Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua has a new name.  It is now called  New York Kitchen.

General Manager Bethany DiSanto says the idea is for the branding to more accurately reflect the many foods and beverages that the facility will be talking about.

She says when they first began a dozen years ago, wine was a larger percentage of the beverages talked about at the center, but with the explosion in the number of breweries, as well as homegrown food choices, it was time to come up with a different name.

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A controversial panel at the Dentzel Carousel in Ontario Beach Park will soon be replaced by a new image featuring a black panther.

Rochester City officials joined with the Rochester Museum and Science Center and leaders of the "Take it Down" campaign on Tuesday  to announce a contest to create a new painting. It will replace a panel with racist imagery that was removed two years ago.


The Borinquen Dance Theatre is celebrating its 37th anniversary this weekend.

The nonprofit will present "Awaken and Arise," a show inspired by dancers' feelings and frustrations after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. 

Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez is the Founder & Director of the theatre, and says it’s also about the power of expression through dance.

"How you can manage those challenges but overcome those challenges with a sense of purpose, and sense of hope and a sense of being united."

Trio creates harmony from tension

Apr 9, 2018

Among the old beautiful buildings that line East Avenue, you can find the Rochester Academy of Medicine – a place that has been a resource for the medical community for many years, as well as more recently a host for various community events, including “salon” piano trio concerts.  

The salon at 1441 East Avenue is a room that holds about a hundred people . It would be a big living room for most homes, but it’s a rather intimate space for a concert. That is something cellist Stefan Reuss has come to appreciate over the years:

A couple of well-known local singers will be playing at the Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta Saturday night.

Connie Deming and Phil Marshall. The two musicians will peform Saturday nightt at the Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta starting at 8:00 p.m.

Area arts and music journalist Jeff Spevak spoke recently with both of them and has this audio essay.

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"One Million Abolitionists" is an initiative to get Frederick Douglass's autobiography The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass into the hands of one million students nationwide.

And some of those books are coming to Rochester, with the help of Writers and Books and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

Bill Tiberio inspires students, fellow teachers

Mar 31, 2018

You may know Bill Tiberio as a saxophonist –  he has a band that plays around town. Or as a conductor – he leads the Music Educators Wind Ensemble and Music Educators Big Band based at the Eastman Community Music School. Or, as a teacher - he has inspired generations of music students as a teacher at Fairport High School for over 30 years.  

Tiberio grew up in Fairport, where he found himself drawn to music as a kid, playing clarinet in the school band. His early teachers left a strong an impression:

The 2018 Party in the Park lineup has been announced, but this year’s shows will have some new additions.

Kicking off the weekly run with be Turkuaz on Thursday June 7th. Other headliners include G Love and Special Sauce, The Original Wailers and hometown favorites Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, with Queen cover band Almost Queen closing out the year on August 2nd. 

Joseph Potter / Reality Check of Monroe County

Groups around the country are calling on Hollywood to stop putting smoking scenes in kid’s movies.

Reality Check, which is a division of the Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County has been holding events at local libraries with smoke free movies to get more parents engaged.

Joseph Potter is the Youth Manager of Reality Check and says some people are surprised that smoking in kid’s movies is still as common as it is.

The movie Rango, which came out in 2011 has over 60 smoking scenes in it.


William Shatner, the actor who has been involved in a number of projects on stage, screen and TV, but perhaps best known for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek is coming to Rochester.

On April 5th, he will be at the Kodak Center, formerly known as Theater on the Ridge.

WXXI’s Randy Gorbman got to chat with him recently about his iconic TV character as well as his other projects.