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The big expansion project at The Strong museum will mean some changes to how people access that facility starting on Tuesday.

The museum will have a new, temporary entrance, with all visitors having to enter the museum through the Howell Street entrance.

Strong Museum spokesman Shane Rhinewald it’s all part of the multi-year expansion plan.

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Actor and Rochester native Robert Forster has died.

Publicist Kathie Berlin said Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness.

He was at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, including his four children and partner Denise Grayson. Forster was 78.

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Contestants will spend 30 hours inside coffins -- sometimes with worms for company -- for the chance to win cash and other prizes in a contest at Six Flags Darien Lake. 

The second annual "Coffin Challenge" on Friday and Saturday is part of the park’s annual Fright Fest. 

Participants will compete for a $600 grand prize, season passes to the park for next year and access passes to the remaining weeks of Fright Fest.

Mike Arena with Six Flags says that the contest suits the season.

The vinyl word

Oct 9, 2019

Uh-huh. You've heard it all before. It's an endless debate in music: vinyl record fidelity versus the digital quality of compact discs and streaming platforms like Spotify. We've all heard audiophiles who beat their gums, boasting about the medium's superiority, as well as those who simply believe records are just flat-out cool.

But you can breathe easy. That's not the story here. It's true, vinyl record sales are up and continue to rise. Perhaps it's out of nostalgia or obtuse creativity, but new record releases are still relevant now.


WXXI has announced that it will expand its coverage of the arts. 

“Thanks to support from our donors, we are in a unique position to enhance our existing arts and culture services and expand arts reporting in our newsroom,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein. “We know that the arts have widespread social impact and we believe we have an important role to bring focus to the arts community.”

A Rochester art exhibit features works in several galleries and public places, about politics, culture, race, and social justice.

Stephon Senegal is an artist in Rochester.

"Here in America -- in the United States -- the black population has contributed largely to the country’s wealth, and yet that contribution is invisible."

That’s the subject of Senegal’s work, Necessary Invisibles. It’s part of an exhibition through the heart of downtown Rochester called Current Seen, about exploring our current moment and our changing city.


A renowned opera star who died this week is being remembered around the world for her passionate and powerful singing. 

Whether it was opera, spirituals, or popular music, there were many accolades through the years for Norman’s musical abilities.

But her brother, James Norman, a former longtime leader of Action for a Better Community in Rochester hopes that his sister is also remembered for her commitment to helping people lead better lives.

Bat McGrath died Tuesday night, in much the same way as he wrote and sang. With no drama, no fuss, quietly, at his mountainside home in Tennessee with his wife Tricia Cast, all on his terms.

A member of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame, the 73-year-old McGrath was diagnosed with cancer on Dec. 12. A suspicious colonoscopy result led to the discovery that the cancer had spread throughout his liver. With treatment, it was estimated McGrath might have another 1½ years to live. But these procedures would seriously compromise his quality of life, and McGrath and Cast made the difficult decision to decline treatments. A decision, they were told, that would leave McGrath with mere months to live.

Officials cut the ribbon Monday on the new Schottland Family Branch YMCA in Pittsford.

Several years in the making, the 140,000-square-foot facility is the result of a combination of private and public dollars.

President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, George Romell said that along with a vast array of programs and services, the new Y also offers two UR Medicine practices inside the branch.

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World-renowned artist Albert Paley, who is based in Rochester, is getting ready to make a major change in how he creates his towering metal sculptures and other works.

During a tour of his Lyell Avenue studio, Paley reminds his visitors to safeguard their eyesight and not stare at any welding going on in the cavernous metal fabrication shop. It is part of the leased space he has occupied for the last decade.