EVENTS

"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 nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience.


Sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank


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!”


 


 


 

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Mar 18

Mar 18

Doors open at 7:30 pm Ages 17+ Only

Price: $5-$6

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Directored by: Stanley Kubrick

For over three decades, Academy Award winning comedian and actor Steven Wright has been making audiences roar with laughter with his trademark deadpan delivery and cerebral punch lines. A legendary master of the one liner, his standup is packed with tightly crafted jokes that he pumps out with the efficiency of a comedy machine. His legacy as a brilliant comedic innovator and mad genius has influenced a new generation of comedy stars.

Mar 26

Mar 26

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $25-$45

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Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. One of four children, Wright was raised in Burlington, MA. Upon graduating from Emerson College and holding a bevy of odd jobs, Steven attended an “open mike” audition and became a regular performer at Ding Ho’s Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, MA. It was during this time that Steven got his big break and was booked for his first “Tonight Show” appearance on Friday, August 6, 1982. The king of late night enjoyed the performance so much he invited Steven to appear again the following Thursday, a rarity on “The Tonight Show.” His back-to-back appearances helped put his fledgling career into high gear. The comic soon found himself performing his off-beat routines on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” and numerous trips back to “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Wright expanded his comedy career to include comedy albums, film and television appearances. His 1985 debut album, I Have A Pony, earned him a Grammy nomination. In 1985, Steven starred in his first HBO Special “A Steven Wright Special.” In 1989, Steven was honored with an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his film entitled “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” in which he starred and co-wrote. Other stars of the film included “Roseanne’s” Laurie Metcalf and British comedian, Rowan Atkinson. In September of 1990, Steven starred in his second stand-up special for HBO called “Wicker Chairs and Gravity.” The special included stand-up from The Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto and a short film shot on location in New York and New Jersey. Steven has been seen in numerous films including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Mike Meyers’ “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” and Nora Ephron’s “Mixed Nuts.” Steven was the voice of the DJ, K-Billy in “Reservoir Dogs” and starred with John Cleese and Jack Palance in New Line’s animated film, “The Swan Princess” as the voice of Speed, the turtle. Steve also appeared as a sitcom actor in MGM’s “Speechless” with Harry Shearer, and as a Mountie in the MGM release “Canadian Bacon”, opposite the late John Candy. In 1999, Steven played a guest starring role in Albert Brooks’ film “The Muse” starring Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, and Jeff Bridges. In ‘98 he played a supporting role in Dave Chappelle’s “Half-Baked” and was a featured voice in “Babe 2: Pig in the City”. Steven wrote, directed and stars in the 1999 short film, “One Soldier,” the story of a man obsessed with the unanswerable questions in life. The film was screened at numerous film festivals and can be seen on the Independent Film Channel. Steven was also seen in the Jim Jarmusch film “Coffee and Cigarettes” and the film “The Aristocrats.” In October of 2006, Steven premiered the hour special, “When The Leaves Blow Away,” on Comedy Central. The special was released on DVD in April 2006 and includes Steven’s 1999 short film “One Soldier” and a segment of a 1988 performance at a Boston comedy club. Steven’s second CD, “I Still Have A Pony,” was released by Comedy Central Records on September 25, 2007. The CD earned Steven his second Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album. Steven was honored as the first inductee into The Boston Comedy Hall of Fame on December 15, 2008. The ceremony included performances by legendary Boston comedians Tony V, Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Kenny Rogerson, Steve Sweeney, Mike Donovan, Barry Crimmins, Mike McDonald and Fran Solomita. On June 2, 2009, Warner Bros. Records re-released Steven’s groundbreaking, Grammy nominated first CD, “I Have A Pony,” packaged with Steven’s first HBO special, “A Steven Wright Special” on DVD; part of Warner Bros. Records 50th anniversary celebration. On June 15, 2013 Steven received The Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award. The award is given each year to a celebrated comedian who has been influenced by Carson in some way and has left his or her own mark on the comedy world. In past years, award recipients have included Dick Cavett, Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner. Steven was nominated for an Emmy Award as a Producer on the 2014 season of the hit FX series, Louie; he also guest starred in a previous season of the show. Steven is a regular guest with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson and continues touring the U.S., Canada and overseas.

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Apr 6

Apr 6

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $30-$32.50

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WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. Music by Disparition. Logo by Rob Wilson. “A geeky cultural gem” – CBC “Incredible, spooky, funny, and monumentally charming” – BoingBoing

"Jeff McBride: Best Magician of Las Vegas..." - Las Vegas Review Journal. All Ages.

Apr 9

Apr 9

Doors open at 6:00 pm All ages

Price: $12.50-$24.50

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Jeff McBride, creator of McBride's Magic & Mystery School, recently named Magician of the Year by the Magic Castle in California.
His magic performance art combines mime, masks, Kabuki Theatre, world-class sleight of hand and grand illusion. All ages. 

In a most exceptional pairing, master multiinstrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the purest voices in Country music, Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White and Cheryl White.

Apr 16

Apr 16

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $35-$55

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In a most exceptional pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the purest voices in Country music, Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White and Cheryl White.


 

An original ballet based on a Russian folk tale. Choreography by Lavinia Reid, Music by Igor Stravinsky, Cindy Reid, artistic director

Apr 23

Apr 23

Doors open at 2:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$20

An original ballet based on a Russian folk tale. Choreography by Lavinia Reid, Music by Igor Stravinsky, Cindy Reid, artistic director

Apr 23

Apr 23

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$20

“Won’t you be my neighbor?” The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from the Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS. ALL AGES!

May 7

May 7

Doors open at 3:00 pm All ages

Price: $20-$30

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The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations. 


 


VIP Meet and Greet tickets are SOLD OUT!

In 1973, a barely-out-of-his-teens Wilmington guitarist piled his gear into the drummer’s Chevy van to play their very first gig at a University of Delaware dorm. More than 4 decades, over 8,000 live shows, and some 15 million albums sold worldwide later, that same maverick guitar-slinger is still making electrifying music, still thrilling audiences, and still the most bad-to-the-bone performer in rock.

May 12

May 12

Doors open at 7:00 pm All ages

Price: $35-$55

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It’s 2016, and George Thorogood & The Destroyers are Badder Than Ever.


 For George and his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – their new Badder Than Ever Tour is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. And with a catalog of classics that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter.

State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Our mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming.

107 West State Street
(607) 277-8283
Ithaca, NY 14850

Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm

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.