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Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for the 99%

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Holiday Gift Guide

One-Stop Holiday Shopping

Happily, Western New York’s economy seems to be turning inward, emphasizing the things we can do for and provide one another rather than the ways we can send the fruits of our labor into the sucking vacuum of the global economy. With that emphasis, there has been a rebirth of bustling, social, local marketplaces, especially during the holiday season, where one can find the work of local artists and artisans.

Holiday Gift Guide

Rock Gift Guidance

by Donny Kutzbach

It’s 2011. How the heck do you shop for the music lover on your gift list? It’s getting tougher and the obvious solutions are certainly less than elegant.

Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays in Verse

by Aaron Lowinger

Impress a literate loved one with a gift from homegrown publishing houses BlazeVox and Starcherone

Holiday Gift Guide

Sublime Wine

by Paula Paradise

Even though I am a grown-up, my parents always give me money for the holidays. It arrives before Thanksgiving, in a autumnal-themed card accompanied with a little handwritten note that says something like, “Dearest Paula, we thought you could use your xmas present a little early this year, love mom and dad.”

Holiday Gift Guide

Food is a Right

by Peter Scheck

If you shop at pretty much any large Buffalo grocery store, bakery, or produce stand, give yourself a quick pat on the back. The money you’ve paid for your frosted flakes and instant pizza has helped feed the hungry in Western New York for the past 12 years.

Week in Review

Amanda Wienckowski Autopsy: Murder

by Geoff Kelly

Ostrowski's Anti-Pork Lawsuit Dismissed

by Alan Bedenko

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

The Big Spark

by Bruce Fisher

In his new book, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert B. Laughlin says that the coming debate in energy will be between whether to generate our electricity with solar power, supplemented with natural gas, or with nuclear reactors.

Art Scene

The Natural Foot vs. Two Jugs of Tears

by J. Tim Raymond

Lines on Paper

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

The Divine Genius of Charles Busch

by Anthony Chase

Fred's Requiem

by Anthony Chase

Classical Music Notes

Christmas in November

by Jan Jezioro

There are several local productions of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Christmas themed ballet, offered every Christmas season, but there is only production that features a live performance by an entire symphony orchestra.

Puck Stop

From Buffalo to Elmira: Craig Rivet Loving Life

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

We knew him as the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. A stalwart on the blue line, a leader in the room, and a player whose time, tenure, and a bad run of injuries cost him his place with the future plans of the team.

Film Feature

Trouble in Paradise

by M. Faust

As a rule, Hollywood is much better at making trailers than at making movies. How many lousy movies have you paid to see on the basis of a great trailer? But sometimes the opposite is true, and a movie of subtle graces is coarsened by the guys whose job it is to compress it down into a two-minute commercial that will put butts in seats.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

My Week With Marilyn

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 25 - Thursday, December 1)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The Artvoice Battle of Original Music Round 1 Live Show, this Saturday the 26th and Nietzsche's.

5 Questions With...

John Kane: Radio Host, Native Activist

The sone of an ironworker from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, John Kane grew up off reservation in a small town in Eastern New York, near the Vermont state line. After college, he married an Oneida woman and they raised their children in Seneca territory in Western New York. He became a member of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the mid to late 1990s, which is where he began speaking in public, writing letters to editors, and doing interviews on the battle with New York State over taxation.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

At a banquet in November, the News Limited (Rupert Murdoch’s empire) awarded Simon Eroro its “Scoop of the Year” honor for reporting on militant tribal fighters of the Free West Papua movement—a scoop he had to earn by agreeing to undergo a ritual circumcision, with bamboo sticks, to prove his sincerity.

Letters to Artvoice

Keep Occupying

by Paul Bloom

In the spring of 1971, a dozen of my fellow seminarians and I rented a Volkswagen van and drove to Washington, DC, to protest the Vietnam war. It was a large gathering in our nation’s capital, and passions ran deep at that time.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything,” said Sagittarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. “I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.”


Ask Anyone

I’m convinced that one of my friends is a hypochondriac. At first glance, she appears normal and healthy. But she’s constantly monitoring every little ache and pain and blowing the symptoms up into something they aren’t.