Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Several graduates of the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 60th GRAMMY Awards which will be announced in January. 

-In the category, Best Instrumental Composition, it features two Eastman alums as part of the JACK Quartet; Christopher Otto and John Pickford Richards for Alkaline (Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet)

-For Best Engineered Album non-classical: Bob Ludwig for, Is This The Life We Really Want?

Marie Kraus / Seneca Park Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester says that Princess, the zoo’s female 14 year old snow leopard has died.

Officials say the animal died due to complications from cancer and was under veterinary care in the zoo hospital when she died.

The Zoo is also home to Kaba, a seven year old male snow leopard.  With the opening of a new snow leopard habitat next year, the Seneca Park Zoo had already been planning to bring in a new female, with the hopes of reproduction.

That plan will continue so that Kaba has a companion and  mate.

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A Rochester-based entertainment journalist and artist manager remembers David Cassidy as a  talented vocalist who could never break out of his pop star persona.  The teen and pre-teen idol starred in the 1970s sitcom ``The Partridge Family'' and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer.

Bruce Pilato, who worked with Cassidy on a 1990 TV segment for People Magazine, said he confided in him that he was frustrated because he wasn't seen as a serious musician.


There has been big resurgence in comic books in the past year, probably fueled in part by movies about superheroes that appear in the stories.

Adam Kubert, a renowned comic artist best known for his work at Marvel, is a graduate of RIT. 

His drawings have brought to life X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, and more.

Adam is returning to RIT this week to talk about his career in comics. He will be speaking at RIT's University Gallery this Thursday, November 16, at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester has two new sea lions. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo made the announcement on Sunday.

She says that two, one-year-old female California sea lions, Daley and Mary Lou, were born at Sea World Orlando, and were successfully transferred to the Seneca Park Zoo earlier this month.

They join two other sea lions at the local zoo, Lilly and Bob.

courtesy Bristol Mountain

If there’s a bright side to the recent cold snap, besides people who just like colder weather this time of year, it’s that local skiers also get a bonus. Officials at Bristol Mountain say that they officially kicked off the season at Noon on Saturday.

It’s the earliest opening day at the local ski resort since November 9, 1991, and sales and marketing director Drew Broderick says it may also be the quickest opening time from the first snow coming out of the snow guns to opening a trail.

Three new inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame

Nov 9, 2017
Alex Crichton

Officials from the Strong Museum announced the newest inductees into the Stong's National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The paper plane, Whiffle Ball and the board game Clue join such classics as Etch A Sketch, playing cards, Easy-Bake Oven, Yo-Yo and Big Wheel in the hall of fame.

65 toys have been inducted since the hall opened in 1998.

Vice President for Collections at the Strong in Rochester, Chris Bensch, says the class of 2017 is the DIY group of toys, as they all require a do it yourself ethos.


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation to create a commission to plan celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, the prominent black abolitionist he insinuated was still alive earlier this year.

The Republican announced on Thursday that the commission will develop and carry out activities to honor Douglass. He said Americans have much to learn from Douglass' life and writings.


(WXXI News & AP) The Rochester cemetery where human rights pioneers Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are buried is among the New York properties recommended for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state Board for Historic Preservation recommended adding 21 properties, resources and districts to the registers. He says the list reflects the state's diverse culture and rich heritage.

Among the properties recommended are:  

George Eastman Museum

A woman who wrote what a lot of people consider to be a definitive biography of George Eastman has died at age 84. Elizabeth Brayer was well known in the Rochester cultural community. She died on Wednesday.

Brayer wrote a more than 600 page biography that was first published in 1996, and reprinted a decade later.

Kathy Connor is the Eastman Legacy Curator at the George Eastman Museum and she was also a good friend of Brayer’s.  She worked closely with Brayer, who did a lot of her research at the museum as well as at Kodak.