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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Opening Night: Writers seeking a leg up in Seminar at the Kitchen Theatre

Opening Night: Writers seeking a leg up in Seminar at the Kitchen Theatre

From one point of view, we're all writers. We send postcards when we travel. We compose pithy Facebook updates to amuse or inform our friends. We tweet.

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A recent roundup of Central New York's Underground bands

A recent roundup of Central New York's Underground bands

My name is Seriah, and I am the host of a radio show on Saturday nights on 93.5FM WVBR called "The Last Exit for the Lost." It is an underground music show, which focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on Metal and similar styles. I also book occasional shows at The Haunt to feature various local and underground artists and have a couple of DVD series highlighting the same styles, as well as hosting a talk show on the paranormal and ancient mysteries (called "Where Did the Road Go?") just before the aforementioned Last Exit.

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Ithaca comedians and movie buffs will tear up history's worst Batman movie

Ithaca comedians and movie buffs will tear up history's worst Batman movie

The Batman mythos has spawned about as many screen adaptations as the arguably more-recognizable Superman, from the campy '60s TV series to multiple movie outings and a hugely popular and well-regarded animated series. Nearly everyone can agree that 1997's "Batman & Robin" is the absolute worst. That's the film that's getting a comedic roast treatment at a downtown shop this weekend.

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In a sold-out show, Ithaca's Gunpoets will record a live album at the Hangar

In a sold-out show, Ithaca's Gunpoets will record a live album at the Hangar

It’s no surprise that The Gunpoets have a sold-out show tonight, but this time it’s not at one of their usual venues. They’re hitting the stage at the Hangar Theatre to record their first-ever live album.

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Past and present Cornell stars and local hockey celebs team up for Racker Centers charity game

Past and present Cornell stars and local hockey celebs team up for Racker Centers charity game

Over thirty hockey players will take the ice at Lynah Rink this Saturday night for an exhibition game that will raise money for Franziska Racker Centers, a Central New York non-profit serving individuals with disabilities and their families. The teams will feature a mix of community hockey team members, current Big Red men's and women's hockey players, men's and women's coaches, Cornell hockey alumni, and hockey celebrities Joe Nieuwendyk and Mike Richter.

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