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The Return of Philip Burke

by Buck Quigley

A few weeks prior to his exhibit entitled The Likeness of Being: Portraits by Philip Burke, which opens on Friday (4/10) at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Burke met with Artvoice at the office of L.B. Madison Fine Art near his home in Niagara Falls, NY, where much of the work for the upcoming show was being gathered in preparation for display at the gallery.

News Analysis

How Erie County taxpayers foot the bill for other county colleges

by Peter Soscia

Discussion over the price of college tuition is not a new subject. For years enraged graduates struggling the pay off their ever-increasing student loans have been calling for reform. There are however, some lesser known fees within the SUNY community college system that put a burden, not on the student, but the student’s community as a whole.

Beer Feature


by Kevin Wise

Buffalo is in the midst of a craft beer movement that has swept across the nation. New breweries are being opened at an increasing rate. A plethora of imported beer offerings from across the world are now distributed across Western New York. Homebrewing is on the rise and people are reconstructing their favorite beer in a garage or basement.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Pizza Boy Brewing Co. Eternal Sunshine, Community Beer Works Frank American Pale Ale

Classical Music Notes

Charles Ives: An American Maverick

by Jan Jezioro

As part of the continuing week-long festival celebrating the legacy of Charles Ives (1874-1954) music director Joanne Falletta will be on the podium for concerts on Saturday (4/11) at 8pm and Sunday (4/12) at 2:30pm devoted entirely to the composer’s music. Joseph Horowitz, the author and producer of this multi-media event, worked with the orchestra in 2102 in the well received multi-media production of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Art Scene

Nature shown victorious in exhibit at Nina Freudenheim Gallery

by Jack Foran

Looking at Joan Linder’s exquisite artwork currently on show at the Nina Freudenheim Gallery, I think of the line of the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins: “When weeds in wheels shoot long and lovely and lush.”

Theatrically Speaking

Celebrating Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson, acclaimed actor and beloved theater professor at the University at Buffalo will be celebrated next week in UB’s annual Signature Series, which “honors the university’s legacy of distinction and innovation in arts and letters.” Considered one of the definitive interpreters of the work of playwright August Wilson, Henderson was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 for his Broadway performance in Fences, opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

Film Reviews

While We're Young

by Jordan Canahai

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival: Selected Reviews

by Jordan Canahai

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and screen star T.R. Knight (pictured above) joined the cast of the Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play last week, the same day that Nathan Lane returned to the show after having left in January to headline the Brooklyn Academy Music run of The Iceman Cometh. It’s Only a Play will now run through June 7th.

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Sin City, Vol. 1: The Hard Goodbye

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

The Activity Vol. 1

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Update: According to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, it appears that some of the 2016 Summer Olympics aquatic events will take place among floating household trash and raw sewage in Guanabara Bay (although Mayor Eduardo Paes noted to the Associated Press in March that the events are scheduled for the “cleanest part” of the bay).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Uitwaaien is a Dutch word that means to go out for a stroll in windy weather simply because it’s exhilarating. I don’t know any language that has parallel terms for running in the rain for the dizzy joy of it, or dancing through a meadow in the dark because it’s such nonsensical fun, or singing at full volume while riding alone in an elevator in the mad-happy quest to purge your tension.