Arts and Culture

For great arts and culture content and discussion

both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 8:00pm
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. entered World War II. Two children whose lives were forever changed by the war search for lost friends.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:00pm
Uncover the secret state that helped keep Queen Elizabeth I in power for more than 40 years.
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 9:00pm
Witness the groundbreaking hip-hop artist perform a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 10:00pm
New pop music series debuts with Grammy winner Alicia Keys who performs in notable locations all around New York
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 6:00am
Planning to have people over to watch the big game?  Create is here to help you plan for all of your tailgating essentials!
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 12:30pm
For those who don't enjoy watching the big game, WXXI offers a great altrenative – an afternoon of great dramas!
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00pm
Eddie Murphy is the 18th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
The renowned men's ensemble, Cantus, presents music from the ensemble's project, The Four Loves, an exploration of romantic, familial, friendly and unconditional love,
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
On the February edition of Backstage Pass, Julia Figueras welcomes selected Eastman School of Music String Harp and Guitar Department Performers’ Certificate candidates. 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00pm
Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 9:00pm
Christmas brings surprise visitors, threats to Victoria and romantic tension throughout the palace.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 9:00pm
Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs--an American creed--can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.
Sunday, March 18, 2018 (All day)
Join WXXI and Evan Dawson as we set out for Spain’s “jewels” – the three fascinating cities of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona. 

Arts and Culture

Listen now on the Classical 91.5 website
In recognition of LGBT pride month, host Robert Hammond is pleased to welcome Ari Shapiro to Stage Notes on Saturday, June 10 at noon on Classical 91.5.
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)

Recently Aired

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 9:00pm
Discontent is growing in the country as season 2 of Victoria continues.
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines Lorraine Hansberry’s life and work using a remarkable collection of archival footage, home movies, rare photos and unpublished documents.
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a local artist who has gained notoriety for working on an unusual surface.
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:30pm
Rediscovering Frederick Douglass tells the story of how a photograph of famed abolitionist and eminent human rights leader Frederick Douglass—not seen for more than a century—was rediscovered in the Rochester Public Library.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00pm
This captivating film brings Kevin Kling’s tales from the stage to the screen.


Arts and Culture