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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

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."

Keith Bullis

The 2020 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is a virtual reality. Producer Erica Fee confirmed Friday that the ninth annual event, scheduled for Sept. 15 through Sept. 26, will largely be held online, rather than live in venues in and around Rochester.

"It’s a model that many fringe festivals worldwide have switched to," Fee said.

The decision is not only a matter of the coronavirus pandemic and the potential of large crowds contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many acts that would normally be a part of the festival have canceled their summer tours.

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.

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