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posticon 'Catch As Catch Can' Upends Traditional Family Drama

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Lesley Greene Print
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The 2019-2020 season continues at Kitchen Theatre Company with Catch As Catch Can, an exciting reinvention of the American family drama by Mia Chung. Performances of Catch As Catch Can begin at the Kitchen Theatre Company in the Percy Browning Performance Space on Sunday, March 15 and will run through Saturday, April 4.

The LaVecchias and the Phelans are working class New England families and long-time neighbors. Their kids grew up together, and even though the kids are adults now themselves, everyone still gets together for the holidays-holidays filled with reminders of old wounds and a simmering discontent just below the surface. Sound like your typical family drama? It is, with one important difference. Just three actors play all six parts: two mothers, one father, a daughter, and two sons. The result is a generation- and gender-crossing tour de force that has to be experienced to be believed. Catch As Catch Can is an unpublished work by acclaimed young playwright Mia Chung, and she has created a new version of the script just off its hit NYC run, for the Kitchen Theatre production. After its run at the Kitchen, the play will be produced at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.

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posticon 'Locally Grown Dance' at Cornell

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Lindsey White Print
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The student dancers of the Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts' (PMA) annual Locally Grown Dance (March 5–7) are joined on stage this year by the work of guest artists in music, visual arts, and dance. Each of the four dance pieces incorporates the idea of transformation, literally, figuratively, or both.

PMA dance faculty Byron Suber, Nic Ceynowa, and Jumay Chu contribute choreography featuring student dancers. Through PMA's guest-artists-in-dance program, students have been mentored and guided by professional dancers Florian Lochner and Ayo Janeen Jackson, both of whom visited in the fall semester.

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posticon Jungle Jack Hanna at the State

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Casey Martin Print
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America's most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live! at The State Theatre of Ithaca on March 13th at 7pm.

In this live show, Hanna takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Fans of all ages will enjoy Jack's stories, from brushing a hippo's teeth to eating with wombats, and see footage of his worldwide adventures, from the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia. He will also inspire with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

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posticon Celebration of Robert Moog at Cornell

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Laurel Gilmer Print
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From March 5 to 7, Cornell University presents a three-day celebration of Robert Moog PhD ’65 and his pioneering invention of the Moog synthesizer, which electrified music and sparked a revolution in sound.

When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music features panels and performances by a wide array of electronic music artists, including renowned synthpop and electro-industrial artist Gary Numan (March 6); singer-songwriter, beat-maker, and producer Suzi Analogue (March 7); and electronic music composers David Borden (March 5), Herb Deutsch (March 7), and Suzanne Ciani (March 7).

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posticon Concert Inspired By The Grateful Dead At The State

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Casey Martin Print
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"PINK TALKING FISH are DEAD" will perform live at The State Theatre of Ithaca on Friday May 8, 2020. The exceptional tribute jam band will perform the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish…and Grateful Dead tunes inspired by the treasured concert on Cornell's campus, exactly 43 years to the day of the original show.

On a snowy Mothers' Day in 1977, The Grateful Dead performed one of the most significant concerts of their extensive career at Barton Hall in Ithaca, New York. The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continue to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band's performance at Cornell University's Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. The show, known by most Deadheads as simply "5/8/77" is one of the most collected, circulated and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group's longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: "Enough can't be said about this superb show." Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was "deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States" that a copy was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

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posticon Digital Album Will Benefit Endeavor House

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Everlasting Town Print
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Everlasting Town, an Ithaca-based musical project, has released Give Me A Way, a digital EP whose proceeds will go to support a promising local justice initiative.  Endeavor House, a project of OAR of Tompkins County, provides a safe, sober, and affordable living space for individuals returning to the community from jail or prison.

Says Anita Peebles, OAR's Senior Client Service Worker, "We have been advocating for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population for over forty years. Endeavor House is currently home to five men, and we are helping them to become more self-reliant and integrate back into the community. We are so grateful for the support of these amazing musicians—the album is fantastic!"

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posticon Wells College Theatre Production Honored

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, February 28, 2020 | By Christopher Pollock Print
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Aurora, NY - A recent production by the Wells College Theatre Department has been recognized by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS). "Miss Valentine," a new original play by Nadine Bernard, was directed by theatre professor Siouxsie Easter and produced in partnership with Broadway producer/artist Ivy Austin and dramaturg Claudia Nolan '12.

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