Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Downtown Ithaca e-News: September 13 - 21

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Apple Harvest Festival apple harvest graphic
September 28th - September 30th, 2012
on the Commons

Perennial Apple Harvest attractions such as the Apple Pie eating contest, Craft Show and the Farmers Market return as the festival takes place from noon to 6:30 pm on Friday the 28th and 10:00 am until 6:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the traditional Apple Harvest activities, this year's festival will feature a vast array of entertainment including comedy, magic, theatre and dance. New events will be disclosed as we get closer to the festivl.

The Apple Harvest Festival is free and open to the public and will feature more than a dozen area farmers and wineries over the course of the three day event. Fresh farm produce and home baked goods will be available for sampling and purchase while numerous local vintners will be on hand providing tastings of some of the region's finest locally produced wines and ciders. In addition to the local culinary bounty, the Apple Harvest Festival will feature over one dozen unique food vendors featuring cuisines from Indian to Thai, Italian to Laotian.

While opportunities to dine and indulge in a considerable selection of cuisine will abound at this year's Apple Harvest Festival, the opportunity to shop and appreciate the visual arts will be equally as plentiful as the annual craft show will feature over fifty artisans. This year's Apple Harvest Craft Show will feature everything from fine art to textiles to some of the region's most delicately crafted glass art and jewelry. Artisans from throughout the central New York region and the greater Northeast will be represented.

Click here for the schedule of performers.

More info at

Buffalo Street Books

Local author Fred Wilcox ("Scorched Earth", "Waiting for an Army to Die") will be at Buffalo Street Books to read from his new novel, "Secrets" on Saturday September 15th at 5pm.Everyone keeps secrets. Some, like those Richard Grady harbors, are dreadful. On the other hand, Maggie Mallon lives inside a web of fantasy, woven out of the countless secrets she carries. The truth? You won't find it in this tale unless you listen closely to Crockett, a canine that loves good wine, gourmet meals and stories about killer bears.

Richard Grady narrates this comic-tragic novel, while Crockett offers relentless advice, criticism and, when needed, condemnation. He claims to have no secrets. Richard knows this is a classic case of denial.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and Fred will be signing books. Please contact Bob Proehl at with any further questions.

West of Eden: Communes & Utopia, a conversation with Iain Boal at BSB Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6pm

PM Press author and editor Iain Boal will be at Buffalo Street Books on Wednesday September 19th at 6pm as part of a series of book talks brought to you by PM Press and Buffalo Street Bookmarks.

In the shadow of the Vietnam War, a significant part of an entire generation refused their assigned roles in the American century. Some took their revolutionary politics to the streets, others decided simply to turn away, seeking to build another world together, outside the state and the market. West of Eden charts the remarkable flowering of communalism in the '60s and '70s, fueled by a radical rejection of the Cold War corporate deal, utopian visions of a peaceful green planet, the new technologies of sound and light, and the ancient arts of ecstatic release.

Iain Boal is an Irish social historian of science and technics, affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley and Birkbeck College, London. He is co-author of Retort's Afflicted Power: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War.

He will be joined at the event by two local former communards. Henry Beauty Peterson is an original member of the Yea God commune in West Danby, outside of Ithaca. Yea God existed throughout the 1970s. Beauty has lived communally for much of his adult life and is currently the founding member of the local White Hawk EcoVillage.

Ned Asta was a member of the gay Lavender Hill commune, which went on for many years in the 70s, also in West Danby. Before Lavender Hill, she spent 3 years with New York City's renowned gay communal theatrical group,
Hot Peaches. Since the early 80s, Ned has been part of the Moosewood Restaurant Collective.

Fields of Fame and Glory:
Tompkins County Heroes of the 137th New York,
Gettysburg and Beyond

Tompkins County Public Library. BorgWarner Room
Monday. September 17th, 2012, 6pm

The History Center partners with the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration Commission and the Tompkins County Public Library to present "Fields of Fame and Glory: Tompkins County Heroes of the 137th New York, Gettysburg and Beyond," a presentation by author David Cleutz, September 17 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

"Fields of Fame and Glory" will offer an illustrated look at one of New York's most celebrated regiments and provide insight into the lives of the 300 men recruited, trained and led by Colonel David Ireland. From the fields of Gettysburg to the battles of Chattanooga and Wauhatchie, the men of the 137th served as a unit of strength for the North, fighting in pivotal contests like Peachtree Creek, the March to the Sea and the march through the Carolinas which ended the war. The 137th and Ireland were recognized with monuments at Gettysburg, Wauhatchie, Lookout Mountain and Ringgold Gap and have been heralded in Civil War books, documentaries and websites.
Cleutz is the pen-name of David Clutz, a historian and author with roots in the Gettysburg area. A Binghamton resident, Cleutz received the Association of Public Historians of New York's Excellence in Promoting Local History award in 2010 and has written three books on the Civil War: "War & Redemption: A Civil War Tale," "Fields of Fame & Glory: Col. David Ireland and the 137th NY, a Regimental History" and "Rebels in the Front Yard: Liberty at Gettysburg."
This program is being presented as part of a five-year partnership between the Library and the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration Commission to provide opportunities for community conversation and increased awareness about the Civil War. It is free and open to the public.

