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The News, Briefly

The Crowded School Board Race

by Geoff Kelly

On May 6, City of Buffalo voters will choose three at-large school board members out of a field of 13 candidates, including two incumbents.

Guest Essay

The False Promise of Austerity

by Ted P. Schmidt

From 2009 to 2011, riots and massive protests erupted in the so-called PIIGS countries of Europe—Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain—and these reactions were caused by austerity policies imposed by European Union politicians.

Art Scene

Obsolescence: A Photographic Series by Max Collins at Ro

by J. Tim Raymond

AC cover art from the Gerald Mead Collection at Ashker's Juce Bar

by Frances Boots

Music Feature

Night in the Life

by Cory Perla

Buffalo’s rap scene needs a home. At least that is what promoter and hip hop enthusiast Paul Cameron of City Life Entertainment says about the talented yet unorganized Buffalo hip hop scene.

Music Feature

Continental Reunion

by Kevin J. Hosey

If you are one of the bands, DJs, scenesters, or attendees of the former Continental nightclub (212 Franklin Street near Chippewa, site awaiting development) planning to attend the club’s second reunion Saturday, April 26, at the Town Ballroom, but not 100 percent certain, know this: It will be your last chance to meet up in this setting for a while.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 2: Cold Dark Train vs. The Heavenly Chillbillies

Congratulations to the Spin Wires for winning last week’s contest. This week we offer the Heavenly Chillbillies vs. Cold Dark Train. Visit to check out both acts and vote for the band you prefer. Online votes are due by the end of Tuesday, April 29.

Classical Music Notes

Bringing in the New

by Jan Jezioro

Daniel Bassin, music director of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, consistently programs some of the most innovative classical music in Western New York.

Theater Week

Opening This Week...

by Anthony Chase

With seven days in a week, you might be able to see all the shows that are opening this week, but theaters are generally dark on Monday.

Theater News


by Javier

Broadway star Norm Lewis (pictured left) will be making history this coming May when he becomes the first African-American actor to play the title role The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Film Reviews

The Railway Man

by M. Faust

Jodorowsky's Dune

by M. Faust

Finding Vivian Maier

by M. Faust

The Jewish Cardinal

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 25 - Thursday, May 1)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Gangstagrass, this Friday at the Tralf Music Hall.

Lit City

The Next Three Weeks in Local Letters

by Woody Brown

Alexis De Veaux Returns to Buffalo to Launch New Book

by Leah Mosher

You Auto Know

Sport Plus, Indeed

by Jim Corbran

Those of you who’ve been around awhile may remember the BMW slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” That tagline has come and gone more than once over the years, but its meaning has never left. I got to rekindle my own ultimate driving experience one day last week at Towne BMW, where I spent some time behind the wheel of the new 435i xDrive coupe.

Letters to Artvoice

Filmmaker Lawrence Brose's Guilty Plea: What it Means

by William C. Altreuter

Gas Industry Wants Fracking Rushed For Their Own Gain

by Rita Yelda

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The billion-dollar deer-farming industry in America produces generations of bucks growing progressively larger racks of antlers mainly for eventual bragging rights by the so-called “hunters” who will pay large fees to kill them in fenced-in fields just so they can hang the grotesque antlers in their dens.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You remind me of a garden plot that has recently been plowed and rained on. Now the sun is out. The air is warm. Your dirt is wet and fertile. The feeling is a bit unsettled because the stuff that was below ground got churned up to the top.