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M&T Boss Wilmers Named New York State Economic Czar

by John McMahon

Last week New York Governor David Paterson, a liberal Democrat, named Robert G. Wilmers, chairman of M&T Bank and prominent anti-union activist, as his pick to run the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), the state’s main economic development arm.


Patterson's Master Stroke

by Bruce Fisher

When Lieutenant Governor abruptly became Governor David Paterson, New York Post columnist Fred Dicker heaped praise on him as a consensus-seeking, collegial political professional in the tradition of great New York governors.

The News, Briefly

Common Council Report

by Geoff Kelly

Slow Going: The Trials of Buying the City's Abandoned Properties

by Geoff Kelly


by Emmalie Vance

Saving ECMC

by Buck Quigley

The Mayor's Hotline: By The Numbers

by Geoff Kelly

Kazmierczak to Leave Performing Arts

by Buck Quigley

Inspectors Look Into Academy School 44, ResulTech

by Buck Quigley

Artvoice Video

White Brothers Livery Collapse

In the 1800's The White Bros Livery stables at 428 Jersey street served as the boarding facilities for the horse drawn carriages of Buffalos upper crust. Today the crust of the historic west side landmark is crumbling and a bucolic pocket neighborhood is fighting to save it from a neglectful property owner and a city ordered demolition. Will they succeed in its salvation or will the landmark structure become yet another part of Buffalo's forgotten past?


News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Los Angeles Police Department announced in April that it had investigated 320 complaints against its officers last year for alleged “racial profiling” and found that not a single one was valid. The Los Angeles Times reported that that was at least the sixth consecutive year that LAPD reported a perfect record on racial profiling.


Glamorous: The 10 Best-Dressed Women at the 2008 Arties

by Jimmy Janowski

I was warned that the ladies were “working overtime” in preparation for this year’s “Arties” fashion-fest, but these girls had my head spinning like Linda Blair in The Exorcist.



by Lucy Yau

Two shows of works by Buffalo natives demonstrate that traditional methods of drawing and painting are living forms, and more than just staples in galleries. One by Ralph Sirianni is at the Arts Council downtown. Another by Robert J. Witzel is at the Grant Street Gallery on the West Side.

Left of the Dial

Hayes Carll - Trouble in Mind

Frank Sinatra - Nothing But the Best

Music Feature

Roycroft Chamber Music Festival Returns to East Aurora

by Jan Jezioro

This Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary season at St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church on Main Street in East Aurora.

Film Reviews

The Fall

Fugitive Pieces

Standard Operating Procedure


Movie Times (June 13 thru June 19)

Film Now Playing

On The Boards Theater Listings

See You There

Allentown Art Festival (June 13 - June 15)

Hammel On Trial: The Terrorism of Everyday Life (June 14)

Think Twice Radio: An Evening With Lenny Revell, McCarthyizm, & Scott Celani (June 14)

Carvings For a Cause (June 18)

Calendar Spotlight

Ryan Montbleau Band (June 13)

Mannequin Men (June 13)

Common Kings CD Release (June 14)

El Ten Eleven with Lazlo Hollyfeld and Stand By Red Five (June 18)

Looking Ahead . . .

Food For Thought

Fragrant Mint

by Joe George

“As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat”

Play Ball!

Three New I.L. Ballparks On The Horizon

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

While franchise shifts, reorganizations, new venues, and nickname changes are all too common in minor league sports, the International League has been remarkably stable, fielding the same divisional lineup of 14 teams since their merger with the American Association back in 1998. But changes are in the wind, and when the dust settles, Buffalo will be the city with the second-oldest ballpark in the I.L., with only Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium older.


Post Pride Blues

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Upcoming Events

Letters to Artvoice

Paving Paradise to Put Up More Parking Lots

by Carl Mrozek

Where's Bonnie Russell?

by Beth Bradley

Absolut Nonsense

by Emily-Rose Maher


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The best time for me is when I don’t have any problems that I can’t buy my way out of,” said Andy Warhol. If that formulation is true, you’re going to have a light warm breeze of a week, Gemini—a time so smooth and easy and free you may wonder if the gods made a mistake and bestowed the sublime karma of some beatific saint on you. Here’s my prediction: The only problems you’ll have will be those you can buy your way out of. And they won’t even be very expensive.


Ask Anyone

I live in Allentown. Heading into the weekend, friends, co-workers, and even just acquaintances keep saying things like “Hey, we’ll stop by your house during the Allentown Art Festival,” in effect just inviting themselves over and creating a party where one was not planned.