Arts and Culture

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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

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:00pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr chronicles a sweeping 200,000-year journey of discovery, showing the complexity, grandeur and diversity of many millennia of undiscussed and unknown details about Africa’s compelling and dramatic history.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
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.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
WXXI captures the fascinating story of the local garment industry and the people who contributed to it in Tailor Made: The Story of Rochester’s Garment Industry
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Join WXXI at RoCo to experience the Joy of Painting your very own "Happy Little Trees". 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr chronicles a sweeping 200,000-year journey of discovery, showing the complexity, grandeur and diversity of many millennia of undiscussed and unknown details about Africa’s compelling and dramatic history.
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30pm
Naomi Silver, President, COO, and CEO of the Rochester Red Wings and Rochester Community Baseball Inc., joins WXXI President Norm Silverstein for a special episode of Norm & Company
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary event, this newly edited and remastered version gives the iconic concert a fresh look and sound, bringing new life and excitement to the performances.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
The documentary explores the efforts to find soldiers and their survivors sketched by Elizabeth Black, a Pittsburgh artist who sketched charcoal portraits of American soldiers across Europe during World War II.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 (All day)
Join us on board the Rocky Mountaineer as we travel from Vancouver to Calgary!

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:
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

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a local filmmaker with autism makes an impact.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 1:00pm
Violinist An-Chi Lin and guitarist Anton Machleder, also known as the Red Creek Duo, join host Julia Figueras for an hour of music and conversation
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
An hour-long, song-filled journey on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train.  Never before had a president’s death been memorialized by rail.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00pm
From bedchambers to flower beds, two new one-hour specials on PBS reveal the secluded spaces of British royal families.
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