Arts & Culture

Arts and culture


Former 10NBC anchor Janet Lomax was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame on Thursday in New York City.

Lomax was part of the Class of 2017 that also includes Buffalo radio host Sandy Beach and WABC reporter Art McFarland.

Janet Lomax spent 36 years in Rochester before retiring at the end of last year.

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The Landmark Society of Western New York is announcing its 2017 Five to Revive list. That's a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization.

The goal is to return historic venues to a place of prominence, so that they become economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.

The five locations include the Elim Bible Institute in the village of Lima; Lehigh Valley Railroad Roundhouse in Manchester; Hotel DeMay in Greece; Tent City in Rochester, and front porches of houses throughout Western New York.

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Letchworth State Park has again been named the #1 Best Attraction in New York State.

That’s according to a USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice survey.  The nominees are chosen by a panel of experts and editors from the newspaper.

Letchworth was also voted the #1 State park in the country in a 2015 USA Today poll.

NY State Parks officials say that Letchworth, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,’ saw over 750,000 visitors last year and is on track to exceed that number this year.

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An artist well known not only in Rochester, but around the world, has a new exhibit which opens Sunday at the Memorial Art Gallery. 

The show is called “Wendell Castle Remastered”, and it features around 40 works of art  from Wendell Castle, a master furniture maker and sculptor who is now in the 6th decade of his career. The show is in a renovated space at the MAG.

Alex Crichton

A woman who overcame a home ruled by domestic violence to become a groundbreaking actress on the long-running PBS show "Sesame Street," provided the keynote address at today's 11th annual YWCA Empowering Women Luncheon.

Sonia Manzano ended up portraying "Maria" on the show for 44 years.

She says it was a groundbreaking role.

"I was born in the 50s, and I watched a lot of ‘Father Knows Best,’ and a lot of ‘Leave it to Beaver,’ and I wondered, how I was going to participate in a society that didn't see me because I wasn't reflected in the society," she said.

Shawn O'Hara

You might have seen the same video on Facebook. It’s about Raubdrukerin, an art collective in Berlin Germany that uses urban infrastructure to screen print.

Artists take to the streets with screen printing ink and make t-shirt's, prints, and bags using the city: tree grates, manhole covers and plaques.

Shawn O’Hara saw this same video but decided to actually try it out in Rochester, meeting different reactions from people while he was crouched down on the street.

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Some fall activities around Rochester will also give you a history lesson this season.

A 3-acre corn maze of Susan B. Anthony and her famous Madison Street house now stands at Stokoe Farms in Scottsville, open for families to come and explore this fall.

Marketing Director Julie Izzo Niedzwick said a game within the maze has guests finding facts about the activist’s life as they walk through.

The maze is celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage in New York State.

Lori Whitney-Brice / for Seneca Park Zoo

Officials at the Seneca Park Zoo say that Anastasia, the zoo’s 12-year old female Amur tiger, has died following weeks of illness. 

The tiger, which was born at the zoo in 2005, first showed signs of illness six weeks ago. As her condition declined, the decision was made to euthanize the tiger.

Zoo Director Larry Sorel says after an animal autopsy, or necropsy,  was performed, it was determined that the tiger suffered from lymphatic cancer.

He says the average life span for a tiger at a zoo is about 14 years old.

A Rochester woman is waiting for word from her relatives in Puerto Rico, which has been slammed by Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit the island in over 80 years.

Carmen Rosa is office manager at Ibero-American Action League.

She says she last talked to her mother Tuesday night, after her mother traveled to Puerto Rico, despite the fact a hurricane was bearing down on the island.

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Beautiful weather and enthusiastic crowds made for a nice weekend for runners participating in the Rochester Marathon events. At least the weather was nice for spectators, it may have been a little warm for marathoners.

The marathon includes a 5k, a half marathon and the full marathon, with about 3,000 people taking part overall.

Peg Garland was one of the volunteers for this event. She’s also a former athletic trainer at the University of Rochester, and she sees a lot of value in events like this.