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BIFF Redux

by Jordan Canahai

Filmmakers and movie lovers in the Queen City have had much cause for excitement throughout 2015, and this weekend presents an occasion for further celebration—the Buffalo International Film Festival has a new face and a new home. Earlier this year, filmmaker and Buffalo native Ray Guarnieri was appointed the next Executive Director of BIFF after the passing of founder and former director Edward Summer.

News Feature

We Here Highly Resolve, Part 2

by Paul Wolf, ESQ.

For the past several years I have analyzed what the Erie County Legislature does. Recently I reviewed the meeting agendas for calendar year 2014. In 2014 the Erie County Legislature addressed 683 resolutions. Of these 683 resolutions, sixty percent honored individuals and community groups, twenty five percent honored people who recently died and only fifteen percent addressed county business.

Art Feature

Art Rehab

by Peter Soscia

When someone says “art conservation,” what do you think of? Someone cleaning dust off an 18th century painting awaiting to be put on display or placed in storage? Something like that may be what most people think of, but cleaning old paintings is only a very small part of the picture that is Buffalo State College’s Art Conservation Department.


"After Further Review..."

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

It was long debated and discussed, but when finally adopted didn’t receive too much notice or publicity. In fact, the new 3-on-3 overtime rule received far more attention and discussion during thais past offseason.

Tap This

Ode to Hops

by Willard Brooks

The craft beer revolution, as it’s sometimes called, has become, for better or worse, almost synonymous with beers heavy in their hops content. This column covers three of the most common hop forward ales: American Pale Ales (APA), India Pale Ales (IPA), and Double India Pale Ales (DIPA).

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Lizz Schumer

With a nice, yellow color and huge hop aroma, the Batch 108 Citra & Mosaic IPA will wake up your sleepy autumn palate and give your nose something to smile about.

Film Review

Crimson Peak

by E. Ladd

Just in time for the spookiest of seasons, critically acclaimed director/writer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) immerses audiences in ghost story territory with his new gothic romance horror film Crimson Peak.

Film Review

Bridge of Spies

by Jordan Canahai

Arguably more than any American director in movie history, Steven Spielberg’s work has successfully married populist entertainment with expert filmmaking craft. When firing on all cylinders, his intelligence as a businessman is matched only by his confidence as an artist.

Art Scene

Battle of the Sexes

by Jack Foran

A subtle and understated battle of the sexes seems to be going on in the current Hallwalls show. Basically about which side has it worse. I think the male side wins, at least in the Hallwalls skirmish in what is arguably a larger war that won’t get decided anytime soon.

Classical Music Notes

Stefan Sanders Takes the BPO to Mexico

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is on something of a musical travel kick. Music director JoAnn Falletta led the BPO in very well-received concerts the last two weekends that celebrated the music of Finnish composers.

Theatrically Speaking

By George!

by Anthony Chase

Jason Alexander is a major television star, beloved for his portrayal of George Costanza on NBC’s Seinfeld from 1989 to 1998, and ubiquitous on reruns ever since. Many know him as well for having appeared in more than 30 films.

Theater News


by Javier

Film, TV, and stage star Barry Bostwick (pictured above) who turned 70 earlier this year, recently reunited with co-stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Meatloaf for the first time in twenty five years to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, October 16 - Thursday, October 20)

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Graphic Traffic

Batman: Ego and Other Tails

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

A “You Are Now Leaving Gotham City” sign, a shadowy figure, a crime spree, and a monolithic art-deco bridge open this brilliant book by master comic book storyteller Darwyn Cooke.

You Auto Know

2016 Honda HR-V

by Jim Corbran

Unless you have a large family, the new HR-V should be all the vehicle you need. Even if you have a small family of large people you’ll be okay. Honda places it in the entry crossover category, while some automotive journalists call it a sub-compact crossover.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The bold, shameless leering of David Zaitzeff is legendary around Seattle’s parks, and more so since he filed a civil complaint against the city in September challenging its anti-voyeurism law for placing a “chilling effect” on his photography of immodestly dressed women in public. Though he has never been charged with a crime, he roams freely (and apparently joyously) around short- skirted and swimsuit-clad “gals” while himself often wearing only a thong and bearing a “Free Hugs and Kisses” sign.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Many astronomers believe that our universe began with the Big Bang. An inconceivably condensed speck of matter exploded, eventually expanding into thousands of billions of stars. It must have been a noisy event, right?