Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Parts of the former Midtown Plaza Monorail might be coming out of storage soon, if passed by a city council vote Tuesday night.

The City of Rochester has been housing the monorail since it was discontinued about a decade ago.

Trustee for the New York Museum of Transportation, Jim Dierks says they’ve already started to plan for an exhibit, hoping the proposal passes that lets them house two of the train cars.

Dierks says they would be a great addition to the museum.

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What do you think of when you think of farming? Rolling fields of grain? Cows mooing in the background? A blue sky overhead?

Well, we’re far from the country out here. Steps away from a 490 overpass on the corner of Broadway and Meigs is the Broadway Community Garden, which is run by the 490 Farmers group.


Roc Pride week kicked off this past weekend and runs through next Sunday with a series of events celebrating LGBTQ+ life and culture.

Monday marks the opening ceremonies at City Hall with performances and remarks from area lawmakers like Mayor Lovely Warren and Assembly Member Harry Bronson. The Pride flag will be officially unfurled at the building as well.

There are pride events every night this week, including a "Gayme" night at Swillburger, and an exhibit of Rochester drag culture  Equal Grounds Coffee house, both taking place Monday night.

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The Corn Hill Arts Festival celebrated a milestone this past weekend, marking its 50th anniversary.

Thousands of people didn't let the hot, humid conditions over the weekend keep them from trekking through the streets of  Rochester's Corn Hill neighborhood over the weekend for the annual arts festival.

Vintage airplanes will be in the skies over Geneseo this weekend for the 38th annual airshow put on by the National Warplane Museum.

The theme of this year’s airshow is “Wings of Western New York,” and a spokesman for the show, Dave Cooper, says it will highly the contributions to aviation that came from this part of the state.

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Puzzle historian Anne Williams says jigsaw puzzles not only provide a low tech alternative to screen time, they allow people to create order out of chaos at a time when some may feel a lack of control over other parts of their lives.

Over 100 wooden jigsaw puzzle collectors and enthusiasts from around the U.S. will gather in Rochester over the next few days for a Puzzle Parley.


The full line-up of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival was announced on Tuesday.

WXXI's arts & cultural contributor Jeff Spevak has a look at what to expect:

Wedding vows, drunken Shakespeare, the dirt on Little House on the Prairie and two nights of Massaoke – mass karaoke involving a live band and thousands of singers, more or more-often less, on key. Tuesday’s Big Reveal for this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is a cabinet of curiosities.

Fringe Fest 7 this fall

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Producers of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival call it the "Big Reveal," a rundown of the many performers and venues at the annual event, now entering its seventh year.

"Our Fringe will be different from last year because we have so much new talent, so many new ideas. It's going to be fresh, topical and lots of fun," says producer Erica Fee, noting that there are over 500 performances at more than 30 venues in the downtown area.

It's now the largest multi-genre arts festival in the state.


The Ibero-American Action League has been named the Northeast Affiliate of the Year by the group UnidosUS, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

Chief communications officer at Ibero, Julio Saenz says it's an honor for Ibero to receive this award, especially as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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The Corn Hill Arts Festival is this coming weekend and it marks a milestone. 

It's the 50th year of the event.

Its humble beginning was August 23, 1969. The neighborhood wasn't even known as Corn Hill back then; it was Rochester's Old Third Ward, once one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods.

In the summer of 1969, it was the target of Urban Renewal efforts. Nine hundred homes had already been demolished.