October 28, 2012

Arts Around Ithaca (Week of Oct 29)

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Citizen Cope, 8 p.m. on Thursday at the State Theatre: Most know him for his 2002 RIAA certified Gold hit “Let the Drummer Kick,” but Citizen Cope (the stage name for Clarence Greenwood) usually finds a happy medium between bluesy folk, rock and soul. Performing at the State Theatre Thursday at 8 p.m., Citizen Cope, D.J. turned hip-hop/rock artist turned folk/soul crooner, is definitely a show to check out for an eclectic, acoustic-driven set. — Nicole Hamilton

Faust, 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Sage Chapel: If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned scare this Halloween, you can’t do much better than F.W. Murnau’s Faust. It is often cast into the shadow next to Murnau’s other famous horror work, Nosferatu, but with its haunting visuals and truly sinister villain, Faust holds its own as an epic tale of love, loss and evil. Cornell Cinema’s free-to-all production ramps the fear-factor to the next level with a live accompanying score by the Filharmonia Duo, with Dennis James on Sage Chapel’s Pipe Organ and the Theremin and Mark Goldstein playing electronic “Lightning Wands.” — Sam Bromer

bare, premieres 8 p.m. on Thursday at Risley Theater: Remember Romeo and Juliet? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Doesn’t matter. bare, a musical presented by the Melodramatics Theatre Company directed by Spencer Whale ’14, is the new and improved version of Shakespeare’s classic. Replacing Romeo with a closeted gay boy and Juliet with another closeted gay boy, bare delves into thorny questions of sexuality, religion and coming-of-age. Featuring music that is rocky, edgy and classy, bare is a production you will not want to miss.  — Danyoung Kim

NY Banjo Summit, 8 p.m. on Friday at the State Theatre: Most people think of the banjo and laugh. After all, it is considered to be the most novelty of instruments, reserved for rednecks and hillbillies. Stop by the State Theatre this Friday, and you will shatter these misconceptions. Led by Bela Fleck, the NY Banjo Summit proves the banjo has a place beyond bluegrass and country. The Five String Summit plays everything from jazz to classical to rock music, leaving listeners asking: That sound came from a banjo?  — Ashley Popp

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