Game Night

Its Game Night at Argos Inn!  Choose from the large array of games we have provided like Jenga, Uno, Catan and Trains of Europe or bring your own!

Stark Nights – MSZM

Michael Stark is known (and around Argos!) for being one of the most dynamic musicians in town.  He warmed up our winter, now its time for him to show us what an Ithaca summer is all about!  Joined by Zaun Marshburn (Wingnut) Michael brings his expressive piano playing once again to Bar Argos!  MSZM is one of Argos Inn’s favorite bands and we are thrilled to welcome them back!

Bike-In Cinema

What’s Bike-In Cinema you ask? We thought it would be nice to get together under the stars, enjoy a cocktail, pop some corn and watch some of our favorite films under the night sky. Once a month we’ll pick a flick alongside Hugues Barbier founder of the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival.  June through September we’ll turn our outdoor amphitheater into a movie theater oasis.  We encourage you to bike over, bring a blanket and enjoy the evening with us. The movie is always free and our outdoor bar will open until the end of the night.  We encourage you to bike over, bring a blanket and maybe a lawn chair to enjoy an outdoor movie! The exclusive outdoor bar will open at sunset, just the right pairing for an evening under the stars.

After much debate our premier movie is…

MOTHRA!

A kaiju that resembles a moth and resides on infant island. Think Godzilla, Japan, 1961…and then imagine this being one of the best summer nights around!

Game Night

We can all agree that the worst day of the week is Monday, it has been scientifically proven since the beginning of our existence. Or at least since workplaces decided that the workweeks should start on Mondays. Don’t you just hate them? You have to work for 4 more days, you’re not close to having any fun and the weekend just ended. Just thinking about it makes anyone feel weary and dreadful (unless you adore your job, like we do at Argos). This is why at Argos Inn we decided to bring YOU some fun! Forget playing Flappy birds and 2048 in your iPhone, come join us and play some classic board games! Well we’ll be playing from classic (Apples to Apples) to not so classic (Cards Against Humanity). Stop dreading Mondays and start looking forwards to them! Bring your friends, partner, cat (oh wait, no cats allowed, sorry!) or just come solo and meet new people. These Mondays are going to give you a great start to your week and to put a cherry on top you can accompany them with some deliciously made artisanal drinks.

Don’t you just love Argos?

Game Night

Venissa Santi

If we were to ask you what you liked better between Jazz and Afro-Cuban music what would you say? Chances are you would stop and stumble for a few minutes without knowing what to say because both of these genres are fabulous.  At Argos Inn we are making it easy for you by bringing the world reknown Venissa Santi.

Santi, a Cuban American brings the best of both worlds to music, she embraces and combines her Latin roots with her American upbringing. Like many first generation Americans, she grew up answering her parents’ Spanish with English, and it wasn’t until she started teaching in Philadelphia, that Santi reclaimed her other birth language. She connected with her Cuban heritage through music, particularly when she started to explore the songs of her grandfather, the Cuban composer Jacobo Ros Capablanca.

After studying jazz at the Philadelphia University of the Arts, Santi realized that she didn’t want to be described as just a Jazzist, there was more to her than that. She discovered that her homeland was a place of great musical tradition and Santi knew she wanted to be a part of it. She went to La Habana to learn from popular Cuban musicians like Gregorio El Goyo Hernandez and the ensemble Yoruba Andabo. In Cuba she got in touch with her roots and incorporated the Afro Cuban style into her music.

Her latest album, Big Stuff, is a great example of this. Big Stuff, is a tribute to one of her greatest influences, Billie Holiday. Santi adds Afro Cuban flare in Holiday’s music and takes Holiday to Cuba. Though her phrasing occasionally echoes Holiday’s, she carves a far different stylistic path, favoring a misty coolness.

 

Venissa Santi is an artist like no other; her music is new, fresh, and soulful. Santi has constructed a sound of her own.

