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Cover Story

Don't Get Left Behind

by Jack Foran

New York City-based rock band (with significant Buffalo roots) and current sensation Transgendered Jesus is the headliner among half a dozen at this year’s Artists & Models event. In addition, the mayhem Hallwalls fundraiser will include audience-interactive performance artworks by more than 40 local artists in a gamut of aesthetic categories and a roving musical group.

News Feature

The Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave

by Jeffrey D. Sachs

The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries—those with supposedly “good governance.” Poor-country governments probably accept more bribes and commit more offenses, but it is rich countries that host the global companies that carry out the largest offenses.

News Analysis

Sanity in the Suburbs

by Bruce Fisher

Hochul, HSBC, and the future of Western New York: how public funds buy us nothing new, but at great expense.

Week in Review

Who Was Behind Camera #2?

The Public School Boycott

Fillmore's Screaming Eagle

Scoring the Cuomo Visit: Hoyt vs. Brown

Odds & Ends

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

Art Scene

Pipilotti Rist's work at the Albright-Knox

by Jack Foran

The 88th Annual Spring Show at the Erie Art Museum

by J. Tim Raymond

Recent work by Patrick Willett at Queen City Gallery

by Jill Greenberg

John Dyer at Meibohm Fine Arts

by J. Tim Raymond

Music Feature

Rock Stars at the End of the World

by Cory Perla

Part art instillation, part video project, but mostly punk band, New York City’s Transgendered Jesus seems to be a perfect fit for Artists & Models. Led by artist, filmmaker, lead vocalist, and Buffalo native Anne Hanavan, this band of experimental artists is not afraid to push boundaries with their chaotic and spontaneous live show.


Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Comedy of Queerers!, Mame, and Fillmore

by Anthony Chase

Do you remember Neil Simon? Still living, he is arguably the most successful American playwright in history, with a litany of plays, films, and television shows to his credit. There is a Broadway theater named after him.

Classical Music Notes

The Friends of Vienna Turns 35

by Jan Jezioro

Back in May 2009, it looked like the Friends of Vienna Sunday afternoon chamber music series had reached the end of its tether. The few remaining organizers involved with the series had reluctantly elected to pull the plug at the end of the series’ 33rd season.

Off The Menu

How Sweet It Is

by Jennifer Mogensen

Dave Simpson, owner of Dolci Bakery and Gelateria, is thrilled to be bringing his business back to the Elmwood Strip. His original location sat on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Breckenridge and closed its doors in January 2011. He moved his business to 205 Grant Street.

Film Reviews


by Greg Lamberson

The Double Hour

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 20 - Thursday, May 26)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Cake, who performs at Artpark on Friday the 20th.

5 Questions With...

Russell Weaver: Demographer / Politico

A former legislative staffer in City Hall, Russell “Rusty” Weaver is an instructor of Statistics and Economics at the University at Buffalo and Niagara County Community College. Most recently he served as one of nine members on the Buffalo Citizens Commission for Reapportionment. He cast the sole vote against the Commission’s recommended redistricting plan, which passed 5-1 earlier in the week.

Letters to Artvoice


by Nadia N. Shahram, Esq.

The latest display of an anti-Muslim slogan sign near a recently built mosque in Clarence shows how we Americans have been influenced by actions of a minority of Muslims who have successfully distorted the image of a religion, which in sixth- and seventh-century Arabia was a pioneer in advocating social justice.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In April, Texas state Rep. John Davis of Houston proposed a tax break—aimed at buyers of yachts valued at more than a quarter-million dollars. Davis promised more yacht sales and, through a ripple effect, more jobs if Texas capped the sales tax on yachts at the amount due on a $250,000 vessel—a break of almost $16,000 on a $500,000 boat.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In order to capture the spirit of the landscapes he painted, French artist Claude Monet used to work outside in all kinds of weather. When I look at masterpieces like “Snow at Argenteuil” or “The Magpie, Snow Effect, Outskirts of Honfleur,” I like to imagine he was so engrossed in his work that he barely even registered the bitter chill.


Ask Anyone

My girlfriend is from the Czech Republic. We hit it off right away, and quickly moved in together. For the past four months we’ve been planning a trip to Prague to visit her parents. We took time off work, bought our plane tickets. We’re supposed to leave next week.