Mara Baldwin has been the acting director of the Handwerker Gallery for the past year and she has just been selected to be the permanent occupant of that position. She is the first non-faculty director and without professorial duties to take up her time, the programming at the gallery will expand. The current exhibit, “Marcellus Shale Documentary Project,” shows the work of six photographers who have recorded different aspects of natural gas exploration in Pennsylvania.
Bryan VanCampen is the film and theatre critic for the Ithaca Times, something he has been doing for 20 years now. He recently previewed the coming season at Cornell Cinema and rounded up and summarized the missions of the various community theatre troupes in town. We’ll ask him about that and perhaps we’ll get around to what is new at the movies as the “silly season” draws to a close.
This week school superintendent Chris Pettograsso will be in to discuss the effect of the Lansing power plant—historically called Milliken, but for the last several years AES Cayuga—on the finances of the town and school district. The coal-burning power plant is bankrupt because of the high price of producing electricity from coal and their is now a public debate as to whether it should be converted to gas burning, biomass burning or just shut down.
Pettograsso may be joined by school business official Mary June King and a member of the Lansing Central Schools board of education.
David Arnay was the keyboard player for the Zobo Funn Band, a group that, along with the Peabody Band, dominated the Ithaca club scene in the 1980s. In the late ’80s Arnay upped stakes and moved to Los Angeles (with Peabody singer Jill Ganon) and has made a place for himself in the LA jazz scene. He has a new album, 8 and will be playing a show at the Community School of Music and Art on Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m. We’ll talk to him by phone from Los Angeles.
Ithaca Times film critic Bryan VanCampen will be back after a hiatus during which he was busy with his part in Ithaca Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. We’ll talk film and theatre with Bryan, as it is the “silly season” at the movies and high season for regional theater.