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Valerian Ruminski Takes on a New Role: The Impresario

by Jan Jezioro

Many concertgoers arriving at a Buffalo Philharmonic concert a few weeks back might have recognized vaguely the man with the deep voice giving out handbills for an upcoming production of The Barber of Seville, at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, without actually placing him. After all, it is not often that you encounter a star of the Metropolitan Opera passing out flyers on the street in Buffalo.

AV Interview

Larry Norden: After Revolution, the Reform

by Geoff Kelly

When it came time last Monday to explain his motives for turning the New York State Senate into a circus, Tom Golisano cited a 2005 report by the Brennan Center for Justice, which concluded that New York’s legislature was the most dysfunctional in the country.


The Broken Regions of the North

by Bruce Fisher

This week, a group of energetic and hopeful people came to Buffalo to see whether they can figure out how to make President Obama’s “stimulus” money a transformative force for the Rust Belt.

Art Feature

The Art of Summer

by Gerald Mead

Western New York’s salubrious summer weather is upon us, so get outside and enjoy it. However, despite the lure of the outdoors, our bustling art venues thankfully aren’t on hiatus. The following are a few recommended exhibitions that are (or will be) on view in the coming weeks—all worthwhile reasons for a gallery/museum visit.

Left of the Dial

Sonic Youth - The Eternal

by Geoff Anstey

Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall

by Donny Kutzbach

Food Feature

Nickel City Chef Plates Up the City's Best

by Lauren Newkirk Maynard

Every city has its icons, and Buffalo is no exception. The venerable chicken wing being one of them, yes, but at the Nickel City Chef cooking competition this weekend, you’ll see nary a wing feather, celery stick, or side of blue cheese.

Film Reviews

Easy Virtue

by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. June 19 - Thurs. June 25)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Frank Turner, .

You Auto Know

Hybrid Watching

by Jim Corbran

What’s up in hybrid-land? Well, the biggest news which doesn’t really seem to be making headlines is that General Motors (you remember them—the company that you and I are now part owners of) has suspended production of its Chevy Malibu and Saturn Aura Hybrid sedans. Once you hear the reason why—sales stink—it’s no surprise.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Terrorism Gets Pizzazz: A physical fitness video, purportedly made in April by a U.S.-based al-Qaida operative, gives workout tips to jihadists, urging that they “train as hard as possible” to inflict maximum damage on “the enemies of Allah,” according to an ABC News report.

Letters to Artvoice

IDA Reform Now

by Julie C. Boody

Metrorail: A Planner's Notes

by Kevin F. Yost

GM "Dumps" Saab

by Gerald Gray

Literary Buffalo

Flash Fiction: Inconceivable Wilson

by J. A. Tyler

Lit City: Literary Events


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breznsy

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The books of psychologist Carl Jung provide crucial insights into the nature of the unconscious mind. To the degree that I have any skill in deciphering the part of human intelligence that works in mysterious, secretive ways, I owe a great debt to him.


Ask Anyone

For the past three weeks, our house has turned into a safe space for the neighborhood kids. It literally just kind of happened, so we’ve been giving them projects and positive reinforcement to keep them occupied. However, the problems that are occurring are very real and very much making me lose sleep at night.