Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Concert Will Benefit Pierson Family

Lou Gramm
Credit ultimateclassicrock.com

Several musicians and groups will be performing at a benefit concert for the family of slain Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson next month.

The December 6th concert will be held at the Main Street Armory.  One of the headliners is Rochester native Lou Gramm, former lead singer of the group Foreigner.

Gramm was touched by the shooting death of Pierson while the young officer was in pursuit of a suspect in September.                            

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Arts & Culture
10:25 am
Thu November 6, 2014

2014 Toy Hall Of Fame Inductees: Bubbles, Little Green Army Men, & Rubik's Cube

Soap Bubbles, Little Green Army Men and Rubik's Cube are this year's inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong Museum.

Regarding the bubbles, museum officials say the earliest paintings of children playing with bubbles appeared during the 17th century. Today, retailers sell more than 200 million bottles of soap bubble toys annually.

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Arts & Culture
12:27 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Pegulas Committed To Building A New Stadium For The Bills

Credit buffalobills.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Terry and Kim Pegula are committed to building a stadium for the Buffalo Bills and are working on ending the team's series of annual home games in Toronto.

Those were among the topics the franchise's new owners touched upon during a wide-ranging 20 minute interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

"Well, there's going to be a new stadium somewhere, that's all I know," Terry Pegula said. "The league was pretty emphatic that Buffalo, we're a small market, needs to be as competitive as we can."

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Connections
5:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Connections: Art as Reality

Two shows in Rochester can be seen as examples of art as reality. The first is Good People, a show about making in the tough neighborhood of South Boston, playing at Geva Theatre until November 16. We talk with a few of the performers about the story behind Good People.

The Rochester Latino Theatre Company presents West Side Story starting November 22. What story does this well-known show teach us? We talk with folks working behind the scenes about the performance.

Connections
3:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Connections: Business Climate For Gay Americans

We look at the impact of Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement that he's gay. He's the only Fortune 500 CEO who is out, and already there are negative implications coming from Russia and China. In the United States, Cook's employees can still get fired for coming out in a number of states. What is the current climate for gay Americans in the work force? With us to discuss is our panel:  

  • Bess Watts, President of the local chapter of Pride at Work
  • Emily Jones, board member of Out and Equal and member of the Business Council of the Human Rights Campaign for 13 years
  • Judy Johnson, member of Pride at Work
  • Eliza Hammer, member of regional council for Out and Equal

Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Fredonia To Honor Jenn Suhr

Credit USA Track & Field

FREDONIA, N.Y. (AP)  Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr is being honored with a monument at her western New York alma mater.

The Observer of Dunkirk reports that the Fredonia Board of Education recently accepted the donation of the stone monument from the Fredonia Olympic Celebration Committee. 

The administration has yet to decide where it will go.

Suhr won gold at the 2012 London Olympics and plans to defend her title at the Rio Summer Games in 2016.

She lives in Churchville.

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Arts & Culture
5:42 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Judge's Ruling In Eligibility Case Goes Against Aquinas

Credit TWC News

The Aquinas Institute football season is over. State Supreme Court Judge Scott Odorisi issued a written decision Friday after hearing arguments earlier in the day on a lawsuit brought by Aquinas. School officials were trying to overturn a Section V ruling that made the school forfeit its quarterfinal victory last week for using an ineligible player.

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Connections
4:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Connections: The Whiteness Project

We open the conversation with Whitney Dow, director of the Whiteness Project, a multimedia documentary created in Buffalo. In the documentary, Dow talked with people about what it means to be white. Then we talk more about the impact of this project with Ann Johnson of ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation

Arts & Culture
2:09 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

WXXI & The Little Theatre Launch "Go Public" Campaign

Norm Silverstein, Dr. Cynthia Reddeck-LiDestri, Harry Trueheart
Credit Peter Wayner / WXXI News

WXXI Public Broadcasting and The Little Theatre on Thursday officially announced a $17 million  "Go Public" campaign to allow both organizations to better serve the needs of the community. About 75 percent, or $13.2 million has already been raised.

Larry and Jane Glazer, the well-known local business people and philanthropists who died in a plane crash in September, had been leading the campaign through its silent phase for the past three years. They will keep the title of Campaign Chairs and the effort will be completed in their honor.

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Connections
3:10 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Connections: Stephen Greenblatt; Upcoming Talk by Stephen Salaita

We open with a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt. He’s coming to the University of Rochester tomorrow to talk about Lucretius and “intolerable ideas.” His book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, is remarkable, by the way.

Then we’ll talk to Joshua Dubler, a U of R professor who is organizing a talk by controversial scholar Stephen Salaita, who was recently fired from his job at the University of Illinois for “anti-Israel tweets.” 

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