music for the Christmas season from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Sage Chapel Christmas Vespers | 7:30 PM | Sage Chapel, Cornell, Ithaca | A Lessons and Carols service sung by the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, with traditional readings by members of the Cornell community. 

12/06 Tuesday Cornell Percussion Ensemble | 8:00 PM | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | Michael Sparhuber, director. Chamber Orchestra | 8:15 PM | Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Danby Rd, Ithaca | Michael Hall, conductor Bartok’s Divertimento and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.

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 while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. | 111 mins R |

Film First Friday: A Charlie Brown Christmas | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Start off the holiday season with a free screening of this classic holiday cartoon in APT’s cinema. Treleaven Wine & Movie Nights: Elf | 7:00 PM, 12/03 Saturday | King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd, King Ferry | After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. | 97 mins PG |  Matt Pillischer: Discussion and Film - Broken On All Sides | 6:00 PM, 12/06 Tuesday | BorgWarner Room, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. The film was developed in an

12/05 Monday Ithaca New Music Collective | 7:00 PM | Bar Argos, 408 E State St, Ithaca | The Ithaca New Music Collective is a group of local musicians in Ithaca dedicated to performing works written by composers from Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the Ithaca Community. Cornell University Jazz Band | 8:00 PM | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | Swing Fling features big band arrangements with dancing and refreshments, plus dance instruction

Stage Mini Locally Grown Dance Festival | Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca | The Mini Locally Grown Dance Festival (LGDF) will feature performances for a three-night run from December 1-3, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Class of ‘56 Dance Theatre at the Schwartz Center. Cornell PMA Senior Lecturer Byron Suber will direct.  Death Boogie | Runs November 15 through December 4 | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Hip Hop Musical Darian Dauchan is an award winning solo performer, actor, and poet with an unmatched ability to create a world

of distinct characters. In Death Boogie, he combines physical theater, music, video, and poetry to tell the story of an ordinary office worker who dreams of revolution. A hip hop poetry concert musical with live violin and double bass accompaniment. Thumbprint | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Runs December 2 and 3 at 8:00 pm, and December 4 at 3:00 pm. A new opera about Mukhtar Mai’s struggle with women’s rights in Pakistan, comes to Ithaca. A 90 minute English-language contemporary opera from composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowtiz about Mukhtar Mai and her heroic fight for women’s rights in Pakistan. Thumbprint is inspired by the true story of Mukhar Mai, the first female victim of gang rape to bring her make attackers to justice in Pakistan. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 607-273-ARTS One Man Star Wars Trilogy | 7:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | State Theater Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | If you’ve already seen the movies, read the books and named your first-born Skywalker, Charles Ross’ zany take on Star Wars is right up your alley and sure to leave a lasting impression.

Notices Gingerbread House Workshops | 3:30 PM-5:30 PM, 12/01 Thursday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St, Newfield | Runs Thursday, December 1, 3:30-5:30pm (middle/high school), and Monday, December 5, 3:30-5:30pm (elementary school). Join the library for one of the workshops and build your own Gingerbread House to enter in our contest. The library provide all materials. Sign up is required. Square and Contra Dance | 2:00 PM-4:30 PM, 12/03 Saturday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca | Everyone Welcome (members and non-members). No experience or partner needed. Ithaca Chapter of Amnesty International: Write-For-Rights Campaign | 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, 12/03 Saturday | Tompkins County Workers’ Center, 115 The Commons, Ithaca | People will write letters and sign petitions on twelve cases from the U.S. and around the world. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call Wayles Browne at (607) 273-3009.


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Hangar Theatre, December 2 through December 4

State Theatre, Friday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.

Opera Ithaca is super stocked to present the regional premiere of Mukhtar Mai’s struggle with women’s rights in Pakistan. “Thumbprint” is the new opera from composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz. The spellbinding opera is based on true events of the story of Mukhar Mai, the first female victim of gang rape to take her attackers to justice in Pakistan. Forgoing a financial settlement, Mai instead asked for the construction of schools for girls, where education would empower them.

Charlie Ross’ One Man Star Wars Trilogy is an experience that every Star Wars maniac does not want to miss. The Canadian actor’s rendition of the beloved series has blown audiences away and has been praise by the mastermind George Lucas as well. Expect all your favorite characters, from Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, to the Sith lord himself, Darth Vader, this series will have you at the edge of your seat, laughing, amazed, and flat out psyched. May the force be with you.


