Arts & Culture

Arts and culture


More than 5,000 horses have died from racing or training on U.S. race tracks in the country since 2014.

And over a six-day span this month at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, there were four equine deaths.

That’s according to Patrick Battuello, the founder of Horseracing Wrongs, a nonprofit organization that he said is committed to ending horse racing in the United States.

He said the horses are bred for speed, are subject to intensive training at 18 months of age and are forced to run at breakneck speeds with a person perched on top of them, wielding a whip.

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With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday, Eastman Kodak is celebrating its part in that historic event.

Kodak had an important role in the Apollo million, including designing the cameras that helped map potential landing sites prior to the 1969 moon landing,

The company invited retirees who worked on that program to the Kodak Center on West Ridge Road on Friday to do some reminiscing.

Among them, Robert Shanebrook, who worked on the camera the Apollo 11 astronauts used to photograph rocks and other features on the lunar surface.

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As many folks are aware, the Netherlands is totally cool with your recreational use of marijuana. Denmark? Not so much. And here was Mikaela Davis, driving the rental car on her European tour a couple of weeks ago, with guitarist Cian McCarthy in the passenger seat, when they were waved over at the Danish border by the cops.


Before he retired, Mel Yessenow was chairman of the psychology department at SUNY Geneseo. But back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Brighton man was a human engineering psychologist.

After earning his doctorate at the University of Rochester, he worked for the Grumman Corporation for several years, part of the team that designed the lunar module.

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PBS Kids recently debuted the first nationally distributed children's series to feature a Native American lead character.

"Molly of Denali" can be seen weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV and every day at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI-Kids (cable 1277/OTA 21.4).

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with the series' Executive Producer and co-creator Dorothea Gillim from PBS member station WGBH-TV in Boston.

The Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is using the facility’s new digital projection system to show off a new program called "The Eagle has Landed," which re-creates what the Apollo 11 astronauts saw outside the window of the lunar module as they landed.

The show uses archival film and audio to enhance the experience for those watching the show.


Several projects designed to create play spaces for thousands of kids will receiving funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation's "Built to Play" initiative, in conjunction with the non-profit organization KaBOOM!

One of the projects includes space along an existing art trail in Batavia that will feature interactive musical instruments, and a musical-themed mural. The project from the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, or GO ART!, is called "Play Me a Tune Garden," and should be completed by the end of August.


VERNON, N.Y. (AP)  An upstate New York town has rejected the appeal of its denial of a permit to hold the Woodstock 50 music festival.

The Town of Vernon's planning board made its unanimous decision Tuesday night, exactly a month before the festival's start.

The town denied a permit application last week for a festival Aug. 16-18 at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. said he was pleased with the decision, citing "inadequate planning and a dangerously truncated timeframe."

National Women's Hall of Fame

Fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg has been added to this year’s National Women’s Hall of Fame inductees in Seneca Falls.

Furstenberg is the 11th member of this year’s inductees; the other 10 were announced earlier this year.

ROC Pride 2019 kicks off in Rochester

Jul 16, 2019

ROC Pride 2019 is officially underway.

Opening ceremonies were held Monday night at City Hall, where Rochester's Pride flag was raised.

Tamara Leigh, Out Alliance’s director of operations, said the weeklong celebration pays homage to the people who pushed the LGBTQ rights movement forward after police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City 50 years ago.

"It's very important to us and the Prides around the country to make sure we pay close attention and give special reverence to those people," she said. "As we celebrate, we also remember."