Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Seneca Park Zoo/Monroe County

The Seneca Park Zoo has the first new animal species to arrive for the upcoming “Animals of the Savanna” expansion slated to open this summer.

That according to Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and zoo officials who says the female “rock hyrax” will live in the main zoo building until the expansion is completed.

The project will include over a dozen new species and the rock hyrax is a small mammal native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

RIT School of Photographic Arts & Sciences

Frederick Douglass drew hundreds of people to Highland Park Wednesday night. The occasion was a special event held at the statue erected in that park to the famed abolitionist who spent a number of years living in Rochester.  

Puerto Ricans continue to seek refuge in Rochester

Feb 13, 2018
Alex Crichton

Local efforts to help the thousands of people from Puerto Rico who have sought refuge in Rochester are ongoing.

President and CEO of Ibero American Action League, Hilda Rosario Escher, says the organization's resource center is open every Thursday, and every Thursday they see more Puerto Ricans moving to this area.

"Once you have people who have come and settled, then they bring other family members from Puerto Rico.  We still have people in shelters and in the hotels. But we continue our efforts," she says.

Ibero honors one of its founders

Feb 13, 2018

The Ibero-American Action League is celebrating its 50th year by honoring a founding member.

There was music, stories and official proclamations as Ibero officially renamed its main office and East Main Street building after Father Laurence Tracy, who has dedicated his life to the religious, educational, and cultural development of the Latino Community.

Long-time friend and former president and CEO at Ibero, Julio Vazquez, says he met Fr. Tracy in 1966, and says he loves his humility, and Father Tracy's great love for the Latino community.


A unique, annual event in Pittsford has announced it has drawn to a close.

The Walnut Hill Driving Competition organizers say last year was their last run.

Tricia Remley-White is the President of the Pittsford Carriage Association. She says they still saw a steady stream of horse and carriage driving enthusiasts even after 46 years of the event.

"It’s kind of like a bucket list type of venue for people. Say that they've been there and participated."


The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced its 2018/19 season at its fourth annual, free season preview concert Tuesday night in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 

The event featured the entire orchestra onstage performing selected excerpts, with emcees Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. 

The producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced the final three headliner shows for the nine-day festival which runs from June 22nd to June 30th.

Guitarist and singer Boz Scaggs will perform on Saturday, June 23rd;  Soul pop band Lake Street Dive will perform on Thursday, June 28th and singer-songwriter Jill Scott will perform on June 29th.

All shows take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Previously announced headliners include Seal, and Béla Fleck  and the Flecktones.

Alex Crichton / WXXI News

Even with the legal wrangling still going on over the future of Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester this year, the Rochester Rhinos have announced four regular USL contests this year.

Rhinos owners David and Wendy Dworkin say that Toronto FC II will serve as hosts for the four games, including the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 5, Indy Eleven on June 16, Nashville SC on July 28 and Bethlehem Steel FC on August 16.


A friend and colleague of Wendell Castle said the artist was tireless and always enthusiastic about his next venture.

WXXI News spoke with Professor and Chair of RITs Industrial Design program Josh Owen, who came to RIT about eight years ago, and had been working with Castle ever since.

"Always enthusiastic about innovation and about pushing materiality and technology. We brought countless students and faculty into his studio to witness his robot carving away at his new ideas that were otherwise impossible to realize in any other manner."


An iconic figure in the art world, both in Rochester and around the world has died.

Wendell Castle died in his Scottsville home on Saturday. That word came Sunday morning from RIT, where Castle was an artist in residence. He was 85 years old.

Wendell Castle was an artist for more than 60 years and is considered a founder of the American Crafts and Art Furniture movements. More than 100  of his works are installed in museums worldwide, and up until recently, was still innovating in his studio in the Rochester area.