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Windows on the World

by M. Faust & George Sax

Forgive me for resurrecting a hoary old cliché, but it’s true: You don’t have to be Jewish to love the Jewish Film Festival. Now in its 24th year, it is the area’s most reliable annual presentation of quality world cinema.

The News, Briefly

PBA seeks demolition bids for properties it was ordered to repair

Clean Air Coalition takes on the Tonawanda Coke Plant

Solar energy conference welcomes public on Saturday

Urban farmers settle on lease deal for Wilson Street vacant lots

What's lost when local shop owner closes her doors


Alfonso Volo at Hallwalls

by J. Tim Raymond

Hallwalls, Buffalo’s internationally recognized and widely respected community resource for artists of all disciplines, is providing a spacious venue for Alfonso Volo’s manic menagerie, entitled Thrifting for Beauty. For context on this pixilated phantasmagoria, one might look to the obsessive/compulsive walking daydreamers in any secondhand store.

Left of the Dial

Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications

by Donny Kutzbach

Eight years removed from the boldly incandescent Sheffield outfit Pulp’s hiatus, frontman Jarvis Cocker might just have made the great record the world has been waiting on since the Britpop hangover.


Farewell to Rebecca Ritchie

by Anthony Chase

Mike Dudzick, model for Over The Tavern character

by Anthony Chase



by Javier

Back in February the Tony award committee ruled that the three boys who play the title role in the musical Billy Elliot in rotation—David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish—should be considered jointly for a single nomination in the Leading Actor in a Musical category.

Film Reviews

Angels & Demons

by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. May 15 - Thurs. May 21)

Film Now Playing

Play Ball!

The F-Bombs Fly at Coca-Cola Field

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Always accompanying the Bisons media corps at the postgame briefings is a member of the team’s gameday staff, filming manager Ken Oberkfell’s comments, ostensibly for use on the Web site or for future highlight film possibilities. You can bet that Oberkfell’s video taken after Sunday’s game will never see the light of day.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Trio Gitano & guests, playing at Kleinhans Music Hall on Monday, May 18th.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“Consensual Living” parenting, which was developed in 2006 and now has many hundreds of followers, supposes that every family member’s needs are equally valid and respectworthy. Even pre-adolescents are assumed able to understand their own needs and respect those of others.

Literary Buffalo

Buffalo Loves Flash Fiction: Greg Gerke book launch @ Rust Belt

by Michael Kelleher

Lit City Events

Letters to Artvoice

Cameras and Crime

by Scott Ries

It’s May 10th, the day Javon Jackson was shot and killed on Main Street, near UB’s South Campus.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The people of future generations will win many a liberty of which we do not yet even feel the want,” said German philosopher Max Stirner. That bracing prediction has special meaning for you right now, Taurus.


Ask Anyone

I have a friend who is a career bartender. I’ve spent many a night in his company at various bars over the years. He takes care of me and I take care of him. But his most recent job is at a new bar/restaurant opened by a mutual friend.