February 23, 2014

Arts Around Ithaca: Week of Feb. 24

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12 Years a Slave with Panel Discussion

4:30 p.m. on Sunday

Cornell Cinema follows up Blackfish with its second film in the Cornell Alums Make Movies showcase, 12 Years a Slave. The historical drama epic chronicles the journey of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1840s. The film, acclaimed by critics and award shows, sports an all-star cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cornell alumna Adepero Oduye. The March 2 presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about the film, just in time for the Academy Awards that very night.

— Sean Doolittle

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Haunt

9:00 p.m. on Friday

Arleigh Kincheloe leads this eight-piece modern twist on soul and funk. Her seven-man band includes her brother Jackson on harmonica and a vast brass contingent, all backing her big voice and bigger lyrics — primarily penned as a teenager while she flitted between New York City and the Catskill Mountains. Folk-rock quartet Thru Spectrums will open for Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Haunt on Friday, Feb. 28. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12.

— Kaitlyn Tiffany

Love, Loss & What I Wore

8:00 p.m. on Saturday

The Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca will present a series of monologues and dialogues pulled from the stories of the late Nora Ephron — stories for and about women at all stages of life, with all proceeds benefiting the Advocacy Center. A night of humor, warmth, sadness and sincerity, Love, Loss & What I Wore is a great show to attend with people you trust with your ugly cry-face. The show is this Saturday, Mar. 1, at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online for $17. The price of the ticket includes a post-show reception catered by AGAVA restaraunt.

— Kaitlyn Tiffany

Cock at Kitchen Theatre

Wednesday through Sunday

Mark Bartlett’s Olivier-winning play crosses the pond to make its Ithaca debut at the Kitchen Theatre. The show, described as a “love triangle for the 21st century,” follows a gay man who falls for the woman of his dreams when he and his boyfriend take a break from their relationship. (“WE WERE ON A BREAK.”) Performed in the round, the staging is meant to evoke an arena for the characters to duke it out. The play begs many intriguing questions about sexuality, relationships and the real meaning of love.

— Sean Doolittle