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Summer Guide

Summer Guide

We’ve compiled this handy list to help you make the most out of your beautiful, Buffalo Summer. Take the time to explore the unique festivals and activities you can only find in Western New York.

Summer Guide

2015 Summer Tour Guide

by Kellie Coppola

Investigative Post

Up in the Air

by Dan Telvock

Joe Cessna’s neighbors include chemical plants that are as much a part of the Niagara Falls landscape as the Cataracts.

He’s constantly reminded of their presence. There’s the “nasty smell” that permeates his neighborhood and the greasy film that coats his pool in the summer and car year-round.

Cycling Feature

My Other Car is a Bicycle

by Kathryn Krawczyk

They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle. So this summer, dust off that old bike and get out on the road again.

Sailing Feature

Going With the Wind

by Peter Soscia

A popular activity that comes with warmer summer months is participating in an adult sports league. Around Buffalo you can play golf leagues, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, beer league softball, even kickball. However, one sport that most forget to mention when talking about summer leagues is sailing.

Fashion Feature

Style guru Jimmy Janowski sizes up the 25th Annual Artie Awards

by Jimmy Janowski, photos by Julie C. Foser

This is my credo, “Never say ‘no’ to any award,” no matter how silly or senseless it may seem. That seems like a no-brainer, sort of like when the waitress asks you “Do you want whipped cream on that pie?” Of course! Somebody wants to give you recognition? Take it!

Theatrically Speaking

The 25th Annual Artie Award Winners

by Anthony Chase

For the 25th anniversary of the Artie Awards, held Monday night, June 1st, the event got a new venue. 710 Main. The former home of Studio Arena Theatre turned out to be a terrific location for Artvoice’s annual celebration of our theater community. The Artie crowd warmed up the house with an energy the room hasn’t felt for years!

Garden Walks

Go to a Garden Party

by Kellie Coppola

Backyard botany in bloom in Buffalo and environs

Summer Guide

Outdoor Summer Concert Picks

Beer Feature

Hot Times, Cold Beer

by Brian Campbell

As the calendar pages fall off and we [hopefully] head towards the warmer months of 2015, it’s time to get your summer dance card in order and what better way to spend your time than with a cold beer in your hand and the warm sun on your face at a craft beer event, something there’s no shortage of in and around Buffalo over the next few months.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Barker Brewing Golden Hill Wheat & Southern Tier Brewing Co.- Right-O-Way IPA

Classical Music Notes

Roycroft returns to East Aurora

by Jan Jezioro

The identity of the village of East Aurora is inextricably entwined with Elbert Hubbard and the influential Roycroft community of craft workers and artists that he founded in 1895. A group of community activists helped to preserve the legacy of that community and movement by founding the Roycroft Campus in 1989.

Art Scene

Past the Pane

by Jack Foran

Photographer Joseph Scheer has a whole new way of producing and presenting his work. He makes photo books of multiple unbound individual pages in sequence, and handsome wooden boxes to contain them. A half dozen or so of his boxed books and score or so of framed individual photos—selected photos from the books for the most part—are on exhibit at the Western New York Book Arts Center.

Film Reviews


by Jordan Canahai

Saint Laurent

by Liana Vardi


Get Lit

by Heather Cook

The Pure Ink Poetry Slam runs monthly at the Gypsy Parlor (376 Grant Street), bringing poets and spectators together through spoken-words. This poetry collective has created quite a buzz across Buffalo and its surrounding area, recently registering as a certified slam by Poetry Slam Inc, the non-profit organization charged with overseeing the international union of poetry slams.

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, June 5 - Thursday, June 11)

Film Now Playing

Graphic Traffic

Suggested Summer Reading

Six incredible graphic novels for the avid comic reader.

You Auto Know

2015 Lexus RC F

by Jim Corbran

After the last couple of rather, ahem, pedestrian YAK subjects, I decided it was time to inject a little excitement into the column. So I hearkened back to one of my own first cars and ran down a checklist of wanna-haves: two-door coupe body style (check); V-8 engine (check); rear-wheel drive (check)...Perhaps I’m being a bit facetious here. In no way whatsoever does the new Lexus RC F compare to my 1967 Barracuda other than in the three items listed above.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

One might believe that a 6th-grader, suspended for a whole year after school officials found a “marijuana” leaf in his backpack, might be immediately un-suspended if authorities (after three field tests) found the leaf was neither marijuana nor anything else illegal. Not, however, at Bedford Middle School in Roanoke, Virginia, whose officials said they had acted on gossip that students called the leaf “marijuana,” and therefore under the state schools’ “look-alike-drug” policy, the 6th-grader was just as guilty as if the leaf were real.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Nobel Prize-winning physicists Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr were both amused at how counterintuitive their innovative theories seemed. Once Pauli was lecturing a group of eminent scientists about a radical new hypothesis. Bohr got out of his seat in the audience and walked up to the front to interrupt his colleague. “We all agree that your theory is crazy,” Bohr told Pauli. “The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.”