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Rapper and spoken word artist B. Dolan is a complex and dynamic force of hip hop quality. At 18, he arrived as part of HBO’s Def Poetry Series and since ripped it up everywhere and anywhere. A social justice activist, Bolan forges art, music, and vision like very few. He headlines Ithaca Underground’s 12th Big Day In this Saturday, December 3 at The Haunt. Behemoths like Guerilla Toss, Japanese Breakfast, Eskimeaux, Izzy True, Mr. McBean, Sammus, First Pet, and many, many more will share the stage with Bolan in this ridiculously packed mini-fest. Closing the year out in style like no one else, Ithaca Underground says goodbye to another amazing year of underground and interstellar music. (Photo facebook) primitivepursuits.campgroundcontrol. com/register/signin or Call our office at 607-272-2292 Andrew Piper: The Data of Cultural Inequality | 4:30 PM, 12/02 Friday | 258 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Andrew Piper is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of German and European Literature and an associate member of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His work focuses on the intersection of literature and technologies of reading from the eighteenth century to the present. Made in Tompkins County: Purity Ice Cream Co. | 6:00 PM-6:45 PM, 12/02 Friday | History Center, 401 E State St, Ithaca | This First Friday Gallery Night will keep its focus on the Made in Tompkins County exhibit featuring Heather Lane, the owner of Purity Ice Cream Co., who will be giving a 6.00 PM presentation about her legendary shop. Purity treats will be offered to all who attend! Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshop | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, 12/02 Friday | TCCC Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca | Runs Friday, Dec. 2 6:30PM-8:30PM, and Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:00AM-12:00PM. Make a beautiful wreath to decorate


Rick Potts: Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? | 6:30 PM, 11/30 Wednesday | BorgWarner Room, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Potts will offer an in-depth look at how fossils, archeological remains and genetic studies shed light on human connection with the natural world and explore the origins of sharing, caring and innovation. Sampling Class: How to Prevent and Treat This Season’s Grinch: Cold Bugs! | 7:00 PM-8:15 AM, 11/30 Wednesday | GreenStar Cooperative Market, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Marc Luchs of Odyssey Wellness will share simple home remedies, and offer some herbal teas. Registration is required - sign up online at, at GreenStar’s Customer Service Desk, or call 273-9392. Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Jim Miller: What Does It Mean To Be Human? | 6:00 PM, 12/01 Thursday | BorgWarner Room, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Led by Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Jim Miller, co-chairs of the Smithsonian Institution’s Broader Social Impacts Committee, this program will encourage understanding of differing perspectives on human evolution. Bertka and Miller will be joined by Potts and Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. Scott D. Stull: Lesser Known Sites of Ireland’s Ancient East: Knowth and Loughcrew Cairns | 6:30 PM-, 12/01 Thursday | Room 208: Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca | The Finger Lakes Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association will host Scott D. Stull (Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ithaca College). T’ai Chi Chih Class | 7:00 PM-8:15 PM, 12/01 Thursday | Jazzercize Center, 15 Catherwood Rd, Ithaca | For class information, contact Sky at Resources: and Basket Weaving Workshop with Primitive Pursuits | 12:00 AM-11:59 PM, 12/02 Friday | Primitive Pursuits, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Runs Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4. Learn how to identify the black ash tree and how to properly prepare it for splint making. Experience the process of pounding the wood and peeling up growth rings as we transform this soggy piece of wood into beautiful baskets. Registration Online at:

Ithaca Ballet’s 2nd Annual Nutcracker Tea | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, 12/04 Sunday | Hotel Ithaca, 222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Performance excerpt from The Nutcracker. Raffle of local business items. Sweets and Treats. Meet & Greet with the dancers. Other children’s activities including coloring, dancing, photos with costumed dancers, and story time with Drosselmeyer.



