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The Music Box

by Donny Kutzbach

Let’s face reality: digital music is steadily gaining ground on CDs. A November report in the UK paper the Guardian suggests that sales for compact discs in the last quarter of 2008 look to have plummeted as much as 27 percent. That’s following the the previous record decline of 21 percent in the first quarter of 2007.

Last Minute Gift Guide

Since A Car Won't Fit Under The Tree . . .

by Jim Corbran

I’ve been buying and/or reading books (and magazines) about cars since I was old enough to read. So I feel highly qualified to make the following gift suggestions for the car buff in your life. (My wife might even suggest you buy a few from me to make room on our bookshelf.)

Last Minute Gift Guide

Artvoice Holiday Advertiser Directory

All the best in local shopping, eating, drinking, arts, culture, night life and more. Forget the big-box and national chain stores! Support our local economy and support a local business this holiday season... and tell them Artvoice sent you!


A Bright Future?

by Bruce Fisher

If you know anybody who is still rich, please let them know that I’d like that person to endow a new award for the thinker whose book, article, or speech contains the year’s most elegant proof of the obvious.

The News, Briefly

Hillary's Senate Seat

by Geoff Kelly

Revitalizing 19th Street

by Lucy Yau

Capital Punishment

by Geoff Kelly


Two Books for the Erstwhile Art Historian

by Dean Brownrout

Two recent art books shed light on the provenance—history of ownership and exhibition—of many important artworks of the late 19th and 20th centuries, including some that are held by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.


Food For Thought: On Giving Thanks

by Joe George

Chew On This

by Judy A. Sperry & Jessica Conaster

Health & Fitness

Bikram Yoga for Cold Buffalo Winters

by Becky Moda

On a hot July afternoon last summer, when some were huddling in air-conditioned spaces or heading for the beach, I found myself needing a fix of the “hot” yoga I’ve been practicing for about four years. Bikram yoga is a type of hatha yoga that is distinguished from most other forms of by the temperature and humidity of the studio in which it is practiced.

Puck Stop

The Sabres Aren't Moving Anywhere

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The scene was Key Arena in Seattle, right next door to the landmark Space Needle. The date was April 13, 2008, and the Seattle Supersonics were playing their final game.

Season Ticket

Lame Ducks

by Dave Staba

The air was still and silent inside the tavern at the corner of South Park and Michigan avenues early Sunday afternoon, as Buffalo’s annual visit to New Jersey to take on the Jets commenced in the fashion we have all come to expect.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including a special feature this week: an interview with Kenny G, who will be playing at Shea's Performing Arts Center on Thursday, December 18th.


The Fate of Broadway, The State of Liza

by Anthony Chase

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the live theater, and Broadway in particular, being in serious trouble—in its death throes, in fact. Drawing such a sweeping conclusion, based on a two-month dip in box office, is like predicting the advent of an ice age on the basis of a single harsh winter.

Film Reviews

Seven Pounds

by M. Faust

Slumdog Millionaire

by George Sax

Yes Man

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday Dec. 19 - Thursday Dec. 24)

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Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

One of the world’s best-known strategists on the game of checkers passed away in November. Richard Fortman was Illinois state champion six times, and in the 1970s and 1980s published a seven-volume handbook on rules and tactics.

Letters to Artvoice

The United Front

by Cliff Cawthon

Tear Down the Skyway Now

by Ken Szal


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m pleased to be able to offer you a Zen riddle that will prepare you well for the immediate future. Study it, meditate on it, and refer back to it often when dealing with upcoming challenges. Question: What did the big chimney say to the little chimney?


Ask Anyone

This Christmas I have a new boyfriend. He is the man of my dreams except in one respect. He has told me he hates cats, and insists that I will have to get rid of Mr. Muggles if we are to have a life together. But I love Mr. Muggles, and don’t want to give him up.