Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Organizers of this year's Park Ave Summer Art Festival in Rochester are getting ready for the 40th annual event, to be held the weekend of August 6th and 7th.

One larger-than-life personality being remembered by various officials and those involved with the festival is Jimmy Catalano, the longtime community organizer and florist who died in May after a battle with cancer. He was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Park Avenue.”

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A feasibility study looking at the best location for a new performing arts center in downtown Rochester is suggesting that facility be built at Midtown.

Rochester commissioned the $210,000 study a year ago. It was funded in part by the state, county and the Rochester Broadway Theater League.

The study recommends a 2,850 seat facility that would cost about $75 million. It suggests the facility could be funded through grants, sponsorship and fundraising without a public subsidy.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Saturday at St. John Fisher College for construction of a new chapel.

The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great will be a 9,000 square foot sanctuary that will be built adjacent to Kearney Hall.

The building’s construction, which will cost approximately $3.34 million, is being funded entirely by philanthropic efforts, led by a principal gift from the Hermance Family Foundation.

The Brockport Arts Festival's annual duck derby will be held this year after all.

Earlier this month, officials from the New York State Gaming Commission told organizers of the Festival that the derby violated state regulations because it took place on the Erie Canal, which is state-owned property.

Chairman of the Brockport Art Festival, Art Appleby said he wasn't surprised by the regulations.

The events in Baton Rouge, suburban St. Paul and Dallas, Texas reflect a widening racial gap.

That's according to the president of United Christian Leadership Ministry, the Rev. Lewis Stewart.

He says we stand at a crossroads in community-police relations, and race relations in America.

"The alternatives are achieving racial justice, or continued racial strife," he told reporters this morning at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

Find Your Fringe This Fall

Jul 12, 2016

Producers and supporters of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival announced the lineup for the September event, one that's expected to draw around 60 thousand visitors to over 500 performances and events at more than 20 venues in downtown Rochester.

Producer Erica Fee says there's something for everyone.

"We have everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. Find something you like. We have comedy, we have music, theater, children's entertainment, visual arts. It really runs the gamut," she said.

The 16th annual Rochester International Jewish Film Festival is underway. It began on Sunday and runs through next Monday.

It includes a total of 26 films, as well as three visiting filmmakers for post-film discussions, along with musical performances and other activities.

The director of the festival, Lori Harter of the JCC, says the film fest does promote the work of Jewish filmmakers, but the themes these movies cover are really universal.

One of Rochester’s longest-running festivals, the Corn Hill Arts Festival continues this weekend.

The Sunday hours are 10am to 5pm, and the event is open to the public and free of charges. It takes place in one of Rochester’s historic neighborhoods, off of Exchange Boulevard and Plymouth Avenue.

The festival includes an array of original arts and crafts with more than 375 arts and craftspeople as well as  live music, food and other activities.

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The final day of the 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival featured Trombone Shorty, Lucky Chops, and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers. Relive the final night of the festival through the lens of WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo on our Flickr page.

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Red, White and Blue decorated Titus Avenue Monday morning for Irondequoit's annual Independence Day parade. It is traditionally one of the larger July 4th parades in the area.

Rob Dematteis and his family were lucky and found a shady spot to set up their chairs. Dematteis said they've been going to this and other parades for years.

"Well we live here in Irondequoit about a mile away, we come every year for Memorial Day and 4th of July. We got family, extended family here. We love just sitting and enjoying the parade."