Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

A. Sue Weisler,RIT

In the world created by “Rubes” cartoonist Leigh Rubin, cows, bears, and sometimes insects get equal time with humans making puns and delivering one-liners.

Rubin sits down at his drawing board every day to come up with a new concept. He’s been doing that for 35 years, and “Rubes” is now distributed worldwide to more than 400 media outlets.


Two shows – one a blockbuster musical, the other a provocative premiere – make the upcoming weeks here one of the most significant stretches ever in Rochester theater. Two shows set in times nearly two centuries apart. But sharing one commonality.


McGrath will be back in town  to perform at the Lovin’ Cup in Henrietta.

McGrath says he was told by a doctor last December he’d have only months to live. McGrath, who now lives in Nashville, has decided not to undergo treatment for cancer.

And he says he really does just take things as they come, so when the owners of the Lovin’ Cup said they would keep his regular appearance in April open for him, McGrath says he was feeling pretty good, so he’s agreed to perform on Saturday, April 27.

Conductor inspires UR students to challenge selves, society

Apr 17, 2019
Matt Wittmeyer

Conductor Dr. Rachel Waddell describes music as a “performing tool to bring people together.” She views her work with the orchestras at the University of Rochester’s River Campus as a chance to have people challenge themselves, and society.  

Highland Park Conservancy

The Highland Park Conservancy is planning to resurrect a beloved structure in the park  in the next few years.

From 1890 through 1963, the highest point of Highland Park held a three-story structure that offered panoramic views, the vision of famed park designer Frederick Law Olmsted.

The structure became known as the Children’s Pavilion, a place where children in the city could play in fresh air. It also became a popular spot for ceremonies, concerts and family gatherings.

Edna Claunch is the co-chair of the Children’s Pavilion reconstruction capital campaign. 


City officials have revealed the lineup for the annual 2019 Party in the Park summer concert series.

New this year is a Hometown Night on June 6, in partnership with athletic wear company Champion. It will celebrate local music and the company's 100th anniversary. Champion was founded in 1919 as Knickerbocker Knitting Mills.

“We're looking forward to having this great opening night for Party in the Park, and celebrating 100 years of Champion knitwear," said Jeff Springut, promoter for the series.


A professor at Nazareth College said it’s incomprehensible to think about what was lost in the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

History professor Tim Thibodeau said he felt shock and disbelief watching the images of the burning building Monday.

"It’s just such an iconic landmark not only for the French people, the Parisians, but it’s an art treasure that essentially belongs to the whole world, and it’s on the same level as something like St. Peter's Basilica or any other iconic monument that’s instantly recognizable as a wonder of the world," Thibodeau said.

Roberts Wesleyan College

The director of a singing group at Roberts Wesleyan College is reflecting on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, just a few weeks ahead of a trip where they will sing across France.

The Roberts Wesleyan Chorale was scheduled to open their tour at Notre Dame on May 14.

Adam Potter, director of choral activities at the college, said his initial response was motivated a bit by their trip, but quickly turned to disbelief that “800 years of history were being destroyed within a day.” He said the whole group was looking forward to performing in that space.

Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

Rochester's oldest continuously occupied public building will now be a public rental space for weddings, concerts and other events.

The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene -- known by many as “Two Saints Church” -- has been on South Fitzhugh Street in Rochester since the early 1800s when the Erie Canal used to flow right by it.

The 2019-2020 M&T Bank Broadway Season lineup at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre has been announced.

Organizers say that the upcoming season will offer seven award-winning shows, headlined by the musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The shows announced Thursday night by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League and Albert Nocciolino are:

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, October 1-6, 2019

Come From Away, November 19-24, which follows the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.