I’m jetting (actually bussing, ick) up to Ithaca to see two exciting Eva Tanguay programs at Cornell this weekend. The first, on Saturday, Cyclonic: The Dance and Life of Eva Tanguay is a multimedia piece involving dance, readings and film, devised by Mary Lorson, whose grandmother was Tanguay’s costume designer. The second, on Sunday, is a rare screening of Tanguay’s 1917 film The Wild Girl. If you’re in the Finger Lakes area, or are willing to make the trip, all the info is here. I’ll report back my findings on Monday!
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