Top 5: FLEFF Weekday Events

By Lou Baron, March 22, 2021
Not sure which FLEFF events to attend? Check out this blogger's Top 5 recommendations.

Blog Posting by Lou Baron, Culture and Communication ‘23, minors in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies.

You’re clicking around the schedule of FLEFF weekday events. You’re overwhelmed. There are so many to choose from! What do you do?

As a blogger for this year’s festival, I’m here to help. Below are my own Top 5 weekday events to attend!

Just click on the title of each event to register!

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1. A Conversation with an Exiled Nicaraguan Political Cartoonist

The When: Friday, March 26th, 12:00-1:15 PM 

The Why: 

The titular exiled cartoonist is Pedro X. Molina. With Molina’s distinct perspective, I could imagine this conversation going in a lot of different directions. So, I asked Molina for the inside scoop on what to expect. 

His response?

How art can help you to sustain yourself, not only in an economic way, but also in a more deeper, emotional and spiritual way.”

As the pandemic has forced us to focus on the realities of physical health, emotional and spiritual sustenance has so often been left on the back burner. 

What better place than FLEFF to finally bring it to the forefront? 

2. A Conversation with Cast Members from Ithaca Opera

The When: Tuesday, March 30th, 7:00-8:30 PM

The Why: 

In March 2020, the Metropolitan Opera House shut down. The Sydney Opera House shut down. The Royal Opera House shut down.

Not Opera Ithaca.

This past fall, the small but mighty Opera Ithaca company pulled together a daring Zoom opera production of Gianni Schicchi. I was lucky enough to interview the stars, and Ithaca alumni, Elena Galvan and Daniel Bates as the production premiered. 

After hearing firsthand of the innovations of this company, I can’t wait to hear their thoughts on the immediacy and vitality of opera in this moment. 

3. A Roundtable on Disability, Outer Space, and Artificial Intelligence

The When: Friday, April 2nd, 5:00-6:30 PM

The Why: 

A roundtable that involves artificial intelligence might sound intimidating.  

I can assure you that this conversation between a disability rights activist, a long-time employee of NASA who is disabled, and the filmmakers that told his story will be entirely accessible. 

In fact, this event is all about accessibility itself. NASA has long prioritized accessibility and equal opportunity in its hiring processes. They’re here at FLEFF to talk about it.

It’s not rocket science that you should tune in to this roundtable.

4. A Roundtable on Theatrical Innovations During COVID

The When: Monday, April 5th, 7:00-8:30 PM

The Why: 

A year ago, I never thought I’d enjoy theatre outside of a theater.

Yet, the Cherry Arts Collective virtual production of Hotel Good Luck transported me into one of the best theatrical experiences I can remember. 

If anyone can speak to Theater in the Time of COVID, it’s this panel, made up of innovative artistic directors around the country. They are on the ground, creating this new theatrical landscape. 

I am thrilled to get a peek behind the curtain.

5. A Book Launch About Radical Gaming Across the Arts

The When: Wednesday, April 7th, 4:00-5:30 PM

The Why: 

Dr. Claudia Pederson loves to talk about her book.

I loved listening to her talk about it in our interview, and I think you will too! 

The book is Gaming Utopia: Ludic Worlds in Art, Design, and Media. In Pederson’s work, she explores the power of video games to be progressive political agents. If you think that gaming is an entirely white, heteronormative space, let this book launch challenge your assumptions.

It’s sure to be a game-changer.

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Look out for me at these events, and many more throughout FLEFF!