Arts & Life

HomeStage: Connie Deming

Jun 19, 2020

Connie Deming is sitting at her mom's old piano for this edition of HomeStage. She thinks about all we've gone through and dedicates a tune, "Water," to all of us.

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“Celebrate freedom.” That’s not just a signal to party; it’s a call to action.

Juneteenth is a commemoration of freedom. It's Black Independence Day, marking the day Texas was irrevocably notified that the people still enslaved in that state were, in fact, free. That was June 19, 1865 -- nearly 2½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation. That delay from emancipation to its full realization foreshadowed the 155 years of freedom both gained and denied, which is still playing out in our current moment.

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."

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?

Michael Hanlon

Gaelen McCormick's creative soul was saved by crochet.

"It was right around the time of the Women's March in DC," she says, "and, you remember how everyone was making pussy hats? And I thought, well, that doesn't look too hard, why don't I get some yarn and watch a YouTube video. And actually, that kind of saved me for months, learning how to crochet, and learning how to be creative in a way that really felt good, but didn't have to involve sound."

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.

“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.