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Cover Story

Hunting Monsters, Chasing Ghosts

by Charlotte Hsu

In July 13, 2003, several UFOs appeared above Buffalo. The objects, five or six bright lights, hung weirdly in the summer sky. Each was a luminous disc, strange but unmistakable.

Week in Review

A Start of Something Good

by Aaron Lowinger

Fisher Joins Scanlon

by Geoff Kelly

Coppola Enters the Ring

by Geoff Kelly

Steel Standing

by Rebecca Bratek

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Special Report

Building a Better Waterfront

by Jim Heaney,

The outer harbor represents Buffalo’s opportunity to get something big right. And what an opportunity it presents. Lake Erie out front. Downtown out back. Just a few miles from a busy international crossing. Is there another city in the nation that has such a prime piece of undeveloped real estate?

Theater Week

The 2012 Artie Award Nominees...

by Anthony Chase

The Artie Awards, celebrating excellence in Buffalo theater, will take place at the Town Ballroom (681 Main Street) on Monday, June 4, at 8pm. Jazz vocalist Peggy Farrell will perform, and the evening will feature performances from nominated musicals. The Artie Awards are a benefit for Benedict House, supporting individuals in our community living with HIV/AIDS and their families.



by Javier

The fabulous Rosie O’Donnell (pictured), who was in the original cast of Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore when the show opened off-Broadway in October 2009, was back on the New York stage a couple of weeks ago.

Art Scene

Pictures of Burma

An iconic photo of a young Buddhist monk raising his right arm and shouting during a protest march during the Burmese Saffron Revolution (so-called for the red-orange hue of the monk’s robes) is part of the CEPA exhibit of the work of Law Eh Soe, a Burmese photojournalist and current political refugee from Burma now living in Buffalo.

Music Feature

Field Guide to Field Day

by Cory Perla

This year Buffalo hosts an electronic music festival of its own called Field Day; like the Mutek Festival, this one will be spread over a couple of city blocks in Allentown.

Music Interview

Kate's The Bomb

by Jill Greenberg

The B-52s have been writing, recording, and performing their new wave pop rock music since the mid 1970s. As one might deduce from their campy, upbeat, throwback style and penchant for having a good time, they have made a few friends and created a few stories along the way. Artvoice spoke with vocalist and keyboardist Kate Pierson about her personal endeavors as well as the B-52s adventures, muses, and plans for the future.

Classical Music Notes

June in Buffalo Returns

by Jan Jezioro

With the month of May drawing to a close, the annual June in Buffalo Music Festival is rapidly approaching. June in Buffalo was founded in 1975 by the composer Morton Feldman, then a UB faculty member. New York Times critic Alex Ross once described Feldman, who died in 1987, as a “lonely giant of American music,” but his reputation and influence have only increased in the intervening years.

Film Reviews

Darling Companion

by George Sax

Men in Black 3

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 25 - Thursday, May 31)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: rapper Talib Kweli, who comes to the Town Ballroom on Thursday the 31st.

Play Ball!

7,000 Baseball Games

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

He has hit fields and parks. Stadiums, centers, and centres. And now, Mike Casiano, aptly titled “The King” by his wide circle of friends and supporters, will cross a threshold that is unthinkable to most people, whether it be players, team employees, or average fans. Sometime in June, Casiano will attend his 7,000th professional baseball game.

Letters to Artvoice

Letter From Chicago

by Edward Lawton

On May 20, 2012, a few friends and I rolled out of our sleeping bags outside a Bank of America branch in West Chicago. The day before we met members of Occupy D.C. who invited us to join the “Sleepful Protest” they decided to hold there for the weekend, while the leaders on NATO held their annual summit.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., is a leading prescriber of the “K-E diet” that offers desperate people drastic short-term weight loss by threading a feeding tube through the nose to the stomach and dripping in a protein-fat solution, as clients’ only “meals,” for 10 straight days. “Within a few hours,” Dr. Di Pietro told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in April, “your hunger and appetite go away completely.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Sometimes I think and other times I am,” said French poet Paul Valery. Most of us could say the same thing.


Ask Anyone

In my circle of friends, we tend to kid each other a lot, and we’ve known each other so long that each of us has got a reputation. Julie drinks too much. Mike can’t hold down a job. Lisa sleeps around. Marie is a brainiac with no common sense. Etc., etc. The jokes tend to gravitate toward and reinforce these types we’ve assigned to one another since high school.