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News Analysis

The Francis Landscape

by Bruce Fisher

Did Pope Francis really mean it—that unregulated financial capitalism is bad? That’s the question that the business media are momentarily amusing themselves with. From the Financial Times of London to the Wall Street Journal to the neo-liberal secularists of Manhattan, Washington, and cyberspace, lots of columnists are becoming theologians as they endeavor to dissect the latest papal encyclical.

Art Scene

Esther Neisen's Beautiful Creatures at Canisius College

by Jack Foran

Gary L. Wolfe Puts Faces on Homelessness at Artspace Buffalo Gallery

by Patricia Pendleton

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 1: Fountainhead vs. The Observers

Welcome to the eighth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Briefly, here’s how it works: Each week, we will feature two local, original music acts like the ones you see to your right. Next, hundreds of readers like you will visit to listen to their music and click on the band they like the best. The band that gets the most votes this way wins a spot in our live showdown scheduled for January 17 at Nietzsche’s.

Music Feature

The Evolution of Duke's

by Cory Perla

Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar in Allentown has gradually evolved since it opened in 2010. What began as simply a bar with a ton of beer—more than 157 varieties—quickly turned into one of the area’s premier locations to hear live electronic music. It has since morphed into an all-encompassing music venue—from jazz to hip hop, rock to punk, and electronic to funk—with a gourmet kitchen, and a back patio to boot.

Theater Week

Mike Randall as Charles Dickens

by Anthony Chase

Two New Theater Companies: Raices and Buffalo Public

by Anthony Chase

Bounty at the New Phoenix

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and TV star Dulé Hill (pictured above) is back on Broadway starring in the musical After Midnight.

Classical Music Notes

Christmas is Still Coming

by Jan Jezioro

This year Christmas, as it always has, and as it always will, occurs on December 25. Yet there seems to be an inevitable, ongoing seasonal creep that has resulted in the ever-increasing scheduling of major Christmas music celebrations during the last weekend in November.

Film Reviews

Oldboy and The Book Thief

by M. Faust

As a rule of thumb, when a movie opens without having been previewed for the press, it’s because the distributor has no faith in it. Usually that’s with good reason: They know it’s a dog, so why let the public find out any sooner than necessary?


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, December 6 - Thursday, December 10)

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 Queen City Market, this Saturday the 7th at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.

You Auto Know

YAK Gets Shifty

by Jim Corbran

Fucillo Toyota sales associate Luigi Corradino asked before my test drive, “Can you drive a standard?” Hah! My first pedal car was a standard. I think.

Letters to Artvoice

Delaware North's ECIDA Request Tarnishes Jacobs Family's Image

by Arthur J. Giacalone

Who Really Needs Government Help?

by Adeline Levine

Memorial: Saying Farewell to Dan McParlane

by Patrick Burke

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Is the signature smell of Texas A&M University more “Italian lemon, bergamot and iced pineapple” (that open into “a body of vivid florals, raw nutmeg and cinnamon”) or more “bat feces” and “chilifest stink”? The two commentaries were contrasted in a November Wall Street Journal report on the introduction of Masik Collegiate Fragrances’ Texas A&M cologne (one of 17 Masik college clients) at around $40 for a 1.7-ounce bottle.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The standard dictionary says that “righteous” is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that “righteous” describes someone or something that’s absolutely genuine and wonderful.

The Back Page

Friday, December 6: Allentown First Friday Roundup

The First Friday gallery walk in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood is pretty great every month, but this Friday, December 6, promises to be extra special: a light covering of snow to beautify the streets and a plethora of participating venues that will keep their doors open late, inviting the public to view (and perhaps even to buy) the work of local artists and artisans.