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he body of missing Cornell University student Antonio Tsialas was recovered from Fall Creek, near Ithaca Falls on Oct. 26. Cornell University Police say Tsialas’ death is under investigation, though, foul play is not suspected. State Police assisted Cornell University Police officers in trying to locate the 18-year-old freshman on Oct. 26, since he’d not been seen or heard from since the evening of Oct. 24. He was seen leaving an event at Phi Kappa Psi (120 Mary Ann Wood Drive) at 9:30 p.m. He was reported missing after failing to meet a family member on Oct. 25. More information regarding the circumstances surrounding his death wasn’t available at press time. Cornell University Vice President of Student Life Ryan Lombardi sent a statement to students regarding Tsialas’ death. “I am deeply saddened to report that after an extensive search, law enforcement officials report that they have recovered the body of Cornell student Antonio Tsialas, who was reported missing by his parents Friday afternoon,” the statement said. “Antonio was last seen late on Thursday evening. His body was recovered this evening inside the Fall Creek gorge. A full investigation of the circumstances of his death is underway; no foul play is suspected. Antonio was an undeclared first-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences from Miami, FL.” Lombardi further said that students could seek support services from Counseling and Psychological Services by calling (607) 255-5155, or speak with a peer counselor by calling (607) 255-3277.
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ON T HE WE B More changes could be coming downtown, with another development in the works for the Green Street Garage. (Photo by Casey Martin)
More density development proposed for the Commons
uring the City of Ithaca Planning Board’s October meeting, new plans came forward for yet another potential development that would bring a significant amount more housing to the Green Street Garage site that is already approved for hundreds of units. Architect Scott Whitham of Whitham Planning and Design gave the presentation on the proposed development above the Rothschild Building at 215 E. State Street on the Commons. He is working with Ithaca Properties developer Jeffrey Rimland on the project. As currently designed, the project
would add 13 stories, or 137 feet, of additional housing above the existing two floors at that location on the east end of the commons. The new development would be built over the eastern-most portion of the Green Street Garage, which is owned by Rimland. This project would be separate from the other Green Street Garage redevelopment plans, which are widely known at this point: Asteri Ithaca, around 200 units of affordable housing and thousands of feet of commercial space that has been approved to move forward, though its unknown if those
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▶▶ Metallic Sound: The Metallic Onslaught, a long-running metal show that dates back to at least 1985, is bringing several metal groups to The Haunt for a two-day event. This event kicks off on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. and continues Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. as well. Tickets are $10 with doors opening at 5 p.m. for both sets of performances.
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plans will include a conference center or not. Whitham sees this as an opportunity to continue to bookend the Commons, with the Rothschild Building being a suitable space for a building with increased massing. The new building could make for a more extensive downtown core in Ithaca, which is already experiencing a revolution through widespread development. “With the other things happening on Green Street, we, of course, are involved in Asteri, [and] there’s a real opportunity with the new Harold’s Square working toward its completion,” Whitham said. “There could be a real urban ensemble
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▶▶ Homeplace: The Tompkins County Public Library will be holding a creative-writing workshop hosted by former Tompkins County poet laureate Zee Zahava on Nov. 4th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. People are invited to come and write about what they consider to be their homeplace and continue the story from
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there. This workshop offers a safe, supportive, and stimulating writing space for beginners and experienced writers. Participants will be considering the memories they associate the place(s) they grew up in. Enrollment is limited to 11 participants. To learn more contact Teresa Vadakin at email@example.com or at (607)2724557
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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR – WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO SPOOKY MOVIE?
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TCAD to push affordable housing, workforce help in 2020
he Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) agency presented their draft work plan to its first county body last week, debuting the plan to the Housing and Economic Development Committee. The annual presentation provides a snapshot of what TCAD wants to prioritize during the next calendar year among their overall goals of fostering business and workforce growth throughout the county. Heather McDaniel enters her second year leading the agency, having taken over for longtime president Michael Stamm in 2018. The presentation’s most salient content dealt with the agency’s priority items for 2020. First, it highlighted the direct services that TCAD provides as part of its programming, including the revolving loan fund for businesses that are rapidly growing, as well as foreign trade zones. Perhaps predictably, economic development leadership does appear to be where most of TCAD’s attention is going to go in the next year, or at least where their
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efforts appear to intersect the most with those of other entities in the City of Ithaca and elsewhere in Tompkins County. The presentation listed affordable housing incentive policies as one of the priorities, which could mean the continuation of affordable housing requirements as tenets of housing incentives. The City of Ithaca enacted something similar with their Community Investment Incentive Tax Abatement Program (CIITAP) when they passed a resolution that stated that 20 percent of a project’s housing units (if it is a rental housing project) had to be aimed at working class renters in order to be considered for a letter of recommendation under CIITAP. That letter can be significant in receiving official approval for a tax abatement from the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency. Additionally, the Business Energy Advisors is listed as another priority, something that could become significantly more relevant in the next few months if the Green Building Policy is fully approved and implemented, as is expected. Considering
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the buses off N. Meadow St. which can develop notoriously bad traffic. The City Harbor development will have buses drive through parking lots and loop around. Currently, buses just drive around the TCAT garage in the area. While these developments will affect one bus line, the growing landscape for development in Ithaca means the effects of large-scale derolling it into the TDP process, we can velopments on TCAT will be fluid for now. ensure community input and we gain the “I would like to be able to simply add outside perspective of a consultant.” service and adjust routes to accommodate developments whose residents or clientele will actively ride transit,” Yarrow said. “However, TCAT has very real constraints in terms of bus fleet, facility size, financial and human resources. So to a large extent, the quesImpending population shifts as the West End is built up have tion becomes: “can motivated TCAT to modify routes. (Photo by Casey Martin) development more effectively support public transit through monetary investment/incentivizaAt this time it is unknown how many tion of residents to use public transportastops will be added to Rte. 13, though, Yarrow believes about four to six stops will tion?” I am working with a group of students from the Cornell Institute for Public be created. However, this could also mean some existing stops are moved or replaced Affairs to look into how other cities in NY entirely. One plan to keep service on the Rte. 13 bus running smoothly is to keep continued on page 7
TCAT route changes as Ithaca’s West End continues to develop ith large scale projects such as Carpenter Business Park and City Harbor on the horizon for Ithaca’s West Side, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) has been working with developers to ensure the residents of such developments have easy access to public transportation. For the riders of the Route 13 bus, things are going to get busier. Since this route will be adding stops once the Carpenter Business Park and City Harbor developments are completed, TCAT will be looking to someone to examine how to accommodate the new stops and new riders, according to Matthew Yarrow, TCAT’s assistant general manager. “TCAT is issuing an RFP to find a consultant that can help us with a decennial route network planning process called the Transportation Development Plan (TDP),” Yarrow said. “The TDP will include public meetings and outreach. Several larger questions that TCAT needs to answer regarding how we will adjust routes and extend service to areas that have good demand for transit will be part of the TDP. This includes the question of how best to serve these waterfront development. By
the energy goals of local municipalities, it seems likely the BEA program will see increased participation, even as it already found 16 interested companies since it launched in 2018, according to TCAD’s last annual report. While it’s not clear exactly what positions would be added, the presentation also stated that it would add “new staff ” for workforce development, which would be “business-facing, collaborative and data driven.” One of the more public-facing propositions will be sector-based roundtables, which will be held as part of the agency’s business retention and expansion efforts. Which sectors will be featured in 2020 isn’t yet known, but tech and real estate are likely a safe bet given their prominence locally, with others sure to follow. Additionally, there are plans to update TCAD’s website and enact a marketing plan on behalf of both TCAD and the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, which is in charge of doling out tax abatements to new developments who apply for them. Further, in terms of economic development leadership, TCAD named energy, housing, air service/transportation and infrastructure as key issue areas that exist as overarching themes of focus from year to year.
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Cornell study finds workplace harassment still prevalent in New York State
recent study published by researchers at Cornell University shows that while workplace sexual harassment
workplace and in what way those instances of harassment would occur. It found some fairly surprising numbers in terms of what people routinely face in the workplace, including that 10.9 percent of New York residents who responded (a sample size of about 800 people statewide) reported having experienced sexual harassment in the form of a quid pro quo offer in the workplace. That includes 13.9 percent of minorities who responded, compared to 8.5 percent of nonHispanic whites, KC Wagner, one of the authors of the report showing the prevalence and 12.2 percent of of workplace harassment in New York State (Photo provided) women versus 9.5 percent of men. Overall, the has been an extremely prominent topic study showed that 21.9 percent of workover the last few years, it still remains a ers have experienced some form of sexual significant problem across New York State. harassment in their workplace, with over The study, titled “Stopping Sexual 31 percent of women reporting so. Nearly Harassment in the Empire State: Past, 40 percent of respondents said the sexual Present, and a Possible Future” was led harassment they experienced impacted by Cornell’s KC Wagner, Sanjay Pinto, their careers. The results also come at an KC Wagner and Zoë West. Through extra interesting time for New York State, which questions attached to the 2018 Empire just finished its first year of mandating State Poll survey, it explored the frequency employers conduct sexual harassment with which adults are still experiencing training for all employees by an October sexual harassment circumstances in the deadline. That law was put into effect as MORE GREEN STREET Contin u ed From Page 3
in the 140 ft. zone. And that zone was put together, three to five years ago, with the intention of what is happening now. This is the realization of planning that has been in the works for quite some time.” As Whitham explains it, the project will be inclusive of the garage level of the building and will be a separate structure from the Rothschild Building. Overall, comments from the planning board were positive, but with some caution. Rob Lewis, chair of the City of Ithaca Planning Board, said he’ll be looking at street-level activation when the building comes back before the planning board. Several other board members said they would be looking at, and pushing on, the project’s sustainability and affordability, according to Lewis. Board member McKenzie Lauren Jones said the board gener-
ally supports massing and scale in this location, is looking for more sophisticated colors, and wants to see this building in context with the new Green Street project. Since the neighboring Asteri Ithaca will be utilizing Home Dairy Alley, its existence will not be threatened by the development going on around it, and it even stands to benefit. Whitham said the new extension of Home Dairy Alley will take it across Green Street to the waterfront and the Six Mile Creek Walk, and would hopefully add more variety to its uses, plus add a bit more to the space between the Green Street Garage and the Rothschild Building/Center Ithaca, which is currently little more than an alleyway. “In terms of connectivity, there’s the one type I’ve mentioned for Asteri which is an outdoor connectivity,” Whitham said. “This has the potential for some indoor connectivity. To rethink how one enters the Rothschild Building from the Com-
the #MeToo movement was in full swing, taking down some powerful celebrities and politicians with it. The closest to home was New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who was accused of abuse by ex-girlfriends and quickly resigned his post. Wagner calls the necessary approach “holistic, multi-dimensional and intersectional,” and one that attacks sexual harassment behaviors early on, at the beginning of their “life cycle.” The latter part can be hopefully attained through education and training, lessons that can start young to undercut the root problems to make sure the attitudes that breed sexual harassment don’t have time to fester. “The magnitude of our findings means we have to move beyond a compliance focus and get at the roots of the problem and advance prevention,” Wagner said. “A critical part of prevention is cultural change, so we’d have to really shift the norm. [...] Going beyond the workplace, to look at different forms of harassment and gender based violence.” She also mentioned the importance of allowing and supporting survivor leadership, encouraging those who have lived through and dealt with their trauma to be involved in the long-term solutions to the problems they were forced to encounter. Emphasized too was the need for working with community organizations that are building a framework to defeat such cultures instead of competing with them. Like other common knowledge now, Wagner discouraged treating instances of sexual harassment in the workplace as the result of a “few bad apples,” but more likely a symptom of larger structural issues that need to be dealt with in order to have a lasting impact on the harassment. “Harassment doesn’t just appear in the workplace overnight,” Wagner said.
