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.