Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The Landmark Society of Western New York handed out nearly a dozen awards in eight categories on Sunday. The annual Preservation Award ceremony was held in Rochester’s City Hall.

The awards are given to individuals and organizations in the organization’s nine-county area that have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, public buildings, historic properties, and landscapes

Awards included:

SENECA FALLS (AP) The Women's Rights National Historical Park is throwing a party to celebrate the bicentennial of the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The women's rights pioneer and abolitionist was born 200 years ago this past Thursday in Johnstown in New York's Mohawk Valley. She was an early leader of America's suffragist movement, working closely with another New Yorker, Susan B. Anthony.

Stanton and her husband settled in Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes region, where she helped organize the first women's rights convention in 1848.

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A man who is part of a famous ice-cream making duo, made a stop in Rochester Friday as part of one of his other passions. Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's is here to talk about campaign finance reform.

He was in town for an appearance with the popular Western New York band, Donna the Buffalo, at the German House in Rochester for an event called 'The Stampede."  It's part of an effort involving both Cohen and musicians to find a way to end the excessive influence of money in politics.

Fans Race To Buy Tickets To See Bonnie Raitt

Nov 13, 2015

A 37-minute sellout Friday for tickets to see Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt in concert.

Tickets went on sale at 10 am for her show March 13, 2016 at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre.

Raitt will tour following the February release of her upcoming album called "Dig In Deep."

Girl Scout Cookies will be getting a little more expensive in this region with next year's batch.

Girls Scouts of Western  New York has announced that chapter will implement a 50-cent per box increase to $4.00 for the 2016 cookie sale program.

Judy Cranston, who is CEO of the regional chapter, says it's the first price hike in eight years.

She says that the increase is needed to keep pace with higher costs for producing the cookies. 

Cranston also notes the price change will also increase the amount of money that goes to the troops.

This evening WXXI, through our Veteran's Connections initiative, is hosting a free screening of the film American St. Nick at the Little Theater.

It tells the story of a Rochester-area U.S. Army colonel and his fellow soldiers, who brought Christmas back to the children of the small Luxembourg town of Wiltz during World War II.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear that local veteran, Richard Brookins, who now lives in Pittsford, talk about a tradition that began on December 5, 1944 and continues to this day.

Buffalo Zoo

BUFFALO (AP) A new sculpture at the Buffalo Zoo's recently opened Arctic Edge exhibit makes an environmental, as well as artistic, statement.

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Debate continues over the future of the Chautauqua Institution's historic Amphitheater.

On the agenda for this weekend's board of trustees meeting is a vote on bids for the demolition and reconstruction of the structure where presidents and performers have appeared for more than 100 years.

The board voted in August to move ahead with the $33 million project, despite an outcry from preservationists. But opponents continue to lobby to save the original.

Three New Members in the National Toy Hall of Fame

Nov 5, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Twister, the parlor game once too hot for the Sears catalog but cool enough for Johnny Carson, was inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame. 

The class of 2015 also includes the old-as-time puppet and Super Soaker _ think squirt gun on steroids. 

A panel of experts picked the inductees from a field of 12 finalists that also included the spinning top, coloring book, Wiffle Ball, American Girl dolls, Battleship, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, scooter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

"Three Amigos" To Leave Zoo Soon

Oct 31, 2015

If you or the kids enjoyed the trio of gray wolves at the Seneca Park Zoo you may want to stop in and say goodbye Sunday.

Chico, Diego and Durango were loaned here in 2011 and they're now 8-years old.

The zoo says soon, they will live at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York.