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Past articles by L.:

For local music stages, summer's already here

The season doesn’t officially turn until June 21, but Memorial Day weekend is often considered as the unofficial start to the summer season: The air is warmer, the lake is busy, and many a venue (such as CMAC, which hosted The Lumineers on Friday) is starting their busy season. Case in point: Lincoln Hill Farms (at 3792 Route 247, Gorham, just east of Canandaigua) will open its summer concert… → Read More

That cat in the hat: Jason Mraz plays CMAC on Friday

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz and band appear in concert Friday at CMAC, performing reggae arrangements of his songs → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: Dierks Bentley taking a 'victory lap' to CMAC

Country star Dierks Bentley will appear in concert Thursday at CMAC, with Riley Green and Breland also on the bill. → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: A perfect storm as RCP presents 'The Tempest' in Highland Bowl

A cast of Deaf and hearing actors will present Shakespeare's tale of magic and revenge in Rochester's Highland Bowl → Read More

New pastor finds 'a good fit' at United Church of Canandaigua

The Rev. Wade Allen recently became the new pastor at The United Church of Canandaigua → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: New film festival showcases Haudenosaunee visions

The free, virtual Haudenosaunee Filmmakers Festival will take place April 19-25 → Read More

'Super emotional': Bristol Valley Theater goes live and in-person for outdoor summer season

After a year of online shows, the Naples theater's summer season will be live and in-person in the parking lot → Read More

Former Victor resident Kristopher Houck brutally honest in 'Liar' releases

Kristopher Houck has released the first two tracks of his upcoming EP, 'Liar' → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: Another chance to see 'Daddy Longlegs'

New and different job duties have beckoned -- and beckoned and beckoned -- so your humble Front-Row Seat correspondent hasn’t been spending too much time in front-row seats (or their virtual equivalents in this odd era) lately. But -- fortunately -- arts and entertainment go on, despite the pandemic-born challenges, and it’s time to open the mailbag (so to speak) and offer a roundup of area… → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: No venue? No problem: A sampling of local musical livestreams

From the ongoing Fringe Festival to the new RPO @ Home series to a duo's nightly virtual jazz shows, there's plenty of local live music to enjoy from the → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: Arts Fund launched to help struggling venues, artists

Donations are sought for the fund, created to provide grants to help cultural organizations and artists weather this period of pause → Read More

Spreading the word of suffrage, with just a one-cent stamp

Brighton resident Carol N. Crossed's new coffee-table book "Vintage Tweets" displays postcards from the women's suffrage movement — for → Read More

Challenging times for new pastors in Canandaigua, Penn Yan

Bill and Kristen Allen have assumed the pastorates at United Methodist churches amid the challenges of coronavirus and isolation → Read More

FRONT-ROW SEAT: Enjoy Haudenosaunee artistry online in Ganondagan festival

Virtual Ganondagan Summer Experience is this weekend → Read More

Front-Row Seat: A timely performance for a troubled world

A new video by Prime Time Funk is among the area's latest online offerings → Read More

Rebuilding America: How to reopen A&E? It's 'fluid'

Arts, entertainment and cultural settings are in Phase 4 of the reopening plan — which allows some time to plan for what reopening could look like → Read More

Front-Row Seat: Fort Hill plans are 'a moving target'

Forced to close doors shortly after opening, the Canandaigua venue is planning for the future once performance venues can open → Read More

Front-Row Seat: A soulful return to Rochester for Kat Wright

Mercy grad Kat Wright, who's made a splash in Vermont fronting a soul band, will open for the Wood Brothers Feb. 5 at Kodak Center → Read More

Front-Row Seat: Musicians to stroll, sing through Public Market

This close to the holidays, you've probably got your weekend planned out — but here's some news from the local arts-and-entertainment front to make note of. (Also, check out page B8 for more, including a holiday open house at Genesee County Village & Museum and the weekend's live-music offerings.) Making merry at the market If you find yourself at the Rochester Public Market on Thursday, Dec.… → Read More

Front-Row Seat: Richard Shindell's a short-story scribe with a Martin

Singer-songwriter Richard Shindell will perform April 6 at the next Café Veritas concert in Rochester → Read More