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Cover Story

Happy Nuclear Year

by Buck Quigley & Lou Ricciuti

A controversy erupted in Niagara Falls, NY, this year over plans to relocate a New York State Parks Police barracks from Goat Island to a parcel of land behind the Howard Johnson hotel near the rim of the Niagara Gorge and adjacent to the Rainbow Bridge to Canada.

Investigative Post

What We Don't Know We Don't Know

by Charlotte Keith

Have a complaint about uncollected trash or a noisy neighbor?

New York City has an app for that.

News Feature

The Fog Begins to Lift on the Outer Harbor

by Alan Oberst

The iconic image from Winter Storm Knife will forever be seared in our collective memory: the Lake Effect snow wall as seen from the What-Are-We-Calling-It-These-Days Tower. Especially striking in that image is the Outer Harbor cut in half: the northern half having a sunny fall day, while the southern half is cloaked in snowy invisibility.

Art Scene

Synesthetic Scene

by Jack Foran

The current art of Charles Burchfield display at the Burchfield Penney gets to the originality of this great watercolorist, the special visual language he invented to represent things invisible.

Theatrically Speaking

Holiday Respite

by Anthony Chase

We may be in the thick of the holiday season, but it is still possible to get out of the house for a show. Three offerings currently on the boards provide an odd artistic sampling.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous movie and stage star Sigourney Weaver (pictured left) was recently quoted as saying “I used to play the girl, now I play the grandmother.” Weaver, who turned 65 in October, stars in the recently released Bible epic film Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Sports Feature

2014: The Year in Sports

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

It would be great to report that 2014 was a watershed year for Buffalo sports. And it was, but not in the way we would like this to be.

Upon Further Review

Blame Abounds as Bills' Season Crashes In

by Dave Staba

It would be easy to blame the dispiriting end to Buffalo’s football season on Kyle Orton.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 4: Second Trip vs. Shattered Glass

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to our contestants, Second Trip and Shattered Glass.

Film Review

Big Eyes

by Jordan Canahai

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, the new biographical drama about famed artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), follows her tumultuous relationship to husband, Walter Keane (Cristoph Waltz).


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, December 26 - Thursday, January 1)

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Christmas Party at Pearl Street at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery on Thursday, December 25th.

Graphic Traffic

Batwoman: Volume 1 - Hydrology

by Carolyn Marcille

The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime

by Joe Tell

Punk Rock Jesus

by Diana Guild

Letters to Artvoice

Peace, Love & Understanding

by Joseph Ciarlo

Sewage Backup

by Michael Sticht

Hollowing Our Military

by Donald A. Moskowitz

Modest Proposals

by Kevin F. Yost

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

People advertising for love interests via online dating sites have apparently become picky about how they describe their sexuality.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When he was 37 years old, actor Jack Nicholson found out that Ethel May, the woman he had always called his mother, was in fact his grandma.