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.
Helen T. Clark
Our guests this week include the cast of their Readers Theatre of Ithaca production Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, Barbara Adams, Nikki Schwarz and Helen T. Clark. Adams is an English professor at Ithaca College and one of the Ithaca Times’s theatre critics. Clark was recently scene in the Homecoming Players production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Bryan VanCampen has been bit by the stand-up comedy bug and has taken to taking the stage at the Pixel Lounge on their open mic nights. He will bring along fellow stand-up comic Ruben Arce to talk about growing comedy scene in Ithaca.
Laurie Murray, a nurse and Trumansburg resident, has organized the “Freedom Festival” for the last weekend in September at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds. The two-day events will feature films, speakers and other information that address issues like Second Amendment rights and controversies in medical research.
We will not broadcast on Sept. 29, the fifth Sunday of the month, but will return on Oct. 6.
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.
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.
Nancy Spero is a caller for square dances and contra dances in the Ithaca area. She will tell us about the history of square dancing in Ithaca and its relationship to the contra dance. Nancy calls dances at the old Baptist church on Enfield Main Road on a regular basis. Local old-time musicians play and there no costumes and you can just listen to the music, if you want.
Bryan VanCampen isn’t just the Ithaca Times film critic, he’s also one of our theater critics. We discuss what is coming up this summer in the many local theaters.
Two of the candidates for Tompkins county judge, attorneys Seth Peacock and Joe Cassidy are our guests this week. It appears this will be four-way race decided by the Democratic primary on September 21.
We will also get our monthly visit from Ithaca Times film critic Bryan VanCampen.
Writer Sonali Samarasinghe will be on hand to discuss her role in K2, the last production of the season for Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca. Samarasinghe will be reading the stage directions in this play about two climbers trapped by injury and bad luck on the slope of the eponymous mountain. Samarasinghe, who fled her native Sri Lanka after her husband was killed and she was threatened, is currently the writer-in-residence for the Ithaca City of Asylum.
Brett Bossard, the executive director of the Community Arts Partnership, will be here to talk about the upcoming Spring Writes Festival. This literary fete is in its third year and grew in popularity from the first to the second year. They have added new features each year. We’ll see what is in store for May 3 through 5.
Bryan VanCampen, Ithaca Times film critic, will stop in to tell how much he didn’t like the new On the Road movie.