Monday, February 17, 2014

16th Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 11:30-4pm (Raindate Feb. 16th)

Get your Tickets Today!
Buy Tickets at Autumn Leaves Used Book Store; Collegetown Bagels (College Ave, East Hill and Downtown locations); Downtown Ithaca Alliance office located in Center Ithaca at 171 E. State St. or by phone for Will-Call (until Thurs.) with credit card (607) 277-8679.

The Chili Cook-off features chili prepared by approximately 30 restaurants as they compete for the titles of Best Meat/Overall Chili, Best Vegetarian, and People's Choice Chili. In addition to Chili, there are other Chili related food items. The Chili Cook-off will feature a farmers market with vendors and local wineries, breweries, and farmer's sampling their goods. All activities will take place on the Ithaca Commons and surrounding streets.

Chili Cook-Off 2014 Schedule

Center Stage:

All Day Chili Idol Karaoke Competition- Final round starts at 3:00pm

Outdoor Lot 10 Main Stage:
12-4pm Chilympics: play chili games and win prizes all day with WICB
2:30 Hot Pepper Showdown: those interested in competing in this hot pepper eating competition should gather at the stage at 2:20 for sign up.
3:00 Chili' 'Stache Competition
3:30 Chili Cook-Off Winners Announced!

Additional Events: Saturday Feb. 15th
3:00 - Galumpha at the State Theatre
3-5pm - Band Monkey Wrench Revolt - Silky Jones - opening early with drink Specials
10pm - Lot 10 - 10:00pm Rockwood Ferry (upstairs), Disco Dance Party (downstairs)

For more information and event details, please like us on Facebook, visit or call the DIA office at 607-277-8679.

Library to Host Family Movie Matinee
February 17 at 2 p.m.

Tompkins County Public Library will host a free screening of Disney's latest animated hit, "Planes," February 17 at 2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room. Families are invited to enjoy popcorn and drinks while watching Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world's fastest flyers in the greatest air race of all-time.

The Library will also host a special screening of the blockbuster "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" at 2 p.m., March 17.

For more information, contact the Library's Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Ladies Night
Valentines Day Party
Friday, February 14th, 5-8pm at The Art and Found

The Art and Found invites you to Ladies Night on Valentines Day!
Get pampered and treat yourself to a store-wide discount exclusive to You! For One Night Only enjoy the following FREE Treats to celebrate all the women who have supported us:
* Free Champagne and Chocolates
* Free Eye Make Application from a specialist from Skinique on the Commons
* Free samples of perfume oil to the FIRST 20 Attendees!
* and a 15% discount on your Total Purchase between 5-8pm!

The Art and Found also Welcomes a Beauty Rep from DoTerra Essential Oils with a"Make your own perfume" station!
Walk away with an affordable perfume spray you designed yourself!
Along with other body scrubs and salves for sale as well!

Friday February 14th from 5-8pm
At The Art and Found
171 E State St
Ithaca, The commons / in Center Ithaca

This event is FREE To the public
Discounts only apply between 5-8pm

Vanissa Santi at Argos Inn
Friday, February 14th, 9 - midnight
Sunnyside Records recording artist and Ithaca native Venissa Santi has officially challenged what is expected in jazz music. She came up swinging, with a record we think Billie herself would appreciate. Big Stuff ~ Afro Cuban Holiday delivers the jazz standards you know, inside rhythms you never new existed.

Join us at Argos Inn as we welcome Venissa Santi this Valentine's Day, Friday February 14th from 9 - midnight for a show that will transport you to another time and place.

Tickets are $10 in advance and available at Argos Inn.

Argos Inn is located at 408 E. State St.

This Week at Cinemapolis
Showtimes for February 14 - 20

Another week, another Award Winning film...starting this Friday, The Past, Asghar Farhadi's follow up to A Separation, joins the line up at Cinemapolis. Critics have used terms like "profound," "superb," "wrenching, startling, and utterly transformative" to describe this Palme d'Or nominee. See the performance that garnered Bérénice Bejo the best actress award at Cannes...but see it soon - this is a limited engagement!

While we're on the subject of awards, Hollywood's big night is just around the corner. Don't you want to spend it with your cinema-loving friends at your favorite non-profit independent movie theater? Reserve your spot at Cinemapolis's annual Gala Event - "And the Winner Is..." On the evening of March 2nd, from 7 pm until best picture is announced, you can enjoy great food, great drinks, and the big awards on the big screen.

All proceeds go directly supporting our mission to act as a community center where the art of film used to enrich people's lives, grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain. Find more details and get tickets at

Wine Tasting at The Cellar d'Or
Friday, February 14

This week we welcome
Scott and Jennifer, owners/winemakers of one of our favorite and best kept finger lakes secrets, Eminence Road Farm Winery! They will be here to pour and introduce us to their amazing wines (the cab franc happens to be what I think is one of the best in N.Y. and maybe even the U.S.??!!) They'll be joining us on friday, February 14th (V-day). Bring your date!!

