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WRFI’s The Scene Interviews Nathaniel Hendrickson on Making Art for the Eco-Crisis

By Chantal Thomas

This week’s episode of The Scene features an interview with artist and curator Nathaniel Hendrickson, currently in residence at the Soil Factory, on how they are designing ways of making art that embrace collaboration with human and non-human others, as a way of responding to ecological challenges of our time. Listen to this week’s episode…

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Creatives on WRFI: Crankie Cabaret at The Cherry Artspace

By Eve Chaneles

Stevie Eve Chaneles talks with Lily Gershon, Marietta Synodis, and some special puppet guests about Crankie Cabaret. Crankie Cabaret 2022 will be October 21-23 at The Cherry Artspace. Learn more at lilypadpuppettheatre.org.

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WRFI’s The Scene Interviews New Music Group Loadbang

By Chantal Thomas

This week’s episode of The Scene features an interview with new music chamber group loadbang. The Scene’s Chantal Thomas spoke with Andy Kozar (trumpet), William Lang (trombone), Adrian Sandi (bass clarinet), and Tyler Bouque (baritone voice) about mixing and making new music from classical and contemporary genres and sounds.  Loadbang will be playing at Cornell University’s…

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Local News for Tuesday, February 7, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | February 7, 2023

Zeldin Hints at Potential Senate Run Against Senator Gillibrand On Monday, Republican Lee Zeldin, declined to rule out a potential senate seat bid against Senator Kristin Gillibrand. Zeldin, a former New York State Senator and Congressman, narrowly lost the New York’s gubernatorial race to Kathy Hochul in November. According to the Times Union, he appeared…

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Local News for Monday, February 6, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | February 6, 2023

Governor Hochul Faces New Obstacles for Proposed State Bail Reforms Governor Hochul is facing pushback from progressives and public defenders against her proposed reforms to state bail laws. At the same time, she’s contending with pressure from Republicans and prosecutors over perceived increases in crime. According to the Times Union, Hochul’s proposed changes would remove…

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Local News for Friday, February 3, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | February 3, 2023

Ithaca Fifth Ward Gets New Alderperson Residents of Ithaca’s Fifth Ward have a new representative on the Common Council. Kris Haines-Sharp was unanimously approved by the Council during a Wednesday meeting. She fills the position left vacant when Mayor Laura Lewis officially took office last December. The Ithaca Voice reports that seven candidates applied to…

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Local News for Thursday, February 2, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | February 2, 2023

Newfield Board Chair Asked to Resign The chair of the Newfield school board was asked to resign during a January 19th meeting. The Ithaca Times reports that board member Melissa Rynone accused board chair Christina Ward of violating policies on communication outside of board meetings. The accusation involves emails and other communications from the chair…

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Local News for Wednesday, February 1, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | February 1, 2023

Ithaca Rents Ninth Highest in Country  According to the rental real estate listing service Dwellsy, Ithaca has the highest rent of any small city in the US. The study shows that the average price to rent a one bedroom in Ithaca was $1908 per month in 2022 up 4.5% over 2021. Only eight cities in…

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Local News for Tuesday, January 31, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | January 31, 2023

Tompkins County Hiring Homeless Services Coordinator In its effort to address homelessness, Tompkins County is hiring a Homeless Services Coordinator. A 2022 study reported that the county has the third highest rate of homelessness in the state. It also pointed to slow progress toward the county’s goal of adding 100 beds of supportive housing. The…

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