Apr. 21, 2014 - Apr. 28, 2014

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What's going on in Ithaca this week? We're combing calendars for current events and activities you might enjoy over the next week or so. Whether you're interested in art, music, theater, festivals, educational workshops, or outdoor activities, this page is a good place to start. We also invite you to browse the many, many, many more events here.

April Falls


Swing Dance Practice Night with "Fabio" Joe
Wednesday, April 23rd  |  Visit Website
Join Oasis for their swing dance night! For swing dancers of all levels. Fun and free!

Leon Russell and Band
Wednesday, April 23rd  |  Visit Website
The ultimate rock & roll session man, Leon Russell’s long and storied career includes collaborations with a virtual who’s who of music icons spanning from Jerry Lee Lewis to Phil Spector to the Rolling Stones. A similar eclecticism and scope also surfaced in his solo work, which couched his charmingly gravelly voice in a rustic yet rich swamp pop fusion of country, blues, and gospel.

Ithaca Fringe Festival
Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th  |  Visit Website
Call it what you want: pushing the envelope, stretching the boundaries, changing the world…Fringe festivals are where the newest and most daring theatre pieces are brought to life. The Fringe Festival will take place at Ithaca locations such as Cinemapolis, The Community School for Music and Arts and Acting Out NY. 

CCS presents Roby Lakatos Ensemble
Thursday, April 24th  |  Visit Website
Mixing the fire of Hungarian-gypsy music with classical technique and a gift for improvisation, violinist Roby Lakatos is that rare musician who defies definition. A seventh generation fiddler, Lakatos’ mastery and musicianship have earned him the title “The Devil’s Fiddler” and “The King of Gypsy Violin.”

Downtown Living Tour & Open House
Saturday, April 26th  |  Visit Website
Come join the Downtown Ithaca Alliance from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 26th for a self-guided tour and open house that will highlight the growing opportunities for urban living in Downtown Ithaca.

JOE CROOKSTON CD Release Concert
Saturday, April 26th  |  Visit Website
From Ithaca, NY, Joe Crookston and his longtime DUO partner Peter Glanville will pick and twist their way through a high energy and sonically lush set of Joe Crookston originals on the Hangar Theatre stage on Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 pm. The concert is the Ithaca CD release of Crookston’s much-anticipated fourth recording “Georgia I’m Here.” The concert will be preceded at 6:30 pm by an art reception showcasing Crookston’s paintings, with local wine and refreshments.

The John Stetch Variety Show in the Hayloft
Saturday, April 26th  |  Visit Website
25-minute chamber work Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, featuring the brilliant and in-demand classical musicians Mark Dover (clarinet) and Andrew Janns(cello) from NYC. The 2nd set features The Phrase-Shifters featuring Nicholas DiEugenio (violin) and Renato Hanriot (bandoneon/accordion. Lastly, the wonderful, soulful and powerful vocalist Cookie Coogan will join John to make a duo, for some tunes and slow blues.

Ithaca Ballet's Giselle
Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th |  Visit Website
The Ithaca Ballet proudly presents the timeless romantic ballet Giselle. Giselle remains one of the most popular ballets worldwide because of its’ compelling story. Music by Adolphe Adam, staged by artistic director Cindy Reid. The Ithaca Ballet company is joined by guest dancers from Providence ballet, Tusa ballet and New York City to make this a spectacular production.

Ongoing Weekly Events and Happenings

Ithaca Farmers Market | Seasonal *Family-Friendly*
National accolades for the Ithaca Farmers Market underscore that it one of the best in the nation! And it's on a lot of "bucket (or reusable bag) lists"! Note that the hours are seasonal, so for all the details and schedules, visit Ithaca Farmers Market website.

FREE Wine Tastings @ Triphammer Wines & Spirits | 4pm - 7pm
Join the team at Triphammer Wines every Friday (and most Saturdays!) as they hold free wine and spirits tastings. Open to all 21+. Refine your palate and tastes while enjoying delicious cheese pairings from neighboring Ithaca Coffee Company. Find out what's pouring at the Triphammer Wines & Spirits Website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @TriphammerWines.

Improv Comedy Hour with Comedy FLOPs @ Lot 10 - Downtown Ithaca | 6pm - 7:30pm
ComedyFLOPs, Finger Lakes Original Pranksters hosts this FREE and fun weekly event featuring improv comedy (think Who's Line is it, Anyway?) performed by a gang of local performers. Show donations go to Healthy Food for All charity, that provides low income families from Tompkins County with CSA shares. FLOP over to Lot 10's Events Page for more for to smile about!

Booker's Backyard FREE Live Music Fridays | 9pm - Midnight
Head to Booker's Backyard Barbecue tonight, grab a pint and some ribs, and check out live music from 9pm - midnight! Great food and great music, all under one roof - and outdoor deck! Find out more or check out the menu online at the Booker's Backyard website.

