Update: Light In Winter 2012

Greetings friends,

We are thrilled to share the news that Light in Winter, in partnership with The State Theatre of Ithaca and the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau, will present an effervescent mix of music, magic, movement and merriment, on February 17, 18 and 19.

In true Light in Winter fashion, this year’s events combine science and the arts in a feast for the mind and senses. The program coincides with the 2012 Winter Recess, an annual festival that celebrates public school teachers and school employees across the region with entertainment, activities, family fun, and discounts throughout the community.

On Friday, February 17, the magic begins in the upstairs space at Lot 10 Kitchen & Lounge (formerly Delilah’s) at 112 S. Cayuga Street. Drop by at 6:30 pm to experience Ithaca’s own dj laika, who applies her love of science and music to create multimedia sets that are “always fresh and on the edge.” At 7:30 pm, join New York-based magician, physicist, and author Alex Stone for “Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind,” a special Winter Recess edition of Ithaca’s celebrated Science Cabaret. Drinks and light snacks will be available for both shows.

The festivities begin again at 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 18, at Ithaca’s historic State Theatre, when physicist and fiddler Kathy Selby unlocks the mysteries of the violin in “The Secrets of the Devil’s Box.” Selby, who teaches the physics of musical sound at Cornell University, will be joined onstage by special guest performers.

Music lovers will want to return to the State at 8 pm for a spine-tingling performance by Stringfever, a British band that bills itself as “the world’s first genetically modified string quartet.” Playing electric instruments, brothers Giles, Ralph, and Neal Broadbent and their cousin Graham have been wowing audiences all over the globe with their wizardly (and often humorous) versions of popular tunes and classics.

On Sunday, February 19, at 3 pm, the internationally acclaimed troupe Galumpha brings its stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography to the State Theatre stage. The show, featuring new material, is perfect for families. At 5 pm, join Galumpha’s co-founder and director Andy Horowitz onstage for a physical workshop focusing on weight sharing and acrobatic partnering.

We hope you can join us—it should be a mind-bending weekend!

Light In Winter Board of Directors