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Cover Story

Exit Interview: Louis Grachos

by Jessica Buscaglia

In January, soon-to-be-former Albright-Knox director Louis Grachos will begin his new role as director of AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas. The Austin museum is a newly conceived hybrid of Arthouse’s Jones Center, located downtown, and Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) at Laguna Gloria Park, a Mediterranean-style villa on 12 acres of Lake Austin shoreline.

Week in Review

Fruit Belt Residents Confront UB Panel

by Buck Quigley

Busti Avenue Demolitions: A Day in Courts for PBA, Preservationists

by Jack Foran

Getting a Grip

If You're Reading This, The World Hasn't Ended - Yet

by Michael I. Niman

Recently, a friend in a small Mayan village where I once lived in southern Belize, invited me to attend the wedding of his daughter, who was marrying a boy from a neighboring village.

News Analysis

Our Whig Moment

by Bruce Fisher

The chairman of the UB Department of Psychiatry told the local National Public Radio outlet that “you can outlaw every weapon, and you will have people going out and killing other people with a rock.”

Special Report

AMRI Backs Off on Jobs Promise

by Jim Heaney,

Governor Andrew Cuomo summoned hundreds of muckety-mucks to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center two weeks ago to make the kind of announcement that politicians live for: government aid to bring jobs to an economically struggling region.

Art Scene

The Many and the Few

by Jack Foran

Like a coat of many colors, photos of many kinds in the current CEPA members’ show. One photo per entrant, plus more extensive exhibits of the work of the two top award-winners from the previous members’ show, Nicole June Wurstner and Megan Metté.

Theater Week

The Spirits of Christmas at Forest Lawn

by Anthony Chase

There’s a reason we haul out the ghosts of Christmases past every December. This is a sentimental time of year.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Jessica Chastain (pictured above) has just been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (drama) for her performance in the film Zero Dark Thirty, which is about the hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Chastain was nominated for an Oscar last year for her performance in The Help.

Comedy Interview

No Offense Taken

by Cory Perla

Buffalo’s newest comedy club, Helium, located downtown near the First Niagara Center, is preparing for their grand opening this week.

Film Reviews

The Central Park Five

by George Sax

This is 40

by M. Faust

Les Miserables

by M. Faust

The Guilt Trip

by M. Faust

Jack Reacher

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, December 21 - Thursday, December 27)

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 Hard Rock New Year's Eve Guitar Drop, featuring Everclear and Eve 6 at the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, New Year's Eve.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 2: Chloroformcoulier vs. Super Killer Robots

Congratulations to Randle and the Late Night Scandals for collecting the most online votes last week, narrowly beating out Wise Medicine for the win. With that, they proceed to the live showcase scheduled for January 26 at Nietzsche’s.

Guest Essay

What's The Big Secret?

by Paul Wolf,

The business of government should be conducted as openly and transparently as possible. Every organization has a culture, a predominating attitude and behavior by which it operates. Government officials are supposed to serve the interests of the public, yet many government entities including those at the local level operate with a culture of secrecy.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The head of the Perse School in Cambridge, England, recently instituted a “10-Second Rule” for minor disciplinary infractions: Students could avoid punishment if they quickly produced a clever explanation for their misbehavior. “Getting children to talk their way out of a tight corner in a very short period of time” said Ed Elliott, encourages creativity and could produce a generation of British entrepreneurs.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When he was 21, the Capricorn writer Jack London set off to prospect for gold in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. He had a rough time there. Malnourished, he suffered from scurvy and leg pain. To make matters worse, he didn’t find much gold, and returned home broke.

The Back Page

Parting Shot: Goodbye, Andy Rudnick

by Carl Paladino

Hey, Stan, it’s your turn to leave now. Your newspaper is a disgrace to the people of Western New York.