Arts & Life

Arts and culture

Biology, climate change, immigration, and Fascism: Meredith Monk is a “Genius Grant” Award-winning artist who’s taken on some of the most impactful and most difficult issues of our time.

A version of this story, along with a complete interview with Meredith Monk, is available on the Classical 91.5 website.

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Michelle Wolf certainly has a way with words. Whether those words are truth-telling or rabble-rousing depends on the listener’s perspective. But it was certainly both sides of that argument, after her appearance at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, that catapulted her into the upper realm of talked-about comedians.

Wolf has two shows here Saturday, 7 and 9:30 p.m., at Comedy at the Carlson.

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The George Eastman Museum says it will honor the late actor  and Rochester native Robert Forster on Saturday, November 2 with special screenings of Medium Cool (1969) at 1 p.m. and Jackie Brown (1997) at 4 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre.

A longtime supporter of the George Eastman Museum, Forster was first elected to its board of trustees in 2001 and served as a trustee until 2010, when he was elected as a trustee emeritus.


The Rochester Broadway Theatre League is adding walk-through metal detectors during performances at the Auditorium Theatre on Main Street.

That process will begin this week, and will be used at all entrances for future events.

Officials say the new security measure is intended to continue to provide a safe environment for patrons, performers and staff, and it will replace the current hand-held wands as a screening device.

Larry Staub

The project that involves moving an historic statue of Frederick Douglass within Highland Park to a more prominent location yielded a surprise this week.

Workers discovered a time capsule beneath the base of the statue located in the Highland Bowl. Director of Parks for Monroe County Larry Staub says the capsule was actually a waterlogged tin box, that has a bunch of what appears to be old newspapers, books and other items.

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Leave your digital devices at the door. At last weekend’s Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair, old-school technology was on display. The printing press.

The Main Street Armory was a creepily appropriate setting for the people who love old books. To see the books, hold them, smell them, own them and, I suspect, sleep with them.

“Where did you get the braille Playboy?” I ask Dennis Seekins. I figure he found it under a bed.

“At an estate sale!”

Seneca Park Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo announced on Tuesday that a 37 year old female African elephant, named Chana, has died.

She was euthanized on Monday night, after a problem with her left rear leg that made it increasingly difficult to place weight on it.

Officials say that for two years, Chana has had a chronic issue in one of the nails of her left front foot, and despite treatment from veterinary and animal care staff, the injury became infected.

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Officials at the Seneca Park Zoo say they are celebrating the life of a 27-year-old spotted hyena, named Lou, who died over the weekend.

Zoo’s Assistant Director for Animal Care & Conservation Dr. Louis DiVincenti says the staff has been closely monitoring Lou’s quality of life, as he has been treated for a number of age-related conditions, including degenerative joint disease, dental disease, cancer, and cataracts. DiVincenti say the animal’s condition deteriorated in recent days.

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Water Street Music Hall, which had been the most-significant club on the local scene since the late 1980s, is rising from the ashes of discord once again. The two-headed entertainment center announced its return Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the red brick, turn-of-the-last century old warehouse tucked away off of Andrews Street in the St. Paul Quarter.

Owner Peter Sewell explains that the extensive renovations are working alongside a repurposing of the two rooms, a restaurant called Jack’s on Water Street and the larger music venue side, Water Street 2020.

A re-branding of Water Street was essential. Sewell says the venue’s nights of bad economic management and hip-hop brawls are over.

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Monday was the second annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day in Rochester. It was also Columbus Day, which has served as a day for Italian-Americans in Rochester to celebrate their heritage. The city recognizes both holidays, which has stirred some controversy. 

Craig Marvin led a public demonstration of Haudenosaunee social dances on Indigenous People's Day, Monday. Marvin is Mohawk and Wolf Clan of the Akwesane Reservation.