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Cover Story

Remembering Spain Rodriguez

by Ishmael Reed

When the great poet Lucille Clifton died, the New York Times said that she was a member of a group of Buffalo black intellectuals. They left out the Irish, Italian, and Jewish American intellectuals, artists, writers, and musicians, who from 1957 (I was 19) to the fall of 1962, when Dave Sharpe and I left for New York on a Greyhound bus, banded together to create a Renaissance in the city.

Week in Review

The Director's Cut

by Buck Quigley

DiNapoli Argues For Public Financing of State Elections

by Geoff Kelly

Peace Bridge War Leaves Basic Questions Unanswered

by Jack Foran

News Analysis

Mayor Who?

by Bruce Fisher

A growing throng of enthusiastic, smart, and well-networked people will tell you that cities have never been more important.

Theater Week

23rd Annual Artie Awards

by Anthony Chase

The 23rd Annual Artie Awards, recognizing excellence in Buffalo theater will be held at the Town Ballroom on Monday, June 3, 2013. The event is a benefit for Benedict House, which provides services to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Art Scene

James Allen and Adele Henderson at Buffalo Arts Studio

by Jack Foran

Esperanza Mayobre at Hallwalls

by J. Tim Raymond

Classical Music Notes

Classical Mode: Cool

by Jan Jezioro

What can you expect when a talented trio of performers, equally at home in jazz originals and jazz improvisations, as well as contemporary avant-garde classical music, and who all happen to be accomplished composers get together?

Music Feature

At Your Service

by Joe Doherty

Seth Avett likes to use the word “journey” often and in earnest. An artist’s journey, he implies, does not have a clean beginning, middle, and end. It is a series of creative impulses that extends over a lifetime. Whether Avett is talking about himself or his musical acquaintance, Bob Dylan, the subtext is always clear: Avett believes he has not arrived because he never will.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4 Quarterfinals Are Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: Essential Vitamins Crew, MayDay!, The Screaming Jeans, and Michael King!

Film Reviews

Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III

by M. Faust

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by M. Faust

At Any Price

by M. Faust

In The House

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 24 - Thursday, May 30)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Cannibal Corpse, who play Thursday, May 30th at the Town Ballroom.

You Auto Know

You Know The Name...

by Jim Corbran

According to Wikipedia…yeah, I know, but according to Wikipedia the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala is the nameplate’s 10th generation. And, without even asking the Wikipedia folks I’ll bet that just about everyone reading this has either a parent, grandparent, or a neighbor who owned one (at least one) at some point since the first 1958 Impala hit the showrooms.

Letters to Artvoice

Save the Skyway

by Jake Cassel

The Humanities Revolution

by David Buczek

Sheriff Howard is in the Right

by Dan Hoffman

Gun Worship vs. Common Sense

by Joeseph Gerken

Kearns: Ban Secret Settlements

by Michael P. Kearns

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Department of Agriculture reported recently that in four of America’s largest cities—New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Denver—nearly one home out of 100 keeps chickens either for a fresh egg supply or as pets, giving rise to chicken services such as Backyard Poultry magazine, and Julie Baker’s Pampered Poultry store.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Giant Sequoias are the biggest trees on the planet. Many are more than 300 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Their longevity is legendary, too. They can live for 2,000 years. And yet their seeds are tiny.