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Art Scene

Alix Martin's paintings close out the Neighborhood Collective

by Steve Mitchell

Baseball memorabilia at Karpeles Manuscript Museum

by Jack Foran

Week in Review

Seven Days: Hochul Represents, Speaking of Redistricting, Antoine Rides Again!

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

The Politics of Rich and Poor

by Bruce Fisher

Kathy Hochul just won a Congressional district that includes all or parts of seven counties. The district is home to UB, Brockport State, Geneseo, and a few community colleges, but not to any big cities. Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming counties are largely rural, as is the section of Niagara County that’s in the 26th.


The Nominations Are In!

by Anthony Chase

The Artie Awards will take place at the Town Ballroom (681 Main Street) on Monday, June 6, at 8pm. The evening’s hosts are Anthony Chase, Lisa Ludwig, Norm Sham, and Doug Weyand, with musical director Michael Hake. Peggy Farrell will perform, and the evening will feature performances from nominated musicals. The evening is a benefit for Benedict House.

Theater News


by Javier

TV and movie star Jim Belushi (pictured above) is back on Broadway starring in the revival of Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday which will end its limited run on July 31. The production received two Tony nominations for its leading lady and its costume design.

Music Feature

Duke of Diversity

by Joe Doherty

On a night in the early 1970s, a young keyboardist named George Duke was given as a gift the first synthesizer he would ever own. Duke, a straight-laced jazz-fusion player, was reluctant to accept. But the man, his bandleader, insisted. “Look,” he said. “I’m gonna stick it on your Fender Rhodes and maybe you’ll bump into it and a sound will come out that you like.”

Classical Music Notes

Elvis is Still in the Building

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Players have earned a well deserved reputation for programming underplayed, and sometimes completely obscure musical works, and they will be working hard in their season’s final concert on Wednesday, June 8, at 7:30pm in the Buffalo Seminary, to preserve that reputation.

Pride Month

The ABSOLUT Best Gay Bars in Town

Gay Pride Month is upon us, and Buffalo’s 20th annual Gay Pride parade—and the attendant parties, or course—takes place next weekend. (If you want a complete rundown of events, visit or pick up this paper next week.) It seems a perfect time, then, to tour the city’s vibrant LGBT nightlife, and what better guides than the men and women who mix and pour the drinks?

Play Ball!

Former Bisons Leading the Charge in The Big Apple

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

There were plenty of Buffalo Bisons in the lineup this past weekend as the New York Mets entered their “Subway Series” against their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees.

Film Reviews

Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

by M. Faust


by George Sax

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

by M. Faust

The Hangover Part II

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 27 - Thursday, June 2)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros at Thursday in the Square.

You Auto Know

Focus on Change

by Jim Corbran

Well, it’s finally here. For the past few years, the automotive press has been singing the blues over the Ford Focus.

Five Questions With...

Gladys Gifford: Public Transit Advocate

The NFTA recently held a public meeting on the proposed plan to return vehicle traffic to the 600 block of Main Street (between Tupper and Chippewa). The complicated plan would allow Metro Rail trains and cars to share the same roadway, with the hope of increased patronage to Theater District businesses.

Letters to Artvoice

An Open Letter to State Senator Mark Grisanti

by Paul Morgan and Mark Nowak

I challenge you, Senator, to name these “members of the gay community” you claim would be satisfied with “civil unions” as a compromise in the civil rights struggle for full marriage equality in New York State! The creation of a “civil union” status might indeed mistakenly satisfy a very few individuals, who are ignorant of the ultimate inequity of any such conciliation.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Rights of women are severely restricted in Pakistan’s tribal areas and among Muslim fundamentalists, but the rights of the country’s estimated 50,000 “transgenders” blossomed in April when the country’s Supreme Court ordered the government to accept a “third sex” designation on official documents (instead of forcing a choice of “male” or “female”).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): My favorite news source, The Onion, recently reported on a “free-thinking cat” that excretes its wastes “outside the box.” As you enjoy your own phase of liberated thinking and uninhibited action, Gemini, I hope that you’re putting the emphasis on generating beauty and blessings “outside the box.”


Ask Anyone

I’ve been a happily married man for over 20 years, with a great wife and family. Only one big problem. I fathered a child with a cocktail waitress I met on a business trip two years before I was married. The mother found me on Facebook and let me know about it last week.