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.
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.
Danny Speer has issued a new solo album called Where Were You When the Fun Began? These new songs move away from the country influence that has been part of his writing for the past twenty years while he performed as part of Circle D and Speer•Specker•Henrie. He has been involved with the Ithaca music scene since moving here in 1974 as part of the Peabody Band.
Shannon MacCarrick of Habitat for Humanity will be talking about current projects, including the Bike to Build events in Groton.
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.
We will be welcoming Baruch Whitehead back to Air One to talk about the upcoming first annual African-American Music Festival (April 11-14) at Ithaca College. Whitehead, a professor in music education at IC, has fused together a number of independent pre-existing events into a festival.
We’ll be talking to Mark Wittmer and Guillermo Metz of Solarize Tompkins SE, a collective purchasing effort for people who want to go solar. Solarize Tompkins will be offering community meetings in Danby,Dryden and Caroline giving information on solar installation starting this month.
On the weekend of April 12-14, the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts is hosting guitar and ukelele workshops for the second year in a row. Blues ukelele player Del Rey of Seattle will return along with guitar player Steve James of Austin. We will chat with both of them on the phone. For more information on the workshops, go to the conservatory website.
George Sapio is the founder of Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company and a playwright. Wolf’s Mouth is producing their first full-length play Fault Lines at Fall Creek Studios, Thursday, March 21-23. The first half of the run (March 14-16) sold out.
Ithaca Times film critic Bryan VanCampen stops in for his monthly chat about things cinematic.
Licht in the Great Basin
Artist Rob Licht will be with us to talk about his new show at the CAP Artspace “A Dialogue With A Landscape.” Licht is known as a sculptor, but his recent residency on the western edge of the Great Basin in Oregon caused him to produce photographs. But they are photographs that include elements of environmental art, making the connection back to his other medium.
In the second half of the hour dancer June Seany will join us. Seany teaches Romany, Turkish, and Egyptian dancing in Ithaca. She will bring some of the music with her to play over the air.