UPS&DOWNS Thumbs up - To the writein candidates for Common Council from the Sunshine Movement. We’re glad to see some competition being injected into the races for Ithaca’s governing body, even if their outcomes still seem like a fait accompli. Regardless, we’re hoping that there’s an impact on the race, inspiring more people to get involved in future races. Thumbs Down - Remanu Phillips, a popular local musician and former staffer at New Roots Charter School, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor last week. New Roots has been quick to clarify that the charges do not involve a student and did not happen on school grounds. Regardless, it’s undeniably unnerving when you hear about these situations. Seen - Ithaca College and SUNY-Cortland are hurdling towards a stellar matchup at the end of the season in the Meadowlands. Both teams remain undefeated and are dominating opponents. It looks like whoever made the investment to buy tickets and plan travel is going to see one of the best Cortaca games in recent memory.
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mons and gets to, for instance, Center Ithaca. Right now it’s a little dismal, frankly, it’s a little dim and a little unactivated.” After spending years working with numerous development and planning organizations in the city of Ithaca, Whitham is glad to see the Commons and Green Street evolving as commercial and walkable city cores. “There are many communities across the country that don’t have the same level of engagement and they suffer from it,” Whitham said. “I think the fact that people care deeply about our built environment is a tremendously positive fact. There will be a public aesthetic conversation, no doubt. We all want to get the best architecture as we can out of these projects and the same sense of well-planned urbanity out of these projects. We look forward to the public conversation on these.”
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Senator Tom O’Mara: Doing Well While Doing Little
Heretical History of Ithaca By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r
By A n n Su l l i va n, Tom pk i n s C ou n t y P ro gr e s si v e s When actually forced to vote on progresespite the stories of self-dealing sive social issues like Marriage Equality, coming out of Washington, I still Senator O’Mara was a firm no. “Like respect the dedication and hard most people,” Senator O’Mara told one work the majority of our elected journalist in 2011, “I imagine officials display. But Tom my views on abortion and O’Mara (NY Senate gay marriage grow out 58th), the senator who of my upbringing, but represents Enfield, to be honest that’s not Ithaca, Newfield and what drives me in Ulysses, is cut from politics. I’m far more a different cloth. concerned about In his nine years fiscal and economic in the Senate, Mr. matters.” O’Mara has done Senator O’Mara’s little to benefit those commitment to fiscal of us who live in the and economic matters Southern Tier. His truly hits close to home. real accomplishment is While raking in a $79,500 personal enrichment at the salary for a “part-time” job as expense of the taxpayers. our Senator, Mr. O’Mara leveraged Until last November’s election his position to make valuable connecended Republican control of the NY tions. Barclay Damon (now Hiscock State Senate, the Senator stood against Barclay), a powerful New York State law basic protections like the Child Victims Act, election reform and a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. continued on page 7
e all know that History is written by the victors, and history books tend to contain what the political and economic elites want you to know. But being neither a political nor an economic elite, I’m happy to flesh out a few of the details about Ithaca’s backstory that might have been missing up to now... 1779 – At the direction of General George Washington, the Sullivan-Clinton military campaign passes through the region, ridding the area of its inhabitants - the Cayuga Nation. In the lulls between burning villages and destroying food stores, the soldiers are charmed by the beauty of the region. Private Barnabas Cornstarch, standing at what would one day become the intersection of North Cayuga and Cascadilla Streets, and surveying the smoldering ruins of native structures, envisions a day in the distant future where there might be a publick house on that spot where one could choose from a variety of artisanal, sustainably-produced caffeinated beverages in carry-out cups at inflated prices. 1868 – Cornell University opens. While naming the college after himself, founder Ezra Cornell declares, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study,” thereby cementing its reputation for inclusiveness and diversity. The university awards its first bachelor’s degree to an African American student 32 years later. 1903 – The annual typhoid outbreak reaches epidemic proportions, affecting 1400 people and killing 82, far exceeding the number of victims that municipal authorities and the business leaders who own the waterworks can plausibly ignore. The city’s political and economic elite keep a low profile until the whole thing blows over. After a decent interval, the city buys the Ithaca Water Company for full pre-epidemic market value from its owners and it becomes a public utility in 1904. 1925 – A 500-person Ku Klux Klan parade proceeds without incident from Titus Flats (current site of Northside Liquor) down State Street before thousands of onlookers. Under the circumstances, the Ithaca Common Council decides to table the resolution to re-name the street ‘State Street/Martin Luther King, Jr. Street’ to a date 83 years in the future. 1953 – Middle-aged scholar and Cornell professor Vladimir Nabokov raises local eyebrows after being observed repeatedly lurking on city buses and eavesdropping on teenage girls. The
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appearance of creepiness dissipates when he explains that he was merely researching adolescent speech patterns for the novel on which he was working. Lolita, his novel about a middle-aged scholar who is obsessed with young girls, is completed the next year. 1959 – Sixty years after the first automobile rolls into Ithaca, the Black Diamond passenger train makes its last run from Ithaca to Penn Station in New York City. No longer will travelers have to suffer the indignities inherent in full-service dining cars and plush velvet chairs on observation platforms. The railroads are finally discarded for the peerless luxury of the greyhound bus and the freedom of fighting traffic in your own personal vehicle. Satisfied chuckles are heard in the boardrooms of General Motors, Standard Oil and Goodyear. 1995 – The grassroots citizens group Stop Wal-Mart stymies Walmart Corporation in its attempt to open a Supercenter in Ithaca, New York. Flush with their David-vs-Goliath victory, the group disbands, secure in the knowledge that a chastened Walmart Corporation has learned its lesson and will know better than to ever try to open a store in Ithaca in the future. 2000 – The first Gimme! Coffee shop opens at the corner of North Cayuga and Cascadilla Streets, offering a variety of artisanal, sustainably-produced caffeinated beverages in carry-out cups at inflated prices. The Cayuga Nation’s federal lawsuit to reclaim local land celebrates its 20th anniversary with a $247 million dollar award, which is reversed in 2005 on the theory that they waited too long to ask for it. 2010 – Tom Reed, a MAGA-hatwearing, impeachment-hearing-bashing, Trump-enabling, fracking-lobby-loving Republican, is elected to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District (including Tompkins County, which last went Republican in a presidential election in 1984). Ithaca voters retaliate the next year by electing Svante Myrick, a young, hip, progressive liberal Democrat. A decade of sporadic name-calling ensues. 2019 – The last vestige of Olde Collegetowne is extinguished with the announcement that Collegetown Bagels and Ruloff’s are to be obliterated in the coming year. “Real estate that juicy just cries out to be squeezed for every last nickel,” explains the Commisar of Redevelpoment at Student Agencies. Ithaca city planners nod in solemn agreement.
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firm and a lobbying force in Albany, bought up the Senator’s small Elmira law practice in 2014. The big firm proudly advertises Sen. O’Mara’s Senate seat on its webpage. O’Mara’s firm also represents as clients some of the same small Southern Tier towns he represents as senator, an ingenious and truly audacious example of double dipping. By January 2017, O’Mara had become a wealthy man by the standards of those of us who live in the Southern Tier. In addition to his $79,500 base salary in Albany, Mr. O’Mara earned another $15,000 as “chair” of the Senate Transportation committee, a position he did not actually hold. Barclay Damon paid him another estimated $150,000, bringing his yearly income up to around $244,000. O’Mara now ranks among the top ten side-job earners in Albany. In January 2019, newly elected Democratic senators swept into Albany and wrested control away from the Senate Republican leadership. Senator O’Mara became Mr. No, voting against a series of reform bills that included election reform. Mr. O’Mara even voted against the law that ended the religious exemption for vaccinations, rejecting science while putting constituents with compromised immune systems in danger. And when his side-job at a lobbying firm and his personal finances were threatened, the Senator sprang into action.
