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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

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 1:00pm
Host Julia Figueras welcomes Richard Auldon Clark, artistic director, and members of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival to the Henry Epstein Studio
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus Ithaca painter, Brian Keeler, illuminates his canvas with light.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:00pm
Meet Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
See how the Nazis and the IOC turned, to their mutual advantage, a relatively small, elitist sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00pm
Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:00pm
Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 5:30pm
Teen filmmakers in the Rochester region and throughout the United States are being recognized for their filmmaking skills at this summer’s 2016 Rochester Teen Film Festival. 
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 10:00pm
Get ready to SOAR Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10 p.m. with  WXXI-TV and its Move to Include initiative.
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present The Story of Women and Art, a three-part program that reveals the critical role the female perspective has played in shaping the visual culture of the modern world.
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 9:00pm
Islam has been peacefully practiced in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries in places like Senegal and Sudan. But in the past few decades, extreme versions of the religion has been penetrating into the continent
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 9:00pm
Watch as American Experience commemorates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death with a look at his life and accomplishments.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
Examine the complex life and career of Richard Nixon, whose legacy includes both ending America’s involvement in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal.
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
Which of the three bakers will walk away with victory?
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:00pm
The Boston Pops releases a star-studded celebration featuring some of the greatest moments over their 129-year history.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 8:00pm
Can modern science tell us more about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
Look back at the life and career of our 41st president
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:00pm
Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role to the series for the first time.
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 10:00pm
An enchanting musical performance set beneath the stars in the breathtaking heart of medieval Spain.
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
Gain access to America’s most iconic residence—symbol of national history and icon of democracy.
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Go inside the gothic walls and discover the hidden worlds of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions are the order of the day.

Arts and Culture

On-Demand
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:

Recently Aired

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 8:00pm
Working at a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path and created some of the most sophisticated big band hits.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 6:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus take in a song with Rochester band, The White Hots.
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00pm
This film gives viewers an inside look into every room in the house and the amazing transformation that occurs during the restoration process.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 6:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, we meet Rochester musician, Jackson Cavalier and learn about what it means to be a busker.
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