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Cover Story

American Bombs: an Interview with Noam Chomsky

by Geoff Kelly

Noam Chomsky will deliver a lecture in Buffalo next Thursday, May 12, at Canisius College’s Montante Center. The talk is a benefit for the Western New York Peace Center, whose members invited Chomsky to come, and tickets ($15 for members, $25 for nonmembers) are available only through

Week in Review

Calling a Time-Out on Buffalo Public Schools

by George Sax

Parting Thought

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

What Just Happened?

by Michael I. Niman

The man George W. Bush once promised to get, Western style,“dead or alive,” was assassinated this week under orders of Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama. Late Sunday night, when the news went public, spontaneous crowds amassed around the US, cheering the death of Osama bin Laden.

News Analysis

Unity After Victory

by Bruce Fisher

It was Professor-in-Chief Barack Obama who killed Osama bin Laden. The day before the Navy SEALs went in, Obama the Lecturer finished his one-liners at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner with an admonition to his guests to stay focused on serious business.

Art Scene

Figuratively Speaking

by J. Tim Raymond

The History of Disability

by Jack Foran

Dance Feature

A Few Firsts for Neglia Ballet

by Nichelle Strzepek

In early October 1971, seven-year-old Sergio Neglia was in the audience for his father’s final performance. “It was a Sunday,” explains Sergio. “The next day he got on an airplane with nine other principal dancers from the Colon Theatre [the main opera house of Buenos Aires]. The plane went down and nobody survived.”


Five More New Plays Open This Week

by Anthony Chase

No, it’s not about the president. It’s about the Buffalo neighborhood. Set in a boarding house on Fillmore Avenue, the new musical follows residents who “find themselves unable to move either forwards or backwards while attempting to survive the trap of one of Buffalo’s most neglected neighborhoods.”

Classical Music Notes

New Path for Chamber Music on Elmwood

by Jan Jezioro

When long-time BPO assistant concertmaster Ansgarius Aylward started the Chamber Music on Elmwood series back in 2001, he had a very definite idea about what he wanted to do. “I started the series,” says Aylward, “with the Hauskonzert concept in mind. This is prevalent in Europe, where friends gather at one another’s homes periodically to enjoy the marvelous wealth of chamber music.

Sports Featre

Remembering Pete Hill

by Ryan Whirty

In December 1925, Baseball Hall of Famer John Preston Hill, commonly known as Pete, sent a note to the Baltimore Afro-American, a leading African-American newspaper, about how he was finding life in Buffalo. Hill was a transplant to the city, a Virginian by birth who settled in Buffalo after a storied career in black baseball that spanned several decades and earned him the admiration and respect of countless teammates, opponents, and fans.

Film Feature

Return to Slime

by M. Faust

When Gregory Lamberson moved from New York City to Buffalo in 2003, it was with the intention of leaving his career as a filmmaker behind.

Film Reviews

Heartbeats & Something Borrowed

by M. Faust

Do young people still fall in love with the movies? They do in Montreal, home of Xaviar Dolan, who was 20 when his first feature, I Killed My Mother, garnered attention on the festival circuit. A year later he’s back with Heartbeats, a mostly comic film about frustrated young swains that wears its maker’s affection for the arthouse on its sleeve.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 6 - Thursday, May 12)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Face to Face & Strung Out, performing at the Town Ballroom on Wednesday, May 11.

5 Questions With...

Ed Cardoni: Hallwalls Executive Director

Ed Cardoni is the executive director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the cutting-edge, interdisciplinary arts institution that was founded in Buffalo in 1974. He is an outspoken advocate for the area’s arts scene, and a vocal critic of Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ decision to cut funding to local cultural organizations.

Letters to Artvoice

Love That Dirty Water

by Halina Biernacki

What I Love (and Don't Love) About Wegmans

by Dan Ruisi

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Equal justice under the law might just depend simply on whether a judge’s stomach is growling when he pronounces sentence, according to a study of 1,000 parole decisions during 50 courtroom days observed by students from Columbia University and Israel’s Ben Gurion University for an April journal article. The students found that, day after day, judges were increasingly stingy with parole as a morning or afternoon session wore on, but that dramatic spikes in generosity took effect immediately following lunch or a snack break.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’re an animal! And I mean that in the best senses of the word. Your vitality is heading toward peak levels, and your body is as smart as it gets.


Ask Anyone

We’re supposed to appreciate our veterans, right? Even if we don’t like the war? Well, I don’t really think they’re doing anything more heroic or laudatory than anyone else. I appreciate that money sometimes drives them to this choice, but do I have to be thankful and offer them discounts on their coffee?