 

A Novel Idea – A Collaboration with Buffalo Street Books

Are you tired of the same old routine? Of watching Netflix after a long day of work? Remember those days when you picked up a book and it entertained you for hours on end? Or even if you read frequently, do you ever wish you could share your thoughts with others that are just as passionate as you? Well, at Argos Inn we’re welcoming you once a month to do just that! Come spice things up, catch up with friends and get your intellectual side out over delightful cocktails and books that you will not want to put down.  Hosted by Buffalo Street Books General Manager Asha Sanakar this is an up tempo book club guaranteed to be filled with prizes, fun and laughter. Books are available for sale at Buffalo Street Books or Argos Inn.

This Month: Little, Big by John Crowley’ is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood – not found on any map – to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

Bronwen Exter

Bronwen Exter’s début album “Elevator Ride” (2006) garnered comparisons to Rickie Lee Jones and the Cowboy Junkies, among others. Performing Songwriter wrote, “OK, picture this: Lou Reed and Astrud Gilberto have a baby. She’s raised by the band Mazzy Star until the age of 16, when she falls in love with James Bond and runs away to Argentina.” At once visceral and sophisticated, fresh and retro, “Elevator Ride,” was named for a suicidal lyric that evokes the moments before a socialite’s tumble from the top of a skyscraper.

To record “Elevator Ride,” Exter drew together two producers: the brooding, prolific Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode of NYC cult underground band Spottiswoode and His Enemies, and Kenny Siegal, ringleader of rock and roll band Johnny Society. At Siegal’s haunted organ museum in Catskill, NY that houses Old Soul Studios (where he has also recorded Beirut, Langhorne Slim, Joseph Arthur and Chris Whitley), with Brian Geltner on drums and engineer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones), the record they made on vintage analog gear brought together the trademark rawness and punchiness of Siegal, the noir cinema of Spottiswoode’s songwriting, and the breathy vulnerability of Exter’s singing.

Tracks from “Elevator Ride” have been featured on primetime television (Six DegreesThe Secret Circle) and in the Dreamworks/ Paramount Pictures 2010 release “She’s Out Of Your League.”

 

Garrin Benfield

This Friday we’re hosting the brilliant Garrin Benfield, a New York City based musician. Garrin Benfield’s sound has been described as Freestyle Acoustic Rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious Singer/Songwriter. His talent shines through as a solo artist when he flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements and also while he uses a Loop Station to create mesmerizing soundscapes upon which he lays blistering rock, blues and jazz licks, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals. As a bandleader, Garrin can command the attention of seasoned players and improvise with the dexterity and ingenuity of players many years his senior. Improvisation is at the center of a Garrin Benfield concert experience. Whether at a solo show or at a full band event, Garrin twists and turns the tunes each night in an ever-evolving attempt to keep searching for new musical challenges.

 

Stark Nights

Join us at Bar Argos every Thursday for a rotating set of musicians anchored by Michael Stark.

This week… ***TAS*** (aka The Analogue Sons)

DUB SOUL featuring Lee Hamilton-tenor sax, Lars Burggren-drum kit, Aaron Speiser-dubs, melodica, Michael Stark-organ,bass,synth. Sound painting by Jesse Hill.

Come for the music, Stay for the cocktails, Free for all

A Novel Idea – A Collaboration with Buffalo Street Books

Are you tired of the same old routine? Of watching Netflix after a long day of work? Remember those days when you picked up a book and it entertained you for hours on end? Or even if you read frequently, do you ever wish you could share your thoughts with others that are just as passionate as you? Well, at Argos Inn we’re welcoming you once a month to do just that! Come spice things up, catch up with friends and get your intellectual side out over delightful cocktails and books that you will not want to put down.  Hosted by Buffalo Street Books General Manager Asha Sanakar this is an up tempo book club guaranteed to be filled with prizes, fun and laughter. Books are available for sale at Buffalo Street Books or Argos Inn.

This Month: Little, Big by John Crowley’ is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood – not found on any map – to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.