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“I always say, if you are homophobic, you better be positive you’re right. Because is it going to blow [that] all these kids are killing themselves, and … that in 20 years … you get to write a book about how wrong you were. They’re dead. So why don’t you have a soul-searching moment now? Go into your house, shut the door, and make sure you’re positive that you’re making kids feel like crap for no good goddamn reason.”

  WTF With Marc Maron -Todd Glass




 5.  Buffalo Beer Week: San Diego Burger and Tap Night @ Allen Burger Venture (Sep 29)i-can-has-cheezburger

Still haven’t been to ABV?  What the hell are you waiting for?  Allen Burger Venture has a bevy of unique burgers and beers with an awesome rock ambiance that keeps snootier types at bay.  With vinyl records on the wall, heavily tattooed bartenders and absurdly delicious burgers on the menu this dive will certainly continue to do very well on the Allen St. strip.  This week they’ll be holding a San Diego Burger and Tap night as a part of Buffalo Beer Week.  San Diego has some of the best beers in the country, and I’m pumped to see what sort of burger concoctions they come up with.  ABV is open M-W 11AM-Midnight, Th-Sat 11AM-2AM.

Owner Mike Shatzel must have big plans for Allen as he also purchased a few other buildings along the street for future projects.  It is a very exciting time for those who enjoy the edgier part of Buffalo that exists on Allen St.


4. Doug Benson @ Helium Comedy Club (Oct 4)

3. Todd Glass @ Helium Comedy Club (Oct 1-3)


What a week for comedy in Buffalo as stoner hero Doug Benson and one of America’s most insightful comedians Todd Glass will be coming to Helium.  Just watch the above video and you’ll get a great taste of what to expect from both comedians.  Both are podcast staples, with Benson running the always hilarious Doug Loves Movies  and Glass putting out The Todd Glass Show.  Todd Glass was also on one of my favorite podcast episodes ever, where he comes out as gay on WTF with Marc Maron and gives a lot of insight into what his experience has been like and reflections on life and society.  Benson will be here Sunday after the Bills game and Glass will be here from Thursday to Saturday, so don’t miss them.


2.  Allentown Fall Festival @ Allen St (Oct 3)


Allen St. will be closed off and filled with musicians, vendors, an artisan market and fun activities for children as the Allentown Art Festival kicks off for the second straight year.  The event starts at 11 and goes to around 7 with the band PA Line closing things out.  In addition to the festivities, there is a casual 25 mile bike ride to the Olmstead parks throughout the city that starts at 9 AM (sign up is here).  If you have never been on one of these rides I highly recommend it.  Buffalo is a great city to see on a bike and the weather looks to be pretty decent still.  Once you are done over there, you can just hop back on your bike and head over to…. 

1. Buffalo Porchfest (Oct 3)


 Ah yes my favorite event of the year.  If you haven’t been before, Porchfest is an absolute blast.  The premise is simple- a dozen or so residents in the West Side open up their porches and lawns to musicians and spectators and Buffalo Police look the other way when it comes to drinking in public.  Get your bike out of the garage one last time and spend the day going from site to site checking out some of the best music Buffalo has to offer.  For my money (okay it’s all free) I’ll be hanging out around the corner of Elmwood and Lafayette where the bands usually end up going the latest and the party seems to be the wildest.  Keep your eyes open for the official schedule later this week, I’ll post it on the Facebook page when it comes out. 

Other notable Events:  Cages @ Sugar City (Oct 2), Apocalypse of the Undead @ Central Terminal (Oct 3).

