Connecting through art

The visual art community in Rochester is launching Current Seen, a small-and-midsize venue biennial designed as a contiguous string of exhibitions, pop-ups, and public art along East Avenue and Main Street downtown. The program’s theme: our current moment/our changing city.

Finger Lakes fusion

A weekly pop-up menu at Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery in Bristol featuring Pad Thai Catering’s traditional Thai-Lao dishes has roots in a serendipitous crossing of paths three years ago.

The fiber of democracy

A new exhibit featuring a diverse collection of craft art, from pieces knitted and crocheted by hand to quilts, explores themes such as reform, indignation against gender and racial injustices, women’s rights and voting.

Digging for treasure behind Park Avenue

Named after a location in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Bartertown Collectibles brims with the stuff of recent history. The store’s toys, comics and other pop-culture collectibles reflect its owner’s interests as a kid.

Let’s embrace Rochester’s cultural identity

Economic developers talk of “ecosystems,” a recognition that institutions, concentrations of knowledge and focused leadership spur economic vitality and growth. There is no stronger example in Rochester than the ecosystem that nurtures creative expression.

Bringing words and people together

Writers & Books can be a generative center for people, breaking down barriers and widening the circle, says Alison Myers, the organization’s new executive director. She shares her vision for the nonprofit with Rochester Beacon Senior Editor E.C. Salibian.

Appreciating our lilacs, in 7 photos and 10 facts

In 1898, some 3,000 people gathered in Highland Park to smell lilacs planted by famed horticulturist John Dunbar. Today, a half-million people take part in the 10-day Rochester Lilac Festival. Here are some things you may not know about these beautiful and fragrant symbols of renewal and love.