February 10, 2013

Arts Around Ithaca (Week of February 11)

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Banff Mountain Film Festival on Friday at 7 p.m. at Bailey Hall:The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the product of an annual international film competition that focuses on “the spirit of the mountain.” The competition results in an amalgamation of films and documentaries about mountain culture, remote landscapes, action sports and the environment which then travels internationally to 32 countries, reaching 245,000 people at over 635 screenings every year. The 2013 screening for Cornell University will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bailey Hall. General admission tickets are on sale now, running 12 dollars for students. — Kaitlyn Tiffany

Price Check on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cornell Cinema: This Valentine’s Day, whether you watch a movie with a crush, with your friends, or with a bar of toblerone, that age old dilemma remains: what to watch? You could go see Die Hard on the big screen, but if you’re looking for something a bit more indie, check out Price Check at Cornell Cinema, a film about jobs, love, getting what you want and figuring out what you want to begin with. It doesn’t sound too romantic — it is literally about a company that prices groceries for supermarkets — and this rom-com has none of the usual big budget stars, unless Edward Herrmann counts, but it manages to counter these deficincies through its wit and depth.

Jeff Mangum, 8 p.m. on Wednsday at the State Theatre: Despite the fact that Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded over a decade ago, singer-songwriter and former frontman Jeff Mangum continues to perform the band’s timeless indie rock hits on his acoustic solo tour. It’s no Neutral Milk Hotel reunion, but knowing Mangum’s history (he broke up the group due to touring frustration and a subsequent nervous breakdown), a visit to Ithaca is certainly exciting. Supporting acts include the Music Tapes and Tall Firs. — Yana Lysenko

Oscar Nominated Shorts, Screening This Week at Cornell Cinema: The Oscars are fast approaching, and to celebrate, Cornell Cinema is showing all of the nominated short films. There are awards given in three categories — documentary, animation and live action — and all run from between five and 25 minutes. Among the most anticipated animation nominees is “The Longest Daycare,” which follows The Simpson’s Maggie Simpson at the provokingly named Ayn Rand Daycare Center. In the live action category, “Curfew,” a story about a young man who is about to commit suicide when his sister calls asking to babysit his niece, sticks out as a favorite. Without a doubt, this series is a convenient way to see the selection — and pick some winners — before the Feb. 24 ceremony even begins.

Original Author: Sun Staff