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

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Boléo at Pausa

2950945The Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street at the corner of Allen, has become the most intimate “go-to” venue in Buffalo. It features an eclectically wide range of musical events ranging from jazz, a definite staple, through classical. Jon Nelson, professor of trumpet at UB, owns Pausa, along with his wife Lázara, and he has from the opening day frequently picked up his instrument to sit in with a wide variety of visiting groups. Lázara Nelson, a graduate of Cuba’s Havana Music Conservatory Amadeo Roldan, is also an accomplished violinist, and last December she formed a new group called Boléo. The other original members of group, violinist Miranda Scoma and the multi-talented, laid-back Israeli Moshe Shulman who plays violin, viola, and accordion as well as the bandoneón, a South American concertina that is essential to performing tango music, will be joined by the internationally-touring Fredonia State professor of cello Natasha Farny this Thursday, August 20. The program includes milongas, tangos, habaneras and gypsy dances by the Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes, and the Argentine composers Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla, the master of nuevo tango. “The evening will begin with some much older dance forms”, says Farny, “as I will present some solo Bach pieces on the cello. I am looking forward to blending our string sounds with Moshe’s bandoneón, which is already such a rich and colorful instrument on its own. The walls of Pausa will be reverberating!”    

The doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm. Admission: $7.

– Jan Jezioro

The War on Pizza

Gentrification is a loaded term, especially in Buffalo.  As much as we complain about “sprawl without growth”, we play the same game with gentrification. The dictionary definition is: the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents. You know, like bourgeois white kids “discovering” Buffalo’s West Side or New York City’s outer boroughs. 

There’s nothing and everything wrong with gentrification, depending on who you are and to whom you’re talking, but in recent years it’s become an epithet, which isn’t altogether fair. Perhaps because in Buffalo, gentrification is not accompanied by any significant population growth

This article in the print edition of Artvoice hurls the “gentrification” epithet in a somewhat hypocritical way. It highlights the way in which the term has become a weapon, and how threatening any change might be. 

The College Street Gallery, a well-loved fixture of the Allentown art scene since 1997, is being evicted from the space it now occupies at the west end of Allen St. near Nietzsche’s. The reason is to give more room to the gallery’s next-door neighbor Crust Pizza, who wants to expand a full service bar in the gallery’s 500 sq. ft. space. Crust Pizza has been on Allen St. less than a year.

Photographer and College Street Gallery operator Michael Mulley said the changeover would occur this summer. He called it “Gentrification pure and simple,” and contrary to the social and commercial best interests of the neighborhood.

I don’t have any problem with – or any animus towards – either Crust or the gallery.  I think both businesses – and types of businesses – help make Allentown the unique and special neighborhood that it’s become in the last 30 years. But this smacks of an art community overreaction.

In most cases, when a landlord cuts a deal to expand one tenant and displace another, the displaced tenant looks for a new space. It doesn’t become a cause celebre. Have a “lost our lease” sale and start looking for a new space – it’s not a unique or unconscionable situation. 

This isn’t Manhattan’s SoHo becoming a parade of high-end chain storefronts, but it would seem as if Crust is the biggest criminal since Hitler invaded Poland. 

When we came here, to this end of Allen Street, there wasn’t much here,” he said. “Art makes other things happen. People go out to see art, then they say: ‘Let’s go get a piece of pizza, let’s get a beer.’ It’s not the other way around. That was the whole idea of Allentown originally, what made it work. Art first, commerce after. We brought energy to this corner. Now this whole end of Allen is going to be just bars.”

Look at that highlighted sentence – isn’t that gentrification? Renewal and rebuilding? What do you call it when you place an art gallery in an empty, underserved, or blighted neighborhood? Art definitely made Allentown what it is today, but it’s a misconception to suggest that people don’t do the exact opposite of what’s being suggested in Mr. Mulley’s statement – go out for pizza and a beer, and then go look at art. 

But by seeking to expand a legal business, Crust is now the enemy. The Infringement Festival had planned to host something there, but has instead decided to take its toys and go home. 

Infringement Festival music programmer Curt Rodderdam, who lives a few doors away, said the Crust plan “hurts the neighborhood.” He said the changeover “bothers me on a personal level and a social level—what it’s doing to the community. They’re taking the last piece of culture in the neighborhood and destroying it,” he said. Who wants to live on Chippewa?” he asked rhetorically.

Infringement Fest programmer for outside performances David Adamczyk said the planned changeover “didn’t represent what we [the Infringement Festival organizers] were all about.”

You would think Crust was selling crack or whores. 