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your home for the holidays. Fresh cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons included. Bring special decorations to personalize your wreath. Pre registration is required. Call 272-2292. HistoryForge | 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, 12/03 Saturday | History Center, 401 E State St, Ithaca | HistoryForge is an interactive web-based interface that uses historic maps as portals and incorporates census data information to engage with local history. You can explore the lives of individuals who lived here in the past as well as their homes and neighborhoods. Intro to Hula: Dance Workshop | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, 12/03 Saturday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | All welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: www. (607)229-4637 Aloha: Dance Workshop: Intro to Hula | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, 12/03 Saturday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | Come learn hula dance with our halau (school). Learn about Hawaiian culture and costumes too. All are welcome. Fun for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: (607)229-4637 Chet Manchester: The Healing Light of Christmas | 2:30 PM-, 12/03 Saturday | The Christian Science Church, 101 University Ave., Ithaca | Based on

his travels to the Holy Land and on his own spiritual journey, Manchester takes audiences back to the first Christmas eve to reflect on its meaning today. Manchester shares how the spiritual light of Christ heals and transforms today as naturally as two millennia ago. For more information on the event, call Susan Sweetnam at 607 273-1932

Kids Teens Invited to Decorate Library Windows | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults to help celebrate the arrival of winter by participating in a mural painting event. This program is free and open to young adults in grades 6 through 12. Free pizza and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274 or Science Saturday | 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, 12/03 Saturday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St, Newfield | This month they’ll be a talk about the Christmas bird count and making birdfeeders. Elementary & Middle School age children are invited to joins in for hands-on science activities.

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Just Be Cause Center, Saturday, December 3, 1:00 p.m. Aloha! Everyone that needs a break from the grey skies that swallow us up here in the winter months in Tompkins County, would be wise to check out this free dance workshop at the Just Cause Center in Ithaca. Learn about Hawaiian culture, costumes, and experience some amazing dances that’ll have you thinking waves, lush colors, and misty air. All are welcome, and children need to be accompanied by an adult. Forget the winter blues, the fall sorrow, it’s eternally summer with “Intro to Hula”.


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3, 10 and 17 from noon to 3pm, in the Dewitt Mall on Seneca St. for sample tastings of recipes and to have Moosewood authors sign your purchased cookbooks. All Merchandise, including cookbooks is 10 % off. Felicia’s Hive 45 Trumansburg Winterfest | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, 12/03 Saturday | HiVE 45, 45 East Main Street, Trumansburg | At Felicia’s Hive 45, kids can decorate their own gingerbread person, and grownups can enjoy a free wine tasting with Keuka Spring Vineyards. 2016 Trumansburg WinterFest | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, 12/03 Saturday | Downtown Trumansburg, Trumansburg | Downtown Trumansburg will be shutting the street down so evryone can meander through town and wander into the city’s local businesses and enjoy food and beverage pairings, handmade goods, live music, and community merriment. Then get cozy by the fire at the library and enjoy a seasonal story and treats. Sparkle | 5:00 PM-9:00 PM, 12/03 Saturday | Market Street, Corning | Join Corning’s Gaffer District for the 42nd annual culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season. Featuring horse and wagon rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family. Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, and photos with Santa in his Crystal House.

Art Yvonne Fisher | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | PADMA, 114 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca | Ecstatic Drawings: Bold and Playful, Primitive and Wild, Abstract and Representational. Kari Ganoung Ruiz | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | The Jewel Box, 301 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Kari Ganoung Ruiz lives in and paints the beautiful an diverse Finger Lakes Region of New York State. She finds that painting outdoors directly from life allows her to represent the essence of a scene. France, for Art’s sake | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Decorum Too, Dewitt Mall 215 Cayuga St., Ithaca | This exciting exhibit displays the work of five participants in Terry Plater’s annual artists and art-lovers’ retreat and workshop to France. See oils, prints, photos, and mixed media work done by Judy Barringer, Edie Guo, Lina Lee, Alan Nemcek Terry Plater.

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When the snow begins to fall you can count on one thing: the Trumansburg WinterFest. The spectacular festival brings together area businesses, organizations, community members, and artists, and provides winter activities for the whole town and beyond. The town transforms into one fantastical bazaar at 4 pm. It’s a great chance to shop local, pick up some Christmas gifts, experience some of T-Burg’s unique restaurants and bars, hear live music, and simply be amazed. Don’t miss out!

