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Theater Week

Curtain Up! 2014

by Anthony Chase

33rd annual Curtain Up!, celebrating the opening of Buffalo’s professional theater season will take place on Friday, September 19th.

Music Feature

The Twelfth Annual Music is Art Festival 2014

by Marty McGee

Listening to MIA founder Robby Takac describe this Saturday’s Music Is Art Festival was one of those “wow!” moments for me. Burmese dancers, a Punk Rock Puppet Show, the Fire Faery, DJs in the woods, the amazing menu of entertainment is endless.

News Analysis

The Bills Are Staying in Buffalo - So Now What?

by Dave Staba

The battle for the Buffalo Bills ended up as a blowout. Vanquishing Jon Bon Jovi and Donald Trump was the easy part. Turning around what has been the National Football League’s most inept franchise for a decade-and-half presents a much greater challenge for Terry and Kim Pegula.

Art Scene

Displacement Barge Prototype at Burchfield Penney Contemporary Art Center

by Patricia Pendleton

Artists Weigh in as Curators of the Barge Project

by Jack Foran

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Renee Fleming (pictured above) spent part of her summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where she made her legitimate stage debut in the comedy Living on Love by Joe DiPietro. The play is an adaptation of Garson Kanin’s Pecadillo, and Fleming played an egotistical opera diva who is writing her memoirs.

Classical Music Notes

Finding the Right Note

by Jan Jezioro

When the Buffalo Chamber Players open their eighth concert season in the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm they will explore territory more usually associated with the University at Buffalo and its June in Buffalo new music festival.

Music Feature

The 'Hawk Rises Again

by Cory Perla

About a year and a half ago I went to Mohawk Place for the last time, ever. Then last Friday night I went to Buffalo’s Mohawk Place for the first time, again.

Film Feature

Bound to Tease

by Ed Grant

Oh, the life of a French intellectual. Subverting reality in novels and essays, thinking les grandes pensées and teaching writing, all while publicly flaunting one’s kinks. Alain Robbe-Grillet—three of whose films will be spotlighted in a mini-festival at Hallwalls from Sept. 17th to Oct. 16th—was such an individual.

Film Reviews

The Drop

by M. Faust


by George Sax

The Trip to Italy

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, September 12 - Thursday, September 18)

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Deafheaven performing at the Tralf Music Hall on Thursday, September 18.

You Auto Know

YAK Test Driver Goes Rogue

by Jim Corbran

I’m not sure just how the folks at Nissan ever decided to name their compact SUV the Rogue. The word has all sorts of nasty connotations—and for me it always conjures up an image of David Niven when he starred in a mid-1960s television series of the same name.

Lit City

Local Author Judith Frizlen Talks About Her New Book

by Katherine McSpedon

Talking Leaves Bookstore continues its guest author events this Saturday, September 13th, at 11am. The guest author is Judith Frizlen, Buffalo’s local child educator, mother, community supporter and author. Frizlen will be discussing and signing her recently released book, Words for Parents in Small Doses.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

After several contestants in the 2013 world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain, remarked that the racers in lanes 5 to 8 seemed to swim faster than those in lanes 1 to 4, two researchers investigated further and concluded, in July, that there was a rogue current on the lane-8 side of the pool.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1786, Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard were the first explorers to reach the top of 15,781-foot Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border. They were hailed as heroes.