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.

And The Winner Is…

Cinemapolis is celebrating another year of great cinema and hosting Hollywood’s biggest award ceremony on the big screen. Lots of fun with food, drink, raffles, silent auctions, and a “Guess the Winners” contest for their Annual Gala Fundraiser!

Location: Cinemapolis

Date: 2/2/2016

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Black History Month Talent Show

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) will be hosting its annual Black History Month Talent Show with a wide range of performers from GIAC and the community.

Location: Ithaca High School

Date: 2/26/2016

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Internet Cat Video Festival

This festival is a gathering of feline fanatics to watch cat videos. So come prrrrr on your favorites as part of this super entertaining interactive evening that will include kitty cat trivia, your own favorite felines in an on-screen parade and more!

Location: Cornell Cinema

Date: 2/26/2016

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Ithaca Ballet Presents: Winter Dance

An evening of cutting-edge and innovative pieces directed by Cindy Reid.

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 2/27/2016

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Jake Shulman-Ment in Concert

Renowned klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment returns to Cornell for an evening of boundary-breaking music, blending the sounds of East and West across the centuries, featuring both traditional klezmer tunes and original compositions by Shulman-Ment.

Location: Cornell University, Anabel Taylor Hall

Date: 2/28/2016

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Racing Extinction

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

Location: Cornell Cinema

Date: 2/29/2016

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Artist’s Talk: Korakrit Arunanondchai

Born and raised in Thailand, Korakrit Arunanondchai’s art explores a wide range of themes such as history, philosophy, popular culture, tourism, and self-representation.

Location: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Date: 3/3/2016

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Math and Movement Family Fun Workshop

A Math and Movement Family Fun Workshop is a high energy math and reading event. Children use fun floor mats and wall charts to learn math and reading concepts through movement. At the Family Fun Workshop, you will move from station to station with your child while engaging in fun and educational kinesthetic activities.

Location: Southworth Library

Date: 3/5/2016

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Cultures and Cuisine: Coffee, Cloves and Chocolate

Basic food commodities like spices, chocolate, or coffee have become so readily available and inexpensive that we rarely consider their points of origins or the struggles that took place to domesticate them.  In this first installment in our “Cultures and Cuisine” series, you’ll learn some of the history and customs associated with each of these food plants and ways that they have influenced ancient and modern cultures.

Location: Statler Hotel, Taverna Banfi

Date: 3/6/2016

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Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!

In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. As America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack’s stories range from brushing a hippo’s teeth to eating with wombats!

Location: The State Theatre

Date: 3/6/2016

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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!

August Moon Spa

August Moon Spa at La Tourelle combinations health with luxury. This sanctuary will sweep you away from the stress and worries of the world with the indulgence of personal space and timelessness. Here you will find an attentive blending of traditional Eastern therapies with Western knowledge. A haven for the senses, the spa is a fusion where East meets West.

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Mike Blaney

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