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As a longtime Rochester resident facing a roomful of city and county movers and shakers, Thomas Tischer alluded to the piles of architectural renderings whose promise never sees the light of day.

"Beyond plans," he said, sitting in the Dryden Theater on Monday morning, "you want reality."


It was a little more than seven years ago that a handful of diesel fume-belching bulldozers, excavators and front-end loaders began gnawing away at a nondescript parking lot in downtown Rochester. Broken brick and chunks of asphalt were hauled away in dump trucks. Like a team of archaeologists revealing the signs of a forgotten civilization, work crews scraped away layers of debris to uncover the foundation of the old RKO Palace Theater.

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The George Eastman Museum says it will honor the late actor  and Rochester native Robert Forster on Saturday, November 2 with special screenings of Medium Cool (1969) at 1 p.m. and Jackie Brown (1997) at 4 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre.

A longtime supporter of the George Eastman Museum, Forster was first elected to its board of trustees in 2001 and served as a trustee until 2010, when he was elected as a trustee emeritus.

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There’s a big renovation project underway at the George Eastman Museum.

The restoration involves the Colonnade, a passageway between the Palm House and the dining room in George Eastman’s historic mansion.

Museum Director Bruce Barnes says it’s a critical part of the museum since it is the only interior route between the museum’s main entrance and galleries, and the historic mansion and Terrace Garden.

But Barnes says it needs some work.

The Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is using the facility’s new digital projection system to show off a new program called "The Eagle has Landed," which re-creates what the Apollo 11 astronauts saw outside the window of the lunar module as they landed.

The show uses archival film and audio to enhance the experience for those watching the show.

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The George Eastman Museum in Rochester honored Julia Roberts with the George Eastman Award Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd.  

The Eastman Award is the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures and recognizes Roberts' distinguished contribution to the art of film.

The award ceremony was held in the Dryden Theatre, where 500 watched a video compilation of her work, followed by her acceptance speech and an on-stage conversation with Roberts and the museum’s Curator of Film Programming, Jared Case.

On Thursday, Roberts toured the Eastman Museum.

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The George Eastman Museum on Friday revealed the titles of the films being screened at the Dryden Theatre this weekend as part of the 4th annual Nitrate Picture Show

WXXI's arts & cultural contributor, Jeff Spevak has this overview of what to expect:

Paolo Cherchi Usai, head film curator at the George Eastman Museum and the festival programmer, says he is proud of the subtitle accompanying the fourth annual Nitrate Picture Show. It is a “Festival of Film Conservation.”

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While the Academy Awards were celebrated in Hollywood Sunday night, a number of  Rochesterians were also wearing gowns and tuxedos at the Kodak Center on Ridge Road.

The event was not only to celebrate film, but also raise money for a good cause.

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A woman who wrote what a lot of people consider to be a definitive biography of George Eastman has died at age 84. Elizabeth Brayer was well known in the Rochester cultural community. She died on Wednesday.

Brayer wrote a more than 600 page biography that was first published in 1996, and reprinted a decade later.

Kathy Connor is the Eastman Legacy Curator at the George Eastman Museum and she was also a good friend of Brayer’s.  She worked closely with Brayer, who did a lot of her research at the museum as well as at Kodak. 

Retired RIT Marketing Professor Gene Fram weighs in about the supermarket one-day delivery competition heating up.  It's not just Wegmans, other retailers are involved locally and nationally.

Plus, the George Eastman Museum launches the Technicolor online research archive, and news about a big job fair this week in Rochester.

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