Downtown Ithaca's Chili Fest weekend! VH1 calls him the best stage hypnotist on the planet. he’s been seen on CBS, ABC, NBC & Fox. He’s the Official hypnotist of The Illusionists 2.o. All Ages!

Feb 6

Feb 6

Doors open at 4:00 pm All ages

Price: $15

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Michael’s award winning show Hypnotized is a critically acclaimed hypnotic masterpiece that is considered the best of it’s kind in the world. You will be amazed as volunteers will fall asleep at the snap of Michael’s finger and obey the most ridiculous suggestions. Michael’s style has been described as an avante garde blend of the human psyche and eye-popping theater. The show is a MUST SEE! All ages. 

"A quiet delight... brought to memorable life." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

Feb 20

Feb 20

Doors open at 11:00 am All ages

Price: $8-$15

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After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favourite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR's metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD's travels through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON's discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid's acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.

The Moth, founded in 1997, is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth offers a weekly podcast and in 2009 launched a national public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour. All Ages.

Feb 20

Feb 20

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $25-$45

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“It is brilliant and quietly addictive” – The London Guardian

“New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” – The Wall Street Journal

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.

The Moth Mainstage is our flagship program and features stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers and news breakers, and everyday heroes (and even a few reformed villains!). Each show features five storytellers who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. Beyond a mere theatrical experience, The Moth is an ever-growing community where entertainment, enlightenment and festivity merge.

The Moth Mainstage is a staple of the literary and art scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, but also tours throughout the United States and abroad. On the road, favorite storytellers from past Moth shows share the stage with local voices.

Artist, activist, singer and songwriter Joan Baez is a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable. Over 50 years into a remarkable career, her stunning soprano voice continues to enrapture audiences around the world.

Feb 28

Feb 28

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $45-$65

Gaelic Storm's musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. 8pm.

Mar 5

Mar 5

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $20-$30

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After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band's career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings. Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades. Led by founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the group infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the musicians have topped the Billboard World Chart four times, appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class," an unreleased song made available for the first time on Full Irish) and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band. "We have earned every single one of our fans, one at a time," Murphy says. "There's no sponsorship. No corporation is pulling strings. Every fan is made by us playing a show and shaking hands and learning names. We've become friends with so many of them. When someone at a show tells me they've never seen Gaelic Storm before, I say, 'Welcome to the family.'" Full Irish pays tribute to the group's diverse journey. The album features sea shanties and drinking songs, traditional tunes and originals, instrumental workouts and vocal showcases. "Whiskey in the Jar," another brand new recording, even harks back to Gaelic Storm's early days as a pub band in Santa Monica, California, long before the group played the Telluride Festival, the Rock Boat cruise, or high-profile theaters in countries like France and Spain. Together, these 15 songs celebrate the sunny side of life, urging listeners to raise their pint glass and stomp their feet. "When you go eat pub food in Ireland," explains Steve Twigger, "you can order the 'Full Irish," which is a combination of mushrooms, beans, bacon, sausage, black pudding, white pudding… It's the works, basically. That idea seemed to represent everything about this album. This is the works. Everything we do is represented." Regularly playing more than 120 shows a year, Gaelic Storm has built a loyal following as diverse as the band's own music. Fans of traditional Irish music have championed the group for years, but so have fans of harder-edged Celtic rock. On tour, Gaelic Storm is just as likely to play a large rock club as a plush theater. The band makes regular appearances on cruises, too, joining artists like the Barenaked Ladies and Michael Franti. "Our audience spans the whole spectrum," Twigger says. "We'll play a rock venue one night, then a performing arts center that might've hosted a ballet performance the night before. We've got hardcore fans who love our energy, Jimmy Buffet fans who love our message, folk fans who love our stories. Everyone can appreciate it, and that's been the secret to our longevity." "Looking back over our past albums is like flipping through a photo album," adds percussionist Ryan Lacey, who joined the band in 2003. "Each record was made during a different time and a completely different phase of our lives. What hasn't changed is the message. We want everybody to have a good time, to enjoy themselves. It's the sort of message that everyone can get behind." Although Full Irish takes a look backward, Gaelic Storm is still moving ahead at full speed. There's another studio album in the works, as well as plenty of tour dates on the books. Hungry for more rule-breaking Celtic music? Full Irish will satisfy your appetite… even if it's just an appetizer for what's to come.

As the director emeritus of the famed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Jack’s stories range from brushing a hippo’s teeth to eating with wombats! All Ages. Doors open at 2pm.

Mar 6

Mar 6

Doors open at 2:00 pm All ages

Price: $22.50-$45

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Pump, pump the jam – Jack Hanna style


Through the jungles of Rwanda to the savanna’s of Australia, Jungle Jack Hanna has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. This Emmy-Award winning TV host and lifelong animal advocate loves sharing his knowledge and passion for animals, and is honored to speak with you today.


As the director emeritus of the famed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Jack’s stories range from brushing a hippo’s teeth to eating with wombats!


You have stayed up late to watch him on The Late Show with David Letterman or woken up early to catch him on Good Morning America – now enjoy this awe-inspiring program as you learn about some of the world’s amazing animal species and the wild adventures of Jungle Jack Hanna! So sit back and relax as Jungle Jack’s infectious energy takes you “into the wild!”


 


 


 

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"I didn't realize it at the time but his girlfriend was also on the stage, hypnotized. So, I see her walking over slowly toward her boyfriend, who's dancing with the broom, and I'm thinking "What's happening here?'"

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Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony

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Michael’s award winning show Hypnotized is a critically acclaimed hypnotic masterpiece that is considered the best of it’s kind in the world. You will be amazed as volunteers will fall asleep at the snap of Michael’s finger and obey the most ridiculous suggestions. Michael’s style has been described as an avante garde blend of the human psyche and eye-popping theater. Imagine… several of your friends are on stage to volunteer for Michael C. Anthony’s Hypnotized show. Michael snaps his fingers and one at a time, your friends fall to the floor into a hypnotic trance. After giving some crazy hypnotic suggestions insanity ensues… Don't forget to get some chili at The Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off before the show! The show is a MUST SEE! All ages.

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The Box Office will be CLOSED this July for Renovations. Extended summer hours will continue August 1st. On show days the Box Office will be open 2 hours before advertised door time in addition to our normal hours.