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hile police are still investigating several sex crimes reported this week around the area, the Ithaca Police Department said Thursday that they have found “no connection” so far between the incidents, according to the Ithaca Police. The first report came from Ithaca police on Oct. 27, who said that they’d received reports of two forcible touching incidents that happened in the early hours of the morning, on Stewart Avenue. That incident resulted in two victims but the suspect disappeared before he was apprehended. He was described as a “white male in his mid-20s with a prominent jawline, short blonde hair, a slender build and was wearing a gray t-shirt.” On Oct. 29, the Tompkins County Sheriff ’s Office published their own announcement, detailing two sex crime incidents that happened in October. The first was on Oct. 14, near the Fingerlakes Trail. While that was first described as another forcible touching incident, it has since been released by the Tompkins County police that the female victim was forcibly raped during that incident. They also released details of a second occurrence on Oct. 28 on the Thayer Preserve Trail on Sand Bank Road, which they have classified as forcible touching. During both events, the suspect displayed a knife. The suspect in these cases is described as “a white male, 20-30 years old, between 5’6” and 5’8” with a stocky build. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask.” Both agencies are still looking for help with their investigations, and the Tompkins County police said they have increased patrols in the area, effective until the suspect is apprehended.
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Voters congregate early Tuesday morning to vote in the 2019 election. (Photo by Casey Martin)
Early voting shows strong returns in debut year
he first year of early voting in New York State seems to have resonated with local voters, as over 1,400 people took advantage of the extra days to submit their votes according to the Tompkins County Board of Elections. Among the 1,408 Tompkins County voters, 987 were Democrats, 213 were Republicans, 165 were unaffiliated, with the rest being members of the myriad smaller parties in the state. Two polling places had been set up to receive voters, at the Ithaca Town Hall in downtown Ithaca and the Crash Fire Rescue Building near Lansing on Brown Road. BOE Democratic Commissioner Steve DeWitt said he was impressed by the turnout and how quickly early voting has caught on with local voters. The early voting period lasted from Oct. 26 until Nov. 3, giving people time to vote outside of the normal singleday period. DeWitt said people
particularly took advantage of the extra time during the final weekend of availability, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, when the BOE received 400 voters. Early voting was implemented this year for the first time by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It’s long been touted as a way to allow more people to register their votes, particularly those who have burdensome work schedules or face other hurdles to getting to the polls during the previously allotted one day, especially if they’re unfamiliar with the absentee ballot process. The 1,408 figure could represent a significant amount of the possible total voting turnout. In 2017, a similar off-year in terms of federal elections but still with local seats up for grabs, 20,813 voters flocked to the polls on election day. That’s a relatively high number compared to other elections held in similar off-years, with 12,938 total voter turnout in 2015 and
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18,243 total in 2013. Judging by those turnout numbers, the 1,408 could be between 6-11 percent of total voters using early voting. Despite predicting even higher participation next year, when there’s a presidential election and generally much higher voter participation, DeWitt said he doesn’t think that the county will set up more polling places beyond the two that serviced Tompkins County voters this year. “My guess is not, but we haven’t finalized those decisions,” DeWitt said. “It’s considerable time and effort and expense to create each early voting site. The CFR building worked well, he said, as it gave voters outside of Ithaca a more convenient place to register their vote instead of having to trek into downtown Ithaca. Our print edition does not allow the Ithaca Times to include election results, but check Ithaca.com for a full listing of results on Wednesday morning. M att Butler
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in the potential formation of a new democracy reform plan and fighting voter suppression.
▶▶ Second Wind’s Lantern Festival -will be held this Sunday, Nov. 10 from 6-7 p.m. Water lanterns will be launched at the Cherry Artspace in memory of people who have lost or are currently lost to addiction,
mental health and homelessness. To sponsor a lantern, send a $10 check to 1435 Elmira Road, Newfield, NY 14867 or from the SecondWindCottages. org/donate webpage, and include the name of the person. Proceeds go to helping the Second Wind Cottages and the Ithaca Homeless Crisis.
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WELL, IT’S HAPPENING. WINTER IS COMING. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLD-WEATHER ACCESSORY?
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Local development wins grant funding for net-zero building
A “THIS Scarf!” -Grace C.
“I stole my mother’s beige LL Bean mittens about 4 years ago. Can’t live without them. Sorry mom!” -Max P.
“Socks are really important. We love our plaid Smartwools.”
“My big down jacket and these here wool hats!” -Margaret M. & Kevin M.
“My multi-colored snowflake toe socks… and my thermos…(usually filled with Baileys and Jameson…)
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Cinemapolis gauging development impact on business
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s many residents express concern over whether city officials are taking the passage of the Green New Deal seriously, local developers have taken matters into their own hands. The development known as Perdita Flats, a small net-zero house project, has been awarded $70,560 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Building for Excellence competition. Perdita Flats will be developed at 224 Fair Street with designs done by the STREAM Collaborative, and “net-zero” means that it will produce as much energy through renewable resources as it consumes. The project will include four units of market-rate apartment housing over 4,700 sq. ft. Owners Courtney Royal and Umit Sirt are looking to begin development in Dec. 2019 with construction completed in Aug. 2020. The funds from the competition grant will help offset the additional advanced design team fees and further fund the energy technologies used in the project. Unlike most projects, this development didn’t raise many flags for the members of the Planning Board and sailed through the site plan review process with ease. Royal and Sirt said the building is about more
have natural fluid refrigerant that has no or very small GWP impact.” Since the upstate energy grid is cleaner than most, Royal and Sirt are looking at developing the building to strictly use electricity since it can be gathered by reusable means. The building’s design will also contribute to its energy efficiency. According to Royal and Sirt, a square is one of the most energy-efficient geometric shapes in development. They also plan on using triple pane argon-filled windows, an air sealing strategy to lower infiltration, reflective interior room colors to sustain daylighting in all the rooms, ground source heat pumps, and much more. Perdita Flats received a $70,000 grant from NYSERDA “This sort of high-performand will be built on Fair Street. (Photo provided) ing building project should not be treated as a typical design and construction,” Royal and Sirt said. than just achieving net-zero emissions: “There are many design and constructhey want it to stand as a testament to tion challenges that need to be talked as how developers can make energy-efficient soon as possible to minimize the potential structures using affordable construction upcoming issues, and/or avoid deflecttechniques. ing from the original goal—zero energy. “Another goal we have is to do this by The integrated design approach, which is minimizing and/or eliminating widely to include all the disciplines, such as the used refrigerants, which also have a high owner, architect, mechanical engineer and global warming potential [GWP] impact,” construction manager on the table as early Royal and Sirt said. “The majority of the as possible, is a good solution in order to air-source or ground-source heat pumps in the market have refrigerants with a huge keep the target in place and keeping an eye on the budget at the same time.” GWP impact on earth due to refrigerant One of the key obstacles to overcome, leakage. In Perdita Flats, we tried hard to avoid those refrigerant heat pumps and instead we used air-source heat pumps that
ith East Green Street becoming a hotspot for a series of large-scale developments set to transform downtown Ithaca, there is one beloved business back on the ground facing some uncertainty—Cinemapolis. Since the new Asteri Ithaca development, which will rehabilitate the Green Street Garage and add hundreds of units of affordable housing, would be located practically on top of them, the construction could disrupt their business. As has been required from the very start, Cinemapolis will be safe long-term. The city made that a requirement of Green Street Garage redevelopment proposals, but there could be an issue in the near future as the project’s timeline and construc-
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Brett Bossard, executive director of Cinemapolis. (Photo by Casey Martin)
tion needs are solidified. “The city, from the get-go, made sure we were something that remained regardless of how the project took shape, and that we’d be able to operate during the project—the process of completing the project,” Cinemapolis Executive Director Brett Bossard said. “Right now, we’re
talking with [development firm] Vecino and there’s still a lot of unknowns as to the way the project is going to progress, the exact timeline and, at this point, the construction methods that are going to be used, particularly in the expansion of the parking lot which will be going directly continued on page 7
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City still chasing conference center funding, but New York State could help
The Green Street Garage redevelopment remains up in the air, though some signals from New York State indicate that they could be willing to help with a conference center. (Photo by Casey Martin)
hether or not the Green Street Garage redevelopment will include one of the largest conference centers in Upstate New York has been one of the most frequent questions of the last several months, and the city might not have a final answer until January. That’s according to a presentation given to Common Council members Wednesday night, during which City of Ithaca Deputy Director of Economic Development Tom Knipe and Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) Director Nels Bohn laid out the current status of the conference center and what could happen until the end of January. That’s when the IURA has imposed its own deadline to choose definitively if the Green Street Garage project, a 217-unit affordable housing and mixed-use project being developed by Vecino, will include a conference center. The main question appears to be whether satisfactory funding can be secured in order to make the conference center financially viable. It is projected to run at a loss of $200,000 or so per year, though theoretically the economic impact to restaurants and businesses in Ithaca would outweigh that loss. Ithaca lost one opportunity to fund the project when they lost out on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, which would have given the city $10 million to spend on a litany of different downtown projects. Knipe revealed one silver lining to that, though: In the wake of the announcement that Hornell had won the $10 million awarded in Ithaca’s region, New York State officials indicated to city officials that they might have a chance at an Upstate Revital-
ization Initiative grant. “We received outreach from the state, maybe they felt bad, I’m not sure,” Knipe said. “Basically, the components that would go into the URI would be the conference center gap, the eastern-center section of the Green [Street] Garage parking assistance and the wraparound neighborhood infrastructure. Based on state interest, we do believe there’s a window of opportunity that won’t be there forever that we may have an opportunity to apply for and receive a URI grant for the Green Street Garage redevelopment and these components.” Knipe said that the city is probably the best-suited applicant for the grant, though DIA has started the work so far. There’s a time-crunch though: The application is due in the next few days, and hopefully the city will find out the state’s intentions before the end of January. As for the conference center itself, Knipe called the project “transformative” and “once in a generation,” listing its upside and economic boon potential. The plan is still 49,000 sq. ft. of conference center, which would be two stories with either 15 divisible breakout rooms or two ballrooms. It would be the third largest conference center in terms of “sellable space” in Upstate New York, according to the presentation. Bohn said that by the end of January, he’d like to see the following factors in place that would make a conference center investment more secure and affordable: • A gap filling grant (like the URI, for instance) • Lodging industry stream of income
(like a tax added to hotel room bills) • A workable financing model • A project pro forma that ensures success There’s a small squeeze in that Vecino has been told that they have the best chance of getting financial help from the state, based on the affordable housing component, if they submit their application during the first quarter of 2020. Bohn said that led to his agency’s late-January deadline. Knipe said local lodging providers have been very supportive of a conference center funding plan, though details of the possible tax on their guests have yet to be ironed out. The plan, called a Tourism Improvement District, would add a small fee to each guest’s final bill, which would go towards offsetting the operating loss of the conference center and support it. One other big question is who would own and operate the facility. DIA, Bohn said, has agreed to consider being the owner nominally, though they would be “backstopped” by the city and county in terms of financial security, mostly concerning bank loans. Operation and management would likely be handled by a third party. “We only get one chance to do this block. The conference center belongs here,” Knipe said as reasons in support of the center despite its risks. “We have a narrow window, and we have the state’s ear for a grant right now. We can access dollars for parking along with the conference center, saving taxpayers millions in capital costs.” Most of the council’s questions after the presentation had to do with funding, and how much risk the city would be taking on by, essentially, co-signing the bank loan to the DIA, likely alongside Tompkins County. Council member Ducson Nguyen asked what the normal demographic that can be expected if the conference center is built, to which Conventions and Visitors Bureau Peggy Coleman replied that she’s heard interest from the New York State School Board, the NYS Funeral Directors Association, a multi-year wrestling tournament, the NYS Veterinarian Technicians Association and others. DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson reassured the council that any plan involving the city’s backing would be thoroughly vetted, theoretically removing any financial volatility and ensuring that the DIA would be able to cover the loan costs. “The expectation on all parties when you put this deal together is that it will be cash well spent and make some sense,” Ferguson said. “There’s no way we’re going to put a deal in front of anybody unless it can pass that test.” The city and county would essentially serve as security nets for the conference center, in that scenario.
