Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Downtown Ithaca e-News October 31st to November 8th, 2012

The Downtown Ithaca e-News October 31st to November 8th, 2012

It's a Downtown halloween 2012
Ithaca Halloween

October 31, 4-6pm

Join in the Halloween Parade!
Meet at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (301 W. Court St.) at 3:45 pm and parade to the Commons while trick or treating. All kids in costumes are welcome!

Trick or Treating!
Participating merchants throughout the Commons and surrounding streets will be welcoming trick or treaters from 4-6pm

There will be free music, hot cider, and chili inside Center Ithaca (171 the Commons). Come in and warm up!

First Friday Gallery Night gallery night logo yellow
Friday, November 2, 5-8pm

On Friday, November 2nd from 5 to 8pm and later, Ithaca's First Friday Gallery Night returns, with an exciting lineup of shows and events.

Taking place in and around downtown, Gallery Night is a haven for art lovers and culture seekers, with an eclectic mix of artwork, such as the CSMA (330 E. State/MLK St.) who presents 'Ithaca by Night,' an exhibition of works by Rebecca Godin. The works on view are equal parts fantasy, cartoon and reality. Godin is a self-proclaimed 'night person' who has always enjoyed creating night scenes. These pieces show Ithaca spots that caught her imagination on night rambles when the sun goes down and the moon and stars come out. Also, The Ink Shop (330 E. State/MLK St.) is hosting 'Shifting Perceptions/Cosmos,' by Rosalyn Richards, consisting of a visual narrative that explores signs, symbols, codes and other means of classification derived from scientific and technological sources. Richards is a Professor of Art at Bucknell University. She uses diagrams, charts, and other information systems to create imaginary worlds that are evocative and suggestive of natural processes and events.

Over at the Tompkins County Public Library (101 E. Green St.) viewers will encounter 'IthaCasts,' an exhibition of plaster casts of ancient sculpture from the collections of Cornell University, curated by Annetta Alexandridis. Since antiquity, plaster has been used to replicate works of art, particularly sculptures in the round and reliefs. Such copies served as models in drawing lessons, but also for teaching art history and archaeology. Cornell University owns one of the oldest cast collections in the country that was established primarily for scholarly purposes. The collection was established in the late 19th century. It is currently being restored and re-evaluated, in part with the help of students.

And, as part of Gallery Night's lineup, the First Baptist Church of Ithaca (DeWitt Park, 309 N. Cayuga St.) invites you to 1776: Celebrate your vote and our democracy this Election season by attending a rousing night of musical theatre! For five nights only, The Savage Club of Ithaca presents the Tony Award-winning musical "1776" written by Cornell Alum Sherman Edwards, Book by Peter Stone. Opening Friday, November 2 and closing on Election Day, 2012... 236 years since democracy and freedom were declared by the Continental Congress. This powerful musical will take the stage at the historic First Baptist Church where the unforgettable words of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Dickinson and Edward Rutledge will resound from the rafters within a company of 26 extraordinary singer/actors supported by a live 8 piece orchestra.

The production is directed by J.G. Hertzler with Musical Director Beverly Schmidt and Choreography by Dr. Nancy Kane, and takes place from 7pm to 9:30pm.Tickets available at the door, from members of the Savage Club or call to reserve at 387.3456.

November First Friday Participating Venues:
State of the Art Gallery
Tompkins County Public Library
The Ink Shop
The History Center in Tompkins County
Kitchen Theatre Company
Collegetown Bagels
Cornell Cinema at Cinemapolis
First Baptist Church of Ithaca
The Frame Shop
CAP Artspace
Ten Thousand Villages
Benjamin Peters
Fibers Boutique
Elevator Music and Art Gallery
@New Roots Charter School
Quilters Corners

Ask an Astronomer...LIVE!

When: 7 PM, Tuesday, November 6
Where: Lot 10 Lounge, 112 S. Cayuga Street

Looking for something to do before the returns start rolling in on Election Night?

Get YOUR questions about science, extra-solar planets, black holes, galaxies, and more answered by the astronomers behind the "Ask An Astronomer" website.