For more information about Library programs, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at cwheeler@tcpl.orgor (607) 272-4557 extension 248. For information about the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, contact Carol Kammen, Tompkins County historian, at

Comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood return to the State Theatre of Ithaca!
After a 4 year hiatus, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will make their return to the State Theatre stage on Friday, September 14 at 8 PM. The stars of the Emmy nominated Who's Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes.... Just like a live version of 'Whose Line'! Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Don't miss the most exciting comedy event of the year!

Tickets for the Friday, September 14th show are $49.50 for Gold Circle seating, $29.50 for upper balcony seating, and $39.50. They can be purchased at the State Theatre Box Office at 105 W. State/MLK Jr. St, online at, or by calling 607-277-8283. In addition, discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. The State Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 10 AM - 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM, and Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM.

This show is part of the CSP Management Comedy Series.

For more information, or to arrange interviews, contact Carolyn Ambrose at, or (607) 277-8283, ext. 898.

Event at Apothekara
September 26th, 6-8pm

Herbal First Aid: 15 (or so) Plants to Have on Hand for a Variety of First Aid Situations; free
7Song of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and Clinical Herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic.

115 South Cayuga St. Ithaca

The Art and Found race for the space logo

Now open at Center Ithaca - The Art and Found - Sustainable clothing, intimates, and accessories. Stop by and meet the crew who won the Race for the Space and have made their store a reality!

IC Founder's Day Concert
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
DeWitt Park
(corner of Cayuga and Buffalo Streets)

The Friends of Ithaca College Cordially invite you to the 21st annual Founder's Day Concert in the Park

Southern Exposure
A Musical View of the American South

The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
Stephen Peterson, Conductor

The Friends of Ithaca College invite you to explore the American South at the annual Founder's Day concert. Conductor Stephen Peterson and the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble will perform a collection of music that captures the rich history and unique identity of the Southern states. Family and friends are invited, too, and there'll be complimentary refreshments for everyone. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair!

The Founder's Day Concert in the Park commemorates Ithaca College's founding in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and the deep connection between the College and the Ithaca community ever since.

For more information, call (607) 274-3496.

Rain location:
Ford Hall
Whalen Center for Music
Ithaca College

The Founder's Day Concert in the Park is sponsored by Beverly Baker and Baker Travel. Special thanks to the Boardman House, too.

Events at Lot 10Lot 10 logo

106 S. Cayuga St.
Events at the Lot 10 Lounge through August 25.

9/12 - 6:00p - 9:00p: Djug Django
9/13 - 7:00p - 9:30p: Trampoline presents "Take this Job and Shove It!"
9/13 - 10:00 - 12:00a: Soft Spot Songs w/ Amanda Mulholland
9/14 - 10:00p - 1:00a: Latin Night w/ Sabrosura
9/15 - 10:00p - 1:00a: DJ John-Paul

9/18 - 7:00p - 8:30p: Science Cabaret
9/19 - 6:00 p - 9:00p: Djug Django
9/19 - 10:00p - 1:00a: Fishtank Ensemble
9/20 - 10:00p - 1:00a: DJ RoxJax
9/21 - 10:00p - 1:00a: DJ Gudz
9/22 - 10:00p - 1:00a: DJ Vision

***Lot 10 offers 2 happy hours:
5-7pm and 10pm-1am daily!***

Our specials are as follows:
$3 Picklebacks a shot of Powers Irish Whiskey & Housemade Pickle Juice chaser
$4 House Margarita
$2 Yuengling drafts
$5 House Mojito
$4 Sangria
$5 Shot of Jim Beam & 12 oz. PBR

This Week at Cinemapolis

Showtimes September 12 - 20
movies sept 14

David Cronenberg has been a busy director in 2012. His latest effort, Cosmopolis, comes to town this Friday. It is certainly a stark contrast to A Dangerous Method, that was released earlier this year.Also opening Friday is Mike Birbiglia's semi-autobiographical comedy, Sleepwalk With Me. Ira Glass of NPR's This American Life co-wrote the screenplay and has done a tremendous job promoting the film.

