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New documentary highlights women making history, then and now

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 5:00am
The mood in Mt. Hope Cemetery on Election Day in 2020 was palpably different than it was four years earlier, when more than 10,000 people passed by the gravesite of suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. On Nov. 8, 2016, many Americans thought they would be electing the United States' first female president. "People were celebrating like it was a party," said filmmaker Linda Moroney. In her new documentary, " Women and the Vote ," premiering at 9 p.m. tonight on WXXI-TV, Moroney contrasts the hope felt by supporters of Hillary Rodmam Clinton in 2016 with the tension of 2020, when President Donald J. Trump sought a second term. The film takes viewers to five cemeteries across New York state on Election Day 2020, where voters reflect on the sacrifice of suffragists who fought for women's rights and weaves in historical photographs and reminders of the suffragist legacy. The documentary is part of a larger project to collect and share information about New York suffrage activists through 1920,

New Horizons celebrates 30 years of making music with Rochester seniors

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 5:39pm
When Roy Ernst, an Eastman School of Music professor, set out in 1991 to form a band of senior citizens from around Rochester with little to no musical experience, he wasn’t looking to change the world. He wanted to give people whom he saw as being stuck in the past, disconnected to their present and its future, a chance to improve their lives by making music. He called his ensemble New Horizons.

New Warfield bust is one dream ‘about many dreams’

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 5:50pm
Thomas Warfield was thinking back about 20 years, to when Shawn Dunwoody had created a work of art for the Rochester Museum and Science Center. “Some day,” Warfield remembers thinking, “we need a bust of Uncle Bill.” Someday came Monday, in the Miller Center Courtyard across from the Eastman School of Music, with the unveiling of Dunwoody’s bust of William Warfield. Uncle Bill. A sculpture of the singer and actor’s head, larger than life. “When I was a kid, even though he didn’t live in Rochester, we would always visit him,” said Warfield, director of dance at Rochester Institute of Technology. His uncle, who died in 2002, is buried in Rochester’s Mt. Hope Cemetery. “When he was married to Leontyne Price, we would visit their Greenwich Village townhouse when we were kids, and always he came home for the holidays. So he was always here at Christmas and other holidays, and so I saw him quite a bit. And on occasions, I performed with him as I got older, so I was very close to my uncle. In

'A little world of weirdness and absurdity': EstroFest returns to Rochester Fringe

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 5:00am
EstroFest is back in front of live audiences this weekend, and the ladies are ready. "I prefer to create sort of like a little world of weirdness and absurdity,” said Allison Roberts. “That's just what I love doing." It’s been two years since the all-women comedy troupe last performed in front of live audiences. They're returning as part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival . They’re playing two shows: 8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the JCC’s Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Ave. Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Roberts and Freyda Schneider talk about creating comedy and performing in the time of COVID-19.