Thumbs Up - Collegetown Bagels closed on Monday, Oct. 28 at its Aurora Street location around noon. By 2 p.m. the same day, they had reopened at their new location on the ground floor of City Centre on East State Street. Thank god it was that quick, too, since we almost missed our lunch-time coffee. Head over to the new location, it’s a great spot, and Ithaca Ale House will be moving into their neighboring location soon too. Thumbs Down - Not sure who feels the need to bash windows that help protect bus riders from the elements, but apparently someone has over the last several weeks. The bus shelters are valuable not just for riders, but for the area’s homeless who could use a place for some quick warmth (relatively) and maybe a place to catch some rest. Basically, whoever’s doing this, stop being giant sacks of crap. Seen - Some people may have been looking for some more campaign finance analysis over the last few weeks, but the unfortunate truth is there wasn’t much to report on. In the mayor of Ithaca’s race, for instance, both candidates raised under $1,000 total, apparently, since “no activity” statements were filed with the Board of Elections, and very little was spent as well. A glance at other races appeared to show similar results. But, of course, let us know if any of that sounds suspicious.
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and older brother. obert He couldn’t get his Lieberman, mother, his sister the child of and her husband holocaust survivors, out of Austria. In remembers himself desperation, they as a “wild child.” had set out on foot “I was always and managed to sent to the princiclimb the mounpal’s office for distains and reach turbing the class; Croatia. There they I couldn’t sit still,” were rounded up he said. “My head by the Croats and was buzzing with machine gunned so many things in a square. While that distracted and my father went on captivated me.” to create a life for A keen observahimself and for us tion for a child in America, he was whose life led him always haunted to go everywhere, by a deep sense of Robert Lieberman, a Cornell faculty member, talked do everything, guilt.” about his path there from childhood. (Photo provided) remaining engaged Years later with all kinds of Robert would draw projects which defy upon his childhood and the stories his categorization. family told him of their lives in Vienna. “Growing up in Kew Gardens in It led to his film “Last Stop Kew Gardens” Queens, many of my neighbors, like broadcast on PBS. He has just completed my family, were refugees from Hitler’s Austria, Germany, Hungary. My father escaped from Vienna with my mother continued on page 7
aylight savings time has ended for 2019, and to hear people talk it might seem otherwise, but not everyone is unhappy about the earlier arrival of darkness each evening. To every thing there is a season, Ecclesiastes says; for now, the time has passed for activities such as swimming in Cayuga Lake, outdoor dining, and nonbrisk walks. Now is the season for quiet time inside, discovering things like new teas and books, and enjoying other domestic comforts (such as comforters). This kind of homely leisure is (or can be) a regular reality for single persons. People with children might not have much space (literal or otherwise) or time for even such modest luxuries, but I recently spoke with a friend with two kids who expressed strong appreciation for nightfall before 6 p.m. Her kids are too young to consider time abstractly, so early darkness solidifies mother’s authoritative pronouncements of bedtimes: which, unbeknownst to them, will come earlier and earlier each night till the end of December, and after that for as long as mother can get away with it. It doesn’t pertain to nightfall per se, but recently I went with a friend to a downtown movie at 11 a.m. on a Thursday, a regular weekly showing I was unaware of, and seemed odd to me, but I learned constitutes an event called “Cry Baby Cinema,” meant for adults with children. The theater’s publicity states that strollers and carriers are welcome. The volume of the movie is lowered and lights are kept dim. The movies don’t change: it’s the regular slate of showings, not special family films. My friend knew of this program from a decade or so ago when her daughter was a toddler. The family lives in the exurbs of Ithaca with no nearby neighbors, and the girl is an only child, so at that stage in their lives the mother was frequently seeking out activities for the two of them. This particular morning we had gone to see a documentary on Miles Davis, and it seemed unlikely to me any toddler would be interested in such a feature, but my friend said actually the idea is that
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adults can watch the (normal) movie, and the kids can play or run around in a newly anarchy-inviting environment, until they get tired or bored and fall asleep in the semi-darkness in one of the big, plush chairs. Time management can be tricky in multiple senses of the word, especially with children. Children are essentially (if not perpetually) delightful, maybe never more than in their early years, when they are easy to manipulate (or let us stick with that more benign word, “trick”). Years ago I helped in the raising of a child (my nephew) and remember taking him to the Commons, a great place for child-minding, with things to do and see and plenty of space for kids to run around, with no worries about cars. These excursions would generally include (especially if the day was even mildly inclement) a stop at the old Rothschild’s building, which at the time was largely vacant but still had a functioning escalator, the only one in town. I touted this as an attraction from a theme park, practically, and it was usually good for a dozen or so rides by my charge, and one or two by me. Eating out, his father and I would gravitate to the Nines, not necessarily for the menu but for the bar stools, where after his pizza slice we could seat the youthful youngster in front of a video machine and let him push buttons, which he thought orchestrated the action on the screen. He didn’t know about quarters. Of course, children rightly require both money and time, and one should be happy to give them both. I have a friend who just took his newly-teenaged daughter on a birthday trip to New York City, and no doubt neither the cost nor the (related) time off work were easy to muster; but no doubt, either, it was worth every cent and minute, because soon, if the teen proves typical, she won’t be interested in any such trip with her parents no matter how deluxe, for at least a few grueling years: another type of dark time, maybe, but like most, only temporary and, with the right attitude, manageable.
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the screenplay in Paris for “The Nazis, My Father & Me,” an animated film produced by five-time Academy Award nominated producer Didier Brunner. Age 17, Robert arrived at Cornell in 1958, and began his studies to become a veterinarian. While doing his required farm work, a local farmer observed to Robert, “You Jew boys all want to be veterinarians.” So young, so far away from Queens, Robert recoiled from the cultural chasm he would have to bridge to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a vet. Changing course—a hasty decision he still regrets—Robert jumped into electrical engineering. Soon thereafter he was selected for a special accelerated program at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (NYU Tandon School of Engineering) where he graduated with a B.A. in 1962. He returned to graduate school at Cornell and studied Biophysics, Engineering and Neurophysiology in a special interdisciplinary program. Over the next decade, Robert taught in schools around the globe, from Sweden to Hong Kong. In the 1960s he taught at two predominantly black colleges in the
U.S. South—this during a period of racial turmoil—and was harassed by the Klu Klux Klan. After a stint teaching Physics and Math at Ithaca College, he joined the Cornell Physics faculty in 1980 and is there today. In Ithaca, Robert created the life he dreamed of as a kid growing up in New York City. Today he lives on 120 acres of lush countryside with family and animals, teaching and being part of a lively community. He has savored his life with wife Gunilla, a Swedish ballet teacher, his children and grandchildren: “It has been a privilege to live in such a spectacular, natural setting and to be so fortunate… My work at Cornell has made it possible to be a novelist, filmmaker and gentleman farmer.” With Cornell and family being Robert’s home base, he has trekked far from Ithaca to explore the world. “I think I’ve been everywhere on the planet except Australia and Antarctica.” His filming has taken him to Myanmar (“They Call It Myanmar”), Cambodia (“Angkor Awakens”) and most recently Mongolia. Working together with Photosynthesis Studios in Ithaca, his newest film “Echoes Of The Empire—Beyond Genghis Kahn” (www. echoesoftheempire.com) will be released internationally this Spring.
