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Art Scene

Charles Burchfield's weather sequences at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

by Jack Foran

Photographs by Victoria Sambunaris at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

by Jack Foran

Nava Gidanian-Kagan's paintings at Olean Public Library

by J. Tim Raymond

Week in Review

Five to Four

by Geoff Kelly

Clear Skies, Clean House

by Aaron Lowinger

How Good Are Those New Voting Machines?

by Geoff Kelly

Odds and Ends

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Time to Change the Rules

by Bruce Fisher

As a regional economy that is far away from Wall Street and even farther from Washington, the Buffalo metro area greets the new year hopeful, as ever, that if we get our own house in better order, we’ll have a better chance of living through whatever new calamities Wall Street and its Washington handservants engineer. Fortunately, the new Erie County executive has a strong electoral mandate.

Getting a Grip

Gaming the Global Economy

by Michael I. Niman

While members of the 99 percent made New Year’s resolutions to shave a few bucks off the grocery bill, turn the heat down, or maybe donate a few dollars to a local food bank, the titans of finance are throwing around some of their newfound booty to game the system even more in their favor.


Round 2 Quarterfinals Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: The Tins, Mr. Boneless, Contagious Woo, and our most recent Week 4 winners, Third Realm!

Theater News


by Javier

Movie and TV star Jerry O’Connell (pictured left) is currently making his Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s new play Seminar, which also stars Harry Potter’s Alan Rickman.

Puck Stop

Hockey Heaven? Try Hockey Purgatory

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Back in 1974, the Buffalo Sabres tried something new, showing select home games on cable television. Two local companies, Cablescope in Buffalo and International Cable in the suburbs, were racing to wire streets and neighborhoods, offering what was then an unheard-of service: 12 channels of crystal-clear television, a station offering uncut movies without commercials, and access to white-hot popular Sabres home broadcasts, in an era where obtaining tickets to the games was an almost impossible task.

You Auto Know

Looks Aren't Everything

by Jim Corbran

If I had a nickel for every automotive journalist who called the Toyota Camry “boring,” I could retire comfortably from this lucrative job. Many car wags think if a car doesn’t look “sexy” it’s not worth looking at.

Film Review

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

by George Sax

There’s a sequence of short scenes very early in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy that catches and holds our interest as it slowly builds in suspenseful intensity toward a suddenly explosive climax. These brief, close-ordered scenes set up the movie’s central narrative and evoke its theme and milieu: the dicey practices of international espionage and the strange, obscured, and morally queasy world in which it operates.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 6 - Thursday, January 12)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Herculaneum, who play at Hallwalls on Friday, January 6th.

Letters to Artvoice

Come On, Buffalo: Parking Tickets on Federal Holidays?

Open Letter to Congressman Eric Cantor

Once Again, The Case Against Eating Meat

A Pat on the Back

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Researcher Maria Jose Albo of Denmark’s Aarhus University told Live Science in November that the spiders typically obtain sex by making valuable “gifts” to females (usually, high-nutrition insects wrapped in silk), but if lacking resources, a male cleverly packages a fake gift (usually a piece of flower) also in silk but confoundingly wound so as to distract her as she unwraps it—and then mounts her before she discovers the hoax.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Last summer, before the football season started, sportswriter Eric Branch wrote about a rookie running back that San Francisco 49er fans were becoming increasingly excited about. The newbie had made some big plays in exhibition games.


Ask Anyone

I have a friend who makes a long list of resolutions every New Year. Without fail, she screws up every one of them by the beginning of February. That’s when the depression sets in. Just when winter is at its coldest and bleakest, she starts beating herself up about this and starts drinking more, smoking more, eating too much, and sinking into her couch at home.