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Postcards from Camp: ROC Summer Scholars Grade 3 Enrichment Program

Aug 3, 2012

In celebration of summer, the WXXI News Team is going to camp. 

When it comes to choosing a summer youth program, there are endless opportunities in the Finger Lakes. We decided to sample a few of them, and then send postcards sharing our experiences with you.

You’ll be able to listen to a postcard every Friday during our Postcards from Camp series on Morning Edition. 

The second to arrive comes from reporter Hélène Biandudi, who recently attended the Rochester Summer Scholars Grade 3 Enrichment Program at School of the Arts.

Postcards from Camp: Summer Movement Institute

Jul 27, 2012

There are countless summer youth programs to choose from in the Finger Lakes and WXXI News is sampling a few of them, and then sending audio postcards sharing our experiences.

You’ll be able to listen to a postcard every Friday during our Postcards from Camp series during NPR's Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370.The first to arrive comes from News Director Julie Philipp, who recently attended the Summer Movement Institute at Garth Fagan Dance.Click on the audio player above to listen. 

RocMusic Program to Bring Music to City Youth

Jul 25, 2012

Free music lessons are coming to Rochester children at the David Gantt Community Center this school year.

As many as 40 kids will receive a string instrument and attend music lessons three times a week after school as part of the RocMusic program.

"Postcards from Camp" Celebrates Summer on WXXI

Jul 23, 2012

WXXI News presents “Postcards from Camp” – a six-part radio series featuring different types of summer camp experiences in the Rochester region. 

“Postcards from Camp” will air every Friday morning at 6:35 and 8:35 beginning July 27 during NPR’s Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370.

“Postcards from Camp” will also be featured on television on WXXI-TV’s Need to Know Rochester on Friday, August 31 at 8:30 p.m.

Walls are painted all the time – but not often in the manner used to redecorate one wall in the Rochester’s East End cultural district.

Artists created a mural on the back wall of the Little Theatre as part of the ongoing WALL\THERAPY project. The mural is entitled "See the Forest for the Trees."

WALL\THERAPY is designed to be a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address a collective need for inspiration. Artists say their work is different from graffiti because they get permission from building owners first.

Montanus Photography

A photography exhibit opening in Rochester’s High Falls Art Gallery celebrates images from the golden age of Kodak taken by one of the company’s greatest photographers.

Neil Montanus worked as a staff photographer for Kodak for 35 years. He took many of the famous Colorama photos displayed at New York’s Grand Central Station.

He and his son James are displaying dozens of photos in a first of its kind father-son exhibit at the gallery.

Both attended a special show opening Sunday, July 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the High Falls Art Gallery.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Project Bandaloop are among the top acts for Rochester’s first Fringe Festival.

The event includes 180 performances taking place at 21 venues in downtown Rochester. Local talent will have a chance to showcase their work through music, dance, comedy and film.

Greentopia Artist Preaches Re-Creation

Jul 13, 2012

Reduce, reuse, recycle and recreate: one local artist’s plan to teach Rochesterians about the importance of being eco-friendly.

"This is the piece of steel that I salvaged from midtown mall it's about a 5 foot tall piece," says Scott Grove.

Grove is a local artist and author has been creating works of art using recycled materials since he was 16 years old.

Need to Know Rochester: ROC ONE Magazine Debuts

Jul 9, 2012

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews Julio Saenz and Beatriz LeBron of ROC ONE Magazine. The new publication debuted in Rochester in Summer 2012.

WXXI's Carlet Cleare profiles one of the stories in the first edition of the magazine: a unique Indian dance school that brings a bit of Bollywood to our region. Click on the video box below to watch the interview and the story about the dance school.

Need to Know Rochester: Jazz Festival Recap

Jul 9, 2012

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival had another record setting year with its biggest crowd to date: 187,000 music fans.

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews Open Tunings host Scott Regan look at the 2012 festival discussing the vibe and some of the highlights.