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Understanding Filmmaking

Feb 4, 2012

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp talks with RIT's Skip Battaglia and Derek Reis of The Little Theatre about a program designed to increase understanding of films by taking you behind-the-scenes of movies like "The Artist", as well as some homegrown productions.

Enlightened Earth Exhibit

Feb 4, 2012

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp visits the Enlightened Earth exhibit at the Nazareth College Arts Center. The diverse collection features the work of artist-slash-educators who help make Upstate New York a national leader in the development of ceramic arts.

A local singing group has been invited to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The Rochester Association of Performing Arts says the ROC City Singers are one of only two groups invited to represent the United States during the American Musical Salute at the upcoming games.

Roc City Singers consists of 24 high school and college singers and dancers from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

The group will need to raise some 115-thousand dollars, however, to make the trip to the Olympics.

Need to Know Rochester: Enlightened Earth Exhibit

Feb 1, 2012

This week on Need to Know Rochester, we visit the Enlightened Earth exhibit at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

The diverse collection  features the work of artist-slash-educators who help make Upstate New York a national leader in the development of ceramic arts.

Also, we'll talk about a series at The Little designed to increase understanding of films by taking you behind-the-scenes of movies like "The Artist", as well as some homegrown productions.

Watch Need to Know Rochester this Friday night at 8:30 on WXXI-TV.

Diana Krall, Norah Jones and Steve Martin will headline this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Renowned jazz star Krall will headline opening night on Friday, June 22 at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Jones performs on the same stage a week later on Friday, June 29.

Famed actor & comedian Steve Martin brings his bluegrass music to the Eastman Theatre with the Steep Canyon Rangers on Wednesday, June 27.

Brighton's Kristen Wiig Gets Oscar Nomination

Jan 24, 2012
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Brighton High School graduate Kristen Wiig has been nominated for an Oscar. Wiig was nominated for Best Original Screenplay along with co-writer Annie Mumolo for the movie "Bridesmaids." 

Wiig also starred in the movie and is best known for her work as a member of the cast of Saturday night Live.

In the Best Original Screenplay category Wiig and Mumolo are up against “Margin Call”, “Midnight in Paris”, “A Separation” and “The Artist.”

The Oscars will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26.

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A City of Tonawanda man believes he owns a genuine piece of artwork by famed artist Michelangelo.

Martin Kober's great, great grandparents received the painting in the late 1800's. It rests on a 470-year-old piece of spruce wood with a rare combination of tempera, which is an emulsion of water and egg yolk. The surface has an oil glazing.

After the painting was stashed behind the family couch for 25 years, Kober took up the challenge of working with historians from here to Rome to prove its authenticity.

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tradition continues at Garth Fagan Dance.

The company hosts the annual day of dancing at celebration at Garth Fagan Dance on Chestnut Street. Classes run throughout the day for age groups ranging from 5 to 7 to those over 30. There's more at garthfagandance.org.

A community-wide interfaith worship service will be held today at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, new president of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, will lead the service which starts at 9 this morning.

WXXI President Norm Silverstein and Little Theatre and WXXI Board Member Mark Cleary discuss the new partnership between Rochester’s public broadcasting organization and the region’s principal venue for the showing of independent film, the Little Theatre on WXXI-AM's 1370 Connection.

Click the audio player above to listen to a portion of the interview with WXXI's Bob Smith on 1370 Connection Friday, January 6, 2012.

You can also listen to the full interview.

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On Saturday, January 7th, an audience will hear the premiere of a new piece by young composer Andrew Maskiell. It's the first he's conceived for orchestra, and one he didn't expect to write.

Click the audio player to hear the story from WXXI's Brenda Tremblay.

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