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Things to Do, May 26-June 9, 2017

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Lindsey Hadlock

Commencement Concert

The Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club will perform musical highlights from the 2016-17 concert season at their annual Commencement Concert, May 27 at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall.

The Cornell Chorus and Glee Club's annual Commencement Concert is May 27 in Bailey Hall.

Conducted by Stephen Spinelli, assistant director of choral programs, the choirs will present a concert program featuring music from around the world and a set of Cornell songs.

General admission advance tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, available at Adult admission at the door is $15.

The Chorus and Glee Club Reunion 2017 concert is scheduled for Friday, June 9, in Bailey Hall. General admission is $15. 

Exhibitions ending

Three exhibitions at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art are closing in early June, including the first exhibition in the United States to focus on photography in Java, Indonesia, as an art form.

Identity Crisis: Reflections on Public and Private Life in Contemporary Javanese Photography” closes June 11. Organized by the museum, the exhibition was guest-curated by photographer and Southeast Asia Program research associate Brian Arnold, with Ellen Avril, chief curator and curator of Asian art at the museum.

Also ending June 11: “The War to End All Wars: Artists and World War I,” featuring period artworks and propaganda posters; and “Escaping the Ordinary: Artistic Imagination in Early Modern Prints.”

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Three exhibitions including “The War to End All Wars: Artists and World War I," end June 11 at the Johnson Museum.

On display through July 30: “Empathy Academy: Social Practice and the Problem of Objects,” a laboratory for a spring course exploring meaningful collecting practices and social forms of contemporary art. It features a participatory installation created by students, “What is left is felt.”

New exhibitions will open beginning June 24. The museum is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. 

Birds caught on video

Emmy-winning filmmaker Ann Prum will discuss life in the field and the multimedia production studio in “Birds Through the Lens: Using Video Technology to Reveal the Lives of Birds,” June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca.

Her talk, part of the lab’s Monday Night Seminar series, is free and open to the public.

Prum is a producer, cinematographer and founder of Coneflower Productions, which uses new technology, science and creative storytelling to bring the world of wildlife to viewers. Her nonfiction films have earned 10 Emmy nominations and one Best Nature Documentary Emmy Award (for “An Original Duckumentary”).

For information, email or call 800-843-2473. 

Utilities consumer help

New York State Assistant Attorney General Michael Danaher will share information on utility providers, advice on consumer protection and what to do if a problem occurs, in “Being a Wise Consumer in the Utility Market,” Thursday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-TC), 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Danaher will cover electric and gas utilities, internet and telephone service, telemarketing scams and other related consumer concerns. Following the presentation, Danaher will be available to individually consult with attendees regarding any consumer problem they have been unsuccessful at resolving locally. For a consultation only, arrive by 12:30 p.m.; no registration is necessary. For more information, call the Consumer HelpLine at 607-272-2292.

CCE-TC’s monthly Consumer Issues Program presentations are recorded and broadcast locally on Cable Access Channel 15, Mondays at 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Building nature collections

The diversity of biological specimens in the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates and related media archives from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library are featured in an interactive multimedia exhibit, “Around the World and Back: Building Cornell Nature Collections Through Exploration,” through Sept. 30 in the Mann Library Gallery.

The display features specimens essential to life sciences research, audio and video capturing animal behavior in the wild, and technologies used to study migration and evolution, and highlights the many ways Cornell students contribute to the growth and use of these collections.

In conjunction with the exhibit, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and Macaulay Library Director Mike Webster will give a public lecture, “Sound and Feather: How Media Specimens are Revolutionizing Modern Ornithology,” Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. in the library’s Stern Seminar Room, followed by a reception in the gallery. The free events are part of Cornell University Library’s Reunion Weekend programming.

Mann Library summer hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. most weekdays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. 

Anthropology open house

The Department of Anthropology welcomes the public to a Reunion Weekend Open House for Cornell’s Anthropology Collections, Friday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 150 McGraw Hall.

The Anthropology Collections include approximately 20,000 items, representing human activity around the world from the Lower Paleolithic age (which began 3.3 million years ago) to the present. Archaeological and ethnographic materials are about equally represented.

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