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Infiltration: a Dance Exploration of the Rochester Subway

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Scene from 'Infiltration'. An interpretive dance film shot in the abandoned Rochester subway tunnel. [IMAGE: Breakbone DanceCo.]
By Mike Governale

Here’s an interesting video external link we stumbled upon while diddling around on YouTube this weekend. This 7 and a half minute long interpretive dance exploration of the Rochester subway tunnel will totally blow your mind. Grab some popcorn and roll film…

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015
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2015 Swimsuit Edition

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Vintage swimwear. Rochester NY. [IMAGE: Albert R. Stone]
By Mike Governale

School’s out, Sea Breeze is open, and summer is officially in full swing. But before you head out to the beaches this weekend, take note of the latest trends in swimwear. You don’t want to be caught looking silly wearing last year’s style.

For 2015, that vintage look is back, and we’ve dug up some real classics – from Rochester’s old natatoriums to the shores of Lake Ontario…

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Kodaki San, and The Girl From Kodak Town

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The Girl From Kodak Town [IMAGE: AbeBooks.com]
By Mike Governale

During the early 20th century consumer photography—and Kodak in particular—was itself an emerging market, much like wearable technology today. People were super excited about these new photographic gadgets. But Eastman Kodak Company didn’t sit back and wait for customers to come to them – they advertised, and they were creative about it.

In fact, film and cameras weren’t the only things coming out of Kodak Park. In 1917, Kodak employees produced and performed an operetta (or a short musical) entitled Kodaki San. One of the featured songs was this piano tune and ode to Rochester…

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015
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Martha Matilda Harper – Innovator in Beauty and Business

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The building at 1233 East Main St. It's between the old Beechnut Packaging plant and Greenovations. [PHOTO: Joanne Brokaw]
By Joanne Brokaw

Driving down East Main Street recently, I spotted the name “Martha Matilda Harper” engraved on a building near the old Beech Nut packaging plant. My interest was piqued, since the building at 1233 East Main Street external link currently houses Tire Trax sales and service. It turns out that the facility is the former laboratories for Martha Matilda Harper, Inc.

I can’t believe that I’d never heard of Martha Matilda Harper, but we can thank her for just about everything having to do with our modern salon experiences, as well as her groundbreaking business methods that pioneered modern retail franchising…

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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pssst… Flash Mob!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

On Thursday, June 18, at exactly 9:07a.m. we're going to start the biggest spontaneous dance party ever to take place in downtown Rochester. For the exact location and to learn the dance moves, watch the video. [IMAGE: ReconnectRochester.org]
By Mike Governale

Have you ever done something so crazy you started to question your own sanity? A few weeks ago a little voice inside my head said, “DUDE, you should totally organize a flash mob!” Most sane people would have chuckled to themselves and ignored the voice. Not me. I listened to it.

So now here I am, asking you to join me for what could be the most insane (yet wildly entertaining) 5 minutes that downtown Rochester has seen in quite a while. If you’re feeling a little bit crazy, the details are after the jump…

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Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Rochester Pedal Tours

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Rochester Pedal Tours coming July 2015. [PHOTO: BuffaloPedalTours.com]
By Mike Governale

Here’s some exciting news… Trolleys will be returning to Rochester’s streets this summer! Though not the electric kind. Philip Szal will be starting Rochester Pedal Tours, a pedal powered trolley that guests can take around downtown as a way to bounce between their favorite restaurants and bars…

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Checking In With WAYO 104.3 FM

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Artwork by Nick Gurewitch featured on a t-shirt that can be purchased at the WAYO website (www.wayofm.org).
By Mike Governale

In 2012, four individuals came together to bring something new to Rochester’s airwaves – a community run, free-form radio station that would reflect the voices and vision of the citizens of Rochester. Johanna Buran, Genevieve Waller, Matt Werts, and Mike Yates have now put most of the pieces in place to begin broadcasting this June.

RocSubway recently caught up with Mike Yates to find out what still needs to be done to make this dream a reality, and what listeners can expect when they tune in to the new WAYO 104.3 FM…

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Wear to Where #5 … Lock 33

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

It is almost impossible to imagine a project like the canal ever being built in today’s political climate and maybe that is not such a good thing. In this edition of Wear to Where we stop by Lock 33 and ask, 'What’s the big idea?' [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

At a cost to the New York taxpayer of just about half that of the Louisiana Purchase fourteen years earlier, “Clinton’s Ditch” faced the ageless and indestructible rancor of the New York State Legislature and the animosity of the press statewide. It is hard to overstate the impact the investment taxpayers made in building the canal had on the development of Rochester and New York State. Now, it is almost impossible to imagine a project like the canal ever being built in today’s political climate and maybe that is not such a good thing. In this edition of Wear to Where we stop by Lock 33 and ask, “What’s the big idea?”…

