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UPDATE: Rochester Fringe Festival adds second Bandaloop show, Gospel Sunday, more

BY ERIC REZSNYAK The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival today announced several more events for its inaugural festival, which will take place September 19-23 in downtown Rochester. -The high-flying dance troupe Bandaloop, which will perform an aerial dance number on the side of the 21-story HSBC Plaza on Thursday, September 20, has added a second […]

DAILY CHOICES: What to do on Friday, August 24

BY WILLIE CLARK AND ANNE RITZ ART: Through September 6, see the artwork of five Rochester musicians at the I-Square Visions Gallery (located at 693 Titus Ave.). The exhibit, “Sights and Sounds,” features photographs from Steve Piper, pen-and-ink drawings rendered from live shows from Jed Curran and Scott Regan, abstract drawings from Pete Moncelli, and […]

CD REVIEW:Grant Geissman “Bop! Bang! Boom!”

By Ron Netsky Grant Geissman is having a great time making music and one listen to his new album, “Bop! Bang! Boom!,” is enough to prove that the fun is infectious. Actually, it starts even before you listen. All of the album’s artwork is by the great illustrator Miles Thompson who has perfected (or maybe […]

NEWS BLOG: Chick-fil-A flap isn’t about freedom of speech

BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO The feathers flying over Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, and his opposition to same-sex marriage have nothing to do with freedom of speech. That’s a distraction. Cathy has every right to say what he believes, and he should be able to open his restaurants in whatever city he wants. What has angered […]

EDUCATION: School 16’s fate is up in the air

BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN The long-term future of School 16 will be decided in the context of a comprehensive inventory of the Rochester school district’s facilities. In the short term, however, School 16 will more than likely be closed and all students and staff relocated because of pressing problems with the building. The school board, […]

THEATER REVIEW: 2012 Shaw Festival

BY MICHAEL LASSER 2012 Shaw Festival Through October 28 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada $24-$110 | 800-511-7429, America’s characteristic sound is restless and just off the beat, especially in the loose, driving textures of ragtime, jazz, and the blues, shrewdly borrowed by the musical chameleons of Tin Pan Alley. The U.S.A. in the 20th century came […]

E3 Game Video: Guardians of Middle-earth

Can’t get enough of E3? Check out the video below for footage of the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” game, “Guardians of Middle-earth!”

NEWS BLOG: Interpreting the Walker win

BY JEREMY MOULE   If you’re looking for meaning in last night’s Wisconsin recall election, you should read Nate Silver’s take. The New York Times blogger says that Republican Governor Scott Walker’s victory isn’t necessarily bad news for President Barack Obama. Walker stripped away union rights for most public employees and the subsequent backlash led […]

NEWS BLOG: Worth the read – Shrum on Biden, Bain, Hillary, and Obama

BY MARY ANNA TOWLER There’s a fascinating, long Robert Shrum column about the Obama campaign on right now. Shrum is a longtime political adviser whose stints have included work on the Al Gore and John Kerry presidential campaigns. His column today pokes holes in two current developments related to the Obama re-election campaign: the […]