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3+ shows (and 1 movie!) to see tonight: May 4

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Looking for something to do tonight in Ithaca? Here are a few options!

Rosie Newton, Steve Selin, and Richie Stearns
Rosie Newton, Steve Selin, and Richie Stearns

String Theory
South Hill Cider continues its Community Concert Series, with Richie Stearns joined by Rosie Newton, Steve Selin, and Joe Hayward for an evening of old-time tunes and more.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Dynamic Duo

The Downstairs will host the double bill of local artists Magz1lla is and Yosh tonight.

Magz1lla “produces electro-pop music that combines ethereal dance beats with silvery vocals. Magz1lla fuses music that moves your feet with an introspective and often vulnerable narrative, which she refers to as ‘electro-pop tunes for the soul.’” Her debut single “Hush Hush” was released in October of 2022.

“Yosh Aerson is a non-binary composer and performer. Since coming to Ithaca from their hometown of Los Angeles, Yosh has found much inspiration from the Finger Lakes music scene. They are part of the new Ithacan neo-soul trio named DELAQUES, and performs regularly around the town with them.

“Yosh fell in love with the piano in childhood. It is their oasis in the late-stage capitalist nightmare we all endure. When they aren't softly dissociating at the mere thought of that, they are probably sitting down to play.

“Yosh will be performing a blend of original pieces, covers, and improvisations at the piano. Though there may not be room on their bench, there is always a seat for anyone who wants to listen. They invite you to come and enjoy the present moment, whether you come in silence, or with great company, or both.”

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: cover charge

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Blurring Boundaries

As part of the 15th annual SpringWrites Literary Festival, Deep Dive will host “Two of Cups [ Experiments & Collaborations in Poetry, Movement, Music, Film, DJs & More ]”

“’Two of Cups’ is both an experiment in collaboration, presented by nicole v. basta, and an attempt to expand what you imagine when you think of the literary arts. In a world where categorization is the norm, we reject the separation and constraints this puts on how we explore our crafts and creativity. Expect poets, musicians, film makers, movement artists, performers of all stripes, sharing the stage. We invite you to blur the lines with us in an 8 act showcase— the likes of which Ithaca has yet to see— and then, with full cups, dance until the day turns over.”

The event will feature Winniebell Xinyu Zong, La Llorona, Amrita Chakraborty, Katharyn Howd Machan, BOGMOM, Mackenzie Berry, Stephanie Infexion, Esther Heller, Spencer Hadley, Ami Tamakloe, and DJ Obvious Objects. “Two of Cups” is sponsored by Spring Writes Literary Fest and Grants from Community Arts Partnership.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free

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Welcome Back

Thursgay at the Range continues tonight as Tilia Cordata hosts “A Night Of Trans Powered Music & Storytelling” featuring Lisa Stephen Friday and Emma Vulnerability.

“Lisa is an extraordinary storyteller, actress, and musician with a fascinating life story, and the play is a necessary piece of theatre in today’s rapidly shifting cultural landscape - exploring what it means to be different in a world where labels of “other” are still too often the status quo. It’s provocative, endlessly entertaining, and bluntly presents themes of social challenges, tolerance, and LGBTQ+ acceptance.

“Emma is a Queer musician and artist living in Ithaca, New York. Her solo work is the capstone of years of teeth cutting social and sonic experiments in underground music. Emma performs with the heavy psych rock trio Spazzare in addition to her solo musical projects.”

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5; additional tips welcome

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Joe Lule
Joe Lule

More Shows

Pat and Don are at Cortland Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thursday

Joe Lule is at Atwater Vineyards at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Scott B Adams hosts Open Mic Night at the Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to the Ridge in Lansing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

In the Kitchen

Join Ithaca theater icons Rachel Lampert and Lesley Greene for a one-night-only screening of their film “Bloom Where You’re Planted,” a history of the Kitchen Theatre Company. Lampert is Artistic Director Emerita Greene is former Associate Producing Director at the KTC.

‘Bloom Where You’re Planted: A Twenty-Year Artistic Journey’ was filmed live on the Kitchen Theatre Company stage and was commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company as part of the celebration run-up to the 30th Anniversary of the company. The piece chronicles the tenure of Lampert, Kitchen Theatre Company’s artistic director from 1997 to 2017. Over thirty artists, KTC staff, and supporters were interviewed for the project, including former Artistic Director Norm Johnson; former Managing Director Stephen Nunley; actors Karl Gregory, Brian Drykstra, and Alexander Thomas; director Margaret Perry and Ithaca College Professor Wendy Dann. With Rachel Lampert as the narrator, these interviews plus never-before-seen archival footage and copious photographic history, tell the story of a period of growth and change for the theatre.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Kitchen Theatre Company

Cost: $20/pay what you can; advance tickets are available online here

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