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above us.” One possibility that has been discussed is temporary relocation, though Bossard said he’s not sure where they would move to if that’s the case. The relocation would last, at minimum, five months during the early stages of development, such as demolishing the west side of the garage and adding four more levels of parking. In order to avoid this, Vecino has been looking into other construction methods that would limit Cinemapolis’ hours instead of forcing them to move entirely. However, there is one question Bossard has planned for in advance—how do you move a movie theatre? “The business would move but the equipment here would have to stay in place,” Bossard said. “We couldn’t pull up the seats or anything like that. Luckily, there are businesses that do just that; set up temporary screening rooms for film festivals and other uses all around the world. We’re lucky that Boston Light and Sound is one of the top in that industry and they’re certainly not next door, but they are closer than California. They do that kind of work for the Sundance Film Festival, the Trevor City Film Festival in Michigan. They’re really well equipped to consult and do that actual engineering for setting up some temporary screening rooms somewhere in town.” Bossard would need to determine the number of seats necessary, spaces with the best ceiling height to display a movie, and other factors that could be limiting for Cinemapolis. He’s looking to get a more
stable plan prepared as the construction talks continue over the next few months. For now, Bossard does know he wants the Cinemapolis screening rooms to remain downtown. He is, though, thinking optimistically about the situation, eyeing the new development as a way to increase the number of customers coming to Cinemapolis. “I think it’s going to be a huge boom for both us and the rest of downtown,” Bossard said. “I mean, having housing that I feel is going to be really focused on the workforce that we have downtown. A significant number of service industry workers that make up a big segment of the workforce in the Commons areas having the opportunity to live right where they work is really important for the success of downtown. The vibrancy and variety of offerings we have for residents downtown and I’m looking forward to a lot of new customers 15 ft. from my door.” Molly Chiang, a developer with the Vecino Group, said there isn’t a great deal of information about the construction methods at this time. This is due in part to the decision of whether or not a conference center will be included in the development. Until that is determined, Chiang said, a mitigation plan is tough to develop. A better timeline of the project with some plans and collaboration with Cinemapolis will be made after the conference center decision is made in January 2020.
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In the Spencer/Van Etten/Candor area a group of clergy have been meeting for years to plan ecumenical services and within the past two years, to work together on shared concerns. We have held conversations on the opioid/drug/ alcohol crisis, suicide, the local food pantry and heating fund, aging and much more. We also plan a Thanksgiving service and meal every year, shared Lenten services and a summer service and meal. What makes this so unique is that we are a group of progressive and conservative, moderate and fundamentalist, ministers, both politically and theologically: yet we have wonderful conversations and share a deep respect and affection for one another. There have been times where our theological differences have arisen in how we approach dealing with certain topics. One instance was in talking about the addiction crisis, some pastors felt that only true healing is through God, while others wanted to include other, secular groups in the conversation. But, this was easily moved through, not by arguing about whose approach was better or the correct one, but instead by acknowledging that the different perspectives had the same core desire, to offer help and support for those affected. So, the easy solution was to ensure that we accommodated all perspectives. We share our experience because in a time with so much division, people seem to have forgotten how to talk to one another, we are an example of how things be different. In our ecumenical clergy group, we all agree that the way to a better world is though listening and working together. This can be done by starting where we agree. As pastors, we all agree that we are to work to help our community, both our individual church communities as well as our larger community. We do not try to change the others’ minds, nor do we feel that we must think and believe the same for us to work together. As we meet and share concerns our perceptions of who the “other” changes, this does not mean that our individual core beliefs change, it means that we recognize that our differences do not define our ability to get along and because of that we can make our little piece of the world a little better. So, may it be so.......... Reverend Barb E. Blom, United Church of Christ Minister of St Paul’s ELCA, director of the Interfaith Center for Action and Healing
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UNION FEVER! A wave of Ithaca workers and others organizing for a better living
By E dw i n J. Vi e r a a n d M at t Bu t l e r fter a prolonged era of falling labor union interest and participation, it appears workers’ organizing efforts are gaining momentum, both nationally and locally. A wave of unionization efforts has appeared in Tompkins County, most notably over the last year or two, which has seen a wide range of workers from adjunct faculty at Ithaca College to baristas at Gimme! Coffee successfully unionize, with several more efforts either in progress or failed for any number of reasons. Union-centric headlines have been frequent even just over the last few months, with around 50,000 workers at General Motors staging one of the largest worker strikes in recent history, organized by the United Auto Workers. That work stoppage ended in late October after over a month of negotiations. Locally there’s been nothing that has reached that extent, but unions have certainly been more visible and vocal recently, whether it be the trade unions alleging that Cornell neglects local organized labor, or Ithaca Coffee Company workers calling for a boycott of the
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company for anti-union tactics, or GreenStar workers holding demonstrations outside of downtown locations. “Something is happening in the United States, and globally,” said Ian Collin Greer, a senior research association in Cornell’s Industrial Labor Relations school. “This is a time when there’s a lot of labor activism taking place all over the world. [...] It’s young workers taking the lead, and it seems like there’s a lot going on at once.” Greer said most economists would consider the country’s low unemployment rate as a motivating factor, since people are less fearful of losing their jobs under those conditions. A stronger contributor, though, is that younger people generally just seem less tolerant and more apt to confront perceived mistreatment at work by management. In Ithaca and Tompkins County, Greer said, it also helps that the public is mostly inclined to support the efforts of workers to unionize; the term “union-busting” still carries some punitive weight here, he said, which isn’t necessarily true elsewhere. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been any-
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where that’s as favorable to organized labor as Tompkins County,” Greer said. “Ithaca is about as union-friendly as towns in the United States get.” Greer noted the existence of the Tompkins County Workers Center and Legal Assistance of Western New York as examples of places that work quite a bit with people who are unionizing to help them navigate the logistical and legal aspects of it. That’s not especially common elsewhere, he said, especially not in a place of this population size. Yet even in a place that is perhaps more amenable to unionizing, it can still be quite difficult. 2017 was a successful year for unionizers in the area, as the aforementioned Gimme! Coffee baristas and adjunct faculty members at Ithaca College both unionized and were able to ratify contracts. Yet other efforts stalled, and some turned ugly, like the National Labor Relations Board hearings that year between Cayuga Medical Center and two nurses who felt they’d been unfairly fired for unionization activities. Others have struggled to gain ground recently as well: Coltivare workers were in the early stages of unionizing but the effort dissipated after turnover disbursed the organizing leaders, and workers at vegan eatery Nikki Green were having similar conversations, but the res-
taurant shut down too soon. GIMME! COFFEE
Gimme’s baristas union came together fairly quickly, over a span of about two months in 2017, and has made some progress with management about improving work conditions, pay, sick leave, etc., though complaints still exist. Sam Mason, a Gimme barista who has been one of the leading voices in the unionization since the beginning, has had an up-close view of all the ups and downs that come with the efforts. “We’ve been in contact with over two dozen baristas across the country who have been inspired by us,” Mason said. “It’s super cool to watch. You’re waking up people to their own power at work. I don’t want to go to work every day of my life, for the rest of my life, just to be able to survive.” Another union member, Bart Feberwee, said that he’s heard criticisms from people who say that if he’s upset about not being paid more or not having better working conditions, he should simply leave the company. But that sheds light on a larger problem, in his mind. “When you make a comment like that, ‘Oh, it’s the service industry, try to get a different job and make more money,’ you implicitly accept that there should be a whole class of people who make so little money they can barely survive,”
Feberwee said. “That’s just the problem, why would anybody who works full-time not be able to make a living?” Something the representatives reiterated was that despite their objections, they do actually enjoy their jobs, and they do want to continue working for the company. But they don’t want that to come at the cost of living a good life. One of their central mottos, which could likely apply to almost all workplaces, is “We will probably run into these same problems anywhere we work, so why not try to cure them here?” Since unionizing, the Gimme baristas have continued in negotiations with the company’s management, but have also come to the aid of other union efforts in the area. When GreenStar’s upstart union efforts became public in 2019, the Gimme baristas intervened on their behalf, penning a letter to GreenStar management when the local grocery co-op stated that a union would work better at Gimme but wouldn’t work at GreenStar. They said that’s part of the benefit of unions—that they will stick up for one another in times of need, like when the trades unions offer to show up at rallies for the baristas or lend their buildings for classes on how to unionize, according to the baristas. SCIENCENTER:
Though some unions failed, there are others moving along, despite perceived friction with management, such as the Sciencenter. Emily Belle and Lucas Fredericks have been the chief minds behind the unionization effort. This has been in the works for two to three months but has been a point of discussion for workers for years now. Belle described just what led to the 28 workers at the Sciencenter deciding to form a union. “I think univer-
sally, we are really excited about the work our organization does and a bunch of us were thinking about the best way to organize our time and energy in a really positive way to create an institution where staff could grow and have a really strong voice in all of the policies that are made at the Sciencenter,” Belle said. “In exploring a bunch of different options, we settled on unionization as a really strong way to do that; to bring staff voice to the table so we can better fulfill the Sciencenter’s mission.” Currently, the workers are in the process of determining what would go into their first union contract. One of the unifying concepts, according to Belle is the staff wanting to voice their interests and concerns when policies are made at the Sciencenter. This would allow the workers to combine their day to day work with the work they do in the community to enhance the mission of the Sciencenter. However, they want to make sure they have a platform before determining what they definitively are asking for. Fredericks is aware of how difficult power-sharing can be and how it is one of the challenges they are facing. Other challenges the committee of union organizers are facing is the scattered public perception of unions and unionism is all over the place. They are working with Workers United to get through this process. A secret ballot election was held at the Sciencenter on Oct. 24 by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Due to one out of state mail-in ballot, the ballots are impounded. They will be counted on Nov. 8, though they are confident an overwhelming majority voted in favor of forming their union. “We asked management to voluntarily recognize the union, given the number of staff who had initially signed on and expressed interest in unionizing,” Belle said,
