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FTP: Film Tha Police

by Jon Moran

Buffalo Police Officer John Cirulli has been suspended without pay after a cell phone video was released last Monday that showed him exercising excessive force against 22-year-old John Willet. Five officers have also been placed on paid administrative leave for not stepping in when Cirulli brutalized a handcuffed, submissive Willet.

News Analysis

The Downtown Stadium

by Bruce Fisher

Although Buffalo is arguably the smallest National Football League market, and despite the good arguments for freeing the community from both the distraction and the financial drain of the Buffalo Bills franchise, the Buffalo Bills will stay here, and will play their games in a new, publicly financed stadium.

The News, Briefly

Now the Voting's Over: Considering Charters vs. The Public Schools

by George Sax

During the lead-up to the Buffalo school board election held this week, news coverage and public attention were often focused on whether superintendent Pamela Brown should be retained in her position.

Art Scene

An Evening of Food and Art at Fargo House on Saturday, May 17

by Patricia Pendleton

The Late Don Stockman's Photos at the Broadway Market

by Jack Foran

Theater Week

Tovah Feldshuh in Buffalo

by Anthony Chase

“I’ve played many Jewish mothers,” observes actress Tovah Feldshuh, “but I’m very honored to come to Buffalo to play the mother of a state, on Mother’s Day. I’ve never played Buffalo before!”

Theater News


by Javier

The musical First Date came and went on Broadway this season but its male lead, Zachary Levi (pictured left), will be the recipient of a Theatre World Award for his performance.

Classical Music Notes

Dancing With the BPO

by Jan Jezioro

There are premieres and then there are world premieres. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director JoAnn Falletta has done an outstanding job in this year’s classical series concert season of introducing for the first time in the orchestra’s long history works that have never been performed at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 4: Monday Night Mistake vs. Like a Parrot

Congratulations to Mon-Byrds for winning last week’s contest. They join the Spin Wires and the Heavenly Chillbillies, who previously won spots in the next (and last) semifinal on May 23. This week we offer the final two BOOM contestants for this year’s go-around: Like a Parrot vs. Monday Night Mistake.

Film Reviews

Only Lovers Left Alive, Fading Gigolo, Neighbors

by M. Faust

A Promise

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 9 - Thursday, May 15)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Mastodon, this Monday, May 12th at the Town Ballroom.

You Auto Know

Finding Itself

by Jim Corbran

“The Lincoln Motor Company.” Sounds strange, but that’s what it is these days since the demise of the Mercury brand. And with the divestiture of Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo (not to mention a 25 percent stake in Mazda), I imagine it’s pretty lonely these days at Ford’s world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission in March reprimanded three pornography broadcast stations—not for excessively erotic fare, but for violating Canada’s protectionist, patriotic rules requiring that at least 35 percent of all content be of Canadian origin.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Free jazz is a type of music that emerged in the 1950s as a rebellion against jazz conventions. Its meter is fluid and its harmonies unfamiliar, sometimes atonal. Song structures may be experimental and unpredictable.