There’s always a Rochester connection, and Tom Brady has one. Sorry, Brady haters (and that would be a lot of you)! Back in 2010, the Pats got stranded here overnight after sending the Bills back to the Stone Age during an AFC playoff game. Having checked in to the Hyatt Regency downtown, Brady and his teammates headed over to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for a victory party, where Brady proved he doesn’t like losing off the field either.
Those Rochester jazz fest shows typically staged in the Eastman Theatre, the ones that tend to be kind of spend-y, are moving outdoors for 2022. Even better, they’ll be free! Among the acts you’ll be able to see at no charge: Chris Botti, Robin Thicke, Sheila E, the Bacon Brothers (with Kevin Bacon) and Wynonna Judd. Wow. What a way to come back after a two-year hiatus forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Renovation of a historic, former Joseph Avenue synagogue into a performing arts center is moving forward. “We’re going to breathe new life into this crumbling landmark,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday in announcing $400,000 for the project. The money is tucked into a massive $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress approved last week. Plans for the 94-year-old former home of B’nai Israel Ahavas Achim, located in a distressed section of northeast Rochester, have been in the works for years. Initially the idea was for a museum, but that soon changed to a performing arts center with seating for 330, practice rooms for aspiring musicians, space for neighborhood meetings and a glass atrium entryway on the south side of the building. The full price tag is $3.3 million.
See you Wednesday.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Sorry, Bills fans