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Lawyers for the Arts – Full Photo Gallery

DSC_4521Check out this full gallery of shots from this past weekend’sLawyers for the Arts performance at the Tralf.  Photos by Glenn Murray.  You can view Glenn’s other photo albums at

Art Giacalone: Chautauqua Institution is Beyond the Law

Click here to read attorney Arthur J. Giacalone’s assessment of Chautauqua Institution’s plan to demolish its historic amphitheater.


Sedita Seals the Fate of Chautauqua Amphitheater

Here’s the scoop from Erie, PA.


New York State Zones Out, Misses Medical Marihuana Deadline

A press release from the Buffalo Cannabis Movement:

marijuanaThe Buffalo Cannabis Movement is extremely displeased with implementation of the Compassionate Care Act (CCA) by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and we find no compassion for the needs of suffering patients and caregivers in the implementation process to date. The simple fact is that “medical marihuana” will not be available for patients in Western New York by the January 5 deadline. While Gov. Cuomo tasked the DOH in June 2014 to choose dispensary applicants whose establishment would be able to manufacture and dispense medicine by this deadline, our research shows that applications of well-established businesses better equipped to expedite manufacture and dispensing were denied. The 2 proposed locations of registered organizations in WNY, in close proximity to each other in Amherst/Williamsville, are not within Buffalo City limits, severely restrict those who rely on public transportation, and overlooks patients in the Southtowns.  

There is conflicting information on marijuana dosing—while Commissioner Zucker states in his Message from the Commissioner that the “physician will determine the appropriate dosage based on her or his medical judgment” the required 4-hour educational course is lacking sufficient material for a registered practitioner to dose the medicine. The implementation of the CCA has not been transparent, and Commissioner Zucker has been silent on his decision whether to approve the additional 5 medical conditions he was tasked with, including PTSD which was federally approved for dispensing by Veterans Health Administration health care providers months ago.

We believe that the CCA Medical Marijuana program is ineffective as it is too restrictive, is not in the best interests of New Yorkers, and that the Governor and Commissioner have failed in their responsibility in loco parentis, undertaken over 18 months ago. Patients, caregivers, and their practitioners should determine the appropriate health care strategy, not an overreaching bureaucracy based in Albany. Thus we are calling for full recreational legalization due to the ineptitude of the DOH and the NYS Government officials. We urge the NYS Legislature bring S.01747 and A.03089 to a vote and pass this Legislation the public wants and so many overlooked patients truly need. We demand Gov. Cuomo sign into law the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). We urge all local government officials to pressure our State Representatives to focus on this issue, as it is not only a civil rights issue, but a human rights issue.

Click here to sign a petition dedicated to the cause.

New Year’s Eve with “Last Comic Standing” Winner Clayton English at Helium Comedy Club

Filed under: Events, Food, Local Interest


Looking for a little something different this New Year’s Eve?  Tired of the same old bar chaos?  Ring in the New Year with an evening filled with laughter courtesy of Clayton English.  You can make a reservation for dinner at Elements and eat before the show by calling 716.853.1211.

Paladino seeks supporters/volunteers for Trump; urges readers to contact him

    From:  Carl Paladino

To:      Everybody

Re:      Volunteers for Trump

Date:   December 29, 2015

Happy New Year, everyoneThe 2016 election is absolutely critical for the future of the United States of America. Will it be merely an election or will it be a political revolution? Do we want to let the media and Washington elite to continue to control our lives, dictate our conscience and how we think of issues, ourselves and the world around us or do we want to be the masters of our own fates, the captains of our own souls and control our futures and those of our children and grandchildren?

Are you ready to support Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for President of the United States? Do you want to “Make America Great Again” and be proud to be an American?  Trump says what we are all thinking. He will lead America and its citizens to a better day because he is a natural, experienced and fearless leader.

