Arts & Life

Arts and culture

Keith Bullis / KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

This year’s Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival was a record-breaker again. That’s according to organizers who say that the festival held in September saw upwards of 100,000 visitors – more than 25% over last year’s estimated 78,000. They say that ticket sales were also the highest ever.

Greg Cotterill

Seneca Falls will be getting a big economic boost from New York state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the town will get $10 million in funding as part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul delivered the news Wednesday at the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

“It is gifted with a history that others can only dream of; what happened here, an epicenter of social movements that literally propelled our nation into a far better place,” Hochul told those gathered in Seneca Falls.

Kings of the mountain

Nov 6, 2019
Ryan Williamson / CITY Newspaper

King Buffalo's music is big, bold, and beautiful. The band looms, aggressively atmospheric, treading some trippy air in the process; meticulously constructed sounds grow before your very ears. It envelops. It is epic.

Rudy Boesch, a Rochester native and a retired tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of "Survivor," has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 91.

He died peacefully Friday night in hospice care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by loved ones, said Steve Gonzalez, director of operations for the Seal Veterans Foundation.

Ralph Meranto

A new play premiering in Rochester this weekend tackles the issue of race relations.

"I just think it's something we don't about in the world," said Ralph Meranto, artistic director at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. "We all have friends of all different races, and there's always this awkwardness when you get to that point of the conversation."

MAG's Mucha exhibit deeper than decorative arts

Oct 30, 2019

Whenever museums or galleries host large-scale exhibitions of work by household-name master artists, they're faced with the challenge of making the show into more than a dazzling display of familiar beauty. Sure, the draw of seeing works created by the actual hands of immortalized artists is enough to pull the public through the doors, but that's not enough for the delightful nerds who become curators, nor many of the delightful nerds in the audience.

Max Schulte / WXXI News

(This story has been updated to reflect an interview CITY had with Eastman School of Music Dean Jamal Rossi on Wednesday, October 30.)

Facing harsh public criticism, the dean of the Eastman School of Music backpedaled Tuesday on a plan to remove three South Korean students from an upcoming orchestral tour of China to appease that country’s conditions for the tour.


The Park Ave Summer Art Fest will need a new producer. 

Jeff Springut, whose company Rochester Events has produced it for the last 22 years says he's ready to move on to other projects. He says his company already has enough to do with events like the Lilac Festival, Party in the Park and Midtown Eats.

Springut says he’s pleased with how the Park Ave Fest has developed.

Provided by High Falls Women's Film Festival

The High Falls Women’s Film Festival pulls no punches when it opens Thursday at The Little Theatre. When the first film, “We Are Not Princesses,” lights up the screen, a woman who has fled her native Syria matter-of-factly describes wild dogs feeding on dead bodies in the streets.

City of Rochester

The material found recently inside a time capsule underneath the base of the Frederick Douglass statue in Highland Park is likely not salvageable. That word came Friday from City Historian Christine Ridarsky.

She says the city had a conservator go through the material in the badly damaged copper box, some of which dates back to 1898. But Ridarsky says the paper materials insider were badly waterlogged.