Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Corning Museum of Glass

Rochester sculptor Albert Paley is working with scientists and glassmakers at Corning Incorporated, to create objects by fusing glass and metal.

Before Corning developed a type of glass that has the same properties as the metal alloy Kovar, this would not have been possible because the two materials have vastly different cooling rates.

Paley will be publicly demonstrating his glass and metal work for the first time at Corning's new Amphitheater Hot Shop today and Saturday.

Tom Gasek

The Fast Forward Film Festival debuts tonight at the Little Theater.

The event features two nights of screenings of short films made by local professional and aspiring film makers that raise awareness about environmental issues.

One of those films is called "Ain't No Fish", co-directed by professional animator and RIT professor Tom Gasek.  It's a short stop motion animated film featuring singing seals, but it delivers a powerful message about the plight of our oceans.

Tom tells says he actually started working on this short film in the early 1990s.

Rochester's elephant population is getting a little larger.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the Seneca Park Zoo are announcing the arrival of two female African elephants. Moki and Chana were born in Zimbabwe in 1982. They come to Rochester from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida.

Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Seneca Park Zoo Director of Health and Conservation was with the elephants when they were transported from Jacksonville. He says both elephants are in good health and neither was sedated during the trip aboard a climate-controlled semi-trailer.

Abby Wambach One Of Time's "Most Influential"

Apr 16, 2015

Rochester's international soccer star Abby Wambach is a leader on her teams, and a role model for young fans.

She's earned another honor.

Time magazine has named her one of its "Top 100" most influential people.

 Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The University of Rochester is commemorating that event through the month of April.

Tonight at the Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus at 7 p.m., Bob Marcotte will help lead a discussion about Rochester's vital role in the conflict. Marcotte, a former Democrat and Chronicle columnist, is the author of Where They Fell: Stories of Rochester Area Soldiers in the Civil War.

The Rochester Public Library is partnering with the StoryCorps project to help gather oral histories under a pilot program.

You may have heard StoryCorps segments on WXXI through NPR.  StoryCorps is also partnering with some libraries, and in Rochester, City Historian Christine Ridarsky  says the local effort will involve the library staff gathering interviews with recent immigrants.

Michelle Faust / WXXI News

There are plans for a new arts venue in Rochester's East End.

It involves a landmark building, the 100 year old  former First Church of Christ, Scientist building at 440 East Avenue.

Rochester Lyric Opera is purchasing that building for $1.2 million. The 100 year old building will become a performance hall, that will now be called the Lyric Theatre.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

A longtime former director of the Eastman School of Music has been honored for his contributions. A dedication ceremony held Tuesday at the Sibley Music Library on Gibbs Street named the atrium of that library after Freeman.

He also received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Rochester. 

Freeman, who led Eastman for 24 years until 1996, was always focused on teaching entrepreneurial skills to music students and he says that’s especially important today.

Expanded Lilac Festival This Year

Apr 7, 2015
City of Rochester

Officials behind the Rochester Lilac Festival say they're expanding the footprint of the event this year.

Producer Jeff Springut says they're relocating the popular arts and crafts show to Reservoir Avenue, allowing for more people to enjoy the art and crafts show, and the flowers.

He says that will free up space along South Avenue where they will be putting up the "Big Top Tent"

The tent will house an expanded wine and chocolate tasting, a two-day beer fest, and a home and garden show on weekends.

There are also 64 free concerts over 10 days.

Facebook Page: "we love Lucy, get rid of this statue" /

CELORON, N.Y. (AP & The Buffalo News)  The sculptor who created a much-maligned tribute to Lucille Ball in her western New York hometown says he'll replace the statue for free after criticism of his depiction of the beloved 1950s sitcom star drew worldwide attention. 

Dave Poulin tells The Associated Press on Tuesday morning that he admits the life-size bronze statue placed in a village of Celoron park in 2009 wasn't his best work. He plans to recreate a new statue.