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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Downtown movie shop celebrates Flash Gordon's 80th anniversary with comedic commentary for 1980 movie screening

Downtown movie shop celebrates Flash Gordon's 80th anniversary with comedic commentary for 1980 movie screening

Science fiction hero Flash Gordon celebrates what you could call his 80th birthday this year, and Downtown Ithaca's Movie Poster Store is celebrating on Friday night with another of their comedic-roast movie screenings. Ithaca movie reviewer and comedian Bryan VanCampen will host a screening of the 1980 "Flash Gordon" movie with comedic commentary.

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Musical community benefit at Stewart Park for those affected by downtown crash

Musical community benefit at Stewart Park for those affected by downtown crash

The Ithaca community is coming together on Tuesday evening for a benefit event at Stewart Park to help those affected by the tragic crash at Simeon's on June 20th. The July 15th event will feature music from Tru Bleu, Dave Hawthorn, and the Jeff Love Band. Originally scheduled for July 8th, this event was postponed to July 15th due to last week's stormy forecast. The 6pm benefit has also been moved to Stewart Park's large pavilion, which means it can take place rain or shine.

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrating centennial with $1 admission this Monday

Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrating centennial with $1 admission this Monday

Are you on summer vacation with the kids next week, and find that there is almost nothing to do on a Monday? Why not take a short drive to Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse?

Amur tigers resting on a hot day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. 14850 Photo.Amur tigers resting on a hot day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. 14850 Photo.On Monday, July 14th, 2014, the zoo will be celebrating their 100th anniversary! That’s a centennial of raising awareness and conservation of animal species and their habitats.

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Familiar and New combine to make magic at the 2014 GrassRoots Festival

Familiar and New combine to make magic at the 2014 GrassRoots Festival

In just a week the tents and trailers will fill up the Trumansburg Fairground again as the 24th Annual GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance kicks off. The annual tradition runs from Thursday July 17th through Sunday July 20th, 2014, and it comes full of the familiar and the new. For the third year in a row, I’ll break down what’s happening for 14850 Magazine so you can be sure not to miss any of the hidden gems. Before delving into the musical cornucopia that is GrassRoots, though, I should mention a couple of the biggest changes.

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Opening Night: Homecoming Players wrap up 2014 season with world premiere of Dotty

Opening Night: Homecoming Players wrap up 2014 season with world premiere of Dotty

The Kitchen Theatre Company's mainstage season may be over, but the live performances continue this month with the world premiere of Arthur Bicknell's new play, "Dotty." Put on by the Homecoming Players, "Dotty" tells the story of a woman moving back to her family home and trying to reconcile with her aging mother, who's in an assisted-living senior center.

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Despite visible damage, Simeon's building can be saved after tragic truck accident

Despite visible damage, Simeon's building can be saved after tragic truck accident

"This building can be saved." Less than two weeks after the tragic truck collision that took the life of bartender Amanda Bush and shattered Simeon's on the Commons, engineers have concluded that the damage to the iconic Griffin Block building in downtown Ithaca is not irreparable.

That's the word from the City of Ithaca's Mike Niechwiadowicz, director of code enforcement in the Department of Planning, Building and Economic Development. The longtime City employee says it's now a financial decision, one that will be made by the building's owners and insurance companies.

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Cornell kicks off free summer event series this week with Mikado and Burns & Kristy

Cornell kicks off free summer event series this week with Mikado and Burns & Kristy

Cornell University is kicking off its annual series of free summer events with performances this week of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a concert by Burns and Kristy on Friday evening.

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In a shiny new roastery, a 10th anniversary shindig for Ithaca Coffee Company

In a shiny new roastery, a 10th anniversary shindig for Ithaca Coffee Company

This month marks ten years since the family that owned Triphammer Wines & Spirits bought the cute but sleepy gourmet shop that had been their neighbor in the Triphammer Mall for decades. This weekend, the Ithaca Coffee Company celebrates their tenth anniversary with a party at their new roasting facility on Ithaca's northside.

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Highlights from Underground Metal shows and releases

Highlights from Underground Metal shows and releases

I am Seriah, host of "The Last Exit for the Lost," back for my second column here on Underground Metal and similar musical forms.

We start off with Inviolate, a band from Atlanta, Georgia. They have a unique sound, while not being unfamiliar sounding. They are metal, with a touch of electronics running through. They describe themselves as a mix of Disturbed, Celldweller, Static X, In Flames, and Lacuna Coil, and yes, that is pretty accurate.

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