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Cover Story

Cellist Amit Peled brings a special new friend to his BPO debut

by Jan Jezioro

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director JoAnn Falletta will be on the podium this Saturday, February 21 at 8pm and on Sunday at 2:30pm for a pair of concerts featuring Antonin Dvorak’s beloved Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op.104. Making his BPO debut, the internationally touring Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled, professor of cello at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, will be the featured soloist in the Dvorak.

Theater Feature

Anne Hartley Pfohl Returns

Anne Hartley Pfohl returns to the Buffalo United Artists stage this week after a long hiatus to star in Mothers and Sons, a hot new play by Terrence McNally. Pfohl plays a woman who lost her son to AIDS 20 years ago.

News Feature

Dysfunction Junction

by George Sax

Trying to find my way to the Buffalo Board of Education’s special meeting in City Hall last Friday morning (when I inquired Wednesday, no meeting room had been selected), I tagged along after Ferry member Sharon Belton-Cottman. Noticing me in the elevator, she asked, “Are you a reporter?” and added, “Well, you’re going to get an earful today!”

Beer Feature

Local Malting Industry Sees Resurgence

by Brian Campbell

Not only has the current Buffalo craft beer boom led to the creation of a wide variety of great local beer, it has also led to a resurgence in local malt production, an industry that was once a staple of our city.

Puck Stop

35 Years Later, Soviet Get to Tell Their Side

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Even the most casual sports fans can still get the goose bumps, can still feel the chills, can still get choked up, watching that amazing game and improbable outcome which took place in Lake Placid on February 22, 1980.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Paul Marko, and Chris Groves

When the cold and snow are the main topic for small talk, it must be Barley wine season. Have you ever wanted a beer to reach out and give you a big hug? This deep ruby-red/brown liquid is the perfect choice for anyone who wants that hug to be a sweet, malty, rib clinging beverage.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2 Quarterfinals are Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: The Proles, Erica Wolfling, The Beggar's Best, and our most recent Week 4 winners, Wacko Fest!

Art Scene

Art Scene

by Jack Foran

A current show of monotypes and monoprints at the Indigo gallery comprises works by three artists, Mark Lavatelli, Beth Pedersen, and Kathleen Sherin. Basically, one-of-a-kind works.

Theatrically Speaking

Theatrically Speaking

by Anthony Chase

A brief look at three local productions

Film Reviews

Two Days, One Night

by Jordan Canahai

Still Alice

by Jordan Canahai

Fifty Shades of Grey

by Erica Ladd


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, February 20 - Thursday, February 26)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week

Graphic Traffic

Fury Max: My War Gone By

by Jack Dumpert

Mind Mgmt: Volume 1

by Brian Kearney

The Wicked + The Divine: Volume 1

by Carolyn Marcille

Letters Feature


In the midst of our current record-setting cold spell, as the snow piled up everywhere and made driving and parking a real challenge, Artvoice received a letter from a particularly precocious six-month-old Buffalonian.

Letters to Artvoice

Say No to Storage Facility

by Jesse Schmidbauer, Buffalo

Are Southtown Planning Boards Trustworthy?

by Ronald Fraser, Colden

Divine Guidance for the Outer Harbor

by Anne Beiter, Amherst

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

It turns out that a person having a heart attack is usually safer to be in an ambulance headed to a hospital than to already be a patient in a hospital, according to a study by University of North Carolina researchers. It takes longer, on average, for non-ER hospital staff to comply with hospital protocols in ordering and evaluating tests (nearly three hours, according to the study) than it does for ER (and ambulance) staff, who treat every case of cardiac symptoms as life-threatening.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “It isn’t normal to know what we want,” said pioneering psychologist Abraham Maslow. “It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.” That’s the bad news, Pisces. The good news is that you may be on the verge of rendering that theory irrelevant.