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Week in Review

UB Shale Institute Taps Industry Shills

by Buck Quigley

The Sins of the Father

by Geoff Kelly

A Voice With No Vote, and the Vagaries of Vice

by Aaron Lowinger

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

Bully Politics

by Michael I. Niman

Romney’s days as a gay-bashing high school bully, back in 1965, have been making headlines this week, causing his supporters to cry foul. It was, after all, 1965, they argue. To some, that means that what we call bullying, a hate crime, was just clean old prep school “high jinks” back in the day.

News Analysis

Our Green Moment

by Bruce Fisher

Catherine Tumber’s hopeful new book, Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, should be required reading for every community conversation about the future of Rust Belt cities.

Best of Buffalo 2012

And the Winners Are...

The results are finally in! The 2012 Best of Buffalo winners were officially announced at our annual Best of Buffalo party on Monday, May 14th. The winners list represents the top vote-getter in each of their respective categories.

Art Scene

Sculpture by John Dickson at Indigo Art

by J. Tim Raymond

Recent works on paper by Amanda Besl and Adam Weekley at Studio Hart

by J. Tim Raymond

Buffalo Public Schools student arts show at the Central Library

by Jack Foran

Theater Week


by Anthony Chase

Ramona and Juliet

by Anthony Chase

Local Playwrights One-Act Showcase

by Anthony Chase

Dance Feature

A Dance in the Moonlight

by Geoff Kelly

Next Friday, May 25, Neglia Ballet Artists presents the latest in a fruitful series of collaborations with Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: an evening of Tchaikovsky, including the second half of Swan Lake and George Balanchine’s masterpiece, Serenade.

Classical Music Notes

Winning Compositions

by Jan Jezioro

On Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm, the Buffalo Chamber Players wrap up their season in their home at the Buffalo Seminary with a concert featuring the winning works of the inaugural BCP International Composition Competition, which drew more than 40 submissions from eight countries, including Canada, France, Japan, and South Korea.

Film Reviews

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by M. Faust

The Dictator

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 18 - Thursday, May 24)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The Buffalo Niagara International Antiquarian Book, Paper & Epherma Fair, this Friday and Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

You Auto Know


by Jim Corbran

The new Range Rover Evoque is not for shy folks. Park it anywhere and you’ll draw a crowd. Range Rovers and Land Rovers have always been scarce enough to create interest, but the Evoque is in a visual class by itself.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Each spring in Dongyang, China, the aroma of urine is in the air—specifically, the town’s specialty of eggs boiled in the discharge of young boys (under age 10, typically gathered “fresh” from toilets at local schools). Townspeople have believed for centuries that the eggs, properly cooked, bring health and prosperity.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If we thought of your life as a book, the title of the next chapter could very well be “In Quest of the Primal.” I encourage you to meditate on what that means to you, and then act accordingly.


Ask Anyone

I hate the church part of weddings. I don’t care what faith it is. I’m an atheist, and most folks who know me well know that. For example, all three of the couples whose weddings I’ll be attending this summer know it. Can I skip the church ceremonies and go directly to the receptions? Wouldn’t that be the more honest and respectful thing to do?