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Week in Review

The Bus Stops Here

by Aaron Lowinger & George Sax

Odds and Ends

by Geoff Kelly & Alan Bedenko

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Scene

Balint Zsako, Esther Neisen, and Megan Greene at Buffalo Arts Studio

by Jack Foran

Text transformed at UB's Center for the Arts

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

The Hostage

by Anthony Chase

During rehearsals for her landmark 1958 production of Brendan Behan’s play, The Hostage, director Joan Littlewood improvised the line, “He died in a foreign land and at home he had no one.” Behan kept the sentiment in his script, and when the play opened, Sunday Times critic Harold Hobson proclaimed the line to be the best of its kind written for 2,000 years!

Theater Week

Reaffirming Avow in The Age of Gay Marriage

by Anthony Chase

As long as the world keeps changing and the church keeps staying the same, this play will endure, opines playwright Bill C. Davis. Speaking by telephone from his home in Connecticut, the celebrated author is referring to Avow, his play about two gay men, Brian and Tom, who ask Father Raymond, the notably open-minded and liberal priest at their Catholic church, to marry them.

Theater News


by Javier

British stage star Jim Dale is back on the New York stage starring opposite Rosemary Harris and Carla Gugino in the Broadway premiere of Athol Furgard’s Road to Mecca. The play was performed off Broadway back in 1988, when it won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Classical Music Notes

Hail! Bright Cecilia

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 88th series season continues in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall at 8pm on Tuesday, January 31, with a performance by the four young Canadian women who make up the Cecilia String Quartet


Round 3, Week 1: The Lake Effect vs. '92 Bills

Congratulations to The Tins for winning last week’s live showdown at Nietzsche’s. With that win, they secure a spot in the BOOM Grand Finale, coming up on April 20 at the Tralf.

Film Review

The Red Machine

by M. Faust

1935. The Office of Naval Intelligence, which prides itself on being able to crack any code that comes its way, is stymied by intercepted transmissions from Japan, which has just invaded Manchuria. They learn that the codes are being devised by a new encryption machine capable of making complex ciphers faster than codebreakers can crack them.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 20 - Thursday, January 26)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Crispin Hellon Glover brings his Big Slide Show to Buffalo over two nights on January 25th & 26th.

Puck Stop

Northern Strategy: 12 NHL Teams in Canada

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

This week the Buffalo Sabres went to play in a city they had not visited since the winter of 1996: Winnipeg, Manitoba. After a long absence, the NHL has returned to the city of Winnipeg, but the Jets no longer play at Winnipeg Arena, demolished six years ago.

Letters to Artvoice

Poloncarz and the Arts

Thanks to Artvoice for your continuing coverage of Erie County government, including your reporting on County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s inauguration (“Week in Review,” Artvoice v11n1).

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Anti-Theft ID Breakthrough: For people who become stressed when asked to prove their identities by biometric scans of fingerprints, hand prints or eyeballs, Japan’s Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology has developed a chair frame that authenticates merely by sitting down: a butt-scanner.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s one of my favorite quotes from American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you think.”


Ask Anyone

I have a friend who is, and always has been, a compulsive liar. She’s terrific in every other way, and to be honest, she never lies about anything that matters, and she never lies to gain any advantage that I can see. It’s just about inconsequential things.