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Cover Story

Bread Rising

by Peter Soscia

When thinking of ways to describe BreadHive Worker Cooperative Bakery, terms like “typical” or “standard” can be left in the thesaurus. From the baking methods to the business model, and the fact that four young, ambitious women own the business—not even the oven is conventional inside the BreadHive.

News Feature

Fruit Belt Residents Still Want a Community Benefit Agreement

by Buck Quigley

There was another standing room only meeting sponsored by the fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force at the Moot Senior Center on High Street Tuesday evening—this time asking the question: Can there be gentrification with justice?

Research Feature

Hitting Notes

by Peter Soscia

Voice and hearing are the most common things people attribute to their poor singing ability. They may deem themselves “tone deaf,” or have “no voice.” However, a current study at the University of Buffalo suggests that singing ability may not be a reflection on the voice or ears, but on the brain.

Environment Feature

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper brings home the money for our waterways

by Douglas Shneider

It can be hard to know what to make of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. If you’ve seen one of their community volunteer efforts, like the Spring Shoreline Sweep that happens annually around Earth Day, they read like a good-natured and low tech civic group with a popular cause.

Beer Feature

Homegrown Suds

by Brian Campbell

New York State’s own brewers, hop farmers and maltsters will be on display at the second annual Farm to Pint event, which shines the spotlight on beer created from locally sourced ingredients.

Film Interview

Ex Machina director Alex Garland on Artificial Intelligence and Morality

by Alex Race

Well I strongly doubt we are on the cusp of developing self aware machines. It’s not going to be anything like a short time frame. Or if it were, I would be extremely surprised. I think you’re looking more at decades than a couple of years, or a century, or even more.


One Dreary Road Trip

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

If there is any set of games the Buffalo Bisons would like to forget about, it’s the six game road trip that week that took them to Durham and Norfolk. The Bisons were swept in both cities and came back to Buffalo at the .500 mark, after such a good opening month to the year.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Maine Beer Company Peeper Pepper Ale & Southern Tier Brewing Co. IPA

Art Scene

Along the Gipsy Trail

by Jack Foran

Wonderful timing on the Patteran artists exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, in the wake of the Center recent exhibit of the paintings of Alexander Levy, a major force in the Buffalo Society of Artists during the 1920s and ‘30s, whose conservative penchant and partisanship caused the more progressive-minded among the BSA artists to split from the old group and form the Patteran Society.

Theatrically Speaking

The Arties draw nigh, Shakespeare at New Phoenix, and a Pulitzer winning drama at Road Less Traveled

by Anthony Chase

All the eligible shows have opened and the voting is underway for the 25th Annual Artie Awards to be held at 710 Main on Monday, June 1st. Get your wardrobe ready....

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.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4 Quarterfinals Are Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: Uncle Ben's Remedy, Rustic Radio, The Get Money Squad, and our most recent Week 4 winners, Jess Chizuk!

Classical Music Notes

Little Art and Little Music

by Jan Jezioro

For the final concert of their season on Wednesday May 20 at 7:30pm at the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway, the Buffalo Chamber Players have decided that it’s best to miniaturize. A collaborative effort with Buffalo visual artist Gerald Mead, the event will explore miniatures in music and art.

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The Great Northern Brotherhood of Cartoonists

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Winter World

by Joe Tell

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now the nonprofit OpenBiome offers donors $40 for bowel movements—to supply “fecal transplants” for patients with nasty C. difficile bacterial infections. (“Healthy” contents are transplanted into the infected gut via endoscope or frozen swallowed capsules so that the good bacteria drive out the antibiotic-resistant bad.)


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): My astrological colleagues discourage me from talking to you Bulls about financial matters. “Most Tauruses know ten times more about the mystery of money than you will ever know,” said one. “Their excellent instincts trump any tips you could offer.” Another astrologer concurred, noting, “The financial advice you give Tauruses will at best be redundant and at worst simplistic.”