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Buffalo Pride Week

Ooo La-La-Latrice!

by Sarah Barry

Ambush Pride Party

by Elizabeth Lewin

Buffalo Pride Week Events Guide

by Elizabeth Lewin

The News, Briefly

Remembering the "Critical Massacre"

by Buck Quigley

Critical Mass, a bicycling celebration whose roots can be traced to San Francisco in 1992, is an event that takes place on the last Friday of every month in some 300 cities around the world. The rides are not “organized,” in the sense that there is no hierarchy within the group, and they are not sanctioned by city governments like parades or organized running events. Yet the pack of participating cyclists often takes the traffic lane and slows motorized traffic. There’s the rub.

News Analysis

Subsidizing Suburbia

by Bruce Fisher

Coming in the fall of 2013, Erie Community College will offer no—zero—courses in advanced manufacturing, electrical engineering, clinical laboratory technology, health information technology, or bio-manufacturing at its City Campus.

Guest Essay

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

by John McMahon

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent attempts to force the Peace Bridge Authority to disband may have more to do with robbing Peter to pay Paul than with a desire to reenact the War of 1812.

Theater Week

2013 Artie Award Nominations

by Anthony Chase

The 23rd annual Artie Award ceremony will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Town Ballroom. Admission is a $10 donation, which benefits Benedict House, a facility that provides services to individuals in our community with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Art Scene

Subtle Resistance

Subtle Resistance at the Anderson Gallery is about how artists Grace Hartigan and Joan Mitchell survived and prospered in the male-dominated abstract expressionist art world of the 1950s and 1960s, partly due to the moral as well as financial support of gallerist Martha Jackson, partly by means of artistic strategies they employed to make art that was neither quite in the abstract expressionist mold nor completely alien to the prevailing aesthetic currents of that cold war era.

Classical Music Notes

June in Buffalo

by Jan Jezioro

Alex Ross, the noted music critic for The New Yorker magazine, recently wrote: “Having appeared in Spring for Music [at Carnegie Hall], the Buffalo Philharmonic will return home for June in Buffalo, which this year presents a particularly fascinating lineup of resident composers as well as a new, contemporary-oriented Performance Institute under the direction of Eric Huebner.”

Film Feature

A Festival of Films You'll See Nowhere Else

by M. Faust

Now in its 28th year, the Jewish International Film Festival is this area’s most reliable annual presentation of quality world cinema. This year’s lineup includes 16 films of which only one, a revival of 1985’s Joshua Then and Now, has previously been screened in Buffalo; most have not been commercially distributed in the United States.

Film Reviews

The Iceman

by M. Faust

Something in the Air

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 31 - Thursday, June 6)

Flim Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Artvoice Battle of Original Music Round 4 Live show, this Friday, May 31st at Nietzsche's.

Letters to Artvoice

Fracking: Bad For Farmers, Bad For Everybody

by Rita Yelda

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a dangerous method of drilling for natural gas that threatens our air, land and water. The process produces radioactive wastewater, climate-changing methane emissions, air pollution and groundwater contamination. The soil contamination and pollution, combined with expansive land development and massive water consumption, threaten the health, safety and viability of New York’s thriving food and beverage industry.

Dispatches: War of 1812

"He is Lost! He is Killed!"

by Mason Winfield

It was late spring, 1813. The war hadn’t hit the Niagara hard, but that was about to change. A lot of American sailors and soldiers were on the Niagara, planning a knockout punch for the British. The April pillage of Ontario’s capital York (today’s Toronto) was just a tweak to the nose. Next up was a gut-shot: Fort George.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Abdullah Riyaz, 50, was arrested at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, in April after he appeared to be uncomfortable sitting in the waiting area. Officials found four “biscuits” of solid gold in his socks but obviously thought there might be more, and after nature took its course, found Riyaz to be one of those rare humans with the ability to brag that he once excreted gold (eight more “biscuits”).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In Japan it’s not rude to slurp while you eat your ramen noodles out of a bowl. That’s what the Lonely Planet travel guide told me. In fact, some Japanese hosts expect you to make sounds with your mouth; they take it as a sign that you’re enjoying your meal.