Arts & Culture

Arts and culture


Plenty of markets and events are trying to get gift buyers to shop locally this holiday season.

One of those is Curated, a market at the Culver Road Armory featuring all handmade and local art and items for Small Business Saturday, which was held this weekend.

Tanvi Asher is the owner of Shop Peppermint, which is also at the Armory, and started Curated three years ago. She says it’s important to keep money local.

"To me, that connection that you make with that person, knowing that you supported them and their family and their art is very important."

Webster Turkey Trot facebook

A Webster tradition is turning 47 years old this year. The annual Turkey Trot will hit Webster Park Thursday morning.

Ellen Brenner, owner of YellowJacket racing says it’s part of many families Thanksgiving ritual.

"They want to do something active, they want to do something with their friends and their family, and doing a race such as this is something that can accomplish that for them. Then they can go home and eat all they want and feel better about it."

George Eastman House

The George Eastman Museum is collaborating with the JCC and the Jewish Federation for a film series.

It’s in commemoration of the lives of the victims of the Tree of Life tragedy in Pittsburgh and in solidarity with the Jewish People.

Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester says Bruce Barnes from the Eastman Museum reached out to both Jewish organizations just days after the Pittsburgh shooting, and asked if they wanted to do a film series celebrating Jewish Life.

The Strong Museum

Women in Games is the focus of a new exhibit now open at the Strong Museum.

Shannon Symonds says as a woman and a gamer herself, this exhibit is something she’s been wanting to do for a while.

Symonds, the curator for electronic games at the Strong, says this exhibit focuses on women behind the scenes.

"The vast majority of the exhibit is going to focus on women who create the games, and that includes all aspects of game creations, so obviously the programmers and designers, but also the composers, the voice actresses, the artists."

It was the kind of love triangle that would test the imagination of even the most creative novelists.

In 2015, Richard Matt and David Sweat, two prison inmates, turned a sexual relationship with a female employee at the prison into their ticket to freedom. And for weeks, news coverage followed every twist and turn of their remarkable escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, Road to Krasnik, Embroidery and fabric collage, 1994. 28-7/16″w x 32-5/16″h

The blockbuster show at the Memorial Art Gallery now was supposed to be “Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process.” And it is a nice collection of pretty paintings of a bridge. Variations on expressionism. Variations on London fog.

New shelter to cater to LGBTQ youth

Nov 8, 2018

Rochester's Center for Youth has begun a remodeling project for the first LGBTQ and Trafficked Homeless Youth Shelter in the area.

They're demolishing a residence that has been donated to the center, according to Director of Development and Special Events, Jason Roberts.

"First of its kind in our region, and is really meeting the need of a vulnerable population that sometimes just don't have resources," he said.

Roberts says LGBTQ youth are only about 7 percent of this community, but they make up 40 percent of the homeless youth population.

Three new inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame

Nov 8, 2018
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Magic 8 Ball, Uno and pinball have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong.

The three were inducted Thursday in recognition of their staying power and influence. 

Vice President for Collections, Chris Bensch, says this is the first time that three games have been inducted in a single year, and each game is very social in its own way.


The Rochester Museum and Science Center’s “Science on the Edge Lecture Series” has presented talks on the migration of Monarch butterflies and plans for sending humans to Mars in 2020. Later this month, you can hear a lecture on the 3D printing of human organs. But first, this Thursday, the series teams up with the Rochester Music Hall of Fame to ask the question: “Why Rochester? Exploring the Music Business in Our Community.”

Hochstein School

Tonight is the premiere of BRAVURA: The Life and Death of David Hochstein.

It’s fitting that the play will open around Veterans Day.  The Rochester native and music prodigy died 100 years ago while serving in World War I.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with the playwright Stuart Loeb

There are nine performances of BRAVURA November 8 through November 18 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Avenue in Rochester.