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The News, Briefly

Soul Connection: Rocca Meets the Love Doctor

by Cory Perla

Grant vs. Kennedy Starts Early in the Pages of the Buffalo News

by Geoff Kelly

News Analysis

Professor Obama's Amnesia

by Bruce Fisher

Progressives got themselves quite excited recently. There was widespread speculation that President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address would squarely address the radically amplified trend toward income inequality that has begun to become a political fact since Bill DiBlasio’s landslide victory in New York City’s mayoral race.

Guest Essay

GSA is Second Federal Agency to Consider Moving Truck Traffic Off the Peace Bridge

by Arthur J. Giacalone

The front-page cover story in the Sunday, January 26 edition of the Buffalo News, “The Secret Attempt To Ban Trucks At The Peace Bridge,” reveals just how swiftly state and federal officials moved to scuttle consideration of a plan to reduce the high rate of childhood asthma in a City of Buffalo neighborhood near the Peace Bridge.

Local Profile

One Local Man's Record-Breaking Hobby

by Ryan Wolf

In 1978, Michael Thomasson and his older brother rode their bicycles to a local Dairy Queen. Young Michael entered the building craving a Mr. Misty, jingling the coins in his pocket, when a shape that would define his destiny appeared before him.

Art Scene

Work by Alex Spaulding and Ani Hoover at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

by Jack Foran

Collages and paintings by Laurie Tanner at Pausa Art House

by Patricia Pendleton

Theater Week

Very Fine Use of a Grenade

by Anthony Chase

The press fodder for Road Less Traveled Productions’ premiere of Mark Witteveen’s new play, Very Fine Use of a Grenade, promises “a mystery that unfolds in the grand tradition of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Christopher Nolan’s Memento.”

Theater News


by Javier

The super-fabulous Cherry Jones (pictured left) was inducted in New York’s Theatre Hall of Fame this past Monday. Jones is a top favorite for this year’s Tony award for her performance in The Glass Menagerie, which ends its extended limited run on Broadway on February 23.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 2: Jealous Girls vs. Wolf

Last week, Ronaldraygun collected the most online votes and thus proceed to our next live show on February 28. This week we offer Wolf vs. Jealous Girls.

Classical Music Notes

"Give Me Dangerous Music"

by Jan Jezioro

Wooden Cities, a new music ensemble with close ties to the University at Buffalo, will present the inaugural Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment Concert, a free public event sponsored by the UB Music Library, on Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm in Slee Hall on the UB Amherst campus.

Film Reviews

The Great Beauty

by George Sax

Labor Day

by M. Faust

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 31 - Thursday, February 6)

Flim Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: AFI, this Saturday, February 1st at the Town Ballroom.

You Auto Know

Driving Test Dream Car

by Jim Corbran

Okay, they’d probably never let you get away with using it on your driver’s test, but I was absolutely fascinated by the Park Assist feature on the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Premium, which is the subject of this week’s test drive.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Everyone’s Above Average: Ask Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average” in such areas as driving skill, sexual prowess, and general honesty.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Extravagant wigs became fashionable for a while in 18th-century England. They could soar as high as four feet above a woman’s head. Collections of fruit might be arrayed in the mass of hair, along with small replicas of gardens, taxidermically stuffed birds, and model ships.