Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
5:18 am
Thu August 21, 2014

State Fair Opens in Syracuse

Credit agriculture.ny.gov

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.

The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes open at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court, followed by the Barenaked Ladies at night. Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, Sept. 1.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Tony Stewart Skips 3rd Race After Canandaigua Fatality

Credit northcountrypublicradio.org

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua.

Stewart's decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart's car at Michigan last weekend.

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Arts & Culture
7:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Jim Kelly's Follow-up Exam Shows No Sign Of Cancer

Credit bleacherreport.com

(AP) Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received encouraging news in his battle with cancer.

An initial physical exam showed no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Dr. Peter Costantino said in a release issued by New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital on Wednesday.

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Connections
3:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Connections: Bills Fan Alliance; Talking With Rosanne Cash

Talking with the Buffalo Bills Alliance, and then with Rosanne Cash.
In the first part of this show, we welcome the Buffalo Bills Fan Alliance. We want to know what they have planned to try to keep the team in western New York. Who is their preferred owner? Which bidder worries them the most? And can Buffalo realistically have anything close to the Green Bay model? We talk with co-director of the alliance, Brian Cinelli, and sports journalist Greg Hanlon. Then we talk with Rosanne Cash, who released a new album and will be performing at The Smith in Geneva on Thursday night. 
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LPGA
6:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

PHOTOS: 2014 LPGA Final Round

Fred SanFilipo WXXI

The Wegmans LPGA championship may be leaving, but not before the fans were treated to a playoff. Inbee Park retained the title with the playoff win, treating the long-time Rochester supporters to an ending they deserved. WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo was there to snap photos from the final round of the final tournament which you can see on our Flickr page.

Connection
3:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Connections: New Wave of Feminism

A new wave of feminism.

What comes to mind when you hear the word "feminism"? We asked this question on social media and the responses were all over the map. Modern feminism is hard to define, but we try, with our panel: 

  • Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at SUNY Brockport
  • Hannah Murphy, director of projects and special events, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices
  • Noelle Evans, activist
  • Melanie West, activist
  • Michelle Faust, WXXI News
Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

2 Monroe County Teens Join US Freestyle Ski Team

Harrison Smith, 16, says he's proud he chose an unusual sport.
Credit Michelle Faust

Two Monroe County teens joined the US Freestyle ski team; bring them closer to Olympic dreams.

Monday County Executive Maggie Brooks recognized Harrison Smith and Morgan Schild, both 16, for their accomplishments and bringing attention to our area’s skiing attractions.

Smith says it took years to achieve his goals in aerials.

“I don't learn triple back flips my first day. There's a progression: single back flip, single back flip with a twist, and then doubles, and then eventually triples, and maybe quads,”

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Global Mural Convention To Be Held Along The Erie Canal

Credit Mural Mania

 A convention highlighting murals along the Erie Canal will be held in New York State in 2016.

That according to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who says the Global Mural Convention will include a wide range of murals and public art.  The convention will be hosted by an organization called "Mural Mania" which helps facilitate the creation of murals along the canal.

Gillibrand says the conference will also help highlight tourism opportunities in the region.

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Arts & Culture
8:45 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Inbee Park Wins The Last Rochester LPGA Championship In A Playoff

Credit Fred SanFilipo / WXXI News

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP& WXXI News) — Inbee Park successfully defended her title in the Wegmans LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to end the United States' major streak at three.

This was the final year for the LPGA tournament in Rochester, after a 38 year run. Next year, the LPGA Championship will rotate among courses near major markets, with the hopes of attracting bigger purses and more media attention.

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LPGA Championship
7:01 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

PHOTOS: 2014 LPGA Third Round

Saturday marked the third round of the Wegmans LPGA championship at Monroe Country Club. WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo captured the action on the penultimate day of the tournament which you can see on our Flickr page.

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