Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Randy Gorbman / WXXI

Nearly 5,000 people came through the doors of the WXXI studios in Rochester on Saturday, for the Open House that is held here on State Street every two years.

They got a chance to meet the people who put together the programs you see and listen to every day, and some of the most popular attractions at the event were PBS characters like Curious George, Elmo and Nature Cat.

One visitor Jenny Giessler says it was fun for the adults also.

Fred SanFilipo

(photos by WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo)

The First Niagara Festival wraps up Saturday and founding producer Erica Fee is hoping for record setting attendance for the 10-day event.

She says last year, they had more than 63,000,  and she expects to top that this year.

Fee says one trend they’ve been seeing is the festival, which features an eclectic mix of performances, is attracting people from outside the region.

Ribbon-Cutting for New Wolk JCC Center in Rochester

Sep 23, 2016

There was a  ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the Jewish Community Center in Rochester, after a $17 million dollar, 26 thousand square foot expansion project which offers fitness, nutrition and many other programs for the Rochester community.

A year and a half in the making, the newly named Louis S. Wolk JCC features a state-of-the-art two-floor fitness facility, a wellness center, juice bar, Olympic pool, outdoor splash pool for the kids, and many other upgrades and improvements.

Geva Theatre

A close to $9 million, seven-year renovation project has been completed at Geva Theatre.

Everything from the roof to the lobby has been updated.  Artistic director Mark Cuddy says the 148-year old  building has kept some of the traditional Geva feel with a whole new look.

"It feels bigger; you see more brick and steel girders, and yet all the furnishings are modern and sleek, but yet warm colors, so it still feels like Geva."

Annual Philanthropy Awards in Rochester

Sep 22, 2016

The Rochester Area Community Foundation held its annual Philanthropy Awards Ceremony and Report to the Community Luncheon today, before a record 615 people at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

President and CEO of the Community Foundation, Jennifer Leonard, said it's been a record year for them, with $99 million dollars in new gifts.

She says the Foundation handed out grants totaling a record $28 million dollars.


The George Eastman Museum has received a $148,000 federal grant to support its projects, Passages: The Gabriel Cromer Collection.

The grant comes from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences through the Museums for America program.

The grant will allow the museum to catalog, digitize and provide online access to its collection of early French photography.

The collection comprises more than 4,000 objects housed at the Eastman Museum.

Dale Robbins

Commentator Bill Moyers will speak at Finger Lakes Community College next month to open the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum.

The title of Moyers' talk is "Election 2016: It Matters," and it will begin at 4pm on Sunday, October 2nd at FLCC's Student Center Auditorium in Canandaigua.

Moyers, a former special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, was also a White House press secretary before launching a decades-long career as a journalist and political commentator.


Nearly three thousand people gathered along Street Street in Rochester Sunday night in front of the Kodak headquarters building.  It was for the purpose of taking a very special photo.

Organizers gave a countdown just before instructing the crowd to shine their flashlights and camera flashes at the Kodak Tower, and then told them when to stop. It was for RIT's Big Shot, a special photo art project now in its 32nd year.

Fred SanFilipo / WXXI News

The STREB Extreme Action Company continues its shows featuring a combination of dance and athletics in downtown Rochester Saturday as part of the First Niagara Fringe Festival.

Elizabeth Streb, a Rochester native, is the founder of STREB. Her performers combine dance and athletics in a series of daring feats.

They performed Friday on Parcel 5 downtown and will have 3 shows at 5pm, 7:30pm and 8pm.

You can get more information on Fringe Fest performances at www.rochesterfringe.com

Tom Caravaglia

A Rochester native and world renowned choreographer has returned home for opening weekend of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival.

Elizabeth Streb is founder of the STREB EXTREME ACTION COMPANY. Her performers combine dance and athletics in a series of daring feats.

"We have a mantra - kind of a battle cry, excuse the expression, 'higher, stronger, harder, faster.' And that's what we try to do with every second,” she said. “The pieces are short; there are six of them, and they fly and the beautiful thing is, then they crash."