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Circus Culture
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
The Sim Redmond Band
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Big Mean I-Town Revue
Empire Kings
Ithaca Ballet
Wassa Pan Africa Dance Ensemble
Road Man
The Blind Spots


2017 Special Events

BLANK, by Nassim Soleimanpour

The Cherry Arts presents the latest work from the ingenious creator of last years' hit White Rabbit Red Rabbit. BLANK is a warm and surprising work that upends the things we thought we knew about theater and the stories we make of our lives.

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Cinemapolis, 120 E Green St

Sunday, 3:30 & 7:30

$15 ($10 with a festival button)

Celebrating Our Lives: Moments We Remember

2017 Tompkins County Poet Laureate Zee Zahava will lead an inter-generational workshop for writing and sharing happy memories. Come and share memories about the many things you've experienced that made you happy! This might include the first time you did something, the way you have celebrated joyous occasions, birthday memories, making new friends, moving into a new home, the birth of a child, getting a pet, and more more more more more!

GIAC gymnasium, 301 W Court St

Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00


Shiny Gemstones Comedy Show

Headliner Madelein Smith has joined forces with her favorite comedians in New York to bring a fun, female-fronted comedy show to the Ithaca Arts Fest. About the comics: Kelsey Claire Hagen has frequently collaborated with Madelein Smith, producing the show "two feminists walk into a bar" and planning a July 2017 tour. Kelsey Claire is the mastermind behind "Don't Grab My Pussy", a variety show that raises money for sexual assault services. She has opened for Chris Kattan and was recently featured at the Burning Bridges festival in Pittsburgh, PA. Sarah Benson is a seasoned comic who has opened for Pete Holmes, performed at Comcast's Trial By Laughter, was a finalist in the Funniest Person in Rochester contest, and has been featured twice at Toronto's Shedot Festival. Headliner Madelein Smith graduated with a theater degree in 2012, and after being asked "what are you going to do with that?" At least 30 times, she decided to try stand up comedy. Since then, Madelein has produced a long running all female comedy showcase entitled Rage Against the Vageen at The Comedy Club in Rochester, NY, opened for Kevin Lee, Rich Vos, Marianne Sierk, Bobby Slayton and more, and performed on numerous comedy festivals in NYC, Toronto, LA, and everyone's favorite vegan paradise, Ithaca! She is excited to be back in the land of waterfalls.

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Cinemapolis, 120 E Green St

Sunday, 5:30

$10 ($5 with a festival button)