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By Haley Doran Rochester-based Slumbers, an alternative indie rock band, is familiar to the Ithaca, N.Y. music scene after getting their professional start in the area in 2015.  The group features original music that describes the minds of young adults. Slumbers include Claire McClusky, an Ithaca College student, bassist and singer; Emma Willer, a Belmont University student, singer and guitarist; Sabrina Nichols, a Rochester Institute of Technology student, singer and guitarist and Stephen Ferm, a Rochester Institute of Technology student and drummer. The band released their album “Come Over” in November.  Nicols said they can relate a lot of their…

Advocating for social justice and reclaiming identity was the central theme April 15 at the Sacred Root Tea Lounge and Kava Bar, as several poets — most of whom were young women of color — graced the stage to perform spoken word poetry. The event, Poesía de Justicia, was an afternoon filled with spoken word performances from college students and Ithaca residents bringing awareness to social justice issues. Poesía de Justicia is an annual event put together by Cultura Ithaca, a local organization that seeks to immerse people in the Ithaca area in Latin American culture and hosts art-focused educational…

By Sharon Mejia and Tiarra Braddock Traditional West African sounds filled Ford hall at Ithaca College as students in the African Drumming and Dance class performed on stage this past Thursday, Oct. 27. The one hour performance took place at Ford hall in the Whalen School of Music and had around 40 attendees – ranging from students to faculty members. West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble is an Ithaca College one-credit class open to all students and is comprised of three performance components: drumming, singing, and dancing. On HomerConnect, the class description entails that students have the opportunity to explore…

by Cecilia Morales and Alexa Salvato According to DoSomething.org, about 91 percent of women are unsatisfied with their bodies and will choose to diet in order to change them. For many, dieting can progress to a pathological behavior or even an eating disorder, the mental illness with the highest mortality rate, cites the National Institute of Mental Health. Many people, especially women, encounter a barrage of obsessive and negative thoughts about their bodies each day. But one small event at Wooly Minded in Corning, New York is doing its small part to change that. https://youtu.be/IFL6TY55rZI A small group of women…

During the first weekend in October, Ithacans swamped to the Commons to celebrate Ithaca’s 34th annual Apple Harvest Festival. Residents from town and the surrounding area, as well students from both Ithaca College and Cornell University waited in long lines for the fabled apple cider donuts, and sampled both hard and regular cider. Slightly away from apple cider donut line, on the North Cayuga Street, local artisans and other vendors set up shop. From sheepskin, to various woodworks to homemade fudge, local and regional small businesses set up shop to attract the Ithacans. Kimberly Preston from Corning, New York, makes…

by Cecilia Morales and Alexa Salvato Wednesday nights at Ithaca’s Agava restaurant are reserved for two things: Five-dollar margaritas and salsa dancing. Each week, the restaurant clears its tables and opens up the dance floor. Starting at 10 p.m., Ithacans can enjoy a 30-minute dance class taught by Michael Ristorucci, a local dance instructor and community organizer. Ristorucci has been producing Agava’s salsa night since March 2013, but he has been producing Latin events in the Ithaca area for almost ten years. “I produce these events, I produce Latin events, and I teach the dance forms,” he said. “[I teach]…

By Tiarra Braddock and Sharon Mejia When one thinks of circus, the thought of animals and people performing in large arenas probably comes to mind. But, the scenario is different here in Ithaca where Circus Culture is known to be a central gathering place, a community hub, and a source of inspiration. Opened just about a year ago, the Circus Culture gym aims for inclusivity in their space to help those who are interested in taking part in circus education and opportunities. Circus Culture offers classes for kids and adults in many different areas such as: partner acrobatics, separate juggling,…

By: Sydney O’Shaughnessy, Christie Citranglo, Sarah Chaneles Under strings of lights, sparkly fairy dust and houses, woodland-inspired crafts and terrariums are set up for the first Gnome & Fairy Festival in Press Bay Alley. The first weekend of October, typically known for Apple Harvest Festival, now has a magical counterpart just a few blocks away. This festival features live performances, costume and fairy house contests, and sales from local artists. Owner of Amuse: Modern Cottage Industry and organizer of the festival, Kristina Thelen, said the inspiration for the festival comes from her passion for handmade woodland-themed art. “I wanted to…

By Kayla Dwyer and Alexis Forde The room had transformed into a child’s dream — board games and puzzles at tables, wooden blocks and railroad connectors on the ground, and the sound of an electric model train racing through a paper town. It was Game Day at The History Center in Tompkins County, the first to mark the opening of the new exhibit, called Come Play With Us — Early Toys from the Collection, an interactive exhibit showcasing popular toys and games throughout history, a few of them specific to Ithaca. The Game Days occur on the second Saturday of…

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