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Pridgen's New Pulpit

by Geoff Kelly

This week, Reverend Darius Pridgen attended his first meeting of the Buffalo Common Council committee of the whole as representative of the Ellicott District. Fittingly, the session began with a choir, though the singers were provided not by Pridgen’s congregation but by South Park High School, and the choir sang pop songs rather than hymns.

Getting a Grip

Screw Your Neighbor

by Michael I. Niman

Let’s begin here with the understanding that I’m no fan of the Affordable Care Act, what we now term ObamaCare™. What we got is essentially the same plan proposed by Republicans in the 1990s as an alternative to Bill Clinton’s healthcare proposal.

The Week in Review

Seven Days: The News Written as a Condition of Our Parole

by George Sax & Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Scene

Telling Tales: Stores and, a Lack of Stories, at the Albright-Knox

by Jack Foran

Artspace Resident Katie Sehr at Burchfield Penney in February

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Anthony Chase

There is something not normal inside the conventional world of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. A production of the 1955 play, directed by Greg Natale for the Irish Classical Theatre Company, opens this week at the Andrews Theatre.

Left of the Dial

Social Distortion - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

by Donny Kutzbach

Lemuria - Pebble

by Cory Perla

Classical Music Notes

UB Opens Spring Semester Concert Series with Pianist Jeremy Denk

by Jan Jezioro

Culture in Cinema Series at Amherst Theater

by Jan Jezioro

Puck Stop

Dear Terry Pegula...

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Any time now should come the big announcement—that investor Terry Pegula has agreed to purchase and take the reins of the Buffalo Sabres. For supporters of the team who have watched current owner Tom Golisano save the franchise, then slowly lose interest as his focus went on to political adventurism in local elections, and then move to the State of Florida, the news of a potential new owner is music to the ears.

Film Reviews

The Green Hornet

by George Sax

The Dilemma

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 14 - Thursday, January 20)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Artvoice's Battle of Original Music (B.O.O.M.) Second Round Quarterfinal Showdown featuring four bands selected by Artvoice readers at Nietzsche's, this Friday the 14th.

You Auto Know

It's Big Nuze

by Jim Corbran

Although it seems we’ve been getting beaten over the head for the past three years or so with news of Chevy’s electric car, the Volt, the car that may be bigger news (for General Motors, anyway) is the compact Chevy Cruze.

Five Questions With...

Ira Wahrman: Acupuncturist, Eastern Herbalist

With alternative and holistic medical treatments all the rage nowadays, more and more often practitioners are looking to thousands of years of medical history in the Far East for answers to our body’s natural health and spirit. No, Wahrman is not in fact Asian, but he has been studying acupuncture, herbalism, meditation, and Buddhism for six years in both the United States and China.

Letters to Artvoice

Hockey Tournament Was Fine

by Rudy Watkins

An Open Letter to Donald K. Boswell

by Joel D. Curtin

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A now-10-year-old church in Denver ministers to (as contemplated by 1 Corinthians 4:11-13) the homeless, the reviled, and the persecuted and formally named itself after the actual words in verse 13, the “Scum of the Earth” Church.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past,” said comedian Lily Tomlin. I recommend that you make this a keynote during the next six months.


Ask Anyone

I am not on Facebook, but many of my friends are and I fully accept that online social networking is a fully entrenched part of American life. Still, I am very upset that after I hosted a Christmas party this year someone posted photographs of the party and of my home on their Facebook page.