Earlier this year, a State Commission announced that NY Legislators would receive a pay raise that immediately increased salaries to $110,000 and which will top out at $130,000 in 2021. It also limited outside income to 15% of legislative salaries. O’Mara happily took the raise, but, along with a few other legislators, sued to keep his side job. Tapping campaign funds contributions, O’Mara hired pricey legal counsel like Dennis Vacco, a former NY State Attorney General. (It’s worth noting here that 65% of the donations to Mr. O’Mara’s campaigns come from Albany PACs and NYC corporations.) Earlier this month, after valiantly fighting to retain the income cap on side jobs, New York Attorney General Letitia James dropped her appeal after two courts sided with O’Mara and other legislators. I do not know if Senator O’Mara will seek another term, but I expect him to do so. After all, in 2021 he will earn $130,000 for his “part-time” job as Senator, while his side job at a law/lobbying firm will bring in another $150,000. $280,000 is a lot of money, especially here in the Southern Tier. I do not resent or question anyone’s financial success when it comes from hard work and dedication. What is obvious, however, is that Senator O’Mara has manipulated a rigged system masterfully, enriching himself over the course of his senatorial career. Is this legal? Yes. Is it right? No. I want a senator who both obeys the law and displays a strong ethical compass.
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and beyond have dealt with this question. It is great to be able to get this kind of support with research that I personally don’t have time to do.” According to Yarrow, the answers to some of the questions proposed by new developments hinge on the ability for TCAT to adapt to the opportunities presented to them. For now, TCAT has made progress on getting the word out about some of the bus routes being changed. One element that remains to be explored, Yarrow said, is the ability of local municipalities to take the lead in the process of recommending or requiring certain transportation-related programs be a part of larger developments. Frameworks for this can be provided through programs such as a Transportation Management Association (TMA) will provide a framework for sustainable transportation programs or a Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Yarrow said. Aside from implementing these types of public-private partnerships, TCAT could directly negotiate with large developers. The primary challenge in taking this on is finding ways to cover higher operating costs TCAT will incur from taking this on. Along with TCAT, several other local organizations, such as the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) and the Center for
Community Transportation (CCT), have been working to promote a TDM strategy for Ithaca. As development on the waterfront increases, this discussion will continue. Yarrow is confident that as the waterfront grows this could lead to getting more people to use sustainable transportation as opposed to keeping them in singleoccupancy vehicles. He’s also confident this could lead to conversations relating to spending money on expanding parking in that area, or having a reasonable amount of parking and alternative modes of transportation including public transit. “People in nearby neighborhoods will have access to the medical facilities and other services associated with each development,” Yarrow said. “The waterfront will become more of a destination. However, those who travel the Meadow St. corridor know, local traffic is a concern. There is an opportunity now to build in a way that doesn’t create more traffic issues, but rather provides people with a range of options that help tie existing neighborhoods with the new residential developments on the other side of Meadow St. I hope the community at large can rise to this challenge so that this opportunity is realized.”
YOUR LETTERS A call to action on the Green New Deal
ew staff positions are quite necessary for the changes agreed upon with the adoption of the Ithaca Green New Deal. I applaud the direction that Common Council and Mayor Myrick took in agreeing to act on the Green New Deal, but I am left wondering if the current staff is ready to triple their work load. I believe we are facing an emergency situation that requires unusual haste to address. We do not have the time to wait and wonder if one person with an already full work schedule can complete work on the Green Building Code (GBC) for new buildings, create a GBC for existing buildings, get the numbers for GHG inventories for government operations and for the City, plus make an action plan to cut those government and community emissions and adapt to changing local conditions. Oh yes, and get that done in the next 2 or 3 years please. Phew! How would you react if your boss heaped that to-do list on your desk on top of what you are already doing? But those are the things Common Council members agreed to get done under the GND. Ithaca needs a Sustainability Manager, a Building Energy Specialist, and a Public Works Sustainability Planner. Current staff cannot accomplish this alone. I ask Common Council members to follow through and fund those positions for not only the benefit of Ithaca proper, but also for the benefit of, and to set precedent for, the rest of the towns in the County. Marie McRae Dryden NY
An endorsement for Mayor Svante Myrick
y office has offered a literal door directly into the Mayor’s Office for eight years this January. Through that door, I have seen Svante Myrick at work as few others have. As I now share some of what I’ve seen, and I believe objectively so, let me nonetheless place an important disclaimer right up front: as City Attorney, I not only work closely with the Mayor, but was appointed by the Mayor and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. The Svante Myrick I’ve seen dreams big, and then executes in the real world — in practical steps that make policy aspirations reality. And those policy aspirations aren’t just his own; time and again I’ve watched him deliberatively incorporate public preferences into public policy, just as public officials should. Sidewalks—mundane though they seem—make a perfect example. When Svante and I first went knocking in his 2011 campaign for Mayor, sidewalks were consistently among the top three concerns that we heard, and Svante made them his mission. The public’s concerns around side-
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walks were threefold: we needed more sidewalks, in better condition, and funded fairly. In 2011, the City was delivering on none of those needs. As many of us have perhaps forgotten, Ithaca’s longtime funding mechanism for sidewalk repair and construction was rightly despised by nearly everyone. It would charge the entire cost of a sidewalk job to the adjoining property owner, whether they wanted the work done or not. This meant property owners could receive, seemingly out of the blue, orders to build or pay for thousands of dollars of sidewalk work. It also meant that not much sidewalk work got done in the City, leaving us with miles of cracked sidewalks and virtually no new sidewalk construction for decades. Soon after taking office in 2012, Svante sought input from the Board of Public Works on a new system, and then formed a task force for the purpose of designing a new system. Imbued in that system were important policy values, including accessibility, affordability, predictability, participatory decision making, and ultimately a recognition that sidewalks are a classic public good as to which the costs and benefits should be broadly shared. He wanted a system that encouraged, not deterred, sidewalk work. Ultimately, he delivered Ithaca’s Sidewalk Improvement Districts, which charge most homeowners a flat $70 per year in sidewalk fees, hold annual public meetings to learn where the public wants sidewalk work focused, and ushered in a radical acceleration in the rate of sidewalk construction and repair Citywide, which continues to this day. Svante’s deft public speaking skills can of course assist in achieving consensus around policy objectives of this sort. But I can also attest that those skills, and indeed his public persona more broadly, are genuine. Svante is as personable, and downright kind, in private as in public. No matter the situation—and we have navigated many together—Svante remains exceptionally calm under pressure. He has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of Ithaca and its goings-on, both past and present. He has a knack for delegating, and yet leading, even on the broader topics that he has delegated. This allows him the best of both worlds—setting clear policy direction while accessing the particular technical skills and broader team efforts of a wide array of people—staff, elected officials, and public. And amongst all of these constituencies and their often differing viewpoints, Svante has proved himself expert at building bridges in our fair City of gorges and strongly held opinions. In sum, Svante is that rare leader who combines liberal innovation and public bridge-building with a penchant for delivering good government day in and day out. I am confident that, if re-elected, he will continue to prove an exceptional asset to the Ithaca of today and of tomorrow. Ari Lavine, Ithaca’s City Attorney since 2012.
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Who cares if it’s an off-year? You’ve still got a vote to cast By M att Bu tler a n d E dw i n J. Vi e r a
here are a lot of eyes turned towards 2020 already. It’s the start of a new decade, a valuable chance at a mulligan for those who believe the last few years of the 2010s went a bit sideways, for one reason or another. Related to that, many of those eyes are already fixated on the 2020 presidential election, even with more than a year left before Wolf Blitzer starts doodling on expensive digital maps once again. But before that, there are local elections to be decided. The Ithaca Times has already covered that participation is down this year compared to the last off-year election, when almost all the incumbent Common Council members who were eligible for re-election were challenged, although some have said that’s simply a return to the norm. Regardless, local elections are important, and a critique holds much more weight down the road if the subject of that critique knows they’re deal8 T
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ing with someone who was engaged when it counted, and isn’t just hopping on at the end. With that said, here is as much rundown as we could fit into this issue, with more coverage coming online as we near the date. Early voting has already begun (held at Ithaca Town Hall and Crash Fire Rescue building at 72 Brown Road) and other official polling locations open on Nov. 5, from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. THE CITY OF ITHACA
The most interesting development in the city’s elections is the 11th hour insurrection campaigns being staged by young environmental activitsts. So far, three candidates have declared their candidacies as write-in competitors during the last week: Ellie Pfeffer, Thea Kozakis and Cheyenne Carter are all now running for Common Council seats, in the fourth, third and fifth wards respectively. All three are being spurred by generally the same motivation: the environment. All of them are members of the local Sunrise Movement chapter, which has gained momentum over the last several months,
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peaking with the climate change marches last month that attracted thousands of young people, most of them high school and college students, to the Commons to call for energy policy reform. In interviews, it’s clear that despite their late starts, the trio aren’t just trying to stir the pot by entering the race. Though they were too late to get on the actual ballot, each one legitimately believes that while experienced voices are valuable and necessary, it’s time that youth voices were not only welcomed to the table, but started pulling up a chair and forcing their way in if need be. “Voices of the community need to be empowered more,” Carter wrote in an email. “Our government works for us, but yet we have to try so hard to not be left in the dark about information. Information needs to be easily accessible. Each election is to keep democracy in check. Whether I’m a politician, activist, server, or farmer I will actively be reminding people that their voices are important, and their actions can be powerful.”
