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Cover Story

An Astonishing Career

by Anthony Chase

Ben Vereen is a legend in 20th-century entertainment. He won a Tony Award for originating the role of the Leading Player in Pippin, and was Broadway’s original Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Beer Feature

Buffalo Beer League Happy Hour at Resurgence Thursday Night

by Willard Brooks

For a lot of people in Western New York, there are two seasons: Beer League Softball season and Beer League Hockey season. The trouble with these two seasons should be glaring to many—if one does not play hockey or softball, they’re missing out on the whole Beer League experience.

News Feature

Who's Helping Around Here?

by David Buczek

Have you ever had to do work around the house, but have lacked the tools to do the work? Here in Buffalo, Darren Cotton, 26, has developed the perfect organization to provide you with tools for a yearly fee of ten dollars.

Upon Further Review

Conspiracy Theories Shrink "Big Game"

by Dave Staba

Since it seems that anyone who writes, talks or thinks about professional football is required to offer an opinion on how 11 footballs came to be slightly inflated before or during the New England Patriots’ 45-7 win against Indianapolis in the AFC Championship game, here’s mine:

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks and Chris Groves

"Smash” is beer geek speak for “single malt, single hop.” In this case the malt is 100 percent NYS grown and 100 percent malted by NYS Craft Malt out of Batavia.

Art Scene

Studio Trolling

by Jack Foran

More honored in the breach than the observance. The most recent Western New York biennial art exhibit extravaganza was mounted five years ago, in 2010. And no next round in sight. To fill the gap, as it were, this year Hallwalls is putting on a series of exhibits—the first one just opened, four more scheduled through the year—on the biennial model.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 2: Erica Wolfling vs. Lonestar Sailing

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to our contestants, Erica Wolfling and Lonestar Sailing.

Classical Music Notes

Violinist Jennifer Koh Makes Unexpected Connections at UB

by Jan Jezioro

Local connoisseurs of the classical violin repertoire fondly remember American violinist Jennifer Koh’s last appearance in Buffalo, in the spring of 2010 on the now sadly defunct, much-missed Ramsi P. Tick concert music series at the Nichols School, where she offered an unforgettable evening of strikingly original interpretations of music by the Viennese masters Mozart and Schubert.

Film Review

A Most Violent Year

by Jordan Canahai

“1975 was a good year,” so says one of the characters in A Most Violent Year. One can imagine he’s speaking for the filmmaker’s obvious affinity for the movies of that time as much as he is commenting on any action in the story, given how heavily indebted to the American cinema of the 70s the picture is.


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You Auto Know

2015 Lincoln MKC

by Jim Corbran

Even though there’s much more to it than that, I have to admit that the new Lincoln MKC had me at “heated steering wheel.”

Graphic Traffic

Glory, Vol. 1: The Once and Future Destroyer

by Diana Guild

The Sculptor

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

The Underwater Welder

by Joe Miletto

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In weird-news (and medical) literature, the rectum is a place for storage of contraband (and, occasionally, for getting things undesirably lodged). In what a National Post of Canada reporter believes is a brand-new example of the former, a gastroenterologist at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s hospital found a vial of urine inside a man who reported to the ER with abdominal pains.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1899, the King of the African nation of Swaziland died while dancing. His only son, Sobhuza, was soon crowned as his successor, despite being just four months old. It took a while for the new King to carry out his duties with aplomb, and he needed major guidance from his grandmother and uncle.