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.

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

Rap & Hip Hop: Uniters or Dividers?

Apr 15, 2012

WXXI's Helene Biandudi reports on the influence of rap and hip hop music among young people in and around Rochester.

The story examines the power the music has to bring people together, but also looks at the potential negative impact when it glorifies violence and demeans women. Our cameras visited the classroom of Dr. Miri Pardo at St. John Fisher College where they study rap & hip hop.

Also, WXXI News Director Julie Philipp leads a discussion about the issue with the Democrat and Chronicle Editorial Board's James Lawrence and Erica Bryant.

Esperanza Spalding to Headline Jazz Festival Show

Apr 10, 2012

Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding has been added as a headliner at this summer's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Spalding will play at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on June 23 replacing Queen Latifah who had to cancel because of a scheduling conflict.

Spalding made her debut at the festival in 2007. She says she was inspired at age four to become a musician after seeing cellist Yo Yo Ma perform on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Spalding won the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011, the first jazz artist to win that award.

Nazareth College’s 2012 Dance Festival will include the world renowned Martha Graham Dance Company and two time Bessie Award winner Beth Gill.

Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College, says this is the first time a Bessie Award winner is performing here in Rochester, “The long term goal is to position our dance festival as one of the major summer dance festivals in the northeast."

The Bessie is the informal name of the New York Dance and Performance Award. It’s named for dance pioneer Bessie Schonberg.

Community Report Card Assesses Rochester Region

Mar 27, 2012

A new Community Report Card shows the Rochester region gets improving marks in areas like education, children and youth, housing and technology, but it lags behind the rest of the state in financial self-sufficiency, public safety and the environment.

The findings are part of a joint project of the United Way and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

ACT Rochester released its Community Report Card Tuesday morning.

Community Foundation president and CEO Jennifer Leonard said the community has many needs, and they are growing.

WXXI Documentary Garners Emmy Nomination

Mar 23, 2012

A documentary produced and aired by WXXI Public Broadcasting has received a nomination for a New York State Emmy Award.

“Benches on Parade” documented the community art project in and around Rochester that featured large fiberglass benches transformed into works of art and placed around the region.

The project was coordinated in 2009 by public relations and advertising firm Dixon Schwabl and sponsored by Nazareth College in Pittsford.

Jane and Michael Stern travel around the country to find prime local cuisine and report about it for the American Public Media radio program, The Splendid Table.

Recently they were here in Rochester, and they spoke with Splendid Table Host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, about their “big reveal...”

Click on the audio player above to listen to a portion of the conversation.

You can hear The Splendid Table Friday evenings at 9:00 and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 on WXXI-AM 1370.

Sights And Sounds: The 'Heart' Of Your City

Mar 12, 2012

When you think about where you live, what sights and sounds come to mind? In Washington, D.C., the sound might be the click of a camera shutter made by tourists. But what about your city?

Proposed New York and federal policy changes could impact area nonprofit organizations.

One possible change in nonprofit regulations would be limiting the amount of money the state doles out for administrative costs.

A task force under Governor Andrew Cuomo recommends diminishing those expenses over time.

Rochester Music Hall Of Fame Announces Inductees

Feb 29, 2012

Chuck Mangione, Cab Calloway and Jeff Tyzik are among the headliners named in the inaugural class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

Also on the list was announced Tuesday: flautist Doriot Anthony Dwyer, opera singer Jenny Lind, drummer Joe English, composer Charles Strouse, guitarist Gene Cornish, and 19th century performance venue Corinthian Hall.

Fringe Festival Coming to Rochester in September

Feb 27, 2012

A new arts festival is coming to Downtown Rochester this fall.

The First Niagara Fringe Festival gives area artists and performers the chance to showcase their talents at a variety of venues in Rochester’s East End.