Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Dennis Money / Seneca White Deer, Inc.

The white deer that are a popular feature of the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus could be getting some national publicity very soon.

Officials with the non-profit organization that runs tours through parts of that property says that Carl Mrozek,  a videographer who has provided wildlife footage to the program CBS Sunday Morning for more than 20 years, recently stopped by to get some video of the white deer. And it’s anticipated the segment will air this coming Sunday.


Organizers of this year's first Roc Holiday Village are still reviewing how it went, but the general consensus is it exceeded expectations and they'll definitely be bringing it back in 2019.

That's according to co-founder Kelli Marsh, who says Roc Holiday Village drew around 120 thousand people to downtown Rochester over the 11-day event.

``I think the feeling is that everything went fantastic.  We're just very grateful that we had so much community support and support from our sponsors to make such a great event a really big success."


Next weekend, Corn Hill will be the setting for a performance highlighting how Rochester’s historic neighborhood, once known as the Third Ward, used to celebrate New Year's Day.

Historian Jim DeVinney says around the late 19th and early 20th century, residents would usher in the new year with adventure, misadventure, and humor.

With more than 80 original Christmas songs to choose from, Rochester’s Watkins & the Rapiers presents its “Big Little Christmas Show,” the band’s third annual multi-media Christmas show, Thursday at The Little Theater, 240 East Ave.

The band’s obsession with documenting the holiday hits on a wide range of styles, from romantic ballads such as “All the Stars at Christmas” to the upbeat celebration of “Santa Claus Parade” to the Soviet-era march of “Arise, Ye North Pole Workers,” a call for elves to revolt against the socialist practices of Santa’s workshop.

David Schiffhauer

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is expanding again. Organizers have announced the 2019 festival will open on Tuesday, September 10 and run through September 21. That extends the multi-arts festival to 12 days.

This past year, the festival ran for 11 days, which was up from 10 days the year before.

Festival Producer Erica Fee said that,  “We are thrilled to announce that 2019 will see a dozen days and nights of Fringe, which will benefit shows, venues, our production team, and – above all – audiences.”

Tianna Manon / WXXI News

What’s the future of funding the arts in Rochester? Local artists, officials and event organizers gathered at the Visual Studies Workshop auditorium in the Arts and Cultural Council Center Friday evening to discuss ways to fund Rochester arts in the future. 

The meeting, organized by City Councilmember Elaine Spaull, attracted more than 80 people, including artists or staff members at local major arts organizations, including the Rochester City Ballet and Writers & Books. 

Jim Dierks / New York Museum of Transportation

The Midtown Monorail is back this holiday season as a featured exhibit at the New York Museum of Transportation in Rush.

The small trolley cars made their last lap around Midtown Plaza in Rochester on  Christmas Eve 2007, after a nearly 40-year run.  The cars were placed in storage until last summer when the city of Rochester decided to turn over  two of the cars to the Museum of Transportation.

Museum Trustee Jim Dierks was happy to take the monorail cars off the city’s hands.  

Debut of RIT City Art Space

Dec 7, 2018
Sue Weisler/RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology is opening the doors to a new downtown art gallery and community event venue.

It's called RIT City Art Space, and it's inside Sibley Square at the Liberty Pole Plaza downtown.

Interim Dean of the College of Art and Design, Robin Cass, says the new space was configured by the college's interior design students, and its primary function is to show student and faculty work.

The CGI International Jazz Festival is announcing the first two headliners for the 18th edition of the jazz fest in June of 2019.

They are Rochester’s own Steve Gadd, and ten-time GRAMMY winner George Benson.

Gadd is regarded as one of the most influential drummers in contemporary music and he is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Holiday Shopping with a conscience is the theme for Metro Justice’s Alternative Fair. The event, thrown by the grassroots organization, takes place the first weekend of December and has been showcasing local small businesses since the early eighties.

Andrew Thomas is the Fundraising and Membership Director for Metro Justice.

He says the annual fundraiser supports the local economy and organizations that share similar values.