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Blackfriars Theatre

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Rochester’s Blackfriars Theatre presents a show whose title character is based, very, very, very loosely, on Shelley’s notion of a human created out of parts stitched together in a laboratory. The Rocky Horror Show opens Friday and runs through Nov. 11.

And it is no coincidence that right in the midst of the show’s run, we find Halloween.

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In her memoir A Dream Called Home, Reyna Grande offers an inspiring account of her quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer.

Grande will be in Rochester today as a 2018 "Rochester Reads" author at Writers & Books. Tonight, she will talk about the writing process at a free event.

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The Little Theatre's main Theater 1 will soon be showing movies again, as phase one of its renovation project wraps up.

The theater expects to be showing movies there in the next week.

Chris Brandt is the project architect with Bero Architecture.

"Everything inside the auditorium itself, floor to ceiling ... no surface was untouched. All finishes have been replaced; all the seating has been replaced."

He says these renovations are a generational investment.

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Two longtime Rochester journalists were inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on Thursday. 

Anchors and reporters Ginny Ryan and Doug Emblidge, both of 13-WHAM TV were inducted during a ceremony in New York City.

Ryan told us that the award is really about not just her accomplishments but a lot of people she’s worked with along the way.

Beds are already full at the Open Door Mission

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The Open Door Mission is gearing up for what promises to be a very busy winter season.

That's the word from Executive Director Anna Valeria-Iseman, who says the shelter has been unexpectedly full this fall.

"Which is actually not consistent with years previous, so that's a little bit of an alarm to us that we're going to have a really, really busy winter.  So we are doing what we can, we're staffing up, we're making sure that we have enough people on during the day as well as overnight," she said.

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A ceremony commemorated the 100th anniversary of David Hochstein’s death Monday morning.

David Hochstein was born in 1892, later graduating from East High. He then got his masters in Europe with the help of George Eastman, and went on to play stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall.


Richard Brookins died last Thursday at the age of 96.  He was a WWII veteran but his impact as a soldier is perhaps best known for the impromptu decision to have him dress up as Saint Nicholas on December 5th, 1944, bring smiles to the children of the small Luxembourg Town of Wiltz.

Memorial Art Gallery

The Memorial Art Gallery already has three Monet’s, and one of those paintings relates to the series the famed French impressionist did of Waterloo Bridge over a period of years. And now, the MAG has seven more Waterloo Bridge paintings on loan for an exhibition that opened last weekend.

MAG Director Jonathan Binstock says the Waterloo Bridge series really offers museum patrons a firsthand experience of what impressionism is all about.

“What it affords is this opportunity to really get into Monet’s most important contribution, which is his understanding of and ability to render light and atmosphere. Monet was an impressionist; he was interested in the effect of light on the atmosphere," Binstock told WXXI News.

Michael Benson refuses to concede defeat in a series of unsolved, half-century-old crimes – Rochester’s infamous Double Initial Murders.

“A fresh angle came up last week,” Benson says. “Life got exciting for a few days.”

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The Landmark Society of Western New York on Tuesday announced its Five to Revive, a list that calls attention to historical properties and resources in the region that need investments.

Tom Castelein is the president of the board of trustees for the Landmark Society and kicked off the announcement.

"The most effective strategy to preserve a historic resource is to infuse them with a current purpose. Its care then becomes self-sustaining, and through thoughtful redevelopment, preservation becomes economic development with catalytic impact."

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