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8+ shows to see this week: Nov. 15-18

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"Long Promised Road"
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Brian Wilson

A one-night-only screening of the new Brian Wilson documentary tops this week’s musical events, which also include a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer at Cornell and the latest Practice at Pete’s.

Please be sure to check with each show’s event page for various venue protocols, as well as potential postponement or cancellation information due to the weather. Stay safe, and enjoy as much live music as you can in the coming days!

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Beach Boy

Cinemapolis will host a one-night showing of “Long Promised Road,” a new documentary about Beach Boys co-founder and composer Brian Wilson. Directed by Brent Wilson, the film captures Wilson driving around Los Angeles with his best friend, revisiting the locations that were so formative in his career. Archival footages and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Linda Perry, Elton John, and others round out the back story of one of pop music’s most influential figures.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $7-$10.50, available online here.

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Monday Jazz

Dave Davies continues his Monday residency on Ithaca’s South Hill, this time with his eponymous Qtet. He’ll be joined by Brian Earle on clarinet, Chad Lieberman on keyboards, and Harry Aceto for an evening of jazz. Blues, and more. Note: Masks will be required when you are not seated. Bring your proof of vaccine for indoor service. Dancing will be allowed with masks on.

When: 4-7 p.m. Monday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free

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Society Songs

Students from Cornell University’s Jazz and Vocal Studies Programs will perform unpublished works of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, written for 1940s Tin Pan Alley. Join us for this homage to Café Society. Dubbed ‘The Wrong Place for the Right People,” Café Society was the first racially integrated nightclub in the United States. The bar will be open but is only accepting credit cards.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Moakley House, 215 Warren Road, Cornell University

Cost: free

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Note: Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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Organ of Amsterdam

Cornell Music’s Midday Music for Organ series continues with David Yearsley, who will perform a program titled “Sweelinck the Catholic? Byrd, Philips, Bull, and the Orpheus of Amsterdam.”

When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Note: Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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Voice of Tibet

The Cornell Concert Series presents a virtual concert by Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo. Her name, which translates to “Goddess of Melody and Song,” was given to her by a holy man at birth in Tibet, and she later relocated to Dharamshala, India, in order to continue her Buddhist spiritual practice. Yungchen then began performing throughout the world, signing with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, available for 14 days

Where: cornellconcertseries.com

Cost: free

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Zaun Marshburn

That’s The Plan

Zaun Marshburn brings his PlanZ to South Hill Cider for a night of original soul, funk, and jazz. Drummer/composer Marshburn will be joined by Mike Stark (keys), Marc Devokaitis (sax/flute), Pete DeBoer (guitar), Ryan Zawel (trombone/sousaphone), and Andrew Battles (bass) to play the music of the Zaun Marshburn Quintet along with new material arranged during the pandemic.

When: 4-7 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Bold Colors

The new music collective Ensemble X (Xak Bjerken, artistic director) will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León’s “Abanico” for violin and electronics, as well as wide-ranging recent works by Trichy Sankaran, Christopher Stark, Jeremy Gill, Steven Banks, and David Philip Hefti. Special guest clarinetist Christopher Grymes will also perform two pieces he commissioned. Bjerken has long been an admirer of León’s work and says that “her music has a rhythmic vitality and bold coloristic profile that is immediate and vibrant. ‘Abanico’ is no exception, a work where the violin plays over and in conjunction with a recorded track of percussion instruments — the player gets to be a one-man band!” Born in Havana, Cuba, León is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations. In 2021, her orchestral work “Stride,” commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Note: Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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Practice? Practice? Practice!

Practice at Pete’s returns to downtown Ithaca, with host band Cobra Cadaver joined by Triple5spout and Night of the Iguana for a night of garage rock, punk, and other moshable music. Proof of vaccination is required to enter.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pete’s Cayuga Bar

Cost: $5

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Dance Revolution

NEO Project returns to downtown Ithaca, showcasing its deep repertoire of dance tunes. New vocalist Elly Holiday joins longtime members Jimbo Scott, Franklin Henry Jr., John White, Dwight Carroll, and Mike McCoy for a night of classic funk, R&B, Motown, and much more.

When: 10:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $5

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More Events

Jeremy Bussman hosts Open Mic Night at the Dock at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Levi Dusseau plays at Salt Point Brewing in Lansing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse back to Crossroads Bar and Grille at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Jeremy Bussman hosts Open Mic Night at the Upstairs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Jim Catalano covers the Finger Lakes music scene for WITH (90.1 FM in Ithaca, WITHradio.org) and its affiliates.