Arts & Culture

Arts and culture


Fairport is buzzing with art and music this weekend; it’s the 42nd year of Canal Days.

A kid zone, duck race for charity and live glass making by the Corning Museum of Glass are just a few of the events happening this weekend in the village.

Scott Winner, Director of Marketing for the festival says it means a lot to the community of Fairport, not only because of the economic benefit, but because of the long term effects of the exposure.

Alex Crichton

Monroe County officials joined patrons and guests to cut the ribbon Friday on the new “Cold Asia” exhibit at the Seneca Park Zoo.

It features Red Pandas and Snow Leopards, native to the eastern Himalayan and Southwest China regions.

Zoo veterinarian Louis DiVincenti says this is a huge step for the zoo as it implements its Master Plan.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Geneva Wednesday to help debut the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center.

New York Kitchen, formerly the New York Wine and Culinary Center, will operate the Welcome Center.

Cuomo said it’s a perfect addition to the revitalization of Geneva. The center will provide tourists with information about local activities, sites and products.

One of 11 new welcome centers around the state, the Finger Lakes location is the first to sell New York-made wine, cider and beer. 

Ibero President and CEO is stepping down

May 29, 2018
Randy Gorbman

The outgoing President and CEO of Ibero American Action League says the agency is well poised to continue its work and grow even more after her departure.

Hilda Rosario Escher announced last week to Ibero’s board of Directors that she is stepping down from her position at the end of the year.

Rosario Escher, who joined the organization in 1975 and has been President and CEO since 2006, says she’s very proud of Ibero’s work, especially helping families displaced by hurricanes last year in Puerto Rico.

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The Annual Memorial Day Parade in Rochester marched through the center city Monday morning.

It couldnt have felt more like summer, under a big sun and blue sky marking the unofficial start of the season. Main Street smelled like kettle corn and sunscreen as families lined the sidewalks of downtown.

Local Veterans Joseph Jones and Nathan Harris took a moment to reflect on their years of service.

Samuel Lotemple was parked on State Street and Main watching his son who was in the parade, and is a member of the Sea Cadet program.

The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash

May 25, 2018

In one of the city’s longest-running popular-music traditions, about three dozen Bob Dylan songs will be interpreted by Rochester musicians at Friday’s 31st annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews.

Host band HuNu? opens the 8 p.m. set  on May 25 with the only non-Dylan song of the night. “A Different Bob” is a composition by the late Chuck Cuminale, the originator of the event with his band, The Colorblind James Experience.

Jeff Spevak looks at a summer of music

May 24, 2018

A hip-hop Pulitzer Prize winner and a country music star who was onstage when last summer’s mass shooting in Las Vegas broke out. This is one outdoor concert season that reflects our changing and challenging times.

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

More than 8,700 runners  and walkers hoofed it through downtown Rochester Tuesday night, for the 28th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. 

This was the second year the event has been held downtown; previously it was held at RIT for a number of years and before that, Highland Park.

This event features teams from more than 360 businesses and other organizations. 

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

The 28th running of the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is Tuesday, and for the second year in a row, it will be in downtown Rochester.  For much of its existence, the 3.5  mile road race was held in Highland Park, and then at RIT.

Spokesman Alan Tieueli says this year’s race has a slightly different course compared to last year, to have more of the race run on downtown streets.


(WXXI News & AP) There is a Finger Lakes connection to Saturday’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to address their 600 wedding guests.

It turns out Curry is a 1975 graduate of Hobart College.