Friday, October 05, 2012

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

October Gallery Night a Haven for Artlovers

On Friday, October 5th 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, with an eclectic mix of artwork, such as Elevator Music and Art Gallery, a new gallery space at the New Roots Charter School (116 North Cayuga Street/The Clinton House), located in a non-functioning historic steam-powered elevator in the school lobby, in the 1828 building known as the Clinton House. The music and gallery space will be organized by New Roots Charter School's Art and Music departments to showcase installed art works by primarily local, and eventually national and international, visual and experimental sound artists. Also worth noting, The State of the Art Gallery features artists of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, on view from October 3-28, 2012. This is a great chance to preview the Art Trail artists' work in one place before choosing which studios to visit.

Over at CAP Artspace (Center Ithaca, 171 The Commons) on view will be "In our Own Time: Art of the Senior Years," an exhibit featuring eight residents of Longview, a senior community located on Ithaca's south hill. Elizabeth Blum, Annette Corth, Roger Farrell, Linda Piskorowski, Martha Steurer, Robert Witzel (posthumously) and Kay Wyman are all part of the exhibit which will include sculpture, photography and paintings. Come on Gallery night and meet the artists! CAP will host their monthly artist talk on Tuesday, October 16 (6:30 to 7:30pm) will feature 3 of the artists talking about their art work, influences and inspirations.

Cornell Cinema returns with their monthly art documentary series held at Cinemapolis. This month's screening is Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, about the art world's perhaps most influential performance artist and the subject of this long-overdue documentary, which focuses on her crowning statement at the MoMA: sitting at a table for three months straight, sharing wordless communication with any who might care to join her. The show begins at 9:15pm and costs $8. And, CSMA (330 E. State/MLK St.) returns with their First Friday Concert Series - this one featuring Angus Godwin, baritone. The show will take place Fri Oct 5 at 7:30 pm in the 3rd Floor Performance Space of the CSMA building.

Oct First Friday Participating Venues:

Elevator Music and Art Gallery
@New Roots Charter School
State of the Art Gallery
Tompkins County Public Library
The Ink Shop
Quilters Corners
Oasis/Green Star
Gimme! Coffee
The History Center in Tompkins County
Kitchen Theatre Company
Home Green Home
Ten Thousand Villages
Benjamin Peters
Fibers Boutique
Collegetown Bagels
Fine Spirit Studio
Titus Gallery

Upcoming Shows at the State Theatre

International a cappella phenomenon, The Swingle Singers, come to Ithaca!
The Swingle Singers are an international a cappella sensation performing at the State Theatre of Ithaca on Friday, October 5 at 8 PM. For over four decades, the unmistakable sound of "Swingle singing" has defined the art form: virtuosic vocal agility and blend demonstrated by their signature close-microphone technique, combined with high-level entertainment that has thrilled audiences around the globe. Their repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, Latin, pop and rock, all accompanied by their own vocal rhythm section. The Swingle Singers have performed all across the UK, America, Asia, and virtually every country in Europe, have released over 50 recordings, and have won five Grammy Awards.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company brings their Election Season Comedy Special to Ithaca!
The Reduced Shakespeare Company will bring their Special Election Edition of "The Complete History of America (abridged)" to the State Theatre of Ithaca on Saturday, October 6 at 8 PM. Who will be elected President in November 2012? Barack Obama? Mitt Romney? Stephen Colbert? In this Special Election and just in time for the 2012 Presidential Election, the R.S.C. will provide you with historical hilarity guaranteed to register laughs with every American voter. Returning with 600 Years of History in 6000 seconds, the "bad boys of abridgment" go from revolution to evolution, from Intelligent Design to crazy campaign promises, from the Boston Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order, from the Great Depression to...well, let's just pretend it's not happening, shall we? And hold onto your tricorn hats! In this Special Election Edition, the presidential nominees themselves will answer any and all audience questions! Who really discovered America? How old was John McCain at the beginning of the Civil War? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light-bulb? History is normally written by the winners... now it's the RSC's turn.

