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Connections
2:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Connections: Fashion Week Rochester

Tuesday, October 14, marks the start of Fashion Week Rochester. The event bills itself as the antithesis to NYC Fashion Week by making this event accessible to anyone. The event also raises money for The Center for Youth. We discuss what we’ll see at this year’s Fashion Week, and who is helped by the money that is raised with our guests:

Arts & Culture
1:54 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Imax To Use Kodak Laser Projection System For "Hobbit" Movie

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(Bloomberg News) Imax, the pioneer of large-screen cinema, plans to use the next “Hobbit” installment in December to introduce a laser projection system based on technology licensed from Eastman Kodak  in 2011.

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Arts & Culture
6:06 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

An Emotional Terry Pegula Talks About His Purchase Of The Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — No price was too high for Terry Pegula and wife Kim if it meant keeping the Bills in Buffalo, and preserving late Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson's legacy.

Having difficulty keeping his emotions in check during an introductory news conference on Friday, Pegula was humbled to succeed Wilson as the Bills owner, and outlined his reasons for spending an NFL-record $1.4 billion to buy the team.

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Connections
3:09 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Connections: Education Friday - The Flexibility of Teachers; Conversation with André Previn

It’s Education Friday on Connections. We start by asking this question: how flexible can teachers be? Are the new curriculum standards hampering the creativity and flexibility of teachers? Can parents help with the challenges that teachers face? We discuss this with Seth O’Bryan, a math teacher and Commons Coordinator with The Harley School.

Then we talk with a musical legend, André Preven. He will receive an honorary doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. He will also hear the Eastman Wind Ensemble premiere a piece he wrote for them. Previn sat down with Classical 91.5 FM’s Mona Seghatoleslami

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Celebrating Andre Previn at 85

Pianist-Conductor-Composer Andre Previn

A new work by André Previn will receive its world premiere by the Eastman Wind Ensemble this evening at the Eastman School of Music. “Music for Wind Orchestra: No Strings Attached” will be performed as part of a series of events this week celebrating Mr. Previn’s 85th birthday. The all-Previn program will feature several of the composer’s chamber music pieces, and  an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Rochester will be awarded to Mr. Previn during the concert.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Andre Previn to Receive Honorary Doctorate from the Eastman School

Andre Previn

Andre Previn is in Rochester this week, to receive an honorary doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. He will also hear the Eastman Wind Ensemble premiere a piece he wrote for them “Music for wind orchestra (no strings attached).”

Previn celebrated his 85th birthday in April. During his long and diverse career, he has written Oscar-winning movie scores, played piano on noted jazz recordings, conducted the world’s finest orchestras, and is now focusing on composing.

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Connections
3:50 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Connections: Is Thug Kitchen Racist?

Get ready for a lengthy explanation of a strange story that is blowing up, especially on the west coast. It's all about what some call "white people engaged in digital blackface":

For the past couple of years, a food blog -- of all things -- has gone viral. It's called Thug Kitchen (Note: the link is NSFW and contains profanity). It has real recipes -- vegan recipes, and they're really good. 

The creators of the blog were never revealed. But now they have a book coming out. A bunch of bookstores are carrying the Thug Kitchen book, and so last month, the creators revealed themselves --- They're a white couple from Hollywood.

That set off a wave of criticism. Many people defended them as simply having fun, using colorful language, etc. Others have accused them of appropriating black culture, or outright racism. This week they canceled a book signing event after the store received numerous complaints. In other cases, their signing events are turning into community conversations about what is humorous, what is not, what is appropriate, what is not.

So what are the lessons about cultural appropriation? Are we being overly sensitive? 

We discuss this with our panel: 

  • Verdis Robinson, assistant professor of Historical and African-American Studies at MCC
  • Dena Swanson, associate professor of Counseling and Human Development at the Warner School of Education

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Arts & Culture
9:37 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Bills' Sale To The Pegulas Approved By The NFL

NEW YORK (AP)  Admitting it was a dream come true, Terry Pegula and wife Kim were unanimously approved by NFL owners Wednesday as new owners of the Buffalo Bills.

The Pegulas, who already own the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, expect the sale to be finalized by the end of the week.

"This is a significant step in us owning the team.'' Terry Pegula said. ``There's a small matter of having to pay some money and we'll get that done.''

That payment would be for $1.4 billion.

Longtime Bills owner Ralph Wilson died in March, prompting the sale.

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Connections
3:45 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Connections: WNY Tourism Spots You May Not Know About

You may know about the obvious tourism spots across western New York, but you've probably missed some gems, ones that you may have not heard of before, until now. We talk with Ben Woelk and Steve Carter of Slow Road about the spots on the roads less traveled that you may want to put on your "want to visit" list.

Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Landmark Society Releases Priority List

Credit Landmark Society

The Landmark Society of Western New York has released its second "Five to Revive" list -- five properties the preservation organization say are of significant historical and economic value, and by rehabilitating them, they could become catalysts for the communities around them.

Wayne Goodman is Executive Director of the Landmark Society.

He says their goal is to return those properties to a place of prominence in their respective communities.

This year's "Five to Revive" list includes:

--The Auditorium Theater

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