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posticon R2P's 'Pippin' A Circus Spectacular

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Running To Places Print
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The magic of the circus comes alive in Running to Places' "Pippin" – from jugglers to unicycles to acrobatics, the musical is a comedic extravaganza in the spirit of the recent Broadway revival. The production, a collaboration of R2P and Circus Culture, runs Jan. 12-14 at Cornell's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

The unconventional story tells of boy prince Pippin's (Jasper Fearon) quest to find his purpose in life. The Leading Player (Imri Leshed) of a mysterious performance troupe acts as narrator and director of the quest, frequently breaking theater's "fourth wall" to engage with the audience. King Charlemagne (Howard Kraskow), Pippin's father, is distant and distracted, so Pippin decides to prove himself by becoming a soldier like his stepbrother Lewis (Aspen Earls). When the horror of a real battle ends that dream, Pippin's quest takes him from the pleasures at his exiled grandmother's (Julianna Cuevas) estate to the fiery passion of revolution, egged on by his stepmother, Fastrada (Alyssa Salerno). Things go from bad to worse for the directionless Pippin, until he meets widowed farm-owner Catherine (Cameron Park-Miller) and her young son Theo (Andrew Kaiser). Can love at last bring meaning into Pippin's life?

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posticon Wynton Marsalis, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Ensemble X

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Laurel Gilmer Print
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The Cornell Department of Music announced its spring semester slate of concerts, and opportunities are plentiful to hear a variety of music from guest artists from around the world, as well as talented faculty and students.

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis brings his trumpet along with his composition and teaching hats to Cornell for a week in March as A.D. White Professor-At-Large. Marsalis will spend the week mentoring the students in the Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Wind Symphony as he performs with the groups as a soloist and presents a performance of his recently revised Blues Symphony. The concert on March 28 at Bailey Hall is an incredible opportunity to hear Marsalis perform for free. No tickets are required, and seating is first-come, first-served.

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posticon An Immigrant's Life In America at the Kitchen

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Lesley Greene Print
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kitchen ironboundMarcin Mesa and Kate MacCluggage in IRONBOUND. Photo by Lesley Greene

Kitchen Theatre Company continues its 2017-2018 Season with the regional premiere of Ironbound by Martyna Majok, a gritty, honest, and at times humorous look at an immigrant experience in America. Performances of Ironbound begin at the Kitchen Theatre Company in The Percy Browning Performance Space on January 21 and run through February 4.

Hard-working Polish immigrant Darja lives in Elizabeth, NJ and stays afloat doing various factory and cleaning jobs. With a child to support, she is done dating cheaters and dreamers. Over the course of two decades and three relationships, Darja must decide how hard she's willing to fight for herself and the only thing that matters more-her son. From rising star Martyna Majok comes a portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury-and a liability-when struggling to survive in America. Tough but hopeful, the play raises questions about poverty, the immigrant experience, the value of relationships, and what we are willing to sacrifice. The Washington Post says of the play, "You seldom see plays that are both harsh and wonderful, but that is the balance that Polish-born playwright Martyna Majok strikes."

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posticon 'Miracle' On The Big Screen

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Casey Martin Print
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The State Theatre, M&T Bank and The Ithaca times continue The Classic Movie Series with Hockey Favorite 'MIRACLE' on Sunday, January 14th at 4pm.

The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games.

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posticon DSP Shows Ranking Released

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Jim Neill Print
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Pollstar, the primary trade publication for the concert industry, has released its rankings in multiple categories for 2017.

DSP Shows ranks #99 of the Top 100 Promoters in the World based on ticket sales volume. Live Nation tops the list at #1 with 52,492,301 tickets sold in 2017 while the #50 promoter clocks in around 350,000 tickets sold. DSP moved 132,101 tickets across their various venues to break into the Top 100 Worldwide for the first time and ended the year as the #54 promoter in the United States. Rankings in multiple categories for 2017.

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posticon Therapy As Performance at The Cherry

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Audrey Rubinstein Print
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The Performative Self™ announced Therapy As Performance, a new interdisciplinary performance series by acclaimed performance artist Leeny Sack. The first of the series will premiere at The Cherry Artspace, in Ithaca, NY, on January 19th at 7:00 p.m.

The first part of the series will consist of two public therapy sessions presented consecutively, conducted by Guest Therapists Kate Halliday, LCSW, Certified AEDP Therapist and Jeff Collins LCSW, with Leeny Sack as the Constant Client. These unscripted therapy sessions will exist in the simultaneous spheres of public performance and private therapy. The acknowledged presence of the audience will generate content and meaning. Experimental video artist, Rachel Ferro, will live-compose and live-project hyper close-ups of both the client and the therapists throughout. Dr. Sara Warner of Cornell University will facilitate the post-event discussion.

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