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Cover Story

Reactionary Ensemble and Nimbus Dance Open The Circle at Babeville

by Stephanie Berberick

A multimedia sensory explosion is yours for the taking next Wednesday, December 8. At 8pm, Babeville’s Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Avenue) will play host to a slew of Western New York’s most creative artists, presenting their audience with an infusion of video, dance, and sound.

News Analysis

Inching Toward Sanity

by Bruce Fisher

Earlier this week, ECHDC’s board voted on some proposals that activists, demonstrators, preservationists, and others have been shouting, whispering, and nudging about for years.

Getting a Grip

Dancing With "Pygmies," Flirting With Nuclear War

by Michael I. Niman

Okay, here we go again. In a culture dominated by retro products and movie remakes, hitting the replay button on the same old wars seems as natural as driving a 2011 Mustang.

News Analysis

Frack Checks

by Stephanie Berberick

There’s a bumber sticker that pictures a beat up, disheveled US military man; the caption beneath the illustration reads “The more gas your SUV uses, the more foreigners I have to kill.”

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

The News, Briefly

Cultural Diplomacy

by George Sax

Tuesday morning, several hours before the Erie County Legislature was scheduled to convene, Buffalo legislator Betty Jean Grant expressed an upbeat state of mind about the prospects for restoring millions in funding to public departments and programs, and to many private nonprofit organizations.

Theater Week

Holiday Theater-Going

by Anthony Chase

Going to the theater during the days leading up to the December holidays is a great tradition in the English-speaking world.

Theater News


by Javier

Now you see her, now you don’t. The fabulous Jennifer Coolidge (pictured above) returned to Broadway, briefly, in the American premiere of Elling. The play, which also starred Brendan Fraser, officially opened on November 23 and closed November 28 after playing 22 previews and nine regular performances.


Round 2, Week 1: FudgyChewy vs. Suffolk & Rain

Congratulations to The Etchings! They collected the most votes in our first live Quarterfinal at Nietzsche’s this past Saturday. That victory wins them a slot in the BOOM Grand Finale, coming up this spring.

Left of the Dial

Daft Punk - Tron Legacy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

by Donny Kutzbach

Stereolab - Not Music

by Cory Perla

Classical Music Notes

It's Not Christmas Yet!

by Jan Jezioro

Okay: We all know that the classical Christmas music season has just gotten off to a great start this past weekend.

Film Reviews

Tamara Drewe

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, December 3 - Thursday, December 9)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting & Magical Memories on Main Street at the Rotary Rink this Saturday the 4th.

Puck Stop

Cupboard Stocked in Portland

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

With the Buffalo Sabres enjoying an unusual one-week respite in their game schedule, perhaps this is a good time not only to heal bumps and bruises but also for the front office and coaching staff to provide some reflection on the status and future of their “core players.”

Art Scene

Faculty Artwork Exhibited at Daemen College

by Jack Foran

Father Michael Tunney's Self-Portraits at Canisius College

by J. Tim Raymond

Five Questions With...

Dan Gigante: Entrepreneur

It’s built on a simple premise: you buy a shirt and someone who needs a shirt, gets a shirt. Gigante, co-founder of the Elma web services company Clevermethod, recently sold his stake in that company and launched his online t-shirt venture You and Who

Letters to Artvoice

Bus Woes

by Lynn A. Higgins

Fencing in the Front

by Margaret Pascale

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

The collapse of the economy in 2008 might have reached the far corners of Earth, but evidently not to Planet Calypso, the make-believe asteroid containing make-believe real estate in the multiplayer online game Entropia Universe, where resort entrepreneur Jon Jacobs recently cashed out his properties for $635,000—in real (not make-believe) U.S. dollars.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote a book called Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is. I’d love it if in the next few weeks you would think a lot about how you are on your way to becoming what you were born to be.


Ask Anyone

A lot of people will be traveling by plane this holiday season, and we’re all going to have to make a choice: body scan or pat down. I want to know what all of you experts would choose, and why.