As Ithaca deals with police concerns, Civic Ensemble stages a creative expression of community voices

As Ithaca deals with police concerns, Civic Ensemble stages a creative expression of community voices

This Friday, Civic Ensemble opens the curtains on "Safety," a play spanning two weekends that will include a mini-tour of Ithaca, the Cornell and Ithaca College Campuses, the Latino Festival, and Calvary Baptist Church.

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A little here, a little there -- Porchfest a great way to sample popular and lesser-known music

A little here, a little there -- Porchfest a great way to sample popular and lesser-known music

The eighth annual Porchfest is happening this Sunday, September 14th throughout Ithaca’s Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods. Starting at noon and going all day, the spread-out block party features some of Ithaca’s favorite musicians as well as a display of lesser seen ensembles. 

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Downtown movie shop lays an egg with comedic screening of Howard the Duck

Downtown movie shop lays an egg with comedic screening of Howard the Duck

It may be the worst movie ever made. "Howard the Duck" nearly sank George Lucas's empire, and it's the third outing for Downtown Ithaca's Movie Poster Store in its series of comedic-roast movie screenings. Ithaca movie reviewer and comedian Bryan VanCampen will host a screening of the 1986 comic book movie with comedic commentary.

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Busy Friday on the Ithaca music scene features Sim Redmond Band, 5j Barrow, and the New York Rock

Busy Friday on the Ithaca music scene features Sim Redmond Band, 5j Barrow, and the New York Rock

Fire up Stewie's time machine! You'll need to be in more than one place tonight if you want to see all the amazing music that will grace I-Town on this summery eve.

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At the Hector Fairgrounds, Big Splash sustainability fair doubles as a GrassRoots musical reunion

At the Hector Fairgrounds, Big Splash sustainability fair doubles as a GrassRoots musical reunion

Coming up this Labor Day weekend, the Seneca Lake Big Splash sustainability fair has a little bit of everything, from renewable energy and local farms to two days of music and even a Whiskey Tango Sideshow preview show. The fourth annual fair is at the Hector Fairgrounds on Route 414.

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Bob Weir and RatDog cancel remainder of summer tour, including CMAC show this Saturday

Bob Weir and RatDog cancel remainder of summer tour, including CMAC show this Saturday

This Saturday night's show at CMAC in Canandaigua, featuring Bob Weir and RatDog, is one of several shows on their summer tour that have been canceled. The band says "circumstances have necessitated" the cancellations. 

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Two benefit events this week at Lot 10 for those affected by Simeon's crash

Two benefit events this week at Lot 10 for those affected by Simeon's crash

Just over a month after a truck accident at Simeon's on the Commons took the life of a young mother and damaged the building, the community is still showing its unparalleled support. A benefit concert was held at Stewart Park earlier in July, and two benefits are scheduled in Lot 10, another downtown Ithaca venue, this week, to help those affected by the tragedy and its aftermath.

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Size isn't Everything: A GrassRoots newbie's reflections on a large-scale small-town festival

Size isn't Everything: A GrassRoots newbie's reflections on a large-scale small-town festival

Ariel Arbisser, an Ithaca-based vocalist who performs with The Jeff Love Band, experiences her first GrassRoots.Ariel Arbisser, an Ithaca-based vocalist who performs with The Jeff Love Band, experiences her first GrassRoots.“It’s smaller than I expected.” 

No, I’m not making a “that’s what she said” joke. Those were some of the first words out of my mouth as I walked into the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance for the very first time. “It’s very Ithaca,” I said to my friend Julia as we took our first lap around the grounds. 

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Author returns to Ithaca for Buffalo Street Books signing this weekend

Author returns to Ithaca for Buffalo Street Books signing this weekend

Kari Aguila, a longtime Ithaca resident who moved to the Pacific Northwest several years ago, is returning to town this weekend for a book signing of her new novel, "Women's Work." The signing will be at Buffalo Street Books in Downtown Ithaca on Saturday.

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Ithaca musical marvel Bernie Upson has died of cancer

Ithaca musical marvel Bernie Upson has died of cancer

We are sorry to report that Bernie Upson, a jazz veteran who spent five decades in the music business, has passed away. His family shared the news early this morning.

Bernie was diagnosed not long ago with agressive liver cancer, which metasticized to his bones and spread through his abdomen. The longtime performer was moved to Hospicare just two weeks ago, and a fundraising concert was held at Oasis Dance Club to help with the family's mounting medical expenses.

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