19th Mini-Print International | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Ink Shop Printmaking Center The, 330 E State St Ste 2, Ithaca | This show invites artists from around the world to submit prints no larger than 4”x 4”. A juried selection of the submitted prints for the 19th Mini Print International will be exhibited at The Ink Shop in 2016. Recent Mini Print shows have attracted artists from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand as well as many artists from the United States. Director’s Choice: Collection selected by Jesse Gardner | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | West End Gallery, 12 W Market St, Corning | West End Gallery and 171 Cedar Arts Center present: Director’s Choice, a shared exhibit featuring a collection of artwork selected by Jesse Gardner, Director of West End Gallery in collaboration with 171 Cedar Arts Center’s Houghton Gallery. Simultaneous Opening Receptions Friday, December 2 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Alice Gant: Very Long Books | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | An exhibit especially for collectors of one-ofa-kind books. Alice Gant’s painted, stitched narrations about “things we love,” calls for careful scrutiny and leisurely enjoyment. The very long books are expandable. Alice Muhlback: Once Upon an Eye | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | eye, 126 E State St, Fl 2nd, Ithaca | The second leg of Alice Muhlback’s magical show, Once Upon an Eye @ eye Gallery will feature new paintings, interactive objects, and never-before-seen clips from her animated short of the same name. The film was co-created by Pamela Tan, with music composed by Joshua Handal. The exhibit runs until December 18th, 2016. In addition, eye continues to sell the work of Melissa Zarem, Jim Garmhausen, Justin Hjortshøj, Domenica Brockman, Giselle Potter, Marina Delaney, and Camille Chew. Carl Schofield: Landscape Prints | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Sunny Days of Ithaca, 123 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Carl Schofield was a research scientist with the department of Natural Resources at Cornell University from 1960 to 1995. His long term interest in photography dates back to his teens and, following his retirement, he has pursued this former hobby more vigorously as an avocation.

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cross the splintered apex of the moon’s eternal shadows, a frosty and grim behemoth lays infinite slabs of aggression and pummeling thrash. An onslaught of atmospheric and ‘90s Norwegian inspired black metal covers the ground. You are connected and heightened to this intense ritual: Utica’s Vile Tyrant heads the manifestation, pulsing with maddening riffs and widening stones of light. Their music is of the earth, the stars, and the universe. A darkened truth that spills out wide enters each void, and you transcend. The streets are real, the planets endless. The band’s debut EP Consummation of the Black Arts rings lightning diamonds, spiraling tunnels of progression, and has energy that is as real as the complex deepness of night. These guys are the real deal, bringing a unique and expressive magic to the powerful force that is black metal. I caught up with bassist and vocalist Aphotis recently, and we talked about some things. The band plays a ridiculously stacked show Saturday night in Syracuse with extreme metal juggernauts Abigail Williams, Wolvhammer, and many more. The sky is falling.

Annual Open Show | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Community School Of Music And Arts, 330 E State St, Ithaca | Curated by acclaimed painter Joyce Stillman-Myers, CSMA’s Open Show presents work in a variety media by more than 50 local artists. Representing traditional to contemporary styles, this much-anticipated show celebrates the vibrant and diverse visual arts interests of our community. December Juried Show | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | State Of The Art, 120 W State St Ste 2, Ithaca | Featuring the work of nearly 50 artists from the Fingerlakes region and beyond. Oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, watercolor, mixed media sculpture, interactive sculpture, mosaics with ceramic, stone and glass tiles, linocut, dyed silk painting, computer generated collage, and digital drawing. www.

Ithaca Times: Are you guys existential in any way, and do you think that attitude and determination is the key to developing art that transcends? Aphotis: We would say that this kind of art is called transcendent for a reason. It is something that goes beyond any singular existence. Music that moves people does so because the emotion and ideals the music expresses connect to their own on some level. In some cases music can provoke responses and spark memories, thereby causing a deeper connection and appreciation for the music by its association. What we mean by all of this is that truly transcendent art is something that connects to a lot of people on a profound level. It isn’t something determined or even created by one person. It transcends when everyone else says that it transcends. When it comes to actually creating our music, all we can do is channel our thoughts and feelings into it. That’s what makes the music what it is, so we suppose it could be considered existential on a certain level. Planning songs out, calculating time signatures or key changes, and working out other details like that can be productive in a lot of cases, and can produce some really cool stuff. When it comes down to it, I usually find that the best riffs arise spontaneously. It’s more a matter of what kind of mindset I’m in and how far into the groove we’re all getting. IT: What’s the history of the band, and what were some of the band’s early goals? Aphotis: We formed the band about five years ago, but have gone through several member changes since then. Initially our sound was more along the lines of a blackened melodic death metal, but recently we’ve been getting away from the death metal sound and getting much more black metal influence in our music.