The Cellar d'Or Wine & Cider Shop
136 E. State Street
On The Commons

Stark Nights at Bar Argos
Every Thursday from 8-11pm
408 E. State St.

Join us at Bar Argos every Thursday for a rotating set of musicians anchored by Michael Stark.

Coming up this week... MSZM
Performing a collection of original expressive pieces, features Stark on piano & synth bass pedals and Zaun Marshburn on drums.

Come for the music, Stay for the cocktails, Free for all

*previously scheduled for this week, The Insect Brigade w/ Steve Gollnick has been rescheduled to next week, 2/20.

Life's So Sweet for Your Valentine

Life's So Sweet in Downtown! If you are looking for the perfect Valentine's gift for your sweetie, look no further than Life's So Sweet Chocolates in Downtown Ithaca. Order now and have your Valentine delivered for FREE on Valentine's Day (Friday) from 10:30am-3:30pm in Downtown Ithaca only!

Two amazing packages to choose from:

1. Sweet Life - Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Valentine's Balloon for $25.99

2. Ultimate Valentine - One Pound Heart Assortment, Valentine Necklace or Bracelet AND Valentine Balloon for $49.99.

Call 607-882-9842 to place your order for Sweets for your Sweetie or to create your own special package. Have it delivered to your sweetheart or to you so you can deliver it yourself! All without going out in the cold. Maybe he or she will share or maybe you can be your own valentine.

Cupcake Decorating Class for Teens
February 20, 2-4pm

Teens are invited to attend a "sweet" program at Tompkins County Public Library February 20, as local teacher Alexis Zaharis introduces the basics of cupcake decorating.

Being held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room, the class will include instructions for making and coloring icing, creating sugary stars, rosettes and more.

Participants should bring six to eight unfrosted cupcakes, a container to transport them in and an apron or old tee shirt. All other supplies will be provided.

The class is free and open to students in grades six through twelve; however, advance registration is required. To register, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at or (607) 272-4557 extension 274.

This program is supported by a grant from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

The Readers' Theatre of Ithaca
Moves to Downtown Cinemapolis

The Readers' Theatre of Ithaca (RTI), now in the middle of its fourth season, is thrilled to announce their move to CINEMAPOLIS located in downtown Ithaca, 120 East Green Street. RTI will launch their move to the independent movie house with IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP, by Neil LaBute running March 7-9, 2014.

Said Anne Marie Cummings, RTI's Founder and Artistic Director: "It's very exciting for us to move downtown to Cinemapolis. Now RTI audiences can walk, take TCAT, park for free in the Green Street parking garage, shop, wine, and dine on The Commons before seeing an RTI production, and last, but not least, RTI audience members will now be able to purchase their theatre tickets on our website using Cinemapolis' online ticketing system."

RTI will occupy the 90-seat, movie theatre number one in Cinemapolis. The company will bring in theatre lights, a stage, and a modern, flat, floor-to-ceiling curtain which they purchased with the help of BSI Productions, in Ithaca, NY.

Brett Bossard, Executive Director of Cinemapolis, added: "This partnership with RTI provides a great opportunity for Cinemapolis to stretch a little. We're still Ithaca's member-supported independent movie theater, but through events like these, our unique downtown space can function as a community resource where audiences and arts of all kinds can come together."

Tickets for LaBute's psychological thriller can now be purchased through RTI's website via Cinemapolis ( Prices for students are $10 advance payment (student ID required at the door) and $12 at the door. Prices for adults and seniors are $12 advance payment and $15 at the door (cash and credit cards). For directions and to follow audio interviews on RTI's blog, visit

Tompkins Connect Lunch
& Learn with Mack Travis

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 12:00-12:45 PM
Center Ithaca Upper Atrium
(behind Sangam)

Join us for some free pizza and an informal presentation/Q&A with local notable Mack Travis. Mr. Travis will speak about his 40-year career as a successful real estate developer (Center Ithaca, Clinton House) and philanthropist (State Theatre, Downtown Ithaca Alliance) and will offer some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Christian Science Reading Room
117 South Cayuga Street near Green Street

Christian Science Reading Room welcomes teachers enjoying Winter Recess to stop in and learn about Difference Maker, Chris Balme, and his one-of-a-kind program called Spark, which boosts graduation rates through one-on-one apprenticeships.

Chris Balme's story continues the Reading Room's "Can one person make a difference?" focus and will be displayed February 12- 25.

This Christian Science Monitor series brings attention to the innovative thought and action of one individual, and perhaps will inspire another individual to emulate the projects they learn about - in their own unique way!

