The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes Trio Alexander for two performances, on Friday at the Rockwell Museum in Corning and on Saturday at the Sayre Theatre in Sayre. They talk about how the ensemble took shape and about their recent whirlwind tour of Great Britain, crammed into a tiny car around a harp. http://wskg.org/audio/trioalexander.mp3
Know Theatre is presenting three one-act plays by Edward Allan Baker. ‘Dolores’ and ‘Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truth’ are intense studies of modern issues, while ‘Mafia on Prozac’ is a dark comedy. Director Tim Gleason tells about meeting the playwright, and how this triple bill came to be. http://wskg.org/audio/bakerknow.mp3
New Yorkers making less than $64,000 a year can receive free help filing taxes electronically. The state tax department is holding some day-long events where trained assistants help people file online. James Gazzale, a spokesperson for the New York State Tax Department, said 92 percent of residents file electronically, and this program offers help navigating the state’s website. “The tax department program allows the [taxpayers] themselves to input all their information and educate themselves on how to file a return,” Gazzale explained, “so they’re more comfortable doing it in the future.” The state’s filing software, and a list of where and when you can get free help, is on their website.
Learning to assess the reasonableness of an answer is an important mathematical skill. It’s your child’s way of seeing if she’s on the right track when problem solving. Sometimes we use rounding to estimate a solution. In third grade, your child will round whole numbers using a vertical number line and round to the nearest ten or to the nearest hundred. Let’s round seven-hundred sixty-two to the nearest hundred.
The Crowd & The Cloud, Even Big Data Starts Small airs on WSKG-TV April 5, 2017 at 11pm
Are you interested in birds, fish, the oceans or streams in your community? Are you concerned about fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Zika or other epidemics? Now you can do more than read about these issues. You can be part of the solution. Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are enabling regular citizens to become part of a 21st century way of doing science.
Ninety-six percent of New Yorkers say, “in our state, no one should go hungry,” according to a new poll released from Siena College today. However, about 1 in 8 New Yorkers received food from a pantry last year. Most respondents to the survey said they understand a few things about struggling to get food: it’s harder to plan a meal; it’s harder to get to the store; and it’s harder to eat healthy. In the last year, 45 percent of respondents said they contributed money to an anti-hunger agency. Forty-nine percent said they have donated food.
Leonardo, The Man Who Saved Science airs on WSKG-TV Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 10pm. Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art. But new evidence shows that many of his ideas were realized long before he sketched them out in his notebooks — some even 1,700 years before. Was Leonardo a copycat? Leonardo da Vinci is, of course, best known as one of the world’s greatest artists.
Jane Goodall with a young chimpanzee. Photo source: nationalgeographic.com
From the Writers Almanac
Today is the birthday of Dr. Jane Goodall (books by this author) (1934), famed British primatologist who revealed the previously unknown social behaviors of chimpanzees by living for years among them. Goodall was born in London to a businessman father and novelist mother, who noted her love of animals from a very young age. One day when they could not find her, Jane’s parents frantically called the police to report their daughter missing. A few hours later, they discovered that she had been staked out in the family’s backyard chicken coop to watch a hen lay an egg.
The Cooperative Gallery 213 presents ‘Forces of Nature’, an exhibit of oil paintings by Glenda Blake and photographs by Chuck Haupt for the month of April. As the title suggests, the subject is nature with paintings that suggest Impressionism paired with black and white photographs. http://wskg.org/audio/hauptblake.mp3
Photo credit: Cooperative Gallery 213