I am helping to organize Republicans across New York State to support New York’s favorite son, Donald Trump, in our April Republican Presidential Primary and onward to victory in November.  Join us.  Despite the “neutrality” and wariness of our state party leadership, rank and file Republican voters across New York support Trump and he will win our primary in a landslide. Now is the time to take a strong stand for the candidate willing to fight for Republican principles all the way to the White House.

Career politicians beholden to special interests have damaged and weakened our once great nation.  Trump refuses to be politically correct and pander to the media and liberal elite; instead he speaks the plain truth. He supports the men and women serving in our military and understands that our national security must be our number one priority – including the security of our borders. He understands small businesses are the engine of our economy and he will work to ensure a business environment friendlier to job creators.

Join the Trump Team, which the Trump campaign will announce in the near future, by completing and returning the endorsement card below and contacting me or 716-854-0060.


I, ________________________ do hereby pledge my support to Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.

___  You are free to use my name in any external communications

___  I volunteer to phone bank or door-knock

___  I would like to help organize other supporters in my area

Print Name: _________________________________

Mailing Address:
Street: _____________________________________
City: _______________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________

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Artvoice Hitlist: This week’s Events & Gigs

Filed under: Events, Local Interest, Media, News



To be Takei: A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love

Dreamland, 7pm, $5 suggested donation

Thursday night, REEL QUEER Cinema presents the Sundance Film Festival hit, To Be Takei, a critically acclaimed documentary about LGBT icon, actor, author, activist, and former Star Trek cast mate, the inimitable George Takei.


Carina & the Six String Preacher

Pausa Art House, 8pm,  $7

Playing a spicy, eclectic blend of pre 60’s jazz, blues, surf tango and pop, “Jazz Noir” duo Carina and Vincent James Mastrantonio will be performing at Pausa on Friday night. Come celebrate the release of their latest EP “Why You So Wild, Crocodile?” where they’ll be joined by renowned drummer John Brady.


8th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

WNY Book Arts, Dec. 18 4-8pm, Dec 19 12-6pm, free

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, WNYBAC has got you covered this weekend. With 40 vendors featured, choose gifts from an assortment of handcrafted housewares, jewelry, knitwear, pottery, prints, posters, etc. Gift wrapping, card and ornament making workshops are also offered for the first time this year.


Mom Said No

Sugar City, 7pm, $5

Quirky homegrown acoustic/indie pop band Mom Said No will be playing at Sugar City this Saturday night. Boasting notably impressive vocal harmonies, they’ll be playing a range of tunes, from covers to originals. Check them out. Susanna Rose, Rochester folk singer/songwriter and CJ Cook & Friends will also be performing.


Mohawk Place Xmas Party

Mohawk Place, 8pm, $5

It’s the weekend before Christmas and the height of the party season. Head down to the Mohawk on Saturday so you can spend an evening with The Irving Klaws, The Surfin’ Cadavers, The BiPolaroids, Brass Pro & the Waterfront Revivalists, Pine Fever, and all of your drunk friends.


Buffalo Infringement Festival Festivus Fundraiser

Nietzsche’s, 9pm, $5

The Buffalo Infringement Festival hosts their first fundraiser of the year. Participate in holiday traditions like “Airing of Grievances”, donate pet toys to the SPCA, and enjoy the music of Electric Watermelon, David Adamczyk, Outer Harbor, Jack Topht, Jacob Peter, Meat Whistles, PeaceBridge, Phsyical Psychics, and more!


Pseudo Intellectuals Album Release

Blue Monk, 9pm, $3

Join The Pseudo Intellectuals, Nick, Cut, and Tone, to celebrate the release of their self-titled EP.  Shane Depree Fry and Tone will be playing some hip hop instrumentals to celebrate, DJ Sike will be in the house with a box of 45s, and DJ Cutler will be returning to the Buffalo area for a special guest appearance.

Artist Market at Ellicott Square 12-09-15


Highlights from the Artist Market from Artvoice photo contributor Glenn Murray.

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