Dick Polenburg is a Cornell history professor who is not quite retired. He has taught at Cornell for 45 years and specializes in American culture in the 20th century. He will be a talk-back speaker in the upcoming Readers Theatre of Ithaca production of Yasmin Reza God of Carnage, where he will speak to the subject of bullying.
Jill Swenson and Katie Aldridge will be in the studio in advance of Veterans Day to talk about veterans writing. Both have visited Shin Hollow before, Aldridge to talk about her collection of letters by a Civil War veteran, No Freedom Shrieker.
Bryan VanCampen will drop by as usual to talk movies and pop culture.
Richard Driscoll, the Democratic town supervisor for Newfield, visits as part of his campaign for re-election. Driscoll has lived in Newfield for over 30 years and was elected to his first term as supervisor in 2009. He served on the town board for two years before becoming supervisor.
Jeff Hart, Driscoll’s Republican opponent, was invited to appear on the show as well, but had a prior commitment.
Bryan VanCampen, the Ithaca Times theatre and film critic, pays his monthly visit to talk shop.
This week’s show includes a return visit from Ithaca College music education professor, Baruch Whitehead. There is a Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers concert coming up on Oct. 12 at Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell. We’ll talk with Baruch about that and find out what else he’s up to.
Ric Lazarus has a great name for what he does. He brings old barns back to life. You’ve all seen these old buildings has you driven down the back roads around here: noble structures in not so gentle decline. Lazarus saves them from becoming mere ruins.
The Ithaca Times film and theatre critic Bryan VanCampen will also drop by to keep us up to date with screen and stage.
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.
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.