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The George Eastman Museum becomes the last of Rochester’s major museums joining the coronavirus pandemic Phase 4 reopening.

Sunday’s re-opening comes after a delay due to construction of a new visitors' center, part of a series of renovations at the photography museum at 900 East Ave. The reopening also coincides with three new exhibitions at the museum.

The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Strong National Museum of Play and the Susan B. Anthony Museum have already reopened.

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Jon Seiger was 32 years old when he lost his hearing to an infection. He calls the experience “surreal.”

“Just walking through the world and breathing and not hearing your own breath all of the sudden was very odd,” he says. “And it made life feel bizarre and surreal, and I was kind of separated from the world.”

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Earlier this month, people around the world sat down to watch "Hamilton" -- the Broadway musical phenomenon written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the titular founding father.

And they did so from their own homes, giving everyone with a Disney+ subscription access to a show they might not have seen otherwise.

Imagine if art was this accessible all the time.

“It’s not hard to do,” says Gregg Beratan, director of development for the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester. “We have decades of research of making venues more accessible.”

It’s been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, mandating public spaces be accessible to all. But it’s still an ongoing battle.

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The problem with our new reality is, we can’t see it from where we are now.

The new reality, of course, is COVID-19. The numbers -- more than 600,000 dead worldwide, more than 140,000 dead in the United states -- tell us the virus is not a conspiracy theory. Science tells us it’s not going to simply disappear.

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Rochester Fringe reiterated its call for entries Tuesday with a specific emphasis on submissions by artists of color.

The festival opened its submission process in June, and regularly repeats its calls for entries. But the latest invitation was notable for its appeal for artists of color.

Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr are at the very center of the musical life in Rochester. Juliana is the concert master for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Erik is the principal oboist. The couple are also co-artistic directors of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester. They've taken some time to perform for you on HomeStage!

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David Shakes knows what change looks like, and sounds like, and feels like. He finds it in writers such as James Baldwin, whose words have shadowed us as the country navigates the summer of Black Lives Matter.

Shakes is finding change in the words of Frederick Douglass, and in the narratives of slaves. And in "Emancipation Denied," a play written by a Rochester woman and brought to the stage four years ago by Shakes' North Star Players.

HomeStage: Taurus Savant

Jul 10, 2020

Taurus Savant is a singer-songwriter and producer who has a way with words and melody. He's also an advocate for the arts in Rochester. And all this, is just a small sample of his talents.

On this HomeStage, Taurus sings a song he wrote and produced titled "Hit the Ground."

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The George Eastman Museum  will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 19, at 11 a.m.

The museum, which has been closed since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was unable to open when Phase IV began in the Finger Lakes due to the ongoing construction of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. Some other area museums opened back up, with some restrictions, in late June.

The museum will be open for museum members only on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., before opening to the general public on Sunday, July 19.

What a voice Cinnamon Jones has. She's been all over the world, and we're lucky to have her talents here in Rochester. She's on HomeStage to thank the workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic and has a song that, she says, is "pretty raw."

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