Building a better Rochester

Rochester's a city in transition, with changes taking place everywhere: in its population, its employment base, its neighborhoods, its politics, its downtown. But this is nothing new.

Sound variety

A trio of smaller music hot spots
As vital as the Rochester music scene is, it's all too easy to stay in our respective lanes stylistically. We don't often venture beyond the niche communities of musicians and venues our preferred genres have carved out for us.

Supporting the arts

7 ways to get involved
If you're an arts enthusiast, you may spend some of your free time in galleries or attending theater or dance performances, or going to one of the many local film festivals. Showing up at arts events is an important way to support them, but many smaller venues have less attendance than the big ones, and there are a variety of other ways to support artists and art organizations.

A city's foundations

Unsung heroes who left their mark
Rome wasn't built in a day – and neither was Rochester. Our city of 208,000 is known for groundbreaking historical figures: Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and George Eastman.

Citizen action

Organizing to better the community
Many people would like to do something impactful for their block, neighborhood, or village, but don't know where to begin or how to sustain it. Around the region, though, residents have been organizing to improve their community, and they can provide inspiration.

'Small-box' shopping

Buying locally, at independent stores
We all have our go-to places for certain things. Wegmans comes to mind, since many Rochesterians head straight to its nearest store for groceries, beer, and a whole lot of other stuff.


Popular Events

  • 9th Annual Art Festival @ The Purple Painted Lady

    • Sun., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 22nd Annual Ionia Fall Festival @ Ionia United Methodist Church

  • Naples Grape Festival @ Naples

    • Sun., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • 5th Annual Pieces of Perry En Plein Air (Art Events)

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  • FLX Oktoberfest @ Downtown Geneva

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This Week's Issue

Cover Story:
Fall Guide 2019
To many of us culture enthusiasts, autumn is the most magical time of the year. Sure, the cooler temps are comfortably cozy and fall flavors are seriously palatable, but it's also the top of the season for theater, visual arts, classical music, and other cultural offerings. The arts community comes fully alive again after a relatively slow spell. read more ...

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