Pfeffer expressed similar views. They enter the race as the lone challengers to the Common Council incumbents, as they’ll face Rob Gearhart in the Third Ward, Steve Smith in the Fourth Ward and Laura Lewis in the Fifth Ward. The unchallenged candidates for Common Council are George McGonigal in the First Ward and Ducson Nguyen in the Second Ward. The incumbents all appeared at a candidate forum on Monday night, with each one touting their collective bona fides: Lewis for her work with affordable housing, Nguyen for his tireless advocacy of alternative transportation, and McGonigal for his work to get more Public Works staff for infrastructure work. At the start of the mayoral race, it seemed as though incumbent Mayor Svante Myrick was going to run unopposed. However, new-to-politics candidate Adam Levine swooped in with a late, grassroots campaign effort to challenge the mayor. Levine decided to take on the challenge to make Ithaca a better place after feeling like changes in the city were work-
ing against the interests of residents. Campaigning under the self-created WE Party, much of Levine’s platform has been based on the theme of governing by the people and for the people. One central thing he wants to work on is the development of an economy that corrects long-established socio-economic struggles. “We are, as a country and as Ithaca, running on trickle-down economics which was injected into this country en masse about 40 years ago,” Levine said. “It’s had some bubbles but it’s been a bad thing for the middle class, the working class, and the poor in this country. Wages have basically been flat for 40 years and superwealthy people are getting more wealthy. The wealth is there but it’s just getting redistributed to the wealthy folks. I want to, in Ithaca, not have primarily trickle-down economics. I want to have an economy that’s built from the ground up; a groundup economy with good jobs where people can make a living, have health benefits and retirement and feel good about their work.” He also wants to focus on making Ithaca a leader in eldercare instead of allowing private nursing homes to continue making money while providing what he claims is substandard care for their residents. Levine emphasized that, if elected, he would prioritize trying to make Ithaca a greener city, through the Green New Deal and establishing a green economy as well. Levine has found the current administration has not paid much attention to the numerous unionizing efforts that have been occurring throughout the City of Ithaca. Other issues he wants to work on are affordable housing in the City of Ithaca, and find ways to increase wages for teachers, nurses and other career fields he feels have been neglected by the City of Ithaca. Reflecting back on his eight years in office, Myrick has accomplished quite a bit. Since the early days of his time as mayor, battling what was the largest budget deficit in the City of Ithaca’s history to establishing a Green New Deal earlier this year, there’s certainly a resume to back up the mayor’s talk, which at times can sound idealistic. Myrick said there are three priorities he’d like to focus on should he be elected to another term in office. “First is lowering the cost of housing in Ithaca by building more affordable housing and giving people more options on where to live, and lowering taxes,” Myrick said. “That’s my first priority. My second priority is delivering a Green New Deal
in Ithaca. A plan that will lower our net emissions to zero by 2030 while making sure that historical inequities are addressed. Like giving traditionally marginalized groups the opportunity to benefit from a Green New Deal. The third priority is building more human scale C l au d e t t e N e w m a n , N Y S R o b G e a r h a r t, infrastrucSu pr em e Cou rt Ju dge L au r a L e w i s , F i f t h Wa r d F o u r t h Wa r d ture such as will let it increase its size). The issue came heard in a professional, civil and polite sidewalks, to a head after an Ithaca Journal report fashion.” bike lanes, trails and street paving to imon the matter, which led to a contentious Miller knows court can often be an prove the quality of life in Ithaca.” Town Board meeting in which the public unpleasant experience for the litigants but He also emphasized a concentration on traded barbs among each other, either critknows the judge does not have to express lowering the cost of living in the City of icizing or supporting LaVigne. LaVigne that same unpleasantness. He has been Ithaca, mentionoing one initiative that he heavily involved in the effort to bring a would like to work on with the state as the declined to address the matter during the meeting, and his opponent, former Tompmental health court to the City of Ithaca, retail vacancy tax, which would penalize kins County Legislator Michael Koplinkaand said that he’d be interested in expandlandlords for leaving storefronts empty. Loehr, a Democrat, did not use his public ing the court to accept people countywide. TOMPKINS COUNTY comment time to attack his opponent on NEW YORK STATE Elsewhere, the races have been somewhat it either. For the first time in several years, there acquiet, surely a symptom of so many races There is one newly created county tually aren’t any referenda that need to be being uncontested this year. judge spot open, with Ithaca City Court discussed here; in the last few years, there Only two Town Supervisor races are Judge Scott Miller the lone competitor for have been votes regarding the potential contested (Caroline and Lansing), with the spot. It looked as if he, too, would face Constitutional Convention, and even a loBeth McGee in Enfield, Michael Allinger competition, but Lansing’s Maura Kennecal City of Ithaca measure up for decision in Newfield and Jason Leifer in Dryden dy-Smith decided to drop out of the race that rearranged the city’s governing comrunning unopposed. There are sevearly on. mittees and boards. This year, though, the eral town council position up for grabs As an Ithaca City Court judge for the lone election with statewide implications throughout the county, all of which can be last seven years, Miller said he is ready to that Tompkins County residents need to viewed before hand on Tompkins County’s take on the position of Tompkins County pay attention to is the race for Supreme Board of Elections website. Court Judge. Court judge. The lone exception is the Lansing Town “I look forward to bringing the same The race features five candidates vySupervisor race, though most of the noise judicial temperament, work ethic, and ing for three spots: Democrats Claudette from that raise has come from something sense of humor that I bring to the bench Newman and Peter Charnetsky, and Reunrelated to any campaign. Incument suat City Court,” Miller said. “I’m excited to publicans Chris Baker, Oliver N. Blaise pervisor Ed LaVigne, a Republican, has bring that to County Court. Colleagues and Mark Masler. Judicial candidate races come under fire recently after a $8400 doknow me, I’ve been on the bench for seven can be difficult to monitor, since candination to the Lansing Republican Comyears. I don’t plan on changing my person- dates are generally reluctant to make many mittee came to light, made by the Lucente ality. The local bar that’s been appearing in sweeping political statements because of family just before a Lucente development front of me for seven years knows the type their obligations to the bench. project was up for a postponement apof judge I am. I plan on making sure that proval (the measure passed, allowing the everyone who appears before me, whether project more time to formulate a plan that it’s represented by an attorney or not, is Oc to b e r
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Two Kids having fun
Kitchen’s love story starts strong By Ros s Ha ars ta d
he two kids blowing stuff up at the Kitchen Theatre are KoreanAmerican Max and ChineseAmerican Di, contemporary inhabitants of the NYC urban area, and playwright Carla Ching follows their lives from age 9 to 38. In this “play about falling in and out of love with your best friend” (New Play Exchange) Ching constantly shuffles her
chronology; after briefly opening “now” (age 38), we flash back to age 9, as the two kids build snow people outside as his mom and her dad conduct an affair at Di’s house; then flash forward to age 24 and convos about each other’s love life over a bowl at Noodletown; then back to age 15, etc. Ching writes sharp, observant scenes
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Cory Censenprano as Max and Shannon Tyo as Di in “The Two Kids that Blow Sh*t Up.” (Photo provided)
that often crackle with wit. For the first half of the play this back and forth rhythm plays. The young Di and Max are supersmart, funny, sarcastic, alternately wide open and sensitive to slights. Max, science (and explosion) obsessed is a combo of ultra-nerd and anarchist, Di the profane rebel and proto-artist. As twenty-somethings we note traces of these exuberant, ready for life kids adapting to adulthood, hitting the pavement of jobs, relationships and choices. There is also a lovely richness in the ethnicity, which both matters a lot and very little to these moderns: the aunties who come to Las Vegas so much they have free rooms, being pushed to learn Chinese, parental expectations. The play bogs down in its second half as Ching abandons the simple back-andforth and begins jumping around their 30s; scenes crammed with incidents and off—stage characters; what was illuminating structurally becomes confusing, as the audience struggles to remember which incident preceded—or followed which. There are simply more scenes than necessary, as Ching seems to lose her original intention. On the page, the play seems less for the stage than the screen. To solve this, director Meg Taintor has come up with the metaphor of a random, spilling-over tower of packing boxes—sculpted by lighting designer Yi-Chun Cheng—out of which spring the various props and costumes for each scene (the ingenious set design is by Afsoon Pajoufar). The actors throw props and costume pieces back and forth between each scene, and finally a box is
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turned about to announce “Age 9,” etc. Each scene includes full costuming. This playground works spectacularly well in the snow people scene (with the addition of packing peanuts as ‘snow’), and along with the propulsive scene change underscoring by sound designer Bahar Royaee (who also provides sharp location cues), keeps the energy flowing. Yet the transitions still drop us out for crucial minutes, reminding us we are waiting for a dress to be zipped, etc. Shannon Tyo, returning for her third show, is typically assertive, active and highly contemporary in her attitudes. She shines as the young Di, who you think could burn down the world at any moment (only to plant a better one.) She is less supple at navigating the quick switches of grown-up Di, a bit too quick to mask the character’s vulnerabilities. Newcomer Cory Censenprano delights as Max. The young Max sort of folds in on himself, bounces about and explodes in outbursts of curiosity. The more troubled adult reads true in his swoops of depression and hope; Censenprano has a mercurial stage presence that reveals emotional shifts with lightness and alertness. The Kitchen gives “Two Kids” a proud production, and I’d love to see other work by all the creatives.
Kitchen Theatre The Two Kids That Blow Sh*t Up by Carla Ching; Kitchen Theatre through November 3
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The Officiant’s Way How does one prepare to run a wedding? BY MATT BUTLER
fficiants can make or break a formal wedding ceremony, as they control, in real time, much of what goes on during some of the most important moments in people’s lives. So how much preparation goes into a moment like that? Plenty. Rebecca Schillenbach, of Full Circle Ceremony, explained that she starts with a list of questions to the couple and uses the answers to craft a ceremony script that she allows the couple to edit and customize until it matches exactly what they want. Then she starts the process of actually writing the ceremony script, which usually takes her at least two weeks of time and about seven or eight hours of actual writing.
an additional level of ownership over their ceremony. “I’ll take their answers and use their own words to craft the ceremony around those answers,” she said. “So people will hear their own words, so they’re saying exactly what they want to say.” That interview forms the primary basis for the officiant’s job, which then morphs to writing and fielding sug-
are brief, 10 minute ceremonies usually held outside or with small crowds. Other packages are more involved, longer experiences. The job remains much the same whether the ceremony is big or small, Schillenbach said, and she enjoys them similarly as well. “When people are getting married, they’re doing something really brave,” Schillenbach said. “ It’s people at their best, and I get to be there witnessing it. It’s a lovely thing, to stand up in front of people and say ‘I love this person and I want to be with them.’ I think it’s a courageous thing to do. Whether they’re big or small, I like them all.“ Schillenbach is a Quaker minister, and said she came to officiate weddings naturally as a result of that. But even before she became a minister, Schillenbach knew she wanted to be involved with weddings, and is so enthralled by the experience to this day that she will still find herself becoming emotional during ceremonies.
