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Arts & Life

Arts & Life is one of our news focuses at WXXI. From harnessing the musical knowledge from reporters like Jeff Spevak, Brenda Tremblay, Julia Figueras, and Mona Seghatoleslami, to our television products that focus on various lifestyles and the arts, WXXI is the place to turn for arts & life news.

While there is no live, in-person music happening, WXXI is still bringing the artists you love to you - to your home, from the artists homes in our new series HomeStage.

Along with the coverage you'll find here, here's some of our other arts & life features:

Live programs on Classical 91.5 FM

Open Tunings with Scott Regan on WRUR 88.5 FM

Find events around town from the CITY events calendar

Movies and events at The Little Theatre

Showcasing artists on Arts in Focus

Beth Adams / WXXI News

On a warm spring morning, Allison Roberts walked with bare feet to the art box she installed in front of her South Wedge home.

It looks like a little library, with glass panels on the door and a handle in the shape of a red bird.

"I finally had to put a little note up because people kept putting books it in. No! Only art supplies!” she said with a laugh.                          

Inside are colorful ribbons, paper, and other things people can use to create something.

Provided by Vertical Entertainment

"Miss Juneteenth" is one of the current virtual offerings at The Little Theatre, part of the Black Cinema Series. It's about a single mom, Turquoise Jones, a former Miss Juneteenth winner, preparing her rebellious teenage daughter to follow in her footsteps and compete in the pageant.

"One message is pride, one message is teaching history," Richard McCollough says.

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.

CITY Newspaper

“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.

The Rochester Fringe Festival revealed its modified 2020 schedule. Festival producer Erica Fee has been in contact with many people in the arts community, and there has been some debate and confusion about safety.

We discuss the decision-making process in a major festival during a pandemic, and we explore the questions that some in the arts community are expressing. Our guest:

  • Erica Fee, producer of the Rochester Fringe Festival

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.”

Rochester Red Wings

As far as Fred Costello can see, two good things have emerged from The Summer of 2020.

"My home studio has never looked so clean," he says. "My dog gets a lot of walks."

Otherwise, "Honestly, I'm bored. Have you ever seen that movie 'Groundhog Day'? That's what life has become. I get up the same time every morning. I'm watching the same TV shows during the day. It's like, oh my God, I'm not a man of schedule. I mean, I'm always running, between the studio and gigs, the ballpark, you know."

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