Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

Nick Lippa/WBFO

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.


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.