Live Music @ The Nines | 10pm
Live music every Friday night at The Nines! Check out the full schedule of upcoming music - $5 admission for the show - More info available from The Nines website.

Live Music & Happy Hour @ The Haunt | 7pm - 9pm and later.....
Check out The Haunt every Friday from 7-9pm for a free weekly happy hour event with awesome live music! Visit The Haunt online for a complete schedule of music and events.

Saturdays - *Family-Friendly*
Animal Feedings @ Cayuga Nature Center | 12pm
Check out snakes, turtles, birds, fish, and mammals. An animal specialist will be available to answer your questions. Feedings are included with regular admission. Find out more online from Cayuga Nature Center.

Saturdays - *Family-Friendly*
Sciencenter Showtime Presents... @ Sciencenter | 2pm - 2:30pm
It's different every week! See science in action with a family-friendly interactive presentation at the Sciencenter every Saturday at 2:00pm Showtime! Presentations are included with museum admission. For the complete schedule, please visit Sciencenter online.

Monday Trivia Night @ Silky Jones, The Commons | 10pm
No charge to play - $50 cash prize. Visit Silky Jones online for more info.

Blue Monday Blues Jam @ The Nines in Collegetown | 9pm - Midnight
An Ithaca tradition for a million years. Chicago-style, electric blues jam every Monday night, hosted by the legendary Pete Panek. Visit The Nines online for more info.

Tuesdays - *Family-Friendly*
Sciencenter Curiosity Corner Programs @ Sciencenter | 10:30am - 11am
Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy a story & related activity in the Sciencenter's Curiosity Corner every Tuesday. These programs are designed especially children 4 and under. Curiosity Corner programs are included with admission; kids under three are free. Explore more at www.sciencenter.org.

Whisk(e)y 101 @ Stella's in Collegetown | 9pm
Every Tuesday we taste and talk our way through four whiskies that we've found to be especially compelling together. And, hey, it's Collegetown! Explore the dynamic world of whiskey! Visit Stella's online for more information.

FREE Craft Beer Tastings @ Ithaca Coffee Company's Tavern - Triphammer Plaza | 5pm - 7pm
This free beer tasting event occurs at the Triphammer Plaza. Sample several varieties from a select brewing company, then stay and enjoy their selection of 12 craft beers on draft and 16 unique and high end wines by the glass. Enjoy a pint or fill a growler to go. Fine out what's pouring at the Ithaca Coffee Company Tavern Website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @IthacaCoffee.

Salsa Dance Night @ Agava | 10pm - 1am
Satisfy your midweek dance party fix. Get a groove on, practice your Salsa moves, and enjoy Latin vibe with great drinks and music. *DJ Luis & Michael Luis spinning the best of Salsa heavy Latin music repertoire. Visit Ithaca Events for details. *Party til 1am; 18+ admission. $3 Cover. Gov ID with Age and Photo Required.

Cask Wednesdays @ Ithaca Beer | 5pm | > December 11th, 2013
Learn about this treat that harkens back to traditional style of serving ale. The weekly cask is prepared by brewers on hand around the tapping time to teach you all about this great weekly specialty ale. Visit www.ithacabeer.com for more great weekly events!

Trivia Thursdays @ Agava Restaurant | 10:30pm - 12:30am
All ages welcome - food and drink specials - smartest team wins an Agava gift card. Find out more online at Agava's website.

FREE Craft Beer Tastings @ Ithaca Coffee Company's Tavern at Gateway | 4pm - 6pm
This free beer tasting event occurs in Downtown Ithaca. Sample several varieties from a select brewing company. Then, stay and enjoy a selection of 10 craft beers on draft. Enjoy a pint or fill up a growler to go. Find out what's pouring at the Ithaca Coffee Company Tavern Website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @IthacaCoffee.

But wait, the attraction doesn't end there...

LifeCourage Workshop & Firewalking with Tony Simons Ph.D. @ TBA | Visit the Website
Facing Your Fears, One Step at a Time - so more than a motto. You don't need to be ready, only willing... for one of the most exciting nights of your life. Become a firewalker and learn bone-deep that you are unstoppable. Witness and experience incredible moments, deepen your connections with people around you, heal deeply - and have a lot of fun. This one evening might even change your life for the better. To sign up for the next workshop, visit www.IthacaFirewalks.com.

Featured Exhibition @ Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University - Leo Villareal: Cosmos
An homage to the late Cornell astronomy professor Carl Sagan, Cosmos is the most recent site-specific installation by New York-based artist Leo Villareal (born 1967), a pioneer in the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and computer-driven imagery. His signature pieces explore complex movement and dazzling patterns created by points of light using his own computer software.Leo Villareal (born 1967) is a pioneer in the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and computer-driven imagery. See video, read more, discover the excitement by orbiting over to the Johnson Museum of Art online.

Leo Villareal: Cosmos at the Johnson Museum of Art

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