Schillenbach avoids any standard procedures that she takes into each ceremony, “Almost every time, Rebecca Schillenbach, of Full Circle Ceremony, during a recent wedding she was officiating. (Photo provided) hoping to make all I get a little teary when aspects customizable the person [...] comes for the couple on their down the aisle to their future spouse,” The officiant’s job, she said, is to crespecial occasion. Part of that is the gestions from the couple about what Schillenbach said. “Just watching the ate the ceremony out of those answers. questions she asks the couple: why their ideal ceremony would be like. A looks on their faces, as they watch their Schillenbach likes to pick up certain they’re getting married, what they’re significant number of the weddings hoping to get out of the union, their fa- key words or phrases and work them Schillenbach officiates choose the beloved walk toward them, and music vorite memories with their partner, etc. back into the script, giving the couple “short and sweetheart” package, which is playing, it’s beautiful.”
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It’s a nice day for a Green Wedding Saving the planet one bouquet toss at a time BY EDWIN J. VIERA
hen it comes to weddings, everyone has their own preference and style. However, a growing trend among betrothed couples is to worry about the environment in addition to what shade of chiffon the bridesmaid’s dresses should be. Rachel Conroy, one of the co-owners of the Sweet Bough Wedding Collective and the owner of Kinship and Company, has worked on several sustainable weddings. She has several tips for making sure people can say I do while doing the right thing to fight against climate change. In terms of decor, Conroy said, limiting the number of single-use items that will be purchased. She’s found that stores have a lot of items geared towards weddings but can’t be re-used around the house. Often times at the end of the wedding, there are plenty of decorations being thrown away. Conroy also has tips about the kinds of party favors guests can reuse instead of tossing in the trash or even leaving behind.
She also advises against having small containers of bubbles or custom coasters since these are likely to end up in the garbage. Conroy said the same goes for sparklers, glow sticks, confetti, etc. because they produce more unnecessary trash. In order to prevent too many couples from doing this, she keeps a list of items so that couples she works with aren’t likely to produce great amounts of waste. Another sug-
“Think twice about favors - people rarely take them home, and even though it’s something that the couple has spent time and money on, we then just throw the ones left behind out at the end of the night when guests don’t take them home,” Conroy said. If you do really want to have favors, consider having something that you wouldn’t mind having 80 extra of at the end of the night (at one wedding I did, the favor was local garlic bulbs - so if people didn’t take one, the couple just got to keep a bunch of garlic! No waste!). Edible things (like caramels!) also go over well, since guests can always just eat them at the wedding or during the ride home.”
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Conroy also asks couples to consider where they are getting their rings from. Consider finding a place that uses recycled metals, rings that are already in your family, or perhaps purchase them at a vintage shop. Conroy said since gold and diamond mining can have a devastating impact on the environment, the source of jewelry can improve the sustainability of a wedding immeasurably. Finally, there is in fact a way to have a sustainable wedding dress. “You don’t have to wear a white dress you’ll only wear once,” Conroy said. “You could consider getting a second hand or vintage outfit or dress, or getting an outfit that you can wear again (this works especially well for separates, like a white skirt & top that can be worn with other clothes in the future). If you do purchase something new to wear, see if you can get it from a business that is eco-friendly and fair trade.” Conroy has identified several challenges in having a sustainable wedding
with some being couples who want to donate the food from their wedding. Depending on how the food was handled, according to Conroy, it’s always worth asking the caterer if there is any way for them to donate food at the end of the night that wasn’t put out on a buffet line. Other suggestions she has are renting dishware that will produce less waste than disposable items. It will be more expensive to use all rented items instead of disposable ones, she said. This is due to the extra labor of cleaning off the dishware. There have been some couples, in her experience, that collect their wedding day dishes from thrift shops that have a lovely presentation. Composting at weddings, though isn’t always going to be a good option. However, couples would have to ensure there is a composter at the wedding venue. For now, she isn’t sure if this is a long term trend but Conroy doesn’t know how many couples are aware of the volume of waste produced at weddings. She’s always willing to help couples find creative ways to make their wedding more environmentally friendly.
Triple Treat at the Cherry By Barbara Ad am s
and heard and known –– to matter. It’s a painful story to witness, and her eventual stigmata is no redemption; we know the grotesqueness of her life is a product of a masculinist culture and a deformed Christianity. The third production in this play festival offers women literally imprisoned in a state psychiatric hospital. Playwright and solo actor Elizabeth Mozer researched Binghamton archives to create “Asylum,” invoking five 20th-century women entombed for distracted behavior. Her central character is Lina, leafing through her father’s papers after his death and gradually discovering that her mother, long thought dead, was actually institutionalized. Slipping fluidly from one woman’s story to another’s; shifting accents, personalities, and class, Mozer brings these women to life. The fascinating staging of this
inherently fragmentary piece is informed by creative pacing and movement, bordering on dance. In the arresting final scene, Mozer shifts beautifully, movingly, between damaged mother and daughter in their long-awaited encounter. Seeing any one of these three plays is sobering; taken all together they are daunting. But it’s worth being reminded of the ways in which we obliterate mind, spirit and freedom.
Cherry Art Space Listen to Her Mini-Festival. Dramaturg Aoise Stratford. At The Cherry, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca, through Nov. 3. Tickets at http://bit.ly/ListenToHerTix. Barbara Adams, a regional theatre and arts writer, teaches writing at Ithaca College.
From Left: Elizabeth Mozer, Asylum; Jennifer Herzog, The Saint; Kathleen Mulligan, The Belle of Amherst
trio of plays now at The Cherry presents powerful stories of women misunderstood, misused, and ultimately devastatingly constrained by their patriarchal societies –– whether confined to home, whorehouse or mental institution. All excellently acted, staged and hauntingly lit, these three plays include local, national, and international work. They’re billed as “Listen to Her: A Mini-Festival”; but since two are penned by male playwrights, the title is oddly misleading (we’d hardly represent any other marginalized group that way). “The Belle of Amherst,” William Luce’s 1976 one-woman play about the secluded life and scintillating mind of poet Emily Dickinson, is creatively directed by Norm Johnson. Once again the versatile Cherry is transformed: We face a clean, lavender-lit playing area on whose floor sits the façade of a large doll house, cutout silhouette figures standing around it. Inviting and intimate, this simple space allows the rather private Emily to bring us into her world, addressing us directly, while keeping her home (and our visit) metaphorical only. Clothed in the poet’s signature white, Kathleen Mulligan gives a remarkable performance, showing a range of behavior from intellectual and willful to childish and submissive. Emily’s confidences to us move seamlessly into stanzas from her poems, which Mulligan delivers splendidly over two hours –– an impressive feat of memory. (On opening night, however, handwritten manuscripts of Dickinson’s poems and letters projected onto the rear wall were erratic and miscued, distracting from the performance.) Luce’s version of the poet, written
nearly a half-century ago and failing to reflect subsequent scholarship on her work and life, cannot be a definitive portrait. It inevitably embodies certain stereotypes of Dickinson’s “eccentricity” rather than the innovative mind and “soul that selects its own society.” And despite chronology, the play’s structure doesn’t seem to develop any themes (like the preoccupation with death), only present them. Still, Mulligan’s performance stirs and illuminates –– and makes us want to re-open our Collected Poems. “My business is to sing –– what difference if no one listens?” That’s Emily’s rationale for being unpublished and unread; it’s not enough for the unrecognized woman who relates her life story in “The Saint.” Argentinian playwright Santiago Loza introduces her as a caretaker of an old man in a wheelchair, in a home for the elderly managed by nuns. Twisted and silent, he’s a trapped audience, muttering only occasional fragments of speech; meanwhile she’s voluble, flooding him and us with her story of pain and persistence. Under Amina Omari’s razor-sharp direction, Jennifer Herzog and Dean Robinson inhabit these characters so thoroughly it’s frightening, especially as both are so victimized –– she by her gender, he by his failing body. Herzog’s caregiver spills her tale of family abuse and eventual prostitution, her one respite being the friendship among the “night girls.” Her constant smile barely masks her grief-induced hysteria. The only way she makes sense of her life is through her religious belief: seeing herself as a martyr, generously offering up her body as Christ did, erasing and annihilating herself even as she begs to be seen
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Rose-Colored Oasis By Ste ve L aw re nc e
t is safe to say that as a rule, if someone has a building named after them at Cornell, you won’t be getting any Facebook messages from them. That is not always the case, as evidenced by the FB message I received last week from David Moriah, for whom Moriah Hall is named. David wrote, “I am having lunch with a friend, and I’d like to invite you to join us. Do you know Buck Briggs?” I asked David, “Do you mean the same Buck Briggs that graduated from UnionEndicott High School in 1972, got his undergrad degree at Cornell, his Master’s at George Mason and his law degree at Georgetown, then went on to work for the NFL for 40 years in various capacities (including as counsel for the Players’ Union and the Vice President for Arbitration and Litigation), serves as an adjunct law professor at Cornell and at Penn, served as the radio voice of Cornell Football for many years, lives in Ithaca when he’s not working in Manhattan and is an ambitious and refined collector of sports and other memorabilia? I know that Buck Briggs.” David confirmed that I had the right guy. I scratched my head. I have known David since 1981, as he was instrumental in the launching of both the Cornell Summer Sports School and the Cornell Outdoor Education Program. I knew that he writes for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame and World Series magazines (and several other esteemed publications), and that his own collection of sports memorabilia is legendary. He has a cherished photo of himself as a youngster, sitting with Casey Stengel, both wearing Mets uniforms. Casey was the manager and David was the batboy (Spring Training, 1963). David offered, “I have said that if my house caught fire, I would save that picture before I’d save my wife. She doesn’t think that is funny.” Moriah has boxes of binders full of baseball cards and photos, autographed by the likes of Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robin-
son, Willie Mays and Stan Musial. He has baseballs signed by legends both living and dead, photos autographed by several U.S. Presidents, and a prized autographed photo of George W. Bush and Babe Ruth. How, I wondered, did David and Buck know one another? The three of us gathered around a fraction of David’s collection at Buck’s house, and they teamed up to tell the story. Buck offered, “In 1974, I was looking to meet people to complete some of my (baseball card) sets, and I saw an ad in the Good Times Gazette. I went to David’s cabin in Danby, and there was a Home Plate on the walkway in front of the steps.” David added, “It came from Shea Stadium in 1969.” That was, of course, the year of the Miracle Mets. David flipped through one of the binders he brought up from his home in New Jersey, and he told me, “We are kindred spirits, members of a bizarre and exclusive fraternity of sports memorabilia collectors.” Buck added, “While we have been friends for 45 years, we don’t see one another often. Our friendship is like that .38 Special song, ‘Hold on Loosely, Don’t Let Go.’” David added, “For us, baseball cards are like a Time Machine,” and Buck concurred, saying, “One day, when I was a young boy my dad came home with a pack of baseball cards, and I learned to read from looking at baseball cards.” I sat back in awe as the two baseball devotees traded quips and anecdotes. They are like Google before Google, and they finish one another’s sentences, even when discussing the most obscure details. Moriah recalled meeting the ex-wife of one Danny Napolean, a (mostly) longforgotten Major Leaguer who had a very brief and nondescript career. He mused, “Did you know that Napolean’s triple won a game for the Mets in…” Briggs jumped in… “Of course I know that. That was a 15-inning game against the Giants in 1965.” Briggs pointed to the photo of
David Moriah and Buck Briggs, with the items over which they’ve built a lasting bond. (photo provided)
Bush and Ruth and asked, “What year was that?” Moriah replied. “1947.” Briggs said, “Ah yes, when Smokey Joe Wood was the coach.” They both laughed, and again, I scratched my head… Both men are aware that their collections are rare (Briggs has every Topps baseball card from 1951 to the present), and both sidestep any conversation regarding the monetary value. David shared,
“Collecting takes me to a place that transcends monetary value.” Buck agreed, saying, “I collect cards because I love where they take me. People have asked me if I wish I had worked in pro baseball instead of football, and I tell them, ‘No, this way I am able to preserve my rose-colored vision of baseball as an oasis… I see it as I want it to be.’”
