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Best of Buffalo

And the Winners Are...

The results are finally in! The 2013 Best of Buffalo winners were officially announced, and received their awards at our annual Best of Buffalo party held this past Monday, May 13th.

Guest Essay

Mayor Brown's Stonewalling of Public Records is Unacceptable

by Paul Wolf,

The public has a right to know what government officials are doing. The New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) allows citizens to request the ability to review or obtain copies of government records. The federal Freedom of Information Law was enacted in 1966. New York State adopted its own FOIL act in 1974.

Special Report

Alleged Election Law Violations Go Uninvestigated

by Jim Heaney,

Did someone offer Republican Sergio Rodriguez a job to get him to quit the mayoral race? Does anyone care that it’s a crime?

The News, Briefly

Tolbert Talks

On Saturday, former FBI Buffalo office chief Bernie Tolbert announced that he would challenge Mayor Byron Brown in this September’s Democratic primary. If you read the interview we published with Tolbert in last week’s Artvoice, then you already much of what he had to say to the crowd of 200 or so people at the Reverend Dr. Bennett W. Smith, Jr. Family Life Center about why he’s running.

Art Scene

Gary Sczerbaniewicz's Installation at Big Orbit Gallery

by Jack Foran

Designing to Live Sustainably at CEPA Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Asian Lacquer Symposium 2013

by Geoff Kelly

Liz Rywelski's Exhibition at UB Anderson Gallery

by Gerald Mead

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 4: The Forealists vs. Michael King

Congratulations to The Screaming Jeans 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.

Theater News


by Javier

Happy birthday to the fabulous Christine Baranski (pictured), who turned 61 on May 2. Winner of two Tony awards (Stoppard’s The Real Thing, Neil Simon’s Rumors) and an Emmy for her performance in Cybill, Baranski made a welcome return to the New York stage this past weekend to star in the Encores! production of the 1936 Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes.

Classical Music Notes

Exploring the Eroica

by Jan Jezioro

Several years ago, a professional woman in her 30s, just transferred to Buffalo by her large, international corporation, asked a group of her new co-workers about the cultural scene in Buffalo. Among the many possibilities that were brought up, someone mentioned the wonderful season of classical music concerts offered every year by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under its internationally acclaimed music director, JoAnn Falletta.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 17 - Thursday, May 23)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Albrights with Aircraft & Randle and the Late Night Scandals, this Saturday, May 18th at Nietzsche's.

Play Ball!

Buffalo's Own Jim Negrych and the "Wow" Factor

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

It was about two weeks ago when the Buffalo Bisons were heading to Rochester to play a pair. Jim Negrych stepped up to the plate, and the up-to-the-minute statistic flashed on the scoreboard: “At bats: 44. Hits: 22. Average: .500.”

Letters to Artvoice

Advice to a Young Teacher

by Joe Gerken

If I had a son or daughter graduating from Buffalo State College, and planning to pursue a teaching career, I would tell him or her: “Congratulations. Teaching is a rewarding and exciting career. Just don’t work for the Buffalo School District.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The beauty pageant each April at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, requires traditional skills like interview poise, evening-gown fashion and talent, but also some ability and inclination to milk and skin rattlers.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have arrived at the edge of reality. Or rather, to be precise, you have arrived at the edge of what you think of as reality. Here’s where things could get very interesting.