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Searching For Sergio

by Alan Bedenko

McCarley Gardens: UB Won't Respond to "Ultimatums"

by Buck Quigley

Ohio Street Improvements: Better Plan, Questionable Process

by Jack Foran

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Kerry, Ireland, county council voted in January to let some people drive drunk. The councillors reasoned that in the county’s isolated regions, some seniors live alone and need the camaraderie of the pub, but fear a DUI arrest on the way home. The councillors thus empowered police to issue DUI permits to those targeted drivers.

Valentine's Day

#BestDate / #WorstDate

by Cory Perla

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, so it’s crunch time to come up with some serious date ideas. In a desperate attempt to drum up some ideas, I consulted Twitter and received some great responses.

Art Scene

Group show explores representations of time at UB Art Gallery

by Jack Foran

Collage by J. Tim Raymond at Starlight Gallery

by Pat Pendleton

Theater Week

You Write "Theatre," I Write "Theater"

by Anthony Chase

Disputes over how to spell “theater” happen with surprising frequency in my world. The issue recently came up in a discussion of the signs in our city’s theater district. Typically, as the argument flares, the two sides promote their view with militant ardor, neither side offering any reasoned evidence to support its entrenched opinion, beyond personal comfort and preference.

Theater News


by Javier

It has been a good year for stage and screen star Alan Cumming (pictured above). His latest movie Any Day Now has become a favorite of the film festival circuit, winning several Audience Awards.

Classical Music Notes

The Viola Version

by Jan Jezioro

Buffalo Philharmonic violist Kate Holzmer makes her Friends of Vienna series debut on Sunday, February 10 at 3:30pm in the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Avenue), in a program that features her performing a pair of solo works on the viola and also collaborating with pianist Susan Schuman in a Hummel sonata, and violinist Amy Glidden and cellist Amelie Fradette in the irresistibly late-romantic Serenade in C major for string trio, Op. 10, by the Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 2: Sic Sin vs. Dreams From Gin

Congratulations to CrashFuse for collecting the most votes in our online contest this past week. With that, they win a spot on the bill for our next live showdown.

Film Reviews


by George Sax


by M. Faust

Identity Thief

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 8 - Thursday, February 14)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Doin Dilla, a benefit for the J Dilla foundation, this Friday, February 8th at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar.

You Auto Know

Annette Would Approve

by Jim Corbran

If Frankie (the original Avalon) would have gotten such a dramatic makeover, Annette (the original Funicello) would have been on him like white on rice. Oh, wait a minute, she already was. Anyway, the new 2013 Toyota Avalon is a huge improvement over previous models, mostly in the all-important looks department, but it’s also been refined in the interior and suspension departments.

Letters to Artvoice

Preserve Zone 13: An Open Letter to the Erie County Democratic Committee

by Elisha Akili

Your recent effort to break up Zone 13—and the voting bloc of Hamlin Park —is a blatant political ploy to undermine the democratic process in the City of Buffalo. With a proud history as the nation’s largest predominantly African American historic neighborhood, Hamlin Park is also home to a vibrant politically engaged middle class.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Young art student Andrzej Sobiepan sneaked into Poland’s National Museum with a painting he had done himself and managed to surreptitiously mount it on one of the walls. It hung there for a while before authorities noticed it and took it down. “I decided that I will not wait 30 or 40 years for my works to appear at a place like this,” he said.


Ask Anyone: Special Valentine's Day spectacular

I’ve got a crush on a guy at work, and he’s single too, but he doesn’t seem to see me that way. We have casual flirtations, in which we play the roles of co-workers infatuated with one another, but it’s a surface game. At least for him. For me, that role is painfully easy to play.

The Back Page

Comix: Jason Viola

Jason Viola is an ex-Buffalonian who lives in Newton, Massachusetts. He works in an office all day and draws comics all night. Well, not all night; he eventually goes to bed but he lies awake making comics out of the swirling darkness. See more of his work at