Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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

Jul 10, 2018

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.

Steve Baldwin

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.


Helene Biandudi Hofer believes politics, religion, entertainment, history, education, sports, race, and culture share a common thread: clothing.

The host and producer of WXXI-TV’s Need to Know has launched an independent, multi-media series called The Empty Hanger.

It explores the fascinating, misunderstood, perplexing, profound, and often overlooked meanings of dress.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Helene.

Gail Albert Halaban

A new exhibit opening at the Eastman museum may change the way you look at your neighbors.

Gail Albert Halaban had only been living in New York City for a short time when something weird happened. It was her daughter's first birthday, and they received a package in the mail from her neighbors in the next building over.

"They sent me balloons and flowers," she says, "and a note saying, 'It's been fun watching your daughter grow up.' And we had never met them."

At first, Halaban says, she was a little creeped out.

Fred SanFilipo / WXXI

It was a hot final night of the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with Matt Wilson's Honey & Salt Band, Sultans of String, and Tower of Power closing out the festival. Check out photos from Fred SanFilipo recapping the final night of the festival on our Flickr page.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Nine days, could you handle any more? C’mon tough guy, get off the street and get to that 10 o’clock show.

Who’s willing to play through the pain at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival? How about that guy who had the Jill Scott tattoo on his arm. Friday night at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, he got the singer to sign below her smiling face after her show. By Saturday morning he was at the tattoo shop, making her autograph permanent.