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Rochester International Film Festival.

The actors are on the cusp of recognition: Peter Riegert and T.J. Thyne. The film, "Extra Innings," is a mere 8 minutes and 34 seconds. In that short time, the audience watches a cliché-filled interview between a reporter (Why are reporters always portrayed as scruffy-looking?) and the gruff manager of the Boston Red Sox.

And then, “all of a sudden,” says Josephine Perini, “if you are not attentive, at the last couple minutes, you missed the whole thing.”

It's another debut alert! The new album by the The Fox Sisters, "Bust Out," is now...out. And, HomeStage gets to debut the video for the first song on the album, "The Song I Sing."

Keith Bullis

The 2020 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is a virtual reality. Producer Erica Fee confirmed Friday that the ninth annual event, scheduled for Sept. 15 through Sept. 26, will largely be held online, rather than live in venues in and around Rochester.

"It’s a model that many fringe festivals worldwide have switched to," Fee said.

The decision is not only a matter of the coronavirus pandemic and the potential of large crowds contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many acts that would normally be a part of the festival have canceled their summer tours.

HomeStage: Fred Costello

Jun 12, 2020

The Rochester Red Wings are a huge part of summertime in Rochester. Hot Dogs, soda, popcorn, sunshine, green grass, and of course, the fantastic music played by Red Wings organist Fred Costello. We called him up to HomeStage to play a few tunes, and make it sound a little like summer.

With no baseball - for now - WXXI is filling the gap by broadcasting the final regular season game at Silver Stadium on Father's Day at 1 p.m. Were you there?

Joan Marcus

There’s no ’20 in the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s 2020-’21 season.

With the coronavirus pandemic remaining a nationwide concern, the RBTL’s upcoming calendar will skip this year entirely and open Jan. 26, 2021, with the Broadway-proven hit Mean Girls. But the undisputed highlight will be the return of one of the most-acclaimed musicals of recent years, Hamilton.

The RBTL, which presents its shows at the Auditorium Theatre, generally opens its season in October.

HomeStage: Woody Dodge

Jun 9, 2020

Like most bands during quarantine, Woody Dodge hasn't been practicing together. But, that doesn't mean they're not staying busy. The group released a new album, and has been writing new songs, including this tune they're debuting on HomeStage, "Love in the Wilderness."

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Sitting in front of a wall filled with framed certificates testifying to his medical expertise, Monroe County Health Department Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza introduced a series of charts. These were tabulations of surveys distributed to representatives from the area's entertainment industry. Questions weighing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

HomeStage: Laura Lentz

Jun 3, 2020

During times where we're separated from people and we're being a bit more intentional with our communication with each other, flutist Laura Lentz plays some pieces that capture what we're all experiencing.

Geva Theatre Center has decided to postpone its major fundraiser, its ‘Curtain Call Virtual Gala,’ because of what the organization calls the serious nature of events unfolding around the country. The organization says that while the theater may be facing challenges, "there are other needs to be attended to in the face of multiple national crises."

A statement from Geva released this week said that:

“The show must go on...”

That mantra is the rallying cry of artists finding ways to create, perform, and share their work no matter what is happening around them. But Tuesday June 2nd is different: a group in the music industry is calling on performers, musicians and the industry itself to make a different choice in light of ongoing racism and violence.

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