Ithaca Weekend Planner: Free Chili, Southside Teach-In, Meet a NY-23 Candidate and More

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What are you up to this weekend, Ithaca? Here’s some happenings of the free, low-cost, and educational variety to nourish your body and spirit this weekend.


First off, do you like FREE Free free free chili? Can’t afford the $20 for 10 shots of chili VIP package at the Downtown Ithaca Alliance chili cookoff that lets you skip the line like an overcaffeinated prepubescent running around Disneyland? Food Not Bombs Ithaca is holding its sequel to last year’s “Free Chili,” entitled most creatively “Free Chili 2.” Just try not to stare at this GIF for the rest of the day.

Chili will be served starting at noon. There will also be a Really Really Free Market – read, free stuff available to all takers – held at the same location, in Greenwood (DeWitt) Park at the corner of Buffalo and Cayuga streets.

Full disclosure: TruthSayers’ unpaid intern Josh Brokaw will be making chili tonight for this event. Hopefully he remembers to dump the soaking fart water and cook the kidney beans in fresh water.

Real Talk Teach-In

The Real Talk Teach-In series will continue from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Southside Community Center, this month with the “college edition.” According to the facebook event, “Real Talk is an orchestrated series of conversations and teachings presented to empower marginalized populations and collectively name realities of the present moment. Each series has a different theme and are led by community members, students, professors, teachers, artists, teenagers, etc.”

Here’s the schedule:

10:30am Light breakfast
11:00am 1st Session
12:30pm Lunch
1:30 2nd Session

And here’s the list of teaching sessions:

Cornell Black Law Students’ Association
Know Your Rights: 4th amendment

Ithaca College African Latino Society
Black Experiences at a PWI…The Truth

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc
Afrofuturism: Why Black Panther is Changing the Game

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc
For the Qulture: Jeopardy Edition

The History & Evolution of Black Hair: Your Curls Are More Than Just A Trend

Women of Color and Identity

SOUND OFF: Warriors Writers NJ (and NY)

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

First Unitarian Society of Ithaca ANNEX

208 East Buffalo Street (elevator accessible)

Featuring: Nate Lewis, Kevin Basl, Iraq veterans; Jan Barry, Jim Murphy, Everett Cox, Dayl Wise, Walt Nygard, Viet Nam Veterans, and Nancy Nygard, Alison Koffler, Regina Mullen and Paula Rogovin, family members. Kevin Basl, Iraq Veteran and guitarist, will share original songs from his experiences in war, accompanied by Susan Murphy on piano.

Display/Talk on COMBAT PAPER & Reception

SOUND OFF: Warriors Writers NJ will be available for sale

About the Book:

Sound Off: Warrior Writers NJ, an eclectic collection of writing by military veterans and family members, is a commemoration of Warrior Writers’ 10th anniversary. The group, headed by Director Lovella Calica, was formed in 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its workshops and public performances have emerged in cities and towns across the U.S., embracing veterans of all services and all eras.

Warrior Writers NJ began nearly four years ago in writing workshops held in veterans’ homes, informal gatherings that attracted collegial groups of vets and family members to Sunday afternoon get-togethers in Teaneck, Washington Township (Bergen County), Branchburg, and other Garden State communities and neighboring environs in Warwick, New York and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Many of the writers met as participants in poetry readings presented at art shows with Combat Paper NJ, an art group run by veterans that works closely with Warrior Writers.

Herbs in the Alley

Tori “Oxalis” of Wood Folk Botanica will be sharingmostly wildcrafted seasonal products” in a pop-up shop at Bramble in Press Bay Alley from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. According to the facebooks, some of what will be available is: Cupid’s Tea Blend: Marshmallow Leaf, Raspberry Leaf, Hibiscus Flowers, Licorice Root and Fennel Seeds.

Meet a Congressional Candidate

For the electorally minded folks out there, Tom Reed challenger Tracy Mitrano is holding a meet-the-candidate event at 4 p.m. on Saturday. See more details at the facebook event.

Dancing Time

Salsa! Ithaca is back at The Range on Saturday evening. The dance social starts at 8 p.m.; the salsa and bachata lesson, for all you leaden-footed folks, starts at 9 p.m. If you don’t have a groove to get on, learn what a groove sounds like. No one will make fun of you, promise.


…. That’s all for now, folks. If you have events you’d like to submit to this fledgling calendar round-up, send them to or use the Contact Us page on the top of this website.

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