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The Downtown Ithaca e-News October 2 to October 11, 2013
October 4-6, 2013 more infomation at The 31st Anniversary of the Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival set to take place on Friday, October 4th: 12-6pm, Saturday, October 5th: 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 6th: 10am-6pm As street fairs go, this one is outstanding - full of family entertainment, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages. Apple Harvest Festival is a great introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca. First time visitors can witness a variety of wonderful local entertainment while also visiting the historical outdoor pedestrian shopping mall, The Ithaca Commons. The pedestrian mall is the epicenter of the festival and the gateway to a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun. The delicacies of the region are at every turn with over 100 vendors selling unique apple varieties, hot apple cider donuts, kettle corn, local farm fresh baked goods and a multitude of around the world specialties. Local farmers are on site selling everything from tasty apple beverages to local pumpkins and of course, apples, apples and more apples. Wineries and cideries have regional beverages available for tasting and purchase. Kids can visit with the goats and learn how fiber is made with Laughing Goat Fiber Farm. Over 50 different artists display their handmade arts and crafts in the Fall Craft Show including jewelry, ceramics, home decor, body care, specialty gifts, unique sculpture, clothing and so much more. New Attractions: The CSMA East End Entertainment Area is a new addition for 2013. This fun filled area, chock full of Amish baked goods, local harvest season produce, beer and wine tasting, and a main performance stage, is a new exploration into the local charm of downtown Ithaca. Strong local performers take the stage by day to bring us wonderful dance, song and unique street performances for the duration of the festival. In the evening on Saturday, October 5, entertainment such as The Alash Ensemble and masters of Tuvan throat singing can be found between 8pm - 11pm inside the CSMA as part of their 6th Annual Arts for All Marathon! The Aurora Street Fairway introduces a fun filled children's play area to The Apple Harvest Festival. This wonderful street fair, located on the 200 block of North Aurora Street, is a timeless journey down memory lane. Here you can get lost in the charm of waiting for a turn on the ferris wheel, tasting homemade ice cream, or watching street performers. Family fun may even result in a charity fund raising "pie in the face" for a local student group. 2013 Location The festival takes place in the heart of Downtown Ithaca. It starts on the 100 W. Block of State Street and continues through the Commons east toward Cornell University. The walking path of the festival takes you by the large mural project in the Commons of over 200 different art pieces by local organizations and artists. It also leads you by the historic State Theatre, Ithaca Commons, Restaurant Row, and the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). The festival will have an additional entertainment area added this year. It is on the east end of the Commons by the CSMA. Here you will find a variety of farm goods, children's entertainment and a new sound stage for performance. As the Commons undergoes a historic transformation, we are expanding the footprint of the festival. LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULECSMA STAGE: Friday Oct. 4th 12:00-12:45 Arco Iris 1:00- 1:45 Nate & Kate 2:00-3:45 The Notorious String Busters 4:00-6:00 The Destination STATE STAGE: Friday Oct. 4th 1:00- 1:45 Rad Howland-Bolton 2:00-2:45 Evan D. Williams Band CSMA STAGE: Saturday Oct. 5th 12:00-12:45 Butch Mudbone 1:00 Surprise Dance! -come see to find out 2:00-3:45 Second Dam 4:00-6:00 Blue Skies STATE STAGE: Saturday Oct. 5th 10-11:45 Mike Hansen 12:00-12:45 Vitamin L 1:00- 1:45 Live Acappella (Three talented IC performance groups) 2:00-3:45 The Purple Valley 4:00-6:00 Zydeco Trail Riders CSMA STAGE: Sunday Oct. 6th 12:00-12:45 Mirage Belly Dancers of Ithaca 1:00- 1:45 Zajal the Sugarplum Fairy--and Friends! 2:00-4:00 Sundown Sally STATE STAGE: Sunday Oct. 6th 10-11:45 Northern Route 12:15-12:45 Lauren Wooten Live Cellist 1:00- 1:45 Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble USA 2:00-3:45 Dave Davies' Jug Band & Vikki Calling Harvest Barn Dancin' 4:00-6:00 Radio London KIDS STAGE (In the round on 200 N. Aurora Street) Saturday Oct 5th 12:00-12:45 June with Chandani Belly Dance troupe 1:00- 1:45 IC Circus 3:00-3:45 John Simon SingaLong Sunday Oct 6th 11:00-11:45 ICircus 1:00- 1:45 Nate the Great 2:00-2:45 Nate the Great 3:00-3:45 Mike Stanley Magic More Events:Friday 5-8pm - First Friday Gallery Night - A walkable tour of downtown galleries 7pm - Doors open - Paula Poundstone - State Theatre Saturday 10- 5:30pm - First Peoples' Festival - Dewitt Park - Saturday only 10-3pm Saturday -Historic Ithaca Journal Lot - Antique Car Show 10-6pm - Pressbay Alley Marketplace - Vintage Marketplace -Green St. Next to Life's So Sweet 1-3pm - Instrument Petting Zoo - Kids of all ages try musical instruments - CSMA 6-9pm - Cider Week Apple Harvest Fest After Hours -The Westy 6:30pm- Doors open - Little Apple Fall Follies - Talent Show - State Theatre 8-11pm - Alash Ensemble - masters of Tuvan throat singing - CSMA Sunday 10-6pm - Pressbay Alley Marketplace - Vintage Marketplace -Green St. Next to Life's So Sweet 11am - Doors open - Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales - All ages production - State Theatre
