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Last Minute Gift Guide

On Your Marks

by Artvoice

A Material World

by Artvoice

Life is Short, Art is Longing...

by J. Tim Raymond

Shopping North of the Border

by Artvoice

Guide to Gadgets and Gizmos

by Cory Perla

Theater Bucks, Theater Books

by Anthony Chase

Driving Miss Kringle

by Jim Corbran

News Analysis

Being Like Us

by Bruce Fisher

At 2pm this coming Sunday, December 22, Ukrainians here and in Ontario will meet at the Peace Bridge to hold a solidarity demonstration. They want local politicians and good-government people to get with the program supported by the hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy activists back home in Kiev, the ancient city whose Maidan, or central square, has been occupied by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators for the past month. The Ukrainians want our help.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 3: INLITE vs. The Seven Sixteens

Welcome to the eighth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Briefly, here’s how it works: Each week, we will feature two local, original music acts like the ones you see to your right. Next, hundreds of readers like you will visit to listen to their music and click on the band they like the best. The band that gets the most votes this way wins a spot in our live showdown scheduled for January 17 at Nietzsche’s.

Art Scene

Felice Koenig's Artwork at Nichols School Gallery

by Patricia Pendleton

L. Frank Baum's work, including the Oz books, at the Central Library

by Jack Foran

Book Review

White People, Undressed

by Woody Brown

A Permanent Member of the Family, the latest work from Russell Banks, is a collection of short stories that strikes a similarly bleak, yet hopeful note.

Film Reviews

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

by George Sax

Grudge Match

by Gregory Lamberson

American Hustle

by M. Faust

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, December 20 - Tuesday, December 24)

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 Christmas Party & Sound in Motion New Year's Eve, both taking place at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery on Christmas and New Year's Eve, respectively.

New Year's 2014

Looking for a New Year's Party?

by Artvoice

Here are 10 places to ring in 2014…

Dispatches: War of 1812

Why, We Are All Alone!

by Mason Winfield

Buffalo in 1813 was a merry little village nestled into the elbow of the Niagara River and the Buffalo Creek. Most of its 500-800 citizens lived and worked west of today’s Ellicott Street and south of today’s Chippewa. Heavy woods crept up to the village limits, broken only by creeks, cart-paths, and the occasional homestead.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Japan’s “cat cafes” allow the pet-starved to relax while dining by caressing house kittens that roam the facilities, but similar eateries have opened recently featuring owls (the Fukurou Sabou in Tokyo, Owl Family in Osaka). (The owls are not caressable and easily spooked by excessive noise.)


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Derrick Brown has a poem entitled “Pussycat Interstellar Naked Hotrod Mofo Ladybug Lustblaster!” I hope that at least once in 2014 you will get up the nerve to call someone you love by that name.

The Back Page

North Park Theatre Sneak Peek

The ongoing renovation of the North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue promises to reveal and restore that gem of a venue’s long-hidden treasures. The new owners and operators are hosting a fundraising gala on December 27, 7-10pm, to give the public a sneak peek and to help offset the cost of the extensive work they’ve put in so far.