Tickets for the Friday, October 5th show are $32.50, $26.50, $19.50 and tickets for the October 6th show are $26.50, $22.50, $19.50. 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, group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. Student tickets are also available for $15! The State Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM.

The Art and Found's
"Craft Scrap to Paper" Project

"The Art and Found would like to invite you to be part of a downtown community recycling program, in which consumers and crafters alike are encouraged to donate their yarn and project scrap to our store and in exchange their "craft waste" will be transformed into handmade paper and home-made pillow stuffing!

The Art and Found wishes to encourage residents of Ithaca to open up their minds to other forms of recycling. Many of our indie-designers understand that a lot of their waste is in the form of string, paper, yarn, and fabric, and these can end up in landfills as well. Dyes and synthetic fibers harm the environment and oceans just as much as plastics! We hope to begin recycling these, right along with our bottles and cans!

Our Fabric-to-Scrap recycling program will consist of an in-shop drop off point where the public is welcome to come in and donate their craft scraps! In turn we will take the fabric and paper to the Veterans Sanctuary Combat Paper Studio and create paper from scratch! The paper will be sold in The Art and Found and will also be used to tag all merchandise! Other scrap will be used as pillow stuffing for home décor inventory!

The Art and Found hopes to donate the funds raised from these home décor and paper sales to local organizations that encourage community recycling and youth art's programs.

We hope that Ithaca welcomes a new spin on recycling, and starts to save their fabric scrap for new projects and a new vision for our community. With our mission to bring a sustainable clothing store to the Ithaca Commons we also hope to bring more awareness on the textile industry and other ways in which we can help the environment with our choices in fashion!"

For information please visit:

Show Your Friendship at LOT 10!
Thursday, October 18th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lot 10 Kitchen & Lounge - 106 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca

You're Invited ... to the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau HAPPY HOUR at Lot 10!

Help the Friends kick off the 2012 I SUPPORT ... campaign raising funds to support the Ithaca Youth Bureau's youth development and recreation programs for area youth (including Recreation Support Services for disabled children AND adults).

hors d'oeuvres & cash bar & special priced happy hour libations

Suggested $10 Donation at the door

Bring a friend! * Reservations requested (but not required) to

Mosaic Mural to be
Unveiled in Downtown Ithaca

October 25 at 5pm

On October 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM, the City of Ithaca and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance will host an unveiling of a mosaic mural on the Seneca Garage by Annemarie Zwack, a local artist who specializes in large-scale community collaborations. Entitled Feels Like Home; Spirit of Ithaca, the 6'x13' mosaic of handmade ceramic and glass tiles depicts Cayuga Lake at sunset with a trio of canoers, a series of waterfalls, local fossils, and a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables. The piece will be mounted on the Tioga Street side of the parking garage between the car and pedestrian entrances. Zwack was awarded a grant from the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes; this grant paid for the fabrication of the substrate made by Tim Merrick Construction. Councilman Eddie Rooker was instrumental in securing additional funding from the United Way and the New York State Urban Council, and many local volunteers pitched in to help grout and polish the mosaic as a part of Mayor Svante Myrick's "Ithaca Is Community" initiative on Earth Day.

Event at Apothekara
October 17, 5-7pm

Women's Sensuality: Using Chinese Medicine to Access Our Divine Energies. (For Women and Men Alike, i.e. men are very welcome!!!!) $15 Sign-up by Friday, October 12th!

Extraordinary, beautiful divine energies are intense and exquisite pillars of women's sensuality. Deepest of the deep, in a basin-like pelvic area, the womb carries generational messages of feminine power.

In Chinese medicine, the so-called Extraordinary Meridians map not just our lifetime experiences, but also our ancestral coding.
In a two hour session, Suzana will introduce the essential Extraordinary Meridians as mighty transformational tools that may be used to tap into hidden and often-times "shameful" aspects of perceiving feminine sensuality. Suzana's guidance into this magical exploration of sensuality is rooted in her firm belief that our very nature is one of pure innocence, birthed from lineages of power and grace.

