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And the Winners Are...

Week in Review

SUNY Shale Institute Funder Fracked by SEC Probe

by Buck Quigley


by Jack Foran

Bicycle Beauty Pageant

by Matt Wisniewski

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Special Report

Byron Brown's Bridge Over Troubled Water

by Jim Heaney,

Momentum is building to do something with the Outer Harbor, and just days after a group of community activists called for developing its 120 acres into a park, Mayor Byron Brown made a pitch for City Hall to play a role, perhaps a big one.

Guest Essay

So, Like, Where's the Jobs?

by David Bradley

It turns out that for the last three years, the prices paid to producers of electricity in New York and Western New York in particular are among the lowest in the nation.

Art Scene

2012 Future Curators Exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Remembering Peltier and Wounded Knee at El Buen Amigo

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Jonah Interrupted

by Anthony Chase

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

by Anthony Chase

Charlotte's Web

by Anthony Chase



by Javier

Broadway veteran and now TV star Christian Borle has just been nominated for a Tony award for his performance in the new play Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan written by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

Classical Music Notes

Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist Comes to Buffalo

by Jan Jezioro

You have to hand it the volunteers who put on the long-running Ramsi P. Tick subscription series. The Tick series has managed to consistently bring top of the line classical soloists and ensembles to Buffalo over the course of the past twelve seasons.

Film Feature

Festival on Demand

by M. Faust

Now that there seem to be as many film festivals in the US as there are feature films made each year, it’s hard for a new one to gain a foothold in the cultural zeitgeist. It helps if you set it in a location where people already either reside in large numbers or are willing to travel to. That’s why the Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, had a stronger shot than most of reaching that top tier with Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and Sundance.

Film Reviews

Dark Shadows

by Greg Lamberson


by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 11 through Thursday, May 17)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Justin Townes Earle, performing at the Town Ballroom on Sunday, May 13.

Play Ball!

Flirting with First Place

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The music was blaring in the clubhouse. Smiles, nods, high-fives, and a sense of jubilation permeated the hallways and training rooms and lounges on the service level of Coca Cola Field. The Buffalo Bisons had just demolished the visiting Syracuse Chiefs before a sizable Fridaynightbash crowd; the team had grabbed first place in a tight, four-way race in the International League North; and the homestand had concluded with the team going 6-1.

Book Review


by Woody Brown

Christopher Moore, the author of 13 novels including this, is apparently quite famous, although I must confess I had never even heard of him before Sacré Bleu.

Letters to Artvoice

Grisanti and Fracking

by Rita Yelda, WNY Drilling Defense

Keep Sitting There

by Robert Lavelle

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Car and Driver reported in April, the 2012 BMW M5, with 560 horsepower tempered with sound deadeners, has installed pre-recorded engine noise, channeled into the car’s cabin via the stereo system. A computer program matches the amplitude of the engine’s growl to the driver’s accelerator-revving.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus actor Daniel Day Lewis will star as American president Abraham Lincoln in a film to be released later this year. Hollywood insiders report that Lewis basically became Lincoln months before the film was shot and throughout the entire process.


Ask Anyone

I’m a bartender. I used to do it full time when I was younger. Then I got married, had a son, and I wanted something with better hours and more benefits. So I did the corporate thing. Worked in a cube for a while. Got a bunch of promotions. Then, last year I got laid off. I put my resume out there, and in the meantime picked up a shift tending bar. I’ve only gotten a few bites on the resume for the “serious” job.