Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

NEW YORK (AP) Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich says Pope Francis ate healthfully during his stay in New York City.

Bastianich and restaurateur Angelo Vivolo  were once again in charge of preparing and serving all the meals for the pope during his 40-hour stay in New York, a job they also handled during Pope Benedict's visit in 2008.

They say Francis' five-meal New York menu took its cue from the pontiff's simple lifestyle and healthy diet in Rome. His doctor reportedly is trying to get him to lose 15 pounds.

Fred SanFilipo / for WXXI News

This year's First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is getting ready to wrap up on Saturday.

Thousands have attended the more than week-long event which featured over 500 shows in more than 25 venues spread throughout downtown and the East End.

(Some pics by photographer Fred SanFilipo of recent shows are in this story).

There’s dance, art, music, and a number of free events as well.

There's even a participatory show designed specifically for our city called “ Remote Rochester.”

In a recent visit to Rochester, the head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's digital team talked about the changing role of museums online.

Sree Sreenivasan is the Chief Digital Officer for the MET, so he is constantly looking to engage people through social media. How does he reach more people on the internet? The same way everyone else does.


"They can install this free extension and every time they open a new tab in their google chrome they get a new cat from the met."

Third Race Relations Summit Planned

Sep 25, 2015

The third annual race relations community summit is planned for Saturday at Wilson Foundation Academy in Genesee Street. Organizer Kathy Sweetland of Facing Race, Embracing Equity hopes you’ll join in.

"You know, Rochester has really faced some terrible tragedies this past summer, and like the title of the program says, we really want people to pull together."

The RPO has named an interim President & CEO to take over for Charles Owens, who previously announced he is stepping down at the end of this month.

The RPO board has named Ralph Craviso to that post. Craviso is currently director of a master's program in performing arts administration at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Officials say Craviso has worked with more than 60 symphony orchestras across the country, through his management consulting firm.

The RPO board continues its national search to find a full time replacement for Owens.

Upside Downton

This is the final weekend of the Fringe Festival.

Tonight and Saturday night British actor and impressionist Luke Kempner brings his one-man, 36-character Downton Abbey Parody, Upside Downton to Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. 

There are two shows - Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall.

Click on the Listen link above to hear Luke’s impressions and his observations on what makes American audiences laugh versus what British audiences find funny.

Pope Francis To Use Altar Wine Produced Here

Sep 23, 2015

The visit of Pope Francis to New York City brings attention once again to Finger Lakes wine, with help from a small, old, Hemlock Lake winery.

"The leading Kosher brand in America and the leading Catholic brand in America - both in the Finger Lakes - I think that's really a unique story unto itself."

Winemaker Will Ouweleen is referring to a Constellation product and his O-Neh-Da Authentic Sacramental Wine, which will be on the altar when the Pope says mass.

This year’s Fringe Festival features more than 500 performances and events at over 25 venues.

Returning this year is a show called Rochester Stories. It's the creation of Aprille Byam, who believes storytelling helps connect people. That's her ultimate goal -- to improve connections between Rochester's residents and neighborhoods.

Listen to an interview with Aprille and learn more about Rochester Stories by clicking on the Listen link above.

Diocese of Rochester

When Pope Francis arrives in Washington this week, he will meet with U.S. bishops on Wednesday.

It will be a special moment for many Catholics and clergy, including the man who leads the Rochester Diocese, Bishop Salvatore Matano.

Matano has met two previous popes, John Paul and Benedict. He tells WXXI News there’s no guarantee he will actually get to meet Pope Francis personally, but he is still very pleased just to be among in attendance when the Bishops gather Wednesday to join the Pope in prayer at a cathedral in Washington.

Fred SanFilipo / for WXXI News

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival continues through the weekend and into the new week, with more than 500 performances in over 25 venues.

The Spiegeltent, located near Main and Gibbs Streets, continues to draw some of the biggest crowds, including the 'Cabinet of Wonders' which is billed as "physical comedy, contortion, juggling, aerial dance, and a one-legged tap dancer." (pics by photographer Fred SanFilipo  of that revue are in this story).

The Fringe Festival runs through Saturday, September 26th.