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Giant inflatable sea creatures made their way into downtown Rochester on Saturday night as part of this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.

A performance by the French street theater troupe Plasticiens Volants had to be canceled Friday night due to high winds.

But they did two shows on Saturday night, as the group turned downtown into a giant aquarium with the U.S. premiere of Pearl: Secrets of the Sea.


People in Downtown Rochester celebrated "equality for all people" on Saturday with the third annual Suffragist City Parade. The event drew hundreds to Madison Street for a block party celebration at Susan B. Anthony Square. 

President and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony House, Deborah Hughes, said the parade is a precursor for the many milestone celebrations taking place in 2020.

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(AP & WXXI News) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred were among the inductees at the National Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The Class of 2019 inducted into the hall in Seneca Falls also included activist Angela Davis , attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg , retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole Malachowski, the late artist and suffragist Rose O'Neill and the late U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York.

The ceremonies were held at the del Lago Casino & Resort in Waterloo.

National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday. Attorney Gloria Allred, will be recognized as a trailblazer and pioneer for women’s rights. She is known for often taking on controversial and high-profile cases. 

Allred says she’s grateful to be recognized along with other women, some of whom, like Sonia Sotomayor are her “sheros,” as she calls them. 

Gloria Allred:

I’m just looking forward to congratulating them as well.

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Singer-songwriter Eddie Money has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 70. He died Friday in Los Angeles.

Money, who was one of the top selling rock stars of the 70s and 80s, was in Rochester early last year.

That’s because this was the location for the world premiere of his autobiographical show, “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical.”

He was a Southern black man who helped shape American music in the late 1920s. He moved to Rochester, gave up music and lived in obscurity for two decades before he was re-discovered during the mid-1960s blues and folk revival.

He resumed his career, touring and recording before his death. A few years ago, his life even inspired a musical.

That story is one we know well here in Rochester.

But I'm not talking about Son House, the iconic bluesman.

It is also Lesley Riddle's story.

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Nazareth College is taking another step in the effort to enhance its undergraduate and graduate music programs.

The Nazareth College Wind Symphony is just one of the orchestras that make up the extensive menu of music performance and other programs at that college.

And now, Nazareth has announced it will establish a School of Music.  It’s led by Mario Martinez, an accomplished opera singer and also an arts administrator, who says that forming a new school will, among other things, help Nazareth better market its music offerings to prospective students and staff.

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Sufian Zhemukhov immigrated to the United States from Russia in 2010 to pursue his work. He's an associate research professor at George Washington University and teaches European history and Russian history at the University of Maryland.

He said navigating American culture has been the most difficult part of his transition. Along the way, Zhemukhov took a storytelling class to hone his English skills.

He'll be using those storytellilng skills this weekend when he's town for the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. His show is called "Flirting Like an American."

Finalists named for the 2019 National Toy Hall of Fame

Sep 11, 2019

Twelve finalists have been announced for the National Toy Hall of Fame this year.

Christopher Bensch is chief curator at The Strong National Museum of Play, which houses the Hall of Fame.

He says the finalists range from the top and the coloring book to Matchbox cars and the smartphone.

“So, modern technology, something that's really only been around for a little more than 10 years with the smartphone, and then the oldest toy in the list goes back into prehistory -- the top -- which has been around since ancient times," he said.

To get to know Maria Newman, you have to understand who her father was.   She is the daughter of nine time Academy award-winning film composer Alfred Newman, who wrote the 20th century Fox fanfare.  Her brothers and cousin are equally famous; there’s Randy Newman of Toy Story fame, Thomas Newman, who scored Finding Nemo and Shawshank Redemption. Her brother David has scored nearly 100 films such as Galaxy Quest

It’s no exaggeration to say she comes from a musical dynasty.