Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
7:37 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Local Runners Pay Tribute To Boston Marathoners

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Area runners and others who just wanted to show their support for victims of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon gathered at the Fleet Feet Sports store in Rochester Tuesday for a blood drive organized with the help of the Red Cross. 

The event was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the bombings, and  Ellen Brenner-Boutillier, the co-founder  of the running equipment store, says a lot of local runners do have a connection to Boston.

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Arts & Culture
9:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Thomas Warfield Receives Geva Theatre Award

Credit ntid.rit.edu

Geva Theatre Center is honoring Thomas Warfield with the 2014 Essie Calhoun Diversity in the Arts Award.

Warfield is a performer and Rochester native who is also the founder and artistic director of PeaceArt International. That’s an outreach not-for-profit organization utilizing the arts and the creative process to foster world peace. Warfield’s work to raise awareness about orphans around the world with HIV/AIDS has raised thousands of dollars.

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Arts & Culture
7:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Some Young Rochester Violinists Get To Play In Washington

Forty young violinists from a Rochester city school got quite the thrill this past week. They are all members of a group called “Strings for Success,” and they are students at School 19 in the city.

The third through eighth graders went to Washington, D.C., and with the help of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter performed at national monuments and the U.S. Capitol.

The program has been around for several years, and now over 100 students are enrolled. Strings for Success is supervised through The Center for Youth in Rochester, and its Executive Director, Elaine Spaull says the program builds not only music skills, but has also resulted in better attendance and higher grades for the students who participate.  

Spaull says the students wanted to play their violins inside the White House, but security concerns with 40 violin cases made that unlikely, so the students played some music in front of the White House, as well as other locations. Congresswoman Slaughter says the students also performed in the Congressional Auditorium for her colleagues on the Congressional Arts Caucus.

Arts & Culture
5:39 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Sharp Ears: Christopher Seaman

In our weekly Sharp Ears series, you’re hearing some of Rochester’s best musicians talk about the art of listening and the artists who inspire them. 

Click on the audio link above to hear RPO conductor laureate Christopher Seaman answer the question posed to him by WXXI's Brenda Tremblay:  “What are you listening FOR in music?” 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Artist Says She's in Rochester at the Right Time

Lisa Barker

Some say timing is everything.

Rochester-based artist Sarah Rutherford arrived here about eight years ago, thinking she'd stay just a while, But Rutherford has since learned that Rochester is presenting her with opportunities she wasn't finding elsewhere.

Click on the audio link above to hear an interview with Sarah Rutherford.  Her artwork will be featured in the WXXI Auction, which opens on Saturday, April 12.  

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Connections: Preservation In New York State

A discussion about preservation and the 2014 New York Statewide Preservation Conference

Talking about preservation and the 2014 New York Statewide Preservation Conference that will be hosted by the Landmark Society in Rochester from April 24-26. The conference has a broad range of topics, from historic rehab tax credits, revitalizing cities and towns, affordable housing, and more. It includes a documentary screening at The Little.

Guests include:  Caitlin Meives and Larry Francer of the Landmark Society, and Dana Saylor-Furman of Old Time Roots Historic Research Services. 

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Study Says Feelings Of Failure, Not Violent Content, Can Foster Aggression In Video Gamers

Credit npr.org

The violent storylines in some video games are often linked to violent behavior by the people playing them. But a new study which involved researchers at the University of Rochester shows that there may be another reason that some gamers get angry.

Common wisdom is that when gamers play games like Grand Theft Auto, it gets them all riled up, maybe even to the point of becoming violent.  But a study co-authored by  U of R motivational psychologist Richard Ryan shows that even a benign looking game like Tetris.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Lilac Festival 2014

Some of Rochester's lilacs on display at Olmsted Lodge
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

Planners have announced the lineup of next month's Lilac Festival at Highland Park.

It's the largest event of its kind and attracts around 50-thousand visitors each year.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks says the Lilac Festival also generates around 3-million dollars each year for the local economy.

This year, organizers hope to break the world's record for "Largest Human Flower," by getting 22-hundred people to wear purple ponchos during the opening day of the festival.

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Arts & Culture
7:12 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

One Of The Seneca Park Zoo's Orangutans Will Be Leaving

Credit senecaparkzoo.org

Officials at the Seneca Park Zoo say that one of the orangutans at that Rochester zoo, 'Dara,' will be leaving at the end of the month to go to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia.  Dara is a 14 year old female Bornean orangutan, and she will be paired with a young male orangutan to start her own family. The move is a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as part of an orangutan species survival program.

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Arts & Culture
6:29 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Bills Fans & Players Pay Tribute To Ralph Wilson

Ralph Wilson's wife, Mary Wilson meets with fans in Orchard Park.
Credit buffalobills.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With hundreds of pictures and mementos on display honoring Buffalo Bills' late owner Ralph Wilson, Bruce Smith couldn't resist bringing one more on Saturday.

The Hall of Fame defensive end pulled out a photo taken the day he signed his rookie contract in 1985. The picture showed Wilson with his hands across his face as if he were praying.

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