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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, May 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
A filmmaker's journey to discover the mystery behind the meaning of her extremely long Hawaiian middle name, Hepuakoamanaʻ ekapunokamalei-o-naliʻ iamekahanohanoʻ ia.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 8:30pm
For the best art stories in Rochester and beyond watch Arts InFocus Friday nights at 8:30 and Saturday afternoons at 6:30, only on WXXI-TV.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:00pm
The Boston Pops releases a star-studded celebration featuring some of the greatest moments over their 129-year history.
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 12:00pm
Enjoy magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece.
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 3:00pm
Lucy Worsley explores the Edwardian era and the golden age of detective fiction
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
The story of 130 young men from Hawai'i who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
Julia Figueras welcomes The East End Quartet to Backstage Pass
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 9:00pm
Day in and day out, year after year, a long line can be found in front of a house on the Prinsengracht, a canal in Amsterdam.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:00pm
Explores the intersection of rugged urban b-boyin’ (breakdancing) and the traditional roots of Hmong culture.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 1:00pm
The Lyric Opera of Chicago, as part of the American Opera Radio Series, presents eight operas this season
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
In this two-hour documentary with pianist, pedagogue, and Chopin specialist, Elizabeth Sombart, listeners are introduced to the radically new musical language that Chopin created
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
Hailed as one of the top ten classical music festivals in the U.S., Bravo! Vail is a destination for nearly 600 musicians and three world-class orchestras
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 9:00pm
 The moving and haunting story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center. 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 5:45pm
WXXI is pleased to bring public radio’s beloved variety show with Garrison Keillor to CMAC.

Recently Aired

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm
Brasso Profundo, part of New Horizons, and the Mambo Kings perform a free concert in celebration of PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
WRUR-FM 88.5 pays tribute to Liz Michael, host of The Electric Circus.
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 10:00pm
Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 10:00pm
Meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 9:00pm
Ballroom is back!
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