Great Events in Corning this Week

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   Whoever complains that there’s nothing to do in the area is seriously mental. There is an abundance of fabulous events to choose from this week, especially in Corning, N.Y.
  
* Feed your head at a series featuring the fascinating improvisational performance ensemble, Alligator Mouth Improv. Performance Deli: Art Made to Order is an avant garde interactive performance art piece held at 79 W. Market St. in Corning. The ensemble welcomes customers to pick from a printed menu of improvisational forms, from playful to dramatic, that the group will then perform. Even if you’re too pooped to participate in person Alligator Mouth Improv will take orders via the internet, post them to YouTube and send you a link. How cool is that? Check it out from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today through Friday; noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
   This amazing ensemble will also perform “Improvilicious” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Drake Theatre at 171 Cedar Arts Center, also in Corning. Tickets range from $5 to $20 on a sliding scale. (607) 937-9807.

– Unwind and enjoy the funky flow of Brooklyn’s KRTS (pictured), an indie electro-hip hop performer, at 8 p.m. Friday at The Cellar, 21 W. Market St. in Corning. Bob your head to this mixmaster’s unique beats while “chillaxin’” in an upscale, urban atmosphere. Visit the Web site to get a feel for the KRTS vibe. (607) 377-5552.

– Don’t miss Corning’s Shindig, an annual juried fine arts and crafts show, which has been re-imagined as an “artrageous extravaganza” that includes live music, dance, performing arts, poetry and painting. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Corning. Events for children include Kid’s West, featuring plenty of educational and creative activities, at Rockwell Museum of Western Art on Cedar Street; and the Kids’ “Monster Mural” at Imagine That! On Market Street. Visit the Shindig Web site for more information.

– You can “shake, shake, shake” that booty at Tag’s Retro/Disco Night at 9 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the summer at Tag’s on Route 352 in Big Flats. Celebrate some of the best boogie of the disco era and show off your smoothest dance moves while enjoying drink specials and a colorful light show. There are also lots of great stage shows on Tag’s Summer Stage, so check it out.

– Tap your toes to great jazz music at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday at Green Pastures on Madison Avenue in Elmira. Some of the most talented local artists perform here, including George Reed, Dino Losito, John Manfredi, Cookie Coogan, and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, who usually stops by when he‘s in Elmira. This is a great place to enjoy live jazz and relax.

* Did you know that … E.F.A.’s indoor pool has open swim from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it only costs a dollar? Don’t let the rain damper your summer fun.

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