Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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(AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam.

"We are still in shock," the band said in a statement on its website . "Our families are here, our gear is set, our tents are up. We keep waiting for someone to come over and tell us that there is a solution, and that the festival can go on. Unfortunately, it is not possible."

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At Fifth Frame Brewing on St. Paul Street in downtown Rochester, Carolyn Stiles starts talking to me about her favorite beer.

"I really enjoy a good pilsner, like, a well brewed pilsner," she tells me.

Stiles is part of an ever-growing group of craft beer enthusiasts across the country.

Rochester alone has over a dozen breweries experimenting with different malts, hops, and yeasts to make hundreds of local beers. With this rapid growth, Stiles saw an opportunity to start a beer education and appreciation group – just for women.


The death of singer Aretha Franklin has touched a lot of people including a Rochester musician who actually played with her.  Herb Smith plays trumpet both with the RPO and with his own jazz trio. He is also an adjunct professor at RIT and is conductor of the RIT Jazz Ensembles.

Spectrum News

We’re learning more about the show that was being filmed recently at Eastman Business Park.

Netflix says the film shoot that involved race cars at various hours of the day and night was for a show called Hyperdrive, billed as a “high stakes tournament series where daring drivers from across the globe compete for the glory on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed.”

Netflix says it will be a 10 episode production that will launch in 2019.

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

Mike Gilbert is holding a cup of coffee in one hand and picking up trash with the other when I pull up to Schiller Park.

His company 5Linx, just moved across the street to the Harro East building, and Gilbert noticed the park had been what he calls "forgotten."

Memorial Art Gallery

An empty space created by the removal of a well known sculpture at the Centennial Sculpture Park at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester wasn’t empty for long.

On Thursday, workers moved a bronze sculpture into the spot where a limestone version of that statue had stood for several years.

Jeanne Fisher / WXXI News

If you drive or walk by the Memorial Art Gallery on University Avenue near Goodman Street on a regular basis you may notice a change taking place. On Tuesday, workers, using a crane, began removing one of the large limestone sculptures.

It’s one of the figures created by artist Tom Otterness at the gallery’s Centennial Sculpture Park.  Several years ago, Otterness  created two figures at the entrance to the sculpture park-- a female sculptor who is carving a male figure from a block of stone.

Alyson Hurt / NPR

Check out the night sky later, and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see Mars a little easier.

That’s because the sun, Earth and Mars are lined up, something called Mars opposition, which  makes the planet appear brighter in the sky.

Steve Fentress, planetarium director for the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center tells us a bit more about what’s going on.

Asbury First United Methodist Church

A Rochester church is hoping to build bridges across neighborhoods this week with a three night block party.

Asbury First United Methodist Church hosted similar outdoor events in the past several summers, but senior minister Rev. Stephen Cady said they're rebranding it this year in an attempt to break what he calls the cycle of political division, racial discrimination, outrage and apathy.

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The universal themes of Shakespeare — love, jealousy, revenge and redemption — are relatable to almost everyone.

That includes some prisoners at Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston County.

They’re part of a theater education program called Voices UnCaged. It’s designed to work in correctional facilities, in large part due to program founder Chad Bradford’s childhood.

When Bradford was 8, his father went to prison for about five years.