Join members of the Ask an Astronomer team in the Cornell University Department of Astronomy. Emcee Luke Leisman and panelists Jason Hofgartner, Joyce Byun, Manolis Papastergis, and Dusty Madison will field your questions during this interactive, fun evening...Out of this world.

Co-sponsored by Astronomy Grads Network, and funded in part by the GPSAFC.

For more information, visit

Science Cabaret is made possible through a partnership with the Light In Winter Festival of Science and the Arts:

Save-the-Date! Light in Winter 2013 - February 22-24.

Science Cabaret Now on Air!
Join Science Cabaret hosts on 91.7 WICB Sunday nights from 7 - 7:30 PM. Science Cabaret On Air podcasts are now archived at
Sponsored by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Note: Lot 10 is no longer serving dinner. They are transitioning to a music and entertainment venue. Awesome cocktails, beer, and wine are available.

Savage Club presents "1776"

For five nights, the Cornell Savage Club will present the Tony Award-winning musical "1776" at the historic First Baptist Church on DeWitt Park. Written by Cornell Alumnus Sherman Edwards from the Book by Peter Stone, the drama will open November 2nd and close on Election Day, November 6th.

The staged concert will feature 26 singer/actors and an 8 piece orchestra led by Musical Director Beverly Schmidt and choreographed by Dr. Nancy Kane. The unforgettable words of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Dickinson and Edward Rutledge will resound from the rafters 236 years after democracy and freedom were declared by the Continental Congress. Explaining his desire to share this dramatic subject during election season, Director John G. Hertzler stated "56 men met on July 4th 1776 to sign their names to the single most dynamic document in the political history of mankind. They dreamed a dream that we are living."

The show will begin at 7 each evening at 309 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. Tickets will be available at the door, from members of the Savage Club of Ithaca, or call 607 387 3456 to reserve. More details are available at the Facebook event page

The Savage Club of Ithaca assists community arts organizations, including the Community School of Music and Arts, Vitamin L Chorus, and Running to Places youth theatre.

Buffalo Street Books
Poet Paula Bohince, currently poet in residence at Dartmouth University will be at Buffalo Street Books on Friday November 2nd at 7pm to read from her work. This event is free and open to the public.

Paula Bohince is the author of two poetry collections, both from Sarabande: The Children (2012) and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008), which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems appear widely, in such publications at The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement (UK), Poetry, Granta (UK), The American Poetry Review, and The Yale Review. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Amy Clampitt Trust, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as the "Discovery"/The Nation Award and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. She lives in Pennsylvania and is the 2012 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place.

U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, actor and author Benjamin Busch will be at Buffalo Street Books (In DeWitt Mall, corner of Cayuga and Buffalo Streets) on November 3rd at 3pm to read from his memoir, Dust to Dust.

Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch-a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch-has crafted a lasting book to stand with the finest work of Tim O'Brien or Annie Dillard.

This event is free and open to the public.

Way2Go Online/In-person Trainings

Are you a helping professional? Do you organize events?
Do you work in a human resources or a 'front desk' position?

Register to attend am or pm session, in person OR as a webinar!
2012 Way2Go's Training for Helping Professionals, Sessions Nov. 14 and 15th Comprehensive overview of transportation options, strategies and support services available
in our area, for anyone who helps others get where they need to go.

"Thanks for the great training, it was very informative!"
- Past participant from Tompkins County Health Department

Register to attend webinar or in person for either session
by clicking or pasting a link below into your browser:

To register for Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Old Jail Conference Room, 125 E. Court St., Ithaca, NY
9:30 - 11:30 am session:

To register for Thursday, November 15, 2012
Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY
2:00 - 4:00 pm session:

- Ithaca Carshare updates and low-income plan
- Ithaca's Wheelchair-accessible taxi and other taxi updates
- Transportation assistance services and resources
- Options for medical trips and getting to school meetings
- TCAT, Gadabout, ADA Paratransit and Vanpooling
- Community-wide Coordinated Travel Training
- Tips and tools for ridesharing and using Zimride Tompkins
- Driving retirement education for older adults, friends & family
- Other transportation resources and ongoing projects

Prior attendees of in-person trainings are encouraged to attend for the latest updates. If you are interested, but cannot make this date, or would prefer the in-person training, please let us know.