Joan Jacob Brumberg and Jane Powers will be here on Wednesday, September 12 to host Watermarks. This is a fascinating look at members of a Viennese swim team in the 1930s as fascism spread across the continent. And just a reminder that the new National Theatre Live season kicks off a week from Thursday with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Opening Friday:
Sleepwalk With Me

There are a couple of new events, including the Ithaca Media Arts summer camp screening, as well as a screening of Glory, part of the Civil War Commission's Sesquicentennial.

Flicstart, a new venture by Ithacans and Cornell has officially launched. Flicstart allows you to screen any movie at any theater, any time. You now have the power to show the best movies of all time-smash hits, classics, foreign films, documentaries, indie films, your own film, and more-at your favorite movie theater.
How does it work? You pick the movie and if enough people sign up, the show is on! Try it out and request a screening.

See you at the movies,
Scott Bliss

Check out the Cinemapolis newsletter here:

Live Performances at the State Theatre

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (comedy)
September 14 at the State Theatre

Josh Ritter

September 15 at the State Theatre

Cam'ronSeptember 22 at the State Theatre

Carolina Chocolate Drops

September 26 at the State Theatre

PUNCH BROTHERS featuring Chris Thile
September 29 at the State Theatre

The Little Farm Show
(presented by the Tompkins Trust Co. Family Series)
September 30 at the State Theatre

Judy CollinsOctober 4 at the State Theatre

The Swingle Singers
October 5 at the State Theatre

Reduced Shakespeare Company Presents: Special Election Edition of 'The Complete History of America (abridged)
October 6 at the State Theatre

Craig Ferguson

October 11 at the State Theatre

Cat PowerOctober 18 at the State Theatre
(Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug 17th at 10am)

Glen Campbell: The Farewell Tour

October 25 at the State Theatre

Gov't MuleOctober 27 at the State Theatre

Indigo Girls

October 30 at the State Theatre

Citizen Cope
November 1 at the State Theatre

Banjo Summit featuring Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Mac Benford, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg and Pete Wernick
November 2 at the State Theatre

November 6

An Evening with Bill Engvall

November 10 at the State Theatre

JOHN HIATT & the Combo
November 16 at the State Theatre

The Yoga School yoga school logo

We are happy to announce a few great offerings at The Yoga School, Ithaca's newest yoga center located just above The Mate Factor in the heart of downtown.

For anyone who is new to the school we are offering an introductory special of 90 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes for $90!! Offer good thru December 1st!
Come learn the benefits of building a personal yoga practice.

Downtown Ithaca Employees are eligible for an encouraging 1 Week of Yoga Classes for FREE. Treat yourself to something wonderful this year! This offer is also good thru December 1, 2012.

To learn more about yoga and what we
do, check us out at-

St. Catherine's 2nd Annual
International Peace Festival

Sept. 15-16

The 2nd Annual International Peace Festival will take place on Sept 15th and 16th - a two-day family friendly celebration for international peace, with live music and performances by a myriad of local and regional international acts.

The event features performances by the Sim Redmond Band (Roots-Rock, Afro-Caribbean and Reggae), Los Salseros del Monte (Latin Dance), Vitamin L (Inspirational), Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (Gospel), Raizes de Brasil Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts and Dance), Celtimorphosis (Irish Folk), and Samite (African Soul). Other local performances include Nate the Great, Shimtah (Korean Drummer Group), Armstrong School of Dance and the Ithaca Children's Garden. There will be arts and craft vendors, a silent auction, an assortment of international food, local craft beer as well as activities and entertainment for kids including passports, face painting, an outdoor evening movie and a bouncy castle.

Ongoing Events

Jazz at Buffalo Street BooksEvery Tuesday at 9:30pm. An open Jazz Jam with the Neal Massa Trio.

Monday Trivia Night at Silky Jones
Every Monday at 10pm. Ithaca's Longest Running Independent Trivia Night (I think). No charge to play, $50 cash prize.

Tuesday Trivia Nights at Lot 10 Loung
e 8-10pm

Open Session Figure Drawing @ Standard Art Supply & Souvenir. 308 E. Seneca St. Tuesdays, 7:45 - 10:00pm. $10.

Free Beer Tastings at Tavern on the Green
Ithaca Coffee Company, Gateway Commons
Thursdays 4-6pm.
Gallery shows are going on all month long in Downtown!
Visit for a current list!

Special Promotions

Finger Lakes Fitness Centerfinger lakes fitness logo
Dust off your workout gear! It's FITNESS CHALLENGE time again at FLFC!
$30 each person for 6-weeks. Teams of 4 people. The Challenge runs September 17 through October 31. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance

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