The big musical event last weekend, Samite at Taughannock Park, got dampened a bit, by a day of rain. The forecast this weekend is also for rain. So we will concentrate on indoor events this time.
Saturday: Farmers Market. Not strictly indoors - better, actually, with a roof to keep off the rain, but no walls to block the breeze and the views. If its raining, the crowds will be lesser. More for you and me. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Small World Music. Shameless self-promotion time. But, as Jimmy Breslin says, if you don't blow your own horn, there's no music. We're open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spend some time on a rainy day exploring a world of music CDS and LPs. The selection is great (new arrivals: Golden Smog, Matisyahu, Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy), and the prices are right. Thursday through Saturday, all Reggae is on sale, 20% off. You say you want more? You say you haven't had enough? Tell you what I'm gonna do. Mention Ithaca Blog, and get 20% off EVERYTHING. Thursday through Saturday only! 614 W. State Street, across the street from Kinko's, in a garage behind the house. Call for more explicit directions, or more horn-blowing from the maestro. 256-0428.
Schatz & Lyons Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Show. Greg Schatz and Jeremy Lyons are two great, street-wise musicians who come from Ithaca, but moved to New Orleans to hone their skills at givin' 'em what they want, so to speak, in the U.S. capital of such activity. They learned, and were developing nice careers in the Big Easy, when it all became very hard. They are back in Ithaca at the moment, and tonight will rock through rags, traditional and original songs, and blues, commemorating and celebrating. Chapter House, 10 p.m.
Sunday: Concert to Benefit Jonathan Tasini for Senate. See related Ithaca Blog posting ("Hillary Versus ... Jonathan?"). With Hank Roberts, Michelle Berry, Will Fudeman, et al. Castaways, 7 p.m. Suggested donation, $10.
Beyond these things, there's that old rainy-day standby, the movies. Cinemapolis and Fall Creek are featuring 6 fine films on their 5 screens, from the silly ("Little Miss Sunshine") to the serious ("An Inconvenient Truth"). Weekend matinees have discounted prices.
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