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Alan Oberst

Like Money in the (Land) Bank

Calling it a “tool against chaos,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the joint Erie County/City of Buffalo application for a land bank at the end of March. A notable first-100-days accomplishment for his administration, it was made all the more amazing by wrangling an agreement with a wary Buffalo City Hall that had torpedoed past land bank efforts.

Week in Review

Fireworks Over the Peace Bridge Demolitions

by Jack Foran

BMHA Bulloxes One Election...

by Geoff Kelly

... And the Board of Elections Plays Games With Voter Info

by Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Scene


by Jack Foran

In his Poetics, the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s treatise on the origins and nature of drama, he notes that the tragic poet Aeschylus initiated the use of a second actor. It was a crucial event in the creation of the dramatic art form.

Theater Week

The Arties 2012

by Anthony Chase

Bread and Onions

by Anthony Chase

MF24H: MusicalFare 24 Hours

by Anthony Chase



by Javier

The fabulous Angela Lansbury (pictured above), who is back on Broadway this year appearing in the starry revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (now extended through September 9), won her fifth Tony award in 2009 for her performance as Madame Arcati in the revival of Blithe Spirit.

Classical Music Notes

Culture in Cinema This Summer

by Jan Jezioro

While local performances of live music then drop off for a couple of weeks, until Nickel City Opera’s new production of La Bohème debuts on June 29, live simulcasts continue at the Amherst Dipson Theatre as part of the Culture in Cinema series.

Film Feature

Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival

by M. Faust

For its 27th edition, the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival will be moving to a new home in the state-of-the-art Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre in the Jewish Community Center’s Benderson Family Building. The festival is also expanding to 12 days, during which a total of 20 films will be shown.

Film Reviews

Grand Illusion

by George Sax

Rock of Ages

by M. Faust

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 15 - Thursday, June 21)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Exile on Allen Street, Artvoice's annual tribute to the Rolling Stones, this Saturday the 16th at Nietzsche's.

Letters to Artvoice

A Case for Hiring Amber Dixon

by Carl Paladino

Deja vu. How many times will we allow the collectively absurd City of Buffalo Board of Education to make the same mistake before we run them all out of town. We must rid our city of this culture of insanity that has destroyed our family fabric and is the root evil primarily responsible for every social ill we suffer and the flight of the working class to the suburbs. Gang warfare is killing our kids on the streets. What do you think spawned it? Connect the dots.

Book Reviews

The Watch

by David Landrey

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

by Woody Brown

You Auto Know

Bigger Than a Breadbox

by Jim Corbran

Scion bills this car as “the world’s smallest four-seater.” It’s only 10 feet long and, yes, has seating for four. But if I’m driving, the person sitting behind me won’t be too happy with their legs thrown up and over their shoulders, because that’s where they’ll have to go with the driver’s seat right up against the back seat.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced in April that it would begin a national inquiry over the alarming number of bathtub deaths in 2011—nearly three times the number of those killed in traffic accidents. News reports pointed out that many Japanese workers relax in tubs at the end of the day, even when they have overimbibed and are vulnerable to drowning.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do you remember what you were doing between July 2000 and June 2001? Think back. Did anything happen then that felt like a wild jumpstart, or a series of epiphanies, or a benevolent form of shock therapy?


Ask Anyone

I’ve been asked to be best man at my best friend’s wedding. He and I have known each other since fourth grade. I know one of the other groomsmen pretty well, we grew up together, too. Of the other three, two are college friends who I don’t know and the other is his future brother-in-law, who I also don’t know.