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.

Ithaca Loves Teachers Winter Recess

Winter Recess, now in its 10th year, is a celebration of pre- through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the region. Ithaca will come together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.

Location: Ithaca/Tompkins County

Date: 2/12/2016 – 2/21/2016

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling, musical adventure! This grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan is an innovative theatrical extravaganza featuring a dozen actors playing over 100 unforgettable characters.

Location: Kitchen Theatre

Date: 1/31/2016-2/21/2016

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Henry V

The third production of Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s history plays, Henry V, is both a patriotic play and an anti-war play, and the culmination of the coming-of-age story. It has romance and comedy, some of Shakespeare’s greatest speeches, and a devastating battle sequence that is unlike anything else that Shakespeare wrote.

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 2/12/2016-2/20/2016

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Lora Pendleton and Pat Burke

Lora Pendleton’s songwriting is influenced by her love of old time country, folk, and folk rock, creating a salad of sound that intrigues a wide variety of listeners. Pat Burke sings and plays old time country blues guitar. He specializes in finger picking acoustic blues styles and bottleneck slide guitar. Together, Pat and Lora create an old-time blues and country infused variety of music, with a hint of rock-n-roll.

Location: Finger Lakes Cider House

Date: 2/12/2016

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For the Love of Art

Come celebrate love and art during Valentine’s weekend. This affectionate afternoon will focus on the Johnson’s most-loved works of art through art-making activities. Sample selected food and drink from local eateries, and hear poetry and music inspired by works of art on display.

Location: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Date: 2/13/2016

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Sing Along with Frozen

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with loyal friends to find her sister, Elsa, and break the icy spell. Frozen is fun for the whole family, and everyone is encouraged to sing along!

Location: Cornell Cinema

Date: 2/13/2016

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Circus Culture at the Library

A drop-in program presented by Ithaca’s Circus Culture! Learn how to juggle, perform basic acrobatics, walk a tight rope, and more!

Location: Tompkins County Public Library

Date: 2/15/2016

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Turkuaz and Pimps of Joytime

Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” army hailing from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern twist on the classic sound has placed them at the forefront of a new funk evolution. Turkuaz adds healthy doses of Talking Heads inspired jittery, world-pop-dance grooves and a passion for The Beatles, Motown and R&B into the mix, resulting in a refreshing update to the funk idiom.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 2/18/2016

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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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The Good Dinosaur

What if the asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago missed the planet completely? Set in a world in which dinosaurs never went extinct, the film follows a young Apatosaurus named Arlo, who meets an unlikely human friend while traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape.

Location: Cornell Cinema

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

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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!


The Sciencenter grew out of a vision of community volunteers who sought to expand upon the “Science Discovery Room Program” they developed at BJM Elementary School. The location of the Sciencenter moved throughout the community over the years, and when it relocated to its current, permanent location, over 3,400 volunteers donated 50,000 hours of time to construct the museum. Today the Sciencenter’s mission is to inspire excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower.

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Mike Blaney

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