Seats are Limited! Sign up at Apothekara or email Suzana at

115 South Cayuga St. Ithaca

CSMA's 5th Annual Arts
for All Marathon Kicks Off!

We're still taking artist applications! Help raise funds for CSMA education! Email us at or call 272.1474 or stop by the school!

Marathon Website:
Marathon Online Auction:
Marathon Email:
CSMA Phone: 607.272.1474

26.2 days of art-making to raise funds for arts education

The Arts for All Marathon is our signature fundraising event benefiting educational programs, with a focus on need-based scholarships. Throughout October, local artists, performers, and writers undertake creative projects and benefit events that raise funds for CSMA through donations honoring their efforts.

First Friday Gallery Night
4 Running Feet
Opening Reception: Fri Oct 5, 5-8 pm
Legacy Foundation Gallery (CSMA lobby)
special events: 'Mother' with the Vision Dance Collective at 5:30 (15
mins.), then 'Venus in Transit'-a live Butoh performance by artist
Mandy Caughey from 6:30 to 7 pm

also on view: Marathon online auction artwork

PLUS: Catch ComedyFlops at Lot 10 on Cayuga St, every Friday in October at 6 pm; donations taken for the Marathon!

First Friday Concert: Angus Godwin, baritone
Fri Oct 5, 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Performance Space, CSMA
with Thom Baker, tenor & William Cowdery, piano
($8 suggested donation)

The Marathon Online Auction now taking bids
auction website:
including: dinner at Northstar with the Mayor * yoga teacher training *
original artwork * fine dining & food * theatre & concert tickets *
museums * fitness * art supplies * shopping * get-aways * et cetera

bidding closes 6 pm Sun Oct 28

more events, save these dates:
Sun Oct 14: 3 pm
The Big Toot
a recorder orchestra concert with Gertrude Vrabel & Friends 3rd
Floor Performance Space

Sun Oct 21: 3 pm
Theatre Incognita presents a concert staging of The Importance
of Being Earnest served with high tea
starring Arthur Bicknell * Brett Bossard * Masa Gibson * Ross
Haarstad * Rachel Hockett * Elizabeth Livesay * Kristin Sad
3rd Floor Performance Space
Tickets $10 advance/ $15 door through Ticket Center Ithaca (273.4497)

Friday Oct 26: 6 to 8 pm
Floppy Hour/Celebrity Improv Jam at Lot 10
Tonight's improv will culminate in a Celebrity Improv Jam
at 7 pm, in which local celebrities will hook up with the
ComedyFlops troupe! Check our website as celebrities are

Fri Oct 26: 9 pm
Ecstatic Dance Halloween Ball
3rd Floor Performance Space

Sat Oct 27: 8 pm
Gram Parsons Route 66 Hitchhiker's Ball
with The Burns Sisters * Johnny Dowd & the Tin Teardrops with
special guest Amy Puryear * Juge Greenspun * Luke Gustafson *
Simm and Unitt * Park Doing * The Common Railers & more
3rd Floor Performance Space ($10-$15 donation) costumes welcome!

Sun Oct 28: 6 pm
Online Auction Closes

more to come! check for new events on our website!

Community School of Music and Arts
330 E Martin Luther King Jr/State St | Ithaca, NY 14850 | 607.272.1474

The Greater Ithaca Art Trail
October 6-7 and 13-14, 11am to 5pm each day

The Greater Ithaca Art Trail is soon! On October 6-7 and 13-14, 11am to 5pm each day, 45 artist studios across Tompkins County are open simultaneously. Free! Just get the map and go!

Visit painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramists, fiber artists, mosaic artists and more. Quite a few of the artists are in downtown Ithaca and across the city of Ithaca.

You need the map!!! Pick one up at the Downtown Visitor Center in Center Ithaca on the Commons or Download the brochure/map from and learn much more about the event. Or call 273-5072, ext. 20 or

Store Fixtures for Sale

Morris' Men's and Ladies' Wear at 134 The Commons is closing and has fiixtures and decoration for sale.