Immerse Yourself in Local Culture at Downtown Ithaca's First Friday Gallery Night
Friday, October 4th gallery night logo yellow from 5 to 8pm and later On Friday, October 4th from 5 to 8pm and later, Ithaca's First Friday Gallery Night offers an exciting lineup of shows and events. Taking place in and around downtown, Gallery Night is a haven for art lovers and culture seekers, with an eclectic mix of artwork, such as Collegetown Bagels (203 N. Aurora St.) who will host an exhibition of works by Jeff McCall. McCall's painting is about the love of painting and painting paintings that love to paint themselves. Using watercolors, oils, spray paint, pastels, wine, coffee, glitter, sand and whatever materials are at hand, the artist creates images that are inherently musical and mystical. Repetition creates rhythm, rhythm creates form and form creates an architecture for color tones to harmonize. Meanwhile, newcomer Lot 10 (106 S. Cayuga St.) joins Gallery Night with a collection of Works by Eder Muniz. Titled 'The Alma of Nature: A rare showing of new works by one of Brazil's most prolific street artists,' the artist will be on hand to discuss his work and a specialty Brazilian inspired cocktail will be served during the reception. Sarah's Patisserie also joins the lineup with 'It's A Wonderful World ~ photographs by Sheryl Sinkow.' On display at Sarah's Patisserie in the Hilton Hotel on Seneca Street will be a sample of photographs taken over the past decade from Sheryl's travels. Her challenge is to make photographs that convey a sense of movement within the stillness of the medium and to express and share a sense of awe by the world around us. The Ink Shop (330 E. State/MLK St.) will host 'The Waning October Moon: Installation by Debra Fisher.' The show is an installation composed of intaglio prints mounted on wood, drawings, found objects, etched copper plates, and fabric, creating an environmental experience for the audience. In October of 2006, Fisher spent four months in the hospital. This installation of books and prints resulted from the life changing events she experienced during that time. Each piece represents a memory, person, place or event, which are interrelated, made precious through its execution. Fisher considers this series a work in progress, changing and evolving with each installation. She aims to convey a history of events, along with a universal timelessness that is presented with an element of familiarity. September First Friday Participating Venues: State of the Art Gallery Collegetown Bagels CAP Artspace The History Center in Tompkins County Community School of Music and Arts Ink Shop Printmaking Center Jari Poulin Photography (Gallery 108) Sarah's Patisserie Lot 10 Cornell Cinema Benjamin Peters Art in the Alley Kitchen Theatre The Cellar d'Or Home Green Home New Roots Charter School Handwork Studio West Fibers Ithaca Generator Oasis Greenstar Mystic Water Kava Bar Decorum - Too Ithacamade Bloom in Ithaca For more information, contact:
Science Cabaret Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm at Lot 10 In Celebration of Finger Lakes Cider Week, Science Cabaret presents: From Central Asia to Central New York: the roots and branches of apple diversity When: 7 PM, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Where: Lot 10 Lounge, 112 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca FREE!! Across continents, from their genetic birthplace in the wilds of Kazakhstan, apples have undergone huge transformations--both through human intervention, and through the forces of nature. Learn about the origins of apples, and the ways in which scientists and growers have worked to both preserve genetic diversity and create new apple varieties for cider making and table use. Thomas Chao is a horticulturalist and the curator of the national clonal germplasm collection of apples, grapes, cherries at the USDA Agriculture Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. Autumn Stoscheck is the owner of Eve's Cidery, Van Etten, NY. For more information, visit Join the conversation on facebook: Science Cabaret is presented with support from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. ******** Lot 10 features awesome cocktails, beer, and wine.
