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 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.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Give the first season of this regal new series a royal sendoff with cast members and creators.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:00pm
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be.
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 8:00pm
Follow women of showbiz as they influence one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 9:00pm
Join host Tom Hanks for a celebration of filmmaker Ken Burns, whose nearly four-decade career has resulted in some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 9:30pm
Filmed and recorded in an intimate setting at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, this new concert special spotlights multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Weaving previously unseen and rare performances and home movies with a new, exclusive interview with King, American Masters – Carole King: Natural Woman delves into her life and career.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
One of the world's best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
The incomparable Tom Jones takes the stage to perform repertoire from across his long and illustrious career.
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Uncover the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s.
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:30pm
On the heels of Billie Jean King's visit to Rochester - as guest speaker for Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Luncheon, WXXI-TV is proud to present an encore broadcast of American Masters: Billie Jean King
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, January 27 at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8:00pm
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
Join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 8:30pm
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.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series The Carol Burnett Show.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9:00pm
Join us as we remember the late great Mary Tyler Moore with this encore presentation. 
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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