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From Drip-Drop to Hip Hop: Upcoming Events including Paired Lectures at Fresh Blends

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Tiny Town, USA – Some artsy-anthropes have put together a confusing but intriguing series of paired lectures called Fresh Blends. 

What makes it fresh, for us, is that it seems to be a homespun product. It's located downtown at least – way downtown, right next to Agway at 225 S. Fulton Street. 

The event takes place on Friday, May 11 at 7.30 p.m. and features two speakers each of whom will say their piece and then the audience can have at them. 

Check out the poster above. Fred Cowett is a doctoral candidate at Cornell in the Department of Horticulture and he's gonna tell us about "Trees and Stormwater." 

We only have the poster to go by but seems like the young Mr. Cowett is gonna give his thesis a dry run before he faces the academic executioners. We don't know that for sure. But there are experimental plantings now where trees can be grown within a porous paved surface. The idea is to use subsurface soil  to encourage root growth of trees and turf that will then store excess storm-water or runoff. I'm not going to blow Mr. Cowett's punchline but there's an example of this design in the new parking lot along the inlet. Half the lot is porous asphalt, half traditional asphalt.You tell them the rest, professor-in-progress Cowett.

The flip side of the twin bill is a presentation by Ben Ortiz, who is going to either rap or talk straight or in spoken word about Cornell's Hip-Hop Collection. Yes, gentle readers, Cornell has a Hip-Hop Collection. Mr. Ortiz is curatorial assistant for these curious holdings (do Cornell trustees listen to Hip-Hop? Ya gotta wonder).

Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections possesses a significant archive on the history of hip hop that documents its emergence from the Bronx in the 1970s and early 1980s. The collection chronicles the origins and growth of hip hop culture through preservation of original artifacts (including a wax figurine of Run DMC). Included is the largest institutionally assembled collection of early hip hop recordings on vinyl (7,000 recordings and growing), sound files of early battles (we're assuming wars of words) and live performances, the photographic archive of Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, Jr., several hundred 1970s and 1980s hip hop party and event flyers that include the working archive of artist Buddy Esquire, the archive of Breakbeat Lenny, books, magazines, textiles (paintings on velvet mayhaps?) and more.

If you didn't miscalculate your happy hour beverage intake, check it out. There's a $5 fee and beverages are promised to be served. Seating is limited so get there early and have yourself a good time.

For other upcoming events, enlarge your browser to read the posters found in the Gimme! coffee shop on W. State St. You're bound to find something you don't have time for.

– C. Penbroke Handy, back on the culture beat and eco-beats and not happy about it

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