Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
8:08 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State Canal System Added To State & National Historic Registers

Cox-Budlong House in Scottsville
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The 450-mile long New York State Barge Canal System has been added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. That system extends over 18 counties and encompasses 23,000 acres. The canal corridor was among seven projects this week that received New York State Preservation Awards.

Another 22 properties and districs have been nominated to be listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

In our region, that includes:

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bills Backers Back Bills Move Out of Toronto

Bills Backers of Rochester on Facebook

Having the Buffalo Bills end their series of games is Toronto comes as good news for many Bills fans in western New York.

That includes the president of the Buffalo Bills Backers of Rochester, Susan Gemmett.

She says she's happy the Bills experiment in Toronto is over, because the Bills will get a home game back, and they won't have to play a game at what appeared to be a neutral site.

Gemmett says the Bills got better support when they had to play in Detroit last month when their game was snowed out in Buffalo.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Diana Krall Concert In Rochester Sells Out

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is still six months away, but a concert for one of the headliners has already sold out.

Organizers say that tickets to the Diana Krall concert at the Eastman Theatre on June 19th, the opening night of the festival, have sold out.

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
2:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Upcoming Production Of Handel's Messiah Dedicated To The Memory Of Derrick Smith

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra says its upcoming production of Handel's Messiah will be dedicated to the memory of Derrick Smith.  Smith was a well known local baritone singer who performed with the chamber orchestra many times as well as a variety of other local organizations.  

Smith, who died last month at the age of 56, was a longtime faculty member of the Eastman Community Music School and Nazareth College.

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah is scheduled for the evening of December 7 at Hochstein Performance Hall.

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Arts & Culture
8:34 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Shoe Drive Reaches 25,000 Pairs

Ten year old Traci Weinstein from Irondequoit saw people who needed shoes in her homeland of Guatemala and worked to solve the problem.

"A ten year old starts something, and then a community gets behind it,” said co-organizer Pat Waring of Irondequoit. “How did we do this in 90 days?"

How did Traci Weinstein gather more than 25,000 pairs of shoes since Labor Day? One pair at a time.

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Arts & Culture
7:25 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Scholarship Fund Started At Geva In Honor Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Geva Theatre in Rochester is where Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman first got really interested in acting, so family and friends say it is fitting that they have now announced the Philip Seymour Hoffman Scholarship Fund.

Hoffman, who died earlier this year of a drug overdose at the age of 46, first got excited about acting when his mother, retired judge Marilyn O'Connor took him to plays at Geva, particularly the production of " All My Sons."

O’Connor tells WXXI News that as much as he's known for movies, her son's first acting passion was the theater. 

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Arts & Culture
12:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

United Christian Leadership Ministry: Ferguson Decision Shameful and Unjust

Reverend Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry
Credit Alex Crichton

The leader of the United Christian Leadership Ministry says the decision by a grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was "shameful and unjust, and the decision has outraged all of us who deemed justice a matter of moral responsibility and necessity."

Reverend Lewis Stewart and his group held a news conference Tuesday at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

Stewart maintains this is a prime example of systemic racism, and what happened in Ferguson is tearing this nation apart.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Public Fundraising Campaign for Geva Theater

Geva Theatre is announcing a 10-million dollar "Front and Center" capital campaign.

Representatives of the theatre say they've already raised 8-million dollars for improvements to the building which was built in 1868 and was a former arsenal and community hall.

The theater opened in 1985, and artistic director Mark Cuddy says it's seen a lot of wear and tear since then.

The money raised so far has gone make improvements like a new roof, new windows, new air conditioning and heating, masonry restoration and other renovations.

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Arts & Culture
6:55 am
Thu November 20, 2014

First Digital Camera On Display at Eastman House

Steve Sasson with first digital camera
George Eastman House

  

Former Kodak electrical engineer Steve Sasson invented the first digital camera in 1975.

It was part of an assignment from his supervisor, Gareth A. Lloyd to attempt to build an electronic camera using a charge coupled device (CCD). 

The 8-pound camera is on display for the first time as part of the Innovation in the Imaging Capital exhibit at the George Eastman House.

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Arts & Culture
10:48 am
Sat November 15, 2014

"Rosie The Riveter" Tribute

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SENECA FALLS (AP) A new exhibit at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls tells the story of the American home front during World War II.

The exhibit runs through the end of January.

The exhibit focuses on women's contributions to the military and also to wartime production in U.S. factories, where they became known collectively as "Rosie the Riveter."

Their contributions to the war effort are told in displays that include artifacts, text and images.

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