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Cover Story

We're Rolling

by Peter Soscia

Roads were shut down, vehicles were set a blaze, crowds gathered to the scene as helicopters flew overhead. This was not the sight of a massive accident or public riot, but a movie set, shooting here in downtown Buffalo.

Featured Events

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AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week

Theatrically Speaking

Kushner at the Shaw

by Anthony Chase

I first saw Tony Kushner’s play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at its world premiere in Minneapolis in 2009. It was a grand but sprawling work with flashes of brilliance that became mired down in meandering passages of stagnation.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Melissa Rivers (pictured above) paid a visit to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival held at the end of July in Jamestown. Melissa participated in a panel and reminisced about her mother, the great Joan Rivers, who died almost a year ago.

Art Scene

Hallwalls Members' Show Offers a Bit of Everything

by Jack Foran

Some marvelous artworks in the current Hallwalls members’ show. None more so than Milton Weiser’s oil on canvas self-portrait in a basically realist mode with nuance of German Expressionism, a modernist manner reflecting an artistic heritage going back to Albrecht Dürer at least.

Tap This

Autumn in August

by Erik Wollschlager

There are a few chronological anomalies in our culture that defy logic—Christmas displays after Halloween, or Halloween candy after the Fourth of July, for example. If you’ve spent any time in your local grocery store or beverage center, you may have noticed a changing of the guard.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Paul Marko, Chris Groves

Grimm Artisanal Ales is a Brooklyn-based “nomadic” brewery (i.e. gypsy brewery) founded in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. After a decade of home-based tinkering with fermentation, the couple decided to take their talents to the public.

Film Feature

Buffalo's 48-Hour Film Project to Premiere Short Features this Weekend

by Jordan Canahai

The 48 Hour Film project, a wild and sleepless weekend in which a small team of filmmakers write, shoot, and edit a movie in just 48 hours, took place in Buffalo this past weekend. Teams randomly drew the genre their film had to belong to from a hat, and then were assigned a character, prop, and line of dialogue that had to be included as well.

Film Reviews


by Liana Vardi

Irrational Man

by E. Ladd


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, August 28 - Thursday, September 3)

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Play Ball!

It's Pennant Chase Time!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The Buffalo Bisons have slogged through a season of high and lows. A hot April start highlighted with great pitching turned into a June swoon. Callups have affected the club, as well as the spate of trades that the parent Blue Jays did late last month to put them right in the middle of things for their own playoff hopes.

You Auto Know

2015 Ram 1500

by Jim Corbran

Yes, the Ram 1500 is a big truck. Too big for my Roaring Twenties-era garage, but as you can see in the photo, it did fit in my driveway. Lol.

Get Lit

Crime, The Holocaust, and Poets on Tour

by Heater Cook

The WNY Artists Group is a non-profit organization that strives to promote local artists through exhibitions and events. On Saturday, August 22nd, at noon, they are presenting a book signing with Robert Freeland and Joan Fitzgerald, both novelist and artists.

Graphic Traffic

Birthright, Volume One: Homecoming

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Wytches, Volume One

by Joe Tell

Letters to Artvoice

Legalize It, Don't Criticize It

by Henry, Jeff, Zaney

New York’s successful passage of a medical cannabis bill, as in New Jersey, created a tease for those who have ailments that cannabis can treat. Another paper described it as paving the way towards failure.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Ran’dell Busch, 27, was in serious condition after being shot on July 26 near the corner of 18th Street and Emmet Street in Omaha, Nebraska. He was also shot in 2014 around the intersection of 18th and Emmet, and in 2012 was shot in a scuffle after running from the corner of 18th and Emmet.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Many people harbor the unconscious bias that beauty resides primarily in things that are polished, sleek, and perfect.