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Last Minute Gift Guide

Last Minute Gifts

by Judy Sperry

Elmwood Gift Guide

by Artvoice Staff

Main St Shopping Guide

by Artvoice Staff

Hertel Ave Shopping Guide

by Artvoice Staff

Read All About It

by Jonathan Welch, Talking Leaves Books

Seven Goofy Gifts

by Artvoice Staff

Top Ten Winter Music List (Part 2)

by Jeff Czum

Local Classical Music Gifts

by Jan Jezioro

Seasonal Entertaining & Holiday Cocktails

by Judy Sperry

Do Good, Feel Good

by Joy Resor

News Feature

Who Does Congress Work For?

by Paul Wolf, Esq.

“Who does Congress work for? Does it work for the millionaires, the billionaires, the giant companies with their armies of lobbyists and lawyers, or does it work for all the people”?

Art Scene

Instructors and Pupils Display Works at El Museo

by Jack Foran

The current show at El Museo examines into the folk philosophical dictum about the apple not falling far from the tree. It consists of works by art teachers in the public schools along with works of some of their students, or in some cases their kids.

Theatrically Speaking

The Twain Shall Meet

by Anthony Chase

Chris Kelly is a fixture in the theater community. He’s worked as an actor and as a director. In the latter role he’s made a reputation for re-envisioning classics with invention and a minimalist aesthetic. He is also the manager for the popular local music group, The Albrights. He cast two of the group members as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn at the New Phoenix Theatre.

Theatrically Speaking

Buffalo to Big Apple Circus

by Anthony Chase

Many Buffalonians will find their way to New York City over the holidays and I am often asked “What should I see?”

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 3: Mr. Boneless vs. Imperial Brown

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, Intent to Sell and Tugboat.

Classical Music Notes

Jazz Vocalist James Torme makes his Buffalo Debut

by Jan Jezioro

For many Buffalonians, the Holiday Season would not seem complete without attending one of the very popular BPO Holiday Pops concerts in Kleinhans Music Hall. This year, due to popular demand, the BPO is scheduling four performances, including two on Friday, December 19 at 10:30am and at 8pm, along with an 8pm concert on Saturday December 20, with the final performance at 2:30pm on Sunday December 21.

Beer Feature

Cheer on Tap

by Erik Wollschlager

The Bills are really going to win this one, huh?” The question was posed by the co-owner of Williamsville’s newest craft beer destination, Moor Pat’s Peter Braun.

Upon Further Review

Buzz-Worthy Bills D Keeps Playoff Hope (Faintly) Alive

by Dave Staba

Here’s something you don’t hear very often: “You do not want to play the Bills in the playoffs right now.”

Film Reviews


by Jordan Canahai


by Jordan Canahai

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by E. Ladd


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, December 19 - Thursday, December 25)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Every Time I Die After Party, featuring Soul Patch at the Waiting Room, on Saturday, December 20.

Graphic Traffic

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers Vol. 1

by Carolyn Marcille

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: Revival

by Brian Kearney

Zero Vol. 1: An Emergency

by Mike Hoffert

You Auto Know

2014 BMW i3

by Jim Corbran

I’m one of those guys who enjoys the throaty sound of a powerful engine when you step hard on the gas pedal. None of that happened on last week’s test drive.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A passerby shooting video in November outside the Lucky River Chinese restaurant in San Francisco caught an employee banging large slabs of frozen meat on the sidewalk—which was an attempt, said the manager, to defrost them.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “A savage desire for strong emotions and sensations burns inside me: a rage against this soft-tinted, shallow, standardized and sterilized life.”