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A Summer Party at the Johnson features printmaking inspired by works in a summer exhibition of art portfolios. Shown: Artist Vik Muniz’ “American Flag,” from the portfolio “America: Now + Here” (2009).

Things to Do, June 29-July 31, 2018

Summer art party

The annual Summer Party at the Johnson celebrates the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art’s current exhibitions Friday, June 29, from 5-7 p.m. The party is free and open to everyone, and features live music, art activities, a scholarly talk, refreshments and a cash bar.

Violinist Angela Jane Yantorno will play in the Appel Lobby during the event. Visitors can make prints inspired by works in the summer exhibition, “All for One and One for All: Portfolios from the Permanent Collection.” No artmaking experience is necessary.

Stephanie Dickey, professor of art history at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, gives a talk on “Rembrandtesque” paintings and efforts to tell a “real” Rembrandt from an imitation, at 5:15 p.m. in the Wing Lecture Room. Dickey is visiting during a five-day workshop on the Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings (WIRE) project at Cornell, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Following the party, visitors are invited to stay on campus for the free Sim Redmond Band performance, at 7 p.m. on the Arts Quad.

Museum admission is free, with public hours Tuesday through Sunday. Current exhibitions include “Debating Art: Chinese Intellectuals at the Crossroads,” through July 8; “Highlights from the Collection: 45 Years at the Johnson” and “Film and Video Pioneers,” through July 22; the public art project “Pledges of Allegiance,” through July 31; and “All for One and One for All” and “Shifting Ground,” both through Aug. 12.

Free performances and lectures

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions’ Cornell Summer Event Series offers free performances, lectures and outdoor concerts on campus. The public is invited.

Friday concerts, at 7 p.m. on the Arts Quad, feature the Sim Redmond Band on June 29; Radio London, July 6; MAQ, July 13; El Rumbon, July 20; Laila Belle, July 27; and NEO Project, Aug. 3. Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

The Sim Redmond Band will kick off a free summer events series at Cornell.

Tuesday performances at 7:30 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall, include contra group Eloise & Co., July 10; Celtic trio Arise & Go, July 17; jazz with the Paul Merrill Quartet, July 24; and light opera and musical theater from Theatre Street Productions, July 31.

The lecture series, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Kennedy Hall’s Call Auditorium, features author Dava Sobel on July 11, with “The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.” Other lectures are by Karen Pastorello, July 18, with “Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage;” Glenn Altschuler, July 25, with “The Election of 2018: What’s at Stake and What to Look For” and Karen Levy, Aug. 1, with “Relational Big Data: How Data Collection Influences How We Live, Work and Interact.”

To archive or not

The History Center in Tompkins County presents “Going Public With My Archives,” June 30 at 2 p.m. The discussion features Evan Earle ’02, M.S. ’14, Cornell’s Dr. Peter J. Thaler ’56 University Archivist; and Cady Fontana, information and learning services librarian at Tompkins County Public Library.

The event is for people who have something (from their personal archives or found in the attic) that they think might be of broader, even historical, interest but are unsure what to do with. Is it material for a book, a blog or a website? Is it a donation to a local history organization?

The panelists will discuss opportunities and responsibilities regarding archival materials, as well as options that, while respecting history and family legacies, are realistic in that not everything can be accessioned or published.

The event is free and open to the public as part of the History Center-Cornell University Press CUP Talks series. In addition to CUP authors, the series offers talks “about matters of common interest related to researching, writing and sharing important stories with the community,” said Michael McGandy, senior editor and editorial director of CUP’s regional imprint, Three Hills. “We have expertise to share and, more importantly, we want to support historians in the community, be they academics or not.”

Live radio concerts

Bound for Glory” shows continue through the summer, with Nashville duo The Twangtown Paramours making their campus debut July 1.

Concerts in the long-running folk music series are broadcast live from Anabel Taylor Hall’s Alternatives Library, 8-11 p.m. Sundays on WVBR-FM. Admission is free and open to all ages.

The summer schedule includes Pierce Pettis, July 8; The Vollmers (Brian Vollmer and Claire Byrne), July 15; John O’Connor, July 22; and Pat Wictor and Deborah Latz, July 29.

Slavery in drama

An enslaved couple discover the still-living body of a lynched man in “Fast Blood,” presented by Civic Ensemble July 5-22 at Lehman Alternative Community School, 111 Chestnut St., Ithaca.

The play by Emmy-winning writer Judy Tate is directed by Beth F. Milles, Cornell professor of performing and media arts. The cast includes senior lecturer Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., Civic Ensemble artistic director.

Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. of Civic Ensemble and “Fast Blood” playwright Judy Tate. The play runs July 5-22 in Ithaca.

Tickets are $20 reserved, available at or by calling 607-241-0195. Free tickets will be available at the door for those who find cost a barrier to seeing theater.

Produced in association with the American Slavery Project, “Fast Blood” is part of Civic Ensemble’s summer series “Civic Acts: New Plays Toward the Beloved Community,” supported in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

“Bee Trapped Inside the Window” by Saviana Stanescu runs at the Lehman school from July 17 to Aug. 3.

Cinema Under the Stars

Cornell Cinema’s summer terrace screenings of classic films continue Thursday, July 12, on Willard Straight Terrace, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Howard Hawks’ “To Have and Have Not” (1944). The series also features “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden, Wednesday, July 25.

Open to the public, screenings feature a cash bar, complimentary snacks and prize drawings for cinema tickets. Tickets are $13 general admission, $11 for students and senior citizens, available at Picnic dinners are welcome; doors open at 8:15 p.m. and films start at 9:30 p.m. In the event of rain, films will be shown in Willard Straight Theatre.

College Fair

Cornell’s Summer College hosts a Summertime College Fair on campus July 23 for area high school students, their families, teachers and guidance counselors.

The event, from 4-6 p.m. in the Statler Hotel Ballroom, is free and open to the public. Attendees can enter through the hotel’s east entrance on Statler Drive.

Admissions officers from about 45 colleges and universities will be in attendance and available to discuss academic and extracurricular college programs, application processes and financial aid at their institutions.

Staff Development Day

The 20th annual Staff Development Day, highlighting opportunities available to Cornell staff, faculty and retirees, is July 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Building.

The free event includes a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a resource fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Clark Atrium; door prizes; a variety of workshops on career development, retirement and wellness in the workplace; a keynote speech by Mary Opperman, vice president and chief human resources officer; and roundtable discussions on topics including risk-taking, managing a career, belonging and professional development training.

Building an accessible web

Cornell hosts its first Web Accessibility Camp Aug. 6-8 in Ives Hall and the ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall.

Open to the public, the camp features trainers from the nonprofit WebAIM, offering hands-on sessions and useful tools, techniques and resources to help web designers, developers and content creators create accessibility-friendly sites and improve current sites.

To register and for more information, visit Cornell Web Accessibility Camp.

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