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Cover Story

WNY Book Arts Collaborative Celebrates its Grand Opening

by Geoff Anstey

The term “book arts” must be confusing to a lot of people. In this day and age, a book, magazine, or newspaper is nothing more than a machine-made vessel for information and ideas, and a term for the virtue of art’s messenger seems as inane as saying “money-finance.”


Why a Referendum on County-Wide Planning Will Win

by Bruce Fisher

Former Albuquerque mayor and regionalism advocate David Rusk came back to Buffalo last week to deliver the same message he’s been delivering since I chauffeured him around town on his first visit in 1997. He has delivered that message—that fractured, “little box” governance is bad for the poor, bad for rational land-use, and thus bad for the regional economy—to audiences in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.

The News, Briefly

Beyond Reproach?

by Buck Quigley

Odds & Ends

by Geoff Kelly

Artie Awards 2009

Announcing Our Nominees...

Dust off your tails and polish your shoes, gents; ladies, prepare to dazzle. The 19th annual Artie Awards show approaches. The gala event takes place Monday, June 1, at the Town Ballroom, hosted by AV theater editor Anthony Chase, Lisa Ludwig, Norman Sham, and Doug Weyand.

Art Feature

Behind The Curtain

by Gerald Mead

Buffalo born painter Martha Hamlin Visser’t Hooft (1906-1994) is one of this region’s most respected artists. She ranks among those who defined the modern aesthetic in Western New York, especially during the 1950s, when she was at the height of her career and included in survey exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other museums across the United States.

Classical Music

Stravinsky's The Soldiers Tale Production Reborn

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Players, a group consisting mainly of musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra along with talented local free-lancers, gave their first concert at the Buffalo Seminary in 2007. Since that time, the BCP has quickly established itself as one of the leading presenters of innovative classical music programs in Western New York.

Film Reviews

Il Divo

by George Sax

Three Monkeys

by M. Faust

Terminator Salvation

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. May 22 - Thurs. May 28)

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See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Junkie XL, live at Pure Nightclub on Sunday, May 24th.

You Auto Know

Sunscreen Optional

by Jim Corbran

Go ahead, admit it. Your husband/wife/significant other would look much spiffier behind the wheel of a convertible compared to how they look driving that tired old teal Ford Escort. Or whatever it is they drag themselves to work in each day.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, now serving a life sentence in the Florence, Colo., “Supermax” prison, filed a 39-page federal lawsuit in March alleging unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment” because the refined-food, low-fiber meals give him “chronic constipation (and) bleeding hemorrhoids.”

Letters to Artvoice

Releasing Torture Photos

by Joe Gerken

Neighbors For Payola

by Elizabeth A. Martina

To Protect and Serve

by Sherry George

Literary Buffalo


Lit City Events


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A couple I know planned to have their second baby delivered at home with a midwife’s help. The father is a physician who assisted with childbirths during his residency, so he and his partner felt confident about conducting their rite of passage outside of the hospital. But once the mom’s water broke and labor began, everything happened faster than expected.


Ask Anyone

My cousin is getting married this summer. Let’s call him Peter Pan. You’ve never met a more immature 45-year-old in your life: always broke, can’t decide what he wants to do with his life, won’t hold a job. He’s a sweet guy, but he can never get his act together.