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News Feature

Meet Kevin Connor: Change Agent

by Harper S. E. Bishop

When I first returned to Buffalo from Washington DC, I could count the number of people I knew on one hand. Kevin Connor was among the first new people I met. I can’t recall the details of our meeting, but like many interactions to follow, I’m sure it entailed talk of community economic development, of politics smattered with local folklore.

News Analysis

Looking For That Old Spark

by Bruce Fisher

Set side by side, two brand-new reports from two big international agencies—the UN climate-change committee and the International Monetary Fund—should induce acute mental distress in any person masochistic enough to look at them both.

Art Scene

Arts Commedia

by Jack Foran

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard,” any number of great performance artists have been said to have said on their deathbed, going back to the Romantic era Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, forward to Stan Laurel and Groucho Marx. Much the same with comic visual art, if the general dearth of it is any indication.

Theater Week

The Trojan Women

by Anthony Chase

Buffalo Moon

by Buffalo Moon

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Lea Michele (pictured above) sang Sondheim this week on her TV show, Glee. The series is now following Michele’s character as she gets ready to star in a Broadway revival of Funny Girl.

Classical Music Notes

Genuine Gold

by Jan Jezioro

Sometimes it takes a while for a masterwork of the symphonic repertoire to be recognized. An example of just such a work was featured recently by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra when music director JoAnn Falletta led outstanding performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 that were unfortunately diminished only in the work’s final movement by a subpar performance by the guest soprano, who was suffering from bronchitis.

Music Feature

The Return of the Gangster

by Alicia Greco

Daniel Dewan Sewell, also known as Detroit-born rapper Danny Brown, cuts to the chase with one of the most unique voices in today’s rap game. He started rhyming as a child and, after spending time in jail at the age of 19, nearly missing his chance at the rap game, he’s now only beginning to peak at the age of 33.

Film Feature

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

by Anthony Chase

With a no-nonsense way of talking, a suffer-no-fools attitude, and a voice that reverberates like a lion roaring, Elaine Stitch is the ultimate hard-boiled Broadway dame. She turned 89 years old this year.

Film Reviews

The Raid 2

by M. Faust

The Face of Love

by M. Faust

Le Week-End

by M. Faust

Draft Day

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 11 - Thursday, April 17)

Flim Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week, Artvoice B.O.O.M! Round 3 Live Show, this Friday, April 11th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

Going Places

by Jim Corbran

Yes, going places is just what you’ll want to do in your new Lexus GS. As Rick Merlino, sales manager at Northtown Lexus, pointed out before this week’s test drive began, “It has all of the amenities. Of course, what would you expect in a $57,000 car.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“The trucks full of paperwork come every day,” wrote The Washington Post in March, down a country road in Boyers, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, and descend “into the earth” to deliver federal retiree applications to the eight “supermarket”-sized caverns 230 feet below ground where Office of Personnel Management bureaucrats process them—manually—and store them in 28,000 metal filing cabinets.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Freedom is the most important kind of joy you can seek right now. It’s also the most important subject to study and think about, as well as the most important skill to hone.