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Summer Destinations

Artvoice Summer Guide 2013

by Geoff Kelly

Griffis Sculpture Park

by Sarah Barry

Explore Orleans County

by Patricia Watson

Peaceful Waters

by Jon Wheelock

Donnaroo 2013

by Jazz Frazier

Consider the Carousel

by Sarah Barry

Screat Scot

by Amanda Ferreira

Hat Trick on Main Street

by Pat Pendleton

Summer Events

Festivals, Garden Walks, and Tours

by Sarah Barry

Western New York is bursting with unique summer activities that make the season truly unforgettable. In this guide you will find an Alice in Wonderland-themed Chalk Fest, an entire four days dedicated to Lucille Ball, and the third-largest Juneteenth celebration in the world.

News Feature

Investing in the Real Buffalo

by Lauren Newkirk Maynard

Come next Wednesday, downtown Buffalo with fill with more than 600 eager, mostly out-of-state visitors in search of a “real” Rust Belt town.

The News, Briefly

Dispatches From Salt Lake: Duany Speaks on Buffalo

by Raymond Ban

Boy, Did We Get That Wrong

by Geoff Kelly

Art Scene

Jason Seeley's Paintings at Hallwalls

by J. Tim Raymond

High School Photographers at Villa Maria

by Jack Foran

Theater Week

The 2013 Artie Awards

by Anthony Chase

After 23 years, the Arties seemed new again this week, as a decided wave of youth permeated the festivities. It was a happy mix of veteran Buffalo theater folk and the next generation.

Theater News


by Javier

Movie star Tom Hanks (pictured left) has made a welcome return to the stage and is now starring on Broadway in the late Nora Ephron’s play Lucky Guy. Both Hanks and the play are nominated for Tony Awards.

Music Feature

What I See

by William Nehill

Band reunions are a tricky thing. Some reform merely for the money, others because their current careers aren’t going so well, and a small number because the music was so good, it mustn’t remain dormant.

Classical Music Notes

Roycroft at 20

by Jan Jezioro

Back in 1994, East Aurora residents Nancy McFarland Gaub, a BPO violinist, and her husband, pianist Eugene Gaub, decided “to help promote chamber music and enhance the quality of life in Western New York, by presenting a series of world-class, but readily accessible and easily affordable concerts in an intimate and uplifting setting,” in their hometown.

Summer Concerts

Artvoice Summer Concert Picks

It’s not everyday one gets the opportunity to see a musician who has revolutionized the way people play his instrument. Considered one of the best bassists of all time, Les Claypool of Primus has done just that, and he’ll be bringing his band to North Tonawanda this week for a free outdoor concert.

Summer Concerts

The Old Men of Summer

“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” has not always been a consoling thought to patrons of Western New York’s summer concert scene. For a decade or so, music fans of my generation have enjoyed the bliss of seeing bands we’ve loved for years at outdoor shows on long summer evenings. And if the band doesn’t have all of its original members, well, go to the box office and ask for your money back. Except there’s no box office because it was a free show!

Summer Guide

Silo City Rocks

by Tess Nowadly

It’s all happening. That’s what I said to Christian Edie when I called her from my apartment in China one morning to talk about her project, Silo City Rocks. We spent the first few minutes gushing over how excited we were that the ideas we had talked about only a few short months ago were actually coming to fruition.

Summer Guide

If I Had a Boat...

by Jack Foran

Looking for something to do this summer? And would you like to have a boat of your own? Or do you just like boats? Consider building one at the Buffalo Maritime Center.

Summer Guide

Drive 'Em If Ya Got 'Em

by Jim Corbran

Okay, or her garage. And by old car, I don’t necessarily mean the expensive 1957 Corvette that you’re afraid to drive anywhere. No, there are hundreds, nay, thousands of old, fun-to-drive (and just plain show-off) vehicles sitting in the driveways and garages of Western New York. And now that summer is arriving, we’re starting to see them on the streets again.

Film Reviews

What Maisie Knew

by George Sax

Frances Ha

by M. Faust

Love is All You Need

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 7 - Thursday, June 13)

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 Portugal. The Man who perform the Town Ballroom on Wednesday the 12th.

Play Ball!

Ricky Romero's Reclamation Project

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

One of the more intriguing stories coming out of the 2013 Buffalo Bisons is that of pitcher Rickey Romero, the Toronto Blue Jays pitching star who is working his way back to a major league roster spot.

Letters to Artvoice

Preparing For the Worst

by Andrea Augello

An Open Letter to Senator George Maziarz

by Kathy Mecca

Dispatches: War of 1812

A Shot in the Dark

by Mason Winfield

It was early June, 1813. For the first time in the war, the Americans had naval support on Lake Ontario and a land force on the Niagara capable enough to attack someone. Their capture of Fort George in Newark (today’s Niagara-on-the-Lake) was a gut-punch to the British in Ontario. They missed scoring the complete knockout when the fort’s former commander, Brigadier General John Vincent, and his redcoats were on the run, but Vincent was still on the ropes.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Food and Drug Administration proposed recently to limit the quantity of tiny “mites” that could occupy imported cheese, even though living, crawling mites are a feature desired by aficionados.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): How free do you want to be, Gemini? A tiny bit free, hemmed in by comfortable complications that require you to rely on white lies? Or would you rather be moderately free in ways that aren’t too demanding—politely, sensibly free?

The Back Page

Buffalo Custom Art: Cookout and Mural Painting

Amanda Hart is turning her house at 887 Clinton Street into studio space for up-and-coming artists. On Saturday, June 1, the folks at Buffalo Custom Art (you can find them on Facebook) hosted a cookout to introduce the community to their venture. And while they were at it, they created this mural on a building across the street from the studios.