stating they felt like management was resistant. “They were hesitant to do that because I think with any institutional change like this, they wanted to be sure that everyone was fully informed on the matter.” Yet in a statement provided to the Ithaca Times Dean Briere, executive director of the Sciencenter said that he thinks the effort was a positive one that will be beneficial for both the Sciencenter and the workers. “The Sciencenter respects the right of employees to vote to be unionized in an NLRB election, “ Briere said. “We are looking forward to finding out the results of the election that was held on October 24. And if the vote is to unionize, the Sciencenter will recognize the union, bargain in good faith, and continue to work toward our mission of cultivating a broad community of curious, confident, critical thinkers.” Belle and Fredericks said the Sciencenter has been following due process in this but they feel lucky to have the support of the staff and community members. As the election comes to a head, Belle and Fredericks are hoping the contract negotiation process can be as collaborative as possible. This could create room for principled disagreements between staff, management, and the board as each group has a different set of interests in the Sciencenter. ITHACA COFFEE COMPANY:
Ithaca Coffee Company employees have been one of the most recent groups to attempt the unionization process, acting on what they felt was a culture of fear at the company. Brenden Lukosavich, a former worker at Ithaca Coffee Company was first approached by William Westlake, another former worker who organized the recent boycott of Ithaca Coffee Company, who was talking about some workplace issues. They felt underpaid for their time and the company
was notable for promising reviews and raises and not following through. After that, Lukosovich said the list of problems snowballed. Once they announced the campaign to unionize earlier this year, they said management immediately pushed back. Management could not be reached for comment dispite repeated attempts. Richard Bensinger, a union rep from Worker’s United, who worked with Ithaca Coffee Company organizers and several other union efforts in Ithaca, was contacted during the fall of 2018 and he began talking with a few workers from the company. Seven workers pressed on with creating an organizing committee, Bensinger said. A committee was established and weekly meetings were held at the Tompkins County Worker’s Center to discuss workplace issues and trying to learn as much as possible from outside resources. The workers sent a letter to management requesting they sign an agreement not to interfere in this effort and with the election for the union. The management of Ithaca Coffee Company responded in a way that led to a series of battles that benefited workers in the end. Following a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers at Ithaca Coffee Company won their right to form a union. According to files from the Buffalo office of the NLRB, three employees won back pay and one had disciplinary actions removed from their files. William Westlake’s boycott of Ithaca Coffee Company has continued, alongside students picketing outside the Triphammer Road location. The boycotters have also leafleted and picketed the Gateway location downtown and the Commons, informing consumers of what transpired earlier this spring at Ithaca Coffee Company. “We are talking to workers on the incontinued on page 12
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Legislator in Motion Rich John’s athletic side remains By Ste ve L aw re nc e L oc al at tor ne y Rich John i s , in a s t range sor t of way, my ow n Ru dy Giuliani . If I ne e d to mak e up a s tor y, Rich w il l be the re for me .
n Rich’s case, the stories are not made up. Our friendship goes back nearly 40 years (and will hopefully endure the Giuliani reference), and Rich and his family have given me a lot to write about over the years. A few short weeks after I took over this column in 1992, a story was swirling around about the effort being undertaken to save the Cornell men’s gymnastics team from being dissolved, and Rich was the perfect man to interview for that story. He had, a decade earlier, competed for the Big Red gymnastics team and he brought a lot of passion and knowledge to the issue. In Oct. 2007, Rich was coming off knee surgery and he looked forward to running the Chicago Marathon. The event made national news that year, as the temperature soared to nearly 90 degrees, the humidity was oppressive, a runner died, dozens more were taken to hospitals in ambulances and the organizers pulled the plug in the middle of the race. “I’ll never forget that,” Rich told me when we spoke on Sunday. “They ran out of water, they ran out
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of ambulances so they stopped the race. I had already gone past the cutoff point, and I finished right around the 5 hour mark.” His wife, Vicki, was waiting at the finish line with a cold beer, and it was among the best beers Rich had ever tasted. Since then, Vicki has also completed a marathon (in 2016) and their son, Nick, has made a name for himself as a pole vaulter at Ithaca High and at R.I.T., and I am grateful to them for providing me with even more material. And, knowing I still have bills to pay, Rich decided to run the New York City Marathon last weekend so I could write this story. All joking aside, the marathon was John’s fourth, and he told me, post-race, “I just turned 60, and I was looking for a good challenge.” He added, “I have tried to get into the NYC Marathon for a few years, and I finally did.” In Rich’s words, “The weather was perfect – sunny and in the 50’s,” and when asked if he had set a goal for himself, he offered, “I was hoping to run it in 4 hours, and I knew that was pretty ambitious. I
Rich John during one of his marathon completions. (Photo provided)
finished in 4:18, and I am happy with that.” Rich said “When I do marathons, I always seem to stay on pace for the first 20 miles, but that finish kills me.” He laughed when I said I hoped that if we were to have a conversation about “The Wall” that we could keep it civil, and he said that we could. In distance running, that proverbial 20-mile wall is, in Rich’s words, “Something very real.” Rich’s legs (and spirits) felt a bit lighter when he saw Vicki and their daughters, Mary and Julia, holding signs and cheering him on and he knows that if Nick wasn’t in the thick of his own studies and fall track season he would have been there too. I asked Rich what it felt like to run 26.2 miles having just rounded third base (the average American lives 80 years, so at age 20, we have hit a single, 40 is a double and 60 is a triple) and he laughed and said, “Well, given it’s the day of the race, I will say ‘I’ll never run again!’ Seriously, I’ll probably do some half-marathons, and Vicki and I plan to do some hiking.” When he trades his running shoes for street shoes, Rich still practices law, teaches at Cornell, serves on the Tompkins County Legislature and is involved with winemaking at Ports of New York. He also puts some time and energy into a business start-up in Florida, and he is at peace with the fact that he did not win the New York City Marathon. I asked him at what point in the race he saw that he would not catch the winner, and he grinned and said, “About 50 yards into the race.
Arthritis relief with bee stings? Sounds great except for the bee stings.
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eople would feel more comfortable around bees if it wasn’t for their stingers. However, that little sting seems to have some properties that can relieve pain from arthritis.
Apitherapy, colloquially known as bee venom therapy, is becoming a more wellknown method of treatment for treating arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and bee sting allergies. Peter Borst is a member
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of the Finger Lakes Bee Club, who has been working in the beekeeping industry since 1974. Along with managing over 500 of his own colonies, he is a retired Senior Apiarist at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies. and worked as an apiary inspector for New York State from 2006 to 2008. Borst also suffers from arthritis and has used bee venom to relieve the pain. Considering his long exposure to bee stings, though, he has built up a tolerance due to his long-time exposure to being stung by bees. Others with allergies to bees are warned to steer clear of this kind of treatment, he said. Due to his field experience with bees, Borst has learned how to selfadminister the bee stings in a controlled environment. “Traditionally, apitherapy is done using the actual bees,” Borst said. “There are a few people in the United States who sell bees through the mail where you can buy about 10 or 15 honey bees in a very small case and an individual can self-administer the bee sting. You just chill the bees down a bit, like put them in the fridge for a few minutes and they stop moving. Then you can take them out of there and warm them up. Then, you hold the bee by its wings and poke the stinger into your skin.” Borst said this comes in handy in the wintertime as a type of booster shot to relieve the pain from arthritis. This does come with a side effect for the bees, though. While this may be good for a person’s arthritis, this does kill the bees. Borst, though, sees this as a part of natural
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selection since most bees live about four to five months at a time. Since most hives, he said, have around 50,000 worker bees in them, this is not a major loss for the hive. This type of treatment can be done safely under the supervision of a doctor. It’s safer to inject the venom, which allows for a more controlled way to administer a proper dosage. In an article from Sept. 2017, Borst wrote about the active antiinflammatory agent in bee-stings, which has been found to be much stronger than cortisone “The active principle which comprises about 50% of fresh venom is called melittin,” Borst wrote. “It induces lysis in cells, which means it causes them to burst. This is the action that produces the initial pain of the bee sting. Obviously, stinging insects intend to inflict pain quickly on their enemies to create a strong, unforgettable memory that will permanently deter them.” While still a firm believer in traditional medicine, Borst has a healthy dose of skepticism regarding the usage of apitherapy. Despite knowing a great deal of its pros and cons, Borst said he wouldn’t recommend this for most people going through the same thing he is without careful deliberation and adequate consultation. Considering the number of risks associated with this type of treatment, such as developing allergies to bees, Borst warns that it isn’t for everyone.
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according to Royal and Sirt, is the unfamiliarity of the design team with the sustainable technologies they’re interested in using. This will require a lot of communication between the design team and the manufacturer representative. It could also mean creating additional iterations of the design. Matt Cooper is a project manager for STREAM Collaborative, who has been working with Royal and Sirt. Cooper said the building’s mechanical systems will be highly efficient as well in an attempt to reduce the necessary load of equipment for the building. Heating and cooling
demands of the building are going to be reduced as well; generally speaking Cooper is excited to work on this kind of development as this is what STREAM has been looking to do with a lot more of the developments they design. “All of our projects share the same general goals for sustainability that are embedded in Perdita Flats, so in that respect, the answer is more that we will work on projects like this one,” Cooper said. “Programmatically speaking, this building fits within our ideas for site-sensitive and architecturally sound projects that respect not only the needs of the occupants but also the expectations for the neighborhood.” E dw i n J. Vi er a
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side of both locations to talk about the boycott and to get a sense of what the company environment is like,” Westlake said. “Worker’s United is not filing for an election or calling a union campaign until the owners at ICC sign on to the fair election principles. The whole point of the boycott has been to make clear that workers have a right to form a union, that those rights have been denied at ICC, and that the community isn’t going to support businesses who don’t respect the rights of their
workers.” Lukosavich is confident a union will come to fruition especially if the workers want it to happen. Even though it didn’t go as planned, there was a positive learning experience from all of this. The sentiment called back to something shared by Gimme barista union member Ava Mailloux said in an interview. “Your failures will seed your garden, even when you try and fail you learn something for next time and you get used to doing it,” Mailloux said. “Even when union efforts fail, it still gets people talking about it.”
