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Things to Do, Oct. 6-13, 2017

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Lindsey Hadlock

Maple research on tap

The Cornell Maple Program (CMP) hosts its inaugural Fall Open House, Oct. 7 at the Arnot Forest in Van Etten, New York. The free event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 611 County Route 13, with activities at the sugarhouse on Banfield Road. For directions and more information, see the Open House event page.

CMP researchers and extension agents will share information with the public on traditional techniques, modern methods and current areas of research, and maple syrup and maple ice cream will be available for purchase.

The open house features a sugarhouse tour and evaporator demonstration, maple candy and cream-making demonstrations and samples, and a self-guided nature walk and foliage tour along Banfield Creek.

Part of the Department of Natural Resources, the maple program has a mission to support the New York maple industry through research and extension work. In spring 2016, CMP assumed management of the limited-production, 2,500-tap maple operation at Arnot Forest, which now has 6,000 taps after extensive upgrades. It is one of two research facilities operated by CMP staff, and is host to cutting-edge maple technologies and research activities.

People and pets welcome

The annual DeeDee Arrison Concert for the Animals is Oct. 7 at 12:15 p.m. in the Animal Health Center Atrium at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The performance is free and open to the public, and well-behaved (socialized) pets are welcome to attend.

The one-hour concert will feature violinists Tim Fain and Francisco Fullana, both rising stars of the Stradivari Society, accompanied by Grammy Award-nominated pianist Robert Koenig. Both Fain and Koenig have performed in previous years at the concert, which honors the Vet College’s animals. The event is sponsored by Clement and Karen Arrison.

Two-faced and silent

Lionel Barrymore stars in the silent horror classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” screening Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Sage Chapel with a live musical score performed by The Invincible Czars. The event is presented by Cornell Cinema and cosponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts and the Wharton Studio Museum. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for students and senior citizens, at

Considered American cinema’s first important horror picture, the 1920 film based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella is introspective and philosophical, with a new soundtrack to match. The Invincible Czars have incorporated themes from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy into their understated, minimalist score.

Also showing: Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical “Endless Poetry” (2016), Oct. 12 and 15, follows his life in Chile as a young man in his 20s who arrives in Santiago and joins a colorful, circus-like artist commune. The film is cosponsored by the Cine con Cultura Film Festival and the Latin American Studies Program.

President’s address to staff

President Martha E. Pollack gives her first address to Cornell staff, Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 12:15 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall. Lunch will be provided and her remarks will be followed by a Q&A session.

The address will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person, and questions for President Pollack can be submitted in advance online. For more information or accommodations to attend, contact the Office of the Assemblies before the event at 607-255-3715.

Master musician in residence

Renowned Turkish musician Latif Bolat, who performs Oct. 14 in the Cornell Concert Series, begins a weeklong Cornell residency Oct. 11 with master classes, workshops, class visits and a public lecture.

Latif Bolat

Specializing in Turkish mystic and folk music and devotional song, Bolat will stay at Hans Bethe House and participate Oct. 11 in a house dinner, faculty reception and Bethe Ansatz performance and discussion with House Professor and Dean Julia Thom-Levy, and in a student house residency performance Oct. 15.

On Oct. 12, he gives a public lecture on “Sound, Sufism and the State,” 4:30 p.m. in 124 Lincoln Hall, in conversation with professor of music Andrew White on how music, spirituality and sociopolitical factors influence culture and the production of art.

A music workshop at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center with school-age children, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m., precedes a discussion of politics with GIAC teens and a dinner. Bolat also leads a music workshop Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. with the Cornell Middle Eastern Ensemble.

In concert, Bolat explores traditional Turkish folk and mystical music and its cultural elements philosophically, with intimate storytelling touches. He plays the baglama (a long-necked lute) and other traditional Turkish folk instruments, accompanying a repertoire of classical, folk and Sufi mystic music, his own compositions and devotional poetry by Rumi and later Sufi writers.

Tickets for the concert, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. in Barnes Hall Auditorium, are available online for $30 general, $18 for students.

How to spot fake data

Data visualization specialist Alberto Cairo gives a free public talk, “Visual Trumpery,” on how to spot and fight fake data and visualizations from the left and the right, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall. The talk is sponsored by Cornell University Library.

Aimed at a general audience, the talk is an opportunity to build your “graphicacy” (visual literacy), which Cairo believes is the best antidote for journalistic nonsense run rampant. He will share strategies for reading charts, graphs and maps designed by individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum. (As such, his lecture’s title is intentionally misleading.)

Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami and the author of “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (2012) and “The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication” (2016).

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