Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Balloon Manor Officially Launched at Sibley Building

Feb 27, 2015

It took a crew of about 75 people working for four days to complete the sixth "Ballon Manor: The

Amazing Air-Filled Undersea Adventure," at the Sibley Building downtown.

Ballon Manor is the creation of Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Rochester's Arigami, or "the fine art of folding air."

The five-story high sculpture is on display at the Sibley Building until March 8th.

On March 6th, an "Enchantment Under the Sea Dance" will be held at the Sibley Atrium, then a

"Popping Party" will close out the exhibition on Sunday March 8th from 3 to 6 pm.


Board members of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame gathered to announce their inductees for 2015.

The Hall of Fame is in its fourth year, and every spring it recognizes a handful of musical greats with a Rochester connection. This year, five inductees were chosen and their musical legacies shared.

Kodak Alaris/University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is going to provide online access to a rare collection of correspondence between women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony and her friend and colleague, Rachel Foster Avery.

Last summer, the U of R’s River Campus libraries purchased a large collection of those letters after a family member of Avery’s uncovered the collection in his parents’ home and contacted the university.

The Strong museum has been named a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. That award is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

The award celebrates institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families and communities.

Six New York institutions are among the 30 finalists for the award. The winners will be named later this spring in Washington, D.C.

MEDINA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a western New York village have approved the placement of a state historic marker commemorating two speeches made by abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

The Daily News of Batavia reports ( ) that the trustees in the Orleans County village of Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) earlier this week approved a proposal by a local group to place the marker at the exact location where Douglass made a speech in August 1869.

Organizers of this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced three more headliner shows for that nine-day event that takes place in June.

They include: Herb Albert and Lani Hall on Saturday, June 20 at 8pm. Alpert, known for not only his trumpet playing but his roles as music producer and entrepreneur will appear with his wife, Grammy Award-winning voaclist Lani Hall Alpert at Kodak Hall.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP)  As hard as it may be to imagine the nearly ice-covered Great Lakes as a Caribbean-like cruise ship destination, that's just what they'll be when summer comes to the world's largest fresh water system. 

Great Lakes Cruise Co. says it will begin offering itineraries between Montreal and Chicago in July on the M.S. Saint Laurent. The company's website describes the ship as a ``4-star, intimate and charming ocean-going coastal vessel.''

Rochester was well represented at the 87th Academy Awards. 

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, an HBO film based on the Canandaigua-based Veterans Crisis Hotline, won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. Director Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Producer Dana Perry were honored, as were the many people involved with that 24-hour hotline based at the Canandaigua VA. The hotline is operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The crisis phone line started in 2007 and has received more than 1.2 million calls. Filming began in 2012.

George Eastman House

The George Eastman House will honor actor Michael Douglas with the George Eastman Award. That is the museum's highest honor in motion pictures and Douglas will receive the award on May 14.

The award recognizes Douglas's contributions to the art of film. With nearly 50 years in film, theater and television, Douglas has played some of the most memorable characters including Gordon Gekko, the corporate raider in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, for which Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor. 

The Strong museum has established the " World Video Game Hall of Fame."  The hall will recognize individual electronics games of all types, including arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile, that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period of time and have exerted influence on the video game industry, popular culture  or society in general.