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Week in Review

Two Events, One Argument: The Case for Single-Payer Healthcare

by George Sax

Judge Urges Episcopal Church Home to Look After Dilapidated Property

by Jack Foran

Fruit Belt, McCarley Gardens Residents Continue Speaking Up

by Buck Quigley

Small Talk

News Analysis

Water and Wealth

by Bruce Fisher

Earlier this month, Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol published a study that Barack Obama’s consultants must have read before he delivered his second inaugural address. Environmentalists, and humanity in general, should be glad that the re-elected Obama and his team decided that 2013 is a safe, politic, and opportune time for him to talk about anthropogenic climate change, nutso weather, and alternative energy sources.

Guest Essay

What Gets Measured Gets Done

by Paul Wolf,

With a New Year upon us, many people will resolve to make improvements in their lives as far as exercise, diet, relationships, and career. Successful people set goals and track their progress in achieving them.

Art Scene

Vascular Modes

by Jack Foran

How do 21 different artists make artworks that somehow emulate, somehow pay homage to a distinctive new building that is fast achieving signature status among the downtown medical corridor constructions? The results are on show in the Hallwalls Vascular Modes exhibit.

Theater Week

Circle Mirror Transformation

by Anthony Chase

The final fully produced production to be performed on the Studio Arena Theatre stage was the Road Less Traveled version of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2008. Now, the first fully produced play on the reopened theater at 710 Main will be the Road Less Traveled production of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, directed by Scott Behrend, and starring Lisa Vitrano, Dave Hayes, Morgan Chard, Robert Rutland, and Kelsey George Mogensen.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Ellen Burstyn (pictured above), who turned 80 this past December, is back on Broadway starring in the revival of William Inge’s Picnic (through February 24). Winner of the 1975 Tony award for her performance in Same Time, Next Year, Burstyn’s recent three Broadway outings had very short runs.

Classical Music Notes

Portals into the Present and Future

by Jan Jezioro

Tim Fain is no stranger to Buffalo audiences. He first appeared locally in one of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s free Sunday afternoon “Gift to the Community” concerts soon after he had won the prestigious Young Concert Artists competition in 1999.

Film Reviews

Mama, The Last Stand, Broken City

by M. Faust

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

by Buck Quigley


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 25 - Thursday, January 31)

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 Artvoice Battle of Original Music Round 1 Live Show, featuring bands selected by Artvoice readers, this Saturday the 26th.

You Auto Know

Plug 'n' Go

by Jim Corbran

You’re forgiven if you’ve never before seen one of these. Its full (and rather cumbersome) name is Mitsubishi i-MiEV—the MiEV part standing for “Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle.” I don’t know who their capitalization consultant was, but I suspect it was someone who thought a random mix of upper- and lower-case letters was “hip.” To me it’s just confusing.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A leading “adult” search engine reported in December that, over the last seven years, just two of the most popular Internet pornography websites it analyzes have been viewed 93 billion separate times, which averages to about 13 views for every person on Earth.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.” So said the eccentric, outspoken, and hard-partying actress Talullah Bankhead (1902-1968). Can you guess her astrological sign?

The Back Page

Comix: Tom Van Deusen

Tom Van Deusen studied art at the University at Buffalo. After graduating in 2008, he helped found the arts group Sugar City and lived above their Wadsworth location for a while. He has since helped start the quarterly comics tabloid Intruder, and some of his own titles include Eat Eat Eat, A Matter of Life and Death, and Scorched Earth.