Arts and Culture

2501 Migrants: A Journey

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 6:00pm

Alejandro Santiago went home. What he found led him on an artist journey of local and global significance.

Finding a New Way to Support Art

A new twist on an unusual business model is helping artists in one community.

Met @ the Movies: Das Rheingold

Sat, 10/09/2010 - 1:00pm

Wagner's Das Rheingold  kicks off this season's Met Opera @ the Movies.

The Kodak Colorama: The Stories Behind the Pictures on WXXI-TV

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 8:00pm

What had started as an advertisement for color film evolved into an American tradition for more than 40 years.

Masterpice Mystery! Inspector Lewis "Dark Matter" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 09/12/2010 - 9:00pm

When the Master of Gresham College is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis and Hathaway find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff.

Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind on WXXI-TV

Sat, 11/27/2010 - 10:00pm

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, presents a collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers.

Ken Burns & Geoffrey Ward: The Full Interview

If you missed the sold out event featuring Ken Burns and his writing partner Geoffrey Ward, here's your chance to watch their appearance at Rochester's George Eastman House.

What I did on my summer vacation, part 1

I whooshed past a field of goldenrod today. A blur of yellow.  The summer itself feels like a blur, a grainy Polaroid with indistinct lines and a few dabs of color. 

In July I spent four days at Glimmerglass Opera (read my review of the season here).  It’s a hobbit-y part of country, a slightly tamer, more cultivated hollow of the Finger Lakes.   The hills cradle you close, and the lake echoes the blue stillness of the skies.  I’ve been going to Glimmerglass for several years, and this time I was thrilled to discover (in addition to a newly-opened coffee shop across the road from the Young Artists’ headquarters) a small nature preserve behind the Alice Busch Opera Theater.  A trail leads to a raised boardwalk through the marsh where green dragonflies, blue herons, and flying squirrels dart through the trees. Enchanting.

There was another surprise.   I stayed in a small motel on Lake Otsego.  Across the street sat a large, grand white inn with a huge, wrap-around porch and a “For Sale” sign sticking out of the weeds.  Sumac trees jutted out of the garden beds. The roof was caving in.  The paint, peeling.  I couldn’t resist, so I walked across the road, climbed up crumbling concrete stairs and past the yawning cellar door onto the porch. It was as quiet as an Egyptian tomb. I peered into one of the front windows, into a vast room filled with light.  At first, I thought it was totally empty; no pictures on the wall, no furniture, no stuff. Then my eyes fell on a metal cage in the middle of the room and a very-much-alive black and white rabbit looking back at me, calmly munching pellets. I loved that rabbit.

Sometimes the best things happen when you peer past the facade.  Part the curtain and look.

Live from Temple B'rith Kodesh: A Yom Kippur Celebration

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 8:00pm

Listen online to the annual broadcast of the Jewish Day of Atonement services.

Live from Temple B'rith Kodesh: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 8:00pm

Tune in for this annual broadcast celebrating the Jewish New Year.