Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal and vocalist Joan Beal have committed to donating $2 million to the Eastman School of Music, which is their alma mater.

The money will launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media. The institute will provide students with instruction and experiences to prepare them for jobs where they can write, produce and perform music for film and contemporary media.

The Memorial Art Gallery is offering free admission on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Instead of admission, the MAG will collect voluntary contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester in the wake of the shooting that happened in front of that club on Genesee Street last week. Three people were killed and four were injured.

The MAG's director, Jonathan Binstock, says it's just one way their museum feels they can help.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center has just opened a new exhibit that it says will offer visitors an immersive science experience.

It's called Science on a Sphere, and it involved an interactive globe and 3-D data projection system which helps showcase natural phenomena such as atmospheric storms and planetary features in high resolution.

Journey to the “Son” Underway in Rochester

Aug 26, 2015

A four day event celebrating the life and music of singer and guitarist Eddie “Son” House is underway in Rochester, sponsored by Geva Theatre.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren kicked off the event Wednesday, which featured a performance of House’s “John the Revelator” by Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks and members of the Elim Sanctuary Choir.

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP)  Sen. Charles Schumer says the hometown of the National Women's Hall of Fame will play a role in placing a woman on the $10 bill.

Schumer says Wednesday that treasury officials have picked Seneca Falls to host one of its town hall meetings to gather public input on who should replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.

The Finger Lakes town is considered the birthplace of the women's rights movement and is home to the National Women's Hall of Fame. 

Change Ringing in Rochester

Aug 25, 2015

Autumn will bring a new musical experience to Rochester, when a set of ten new bells are hung in the tower of the Church of the Ascension on Lake Avenue.

If you’re in downtown Rochester this weekend - you’ll probably hear the music and smell the food from the 2015 Puerto Rican Festival.

Organizers say  Monroe County and the City of Rochester are now home to the second largest population of Hispanics in New York State, with New York City coming in first.

The festival kicked off Friday at noon on Frontier Field - and runs through Sunday night.

You’ll find Arroz con Candules to taste, dominoes to play, and a dunk-tank for the kids.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When the New York State Fair opens next week, the Midway will feature 13 new rides.

In all, the Wade Shows Midway will have 62 rides, including six for thrill-seekers.

Because of requests from families, Wade also will provide at least four kiddie rides with a minimum height requirement of 32 inches for a new Kiddieland ride area, and several rides will allow parents to ride along.

Also new this year is a family ride with a spectacular view of the Fair. The Star Dancer Observation Tower will rise 100 feet in the air and slowly spin.

A photographer hopes to change the way people view intellectual disabilities with an exhibit coming to the George Eastman House.

In a previous life, Rick Guidotti was a fashion photographer. But he eventually got sick of being told what was beautiful and important.

"And as an artist, I never saw beauty just on the covers of magazines. I see it everywhere. So I started Positive Exposure to give us all an opportunity to see beyond those covers of magazines to see beauty in human diversity."

Fourth Priest Ordained

Aug 17, 2015
Diocese of Rochester

The last of four deacons in the Rochester Catholic Diocese was ordained into the priesthood Saturday.

Father Daniel Ruiz missed the annual ceremony in June, to return home to his sick mother in Columbia.

According to The Catholic Courier, Mom is doing much better, so Bishop Salvatore Matano scheduled another ordaination ceremony.