A Brief History: In 1905 Isadore Lewis started a tailor shop which became a store carrying fine men's clothing and serving the Ithaca population for a century. He passed the store to his son Morris...hence, the name. His grandson Ron took over the running of the store in 1962 and Morris' remained family owned and operated.

From selling war uniforms to red blazers for Cornell University grads, from Hawaiian style Jams to leisure suits and tuxedos, Morris' has met the needs of the community with personal service, broad selection and competitive price points for over 100 years.

This Week at Cinemapolis

Showtimes October 5 - 11
movies oct. 5

As many of you may know, cinemas across the country are being forced to adopt new technology in order to exhibit motion pictures. The decline of 35mm film is very much upon us, and Cinemapolis needs to evolve in order to stay in business. Hundreds, if not thousands, of movie houses across the country will close in the next year or two. Some already have. The cost of upgrading to the new digital format is daunting, but we are determined that Ithaca and Tompkins County will continue to have a venue for the latest and best in independent cinema.

There is a bright side (very bright) to all of this. The quality of presentation at Cinemapolis will take a quantum leap forward as a result of the upgrade. Each auditorium will enjoy digital surround sound, and the images will be brighter and sharper than ever before. And while we are embracing the new digital technology, we will continue to show 35mm film as long as it is possible to do so.

Our first digital projector will be installed next week. And to celebrate, we will be offering free popcorn to those purchasing tickets for the 7:05 and 9:10 showings of Samsara on Friday, October 12. More details on our campaign to go digital will be forthcoming in the near future, but we wanted to break this news a little early. We hope to see you on October 12 for this important occasion.

Ending Thursday:
Moonrise Kingdom
Robot & Frank

Opening Friday:
Liberal Arts

Check out the Cinemapolis newsletter here:

Live Performances 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

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

Art Exhibition Opportunity

State of the Art Gallery will hold a Regional Juried Small Works Show in December 2012. All media is eligible except photography because the gallery will hold its annual photography show in March 2013. Each entrant may submit up to three works not to exceed 16" in any one dimension. Entry fee is $35 and there will be $600 awarded in prizes. Entry deadline is November 10, 2012 and show dates are December 5 through 24. The entry form is available on the gallery web site: For additional information contact Shirley Hogg at: or the gallery at 607-277-1626.

The Transgender Oral History Project
at The History Center in Tompkins County
Friday, October 12th, 2012, 6-9pm
Open and Free to All

Movement Building and Breaking: An Interactive Trans History
Join us for an evening of brainstorming, collaboration, and story telling around transgender history. Learn about central tensions between the Trans and the Lesbian and Gay communities historically, and discuss how things are changing for Transgender Americans today.

All are welcome! Open to all in the community including allies, friends, and family.

For more information on this event, please contact The History Center at 607 273 8284 x 0.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase 3 months or longer, Get 1 month FREE!!! BONUS - If you are a downtown employee - you get 10% off 6 months or longer too!

Coming up - Zumbathon for the Tompkins County SPCA - Saturday, October 20 from 1-4pm on The Commons.

171 East State Street
Lower Level of Center Ithaca
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-3532

Cinemapolis Launches First Digital Projector October 12 with Free Popcorn and 'Samsara'

New Technology Delivers Outstanding Views and Meets New Industry Standards

Cinemapolis, Ithaca's nonprofit, independent movie theater, will hold a grand opening of its first digitized projection theater on Friday October 12, with the movie Samsara. Tickets for the special screenings, to be held at 7:00 PM and 9 PM, will be sold in advance at, and at the door at the regular price. The first 90 customers for each screening will receive free popcorn and a chance to win two free tickets to Cinemapolis. Tickets these special screenings of Samsara can be purchased in advance at Cinemapolis or online at The tickets cost $9.50 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and include free, freshly popped popcorn with real butter, a Cinemapolis trademark.

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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