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Getting a Grip

Die Zombie Newspapers, Die!

by Michael I. Niman

Headlines and TV news leads are abuzz with obituaries for the newspaper business, as if the industry had suddenly up and died. Sure, the nation’s top newspapers are in financial turmoil.


Buffalo or California?

by Bruce Fisher

If you believe New York University economist Nouriel Roubini, a.k.a. Doctor Doom, the recession will last until the end of next year. Roubini may once have been a marginal voice, but ever since all his predictions about Wall Street’s imminent collapse came true, he’s the soul of reason.

The News, Briefly

One Endless Sunset

Court Gone Wild

Campus Security

The High Price of Secrecy


Fiber works by Nancy Belfer at Indigo Art Gallery

by Gerald Mead

For nearly four decades Nancy Belfer taught in the design department at Buffalo State College, mentoring scores of future artisans, art educators and arts professionals. (She is now professor emeritus.) Concurrently she exhibited her work nationally, received honors such as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and authored three books on various fiber art techniques.

Classical Music

Pianist Yefim Bronfman at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

by Jan Jezioro

The Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series ends on Friday, May 29, at 7:30pm, when pianist Yefim Bronfman appears at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street in Buffalo.

Classical Music

June in Buffalo New Music Festival returns for 2009

by Jan Jezioro

June in Buffalo, the long-running new music festival at the University at Buffalo, returns to the Amherst campus for an event-filled week, beginning Monday, June 1 and ending Sunday, June 7, with a concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Slee Hall.

Food for Thought

The Necessity of Home-Cooked Food

by Joe George

According to the US Census Bureau, our city has slightly fewer than 280,000 people living within its limits. This doesn’t shock me; the writing’s been on the wall for a while. But what did surprise me was another statistic I read elsewhere: Nationally, seven percent of Americans eat at McDonald’s every day.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. May 29 - Thurs. June 4)

Film Now Playing


Artie Awards on Monday

by Anthony Chase

The 19th Annual Artie Awards will be held at the Town Ballroom on Monday, June 1. The doors will open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. A $10 donation is collected at the door, which is contributed, along with the proceeds from red ribbon sales at participating theaters, to Benedict House at the end of the evening.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

What Goes Up

by M. Faust

The English Surgeon

by M. Faust

Play Ball!

Daryl Strawberry Confronts His Demons

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

This past weekend was no ordinary one at Coca Cola Field. As if it wasn’t enough to have the Columbus Clippers in town, now the affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, it was also “Daryl Strawberry Day” this past Saturday, and Strawberry came to town to make an appearance.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: instrumental post-rockers Tortoise, playing at the Tralf on Friday the 29th.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The New Waterboarding: In April, the district attorney in Vilas County, Wis., announced that he was seeking volunteers for a forensic test to help his case against Douglas Plude, 42, who is scheduled to stand trial soon for the second time in the death of his wife. The volunteers must be female, about 5-feet-8 and 140 pounds, and will have to stick their heads into a toilet bowl and flush.

Literary Buffalo

Flash Fiction: Souvenirs

by Ravi Mangla

Lit City: Literary Events


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Research shows that if a stranger gazes at you for at least 8.2 seconds, he or she is definitely interested in you.


Ask Anyone

A friend asked me to sign a petition against a proposed slaughterhouse on the East Side. The neighborhood there isn’t residential but apparently some nearby businesses are arguing that the city should not license the operation.