Arts & Culture

Arts and culture


The annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest is expected to draw more than 250,000 people this weekend.

The 42nd annual festival along Rochester’s Park Avenue includes more than 250 artists from 22 states and Canada.

Organizers say to be part of the festival, artists must be part of a juried process and they have to have made the pieces that they are selling. Work is represented in 14 categories including jewelry, woodworking, metalwork, ceramics and fiber.

Memorial Art Gallery/Gift of Rosamond Tota, daughter

Eight years ago, Jessica Marten – Curator in Charge/Curator of American Art at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery – was poking around among the paintings in a museum storage space when a small piece caught her eye.

It was many things. The artist’s medium, egg tempera and gold leaf, suggested medieval paintings, and the illuminated manuscripts of monks. The extensive use of borders is what might be seen on a tapestry. And the central figure looked like an image from Frida Kahlo: A woman in pain, clutching her head. Her eyes are bleeding.

Spectrum News

Information is still somewhat sketchy, but apparently there are efforts to try and ease the noise complaints some people living near Eastman Business Park have had regarding a film production going on there.

The film set appears to involve a car racing show, and Rochester city officials had sent out a statement recently saying there might be some lighting and noise impacting surrounding streets.

But some people, like Fred Nash, who spoke with Spectrum News, didn’t like the way the whole process was handled.

National Comedy Center

What some may have once written off as a pipe dream is about to get real for a small western New York city.

Wednesday, August 1 is the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. The $50 million high tech venue has been years in the making.  It was inspired by hometown hero and comedy legend Lucille Ball.


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The new National Comedy Center is ready to reveal how serious it is about humor.

The $50 million high-tech center in western New York pays homage to what's made people laugh from Vaudeville to now. Its grand opening celebration starts Aug. 1.

The nonprofit center in Jamestown, New York, was inspired by hometown hero, Lucille Ball, who envisioned a place where comedy would be celebrated as an art form.


There is some filming that will be  going on soon at the Eastman Business Park, and Rochester city officials are advising people who live in that area how that might affect access.

According to the city, a company called Greetings Media will be filming a TV show on Kodak property between Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, August 14.

They say the filming will take place on private property and the production company is putting up privacy fencing for the duration of filming on the north side of Eastman Avenue, starting at the corner of Woodside Street.

Len Levasseur

This weekend, hundreds of musicians and music lovers will gather in Rochester for the 2018 Organ Historical Society (OHS) Convention. The OHS began in 1956 as a small group of young musicians who met in New York City to talk about locating and preserving historic pipe organs in the city. Since then, the society has grown from that small group to an international organization.

Soaring Valor Program shares the stories of WWII

Jul 25, 2018
Alex Crichton

29 Rochester-area World War II veterans boarded a plane Wednesday morning to New Orleans, where they will receive a hero's welcome, then visit the National World War II Museum to share their memories of the American experience of that war.

The trip is part of the Gary Sinise Foundation's Soaring Valor Program, in conjunction with American Airlines.

Bobby George with the Sinese Foundation says these local veterans of World War II will share their memories which will be archived at the museum, which tells the stories of the war that changed the world.

Healthi Kids Coalition

Neighborhoods throughout the City of Rochester stopped to appreciate some playtime last weekend.

It was part of the third annual PlayROCs Your Neighborhood event, which helps prioritize activity and playing at sites across the city in spaces that might not be thought of as traditional play areas.

Jenn Beideman is the Advocacy Manager for Healthi Kids Coalition at Common Ground Health, and said there were a number of activities to choose from.

"Some of the sites had DJs, Zumba, and yoga. Other sites had different activities like fencing and skateboarding."

Beth Adams/WXXI News

Park Avenue business owners and residents are getting ready for the 42nd annual Park Avenue Summer Art Festival.

Some 250,000 people are expected to attend this year's event, which will feature artists from 23 U.S. states and Canada.

Festival organizers have been meeting monthly since October to plan it.  Craig Schneider, a real estate broker and president of the Park Avenue Merchants Association, said the festival is a symbol of everything he loves about the neighborhood.