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Cover Story

The Boyd Variations

by Geoff Kelly

One late morning in November, Boyd Lee Dunlop, 85 years old, is showboating for two visitors and his fellow residents as they trickle into the room for lunch. As he plays a fast blues, he describes a great sweeping arc with his arm, a single finger extended to hit a high exclamation, calling attention away from the left hand, with which he’s laying down a rollicking shuffle. He finishes with a swirling run, laughing, hand over hand, all the way to the highest key.

Week in Review

Inside The Hotel Lafayette

by Peter Scheck

Gotta Serve Somebody

by Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Plans and Lists

by Bruce Fisher

The international consulting firm McKinsey & Company sent a note out to its corporate customers this past summer, urging them to sit up and pay attention to China’s new five-year plan. McKinsey looked at the potential impact of Chinese government policies on 33 industries, and recommended likely winners for foreign investors.

Art Scene

Cabinets of Curiosities

by Jack Foran

The 150th anniversary exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science looks back on the origins and development of the museum and science museums in general.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 2: Ol Dub vs. Mr. Boneless

Congratulations to The Tins for winning last week’s online showdown. With that win, they secure a spot in the next BOOM live show, coming up on January 14 at Nietzsche’s.

Classical Music Notes

Christmas With The Camerata

by Jan Jezioro

During the holiday season, the classical concert-goer in Western New York has the opportunity to choose among numerous events, performed by a large variety of musical groups, in many different settings.

Theater Week

Douglas Sills Stars as Gomez

by Anthony Chase

Some people may find it peculiar to hear that Douglas Sills, the actor currently playing Gomez Addams in The Addams Family at Shea’s, is a Broadway star—but he is. He was Broadway’s Scarlet Pimpernel; his face, hiding behind his leather-gloved and bejeweled hand graced billboards and the sides of busses all over Manhattan.

Film Reviews

New Year's Eve

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, December 9 - Thursday, December 15)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the first ever Queen City Market, held this Saturday December 10th at Karpeles Manuscript Museum.

Puck Stop

Bloggers in the Box

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Some very good blogs have emerged that give a whole different perspective to the Sabres hockey experience. And the team’s front office has responded, not only developing and refining its own aggressive online reporting platforms via Facebook and Twitter but also inviting the blogging community into the media corps for the first time.

5 Questions With...

Dr. William Duax - Science Mentor

After over 40 years of distinguished work in molecular biophysics and crystallography at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Duax has found an unlikely ally in his quest to unravel the mysteries of life: teenagers. Duax is the founder and lead mentor of HWI’s high school program, which invites students to take a hands-on role in cutting edge research examining the structure and fabric of life on earth.

Letters to Artvoice

Note From an Occupier

by Steven Norris

Correcting the Record

by Hyeyoung Shin

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Chinese Education Values: To get to their school, 80 children (aged six to 17) in the mountaintop village of Pili, China, near the borders with Tajikistan and Afghanistan, make a 120-mile journey that includes 50 miles on foot or by camel.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Harvey Ball was a commercial artist who dreamed up the iconic image of the smiley face. He whipped it out in ten minutes one day in 1963. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t trademark or copyright his creation, and as a result made only $45 from it, even as it became an archetypal image used millions of times all over the world.


Ask Anyone

I live and work in the city and had friends from work who live in the suburbs. We used to take turns hosting little get-togethers. After several of these, I decided I don’t like driving out to the ’burbs. It always seems to take so much longer to get from point A to point B.