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Gold Standard

by Mike Pflanz

Samy Badrio waded exhausted in waterlogged gumboots up from the mine’s dark entrance and raised his hand to shield his eyes against the brightness of the noon-high Equatorial sun.


Regional Failure by Local Design

by Bruce Fisher

If the Town of Boston doesn’t want a county-wide planning board, the rest of us may not get it.

The News, Briefly

You Can't Blink... or you'll miss Tuesday's school board election

Councilmember Joe Golombek pitches two-year terms; others say no way

Observed while remembering the National Aniline and Dye Company


Bethany Moore: Buffalo gal returns in A Chorus Line

by Anthony Chase

Back when redheaded Bethany Moore was a UB student doing her first professional shows here in Buffalo, she was a particular favorite of mine.

Theater News


by Javier

The touring production of A Chorus Line arrives at Shea’s on May 5. Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Buffalo’s Michael Bennett, the show opened on Broadway in 1975 and closed in April 1990.


So Long, Bea

by Anthony Chase

Back in 1995, after Beatrice Arthur had left The Golden Girls, she returned to the stage in the Los Angeles production of the Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna play, Bermuda Avenue Triangle. I was writing for a weekly theater magazine published out of New York in those days.


Decade of Dance

by Neil Ellis Orts

For a decade, Buffalo audiences have thrilled to the drama and finesse of Neglia Ballet Artists. In celebration, the local company will present their 10th Anniversary Gala Performance on Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm, at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center.

Left of the Dial

Tinted Windows - Self Titled

by Brad Deck

Shawn Lee - Shawn Lee Presents Soul in the Hole

by Donny Kutzbach


BOOM Round 4 Quarter Finals

CONGRATULATIONS, Ajent O! You win the coveted last spot on the bill for our fourth live showdown, scheduled for May 9 at Mohawk Place. You’ll be joining Falling Into Place, Seen It All, and Beggar’s Best on stage that night, and whoever collects the most ballots from the crowd will be off to the Artvoice BOOM Grand Finale at the Tralf on May 15.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: The Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival, which opens this Friday May, 1st.

Play Ball!

Bisons miserable start has everyone searching for answers

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Twenty-four times. That’s how many times Bisons Manager Ken Oberkfell said the word “frustrating” as he addressed the media after last Friday’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs, a miserable outing that the Herd lost 3-0, managing only three hits, including a double by the pitcher, and in which 20 of the last 21 Bisons batters were retired.

Film Reviews

Battle for Terra

Everlasting Moments

Shall We Kiss?


On The Boards

Movie Times (Fri. May 1 - Thurs. May 7)

Film Now Playing

Letters to Artvoice

A Little Reflection, Please

High-Speed Cargo Trains

Not Releasing Secret Papers Would Be a Mistake

Literary Buffalo

Writing With Light

by Barbara Cole


Lit City Events

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

When Alcoa Inc. prepared to build an aluminum smelting plant in Iceland in 2004, the government forced it to hire an expert to assure that none of the country’s legendary “hidden people” lived underneath the property. The elf-like goblins provoke genuine apprehensiveness in many of the country’s 300,000 natives (who are all, reputedly, related by blood).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): An engineering company has plans to grow flowers on the moon. Paragon Space Development intends to land mustard seeds inside a small greenhouse dome on the lunar surface by 2011.


Ask Anyone

Buffalo’s school board election is coming up on Tuesday, and I don’t know who the hell any of these people are—challengers or incumbents.