By: Mila Phelps-Friedl, Columnist
It has been an incredibly cold few days, but since when has a little wind chill and below freezing temperatures ever stopped an Ithaca College student from braving the tundra to find something worthwhile to do?
It’s already the second week in February, and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Now, whether that means you’ll be coupling it up with all the rest of the folks that will be filling up the Commons on Tuesday or ignoring the Hallmark holiday all together, there are many great options to fill your week or weekend with. And here’s the plus: many of them are in heated spaces, away from the cold.
To kick the week off, take a break from studying for an open mic night happening at Agava Restaurant from 8:30-10 p.m. on Monday evening. Bring some friends, enjoy some music or maybe even contribute yourself. The Kitchen Theater is also putting on their concert reading of “The Mississippi Delta” at 7:30 p.m. for only $18 at the door. The play, written by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, is a transformative tale of the writer’s own struggle from her upbringing in segregated Mississippi and the obstacles she overcame in receiving her doctorate and becoming a published playwright. It has been hailed as “a timely and nonpartisan message of encouragement that will resonate with citizens from all points of our current tumultuous political, civic, and social spectrums,” according to a press release issued by Homecoming Players.
If Tuesday night rolls around and whatever you’re doing just isn’t cutting it, head on over to the Haunt where the G-NOME Project, a Livetronica band hailing from Jerusalem, are sure to provide some entertainment. Tickets are available on the Haunt’s website for only around $10. Or, you can take a more involved approach and head over to the Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, where there will be an intergenerational Irish Jam session. All skill levels can share tunes and hang out from 7-9 p.m.
If museums are more your speed, there are multiple events going on over on the Cornell campus, and it’s only a short TCAT ride away. “Anarchy in the Archives” premiered in the Carl A. Kroch Library’s Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in November and will run until May 1, so there is plenty of time to catch this installation. It is focused on the influence of “punk’s cultural and political impact from the mid-1970s to the present day through a vast array of rare artifacts,” according to its event page on Cornell’s website. Some featured artists include the Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, Blondie, the Sex Pistols and Patti Smith, to name a few.
The most prominent art gallery on Cornell’s campus, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, also has an exhibit on display: “Identity Crisis: Reflections on Public and Private Life in Contemporary Javanese Photography,” which will be there until June. The exhibit consists of 10 artists who use forms of photography to identify what it means to be a part of Java or Indonesian society today. If you’re looking for something with a little more interaction, the Johnson Museum is also holding a special event on Thursday, Feb. 15, where there will be live music and discussion to go along with their exhibit, “The War to End All Wars: Artists and World War”, which is centered around artists during the first World War.
Finally, there’s always the dependable and delightfully refreshing selection of films available to see at Cinemapolis on the Commons. “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight,” “20th Century Women” and “Paterson” are all showing throughout the week between the times of 4 p.m. and around 9:30 p.m.
It may get quite cold in Ithaca, but that does not mean that there will ever stop being things to do. And let’s be honest, that’s one of the best things about our beautiful little college town.