To register for 11/14/12 9:30 - 11:30 am session:
To register for 11/15/12 2:00 - 4:00 pm session:

For more information CONTACT: Chrisophia Somerfeldt, Way2Go Educator; 272-2292 or 339-6901

Haudenosaunee Heritage Explored
at The History Center!

Saturday, November 10

On November 10, the public is invited to discover The History Center's new exhibit titled Haudenosaunee Environmental History 2.0 along with its program on Haudenosaunee Beadwork.

The History Center will unveil its new exhibit titled Haudenosaunee Environmental History 2.0, a panel of statements from past and present Haudenosaunee leaders on the environment, made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities.
The panel design is set as a virtual conversation like those that take place on social media. Quotes appearing on the panel are from the writings of Freida Jacques and Oren Lyons. Ms. Jacques and Mr. Lyons cite social values that inform today's Native American activists. It will remain on display until the end of the year when it will be lent to the Paleontological Research Institute.

From 1 to 2.45pm, The History Center will share lovely images and exquisite pieces of beautiful beadwork in an event featuring two expert speakers and a display of nearly thirty items.
Deborah Holler, a speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities and faculty mentor at SUNY Empire State College, will present "Inventing Fashion: Iroquois Beadwork and the Art of Flowering." Ms. Holler will show images from the collections in the New York State Museum, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and private collections. These images illuminate the contributions of the Iroquois to the textile arts, as well as the complex cultural exchange that defined women's fashions of 19th century.
Dolores Elliott, author and collector of Haudenosaunee beadwork, will present a talk on "Lewis H Morgan and Iroquois Beadwork." Morgan, a mid-19th century anthropologist and ethnographer, was the leading scholar of the Haudenosaunee who made one of the first collections of American Indian material culture. Ms. Elliott will display beadwork similar to the objects purchased by Morgan for the New York State cabinet in 1849-1850.

A question and answer session will follow remarks from the panelists.

For more information, please contact Paul Miller, Director of Secondary and Adult Education programs, at 607.273.8284 ext. 3. The History Center is located at 401 East State Street, just east of the Ithaca Commons, Ithaca, New York. open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11am to 5pm.

Taylor Guitars Road Show
at Ithaca Guitar Works

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30pm

An evening of guitar talk and demos with the Taylor factory staff and guitar makers - straight from El Cajon, California.

Plus...extra discounts on all of our Taylor guitars and giveaways including free sets of Elixir guitar strings and Taylor guitar ware. Visit us online at

guitar road show

Schickele in the Mix: a Concert for Family Fun

Sunday, November 18, 2:00pm
at the Community School of Music and Arts
schade American composer Peter Schickele has long been the two-for-one deal of the musical world. Audiences of his own fine chamber music as well as audiences of his researches into that notable and long-lost composer, P.D.Q. Bach will both find much to love in Music's Recreation's first concert of the 2012-13 season Sunday November 18, 2:00pm at the Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, NY.

For audiences who enjoy Schickele's old-time radio show, Schickele Mix, Mus 'Wreckers with narrator Camilla Schade will present Schickele's re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's, "The Emperor's New Clothes," arranged for chamber ensemble. Members of the ensemble include Steve Jones, William Hurley, Max Buckholtz, Elisa Evett, and William Cowdery. They will be joined by the Wazoo Trio comprised of John Greenly, Roz Feinstein, and Karen Melamed Smith who will perform on harmonized kazoos.
For audiences who enjoy Schickele's more traditional works, the group will perform "A Little Welcome Serenade" for flute and violin (Laura Campbell and William Hurley), one movement from the Quartet for clarinet (John Greenly) and piano trio, and selections from the Notebook of Betty Sue Bach.
Composer, musician, author, satirist-Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music. His works, now well in excess of 100 for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies and television, have given him "a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music." (John Rockwell, The New York Times)
Tickets $8; $20/family. Children of all ages encouraged to come! Refreshments served. Further information at:

This Week at Cinemapolis

Showtimes November 2 - 8
movies nov. 2

Live Performances 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

MEAT LOAFNovember 5 at 7:30pm


November 6

An Evening with Bill Engvall

November 10 at the State Theatre

JOHN HIATT & the Combo
November 16 at the State Theatre

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!

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