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Mother Mallard’s will ring in five decades with a pair of Cornell shows
By M att Bu tler
ny history of Tompkins County worth its salt will include a mention of Moog synthesizers, one of the county’s claims to musical fame. The instruments, invented and designed by Robert Moog, were manufactured in Trumansburg while his factory was stationed there, and Moog was a graduate student at Cornell. Consequently came the formation of Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, founded by David Borden, which used Moog synthesizers to bring music to Ithaca that wasn’t commonly heard in the area otherwise. At the time they were a trio, and one of the pioneering groups of synthesizer music in the world. Borden’s group was formed in 1969, and to commemorate their 50th anniversary he will be leading two concerts in November with the other current members of the group. Borden, now 80 years old, still plays the synthesizer, as do the other members of the group, who range in age from 40 years old to his age, Borden said. The two shows are being held at Barnes Hall on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Johnson Museum, both of which are on Cornell’s campus. The band’s origins are humble enough, as Borden tells it. He was composer-in-residence
at the Ithaca City School District in 1967 when someone told him about Moog’s studio. With his interest piqued, Borden headed there to learn about the innovative instrument from Moog—though without much luck at first. “I didn’t understand a word of it, although I’ve got a very extensive music education,” Borden said. “So I stayed there for months, and finally I figured it out. He’d let me come in every night, he gave me a key, and that’s how I learned the Moog synthesizer. It took a long time.” Moog first introduced his voltage-controlled synthesizer in 1964. The instrument, and its technology, was slow to catch on, and even Moog’s own website’s retelling says that those who used it in the early days were likely unaware of how powerful the machine was and the impact it was destined to make on music.There was a separate celebration, for the 50th anniversary of the instrument itself, in October 2014 at the Audio Engineering Society’s convention in New York. Borden is a classically trained pianist who has been playing music since he was five years old. The pieces that Mother Mallard will be performing at the two concerts are pulled from the Continuing Story of Counterpoint, Borden’s own series of compositions. The event’s page calls the Continuing Story of Counterpoint a “minimalist masterpiece” by Borden. They’ll be playing on original Moog synthesizers from different eras of the company. “This is not new technology, this is old technology,” Borden said. “We’re playing vintage, analog instruments. And we usually don’t. [...] What we’re playing are not well developed, they’re very early versions.”
David Borden, the founder of Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, started the group 50 years ago. (Photo provided)
For Borden, reverting back to the old instruments isn’t a particularly hard transition to make, since he has grown up playing all kinds of synthesizers over the decades. They are, however, basically “a different world,” comparing the ones Mother Mallard will play on for these concerts and the ones commonly used in synthesizer practice today. He said it can be challenging for the dozen or so other people in the group who are less accustomed to the older versions of the instrument to translate their skills. All the musicians in the group also have classical training. After all these years, though, Borden isn’t experiencing any additional anxiety associated with the significance of the events. “I don’t know what to expect, I’ve heard from some people out of state but the venues are small,” Borden said. “I’m just nervous about playing well.”
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“Sister Act” remains lightly entertaining at IC By Barbara Ad am s
very once in a while you want to kick back and enjoy a big, flamboyant musical that offers spectacle, song, and simple, unabashed entertainment. That’s what “Sister Act” delivers –– not the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie but the stage musical based on it: A tarty nightclub singer in Philadelphia who witnesses a murder is hidden for her protection in a convent, where she blasts open the nuns’ staid routine. Deloris Van Cartier (her aspirational stage name) resists the sober Catholic discipline but ultimately discovers the value of sisterly bonds. That easy moral is but the cherry atop the confection of “Sister Act,” which juxtaposes the sleazy world of gangsters and gals against the sequestered life of nuns and their priest, whose church, with its dwindling congregation, is up for sale. Reluctantly donning the habit, Deloris changes all that as she takes over the convent choir, infusing rock and rhythm –– and drawing mass audiences, eventually
even the pope. Premiering in 2006 and moving to London in 2009, “Sister Act” the musical reached Broadway in 2011. A passel of theatre artists had a hand in its creation: Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Newsies”) wrote the music; Glenn Slater the lyrics; Cherie Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner the book; with Douglas Carter Beane adding to the book. Ithaca College’s current mainstage production –– ably directed by Courtney Young and cleverly choreographed by Aimee Rials –– catches this musical’s retro sensibility: both that romanticized image of chaste nuns in black and white habits and those wacky dance moves from the ’60s (like the frug and the swim). And the second act’s opening number, “Sunday Morning Fever,” is a nod to the ’70s you-
know-what. Christopher Zemliauskas’s orchestra effectively plays the upbeat, sometimes Motown- inflected music. But sound levels too often drown the lyrics; perhaps the Hoerner’s first six rows should be closed off to patrons. Three seniors comprise the show’s strong design team: Shifting between a broken-brick neighborhood club and a pillared stone church and cloister, Michael Hayes provides an apt, spacious setting, well lit by Indigo Garcia. Aria Sardella’s costumes are textured for the lowlife guys, pristine for the nuns, and wondrously dazzling for the priest. All’s set to show off a nicely individualized cast of 16. (With so many local theaters limited to small casts, it’s a pleasure that the college stage can feature so many performers.) This talented ensemble is headed by Courtney C. Long, as Deloris, who wants nothing more than to make it as a singer. Expressive and dynamic, Long has a commanding voice (though her articulation in the loud numbers needs work). Her Deloris is a deliciously raucous presence in the muted convent, where she finds herself at continual odds with the Mother Supe-
rior –– Madison Alexander, an Audrey Hepburn-nun lookalike with a superbly sweet, clear voice and a will of steel. The sisters Deloris is turning from screech to song have distinct personalities, all amusing, from the fuming Sister Mary Lazarus (Sushma Saha) to the timid postulant, Sister Mary Robert (an excellent Nicole Morris). These veiled women blossoming, nay bursting, under Deloris’ tutelage include Sally Shaw, Amanda Xander, and Megan Lynn Schmidt. Rhys Kauffman, the monsignor trying to save his church, is hilarious when he gets religion –– the religion of music, that is –– spreading his robes and waving the collection plate like a tripping hippie. Deloris’s gangster beau, Curtis, is ruthlessly played by Ali Louis Bourzgui; his inept henchmen are a delightful (and nimble) comic trio: Jeremy J. Noel, Chachi Delgado, and Caleb Robbins. Their dance numbers are among the show’s funniest, most sparkling moments. Eddie, the semiinept cop determined to lock them all up (and win Deloris’s heart) is charmingly played by Usman Ali Ishaq, complete with romantic yearning and surprising splits. The disco delirium of the final papal performance waxes a bit too gaudy and show’s inherent narrative clichés must be overlooked. But ultimately “Sister Act” is a high-spirited, entertaining romp; Young and Rials know how to feature their performers handsomely.
Hoerner Theatre “Sister Act,” directed by Courtney Young and choreographed by Aimee Rials. At Ithaca College’s Hoerner Theatre through Nov. 9. Tickets.ithaca.edu or 607-2743224.
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Local author publishes new novel Poet Peter Fortunato delves into the world of fiction By S ara Be l che r
thaca author and poet Peter Fortunato’s debut novel Carnevale portrays itself as a story unravelling the mysteries of main character Guido Diamante (Guy, to everyone outside of his large, Italian family) and his life leading up to the death of his mentor and eventual close friend, Leo. What Carnevale delivers, though, is a story of a man grappling with his shame over sex and the sexuality that comes with being an artist while raised as a devout Catholic. Coming-of-age is a better description for this novel instead of the tale of the relationship between artist and apprentice, as the story of his relationship with Leo is frequently pushed to the backburner while he deals with these more immediate issues. Guy is an artist, and he knows he wants
to be one from an early age. Despite his parents owning a Villa resort and their constant hopes that he will one day relieve them of it, they’re very supportive of his artistic pursuits. It takes half of the lengthy novel before we get there, but Guy’s parents eventually allow the local artist Leo to mentor him. Leo starts his mentoring by teaching Guy to be a model—a nude model specifically. But Guy is afraid of sex, thanks to his intense Christian upbringing. Nudity and sexuality make him uncomfortable both with himself and with others, but Leo’s mentoring is what forces him to begin to
find comfort in it. This is the recurring theme that seems to take center stage throughout the novel; we watch as Guy punishes himself for thinking of women— even some in his own family—in any sexual capacity. He refuses to grant himself any sexual gratification until the book jumps to his adulthood, when he seems to have come to terms with it, despite the conflicts he spent the first half of the novel battling. This theme begins to come full circle while Guy gripes to a therapist about Gwendolyn, the woman he was forced to model alongside and who is the first woman he was forced to look at in a non-sexual way. Their brief affair leaves him hurt in a sort of bridge between his shame around sex and his learning how to be comfortable in sexualtiy and its relation to his desired career as an artist. The novel also features recurring references to Tarot cards, ouija boards—oh, and Guy and his cousin, Tina, are ap-
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parently both psychic. All of these, while not impossible to coexist in a strictly Christian-centered family, don’t add much depth to Guy’s family dynamic, but seem to make it a little less believable. These references are sprinkled too infrequently to hold much significance and can sometimes be confusing to put into context. Carnevale boasts a lot of themes to cover, but it sometimes feels as though they’re being forced together at points. If anything, this is a novel more about finding comfort in sex and your sexuality despite religion than it is about Guy’s relationship with Leo and the art world. The strength of family is also an important factor to Guy and his story, and as we watch his once-strong family system begin to fall apart, so continue the crumbling of the ideals he feels so much shame over. This is the real strength to Fortunato’s novel, offering a family relationship to ground the main character, one that ebbs and flows in the ways family sometimes does. Religion, family, and relationships are the basis of this story; while there’s an attempt to add more depth to it, there are too many moving parts that seem to overcrowd the more consistent conversations happening in this book. Guy provides a very honest, personal insight into the shame that can follow coming into your sexuality as a young adult. He is frank, and at times uncomfortable—just like those topics can be growing up. But Guy’s story provides a talking point to continue this ever-evolving conversation.
