Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Security at a number of venues around the country has been increased since last weekend's shooting at an Orlando nightclub, and now you can add CMAC in Canandaigua to that list.

Officials there say in addition to the searches of patrons and their bags that they already do, management will start using metal detector wands to help with the process.

Venue Director Chris Tuttle says CMAC and law enforcement had already been talking previously about using the wands, but the Orlando situation pushed that process forward.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra says its just-completed subscription season marks the second year in a row for total earned revenue growth.

During the 2015-16 season, subscription revenue grew four percent over the previous year, and subscriber retention rates were the highest in six seasons.

The past year was Ward Stare's inaugural season as music director, and RPO President & CEO Ralph Craviso says the numbers achieved are a testament to Stare's artistic leadership.

RPO spokesperson Katie Sejba says these revenue numbers buck the industry trend.

It's Rochester Razorsharks Day

Jun 14, 2016
Alex Crichton

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren joined other city and team officials to proclaim June 14th as Rochester Razorsharks Day.

It's to honor the team's third consecutive PBL Championship.

Rochester won the best-of-three series against Lake Michigan to win the title.

Before that, the Razorsharks had to beat the Buffalo 716ers, and Mayor Warren had a bet with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on that game.

A Rochester win meant a shipment of Buffalo chicken wings to Rochester.

Had Rochester lost, Mayor Brown and the 716ers would've been treated to a garbage plate. 

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At the moment, all you can see are construction workers, heavy equipment and a mountainous pile of dirt, but by October, a portion of the Inner Loop being filled in at Charlotte and Pitkin Streets will feature a 19,000 square foot tent and a fashion runway. 

“We’re going to be bringing people hear about a year before they’re actually finalizing projects. They can see it’s safe, it’s beautiful, there are restaurants, coffee shops, The Little Theatre,” said Elaine Spaull, executive director at the Center for Youth, which benefits from the funds raised during Fashion Week.

Special Olympics at The College at Brockport

Jun 10, 2016

Around 1800 athletes and coaches are at the College at Brockport this weekend for the Special Olympics New York 2016 Summer Games.

Opening ceremonies tonight feature a keynote address by Allison Jones, who was born without a right femur, and is missing her right leg above the knee. 

She's a Paralympian in both cycling and alpine skiing.

Kathleen Maggi of New York City is a competitor in the summer games.

She's a swimmer competing in the 20 lap backstroke.

Maggi says she trains hard, but it's worth it.

George Eastman Award to Michael Keaton

Jun 9, 2016
Alex Crichton

This year's recipient of the George Eastman Award is actor Michael Keaton.

The award goes to those who have made a distinguished contribution to the art of film.

Keaton has been in over 40 films, from "Night Shift," to "Mr. Mom," and "Beetlejuice" to the Academy Award winng films "Birdland" in and last year's "Spotlight."

Keaton, before a tour of the Museum, told reporters that the fact that he has made any contribution is still amazing to him.

Gun Violence Awareness Month Proclaimed in Rochester

Jun 2, 2016
Alex Crichton

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is working with the faith community on a series of events that will serve as conversation starters on the topic of gun violence.

The mayor has proclaimed June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in Rochester.

She says the city is joining a national movement to honor Hidiya Pendleton, a 15 year old Chicago girl who was shot and killed one week after marching in President Obama's second inaugural parade.

Warren says they want to have a month-long community conversation on this issue.

Light the Way Rally Thursday

Jun 1, 2016

The United Christian Leadership Ministry is hosting a rally Thursday night designed to offer solutions, to rally support, and educate the public on the pandemic of gun violence.

President of the ministry, the Rev. Lewis Stewart, says the "Light the Way" campaign is chaired by Lentory Johnson, who lost her son to gun violence when he was shot outside the Boys & Girls Club last summer.

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The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts made a quick tour through Rochester Tuesday and she came away impressed with what she saw and heard.

Jane Chu toured places such as Geva Theatre, Garth Fagan Dance, the George Eastman Museum and the Eastman School of Music.

During a visit to the Eastman School Chu got to listen to students performing one of the works recently created as part of a project called Music in the American Wild, which involves Eastman musicians performing new compositions in a dozen national parks and historic sites around the country.

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP)  A western New York warplane museum has added an interactive World War II-style briefing room to give visitors a sense of the on-the-ground preparations that went on before combat missions. 

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo in Livingston County opened the exhibit on Friday. Museum officials say re-enactors from Rochester and Buffalo will run visitors through a historically accurate briefing before marching them out to the World War II military transport plane known as the ``Whiskey 7'' for a flight.