Ithaca Blog

Monday, July 25, 2011

Water Everywhere

We wonder if today is a record-setting day for water use in Ithaca.

Today being the day after GrassRoots Festival, when a lot of Ithacans were camping in Trumansburg, and not using water as usual.

We imagine there is a lot of laundry being done today. And long, hot showering.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Karan Casey Tickets Are At Angry Mom Records

Tickets for the Karan Casey concert in Ithaca, a benefit for local peace efforts, are available at Angry Mom Records on the Commons.

The concert is at the Community School of Music and Arts, on Tuesday 2 August, at 7:30.

Tickets are $20. Angry Mom Records is in the basement of Autumn Leaves Books, 115 The Commons, and opens at noon, 7 days a week.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Storm Report

Unless you drank a box of wine, you couldn't have missed the box of rain last night.

We don't particularly like nature, and no one likes being woke up, but it was a pretty good show.

Our bedroom window faces west, and the western sky was lit: silver, orange, blue, alternately; sometimes at once. Then black, which is normal, but was dramatic, for the contrast. It seemed extra black.

It was better than rock-show lights, because it was real.

Trees swayed and reminded us of dancers in Swan Lake at the Staatsoper - again, though, better. Maybe we like nature some.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What Tourists Do in Ithaca

This is what a tourist in Ithaca does on a day like yesterday:

1. breakfast at Cafe Dewitt
2. bird at Sapsucker Woods
3. swim at Treman Park
3. dine at Moosewood

At least, that's what our friend Lori from California did.

Tomorrow, she will have breakfast at Ithaca Bakery on Meadow Street with me. I figure that's what a real Ithacan does on a down-to-earth Sunday.  She'll see Ithaca Hours in action.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last Two Days For Advance GrassRoots Tix

Today and tomorrow are the last two days for advance 4-day tickets to GrassRoots Festival.

Advance tickets are $95. After tomorrow, they will only be available at the gate. That means $110, and a line.

Tickets are available at Autumn Leaves Books on the Commons, upstairs from us here at Angry Mom Records, from whence we write you.

Please note: checks and credit cards are no good at this point. Too much potential loss for the Fest from bad accounts.

Autumn Leaves has a cash machine. It does not charge a fee.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog, and Angry Mom Records/Small World Music

Monday, July 11, 2011

Does Drinking Hot Beverages Cool You Off?

This is an important question on a day of record heat in Ithaca, and much of the country.

Q: Is it true that drinking a hot beverage will cool you off?

A: It will if where you drink it is air conditioned.

Beyond that, hot drink or cold doesn't make any difference. What's important is the amount and the content.

Watch out for sugar, chemicals, and alcohol. Not to mention calories. Even good, natural juice is relatively high in calories.

Dilute, we say. Water is your friend. We prefer ours cold.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Sunday, July 10, 2011

10% Off At GreenStar Today

If you like good food and a bargain, today is the day and GreenStar Coop is the place.

Every month, on the 10th, GreenStar runs a promotion called "Ten on the Tenth." Members get 10% off everything that is not already on sale.

You should also like people, at least somewhat. It gets crowded at GreenStar on the 10th.

Try the special Summer Blend juice by Red Jacket orchards, of Geneva, a longtime GreenStar supplier, and superstar of various greenmarkets in the NYC area, where people wait on long lines for their products. The Summer Blend juice is a blend of apple and lemon.  Crazy, right. It's great. Thanks to our pal Jonathan in the produce department for the tip.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca Blog 

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It Takes To Train To Laugh: Laughter Yoga Class from Ithaca Freeskool

Ithaca Freeskool, the anarchist organization of learning, brings the Laughter Yoga movement to Ithaca with a (free) class this weekend.

Laughmasters Katrina and Marina (real names, we presume) conduct the session Saturday 9 July at 11 a.m. at Jillian's Drawers on the Commons.

Although held in a store for kidware, the class is intended for adults.

You can find info about Ithaca Freeskool with simple engine search. There is also plenty of information online about Laughter Yoga, a real thing and a nice thing. 

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Karan Casey Tickets Available Soon

Tickets for Irish singer Karan Casey's show at CSMA on Tuesday 2 August will be available soon at Angry Mom Records on the Commons.

"Soon" means as soon as they are printed. Within the next few days, we hope.

Karan is coming to perform a benefit concert for local peace efforts, as she has 7 or 8 times now, by rough count.

Karan is touring with John Doyle. John, like Karan, is ex-of the Irish supergroup Solas. The first-ever of these benefit concerts was by the incarnation of Solas that included Karan and John.

Please stay tuned for more info as it develops.

Steve Burke
for Angry Mom Records/Small World Music, and Ithaca NY Blog