Welcome to the quickest way to learn the week’s most exciting local events. This weekly event round-up is sponsored by The Ithaca Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Bittersweet

Bittersweet plays an eclectic mix of songs from country, folk, old-time, blues, and rock, a genre more recently known as Americana. Their focus is on finding that (bitter) sweet spot where melody, harmony, guitar and dobro meet.

Location: Finger Lakes Cider House

Date: 1/15/2016

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Exhibit Opening: New York Natives

Get an up close view of some of the incredible creatures who call the Finger Lakes region home at the new New York Natives animal gallery. Located in the Saltonstall Animal Room, this gallery features fish found in Cayuga Lake, Spotted Salamanders, Eastern Newts, and more.

Location: Sciencenter

Date: 1/16/2016

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Ross Park ZooMobile

Southworth Library is going wild! Come welcome the Ross Park ZooMobile for a Rosen Family Storytime. Visit with some wild critters and enjoy stories and activities.

Location: Southworth Library

Date: 1/16/216

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Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will give a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. The Vespers is seen as the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Location: St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Date: 1/16/2016

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The Sun Parade

Grunge-soaked power pop, The Sun Parade’s latest EP Heart’s Out (2014) is a catalog of love collisions, casual sandwich obsession, load-bearing grooves, and Northern psychedelic guitar licks.

Location: The Dock

Date: 1/21/2016

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Out of the Blue

For the first time ever, the new improvisational ensemble Out Of The Blue will perform with a purpose in Ithaca. Come and warm your hearts in the middle of the Ithaca winter. Comprised of five local artists who enjoy creating spontaneously, this debut performance will bring to the stage what’s on your minds and in your hearts.

Location: Lehman Alternative School

Date: 1/21/2016

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Fade to Winter

Featuring jaw-dropping action from Alaska, Iceland, British Columbia, Japan, Colorado, Italy, and New England, this film captures the spirit of nine skiers who go to great lengths for the sport that they love. Regardless of weather, conditions, or the effort required to get there, “a bad day of skiing still beats a good day at work.”

Location: State Theatre

Date: 1/22/2016

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Pickleball

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. This recreational sport is growing in popularity with all ages! All skill levels welcome!

Location: Dryden Middle School

Date: Every Sunday starting 1/24/2016

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Winter Village Bluegrass Festival

Now in its 6th year, the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival continues to bring the best acts in bluegrass music to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes. This year the focus is on young, progressive bluegrass bands – Front Country, the Lonely Heartstring Band, and the Molly Tuttle Band.

Location: La Tourelle and the Hangar Theatre

Date: 1/29/2016-1/31/2016

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Ithaca Underground Fundraiser 2016

Ithaca Underground kicks off its 2016 fundraising efforts on to support a full year of event programming with an evening of performances, showcasing innovative local rock, ska, funk, and circus. Featured performances by Anna Coogan, Scopes Monkey Trial, Circus Culture, Mary and Billy from Madder Rose, & Viva Mayhem.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 2/19/2016

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14th Annual Mardi Gras

Travel winery to winery along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to sample their Mardi Gras-inspired dish and sip their fine wines. You’ll also take home a recipe card featuring that dish, beads and a chance to win a prize at each winery!

Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Date: 2/20/2016-2/21/2016

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The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Dolce Delight

Since 2008, a sincere welcome has accompanied the scent of warm pastries and fresh coffee to anyone who stops by Dolce Delight. But, don’t be fooled by the name, this Greco-Italian bake-shop offers more than just sweet treats. They also serve a full menu of breakfast and lunch fare that includes salads, sandwiches and soups.


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Mike Blaney

Mike Blaney is the executive director and co-founder of The Ithaca Voice.