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

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00pm
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:00pm
Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Do you know who is faster than a rolling “o”, stronger than a silent “e”, and able to leap capital “T” in a single bound? 
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 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a master printmaker right here in Rochester.
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.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00pm
Follow Muhammad Ali’s path from a gym in Louisville
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:30pm
Examines the lives of famous women and their lesser-known siblings.
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:00pm
How the Hollywood mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades.
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 10:00pm
Follow women of showbiz as they influence one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 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.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:30pm
Be dazzled by the violin virtuoso in a concert ranging from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:00pm
Women throughout history have broken the rules and stepped outside conventional social norms to make history happen.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:00am
In honor of Women's History Month, Classical 91.5 celebrates the accomplishments of female composers and performers by presenting works and performances throughout the month of March.
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8:30pm
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Year explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.”
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 9:00pm
Invisibilia is Latin for "the invisible things." The series explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.
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. 
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00pm
A cosmic explosion of comedy, music, dance and science, Eric Idle's The Entire Universe tackles nothing less than the origins of the cosmos in a zany one-hour variety extravaganza

Arts and Culture

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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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson — the man some call America’s Shakespeare — from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.
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,
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 10:00pm
By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in New Orleans. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00pm
Eddie Murphy is the 18th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.


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