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Settling In

by Elizabeth Siematowski

There has been a lot of press about the international culinary delights of immigrants and refugees who dish out delicious ethnic foods at the West Side Bazaar on Grant St. The West Side Bazaar is unquestionably an important factor in the revitalization of the West Side. But there are other émigrés not found in trendy media stories who are quietly making contributions that are truly significant.

News Feature

The Cult of NXIVM Series Part 13: Should There Be An Investigation By Law Enforcement

by Frank Parlato

Frequent readers of Artvoice have seen our long running series The Cult of NXIVM. The series exposes over and over again that behind NXIVM’s so called executive coaching program is a world of lurid sex, powerful money, danger, vengeance and alleged criminality.

Tap This

When Breweries Collide

by Brian Campbell

The collective craft beer minds of the Buffalo-Niagara region will showcase their true brewing acumen at the first ever Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, which will features scores of rare, one-off and specialty beers brewed right here at home. The inaugural BNBI will take place Saturday, April 2 at Pettibones Grille (One James D. Griffin Plaza, Buffalo), from 2-5pm.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Brian Campbell and Chris Groves

The name Cosmic Truth is evocative; it’s alluring. It’s a ubiquitous collection of words that conjures up endless amounts of images – the search for alien lifeforms, binge watching The X-Files, trying to find a spiritual higher meaning, or in this case, the latest offering from Resurgence Brewing Company. This Mosaic Hopped Session Ale, brewed to replace the brewery’s Session IPA, is just as session ales are meant to be – bright, clean and easy drinking. To say Cosmic Truth is approachable would be a severe understatement.

News Feature

Flynn Plans Two-Pronged Campaign Team: Strategy/Leadership and Finance

by Tony Farina

News Feature

ECC May Have to Be More Accountable to County

by Tony Farina

Erie Community College has gone into damage and spin control now that the state audit has confirmed what I’ve been reporting for several months about how President Jack Quinn and his crew have run the college into the ground with big spending on senior staff, unauthorized job creation, and poor management practices, all conducted without any transparency.

Film Review

Almost Holy

by Jordan Canahai

The vigilante hero is a popular archetype in modern cinema, reflected in characters as varied Travis Bickle and Batman. Steve Hoover’s fascinating documentary Almost Holy profiles a totally unconventional real-life vigilante.

Art Scene

Fracking on Paper

by Jack Foran

Artists’ books with pages of stone—or what looks just like it—and what looks and feels like tissue paper are currently on display at the Western New York Book Arts Center. The stone pages books—shale, slate—are by Timothy Frerichs and have reference to fracking and other techniques in use to drain the last drop of fossil fuel—oil and gas—out of the North American subsurface, and damn the environmental consequences, which we’re complacent about because our heat bills are down, and gas at the pump is less than two dollars a gallon.

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and screen star Courtney B. Vance (pictured above) who is playing defense attorney Johnny Cochran in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, was the victim of an internet death hoax this week.

Classical Music Notes

The Return of Andre Watts

by Jan Jezioro

André Watts developed an early reputation as one of the most exciting American classical concert pianists, and he has managed to maintain that reputation for over a half a century. At 8pm this Saturday, February 20 and at 2:30pm on Sunday February 21, BPO music director JoAnn Falletta will be on the podium in Kleinhans Music Hall to lead the orchestra in what may well be the most ideally balanced program of the season.

Get Lit

Stay Warm, Read Poetry

by Heather Cook

Having a sense of community is warm and inspiring. If you’re a local poet looking to meet like-minded poets, to exchange good conversation, ideas, feedback and encouragement, you’re in luck—the poetry scene is on the rise in Buffalo.

Graphic Traffic

Giant Days, Vol.: 1 & iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World

by Maia Bankhead

If you’ve read X-Men: The Return or you love Cinderella in the Fables series, then you probably like Chris Roberson’s work. In fact, if you’re a fan of the TV show “iZombie,” then you already know how relevant Roberson is with his comic book series, from which the show is loosely adapted.

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News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Chiropractor William DeAngelo of Stratford, Connecticut, was charged with assault in January after an employee complained that she was ordered to lie down on a table and let DeAngelo apply electrical shocks to her back—as punishment for being the office gossiper, spreading rumors about colleagues.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breszny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the long-running TV show M*A*S*H*, the character known as Sidney Freedman was a psychiatrist who did his best to nurture the mental health of the soldiers in his care. He sometimes departed from conventional therapeutic approaches.