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Kitchen Theatre and Actors Workshop testing out a new method
ith just one day of auditions, the Actors Workshop of Ithaca and the Kitchen Theatre broke ground on what could be a sign of things to come for local theater-performer partnerships in the future. The auditions, held in September, represented the first time AWI students have been given an exclusive opportunity to try out for a production in front of Kitchen Theatre casters and receive feedback from them afterwards. In other scenarios, AWI director Eliza VanCort said, those students might not be able to receive that kind of critiquing, which can be quite valuable as they try to hone their craft moving forward. It’s one of the first events of its kind in the local theater community, “The arts is ultimately a collaborative process that enriches communities,” VanCort wrote in an email. “Training to become an actor and attending great theater should go hand in hand. This historic first time collaboration will help our actors get top notch feedback, give them a chance to develop relationships with [Kitchen Theatre executive director] Bevin O’Gara and her staff, and continue their
education by providing unprecedented access to attend The Kitchen’s innovative season.” O’Gara was enthusiastic about the idea as well, seeing it as a way to bring experiences she had at her previous job that she found satisfying to her current position in a way not commonly seen in the area. Both O’Gara and VanCort also credited local theater figure Rachel Hockett with planting the seeds for the idea of more dedicated collaboration between theaters and performance troupes. “Most of my job back in Boston had been making connections with the local community, really via casting, and providing opportunities for local artists for them to grow, both through the auditioning process but also hopefully in something more than that,” O’Gara said. “This is a way for me to connect back to one of the pieces of my work that I found so rewarding before, which is basically providing an opportunity for local actors to feel part of, not just a local conversation, but a national conversation, which is what we try to do here at the Kitchen.” O’Gara’s background is in casting, so the new venture is truly a natural fit for her; she calls it “dipping her toe back in.” She characterized it as opening the Kitchen’s doors to a different type of experience, and said that though she couldn’t promise anything, she could see doing a similar audition event with other actor companies around the area. Auditioning makes up such a significant portion of an actor’s career, O’Gara said, that being
Katie Spallone, Bevin O’Gara, David Kossack and Eliza VanCort,who all combined to lead the AWI/Kitchen Theatre collaboration. (Photo courtesy of Kitchen Theatre)
able to extend more feedback and advice than normal during that process was a beneficial opportunity, both for the Kitchen and for the students of AWI. She also sees it as a continuation of other parts of the Kitchen’s yearly repertoire that hopefully inspire more local collaboration. She cites things like the One Minute Play Festival, hosting different theater companies like Running 2 Places and others, as examples of simple actions that can serve as liaisons between theaters and performers. Van Cort echoed those sentiments, and made clear she hopes that similar efforts can be made to benefit her students again. In her mind, collaboration with one another can only be positive for the local theater community. “I see over and over again that inclusive, high quality arts education and theater brings folks together in inspiring and impactful ways,” VanCort said. “This is the beginning of something really special. I have no doubt it will continue to grow and have ripples which reach far beyond AWI or The Kitchen. Art unites people, and this is a way we can contribute to that process.”
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restaurants. I thoroughly enjoyed the food the next day when I ate by myself, unobserved, and with my own cutlery. I’ve learned, from servers, that large vats of stew and sauces are made in advance which makes it impossible to ask for a dish to be mild. However, you can do what I do, which is to ask the server which dishes are already spicy. Here’s a clue: if the dish is described on the menu as Wat, it’s spicy; if you see the word Alicha in the description, it’s mild. If you’re not familiar with Ethiopian cuisine you might Hawi, Ithaca’s Ethiopian option, on Cayuga want to select one of the two Street in downtown Ithaca on a recent lunch-time “combinations” ($14). busy night. (Photo by Casey Martin) Being a dedicated omnivore, I recommend the “Meat Combo” t has been a gazillion years since my where you can select any two meat dishes mother inserted me into a highchair and any three vegetables. If you choose and put bits of food on the metal the “Vegetarian Combo,” you’ll be served a tray for me to eat with my fingers. I don’t mélange of appetizing vegetables: Some of remember it well, but I’ll bet it was a lot the healthy vegetables normally found in of fun although quite messy. Today, for their kitchen include red lentils, split peas, such an experience I have to go to Hawi chickpeas, collard greens, beets, carrots, in downtown Ithaca, where the Ethiopian cabbage and potatoes. I believe vegetarowner serves food without cutlery as they ians will enjoy Hawi because, instead of the do in her home country. And it seems to standard boring soups and salads which be working: Hawi will celebrate its fifth an- are often touted by restaurant managers niversary at its Cayuga Street location next as their vegetarian specials, here you’ll March 11. find a half dozen separate, interesting and The atmosphere is cheery and if you’ve creative vegetarian entrées at $10.50. dined at Dano’s or Les Ducs before, you’ll Featured meats are lamb, beef and recognize the table and chair configuration chicken. Once I ordered Doro Alicha which hasn’t changed. The small bar is now and was disappointed with the portion of a counter with four stools, and there are two tiny cocktail size chicken drumsticks African paintings, masks, and tapestries although the surrounding veggies were adorning the soft peach colored walls. perfectly seasoned and cooked. Doro Explanation of Ethiopian dining cusTibs was a larger portion of chicken with tom: your selection is delivered atop injera boneless chicken cubed and sautéed with (sour dough pancake) with another dish onions, tomatoes, and a few jalapenos. I of rolled injera on the side. You unroll the like lamb and Yebec Alicha is composed of injera, much like you would a roll of gauze lamb chunks (on the menu it’s described bandage, break off a small piece, and use it as “stew”) served with the two sides we can to pick up the food and deliver it to your choose with every entrée, all in a pleasant, mouth. Depending on what you order, it mild sauce with garlic, turmeric and ginger. can get pretty messy, e.g. mashed collard Another tasty lamb dish is Gomen Besiga greens, and split peas are much more difwhich includes small lamb chunks (which ficult to deal with than cubed chicken or occasionally have some gristle) with collard chunks of lamb. The injera dough can get greens and spices. At Hawi, with at least pretty soggy if you keep using it, so the one entrée and two sides, there’s always Ethiopian practice is to eat the injera with plenty to eat and if you follow Ethiopian what you’ve managed to scoop up, in one custom, it can be lots of fun. bite. Not to worry about running out of injera…. you can have as much as you need, at no additional cost, and, in my experience, the servers are cheerful and happy to deliver more injera to the table. I feel The restaurant does not currently have a liquor license. compelled to confess that I wasn’t happy If you feel uncomfortable using the injera as a device to with my personal management of the prodeliver food from plate to mouth, feel free to ask for a cess and took the easy way out: after eating fork and don’t feel uncomfortable about it - I’ve learned about a third of the portion, I scooped the that about 25-33 percent of Hawi’s customers do just balance into one of the sealable, washable, that. plastic recyclable dishes I always bring to
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thaca’s own Fitz&Startz productions justifiably bills itself as “theater for all ages” –– and its latest “kids” musical, onstage at the Kitchen Theatre this weekend, is a heartwarming and highly entertaining example. Former Kitchen artistic director Rachel Lampert wrote the book and lyrics, based on her own great aunt –– a woman of many tales and a past in vaudeville and Broadway musicals. John Coyne composed the music, light and upbeat, echoing the strains of Jewish folk tunes. The cast is splendid and the musical itself, perfectly directed by Lesley Greene, is absolutely enchanting; you’ll leave the theatre in high spirits. Mwape Sokoni is Martha, the girl narrating the tale, eager for the monthly visit to Ithaca from her great aunt Mae, played by Rachel Lampert herself in polka-dot housedress, squashed hat, red shoes and gaudy oversized tote. (Delicious costumes and props by Hannah Kochman.) Aunt Mae brings gifts, of course –– a pencil, pad and Eiffel Towershaped pencil sharpener to encourage her grandniece to be a writer, or at least one who remembers. But her greatest gift is her treasured photo album, which she opens to share memories and stories. As the tales unfold, both Sokoni and Lampert enter into them magically. Eric Brooks appears as Mae’s Uncle Charlie, a street vendor on the Lower East Side (“he was a regular Wegmans,” Mae says). Benno Ressa, in a straw hat, is his clever horse, Socrates, who speaks –– but only to children. By the time the horse appeared, the kids in the audience were spellbound; one
of the great pleasures of watching youth theatre is eyeing their reactions. Natasha Bratkovksi and Mike Cyr round out the cast of six, wonderfully animating every story: the woodland walk where the children get lost; the corny joke competition; and above all the old tale of a family of Chelm. In it, a mother-in-law moves into an already crowded household; when the village wise woman is sought out for a solution, she recommends moving into the tiny house first a chicken, then a goat, then a cow. And in this delightful version, the first two animals are played by children wooed from the audience. As everyone piles onto each other to sleep at night, a pair of little hands reaches over the tippy-top –– priceless. The songs and stories flow seamlessly (Travis Knapp, musical direction), and the talented ensemble is continuously charming. Young Mwape Sokoni (previously seen as The Wiz in Running to Places’ production) is especially eye-catching: fully committed at every moment, she simply radiates. Lampert’s “Aunt Mae” cheerfully celebrates family bonds and stories –– and the rich connection among generations.