Cellar d'Or
136 The Commons, 319-0500 Mark your calendars! We are a "hub" for Cider Week and Applefest! Friday 10/4 from 4-8pm: Meet the Cidermakers! A Cider Week kickoff party with the cidermakers of Eve's Cidery, Redbyrd Orchards and Bellwether Hard Cider . Join us to chat and taste with the cidermakers from 4-6pm If you can't make it by early we will be pouring until 8pm. Saturday 10/5 all day: We've been wanting to do this for a while...join us as we tap into one of our very cool 5 liter mini-kegs of French sparkling cider from one of the best cider producers in the world.! Tastings from the tap will go on all day during applefest! Wednesday 10/9 from 5-8pm: A cider & food pairing event with the great Pumpkin Hill Bistro and Vineyard of Aurora here at the shop from 5 to 8pm. Join us as chef Cookie prepares salty, spicy and sweet dishes that we will pair with different styles of cider. If you remember our event with AGAVA you won't want to miss this one! Reservations not needed and as always, our events are free. Friday 10/11 from 5-8pm: Cheese and cider pairing event! We'll be opening up ciders from around the world and pairing them with their regions cheeses. From New Hampshire, Basque Country, Spain and France we will go. This will be one of our friday tastings that you should not miss! We may even tap into a library vintage of something special we have in MAGNUM.
Greater Ithaca Art Trail OPEN STUDIO WEEKENDS! October 5, 6 and 12, 13, 11 to 5 each day 47 artist studios throughout Tompkins County will open to the public on two fall weekends: October 5, 6 and October 12, 13, from 11 to 5 each of the four days. Painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramists, fiber and glass artists and a blacksmith all invite you to come over! No fee - just get on the road and travel to the city of Ithaca to the rural outskirts of the county. To download the map and learn about each artist, visit If you can't download, you can pick a studio to start with - they'll have maps. Or call Robin Schwartz, Program Director at the Community Arts Partnership at 607-273-5072, ext. 20 or e-mail with your address or advice of where to pick up a map.
It's a jungle in there! New plants at Jenn & Andy's! We're super excited about our latest shipment of houseplants! We brought in a wide range of succulents, different types, different sizes - some as low as $4 per plant. If you'd love to have plants but are worried about your pets eating them, try a pet friendly Ponytail Palm! Got fruit flies in your house? Try the very cool looking insectivorous Pitcher Plant! A variety of Bonsai, Bougainvillea, Bat Plants(!), Black Gold Snake Plants and more are waiting for you! We'll be running deals to celebrate Apple Fest and our resident plant guy, Wesley Tice will be here both Saturday and Sunday to answer questions and talk plants! Familiar with Alex Grey's visionary art? If you are, you'll want to check out the new selection of his posters we just received. We'll be running an incredible deal on "One" of his posters this weekend. If you don't know Alex Grey yet, well, that's just another reason to stop in now isn't it? See more photos and get to know us on Facebook!
Digging Downtown: 50 Years of Renewal & Reinvention Featuring selected work by the firm of V. Romanoff & Associates Tickets are on sale now! Buy tickets online! Historic Ithaca's 4th Annual Fall Fundraiser Tour & Gala Saturday, October 12 Tour 1:00pm-4:30pm Gala Reception 5:00pm-7:00pm  Join us for an exclusive walking tour of six historic downtown interiors, including the DeWitt Mall penthouse apartment and the former office of William H. Miller! The tour takes place from 1pm until 4:30pm. Guests will receive a tour brochure featuring the history of each site and describing the work of V. Romanoff & Associates, first recipients of Historic Ithaca's Joseph O. Ciaschi Preservation Excellence Award. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for Friends of Historic Ithaca. Children under 12 free accompanied by an adult. The gala reception will take place from 5pm to 7pm at the historic Ithaca Gas & Electric Corporation Building, 123 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY. Featuring live music, Sheldrake Point wines, Bandwagon craft beer, and tapas by Just A Taste. Showcasing the work of V. Romanoff & Associates and the past, present, and future of downtown Ithaca. Tickets are $75, or purchase a combination tour & gala ticket for $85.   Purchase tour and gala tickets online or by calling (607) 273-6633. For more information, contact or call (607) 273-6633. All proceeds benefit the work of Historic Ithaca to protect Tompkins County's architectural heritage.
Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan Kickoff Survey
Tompkins County will be updating its 2004 Comprehensive Plan by 2014, and needs your input to help develop the scope of the Plan. Please share your ideas through a brief online survey (, or contact the Tompkins County Planning Department at 607-274-5560 if you would like a paper copy. Online Kickoff Survey: Comprehensive Plan Update Website: Questions/hard copies: please call 607-274-5560 or email 
Throat Singers from Tuva
Return to Ithaca for fundraising concert at CSMA October 5th at 8:00 pm at the Community School of Music and Arts Alash Ensemble will perform a concert as part of Arts for All Marathon on Saturday, October 5th at 8:00 pm at Community School of Music and Art at 330 Martin Luther King Jr./ State Street, Ithaca, NY. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CSMA. From ALASHENSEMBLE.COM: Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage. What does throat singing sound like? "Imagine a human bagpipe-a person who could sing sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time." -Newsweek (March 17, 2006) Where is Tuva? Tuva (sometimes spelled Tyva) sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR, and until the late physicist Richard Feynman drew attention to it, was largely unknown to westerners. Tuva is now a member of the Russian Federation. Tickets for the concert will be available for sale at the Community School of Music and Arts at 330 E. Martin Luther King Jr./State St. and Angry Mom Records at 115 The Commons for $18.00 Children 12 and under are free. The concert will take place in CSMA's third floor performance space. Doors open at 7:30 pm. A presentation of fellow travelers
Ithaca Downtown Business Women The October luncheon of the Ithaca Downtown Business Women group will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, downtown Ithaca. Guest speaker will be Jean McPheeters, the Executive Director of the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce, who will speak about the upcoming changes in health care legislation. Buffet style lunch is $14 to members, with an annual membership of $20. New members are always welcome. Monthly luncheons and membership to IDBW is open to any women living in New York State who are interested in developing and maintaining the historic central core of downtown Ithaca as an attractive and vital business center and to support projects that support this purpose; promoting the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards for women in the Ithaca area; and to support women in business. For more information about IDBW or our October meeting, please contact Ithaca Downtown Business Women President, Sarah Glogowski at (607) 272-4557 extension 255 or by email at
Moosewood Cookbook Signing October 5th, Noon-3pm During Apple Harvest weekend, come join us on October 5th for a special author signing of our newest cookbook, Moosewood Restaurant Favorites. Enjoy some sample recipes from our latest cookbook at Moosewood Restaurant Noon-3pm at Dewitt Mall, on the corner of Seneca and Cayuga Streets. www.facebook/
Library to Host Lego Program Elementary-aged children can build more than a lifelong love of reading at Tompkins County Public Library this fall! Children in grades kindergarten through five are invited to attend "Legos in the Library," a weekly, free-build program, Saturdays, October 5 through December 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room. "Legos in the Library" encourages children to use their imaginations or Lego books from the TCPL collection to create their own Lego art! The Library will provide the Legos, and pieces created will be displayed at the Library for one week. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.
This Week at Cinemapolis October 4 - 10 Three new films arrive at Cinemapolis this Friday, but two are for ONE WEEK ONLY, so catch them while you can. Our French-language twofer of Haute Cuisine and Populaire are limited engagements, but well worth the rush. Also beginning Friday, Brie Larson's star-making turn in Short Term 12, a hit at this year's South by Southwest festival. And we'll once again be hosting our friends from Cornell Cinema for a special ONE NIGHT ONLY screening as part of their First Friday Art Docs Downtown series. Don't miss Herb & Dorothy 50 x 50 the follow up to the compelling story of a couple of middle-class New Yorkers who quietly amassed one of the world's largest collections of contemporary art. Two documentaries will be leaving on Thursday, so if you haven't seen Salinger or Cutie and the Boxer, your time is running out...
Live Performances at the State Theatre
Paula Poundstone October 4 Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales October 6 Laurie Berkner October 12 Aimee Mann October 13 Garrison Keillor October 14 Doc Severinsen And His Big Band October 20 Brian Regan October 27 Neko Case October 29 Elvis Costello - Solo November 7 Tickets go on sale Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10AM Built to Spill November 9 For the full calendar of events, visit Purchase Tickets Online:
Mighty Yoga MY Rockin' Weekend w/Jamie Silverstein + Guest Teacher Matt Van Auken Friday, Oct 11 | Rockin' Friday MASH-UP, 7:30-9pm Saturday, Oct 12 | Dear Body Workshop, 2-4pm Former Mighty Teacher Jamie Silverstein is coming back to Ithaca! She and guest teacher Matt Van Aucken are leading a Rockin' MASH-UP on Friday October 11. Jamie will also be leading a Dear Body Workshop on Saturday October 12, to investigate your personal mind-body relationship and confront how your thoughts affect your relationship with your body through a themed vinyasa flow. The early bird deadline for both of these workshops is this Friday so don't miss out! MASH-UP By 10/4: $18 | After 10/4: $22 Dear Body Workshop By 10/4: $25/$22 for students | After 10/4: $30/$28 students See more details about our workshops online at
Ongoing Events 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. Open Mic, Tuesdays at 9 at Lot 10 Open Session Figure Drawing @ Standard Art Supply & Souvenir. 308 E. Seneca St. Tuesdays, 7:45 - 10:00pm. $10. Free Beer Tastings at Ithaca Coffee Company's Tavern at Gateway Sample several varieties from a select brewing company. Ithaca Coffee Company, Gateway Commons, 311 E. Green St. (607) 273-7800 Thursdays 4-6pm
Karaoke! Thursdays at 10pm at Lot 10 FLOPPY HOUR - Free Improv Comedy Happy Hour at Lot 10 Fridays at 6pm!
Gallery shows are going on all month long in Downtown! Visit for a current list!