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Investigative Post: BMHA Ignores Recycling Mandate, Executive Director Dodges Questions

by Jeremy Izzio & Dan Tevlock,

Ecology & Environment Scrutinized

by Buck Quigley

News Analysis

Angels in Flight

by Bruce Fisher

Unless a last-minute fundraising extravaganza succeeds, Holy Angels Academy will soon be closing, as have so many sturdy Buffalo institutions created for children.

Comedy Feature

Still Smokin'

by M. Faust

Cheech and Chong were onstage in Los Angeles last week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, introducing their longtime producer Lou Adler. Stick around long enough and it’s the kind of gig you get. As Chong puts it by phone from California, “I’ve started getting them from High Times—I think I’ve got three lifetime achievements from them. They think of excuses to give you an award so you’ll show up and they don’t have to pay you.”

Theater Week

Jersey Boys

by Anthony Chase

Moonlight and Magnolias

by Anthony Chase

On The Waterfront

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

Congratulations to Buffalo’s Pam MacKinnon (pictured left), who just received a Tony nomination for her direction of the revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The production also received four other nominations, including Best Revival and Best Actor for Tracy Letts.

Music Feature

Cuts & Breaks

by Cory Perla

On a gray day in Buffalo, four graffiti artists arrive at an abandoned warehouse somewhere within the city limits. If you saw them walking down the street with their bags of painting supplies, you probably wouldn’t tag them as graffiti artists; you might think they were in a local grunge band or on a beer league softball team.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 2: The Moves vs. MayDay!

Congratulations to Essential Vitamins Crew for collecting the most online votes this past week. That wins them a spot in the upcoming BOOM live showdown at the end of this month.

Classical Music Notes

Farewell Performance

by Jan Jezioro

The current four members of the Emerson String Quartet—violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist David Finckel—have performed together since 1979, when Finckel joined the group, which had been founded three years earlier.

Art Scene

A Survey Exhibition at Meridian West Art Gallery

by Gerald Mead

Works by Past and Current UB Media Study Faculty and Students at Hi-Temp Fabrication

by Jack Foran

Film Reviews

The House I Live In

by George Sax

Iron Man 3

by M. Faust

The Angels' Share

by George Sax


by M. Faust

Nancy, Please

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 3 - Thursday, May 9)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Electrorespect 6: A Tribute to Mark Freeland, this Saturday, May 4th at Nietzsche's.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In March, twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens, 70, announced their joint retirement after more than 50 years each on the job—as Amsterdam prostitutes. (In February, the minimum age for prostitutes in the Netherlands was raised to 21, but there is no maximum.) The twins estimated they had 355,000 client-visits between them, and Martine noted that she still has one devoted regular who she’ll have to disappoint.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Imagine you’re in a large room full of costumes. It’s like a masquerade store at Halloween plus a storage area where a theater troupe keeps the apparel its actors use to stage a wide variety of historical plays. You have free reign here.

The Back Page

Best of Buffalo Essay Question Responses

Take a look at Pittsburgh for some inspiration. Much like Buffalo, Pittsburgh is a city that has seen better times. However, unlike Buffalo, Pittsburgh has rejuvenated its waterfront and created several active community areas to attract its residents and tourists. Buffalo is not ever going to be a Los Angeles or an Orlando, but that’s the reason so many people love it here.