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Filmmaker Michael Moore is recovering from pneumonia and a stint in the ICU, forcing him to cancel several promotional appearances for his latest work. Click here to find out how you can help promote his new movie Where To Invade Next.


Book: ‘The Clintons’ War on Women’ details Bill’s ‘Rapes,’ Hillary’s Hypocritical Cover-ups’  

Filed under: Media, News
This is the stunning expose that could shake up the 2016 Presidential race.

Roger Stone (below) is a veteran Republican strategist who worked for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and he published a book earlier this year titled “The Clintons’ War on Women” in which he accuses Bill Clinton of being a serial philanderer and a rapist who he compared to the disgraced comedian Bill Cosby.



Author Roger Stone’s expose could shake up the 2016 Presidential race. His best seller details how Bill raped women and Hilary covered up for him. The book appears to be growing legs faster than those Bill chased.

THE CLINTONS’ WAR ON WOMEN by Roger Stone is, according to its press release, “the gripping true story of the vicious sexual assault and rape of dozens innocent women by Bill Clinton and the terror campaign by Hillary to discredit, degrade and silence these women.

“Hillary Clinton is running for president as an ‘advocate of women and girls,’ but the hypocritical way she treated women in her personal quest for power could only be described as waging a war on women.

“In the stunning exposé, The Clintons’ War On Women, reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton systematically abuse women and others – sexually, physically, and psychologically – in their scramble for power and wealth.#1 Bestseller on Amazon.”

Stone was affiliated with campaign of Donald Trump but later resigned.

Meantime Stone encouraged criticism of Hilary Clinton on social media while promoting his book.

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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.

AV Podcast: Episode 6

podcast_squarePodcast Episode 6: September 23, 2015


In this week’s show Pete talks with comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher, who’s performing at Shea’s Performing Arts Center this weekend. Maher talks about his roots in standup comedy, and the politically correct culture we live in. We also have a ticket give away to his show! Also in the show Cindy Batista talks about her project to bring a hospitality house to families with loved ones staying at Mercy Hospital, Willard Brooks talks about the Buffalo craft beer bubble, and Artvoice BOOM Winners, Uncle Ben’s Remedy is in our music spotlight.


Listen to Episode 6:

The Buffalist: Aug 10-16



“We know where we’re going / But we don’t know where we’ve been / And we know what we’re knowing / But we can’t say what we’ve seen / And we’re not little children / And we know what we want / And the future is certain / Give us time to work it out.”

  “Road to Nowhere” -Talking Heads






5.  They Kill Things @ Silo City (Aug 13)


Torn Space Theater will be presenting They Kill Things at Silo City this Friday and it is looking to be a very unique and exciting event.  Not only is this the first opportunity to see the guts of the Perot and Malt House grain elevators, but also you will be able to enjoy and support some tremendous local theater.  For the un-initiated, Torn Space Theater is a collaborative collective of local artists working together to create “original, aesthetically innovative performances” and to “introduce internationally-renowned, contemporary drama to Western New York.”  According to the Facebook page, they will “transform Silo City into an epic landscape, focusing on a secluded society celebrating the summer harvest as they prepare for the arrival of a visitor.”  Sounds like some sort of uniquely Buffalo Children of the Corn scenario to me.  Gen Admission tickets are 20 bucks and VIP tickets are 50 and can be purchased here.  

4. Keb’ Mo’ @ Asbury Hall (Aug 13)

Keb’ Mo’ (AKA Kevin Roosevelt Moore) will be bringing his modern take on the “Delta Blues” to Asbury Hall and if you are the kind of person who enjoys Robert Johnson (he actually played him in a documentary) or Muddy Waters you ought to enjoy this show.  Hailing from Compton, CA but residing in Nashville, TN, Keb’ Mo’ expertly combines modern blues with its old-fashioned country cousin.  Give the above video a listen and if you close your eyes you’ll swear it was recorded long ago.  Not only is Keb’ Mo’ an accomplished musician (he has 3 Grammys to prove it), but he also is very involved in political activism.  He is an active member of the No Nukes Group and has performed and recorded several songs for charity.  Asbury Hall is one of the best sounding venues in Buffalo so I expect this is an event you won’t want to miss.

