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Things to Do, March 31-April 7, 2017

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Lindsey Hadlock

3-D break, Heavenly Bodies

After screenings March 31 of Claire Denis’s 1999 “Beau Travail” and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2009 revenge comedy “Micmacs” in Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell Cinema will be closed for an upgrade over spring break.

After installing a new 3-D projection system (made possible with donor support in a recent crowdfunding campaign), the cinema’s first digital 3-D event will be announced soon and will happen sometime in May.

Advance tickets are available now for an April 11 event in Sage Chapel, the first-time-in-Ithaca showing of “Our Heavenly Bodies,” the 1925 German film looking into a future of space travel.

The screening at 7:30 p.m. will feature an original score performed live by the Nashville-based group Coupler, founded in 2012 by Lambchop member Ryan Norris. Advance tickets are $10 general and $8 for students and senior citizens, at Prices are $12 and $10 at the door.

Vet for a day

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s 51st annual Open House, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will give visitors of all ages a closer look at the college, its facilities and the field of veterinary medicine.

Students, faculty and staff will answer questions about a career as a veterinarian, veterinary technician or an animal care specialist. Admission is free and donations are welcome; bringing personal pets is not allowed.

The day includes a wide variety of displays, talks and demonstrations, including a petting zoo with baby farm animals, virtual hospital and Animal Health Diagnostic Center tours, exhibits of exotic pets and wildlife, and a Teddy Bear ER (you need to bring your own wounded stuffed animals in for treatment).

Demonstrations include canine agility, vet students performing ultrasounds on dogs, learning about alpacas and camels, learning how to appropriately meet a strange dog, listening to an animal’s heartbeat, a farrier making horseshoes throughout the day, learning gross anatomy, and performance treadmill used to study orthopedic and cardiovascular diseases in horses.

Recording nature

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology hosts “A World of Sound” with sound recordist Juan Pablo Culasso, Monday, April 3, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the lab, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca.

Culasso is a blind birder from Uruguay who has made a career of recording the sounds of nature. One of the best birdwatchers in the Americas using only his ears, he has traveled extensively including to Antarctica to capture soundscapes.

The Monday night seminar is free and open to the public. The talk will be livestreamed. For information, email or call 800-843-2473.

CPR for pets

Do you know what do you if your pet suddenly collapses? Daniel J. Fletcher, DVM, will give a presentation demonstrating the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for pets, Wednesday, April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca. It is free and open to animal lovers of all ages.

Those attending will learn how to help their dog or cat until they can get them to a veterinarian. Fletcher’s hands-on demonstration will cover how to check the animal’s airway, how to do chest compressions and mouth-to-snout ventilation, and practicing CPR on mannequin cats and dogs

Fletcher is an associate professor of emergency and critical care at the College of Veterinary Medicine and co-chair of the RECOVER Initiative, which published the first evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines in 2012. He has taught CPR courses all over the world.

The event is part of the series Baker Pet Talks: Tips from Cornell Experts. For more information, email or call 607-256-5652.  

RED for recognition

The campuswide Cornell Recognition Event Day (RED Day) will be held April 6 from noon to 2 p.m.

The event, organized to say thank you to Cornell’s hard-working employees, will offer free cupcakes and other snacks at several locations, including the atria of Duffield Hall, Klarman Hall and the East Hill Plaza Office Building. Additional locations will be announced.

The future’s remains

Since 2007, photographer Jade Doskow has been documenting the remnants of former world’s fair sites and their unusual and provocative architecture, art and landscaping. Her work illustrates how modern life reacts and responds to structures and sites often intended to be temporary.

World's fair

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Photographer Jade Doskow's work on “Lost Utopias” is on display in John Hartell Gallery. In this photo, New York 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” New York State Pavilion, Winter View 2014

Her large-scale photographs are on display in “Jade Doskow: Lost Utopias,” through April 10 in John Hartell Gallery in Sibley Dome. Organized by Jennifer Minner, assistant professor of city and regional planning, the exhibition is open to the public.

Doskow’s eerily poetic images show how the modern architectural landscape has been shaped over time, with structures epitomizing utopian concepts of the future. Among them are a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome, built for Expo 67 in Montréal, dwarfing a suburban house fitted with solar panels; and the Atomium, representing a single atom of iron ore magnified 165 billion times, looming behind the Little Europe amusement park in Brussels.

Doskow is based in New York City. Her recent full-color monograph “Lost Utopias” was included in American Photo’s top 50 photography books of 2016.

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