November 11, 2012

Arts Around Ithaca (Week of Nov 12)

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Adding Machine, opens 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts: In a world where technology is replacing human workers, can man reclaim his own humanity? Adding Machine: The Musical may be adapted from a 1923 play, but its subject matter is decidedly modern.  The dark comedy relates the story of an antihero, Mr. Zero, who murders his boss after being replaced by an adding machine, following 25 years on the job.  The Cornell production of this classic, directed by Michael Doliner ’13, promises to make you laugh even as it makes you think about the true cost of technological advances on our very existence. — Sam Bromer

Turkuaz with Spiritual Rez, 8 p.m. on Thursday at The Haunt: Get pumped for a double dose of funk this Thursday with performances by Turkuaz and Spiritual Rez. With their blend of funk, reggae and alternative rock, this is a show that will get you moving. You’ll hear influences of the Talking Heads and Family Stone paired with some funky jazz bits. To top it all off, these guys will be playing at The Haunt, the best club venue in Ithaca, not least for their amazing BBQ. So stop by at this Thursday to see some funk rock, and try some pulled pork. — Ashley Popp

Think of Me at Cornell Cinema, 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Willard Straight Hall; filmmaker’s talk at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Schwartz Film Forum: What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas. Think of Me is an off-the-strip, insightful tale of a single mother, Angela, doing her level best to keep her and her daughter, Sunny, afloat in a spiraling economy.  Despite her limits, she has a hard time letting people help her. As her formidable façade gradually falls away, she starts to believe in a genuine kind of “help” she never knew before.  The film is the penultimate installation of Cornell Cinema’s “Alum Makes Movies” series this semester. Bryan Wizemann ’95 will also be giving an artist’s talk in the morning at the Schwartz Film Forum. — Teresa Kim

Other Events:

Whore of Babalon, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts: Critically acclaimed performance artist Nina Arsenault comes to Cornell this week. Her gender change, cosmetic transformation and life in the sex trade inform her sensational work. — Sun Staff

John Hiatt and the Combo, 8 p.m. on Friday at the State Theatre: The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who recently released his album Mystic Pinball, is reputed to be one of the country’s most influential musicians. — Sun Staff

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