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Looking to the Past
Domenica Brockman’s revitalization continues By Ar thur W hit m an
eaching back to her earlier sensibilities and training, Trumansburg painter Domenica Brockman has reinvented herself in the past few years: moving from moody landscapist to an inventive constructor of chic but astringent geometric abstractions. Working primarily in encaustic (wax paint), with strategic use of acrylic and occasional metal leaf, she fills out modular configurations of plywood panels. Her new style combines hard-edge geometry and seemingly casual compositions—reminiscent of Ellsworth Kelly and Matisse’s late “cut out” aesthetic—with a pleasingly warm painterly facture. Playing off areas of bare wood, she alternates between constrained color and fashioninspired multi-chrome brightness, setting up ambiguously rhythmic sequences of positive and negative space. Brockman is a former student of late Cornell art professor and abstractionist Eleanore Mikus. In her best-known work, Mikus combined austere all-white gridded structures with subtle painterliness and an inventive approach to materials. Brockman’s new work echoes her legacy while incorporating a lighter, more playful sensibility. She is also the co-owner of Petrune, a vintage boutique on the Commons. An adaptable two-room space on the second floor of their historic building has served, in recent years, as an on-again-off-again exhibitions space—most memorably as the
much missed eye Gallery, under the inspired direction of Julie Simmons-Lynch. It’s a beautiful, airy space and one hopes to see more art shows there in years to come. Her “Recent Abstract Paintings,” at Petrune Gallery through Nov. 23, features the bulk of her major pieces from the past couple of years. Somewhat informal in nature and featuring previously exhibited works, it nevertheless serves as a welcome summary as well as offering hints of what may be to come. Some of Brockman’s most assured pieces here use black, white, or a single color against the neutral wood backdrop. Using a kind of collage aesthetic, she plays off areas of brushy dynamism with more flatly painted areas. Slyly nodding towards the economic absurdity of local art, “Cha Ching” presents a fragmented dollar sign in dark blue, silhouetted against a white ground. In a similar vein, “Golden Tree of Life,” presents rich yellow arcs and blocks in a metaphorical evocation of plant-life. Eschewing directional brushwork in favor of a rough but static texture, “Imaginary Construction in Blue and White” has a more angular, architectural build, suggesting Cubist roots. Constructed (an irresistible term in describing Brockman’s current painting) on a three by three grid of square panels, the painting has a sharp, even violent intention. Included in the current exhibition are paintings from her show last January at Ithaca’s CAP ArtSpace, inspired
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variations of silver, while “Altar of the Sun” repeats the composition using gold instead. A group of “experimental” works serve notice of the artist’s willingness to court discrepancy and even failure. “Photo Booth,” featuring an acrylic painted paper collage overlaid on wood, features hot colors and loose shapes, seemingly less premeditated than usual. A group of smaller collages and collage-like works—mainly stacked on tables and on the floor rather than hung— suggest studio One of Brockman’s encaustic pieces from experiments rather the current display. (Photo online) than fully resolved pieces. by a trip to Iceland. (It was reviewed by From the perspective of abstract art as Amber Donofrio for these pages.) Notable a signature twentieth century phenomamongst these are pieces incorporating enon—now perhaps slightly faded, though rich purples alongside black and metalstill vital—Brockman’s art here gives the lics as well as the image of a silhouetted feeling of a satisfying synthesis: filled with volcano spurting gold “lava.” familiar elements given promising new Brockman’s use of representational life. Unabashedly embracing traditions of imagery, while tying her work back to Matisse and even Kelly, is also characteris- design and decoration while maintaining a sophisticated painterly rigor, these pieces tic of her insouciance. She appears willing are accessible and outgoing while offerto deflate the pretensions of abstract painting while maintaining its standards of ing up layers of reserve and ambiguity. In an artistic community that sells itself invention. on “uniqueness” while skipping out on Some of Brockman’s most satisfying historical and technical sophistication, this pieces here play gold or silvery metallics is an important accomplishment. against areas of black, white and/or wood. “Altar of the Moon” evokes the celestial and the bodily alike in repetitions and
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Marc Cohn visits the Hangar “Walking in Memphis” singer talks faith and his still lively career By L oui se Hof f m an Broa ch
arc Cohn is happy to do an interview, he says, but it will have to be quick. “My son wrote an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ which is premiering tonight and we’re having a big celebration,” he noted during a phone call from his New York City apartment Sunday. “People over and everything, but my daughter, she’s in LA, meeting with agents, trying to get support for a movie she wants to make, so she has to miss it.” Singer-songwriter Cohn said his oldest offspring, Max and Emily, continue to be an incredible source of pride for him as they make their own careers in the entertainment industry. He is equally proud of his teen-aged sons, Zachary and Sam who are still students. Cohn also has a lot to say about his own career these days. A rigorous tour promoting his new album, “Work to Do,” recorded live with the gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama is keeping him busy. He will perform Saturday evening Nov. 9 at
the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. Oddly enough, his relationship with the legendary Blind Boys - whose roots go back to 1939 - is what’s helping to keep Cohn on the contemporary music scene. But considering how his depth of passion for gospel and blues inspired his best-known song, “Walking in Memphis,” Cohn’s collaboration with The Blind Boys’ founding members Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter is really not so strange. Cohn contributed three tracks to the octogenarians’ 2017 Grammy-nominated album “Almost Home,” for best Roots Performance. He brought the band called “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone on tour with him for the past few years, recording the concerts for fodder for “Work to Do.” Except for the traditional “Walking to Jerusalem,” and “Amazing Grace,” Cohn either wrote or co-wrote all of the album’s songs, including inspired new arrangements for his classics “Walking in Memphis” and “Silver Thunderbird.” The new songs include the soulful
“Listening to Levon,” a tribute to his friend and mentor the late Levon Helm who died in 2012 and at whose funeral Cohn sang. The title song, “Work to Do,” he wrote with the humbleness and spirituality of the Blind Boys in mind, especially their reverence for serving a higher power. He unearthed some of his early material, including “Baby King,” a song he said he hardly ever performed before the Blind Boys tour, and updated it. The song, he said, could be interpreted either as a tribute to Jesus, or “about a new child coming into a couple’s house, which is how I wrote it.” Cohn’s been writing for himself and others recently.In 2017, Cohn worked with William Bell on his Grammy Awardwinning album “This is Where I Live.” He co-wrote several tracks on the album, including the opener, “The Three Of Me.” Cohn also collaborated with the Blind Boys on their Grammy-nominated song “Let My Mother Live.” In 2016, Cohn co-wrote a song with David Crosby, “Paint You a Picture,” which was on Crosby’s “Lighthouse” album. Crosby, a friend since the “Walking in Memphis” days, has called Cohn one of the best songwriters of his generation because Crosby said Cohn writes from the heart in a genuine voice. “I think Marc is right there with people like Shawn Colvin,” Crosby said in an interview earlier this year. Crosby told him he had to get back out on the road and get back to work after Cohn was shot in the head in 2005 during
an aborted carjacking in Denver. Miraculously, Cohn was not seriously injured but he suffered from PTSD. As it had been throughout his life, writing became a place of peace and solace. “I hope this doesn’t say something about my life, but the constants are things that are traumatic,” he said about writing. “It’s emotional, the floodgates open, it puts me in a vulnerable state. But it’s cathartic and it’s comforting to know what your job is. The only thing scarier for me than writing is not writing.” Cohn’s big break came in 1989, when he played piano on Tracy Chapman’s second album and an Atlantic Records executive heard one of his demos. They offered him a contract, which lead to the success in 1991 of “Walking in Memphis,” an autobiographical song about a trip to the city known as The Home of the Blues. The following year, Cohn met Bonnie Raitt through mutual music friends and she asked him to join her tour that took them to Australia and then to New Zealand to open for Bob Dylan. Raitt and Cohn remained close friends, and in 2012 and 2013, Cohn opened shows on Raitt’s concert tours, alternating with Mavis Staples. Now, at 60, it’s clear there could have been no other career path that would have satisfied him. He continues to write and he’s looking at material for his next album that he hopes to have out by the end of next year. “I’m touring, so I’m doing just a little bit of writing,” he said.
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Stan Stewart | 2:00 PM, | Drifters on Owasco, Moravia
Salsa at The Range | 7:00 PM, | The Range, Ithaca | $ $5 before 10pm, $7 after
Pelotones | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken
Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale
Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca
Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale
Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $20/$25
After Six | 10:00 PM, | Agava Restaurant, Ithaca
Eric Harvey & Friends / River Diver EP Release Show | 7:00 PM, | Argos Warehouse Lounge & Event Space, Ithaca
Brews and Brats Open Mic | 6:30 PM, | Brews and Brats at Autumn View, Trumansburg
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University, Ithaca | Over two concerts the fabled synthesizer group performs pieces from founder David Borden’s The Continuing Story of Counterpoint on vintage instruments that include original Moogs.