Kitchen Theatre “Aunt Mae Comes to Town,” book and lyrics by Rachel Lampert; music by John Coyne; directed by Lesley Greene. A Fitz&Startz Production at the Kitchen Theatre, Sat. Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets at kitchentheatre.org or (607) 272-0570.
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round 2000, Gregory Alan Isakov spent a year living in Trumansburg while taking horticulture classes through the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The singersongwriter never imagined back then that he’d be playing music for a living. Almost two decades later, he has recorded several albums that have won much critical ap-
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Gregory Alan Isakov performs this Sunday, November 3 at the State Theatre, in support of “Evening Machines,” with Luke Sital-Singh opening. Doors open at 7 p.m. Oc to b e r
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Williams Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. Ying Quartet concert | 5:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Enjoy an evening of classical chamber music with the Grammy-Award winning, Ying Quartet. Free to the public. Sirius XM Coffeehouse Tour Featuring The Weepies & Joshua Radin | 8:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer |
Laura Strickling, soprano and Xak Bjerken, piano | 3:00 PM, 11/3 Sunday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Cantaloube’s Cinq Bourées, Poulenc’s Fiancailles pour rire, and works by Alfred Bachelet, Juliana Hall, Kevin Oldham, and Clarice Assad.
10/30 Wednesday Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale
Symphoria Casual I: Baroque And Neo-Baroque | 3:00 PM, 11/3 Sunday | St. Paul’s Syracuse, 220 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse |$45-$35, College $5, 18 & Under $0
Brews and Brats Open Mic | 6:30 PM, | Brews and Brats at Autumn View, Trumansburg Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited Band | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $20/$25
Gregory Alan Isakov | 8:00 PM, 11/3 Sunday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Colorado-based indie-folk artist and full-time farmer. | $26-$46
11/1 Friday Austin McRae | 6:00 PM, | Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Freeville
Ani DiFranco | 7:00 PM, 11/5 Tuesday | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | GRAMMY Winner and Feminist Icon. Special guests Gracie & Rachel open the show. Sold out show. | $32-$38
Purple Valley | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots with Dirty Mae | 7:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $12-15
11/2 Saturday Bert Salmirs - Afternoon Jazz Piano | 1:00 PM, | Red Newt Bistro, Hector Bonnie & Clyde | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken
11/3 Sunday Tenzin Chopak | 1:00 PM, | Red Newt Bistro, Hector
Ithaca Folk Song Swaps | 2:00 PM, | Tompkins County Workers’ Center, Ithaca
Bound For Glory: Bill Staines | 8:00 PM, | Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca
Horns and Ivory | 4:00 PM, | Scale House Brewery, Hector
Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca Rose Alaimo w/ Colwyn Gulliford | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken
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Rufus Wainwright - Oh Solo Wainwright | 8:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation, has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Robbie
Anna Steppler, organ recital | 8:00 PM, 11/5 Tuesday | Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca | Remember, remember: echoes of music old and new on the baroque organ with music by Petr Eben, Dieterich Buxtehude, Arvo Pärt, and from the 14th-century Robertsbridge Codex. Midday Music in Lincoln: Richard Valitutto | 12:30 PM, 11/7 Thursday | Cornell, Ithaca, NY | Piano, works by Francis Poulenc, Michael Finnissy, and Linda Catlin Smith. | http://music. cornell.edu
Mother Mallard’s 50th Anniversary: Part 1 | 7:00 PM, 11/8 Friday | Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY | 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. | http://music.cornell.edu Cornell Glee Club Fall Concert | 7:30 PM, 11/9 Saturday | Cornell, Ithaca, NY | 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 | http:// gleeclub.com
Stage The Two Kids That Blow S**t Up | 7:30 PM, 10/31 Thursday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Through Nov 3. Contact KTC for additional showtimes. Diana and Max meet as kids, the day their parents start having an affair. During their parents’ tumultuous on-and-off relationship over more than two decades, Max and Diana are perpetually forced together and become the most unlikely of friends. They see each other through highs and lows, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. Sister Act | 8:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | Hoerner Theatre, Ithaca College, Ithaca | Oct 29-Nov 9. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard. There for You: A New Musical by Madeleine Gray ‘20 | Opening 7:30 PM, 11/7 Thursday | Cornell University, Ithaca, NY | 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. |
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Crankie Cabaret | Opening 7:30 PM, 11/7 Thursday | 102 Cherry St., Ithaca, NY | 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. Lilypad collaborates with musicians, storytellers, actors and visual artists to create 7 original crankies every year! |
Art Exhibition: Elevator Music and Art Gallery | All Day 10/31 Thursday | New Roots Charter School, 116 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Throughout the month of October. Qinfolk is we/they/ them/us. Qinfolk is community. NEW MEMBERS SHOW | 12:00 PM, 11/1 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. Show dates Oct. 30 -Dec 1, 2019, with a reception for the artists, Friday, November 1, 5-8pm. 20/20 Hindsight | 20 years in Prints and Books plus Portfolios & Ephemera | 5:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | Ink Shop Studio Gallery and CSMA corridor, 330 E.State / MLK Street, ITHACA | The 20th Anniversary exhibit celebrates two decades of printmaking. Will include current and past artists and printmakers, fellows and exhibitors who participated in portfolio exchanges over the years and will display selected posters, postcards, news and reviews. Eruption: Lansing High School Art Exhibition | 5:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | Benjamin Peters, 120 on The Commons, Ithaca | Opening 11/1 5-8 (Gallery Night). First Friday Gallery Night | 5:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | Downtown Ithaca, Center Ithaca, Ithaca | Downtown Ithaca explodes with talent in different shops, restaurants and hotels. Nearly 20 businesses downtown become the
home to different local artists and sometimes global ones, as well. Healing With Flowers | 5:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | CBD Store, 308 E. Seneca Street, Ithaca | Nancy Ridenour, Lotus studios, has a floral display at The CBD Store on 308 E Seneca Street for the month of November. Opening reception is Gallery Night, November 1, 5-8 PM. First Saturday on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail | 11:00 AM, 11/2 Saturday | Individual Artist Studios in Tompkins County!, Tompkins County, Ithaca | Art studios are open to you! No cost - just visit! Find the list of artists participating this month, and learn tons more at www.Arttrail.com. Folded Bookmaking Workshop | 5:30 PM, 11/5 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At this class for adults, participants will learn an alternative book binding technique and make a book and a perfectly sized storage box. All materials are provided. Space is limited and registration is required for this free program.
Film Cinemapolis Week of Friday, November 1 through Thursday, November 7, 2019. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first*. 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 Where’s My Roy Cohn?* | Roy Cohn personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues - from Joseph McCarthy to his final project, Donald J. Trump. | 97 mins PG-13 The Lighthouse | The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious
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. Tazzeka |10/30, 7:00 PM; 10/31, 9:00 PM| Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. Funan |10/31, 7:00 PM; 11/1 7:00 PM | The survival and the struggle of a young mother during the Khmer Rouge revolution, to find her 4-yearold son, torn from his family by the regime. Blinded By The Light | 11/1, 9:00 PM; 11/2, 7:00 & 9:30 PM | In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen. Missing Link | 11/2, 2:00 PM | Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. I Am Cuba | 11/5, 7:00 PM | Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. 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.
Wednesday 10/30 through Tuesday, 11/5. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first*. 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 Arctic Dogs* | Animated feature about a fox who discovers a devious plan by Otto Von Walrus to drill beneath the Arctic surface to unleash enough gas to melt all the ice. He and friends unite to defeat this enemy of the environment. | PG 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 save her life before time runs out. | 90 mins PG-13 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 | Mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. | 122 mins R The Addams Family |An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family. | 87 mins PG
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT 8:00 PM
The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave., Ithaca | In the spirit of revisiting, refreshing and further exploring the fun, funk & roll of the “Band of Gypsys Live at The Fillmore East” recording, Vernon Reid, André ‘Dré Glo’ Lassalle, James “Biscuit” Rouse, and Jared Michael Nickerson as VR-BOG-RB look forward to bringing this limited edition performance to Ithaca. (photo: provided)
Hoerner Theater, Ithaca College | Based on the delightful 1992 movie, the IC Theater department brings the tale of showgirl Deloris Van Cartier to the stage. After witnessing a murder, Deloris is put into protective custody at a convent, where, disguised as a nun, she struggles to change her lifestyle and abide by their strict rules with hilarious results. (photo: provided)
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Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 11/6 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden |
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 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.
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oming to Ithaca straight out of Miami! Marlow Rosado is a salsero at heart, but this twotime GRAMMY-winning pianist/composer/producer has also worked with most renowned artists in Latin music across genres from salsa to rock, from merengue to hip-hop, from bachata to reggaeton. After moving north from Puerto Rico, he has been continually sought out by Latin Artists such as salsa legend Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jr., Tito Nieves, Selena, Larry Harlow, Tommy Olivencia, Marc Anthony, Ricardo Montaner, Olga Tañón,
Ricky Martin, and more. Rosado’s music mixes his own compositions with some of the strongest songs from the past, maintaining the essentials of the originals, but metamorphosing through his 21stcentury artistic conception.
