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St. Luke's Mission of Mercy: Buffalo's Largest Recycling Project

by Alan Oberst

After a year filled with self-esteem shots in the arm for Buffalo, something extraordinary happened that many likely overlooked, especially among the ever-increasing numbers (see recent Pew Poll) of those who tune out all things religious.

Film Feature

Best Films of 2015

by Jordan Canahai

2016 is here, and one can only hope it’s as good a year for film as 2015. For discerning viewers, the past year saw the release of one cinematic gem after another. Listed below are my completely subjective and indisputably personal choices for the best new films to play in Buffalo in 2015.

Upon Further Review

It Can Always Be Worse

by Dave Staba

The 2015 Buffalo Bills were far from the worst bunch to wear the franchise’s various uniforms during its extended exile from the National Football League’s annual postseason tournament.

News Feature

Cult of NXIVM Series Part 7: "Don't Call Me 'Papa'"

by Frank Parlato

Every December more than a billion people celebrate the birth of Christ, a child born of immaculate conception who would change the world – whose true father was said to be God, and whose earthly father was an Israeli carpenter named Joseph.

News Feature

'Acting' DA Hits The Ground Running At Full Speed

by Tony Farina

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty has hit the ground running, and it is clear that he would like to take "acting" out of his title and win a full term on his own in November.

News Feature

State Set to Release ECC Audit

by Tony Farina

The long-awaited state comptroller’s audit of financially troubled Erie Community College (ECC) is expected to be released very shortly, possibly as early as Friday (Jan. 8) but more likely early next week.

News Feature

King Con: Shmueli Doesn't Live Here Anymore

by Tony Farina

L ast week the notorious conman Shmuel Shmueli was evicted from a Niagara Falls luxury condo at the Parkway Condominiums on Buffalo Ave.––but not until after he stayed in the condo for free for a year. Artvoice previously identified 25 lawyers that Shmueli conned out of legal services. We’ve now discovered a new class of Shmueli dupes: landlords.

Tap This

2015: The Year in Beer

by Brian Campbell

2015 has come and gone, and for beer fans it was one hell of a year. Breweries around the area concocted many delicious adult libations for our drinking pleasure and there were no shortage of events to enjoy said concoctions. Not only did 2015 mark the second year for the Farm To Pint Fete and Buffalo Brewers Festival, there was also the sixth annual Buffalo Beer Week, the annual 10-day celebration of all things local beer related.

What's Brewing

Resurgence All the King's Men Smoked Cider Saison & WeyerBacher Blithering Idiot

by Brian Campbell and Chris Groves

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again,” and so the old nursery rhyme goes, though clearly they were not referring to this All the King’s Men, which is part local craft beer, part local craft cider from the collective minds of Resurgence Brewing Company and Cider Creek Hard Cider.

Art Scene

Time and Time Again

by Jack Foran

There’s much food for thought in the Albright-Knox Looking at Tomorrow show of Conceptualist art. And served up succinct, because Minimalist art as well.

Classical Music Notes

Nickel City's Amahl and the Night Visitors finds a new home

by Jan Jezioro

For the last five years, Nickel City Opera has presented multiple holiday performances of the Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s one act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Theatrically Speaking

End of the Rainbow

by Anthony Chase

In End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter, opening this weekend at the Kavinoky Theatre, actress Natasha Drena will portray the great Judy Garland. She’s played the role twice before, in Atlanta and in Highlands, North Carolina, and has also taken on the Garland persona in another stage play, Beyond the Rainbow.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Jessie Mueller (pictured above) who won the 2014 Tony Award for playing Carole King in the musical Beautiful: The Carole King Story, will be back on Broadway this season starring in the new musical Waitress.

Get Lit

A Suicide Letter

by Heather Cook

A Hard and Heavy Thing is a debut novel by Matt Hefti, told in the form of a suicide letter that a soldier, Levi, writes to his wounded best friend, Nick. After the September 11th attacks occur, the two young men enlist in the Iraq War impulsively, intoxicated and naive.

Graphic Traffic

Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider & Black Panther: Who is The Black Panther

by Gabriel Allandro

Natalia “Natasha” Romanova is one of those characters who can be very easily underestimated. As the Black Widow, she was introduced as a Russian spy who eventually turned from serving her country to serving the world as a member of the Avengers.


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Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In December, Canada’s supportive organization The Transgender Project released a biographical video of the former Paul Wolscht, 46 and the father of seven children with his ex-wife, Marie, describing his new life as not only a female but a 6-year-old female, Stephoknee Wolscht.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In her poem “Tree,” California poet Jane Hirshfield speaks of a young redwood tree that’s positioned next to a house. Watch out! It grows fast—as much as three feet per year.