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Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Guide 2013: The Gift of Giving

by Geoff Kelly

45 Gift Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Please

by Artvoice Staff

Buy Nothing This Christmas

by Michael I. Niman

Shopping Challenge: Downtown Buffalo, Lunchtime

by Geoff Kelly

One-Stop Shopping

by Geoff Kelly

Everything's On Elmwood

by Sarah Barry

Main Street, East Aurora

by Geoff Kelly

Go North for Christmas

by Buck Quigley

News Analysis

A Shortage of Nobles

by Bruce Fisher

The Organistion for Economic Co-operation and Development just released a report warning of a looming global economic catastrophe—a replay of 2008—because the same Tea Party Republicans who shut down the US government in October may do so again in January.

Guest Essay

November 1963

by Kevin Gaughan

On November 16, 1963, my father, Vincent Gaughan, Sr., navy blue overcoat draping his body, hugged my mother, kissed his seven children—pausing with my brother Vincent and me, ages 11 and 9, to review our chores one last time—and left our Hamburg home. He took the still-new State Thruway and brand-new Kensington Expressway to the Buffalo airport, and boarded a United Airlines flight to Texas. His friend, President John Kennedy, had once again asked for his help.

Guest Commentary

Should Extremist Parties Be Banned?

by Jan-Werner Mueller, Project Syndicate

The Greek government’s crackdown on the country’s far-right Golden Dawn party has revived a vexing question that seemed to have disappeared with the Cold War’s end: Is there a place within liberal democracies for apparently anti-democratic parties?

Holiday Gift Guide

For Everyone, A Book

by Woody Brown

The holiday season, despite your earnest protestations, again approaches like a clown car filled with everyone we love and dread. What to give, and to whom? I am a strong advocate for the book as a gift. A book is by definition too complex to seem like a yuletide afterthought. A book is also too dynamic and too smart (even the stupid ones) to be rejected outright like, say, the zebra-print Snuggie you may have been considering purchasing for the lucky people on your list.

Holiday Gift Guide

A World of Cinema

by M. Faust

What do you get a movie buff for Christmas? No more gift books from Blockbuster, that’s for sure.

Holiday Gift Guide

Stocking Stuffers

by Jim Corbran

Does anybody really buy a car as a Christmas gift? I doubt it. At least, not the kind you could get into and drive away in. But there are still plenty of gift choices out there for the four-wheel enthusiast on your list.

Art Scene

An Exhibit of Women Artists From the Burchfield Penney's Collection

by Patricia Pendleton

Works by Matt Grote's Alter Ego at Villa Maria College

by J. Tim Raymond

Amos Sangster's Niagara at Meibohm Fine Arts

by Jack Foran

Classical Music Notes

Beethoven's Piano

by Jan Jezioro

This weekend’s pair of BPO concerts on Friday morning at 10:30am and Saturday at 8pm will feature the return to the podium of music director JoAnn Falletta, following last weekend’s highly successful appearance of star violinist Anne Akiko Meyers under the finely-tuned baton of Mexican guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, who very ably allowed the orchestra to display the full extent of its ensemble virtuosity, never a given with a guest conductor.

Theater News


by Javier

Movie star Jeff Goldblum (pictured above) is back on the New York stage starring in Domesticated, the new play by Bruce Norris, author of the celebrated Clybourne Park (now playing at 710 Main in a fine production by Road Less Traveled). Best known for the movies The Fly and Jurassic Park, Goldblum made his Broadway debut in 1971 in the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Film Reviews

Dallas Buyers Club

by M. Faust

Delivery Man

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 22 - Thursday, November 28)

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 Human Race, taking place this Saturday the 23rd at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center.

Lit City

A Must-See at Buffalo's Babel Series

by Barbara Cole

On Friday, November 22, Amy Tan will come to Kleinhans Music Hall as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series. Tan has been all over the news recently, popping up everywhere from CBS This Morning and NPR’s On Point to reviews in nearly every major newspaper for her new book, The Valley of Amazement.

Book Review

Mining the Anxiety of Effort

by Patricia Pendleton

Janna Malamud Smith is a psychotherapist/writer who reveals the mental processes required for the mastery of technique and form common to all creative pursuits. She also points out possible psychological obstacles and draws upon literature, observations, and experience to guide the reader to greater clarity. This book is for artists, aspiring artists, and anyone wishing to excavate what is undone in their life.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The California genetic testing company 23andMe was recently awarded a patent for a computer program that lets parents, by running probabilities through the known relevant cell and DNA variables (of over 240 conditions and traits), predict their “perfect” baby.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Costa Rica will be closing its zoos in 2014. What will happen to the 400 or so animals that are housed there? They will have to be rehabilitated at animal rescue centers and then released into the wild. I suspect there will be a metaphorically similar process going on for you in the coming months, Sagittarius.

The Back Page

Chalk Art: 810 Main Street

Here’s a pretty good bet: If you spend a couple cold days creating sidewalk art in front of the Artvoice offices, we’re probably going to feature that work in the paper. This chalk drawing was made by Ryan Meegan and Amanda Nannette Schoene earlier this week to promote the Human Race, a multi-form art event that takes place at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center on Saturday, November 23.