3. Mac Demarco @ The Tralf (Aug 16)

The sometimes distantly bizarre and sometimes deeply emotional (yet always interesting) Mac Demarco will be playing The Tralf this Sunday.  He just dropped his fourth album Another One last week and it is a fascinating listen that ought to be making some waves on end of the year top album lists in a few months.  If you’ve never heard of the guy and think he just popped up out of nowhere you’d be right.  The Edmonton native picked up and moved to Vancouver after High School and pretty much consistently has gained more notoriety since then.  His first album Heat Wave had a small release under the weird monicker Makeout Videotape and sold out faster than they could make them.  In 2012 he made the change from Makeout Videotape to his own name but continued to make infectiously relaxed and often strange music.  Give his new album a listen as I’m sure of course that he’s going to be playing a lot of it at the show.

2.  Authority Zero @ Town Ballroom (Aug 11)

Although formed in 1994, Authority Zero didn’t record its first full length album until 2002’s A Passage in Time.  That makes them technically a 90’s California punk band and if you know anything about that style of music, then you know what to expect.  Best listened to while skateboarding or a dank basement with empty Jolt Cola cans all over, Authority Zero’s sound embodies a specific time and place in the history of punk music when bands like Rancid, Blink 182, NOFX, Offspring and Green Day reigned supreme.  I know, older folks may cringe at the notion that 90’s melodic pop punk bands have joined the likes of Black Flag and the New York Dolls in the annals of punk legend.  But let’s face it, Authority Zero began in 1994- over 20 years ago- and Green Day was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Get in touch with your 90’s angsty teenage self and check this show out, I’m sure it’ll be a blast.   

1.  Screen Play: Life in an Animated World @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (All Week)


Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

  It’s the dog days of hot summer so what better time to check in at the air conditioned Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Although there is no bad time to visit this jewel of Buffalo, they are currently (until Sept 13th) displaying an exciting exhibit about animation and digital art.  Since they are professionals and can explain it much more eloquently than an amateur like me, an excerpt from their website says: “Animation permeates twenty-first century culture; from movies and television to videogames and advertising, it fills virtually all of the screens ubiquitous in contemporary life. Screen Play: Life in an Animated World is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to examining the work of contemporary artists who use the techniques, technologies, and tropes of animation as tools in their practices.”  Everyone should put this place (along with the Darwin Martin House and Canalside) on their must do list when giving out-of-towners a tour of the city.  I’d be willing to be they have no idea Buffalo has a treasure like this.   

Other notable Events:  You, Me and Everyone We Know @ Waiting Room (Aug 13), G-Nome Project & Sonder @ Buffalo Ironworks (Aug 11)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

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Congratulations Adam Zyglis!

Upon hearing that Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis won the Pulitzer Prize, we dug up a few examples of the work he did here for Artvoice in the summer of 2004—before stepping into the big shoes of Tom Toles at the daily paper in August of that year. (Click on the images for a larger view.)






Congratulations, kid! Ya done good.

Are We Being Turned Into Cars?

Filed under: Media, Transportation

On Wednesday, the Washington Post put up this piece by Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC—asking why drivers aren’t held responsible when their cars become killing machines.

Is it possible the auto industry is responsible for shifting the blame for driver negligence onto cyclists and pedestrians? And could it be that the bicycle industry is complicit by selling more safety gear rather than lobbying for better cycling infrastructure?

Look at the commercial for the region’s biggest bike store. Cyclists tend to stick to the sidewalk (where it’s technically illegal to ride), or they pedal in circles in the driveway or parking lot, always wearing helmets (available for purchase at Bert’s Bikes). Cars are not part of the picture in this cycling fantasy, unless they are safely parked and stationary.


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