As you can see this blog has languished since April 2014. The radio program continued to broadcast twice monthly until January 2015 when we pulled the plug on it. In November 2015 we moved essentially the same idea to another medium: television. Yes, I know that the rest of the world moved from radio to television 60 years ago.
The new television program Around the Lake is recorded at Pegasys studios, which are owned by Time Warner Cable. It is “broadcast” (cable only) on Channel 13 at 6:30 p.m. between Friday and Monday. It began as a roundtable discussion of a selection of topics from the current Ithaca Times, but we have now started to invite guests and it will evolve into something quite like Shin Hollow, except that people will likely feel obligated to dress up a little.
The preliminary plan for this blog is to use it to just write about Ithaca and “greater Ithaca” in an editorial manner. We’ll see.
This is a week for regular returning guests. We will be speaking with Baruch Whitehead, professor of music education at Ithaca College and the director of the VOICES Multicultural Chorus and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers. The Jubilee Singers have gigs coming up, including a “Take Back the Night” show at location to be announced. On Sunday, May 4 they will perform at an “Abolitionists’ Concert” at AME Zion Baptist Church.
We will also be visited by Gary Weissbrot, who will be in the upcoming Readers’ Theater production of Detroit. Other actors and director Anne Marie Cummings may also stop by.
My apologies to whomever has been checking this blog since January 5 to find out who will be on Shin Hollow Radio. I was rather overtaken by events and could not find the time to make posts. I will try to get back on the horse this week and maybe stay there.
Bill Gregg’s Epiphenomenon
For our first show of the New Year we’ve invited Trumansburg musician Bill Gregg back. He has just issued a new album of electroacoustic compositions called Epiphenomemon and he recently served as a musical consultant for the Kitchen Theatre’s production of Black Pearl Sings.
Photographer Glen Sanders and Brian and Lorne Toolan will be on the show to tell us about their plan to re-open the Main Street Gallery in Groton. The gallery has been closed for about two years.
Ithaca Times film and theatre critic Bryan Van Campen will pay his monthly visit to Shin Hollow to reflect on the best and worst films of 2013.
It is the filmmakers’ show here on Shin Hollow. Mick Thomas, the screenwriting student from TC3 who won a student film award for his short film, Rhythm, will be joining us this week. For a link to the film trailer, check ithaca.com/candor.
Last weekend at Cinemapolis Becky Lane of Nice Girl Films premiered her three-part pilot for The Chanticleer, which will now be developed into a feature film. Shot in the eponymous bar last winter on a small budget, the project, which was originally intended to be episodic, has been well received at screenings, including one at the Image Out Festival in Rochester. Lane may be joined by her cinematographer Karen Rodiguez and/or her editor Noni Korf and/or Mary Lorson, the composer. In a bit of the “small town effect” Thomas was a student in Lane’s screenwriting class.
Grady in recent protest
Ellen Grady has been arrested many times for acts of peaceful political protest, but she has never been exonerated before. Grady is part of a group called Upstate Drone Action, which is protesting the conduct of drone war by picketing the gates of Hancock Air Force Base next to the Syracuse airport. The town justice in Dewitt, N.Y. recently found Grady and several other activists innocent of charges.
Artists Lola Schissel and Alice Muhlback have opened a holiday season storefront at the Franklin Market on Franklin Street (near Red Feet). They are selling their own work, which includes pottery and paper art and that of several other local artists. The store is called Spirt & Balance and it will be open until a few days after Christmas. See the Facebook page for more info.
Film and theatre critic Bryan Van Campen will make his monthly visit to perhaps talk about movies for the Christmas season.
John Lyon Paul at work
Painter and sculptor John Lyon Paul will spend the whole hour with us talking about his artwork. He is one of those people that you can talk to for hours and there is never a dull moment. For a look at his work, check out his website www.johnlyonpaul.com. Paul paints on canvas and glass and makes his sculptures out of metal and wood.