Book of J - LA Archivera | 8:00 PM, 11/11 Monday | Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Explore treasures of Sephardic Jewish music culture. Featuring midcentury Los Angeles and 20th-Century Jewish Ottoman music traditions.
Cornell Glee Club Fall Concert | 7:30 PM, 11/9 Saturday | Sage Chapel, Cornell, Ithaca | One of America’s most highly regarded lower-voice choirs celebrates their 151st season with a free concert in Sage Chapel. Free advance tickets available at cornelltickets.com
Midday Music for Organ: Matthew Hall | 12:30 PM, 11/13 Wednesday | Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca | The Art of Coloration: Music of Paumann, Hofhaimer, and Schlick, with new transcriptions by Hall.
Gina Chavez | 8:00 PM, 11/9 Saturday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Bilingual songwriter, 12-time Austin Music Award winner and 2019 Female Vocalist of the Year. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing Cumbia, rumba, and soul take audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music. Marc Cohn | 8:00 PM, 11/9 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Grammy-winning “Walking in Memphis” singer-songwriter | $40/$45 Ensemble X: Minimalist Masterpieces | 3:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Ensemble X: Featuring two minimalist masterpieces, Steve Reich’s Proverb and John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction. Percussionist Mike Truesdell, a faculty member at Ithaca College, will play Temazcal by Javier Alvarez. Lakeside Performing Arts Series presents The Carol Bryant Quartet | 4:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | St. James Episcopal Church, 96 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles | This group’s songlist tells great stories while touching hearts and pleasing our ears with a variety of musical stylings: Folk, Jazz, and Country. The band will donate proceeds to help local guitar phenom Loren Barrigar through a tough injury to his playing hand. Come on by! Children 18 and under attend for free. | $10 suggested donation
Mother Mallard’s 50th Anniversary: Part 2 | 7:00 PM, 11/15 Friday | Cornell, Ithaca, NY | The fabled synthesizer group performs pieces from founder David Borden’s The Continuing Story of Counterpoint on vintage instruments that include original Moogs. | http://music.cornell.edu Nate Gross Live at the Earlville Opera House | 7:00 PM, 11/15 Friday | 18 East Main Street, Earlville, NY | The Blues, Jazz, Traditional Country, R&B, Americana. All these elements make up the musical landscape of the 20th century, but seem to be lost until now. Nate Gross fuses these styles together like a cross country trip down Route 66. | http://www.earlvilleoperahouse. com Experiencing Clara Schumann’s Musical Environments | 8:00 PM, 11/16 Saturday | Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY | Guests and Cornell students and faculty perform works in honor of Clara Schumann’s bicentennial, including Lieder Op. 13, 4 flüchtige Stücke, Op. 15, Romances Op. 11 and Op. 21, Souvenir de Vienne, Op. 9, Liszt-C. Schumann song transcriptions, and Brahms’ Violin Sonata Op. 78. |
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There for You: A New Musical by Madeleine Gray ‘20 | 7:30 PM, 11/7 Thursday; 5:00 PM 11/8 Friday; 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, 11/9 Saturday;| Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca | A new musical that follows Anne, recently single, recently pregnant, and recently off her medication. Alone in the world, she forms a friendship with Katie, a young nurse in a polygamous relationship. The two navigate the difficulties of personal relationships, mental illness, and trauma in this intimate story. | 7 Poetry Open Mic | 6:00 PM, 11/8 Friday | CSMA, 330 E State St, Ithaca | Ithaca Area Poets presents a poetry open mic, on the second Friday of the month. New venue, and new MCs. Come read or listen.
Peter Pan | 2:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland | PETER PAN: For the kids!Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 PM. Performed by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. An audience participation performance for kids! Join the Darling children as they fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan, where he battles his arch enemy, the villainous Captain Hook. This ageless story of love and bravery! General Admission: $7.00 per person. | $7.00 per person Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake | 7:30 PM, 11/13 Wednesday | The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse | | $29 and up Comedian Nick DiPaolo | 7:30 PM, 11/15 Friday | 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland, NY | COMEDIAN NICK DiPAOLO: Friday, November 15 at 7:30 PM. With this “mature audiences” standup comedy, Nick returns to Cortland for another night of sharp tongued, right-leaning humor. While many comedians lean liberal, Nick leans the other way and he’s not afraid to call it as he sees it. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. |
The Next Storm | 7:30 PM, 11/15 Friday & 11/16 Saturday | 430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY | It is the year 2030 and half of Ithaca is under water. The future is at stake as the ravages of climate change erode this community’s way of life, leaving a city overwhelmed and begging the questions, who decides & who survives? The Next Storm is a community-based play by Civic Ensemble, Cornell Performing & Media Arts - PMA, and playwright Thomas Dunn. The Jersey Tenors, Part 2: Make America Macho Again | 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM 11/16 Saturday | 24 Port Watson St., Cortland, NY | Second show at 7:30 PM. The boys are back in town with a new musical tribute to movie “tough guys”! Featuring music from The Godfather, Rocky, Saturday Night Fever, Top Gun and others, they also add tuners from Jersey heavy hitters like Sinatra and Springsteen.
Art Artist Alley Open Studios | 5:00 PM, 11/7 Thursday | South Hill Business Park, 950 Danby Rd, Ithaca | Art-
Jojo Rabbit* | A young member of Hitler Youth finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.| 108 mins PG-13 Harriet | The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.| 125 mins PG-13 Parasite | All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes a peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.|132 mins R
19th century storytelling art form. A long illustrated scroll is wound onto two spools that are loaded into a box with a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told, accompanied by shadow puppets, music or song. Lilypad collaborates with musicians, storytellers, actors and visual artists to create 7 original crankies every year! | $10 - $25
Week of Friday, November 8 through Thursday, November 14, 2019. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first*.
ist Alley Entrance is off the lower lot at the red doors. Up to 40+ studios! New Members Show| 12:00 PM, 11/8 Friday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 W Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca | Four new members of State of the Art Gallery: Ed Brothers, Don Ellis, Patricia Hunsinger and Alicia Sangiuliano, will share the main gallery during November. On exhibit will be paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and a mobile. Thru Dec 1. Exhibit Opening: “The Strangeness of Structure” | 4:30 PM, 11/8 Friday | Wells College, 170 Main St, Aurora | Features the work of New York-based artists Siobhan McBride, Laini Nemett, Anna Ortiz, Kate Stone and Virginia Wagner. The work in this exhibition cites imagery of built and variously collapsing structures, illuminating a fundamental concern for the ways built and constructed systems are shifting, perhaps to our collective detriment.
The Lighthouse | The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. | 109 mins R Fantastic Fungi | A revelatory time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.|81 mins NR Downton Abbey | The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. |122 mins PG Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. Manta Ray | 11/6, 8:15 PM | Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. Paris is Burning |11/7, 7:00 PM; 11/9, 9:45 PM | A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and
There Will Be Blood |11/7, 8:45 PM | A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-ofthe-century prospector in the early days of the business. Metropolis| 11/8, 7:00 PM; | *w/ live accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra. In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. NYICFF Kid Flicks | 11/9, 2:00 PM | 12 short films originating from nine different countries. Presented in partnership w/ NY International Children’s Film Festival.. Gallery of Monsters | 11/9, 7:00 PM | *w/ live accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra. The life of the clown Riquet and his young wife, the dancer Ralda, is threatened by the despotic owner of the circus where they work together. Shoah: Four Sisters | 11/10, 4:30 PM | Four interviews done in the 1970s with women who survived the Holocaust. Killer of Sheep | 11/12, 7:00 PM | Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support. Taste of Cement | 11/13, 7:00 PM | A poetic, observational film about exiled Syrian construction workers who spend their days building skyscrapers in Beirut and their evenings confined to dismal barracks where they watch scenes of bombing and destruction back home. Regal Ithaca Wednesday 11/6 through Tuesday, 11/12. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first*. Doctor Sleep* | Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True
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The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry Street, Ithaca | A variety show for adults with live music, puppetry and absurd theatrics. A Crankie is a 19th century storytelling art form. A long illustrated scroll is wound onto two spools that are loaded into a box with a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told, accompanied by shadow puppets, music or song. (photo: provided)
The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave., Ithaca | A really great live band. Formed at Boston College in 2013, Juice consists of seven members with distinct styles and influences. Hip-hop, R&B, rock - it’s all here. Sounds like an amazing kick-off to the weekend. (photo: provided)
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Western Stars | Live concert performance of Bruce Springsteen singing songs from his album ‘Western Stars’. | 83 mins PG Maleficent: Mistress of Evil | Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. | 118 mins PG Zombieland: Double Tap | Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. | 99 mins R Joker | 122 mins R The Addams Family | 87 mins PG
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Score: 89 Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.| 151 mins R Playing with Fire* | A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids.| 96 mins PG Midway* | The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.| 138 mins PG-13 Terminator: Dark Fate | Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.| 128 mins R
The Current War | The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.| 107 mins PG-13 Countdown | When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to
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Special Events LOON WATCH Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip | 6:30 AM, 11/10 Sunday | Taughannock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Blvd,, Trumansburg | Join us for all or part of this period to observe this secret wonder where potentially hundreds, even thousands, of loons fly south for the winter. There is also the possibility of seeing waterfowl such as scoters and Long-tailed Ducks on the lake. The watch happens at the northernmost point east of the creek; if driving from Ithaca, take the first right before the stone bridge, pass the (closed) ticket booth and keep left to the parking lot. Dress very warmly as standing on the lake with north breeze can be very cold. Lantern Festival | 6:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St. , Ithaca | Sponsored water lanterns will be launched to remember those who we have lost or are currently lost to addiction, mental health, suicide and homelessness. All
proceeds go towards restoring hope to the hopeless through the work at Second Wind Cottages. The Passion of Joan of Arc: Silent Film with Improvised Music | 7:00 PM, 11/15 Friday | 109 Oak Ave, Ithaca, NY | The classic 1928 silent film will be screened with improvised music by organist Stephen Kennedy and singers from the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. | http://www.musicatstluke.org Klezmer Music from Early Field Recordings to the Modern Stage: The Magid Chronicles | 7:00 PM, 11/16 Saturday | 402 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY | Learn how music was collected in the 1920s and comes alive now 100 years later. The Veretski Pass band will be joined by Joel Rubin to discuss and play music from their new album, The Magid Chronicles. |
Books Visiting Writers Series: Philip Memmer | 12:30 PM & 6:30 PM, 11/7 Thursday | Wells College, 170 Main St, Aurora | Philip Memmer is the author of five books of poems, most recently ‘Pantheon.’