Marlow Rosado performs on Friday, November 1 at 8:00 PM in Bailey Hall as a part of the Cornell Concert Series. Tickets: $29-36, Students $19
Gemini Man| 117 mins PG-13 Abominable | 100 mins PG Ad Astra | 122 mins PG-13 Hustlers | 109 mins R It Chapter Two | 169 mins R Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark | | 108 mins PG-13
Special Events RetroGameCon 7 | 10:00 AM, 11/2 Saturday & 11/3 Sunday | The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse | Upstate NY’s biggest and longestrunning gaming convention with guests, panels, vendors, tournaments, and activities. Ulysses Philomathic Library Association’s Candlelight Dinner | 6:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses Chapel, 69 E Main St, Trumansburg | We will be thanking our volunteers and voting in new trustees. This year we will have live music by Xander Dawson, art by Rob MaKenzie, and a literary quiz by Chris
Wofford. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County’s 24th Empty Bowls Fundraiser | 6:15 PM, 11/2 Saturday | St John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | The simple dinner is made entirely possible by the generosity of the Tompkins County community. Empty Bowls’ guests choose and take home a handcrafted bowl, donated by local artisans, in which they are served a selection of delicious soups. The soups, salad, bread, wine and dessert offered during the evening are donated by area restaurants and wineries and many businesses generously sponsor the event. 100% of all funds raised go directly to support our free meal program. | $75
Kids Trunk or Treat | 5:00 PM, 10/30 Wednesday | Bethel Grove Bible Church, 1763 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca | This year we will have a hay bale maze, cider and donuts, the chili cookoff, hot dogs, giveaways from local businesses, games, face painting,
Bilingual Storytime for Families and Children of All Ages | 11:30 AM, 10/31 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) Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 11/1 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | A different theme every week! Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 11/1 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Crankies for Kids! | 10:30 AM, 11/2 Saturday | The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | *FREE shadow puppet WORKSHOP after the show @ 11:30 am* Crankies are scrolling stories told with puppets and music!
See the Duck Odyssey: the story of one lost rubber duck and its journey across the sea. And The Biggest Beet – a fairy tale about animals and a very stubborn beet! Also, hear the song of Salmon Boy - a crankie by Edith McCrea. Live music from Matt Ocone. All ages. | $8 -$12 Aunt Mae Comes to Town | 11:00 AM, 11/2 Saturday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Second show at 1:00 PM. Fitz&Startz Productions, Theater for All Ages presents Aunt Mae Comes to Town, book & lyrics by Rachel Lampert, music by John Coyne. | Adults $12, children (under 14) $8. Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 11/2 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Spanish-language Storytime | 2:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children of all ages and their caregivers will enjoy this series of Spanish-language storytimes. LEGO Building Program | 3:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The Library provides building bricks,
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Various locations, Downtown Ithaca | Check out new exhibits at some of your favorite galleries. State of the Art Gallery welcomes four new members whose works will be on display. The Ink Shop is celebrating twenty years of print-making with both a retrospective of past artists’ works and new ones at CSMA. And student artwork will abound at both New Roots Charter School and in Benjamin Peters where Lansing students have an exhibit (pictured). (photo: provided) Ithac a T imes
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and all creations are displayed at the Library for one week. Tween Board Game Club | 3:30 PM, 11/4 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At this program, tweens ages 8 to 12 will explore and learn new board games each week with Mike Timonen, local board game aficionado. There is a variety of games for participants to try. Tweens will learn strategic thinking skills and have fun at the same time. Cosplay Couture | 4:00 PM, 11/4 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, 11/5 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, 11/5 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |
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.
Notices DOWNTOWN ITHACA HAUNTED HISTORY WALKING TOURS | 6:00 PM, 10/30 Wednesday | Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N Tioga St., Ithaca | | $10. Free for children ages 7 and under with an adult caregiver. Ithaca Sociable Singles |10/31, 6:00 PM Dinner: Pita Gourmet, Cortland; Host: Jill H., RSVP: jholl9435@gmail. com Car Pride of Ithaca Open Club Meet - Trumansburg | 5:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | Trumansburg Shur-save, 2085 State Route 96, Trumansburg | Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM, 11/2 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
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - OH SOLO WAINWRIGHT TOUR 2019 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AT 8:00 PM
State Theater, 107 W State St., Ithaca | You never know what you will get when you see Wainwright - the singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist has never shied away from grandiose ambitions, concepts and sounds, and he’s rarely followed a predictable path in his twenty-year career. You have to give credit to a musician who once recorded an album featuring musical renditions of nine Shakespearian sonnets. (photo: provided)
Beer Tasting Benefit for Hospicare | 3:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Crossroads Bar And Grill, 3120 N Triphammer Rd, Lansing |
Center, 101 Dates Dr, Ithaca | Held in the Main Lobby. Help raise breast cancer awareness and learn more about how you can improve your own wellness! Light refreshments served. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Public Relations Department at 607-274-4104.
Halsey Valley Fire Dept. Annual Pancake Supper | 4:30 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Halsey Valley Fire Dept, 506 Hamilton Valley Rd, Spencer | All you can eat: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Homemade Donuts, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Milk
Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, 10/31 Thursday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield |
Saddle Up for Jesus Horse Riding Club | 7:00 PM, 11/2 Saturday | Brooktondale Baptist Church, 2311 Slaterville Road, Ithaca | A Christian, family-oriented riding club. We have club meetings, trail rides, horsemanship clinics for a variety of disciplines, cowboy devotionals and youth programs. Contact Lawrence Canfield at 607-539-6440.
Take off Pounds Sensibly | 6:00 PM, 10/31 Thursday | Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Road, Candor | Contact Jean Dewey 659-9969 or jmdewey@ frontiernet.net Square Dance and Other Dancing | 2:00 PM, 11/1 Friday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca | Everyone Welcome (members and non-members). No experience or partner needed. For more information call 273-1511
McLean Firefighters 72nd Annual Turkey Dinner | 12:00 PM, 11/3 Sunday | McLean Fire Hall, 2 Stevens Rd , McLean | Available until gone. All you can eat turkey with all the trimmings. Featuring homemade pie! Take outs available. | $12/$10/$7; under 5 free Clay for the Healing Heart | 5:00 PM, 11/3 Sunday | The Clay School, South Hill Business Campus Suite 28, Ithaca | This group is offered as a collaboration between Hospicare and the Clay School. This workshop offers children age 6-12 who are grieving the loss of a loved one an opportunity to process their grief through the art of hand building a memory box. Children must be comfortable participating without their parent or guardian present. Pizza dinner and snacks provided. Instructors: Julia Dean, owner of The Clay School and Laura Ward, LMFY, grief counselor. Please register by 10/31. Metalworking Our Memories for Adults | 5:00 PM, 11/3 Sunday | The Metal Smithery, South Hill Business Park - Suite 30, Ithaca | This workshop is offered as a collaboration between Hospicare and The Metal Smithery. It offers adults who are grieving the loss of a loved an opportunity to process their grief and memorialize their loved ones through metalworking. Register by 10/31. Writing Workshop w/ Zee Zahava | 10:00 AM, 11/4 Monday | Tompkins
Sacred Sunday Community at Yoga Farm | 9:00 AM, 11/3 Sunday | Yoga Farm, 404 Conlon Rd, Lansing | Open Meditation | 10:30 AM, 11/3 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca |
DOWNTOWN ITHACA HAUNTED HISTORY WALKING TOURS 6:00 PM, 10/30 Wednesday | Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N Tioga St., Ithaca | | $10. Free for children ages 7 and under with an adult caregiver.
County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At the workshop, participants will write and share memories and reflections about the place (or places) where they grew up; they may consider homeplace more broadly, as in city or hometown, or specifically, as in neighborhood or home. This workshop offers a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment for beginning as well as experienced writers. Please register. Free Adult Tutoring Services | 10:00 AM, 11/5 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.
Election Night Dinner | 4:00 PM, 11/5 Tuesday | Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd, Jacksonville | Serving from 4pm until gone. Roast Pork and Dressing, Chicken & Biscuits and a variety of Side Dishes and Desserts. | Adults $10 | Children (11 yrs and under) $5 Annual Election Night Dinner at the Grange | 4:30 PM, 11/5 Tuesday | Enfield Valley Grange Hall, 178 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca | MENU FEATURES: Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, garden vegetables, squash, coleslaw, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, variety of homemade pies and cakes, beverage. | $12 Adults, $6 Children 6-10, Under 5 Free
Car Pride of Ithaca Open Club Meet | 5:00 PM, 11/5 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. French Conversation and Tutoring Sessions | 6:00 PM, 11/5 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. Comic Book Club Meeting: The ‘Monster-Comics’ - Roots of Classic Marvel/MCU Characters! | 7:00 PM,
11/5 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Club co-founder Bill Turner will trace the evolution of several classic Marvel characters from their ‘Monster Comics era to today.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous | 4:00 PM, 11/3 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.
Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 11/6 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 for you. Contact: Denice Peckins firstname.lastname@example.org
Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting | 7:00 PM, 11/4 Monday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca |
Alzheimer’s Association Support Meeting | 5:30 PM, 11/6 Wednesday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca |
Ladies Night Out at CMC | 5:00 PM, 10/30 Wednesday | Cayuga Medical
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AT 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St., Ithaca| Fitz&StartZ Productions, an outgrowth of the long-time collaboration of Lesley Greene and Rachel Lampert, creates new theater works focusing on children under ten, that explore the nature of theater, music, dance, and performance. In this musical, Aunt Mae makes a monthly trip to Ithaca to visit her grand niece Martha and brings her huge photo album and all the stories to go with the pictures inside. (photo: provided)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, AT 3:00 PM
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