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Cover Story


by Geoff Kelly

For a decade, Sean Donaher was content to work in the rather long shadow cast by Lawrence Brose, CEPA Gallery’s executive director, whose powerful personality and strongly held aesthetics had become inextricably linked to the institution.

Music Feature

Saying Goodbye to Michael Meldrum

The gatherings of the tribe that met Monday night and Tuesday morning and afternoon were groups of which Michael Meldrum would not only have been a part of, but probably would have organized and arranged the music, too. Sadly, the tribe was gathering to say goodbye, at least physically, to Meldrum.

Best of Buffalo

The Best of the Best

You voted in droves this year, Buffalo, and you showed up en masse to Monday night’s Artvoice Best of Buffalo party at the Towne Ballroom. Thanks to our tireless mistress of ceremonies, Chevon Davis, and to the nominated restaurants who fed us and the nominated artists who entertained us. It was easily one of the best Best of Buffalo bashes we’ve ever thrown.

Week in Review

Seven Days

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Music Feature

Black Label Society

by Ryan Wolf & Donny Kutzbach

Guitar god Zakk Wylde and his band Black Label Society will be stopping by the Town Ballroom on May 17, along with metalcore act All That Remains, as part of Mistress Juliya’s hard-rocking Uranium Tour. AV spoke with the metal legend and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist about some of his recent appearances and accomplishments.

Art Scene

New Work by Kyle Butler at Nina Freudenheim Gallery

by Gerald Mead

Photos by Buffalo's Refugee Community at the Historical Society

by Jack Foran

Theater Week

Madame Morrible and The Wizard

by Anthony Chase

The producers of the national tour of the Broadway musical Wicked, now playing at Shea’s, have taken great pains to ensure that the show maintains the high standards that made it a colossal Broadway hit.

Theater News


by Javier

Best known to TV audiences for playing the father on the ABC series The Wonder Years, Dan Lauria is finishing his stint on Broadway portraying famous football coach Vince Lombardi in the very entertaining and poignant play Lombardi.

Classical Music Notes

A BPO 75th Anniversary Gift

by Jan Jezioro

BPO music director JoAnn Falletta is one very busy musician. Just as this article was about to go to press, the BPO announced that Falletta had been appointed as principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the 2011-2012 season.

Film Feature

Bringing the Past to Life

by M. Faust

“I hated the idea of making a Holocaust film at first,” says Toronto-based filmmaker Larry Weinstein. “It’s too grueling and dark.”

Film Reviews

Everything Must Go

by George Sax

In a Better World

by George Sax


by M. Faust

Winter in Wartime

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 13 - Thursday, May 19)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: the Artvoice Battle of Original Music (BOOM!) Grand Finale, where we crown our $5000 winner at the Tralf on Friday, May 13th.

You Auto Know

Go Quest, Young Van

by Jim Corbran

Okay, so maybe Ford and General Motors have given up on the ultimate “soccer mom” vehicle, but it’s alive and well at Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, and, the subject of this week’s column, Nissan. Over the years, Nissan has marched to a different minivan drummer.

Play Ball

April is the Cruellest Month

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The calendar has turned to May, and yes, they are playing baseball downtown. Few people have been paying attention, mostly for two reasons: First, the Sabres extended their season into late April, and eyes and attention were focused on the ice at HSBC Arena, and second, the weather has been so dreadful that the two April homestands have drawn small crowds.

5 Questions With...

Augustina Droze: Muralist and Public Artist

Founder of her own mural studio, Augustina Droze of Los Angeles, California was selected to lead a mural project at McKinley High School. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy made this selection based on her extensive national experience in mural painting, presentation, and proposal.

Letters to Artvoice

Don't Boycott Buffalo Schools

by Abbey Bouchard

Choking on Chomsky

by Ian Grogan

Hate in America

by Alan Freedman

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The cure for emphysema is cigarette smoke piped directly into the lungs, according to chemist Gretha Zahar, whose clinic has treated 60,000 people in Jakarta, Indonesia, in the past decade.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “If you wish to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe,” said astronomer Carl Sagan in his book Cosmos.


Ask Anyone

I’m not a gambler, but I gave a friend of mine a little money to pick some horses for me in the Kentucky Derby. He gave me the tickets, and I won a lot. Let’s say well over a thousand dollars. He bought tickets for a lot of people, and I don’t know if he’s aware how profitable his specific race picks were for me.