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The Magic of Mozart Comes Back to Town

by Jan Jezioro

The Nickel City Opera (NCO) is returning for its seventh season to its home in the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda for two performances of its new production of Mozart’s Operatic supreme masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) on Friday June 26 at 7:30pm and Sunday June 28 at 2:30pm.

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Getting A Grip

Last week in black and white

by Michael I. Niman

Two stories dominated the national discussion on race relations last week. The first was a story about an obscure woman named Rachel Dolezal who was born white, but went on to claim Black identity. The second story was the most recent installment of our nation’s sickeningly long history of domestic terrorist attacks against Black communities.

Lifestyle Feature

The Guy on the Board

by Charles H. Roberts III

Alan Barraclaugh is pocket-poor but rich at heart. At least that’s how he came across to a photographer in Buffalo who is just the opposite—poor at heart but deep by way of pocket.


Boxing Returns to Falls on Friday

by Dave Staba

From mob ties to overexposure to the incredible toll it takes on many of its participants, the death of boxing has been forewarned and diagnosed for decades.


Jamestown Jammers relocation completed this weekend

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

It may have gone unnoticed by most Bisons and baseball fans locally, but this past weekend was a big one as far as baseball operations go within the Buffalo Bisons organization.

Beer | Tap This

Let's Get Crushable

by Erik Wollschlager

It is commonly thought that the differences between macro-beer drinkers and micro-beer drinkers rival the Grand Canyon in their width and depth. There are commonalities, though, and more than one might think.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Pearl Street Green Tea Ale, Panamerican Green Tea Saison & Founders Brewing Co. - All Day IPA

Art Scene

Play is the thing

by Jack Foran

The common theme of the two-artist show at Buffalo Arts Studio is play. Play materials in a play environment in the case of artist Alicia Marván. And kid art—which is to say, pre-conceptual art—in the case of artist Barbara Buckman.

Film Review

Inside Out

by Jordan Canahai

There’s a delightful hubris motivating Pete Docter’s Inside Out, drawing on a premise that seems inspired by the ingenious screenwriting of Charlie Kaufmann and made up of images which recall the elemental humanist power of Spielberg or Miyazaki. The latest from Pixar studios, and their best since Docter’s previous Up, offers an ambitious and comic take on the inner workings of a child’s mind.

Get Lit

Poetry and the Park

by Heather Cook

“Good poetry is probably the truest voice out there about how people behave, why they behave a certain way. It’s a true voice because it’s a private voice, and it’s an honest voice. When you read a good poem, there’ll be a line that’s so good that it cuts to the bone. It makes you wince in pain, or it makes you blink in joy that they got it. That’s what it felt like. It’s the truest voice out there if people can get by the fact that they don’t need to be intimidated by it.”

Theatrically Speaking

A gallery from the current production at Shakespeare in Delaware Park

by Anthony Chase

Saul Elkin, founder of Shakespeare in Delaware Park is currently appearing as Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. The production marks the start of the 40th season of the popular festival. Now in his 80s, as Friar Lawrence, Elkin proves that he can still command the stage with a deftly nuanced performance.


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Movie Listings (Friday, June 26 - Thursday, July 2)

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Letters to Artvoice

Slow Down the Traffic Around Delaware Park

by Theresa Roma, Buffalo

Ecida Fails to Understand the Concept of "No"

by Michele F. Marconi, Amherst

Enough With the Antibiotic Meats

by Blaine Hamilton, Buffalo

Graphic Traffic

Top 10: Vol. 1

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E.: This Is What They Want

by Gabriel Allandro

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported in a June journal article that they have identified the specific “prion” resistance gene that appears to offer complete protection against mad cow disease and perhaps other neurodegenerative conditions such as dementias and Parkinson’s.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In its early days, the band Depeche Mode had the infinitely boring name Composition of Sound. Humphrey Bogart’s and Ingrid Bergman’s classic 1942 film Casablanca was dangerously close to being called Everybody Come to Rick’s.