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Cover Story

Controversy looms over ASi, the winner of the 43North competition

by Ethan Powers

On October 30, 2014, a packed crowd at Shea’s Performing Arts Center watched Glenn Thomas accept the $1 million grand prize from the “world’s largest business idea competition” organized by 43North. The excitement was palpable as a local company from Tonawanda with a revolutionary metal forming idea beat out almost 7,000 entries from 96 countries and all 50 states.

News Feature

SEQRA Must Be Complied With Before Chautauqua's Amphitheater can be demolished

by Arthur J. Giacalone

Seventy miles south of Buffalo is a revered meeting place where a multitude of America’s deepest thinkers and political elite have shared their ideas. Its stage has been graced by historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Puck Stop

Canada Wins Thriller over Russia in Toronto

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Many hockey fans here in Buffalo were riveted to their TV sets this past Monday, watching the gold medal matchup in the IIHF U20 World Championships.

Upon Further Review

Whatta Marrone!

by Dave Staba

When the most recent coach of the Buffalo Bills abruptly walked away from the franchise on New Year’s Eve, there were two ways of looking at his decision.

Art Scene

Birds and Their Songs at BT&C Gallery

by Jack Foran

Two artists joined forces Saturday night at the BT&C Gallery in a visual and audio presentation about birds. Augmented further performances are scheduled for January 13 and 29 at the same locale.

Theatrically Speaking

A Pair of New Productions by Celebrated Playwrights

by Anthony Chase

Two shows opening on Buffalo’s stages this week feature venerable astonishingly prolific playwrights, one, not only American but Buffalonian; the other, British.

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and screen actor Billy Magnussen (pictured above) seems to have had a lot of fun playing Rapunzel’s Prince in the movie adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which was the second highest-grossing film this past weekend.

Classical Music Notes

Don't Shoot the Piano Tuner

by Jan Jezioro

The idea for this column occurred recently, at a venue that shall remain nameless, while eagerly anticipating a solo recital by one of the finest pianists in Western New York. After the first few notes had been played, the person sitting next to me exasperatedly whispered “The piano is out of tune!”

Film Review

Inherent Vice

by Jordan Canahai

For a writer/director with such a remarkably distinct vision, Paul Thomas Anderson sure has created a very diverse body of work throughout his nearly 20 year career. With modern classics like Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, and The Master he has not only established a reputation as one of our best filmmakers, but also chronicler-in-chief of California’s storied history and the damaged souls who populate it.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1 Quarterfinals Are Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: The Nigh, Intent to Sell, Imperial Brown, and our latest winners, Shattered Glass!


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Letters to Artvoice

Radiation: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

by Mary Faith Bonney, Buffalo

Where's the Transparency

by Richard Ehlers, Clarence

Urban Farms for Buffalo

by Joanna and Larry Bachman, Buffalo

Community Farms for America

by Garrett Collins, Orange City, FL

Legalize It

by Eric Hafner, Toms River, NJ

Graphic Traffic

Global Frequency

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Thanos Rising

by Joe Tell

Wolverine: Old Man Logan

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Richard Rosario is in year 18 of a 25-to-life sentence for murder, even though 13 alibi witnesses have tried to tell authorities that he was with them—1,000 miles away—at the time of the crime.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Songwriter RB Morris wrote a fanciful poem in which he imagines a smart mockingbird hearing rock and roll music for the first time.