Say goodbye to September and hello to October with this batch of music-related events – films, book discussions, improv nights and much more.
Reading up on Russia
Alexander Herbert will discuss his new book “What About Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk Rock from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot.” Herbert spent five years research the book, which looks at how the counterculture made its way into the Soviet Union, how post-Soviet punks had to engage with rising neo-nazism, and where Pussy Riot fits into the story.
When: 4 p.m. Monday
Where: Buffalo Street Books
Indie-folk singer-songwriter Diane Cluck will host the "Singing & Collaborative Songmaking" Workshop, which is “created with both new and experienced vocalists and songmakers in mind.” Cluck will relate “the joy of singing through experiential exercises focusing on personal expression and physical sensation,” sharing tools that are “adaptable for those looking to either begin or deepen their personal singing and songwriting practice.”
When: 6-9 p.m. Monday
Where: Toko Imports
Cost: $50 ($35 for 21 and younger)
Sound of Silents
Cloud Chamber Orchestra – Peter Dodge (piano and trumpet), Robby Aceto (guitars), Chris White (cello) and Greg McGrath (sound engineering) – will perform a live soundtrack to “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari,” the 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene.
When: 8:15 p.m. Monday
Where: Ithaca College's Hockett Family Recital Hall in the Whalen Center for Music
The weekly Firelight Live series continues as host Ted Walsh is joined by guitarist Jon Pargh and his wife, percussionist Shelly Pargh, for an evening of originals and cover tunes.
When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Firelight Camps, La Tourelle
The weekly Galactic Monday residency continues, with the host band Galactic Escort Service for the usual set of sonic improvisations.
When: 9:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Casita del Polaris
Magic City Hippies will come to Ithaca. Hailing from Miami, Fla., the indie-funk band recently released its debut album, “Modern Animal.” Sego, the Utah-bred, Los Angeles-based band that played an impressive show there last year, will open the show.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: The Haunt
Party of Four – Wayne Gottlieb, Cookie Coogan, Dave Davies and Doug Robinson – will showcase their jazz-inflected vocal harmonies on a variety of standards and originals.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge
Cost: small cover
The Crucials continue their weekly Reggae Night residency in downtown Ithaca, with some of Ithaca’s top musicians joining forces for an evening of classic and obscure reggae and dub classics. DJ Jesse Hill will start off the night by spinning on the decks.
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: The Range
Gunpoets will resume their monthly residency, “The Hip Hop Lounge: A sonic exploration of beats and rhymes.” The local favorites will be joined by special guests for a night of “Hip hop beats. Rhymes of all kinds. Super chill vibes.” Going forward, the event will take place on the first Thursday of every month.
When: 9 p.m. Thursay
Where: Casita del Polaris
Cost: free, open to 21 and up
Voice of a Generation
The new documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” continues to screen in downtown Ithaca. The film chronicles the career of the versatile vocalist whose mastery of several styles – country rock, pop, rock, new wave, Mexican, and more – kept her at the forefront of popular music for decades.
When: all week