IT: Are you guys a satanic band, and if so, how does that influence both the music and the direction you guys take; and what type of Satanism do you guys relate to, or practice? Aphotis: The lyrical content of our music is of Luciferian origins, which is a form of more spiritual Satanism. Not everyone in the band shares the same beliefs, but we all share the same dislike for organized religion. Either way, the music generally comes before the lyrics, so our philosophical views don’t generally influence the music we create. There is feeling and imagery in the music more than organized thought or religion. IT: Is Consummation of the Black Arts your guys’ first album, and what was the songwriting and recording process like on that record? Was there a certain dynamic in terms of mood that you needed to create in? Aphotis: Consummation of the Black Arts is our first EP, and it was a long time

Benjamin Peters, 120 on The Commons, Ithaca | New works by local artist and educator, Gary Bercow will include mixed media gouache paintings, oils on canvas and functional carved/textured ceramic pieces. Live acoustic music performed by Hannah Law and Abel McSurely Bradshaw. Chet Holcomb | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | New Works by Chet Holcomb. Chet is a full-time artist living and working in Ithaca NY. His works deal with the ups and downs of life. Tis The Season | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Ithacamade, Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca | Ithacamade ushers in the Holiday Season with a store wide celebration. New work by many of our artists, live music and refreshments. Art Through The Ages | 5:00 PM, On Being Human | 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | 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 and features features the work of ten local artists, including Plater, Ben Altman, William Benson, Jane Dennis, and Gurdon Brewster. Yvonne Fisher: Ecstatic Drawings | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Padma Center for Natural Therapies, 114 W Buffalo St, Ithaca | Ecstatic Drawings: playful and bold, primitive and sophisticated, abstract and representational.  Gary Bercow | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday |

Vile Tyrant (Photo provided) coming. The songs on the album were selected out of the songs we already had, although there are parts that inevitably wind up being changed when you actually sit down and start recording. Making the album was a tremendous learning experience and had its share of setbacks, but I loved doing it. We recorded the album ourselves, and I spent a lot of time mixing and mastering the songs. The more I learned about the whole process, the more we had to rerecord and remix everything from the ground up. It took a while, but we had something that we wanted to express and didn’t want to release an inferior album. We think the final product reflects that. Read the whole interview at and check out Vile Tyrant on bandcamp:

12/02 Friday | Elevator Music and Art Gallery - at New Roots Charter School, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca | New Roots students 9 to 12 grades with display artwork from their Studio Art, Painting, Urban Arts, Drawing and Sculpture classes. Group Show | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Cellar d’Or, 136 The Commons, Ithaca | Featuring: Gabe Carraher, Chris Charles, Michael Goscinsky, Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Kathy Morris, Andrew Paine, Rachel Philipson, Michael Sampson, and Sheryl Sinkow. Handwork Workshops | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | Handwork, Ithaca Commons, 102 W State St., Ithaca | Make your own poinsettia gift tag with Handwork artist Caroline Spellman. Get an introduction to paper quilling and try your hand at this historic art form. As Bob Nagel creates his charming

holiday ornaments in-store, learn about the tools and technique of chip carving from start to finish. Barbara Mink: Winter Journey | 5:00 PM, 12/02 Friday | CAP ArtsSpace, 171 The Commons, Ithaca | Barbara Mink’s Winter Journey explores the beauty of Ithaca in winter’s black, white, and shades in between. Works range from by 4×5 foot canvases to smaller framed works on paper, all in ink or acrylic.

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Help support Morningsong Community Service Farm this Sunday with an amazing concert. Amy Puryear, Tenzin Chopak, and Travis Knapp will showcase their dynamic musical range, each playing an inspiring set. Make sure to come hungry. The event will have soup, corn, bread and desserts. There will also be a raffle for a handmade Todd Rose steel string acoustic guitar. Part of Morningsong Community Service Farm’s mission is to help ensure that every person in the community has enough fresh, nutritious food to eat every day.

The smooth and spectacular Mostly Motown Chorus will be enlightening the masses this Saturday. Expect some killer renditions of songs by The Supremes, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Dione Warwick and many more. This is shaping out to be an amazing evening of music, (some comedy), and a great way to kick back and sort of time travel to a place bursting with swing, hope, and eternal flair. Make sure to check it out!


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