Arts and Culture

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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:00pm
Tune in as we honor singer-songwriter Willie Nelson with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 1:30pm
The Met's acclaimed new production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been staged by the company in a century
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 10:00pm
Join Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find humanity’s true place in the cosmos in the SEASON FINALE.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 8:30pm
One of Rochester’s most well-known non-profit leaders, Dan Meyers joins WXXI President Norm Silverstein for an episode of Norm & Company
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series The Carol Burnett Show.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:30pm
Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 9:30pm
Dr. Deepak Chopra is a man who believes that God is not dead in the modern world. 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 8:00pm
Enjoy the groundbreaking folk group’s biggest hits and more 1950s and ’60s chart toppers
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Celebrate legendary artists of the 1960s and 70s brought together in a once-in-a-lifetime concert
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 9:00pm
Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, January 27 at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 5:00pm
Once labeled a "youth-at-risk," 30-year-old Matt Rutherford risked it all in an attempt to become the first person to sail alone, and nonstop around North and South America.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 8:00pm
During the reign of virtually any monarch throughout history, it was crucial for an ambitious courtier to obtain the good favor of their sovereign.
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:00pm
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple fell in love and took on the US government to fight for marriage and immigration equality. 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 8:00pm
With humor and candor, Before You Know It celebrates the bold and brave lives of active gay senior citizens who have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 9:00pm
WXXI gets you ready for this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival by presenting an encore boradcast of four of last year's musical performances.
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 9:00pm
Kumu Hina is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 1:00pm
Host Julia Figueras welcomes faculty members of the MostArts Festival at Alfred University to the WXXI studios
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 8:00pm
Written and directed by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff, Dancing on the Edge is a 1930’s period drama detailing the rise of the Louis Lester Band – a black jazz band in London led by Louis Lester, played by BAFTA Award-Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Arts and Culture

Roadtrip Nation shares inspiring stories of struggle, self-acceptance and success in Being You
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
Entries are being accepted now!
Calling all Rochester youth to participate in this collaborative, juried media competition.

Recently Aired

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
WXXI captures the fascinating story of the local garment industry and the people who contributed to it in Tailor Made: The Story of Rochester’s Garment Industry
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:00pm
When a Vietnam War refugee who has grown up in America is solicited by a self-proclaimed arms dealer, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of politics and intrigue that could end with a life sentence in prison for him and the beloved leaders of his community.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
Trace the creation of composer Jimmy López’s opera Bel Canto.
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 6:30pm
The story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the world’s greatest sushi chef.
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 1:00pm
Classical 91.5 host Juila Figueras welcomes the Carillon Tuba Quartet from the Eastman School of Music to Backstage Pass


Arts and Culture