Arts & Culture

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2:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Local Bills Backers: Rex Ryan's Hiring 'Surprising'

The Buffalo Bills made it official today, hiring Rex Ryan as their new coach.

The move comes less than two weeks after Doug Marrone opted out of his contract.

Susan Gemmett is president of the Buffalo Bills Backers of Rochester.

She says she thought the team would take more time before hiring a new coach.

But Ryan brings plenty of experience to the post, and a lot of character, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, according to Gemmett.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Damaged Lute Leads to New Rules for Airlines

Credit Christopher Wilke Facebook page

Musicians can now bring their small instruments on board flights thanks to a change in the rules.

That comes as good news for Christopher Wilke, a local specialist in historical instruments.

His 1-thousand dollar lute was badly damaged after he had to check it with baggage on a flight one year ago.

Eventually the airline paid for the damage, and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter helped push for the rule changes when she heard his story.

Wilke says he's relieved but the legislation is overdue.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Auburn, Canandaigua Theaters to Show "The Interview"

A poster for The Interview. Some theaters now say they will show the comedy, which Sony Pictures had pulled following threats.
Credit Jim Ruymen/UPI /Landov

If you're curious about the film that Sony Pictures shut down and then ultimately decided to release, you'll have to go to Canandaigua or Auburn.

Movietime Cinemas 10 in Canandaigua and MoviePlex 10 in Auburn are the only area theaters showing "The Interview."   That's the comedy that portrays two tabloid journalists recruited by the CIA to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.  North Korea threatened 9-11 style attacks against any American theater that showed the movie.

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Arts & Culture
3:16 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Renee Fleming To Make Her Broadway Debut

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News)  Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing _ what else? _ an opera star. 

The four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, who grew up in Churchville,  will star in the comedy ``Living on Love'' at the Longacre Theatre beginning April 1. 

``I've spent my life singing tragic characters, so to be able to make people laugh is an extraordinary joy,'' said Fleming. 

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Arts & Culture
12:37 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Seneca Park Zoo Welcomes Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Seneca Park Zoo has added two ring-tailed lemurs to its animal collection. The pair, a 6 year old male named Bradigan comes from the Indianapolis Zoo, and Selma, a 4 year old female from a zoo in South Dakota, now live in the Rochester Zoo's first Madagascar-themed, mixed-species exhibit.

One thing: It isn’t the first Madagascar-themed exhibit at the Zoo, it’s the first Madagascar-theme, mixed-species exhibit at the Zoo. It’s an important clarification. Can you please make that update?

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Arts & Culture
9:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Genesee Brewery Lights Up Beer Keg Christmas Tree

The Genesee Brewery held a special kind of Christmas tree lighting outside its Brew House on Cataract Street Thursday night. The “tree” is made up of 300 empty stainless steel kegs, trimmed with lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.

The two-story keg tree was used to also unveil Genesee’s new holiday Tap It Forward social investment beer, which is a salted caramel chocolate porter. A portion of the proceeds of the beer sales will be donated to the GardenAerial FlourGarden project, which is an urban garden at Brown’s Race.

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Arts & Culture
10:27 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Renee Fleming To Perform For A Royal Couple

Opera singer Renee Fleming, who grew up in Churchville, will get to perform for visiting British Royals William and Kate on Tuesday night.

The soprano is scheduled to perform at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art at a scholarship fundraiser for the University of St. Andrews. That is the Scottish university where Kate and William met.

Fleming was recommended for the performance by Sting, who was originally scheduled to perform but had to drop out due to his Broadway commitments.

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Arts & Culture
9:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Jazz Fest Adds 2nd Diana Krall Show

Organizers of  the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have added a second show with jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. It will be held June 19th at 4:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The 8:00 p.m. show quickly sold out last week.

Krall also played to a sold-out show at the festival in 2012. Krall’s performance next year is part of her “Wallflower World Tour, “ which is conjunction with a album to be released in February.

Several more headliners are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Eastman Musicians Receive Grammy Nominations

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School of Music, and Eastman alumnus and mastering engineer Robert (Bob) Ludwig have received nominations in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards competition. Both are previous Grammy award winners.

This year, O’Dette is a nominee in the Best Opera Recording Category. Ludwig received a total of four nominations, two each in the Album of the Year and in the Best Engineered Album Non-Classical categories.

An internationally respected performer and scholar of Baroque and Renaissance music,  O’Dette garnered his sixth Grammy nomination.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The Strong Museum Opens "Play Pals" Exhibit

The Strong Museum is opening its “Play Pals” exhibit this weekend, a display that provides an interactive look at dolls, action figures and other toys through American History.

Play Pals is phase three of a five-phase project to transform the Strong Museum's second floor into "America at Play," which is an interactive look at the history of play in America.

The weekend celebration includes participation by a children’s performer who’s been getting some national attention.

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