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Things to Do, June 3-30, 2016

Wearable tech clothes
Student-designed wearable tech including interactive clothing for gaming is on display through July 1 in Human Ecology's Jill Stuart Gallery.

Summer arts

Cornell’s free summer events series begins Tuesday, June 28, in the Klarman Hall auditorium with soprano Karen Wonder Dumont. Joined by pianist Bill Cowdery, harpist Anna O'Connell and friends from Savoyards Musical Theatre, Dumont will perform Irish folk, American standards, musical theater favorites and opera excerpts.

The summer schedule includes Tuesday performances at Klarman Hall, Wednesday lectures by faculty and guest speakers in Kennedy Hall beginning July 6, and Friday concerts outside on the Arts Quad starting July 1. All events are open to the public and sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

All Tuesday events at Klarman Hall begin at 7:30 p.m.; the performances also feature Traonach, playing Irish traditional dance music, July 5; Latin jazz and world music ensemble Crimson, July 12; violinist Wayne Lee and fortepianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee, Ph.D. ’16, July 19; and chamber ensemble Troica, an Ithaca College faculty trio, July 26.

Journey West, Aug. 2, chronicles the migration of melodies from their countries of origin to other lands. The musical ensemble is led by Max Buckholtz and features Dara Anissi, Mark Weinand, Chad Lieberman and Nikolai Ruskin.

Smart garments

“Through the Years,” an exhibition in the Human Ecology Building’s Jill Stuart Gallery, showcases three years of design work and smart clothing by Cornell Wearable Tech. The exhibition continues through July 1 and is free and open to the public.

The interdisciplinary project team produces a new collection of smart garments each academic year. The 2016 collection, Duality, features interactive clothing for gaming. The display also includes designs developed for two previous collections, Refraction (2014) and Irradiance (2015).

Science and fireworks

The next Science Cabaret takes on an explosive topic in “Kaboom! The Science and Culture of Fireworks,” June 7 at 7 p.m. at Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca. The program is free and open to all ages.

The event features Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann, the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus; pyrotechnicians Bill Turner and Bob Hollenback; and filmmaker Jesse Veverka ’00, MSE ’06, who will preview part of the upcoming documentary “Passfire,” about fireworks, the people who make them and their place in cultures across the globe.

Jesse's collaborator and brother, Jeremy Veverka ’00, makes films for the Cornell Alliance for Science and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences international programs. The Veverkas’ projects include the 2010 feature documentary “China: The Rebirth of an Empire” and several short films.

Accessing local history

The History Center in Tompkins County presents “Projecting Place: The Role of Local History in Documentaries,” Thursday, June 9 at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St. in Ithaca.

Local screenwriters and producers will share their recent work and ongoing initiatives highlighting local heritage, and discuss the challenges and sense of discovery in using documents and other local history resources to create documentaries.

Screenwriter Austin Bunn, Cornell assistant professor of performing and media arts and writer of “Kill Your Darlings,” will show portions of his award-winning documentaries “Lavender Hill” and “In the Hollow.”

Producer, director and writer Deborah C. Hoard of PhotoSynthesis Productions will discuss and show clips from “Civil Warriors” and “Into the Land of Kalachakra.” Winner of more than 200 national and international media awards, Hoard’s projects have focused on education and social justice, including a new film about education in America, “Re: Thinking;” Robert Lieberman’s “They Call It Myanmar” (2011) and an upcoming film about Cambodia.

Tickets are $5 general admission, available online

Planetary networking

Young researchers will present their work and discuss emerging ideas in exoplanet science at a symposium June 13-14 at Cornell.

The second annual Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium (ERES II) will meet in 120 Physical Sciences. Advance registration is required; the registration fee is $60.

With the goal of enhancing collaborations within the exoplanet scientific community, ERES is aimed at early-career scientists (graduate students, postdocs and advanced undergraduates). Attendees work in all branches of exoplanetary science and related disciplines, such as planetary science, engineering, biology and related instrumentation and theory.

“It’s an opportunity to discuss ideas from an interdisciplinary perspective and rethink what we know about planets in and outside our solar system,” says organizer Lisa Kaltenegger, director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute and associate professor of astronomy.

The annual symposium is hosted on a rotating basis among partner institutions. The 2016 meeting is supported by the Carl Sagan Institute, founded in 2015 at Cornell to further the search for habitable planets and moons in and outside our solar system.

The institute has built a new interdisciplinary research group focused on the characterization of planets and moons, and instruments to search for signs of life in the universe.

Aboriginal abstraction

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art will open two new exhibitions this month.

The traveling exhibition “No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting,” on display June 9 to Aug. 14 in the Bartels, Gold and Moak galleries, features paintings by nine prominent and innovative artists from Australia’s Western desert.

The works record personal histories and express ancestral truths, kinships and views about the natural world, while challenging assumptions about abstraction in modern art.

“American Sojourns and the Collecting of Japanese Art,” opening June 25, will explore the impact of American collectors in Japan on the Johnson’s collection and those at other museums, the result of tourists during the Meiji period (1868-1912) interested in art and design, and another generation of collectors at the end of World War II.

On display through Dec. 18 in the Class of 1953 and Schaenen galleries, the exhibition also will complement the upcoming fall exhibition “JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876-1970,” opening Aug. 27.

Also at the Johnson Museum: “Tradition, Transmission and Transformation in East Asian Art,” ending June 12; the History of Art Majors’ Society’s “15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame,” through July 24; and Matthew Schreiber’s laser installation “Crossbow,” through Aug. 28. Leo Villareal’s light installation “Cosmos,” on the Mallin Sculpture Court, is ongoing.

Admission is free, and regular hours are Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 and 12 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 11, for Reunion.

‘Bound for Glory’

Before WVBR’s “Bound for Glory” begins its 50th year on Aug. 28, the folk concert series will offer six live shows over the summer, Sundays in Anabel Taylor Café.

Admission is free and open to all ages, with three different live sets at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. and refreshments available. Hosted by Phil Shapiro since its inception in 1967, the show also airs live on WVBR-FM (93.5 and 105.5, streaming online) Sundays, 8 to 11 p.m.

The duo of Terri Burns and Ron Kristy will kick off the summer season June 26, and gypsy jazz septet Djug Django plays traditional jazz, ragtime, swing and standards July 3. Nashville singer-songwriter Cathryn Craig and British guitarist Brian Willoughby make a tour stop July 10; eclectic country-folk artist Kathy Johnson makes her first “Bound for Glory” appearance in decades July 17, accompanied by guitarist Kinloch Nelson. Mathews Family Tradition plays bluegrass July 24, and Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz perform July 31.

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