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Deliver Us From Decay

by Jack Foran

The artists at least seem to be facing facts. In a region that used to be prosperous, but now the principal city of the region boasts to be third most impoverished in the nation, there’s lots in the Beyond/In Western New York biennial about death and decay. It’s a kind of unofficial theme.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly, Lou Ricciuti, Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

The News, Briefly

Lighter, Faster, Cheaper

by Geoff Kelly

It may be overstating the case to say that the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and its plans for Buffalo’s Inner Harbor and the surrounding parcels are in disarray.

News Analysis

Two Weeks in Timeout

by Bruce Fisher

The Buffalo State College Center for Economic and Policy Studies will host the third in a series of Citizens Waterfront Project meetings Thursday, November 18, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium.


Round 1 Quarterfinals Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: the Etchings, Social Scientists, Autopunch, and Lower Town Trio.


Our Song & the Waterhouse Bar

by Anthony Chase

Our Song, which opens next Friday at the New Phoenix Theatre, is a sentimental theatrical journey for its director, Robert Waterhouse. His father, Keith Waterhouse, the celebrated British novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and newspaper columnist, who died in September 2009 at the age of 80, wrote the 1992 play with Willis Hall, based on his own novel.

Theater News


by Javier

One of the original Supremes, the fabulous Mary Wilson still stays very active on the concert circuit and will soon be embarking on a Russian tour to promote her DVD Live From San Francisco.

Classical Music Notes

The Roland Martin Machine

by Jan Jezioro

Roland Martin is one of our busiest local musicians. Besides being on the music faculties of the Buffalo Seminary, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo, he is also the music director of the Freudig Singers of Western New York, and a prolific composer, with over one hundred published compositions.

Puck Stop

Goalie Conundrum

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Pay attention, everyone. Did we all notice that the Buffalo Sabres’ dive into irrelevance was halted just after prospect goaltender Jhonas Enroth arrived from the AHL Portland Pirates to help save the day?

Film Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

by K. J. Faust

Cool It

by George Sax

Fair Game

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 19 - Thursday, November 25)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: One World Tribe, playing at Nietzsche's on Wednesday the 24th.

Five Questions With...

Jay Moran: Public Address Announcer

If you’ve attended Buffalo Sabres games at HSBC Arena, you probably recognize his voice. In fact you might be able to hear it inside your head right now… [Power Play goal by Jason Pominville, assisted by Derek Roy and Tyler Myers].

Letters to Artvoice

An Open Letter to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

by Chuck Banas

A Modest Proposal For Education

by Ben Perrone

Downsizing the County Legislature

by Michael Madden

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Sixty-two percent of the 12 million people of Mumbai, India, live in slums, but the city is also home to Mukesh Ambani’s 27-story private residence (37,000 square feet, 600 employees serving a family of five), reported to cost about $1 billion. According to an October New York Times dispatch, there are “terraces upon terraces,” “four-story hanging gardens,” “airborne swimming pools,” and a room where “artificial weather” can be created.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I recently discovered a blues-gospel artist named Famous L. Renfro, who is also known as “The Flying Sweet Angel of Joy.” His soaring, gritty music had a medicinal effect.


Ask Anyone

In typical fashion, my divorced-and-remarried parents are complicating my life again by inviting me to separate Thanksgiving dinners. This has been going on since I was a kid. Back then, I had no choice in the matter. I’d spend a few hours at my mom’s. Then, I’d be wrapped up in a coat for my dad to pick me up and take me to his house.