Free copies of the original Monitor story will be available in the Reading Room. Teachers may purchase any Christian Science Monitor Weekly for half-price, or get a free CSM Weekly with purchase of any CD or book. The Christian Science Reading Room offers a welcoming, quiet atmosphere to explore fresh inspiration.

For more information call (607) 272-1650.

Give the Gift of Massage
for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Gift Certificate Special at The Relaxation Point!
This Valentine's Day treat your loved ones to a massage. We're offering $10 off of our lowest price for a 1 hour and 20 minute massage gift certificate for an extra special rate of $70. Maybe the best recipient for this Valentine gift is YOURSELF! What better way to Treat Yourself Right?

See our website at and go to the 'Valentine's Special' page. Or call 607-379-1639 to arrange for your discounted gift certificate.

Downtown Ribbon Cuttings ribbon cutting logo
Wednesday, February 19

Ribbon Cuttings will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:00 am at Chemung Canal Trust Company at 202 E. State on The Commons and Acting Out NY, Center Ithaca atrium (171 The Commons) at 11:15 am.

Chemung Canal Trust Company is an independent community bank which has served the financial needs of businesses and individuals for over 175 years. They trace their roots to the opening of their namesake, the Chemung Canal, in 1833.

Acting Out NY has been offering classes, camps and workshops in film acting since the summer of 2011, for kids ages 4-16. The film projects they create are often centered around subjects kids deal with today like bullying, peer pressure, and finding their voices. We live in an age where everyone has a video camera whether it's on a cell phone, or an iPad, and kids are inundated every day with negativity in the media and commercial aspects of show biz. Their aim is to combat that by providing a safe place for kids to explore how the media affects them, and demystify "Hollywood" by showing kids what it's like to make a movie, commercial or TV show! The performing arts are an invaluable avenue to express kids' feelings, and you can see that evident in the final projects posted on their website, and on YouTube. Check out their short films, commercials for fellow local businesses and music videos online at!

No Soap Radio

Join us Friday February 14 at noon for NO SOAP RADIO. This week all you need is love, as we salute the Beatles and celebrate Valentine's Day. We'll have Alan Sherman, George Carlin, the Ruttles, the Beatles, Andy Griffith and even the Marx Brothers. Listen to WRFI at 88.1 FM or on-line at

Tune in and hear things differently.

NO SOAP, RADIO airs bi-weekly on WRFI, 88.1 FM, Ithaca's Community Radio Station. Hosted by Howard Leib, NO SOAP RADIO is about everything. We are entertainment, government, politics, and society. We are music, comedy, interviews and opinion. Most of all, we are about looking at the world in new ways. Each show, we will focus on some topic or issue through a blend of sounds and sources. We are not on a soap box. We want to make you think and laugh and open your mind.

Mighty Yoga MY


w/ Gina Newlin
February 14 | 7:30 - 9:30pm
$45 per couple (one person signs up!)

Celebrate the love in your life and share the gifts of the high union that is yoga with a partner in honor of Valentine's Day! Enjoy the mutual support of a partner practice that is both easeful and playful, and fly like Cupid with an introduction to therapeutic poses where you'll be fully supported while enjoying a touch of Thai Massage. Bring a friend, family member, or other love of your life. Sweet refreshments will follow.

YOGA FUNdamentals w/ Emma Silverman
February 22 - March 8 | 2:30 - 3:45pm
$30, or $28 for students

Whether you are interested in beginning a yoga practice, or are looking to find the beginner's mind again, this is the series for you! This 3-class series will cover the fundamentals of yoga, including alignment, breathing, and relaxation techniques. Increase strength, concentration, and flexibility -- all while reducing stress and remembering to breathe! It's a great way to learn more about yoga and help you get the most out of your yoga experience. This deal can't be beat!

See more details about our deals and workshops online at

Live Performances at the State Theatre
February 15

Band of Horses (acoustic)
February 22

Philip Glass
March 1

Old Crow Medicine Show
March 2

For the full calendar of events, visit

Purchase Tickets Online:

2014 Downtown Ithaca Special Events
Mark your calendars!

Every First Friday: Gallery Night
February 15: Chili Cook-off
April 26: Downtown Living Tour & Open House
May 29-June 1: Ithaca Festival
May 31-June 8: Summer Restaurant Week
June 19-Sept. 4: Downtown Summer Concert Series
July 28-August 1: Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
August 1-3: Summer Sale
September 5: Welcome Back Students Party
October 3-5: Apple Harvest Festival
October 25: Ithaca Oktoberfest
October 30: Halloween in Downtown
November 29: Small Business Saturday
December 6: Santa's Arrival
December 6-14: Winter Restaurant Week
December 12 & 13: Ice Wars Ice Carving Competition
December 13: Chowder Cook-off

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