Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Sunken Steamship Discovered In Lake Ontario

SOMERSET, N.Y. (AP)  The wreck of a 253-foot British-built steamship that sank off Lake Ontario's western New York shore after colliding with another vessel nearly 90 years ago has been found, a team of underwater explorers said Tuesday. 

The four-man team from the Rochester area, Ohio and Texas said it found the wreck of the Nisbet Grammer in more than 500 feet of water about eight miles off Somerset, 40 miles west of Rochester. 

The ship was hauling a load of grain from Buffalo to Montreal when it collided with the steamship Dalwarnic in dense fog early on the morning of May 31, 1926. The stricken ship sank in less than 15 minutes, but all aboard were saved by the crew from the other steamer. 

A six-year search for the sunken ship ended in August when the team's side-scan sonar detected the wreck, said Jim Kennard of Fairport. 

The other team members are Roland Stevens of Pultneyville, New York; Craig Hampton of Lorain, Ohio; and former Rochester resident Dan Scoville, who lives in Houston. 

The Nisbet Grammer, named for one of its Buffalo-based owners, was launched from a shipyard in England in 1926. It was known as a ``canaller,'' a type of steamship used to transport grain, coal and other products through Ontario's Welland Canal to ports on lakes Erie and Ontario. 

The ship was the largest steel steamer to have sunk in Lake Ontario, Kennard said. The team surveyed more than 80 square miles of lake bottom until finding the wreck site in late August, he said. 

A remotely operated vehicle was used to obtain video of the shipwreck and identify it as the Nisbet Grammer, Kennard said. 

4:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Connections: The Writers Panel

In this hour, we bring in our writers panel to discuss how good writers seek to become better writers. Our panel, is led by NY Times writer and Newhouse School adjunct professor Eric Grode, along with Andrea Levendusky and Kevin Carr. The three will share their process -- what they read, who they seek out for guidance, and sharing their favorite eggcorns.

Arts & Culture
2:49 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tony Stewart Talks To Reporters About Impact Of The Fatal Canandaigua Accident


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP)  Tony Stewart said Monday he never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr.

The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters Monday at his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward's death. The 20-year-old driver was struck and killed by Stewart's car during a sprint car race in Canandaigua on Aug. 9.

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Arts & Culture
10:49 am
Mon September 29, 2014

George Eastman House Gets Digital Donation From Kodak

Credit Dmadeo / Wikimedia Commons

The George Eastman House will be operating a digital laboratory in its Moving Imaging Department, with the help of a donation of equipment from Kodak.

Officials at the Rochester museum say that the equipment will enhance the Eastman House's capabilities in film preservation.

The digital is actually located in Building 205 at the Eastman Business Park and it will be staffed by members of the Eastman House. The museum will lease the space from Kodak, making the George Eastman House the newest of the tenants at the business park.

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PBS Arts Festival
3:11 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Mambo Kings and Brasso Profundo Kickoff PBS Arts Festival

Rochester's Mambo Kings and Brasso Profundo kicked off the return of the 2014 PBS Arts Festival with a free concert at the Little Theatre. The Arts Festival returns to Friday nights on WXXI-TV, starting tonight with "Live From Lincoln Center" at 9 p.m. 

Arts & Culture
11:18 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Spoon River Rochester Among Final Events of 2014 Fringe Festival

Credit Clarke Conde

Nearly 300 actors will be performing the largest-known production of the Spoon River Anthology tonight and Saturday as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Spoon River Rochester is based on the poems of Edgar Lee Masters, published in 1915.  They tell the stories of the deceased residents of a fictional town.

The project's creator, David Henderson, Founder and Artistic Director of METHOD MACHINE, said this will be a unique experience for the audience.

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Repairs Progress

Credit Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

The lantern room is back where it belongs on top of the tower of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.

Workers on Thursday reattached the top of the tower as part of restoration work at the 189 year old lighthouse. A metal plate had to be refurbished, a brick collar was reinforced and other repairs were made.

Tom Clayton is the Historic Facilities Manager for the lighthouse. He says the renovations on the top of the tower involved a lot of work.

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2:35 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Connections: Celebrating Led Zeppelin; Illnesses Affecting Kids

In the first part of the show, we highlight the band Led Zeppelin. They’re the focus of a celebration hosted by the Institute for Popular Music this weekend. We talk with the institute’s director, John Covach.

Then we talk with Dr. David Korones from Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong about the illnesses that kids in Western New York are facing. 

1:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Connections: 2014-15 RBTL Season

The upcoming season for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League opens on October 7, with the Return of "The Book of Mormon". We sit down with RBTL presenter Albert Nocciolino to talk about the shows coming to Rochester this year, which includes "Kinky Boots" and "Annie".

4:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Connections: Pastor Marlowe Washington

We sit down with pastor Marlowe Washington of Christ Community Church. During the memorial service for Officer Daryl Pierson, Washington was praised for his recent sermons on the value of life. He'll share what he's been saying, and he'll talk about how the community can heal in the wake of Officer Pierson's killing.