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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Greentopia Film Festival Returns March 17 – 21

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

GREENTOPIA | FILM, a documentary film festival that lives at the intersection of Art and Ideas, returns March 17.
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GREENTOPIA | FILM, a documentary film festival that lives at the intersection of Art and Ideas, is back for a fourth year. In partnership with Monroe Community College, the festival’s documentaries hale from around the globe and illuminate sustainability in its most wide-ranging sense. The films empower audiences to discuss the important topics of today and create sustainable changes in their own lives and communities. Screenings during the five-day festival, March 17th-21st, will be preceded by artistic performances from local buskers and followed by lively panel discussions with filmmakers from across the nation or local experts…

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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Filling In: Main St. Bus Shelters

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A local collective of artists/illustrators known as Hope Mountain is Kickstarting to produce a new book and put some artwork on Main Street. [Image: Peter Lazarski]
By Matthew Denker

A local collective of artists/illustrators known as Hope Mountain external link have been publishing art books in Rochester for the past 4 years. Now they’re in the middle of Kickstarting external link this year’s Volume 5 and they’re asking for our help…

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015
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Meet Me for Happy Hour

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Victoire, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: www.BenjaminFerro.com]
By Steve Vogt

As someone who can’t sit still and loves hanging out with his friends, I’ve found I’m a bit of an anomaly in Rochester, NY. I eat out every night for dinner and I believe in mixing up the locale often. I try not to eat at the same place within 6 months. I will travel anywhere from Spencerport to Henrietta to Victor to Webster and everywhere in between for a great meal. I will eat at the greasiest spoons to the finest in dining that Rochester has to offer, as long as the food is decent. I give every restaurant 3 chances, if they can make it that long. And I try to keep my dollars local, keeping my money in the hands of local entrepreneurs. But sometimes I can’t resist stopping into Chipotle…

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Friday, February 20th, 2015
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Wear to Where #4 …. Stone Tolan Orchard

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

We brave the cold in this edition of Wear to Where to visit the oldest place in Monroe County – the Landmark Society’s Stone-Tolan House and their heirloom apple orchard. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

We brave the cold in this edition of Wear to Where to visit the oldest place in Monroe County – the Landmark Society’s Stone-Tolan House and their heirloom apple orchard…

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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The Mystery of the Stone (Benvenuto) Lions

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Here's hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Last summer Rochester developer and restauranteur, John Tachin called up RocSubway with a history mystery for us to solve. After four months of digging, we came up empty. But here’s hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions.

Cue the Pink Panther Theme Song external link, this one’s a doozy…

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Wear to Where #3. . . . . . Grocery Store

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

In this holiday edition of Wear to Where, we stop in at the grocery store and pick up a few things. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

For those of us that have friends and family in town for the holidays, one of the most difficult things to explain to outsiders about this place may be Rochester’s grocery store obsession. In this holiday edition of Wear to Where, we stop in at the grocery store and pick up a few things…

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
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DO NOT MISS……… Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad's new album, Steady, debuted this fall at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, iTunes' Reggae Chart, and Amazon's Reggae Chart. [IMAGE: LivePanda.com]
By Mike Governale

Being called one of the most innovative reggae bands out there today external link, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is rocketing into 2015 with momentum. The group’s previous album In These Times earned a spot on iTunes “Best of 2012″ list. And their new album, Steady debuted this fall at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, iTunes’ Reggae Chart, and Amazon’s Reggae Chart. Cider Magazine called it, “one of the best reggae albums ever made.”

Without a doubt, Giant Panda has become one of Rochester’s hottest musical exports…

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014
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Wear to Where #2 . . . . . . Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Next in the Wear to Where series, we look to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

Next in the Wear to Where series, we look to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge. For years this span of 180 feet has been less of a unifier than a divider in this community, but Senator Chuck Schumer has an idea (or rather wants someone to come up with an idea) that could change that permanently…

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Rochester Mini Maker Faire: A Kid’s Perspective

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Rochester Mini Maker Faire was jam packed with cool robots, fun activities, and creative stuff to make, and buy. Ella (10) from Iroquois Middle School tells us about some of her favorite things that she saw there. [PHOTO: Ella's Mom]
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On Sunday [November 22] my mom took my little brother and me to Rochester Mini Maker Faire external link. There were a lot of cool robots, fun activities, and art to make, and buy. I want to tell you about some of my favorite things that I saw there…

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014
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Wear to Where #1 . . . . . . The Inner Loop

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Emma Rusa in the Inner Loop: outfit by Thread; handbag by Carrie George. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

Welcome to the first in a new series blending geography and fashion with a focus on this place we call Rochester. We are fortunate to have host of boutiques and makers that bring a homegrown sense of Rust Belt chic to the varied spaces here. This series is an exploration of those spaces, many of which would otherwise not even get a second glance…

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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