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Best of Buffalo 2015

And the Nominees are...

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Housing Feature

A Dollar and a Dream

by Peter Soscia

You can buy this house for one dollar. Seems like a proposition anyone would take an advantage of but truly the Buffalo Urban Homestead Program requires a certain type a person. The program has been around for almost four decades but only since the housing crisis has light been shed on the program. The simple fact is no one can actually purchase a home for a dollar.

Film Feature

Independent Horror Film produced by local artist to debut in Buffalo

by Jordan Canahai

If you’re like me and grew up loving the classic Universal Studios Monster movies, then you should definitely check out the latest opus from local filmmaker Emil Novak, Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster, debuting next week at the North Park Theater.

Beer Feature

Zen and the Art of Craft Beer

by Erik Wollschlager

Balance. The very world that we live in is based on this simple term—scientists call it homeostasis, but simple, beer drinking folks like us call it balance. Balance is, in fact, one of the best parts of beer—how someone can take all of those ingredients and make them fit together perfectly is something truly magical. Not since the TASTES GREAT/LESS FILLING debate has balance been so important, but here in Buffalo, balance is indeed making a new name for itself.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Community Beer Works Singularity Citra & Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner

Art Scene

Youthful artists shine in regional exhibit

by Jack Foran

Coexistence: Humans and Nature is a multi-dual exhibit, occurring in two places and involving two youngish presenter groups. The presenter groups are AK Teens: Future Curators, who chose the works on show and put the show together, and the actual artists of the works, high school students from across Western New York and all the way to Toronto, Canada, who submitted artwork upon invitation from the Albright-Knox Education Department.

Classical Music Notes

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and... Rossini?

by Jan Jezioro

The BPO this concert season continues to surprise and delight by its exceptionally innovative and interesting programming. This weekend’s pair of Kleinhans Hall concerts, on Saturday May 9 at 8pm and Sunday May 10 at 2:30pm extends the streak, with guest conductor Leon Botstein, who has been the president of Bard College since 1975, leading the orchestra in its first ever performance of Shostakovich’s final symphony, the Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141.

Theater News


by Javier

Television and stage star David Burtka (pictured above) is back on Broadway, starring in the musical, It Shoulda Been You. Burtka, who will turn 40 this month, made his Broadway debut as Tulsa in the 2003 revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters. He and actor Neil Patrick Harris married in Italy in September.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 4: Jess Chizuk vs. Greg Barresi

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to this week’s contestants, Jess Chizuk and Greg Barresi.

Featured Events

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Film Review

Clouds of Sils Maria

by Jordan Canahai

In the surprisingly long tradition of wonderful films from singular and visionary male directors about strong women who find their identities doubled or made enigmatic, such as Bergman’s Persona, Altman’s Three Women, and Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, one can now invoke Olivier Assayas invigorating Clouds of Sils Maria in such diverse and august company.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, May 8 - Thursday, May 14)

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Graphic Traffic

A History of Violence

by Carolyn Marcille

Ministry of Space

by Joe Tell

You Auto Know

2015 Ford F-150 Super Cab 4x4

by Jim Corbran

What? you say? America’s best-selling vehicle for the past 32 years, an underdog? America’s best-selling pickup for the past 37 years, an underdog? Well, not exactly. What I meant was, when I decided on the F-150, I also decided I wanted one of those bare-bones work-like trucks, not the 50 grand lux-up you see in the parking lots of fancy restaurants.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

According to witnesses questioned by the Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff’s Office (on the scene after shots had been reported at Murphy’s Express Gas station in March), one customer had fired at another, hitting him in the foot, because he felt that the customer was staring at him while he pumped gas.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health: Withdraw your attention from the life that lies behind you, and be excited about the life that stretches ahead of you. Forget about the past, and get wildly inventive as you imagine the interesting future you will create for yourself.