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Life Can Be Funny

by Buck Quigley

It should be said right off the bat that humorist Paula Poundstone is a good sport. Squeezing in an interview with Artvoice on a busy day to promote her performance on Friday (10/2) at 8pm in Asbury Hall at Babeville, she played along with this interviewer who decided it might be fun to start things off with a one question quiz—mimicking those given to guests on NPR’s popular Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me radio show, where she is a frequent panelist. It went down like so...

Good Ideas

Dreaming of Grace

by Peter Soscia

For the first time in its history Mercy Hospital is set to have a dedicated hospitality house available to patients’ families. The house will provide a place for visitors to stay close by when family members have to stay at Mercy Hospital for extended periods of time. This project was not set in motion by doctors, the hospital board, or by politicians, but by the inspiration of one woman and the support of several other community members.


By Popular Request

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Do you like team fight songs?

Upon Further Review

Here's to Not Sucking

by Dave Staba

Around the time Tyrod Taylor feathered the ball into the hands of a fairly well-covered Sammy Watkins down the left sideline midway through the first quarter of Buffalo’s 41-14 win over Miami on Sunday, it was hard not to think that this guy might not suck.

AV Party

Artvoice 25th Anniversary Party

Some shots from AV's 25th Anniversary Party this past weekend

Film Review

Sleeping With Other People

by Jordan Canahai

Can a man and a woman who used to be former lovers ever just be friends? It’s a question as old as the romantic comedy itself, and one at the heart of Sleeping With Other People, the second film from writer/director Leslye Headland.

Film Review

The Green Inferno

by E. Ladd

Eli Roth’s latest film, The Green Inferno, isn’t for everybody and certainly not for the faint of heart. But if you happen to enjoy explicitly violent, bloody, Grand Guignol-esque “torture porn” and Italian cannibal exploitation horror films from the 70s and early 80s, then this movie might be right up your alley.

Tap This

Homegrown Terroir

by Kevin Wise

How does one go about building a Buffalo beer? By that, I’m referring to the creation of a beer with all Western New York ingredients. I’m referring to a beer that other regions of the world will recognize as an exclusive and unique Buffalo-born beverage filled with heritage and cultivated from the local lands.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Erik Wollschlager and Chris Groves

Four Mile Brewing has taken an interesting angle on the Farm to Pint beers that our local brewers have engineered for our Buffalo Beer Week enjoyment.

Art Scene

Bringing It Home

by Jack Foran

Among the perks and privileges of the largely honorific job of Burchfield Penney Resident Artist is access to the gallery archives, including some 25,000 Charles Burchfield artifacts. Finished paintings and sketches, and notes in notebooks and on the backs of envelopes and other scrap sheets.

Theatrically Speaking

Send in the Clowns

by Anthony Chase

Elegant and sophisticated adults behaving like children on a Scandinavian night is the set up for A Little Night Music, the musical now being performed by the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Composer Stephen Sondheim has said that when he, book writer Hugh Wheeler, and director Hal Prince staged the original production in 1973, they had one thought on their minds: “A Little Night Music was all about having a hit!”

Theater News


by Javier

Happy birthday to the fabulous Angie Dickinson (pictured above) who turned 84 this week, on September 30th. Brian De Palma’s 1980 erotic thriller Dressed to Kill in which Dickinson portrayed a frustrated Manhattan housewife and mother, was recently released by Criterion in a new Blu-ray remastered edition.

Classical Music Notes

Beautiful Finnish

by Jan Jezioro

Finnfest USA is an annual celebration of both the past legacy and the current contribution of the people of Finland to the culture of America. The festival, which was first held in Minneapolis in 1983, celebrates Finnish culture through food, arts and crafts, music, lectures, and social dances and it has been hosted by over two dozen cities in almost as many states. During the next two weeks, Finnfest will be held in Buffalo for the first time, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be a major player in the celebrations.

Get Lit

Get Lit

by Heather Cook

On Thursday, October 8, and Friday, October 9, Talking Leaves...Books will be hosting a few book events at the Main Street and Elmwood locations. Come out for rich readings, discussions and book signings. It is free and open to the public.

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, October 2 - Thursday, October 8)

Film Now Playing

Graphic Traffic

Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

by Joe Tell

Batgirl of Burnside updates the classic character in its delivery of a very hip and trendy Batgirl. Barbara Gordon and a friend from her physical rehabilitation class move into an apartment in Burnside, the newest suburb of Gotham.

You Auto Know

2016 Fiat 500X

by Jim Corbran

At just about the time Pope Francis was being driven away from Joint Base Andrews in his Fiat 500L, I was pulling out of the parking lot of Northtown Fiat in this week’s test car, the new Fiat 500X. Sorry, Your Holiness, but I drove a 500L ages ago. Getest thee with the program!

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

One of the remaining 116 Guantanamo Bay prisoners (a man suspected of having been close to Osama bin Laden) has a dating profile on captioned “detained but ready to mingle,” the man’s lawyer Carlos Warner told Al Jazeera America in September.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The 20th century’s most influential artist may have been Pablo Picasso. He created thousands of paintings, and was still churning them out when he was 91 years old. A journalist asked him which one was his favorite.