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Bilingual Storytime for Families and Children of All Ages | 11:30 AM, 11/7 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Both Chinese-speaking and nonChinese speaking families and friends are invited to gather and share songs, rhymes, and stories in Mandarin and English at this special storytime series. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to attend. (off 11/28) Craft & Chat | 6:00 PM, 11/7 Thursday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | For ages 12+. Meet monthly for a new craft or art project. Please register.
Reading poems and translations | 4:30 PM, 11/10 Sunday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca | J. Kates reading his own poems and translations of the Kazakhstani poet Aigerim Tazhi.
Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 11/8 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |
Kids Tween Coding Club | 4:45 PM, 11/6 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At these meetings, tweens ages 9 to 12 will learn to express themselves through computer programming. Using the Adafruit Circuit Playground
Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | The first of two concerts from the fabled synthesizer group. The musicicans will perform pieces from founder David Borden’s The Continuing Story of Counterpoint on vintage instruments that include original Moogs. (photo: provided)
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime Returns to TCPL | 6:00 PM, 11/6 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children and their caregivers are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to this special storytime. After storytime, the stuffed animals will spend the night exploring the Library and having adventures. Children can pick up their stuffed friends and a postcard documenting their late-night escapades the following day.
Chats in the Stacks: Matthew Pritchard on Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region | 4:00 PM, 11/7 Thursday | 160 Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca | Deep lakes, waterfalls, shale, salt deposits, drumlins, and gorges—the unique landscapes of the Finger Lakes captivate locals and tourists alike.
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Express, a small microcontroller with big possibilities, participants will learn the basics of coding and hardware while interacting with the world through light, sound, temperature, and movement. Please register.
Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 11/8 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | A different theme every week!
Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 11/9 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Families Learning Science Together | 1:00 PM, 11/9 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | LEGO Building Program | 3:00 PM, 11/9 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The Library provides building bricks, and all creations are displayed at the Library for one week.
Kids’ Fall Crafternoon | 2:00 PM, 11/11 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | For kids and their caregivers. An opportunity for kids, families, and caregivers to spend an afternoon experimenting with all kinds of arts and crafts, including sun-catchers and seasonal crafts. Cosplay Couture | 4:00 PM, 11/11 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At these weekly Makerspace drop-in hours, teens ages 13 and up can focus on creating costumes, cosplay, accessories, props, and wearable garments of all types. No registration is required for this weekly drop-in program. Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 11/12 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and fun. There is a different theme each week. Toddler and Preschool Storytime | 11:00 AM, 11/12 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Read with Miss Martha | 3:30 PM, 11/12 Tuesday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Read a book to Miss Martha - She’s all ears! This is a motivational reading program where kids read aloud to a friendly dog, Miss Martha. Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 11/13 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | TCPL Tween Book Club | 3:45 PM, 11/13 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children ages 9 to 12 are welcome to join the Tween Book Club on the second Wednesday of each month. In November, the club will be reading Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar. Please Register and pick up a free copy of this month’s book at the Youth Services Reference Desk.
Notices Ithaca Sociable Singles | 6:00 PM, 11/6 Wednesday | 11/6 -Dinner: Tamarind Thai Restaurant. Host: Hans F., RSVP: hansfleischmann83@gmail. com; 11/13, 6:00 PM Dinner: Taste of
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Sage Chapel, 147 Ho Plaza, Cornell | One of America’s most highly regarded lower-voice choirs celebrates their 151st season with a free concert in Sage Chapel. Free advance tickets available at cornelltickets.com (photo: Facebook)
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Community Fire Ceremony: Bands of Power | 7:00 PM, 11/8 Friday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca | At this fire ceremony we will be gifting the Munay-Ki ‘Bands of Power/ Bands of Protection’ rite. This rite helps keep us safe from the heavy energies of the world. We don’t take on the energies of others, and can feel safe and grounded in our lives.
Health Alzheimer’s Association Support Meeting | 5:30 PM, 11/6 Wednesday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca | Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, 11/7 Thursday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield |
Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM, 11/9 Saturday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Guided bird walks every Saturday and Sunday morning, sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. For more information, go to the club’s website, http://www. cayugabirdclub.org/calendar
Take off Pounds Sensibly | 6:00 PM, 11/7 Thursday | Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Road, Candor | Contact Jean Dewey 659-9969 or jmdewey@ frontiernet.net Sacred Sunday Community at Yoga Farm | 9:00 AM, 11/10 Sunday | Yoga Farm, 404 Conlon Rd, Lansing |
All Saints’ German Fest | 12:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | All Saints Catholic Church, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing | Featuring traditional German foods, like sauerbraten, adult and other beverages, and some family-friendly entertainment. Bakers are invited to compete in a contest for the best apple dessert. | $15 adult meal, $5 Kids Meal, $45 family rate (for 2 adult meals & kids under-12 meals) Soapmaking Workshop | 2:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | The Danby Gathery, 1744 Danby Rd, Danby | Learn how to make 100% natural bar soap using an all vegetable base and the coldprocess method. Please register. | $59 Knitters and Crocheters | 3:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | Varna United Methodist Church, 965 Dryden Rd, Ithaca | Come meet other fiber artists and share skills with one another. INHS: Home Buyer U | 6:30 PM, 11/11 Monday | Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), 115 W Clinton St., Ithaca | Learn the steps to buying a home, get a free copy of your credit report and meet expert housing professionals. INHS offers down payment and closing cost assistance to first-time buyers in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties -- come see if you qualify! Do We Have a Democracy Crisis? (and what should we do about it?) | 6:45 PM, 11/11 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green
Open Meditation | 10:30 AM, 11/10 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca | Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous | 4:00 PM, 11/10 Sunday | Community Recovery Center, 518 W Seneca St, Ithaca | FA is a free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating, or bulimia. foodaddicts. org. Additional meetings held Mondays @ 7pm and Saturdays at 8am.
ALL SAINTS’ GERMAN FEST Sunday, November 10 at 12:00 PM | All Saints Catholic Church, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing | Featuring traditional German foods such as sauerbraten, adult and other beverages, and some family-friendly entertainment. Bakers are invited to compete in a contest for the best apple dessert. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
St, Ithaca | League of Women Voters of Tompkins County Invites you to a special discussion. We will watch a segment of the video Capturing the Flag about the rising voter suppression problem which clearly suggests a democracy crisis. Inhabiting Gardens: A Story Showcase | 7:00 PM, 11/11 Monday | Cornell Botanic Gardens, 1 Plantations Rd, Ithaca | Join us for a special program of creative works – presented over two evenings – by students in Cornell’s Freshman Writing Seminar. Cayuga Bird Club Meeting | 7:30 PM, 11/11 Monday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca | This month’s speaker
will be Christina Hoh, DEC Biologist, presenting: Monitoring Winter Raptors. Meetings are free and open to the public and anyone interested in birds is invited to attend.
performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Registration is required for this workshop open to people ages 14 and up.
Free Adult Tutoring Services | 10:00 AM, 11/12 Tuesday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Learn reading, writing, math and job-related skills. Drop-ins welcome. Teachers provided by the Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County.
Car Pride of Ithaca Open Club Meet | 5:00 PM, 11/12 Tuesday | Ithaca Wal-Mart parking lot, Memorial fairgrounds parkway, Ithaca | Domestic, import, old, new, cars, trucks, r.v.s, & more. CAR PRIDE is an open club that is free to join.
Protest Banner Making Workshop | 4:00 PM, 11/12 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The protest banner making workshop will be led by Aram Han Sifuentes, a fiber, social practice, and
French Conversation and Tutoring Sessions | 6:00 PM, 11/12 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Opportunities for those in the process of learning French to attend conversation and tutoring
groups. The conversation circle and tutoring group will meet on alternating weeks. Queer Craft Club | 7:00 PM, 11/12 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | LGBTQIAP+ adults will meet on the second Tuesday of the month to do arts and crafts and socialize. A simple craft will be provided each time but participants are also encouraged to bring their works-in-progress to share. Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 11/13 Wednesday | McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor | Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s
Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting | 7:00 PM, 11/11 Monday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, 11/12 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Ithaca Bipolar Support Group Meeting | 7:00 PM, 11/12 Tuesday | Lifelong, 119 West Court St., Ithaca | The group is peer-run without supervision by any medical expert. We share knowledge and experience in an attempt to help each other deal with the issues of bipolar disorder including medications, life management, therapy and anything else that might help us to live more successfully.
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Argos Warehouse Lounge & Event Space | Finish up the weekend with a bang, not a whimper at this rock show. River Diver is a new formation of local musicians you know from many different musical iterations, McClure, Ploss, Roeland, & Nelson. Eric Harvey (pictured) is an American musician and songwriter, perhaps best known nationally as a member of Spoon. He will be joined by more terrific local talents, Stark, Dozoretz, Saccuccimorano, & Shegogue, to open the show. (photo: IMDb.com)
Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, Cohn weaves vivid, detailed, often drawnfrom-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak. (photo: provided)
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