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Week in Review

Kathy Hochul vs. Chris Collins

by Alan Bedenko

Tops Never Stops Seeking Gas Station on Grant St.

by Geoff Kelly

Still Wading: MLK Splash Pad's Opening Delayed

by Sara DiNatale

Mitt's on the Money

by Geoff Kelly

UB Group Asks For Investigation of Shale Institute

by Buck Quigley

Guest Commentary

The Peace Bridge Plaza: What We Risk Losing

by Tim Tielman

To make way for an expanded Duty-Free shop, parking spaces, and a new on-ramp, the Public Bridge Authority wants to knock down a row of houses on Busti Avenue. Here’s why four of those houses are historic.

Art Scene

Works by Heather Layton and Karine Giboulo at Buffalo Arts Studio

by Jack Foran

Paintings by Candace Masters at Arts Sphere Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Collage and assemblages by Cletus Johnson at Nina Freudenheim

by Gerald Mead

Collages by Joyce Hill at North Tonawanda's Carnegie Art Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Visual Arts

That '70s Show...

by J. Tim Raymond

We moved up here to Western New York in January of 1990. My then wife and baby daughter and lived in my mother-in-law’s house while I went to night school for a studio arts degree at Daemen College. During the day I taught art and art history at ECC’s city campus.

Literature Feature

The Long Walk

by Mick Cochrane

Brian Castner grew up in Western New York, attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and graduated from Marquette University with a degree in electrical engineering. He served as an explosive ordnance disposal officer in the US Air Force from 1999 to 2007, deploying to Iraq to command bomb disposal units in Balad and Kirkuk in 2005 and 2006.

Music Feature

by Edward A. Benoit

In their 20-plus year career, moe. has gone from an upstart band of UB students to a fixture of the Buffalo music scene, to one of the world’s top jam bands. To date, the group has cut 10 studio albums, released 10 live albums, started a record label, and thrown countless pun-intensive festivals all over Upstate New York.

Classical Music Notes

La Boheme at Nickel City Opera

by Jan Jezioro

Nickel City Opera launches its fourth season at the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda with two performances of Giacomo Puccini’s best-loved opera, La Bohème, on Friday, June 29 at 8pm and Sunday, July 1 at 2:30pm.

Film Reviews

Magic Mike

by George Sax

Lola Versus

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 29 - Thursday, July 5)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Big Freedia & The Queen Divas at Soundlab on Friday, June 29th.

You Auto Know

Stop, Stop, Stop All the Engines

by Jim Corbran

One new technology I do like is the Malibu’s eAssist system, which is one of the reasons this comfortable, family-sized car is EPA-rated at 25/37 miles per gallon city/highway.

Letters to Artvoice

Thank You, Byron Brown

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Andrea Amanatides suffered a boo-boo in May while being booked to begin a six-month jail sentence in Albany, N.Y., for a probation violation. As she was being placed in a holding cell, a cache of drugs fell onto the floor. Deputies soon figured out that a condom Amanatides had placed into a bodily orifice had burst. The final inventory: 26 Oxycontins, 10 Ambiens, 50 Valiums, 37 Adderalls, plus 133 more prescription pills and four baggies containing heroin.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Every 10,000 years or so, reports the Weekly World News, hell actually does freeze over. A rare storm brings a massive amount of snow and ice to the infernal regions, and even the Lake of Fire looks like a glacier.


Ask Anyone

My ex-husband committed to giving our son $5,000 for his upcoming wedding. Over the weekend, he told my son that he could not contribute anything. He reasons that the bride’s father makes a considerable amount of money and “should have savings and enough to cover the cost of the wedding.” Her parents had their set amount, the bride and groom had theirs and I had mine.