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Photographic Memories

by Samantha Wulff

Remember being fascinated by old sepia toned or black-and-white photographs from the 1800s, 1920s, WWII or any time in the far flung past? Details like old signs; dresses, hats, horses, carriages, cars or weathered barns draw you to a world long gone. The close up of faces staring at you beckon you to them and for a moment you’re transported to another time and place.

News Feature

Worker Rights and the Minimum Wage

by Paul Wolf, Esq.

Working a minimum wage retail job is not easy. Through my two children working minimum wage jobs I have learned how poorly many managers treat their employees.

Beer Feature

Holiday gifts for the beer snob

by Erik Wollschlager

There can be little doubt that we have become a society of instant gratification. We want it, we want it now, and we will get it now. Because we have little patience, and supply is so high that demand is almost always met, it can be very difficult to find a gift that your loved one wants, much less needs.


Bills Living the Improbable Dream

by Dave Staba

After Buffalo beat Cleveland 26-10 on Sunday, all the Bills need to assure themselves of snapping their 15-year spell of playoff avoidance is to beat the three best teams in the National Football League, while managing to not lose to the worst.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 1: Queen City Riot vs. The Nigh

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to our first contestants, Queen City Riot and The Nigh.

Art Scene

Helen Frankenthaler and Paul Feeley works on display at AKAG

by Jack Foran

Two beautiful interrelated exhibits at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery present paintings of seminal transformative abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler from her career crucial decades the 1960s and 1970s, and paintings and sculptures of her art teacher in college, abstract unexpressionist Paul Feeley.

Theatrically Speaking

Cinderella in one paragraph

by Anthony Chase

Yes you are likely to love Rodgers & Hammerstein’s updated Cinderella, now at Shea’s, whether you are young or old, a curmudgeonly cynic or a sentimental fool.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Kelli O’Hara (pictured above) is keeping very busy these days. For the past few weeks she’s been rehearsing for her performance as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan Live!, which airs this week, December 4th at 8 p.m. on channel 2.

Film Reviews

The Theory of Everything

by Jordan Canahai

The Homesman

by Jordan Canahai

Classical Music Notes

Soloists Michael Ludwig and Anna Mattix are in the spotlight

by Jan Jezioro

On Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director JoAnn Falletta returns to the podium to conduct a program featuring works by Sibelius. Former BPO concertmaster Michael Ludwig, who left the orchestra at the end of last season to pursue a career as a soloist, will be the soloist in the Violin Concerto, Op. 47, D minor. BPO English horn player Anna Mattix is the featured soloist in The Swan of Tuonela, a tone poem last performed by the BPO in 1968.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Film Now Playing

Movie Listings (Friday, December 5 - Thursday, December 11)

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Flogging Molly, performing at the Rapids Theater, Thursday, December 4.

Graphic Traffic

Criminal: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 HC

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes

by Carolyn Marcille

Jan's Atomic Heart and Other Stories

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

You Auto Know

2015 Chevrolet SS

by Jim Corbran

There are two large Chevy sedans which I bet most of you have never sat in. One, the Caprice PPV, you probably don’t want to. It’s a police-exclusive vehicle, not based on any other Chevrolet model sold in North America. The other sedan is the subject of this week’s test drive—the SS.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Indonesia’s holy “Sex Mountain” on the island of Java is still performing its incomprehensible function of making Muslims feel prosperous and optimistic if they have intercourse with strangers, as reported in November by Australia’s “SBS Dateline” TV program. A reporter journeyed to Mount Kemukus (near the heavily populated Surakarta) to observe the mass adultery whose origin dates to the 16th century.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): With both symbolic and practical actions, Sagittarius-born Pope Francis has tried to reframe the message of the Catholic Church. He’s having public showers installed for the homeless in Vatican City.