Did Mark Goldman get this much pushback when he displaced a took over a spot most recently occupied by a hardware store? Hardware stores aren’t especially creative, but they are a dying breed, being replaced by Home Depots and Lowes. I figure no one wants to live on Chippewa, but Allen is known for its nightlife, too. Rather than flashy clubs, it has the upscale Allentown Hardware alongside gritty spots like the Pink, Mulligan’s, Nietzsche’s, and Duke’s Bohemian. Expanding a pizza place so that it can have a bar on a street that’s known for its nightlife isn’t going to destroy the neighborhood. It isn’t going to destroy the community. 

Crust, for the record, is a charming little quick-serve pizza place that makes really great “al taglio” Roman- style pizzas.  The crust is baked from scratch, and the toppings are added on demand throughout the day – you pick your toppings and get a great little personal pizza.  Their arancini are pretty great, too, and they serve craft beer already.  Crust’s push to build a bar is its own business, and it has an agreeable landlord. No one likes to see another business be displaced, but that’s business

The gallery is also fantastic. It’s a co-op of local artists, and their work rotates on a monthly basis. Wouldn’t the better way to handle this be to highlight what a great opportunity a move would be to help grow the concept? 

Mulley said the gallery change “is bittersweet. Maybe we’ll come up with a bigger and better space ultimately.” But for the moment he has no place identified, much less negotiated. Mulley said he wants to stay in Allentown, preferably in another storefront–less preferably an off-the-street venue.

“There are a lot of great memories here,” Mulley said. “A lot of good things happened here. A lot of artists got to show here who might not have had another chance to show. And musical groups got to perform here.” He said the gypsy flavor jazz group Babik made its first public appearance on the street outside the gallery. “And I couldn’t name how many aspiring young writers read here for the first time.”

The College Street Gallery is a cooperative, supported by the forty or so artists who show new work there every month. Mulley said there was a waiting list of applicants wanting to become members, if there was room to show their work.

So, the gallery has effectively outgrown its location and it’s being forced (never a fun thing, admittedly) to go and find a bigger one. I’m unmoved by the “things happened here” flavor of “this place matters” nostalgia. How about working with the guy renovating this place

I don’t like it when people demonize a legitimate business that isn’t doing anything wrong except trying to continue doing its legitimate business. Crust isn’t the enemy, and it isn’t single-handedly destroying Allentown. 

To that end, we’ll have a cash mob show up for lunch next week at Crust. Perhaps someone will host a cash mob for the College Street Gallery, too, or you can donate to help fund its search for a new space. But let’s treat business like business, and not turn a pizza place, of all things, into the enemy. 

Everyone just relax. 

Tonight: Honeytribe brings Space Age Blues to DBGB

For the musically inclined progeny of established rock legends, living up to their parents’ legacy and simultaneously pursuing their own unique styles is a burdensome task. Not to say, however, that it hasn’t been done before; Sean Lennon pulled it off in 1998 with his debut album Into the Sun, managing to both embrace his musical heritage and break into the music industry in his own right.

So did Devon Allman, son of southern blues rock household name Gregg Allman. Contrary to what Gregg Allman’s superstar status might lead you to believe, Devon Allman grew up in the suburbs as a regular teen, discovering his father’s vast musical presence much later after he had already picked up the guitar of his own accord. Much like Sean Lennon, Devon Allman makes music that isn’t overly conscious of his father’s fame. While remaining true to his roots in southern blues rock, Devon Allman draws inspiration from his own broad range of influences and fuses them to create an unexpected but irresistible spin-off.

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe’s latest 2010 album, Space Age Blues, is a groovy blend of blues, jazz, rock n’ roll with a sci-fi inspired cosmic flavor that Allman describes as “Darth Vader meets B.B. King.” The familiar soulful melodies are still there as well as the electrifying rock ‘n roll grit, but the umbrella term “blues rock” seems a little deficient. Allman himself calls it “science-fiction blues,” and though it may not yet be a “real” genre, Honeytribe is well on its way to changing that. See them perform at DBGB (253 Allen St) tonight (Nov 11) at 9 pm. -max soeun kim

Tributaries: Phish

Tributaries: Phish

Saturday, Aug 20

As die-hard Phish phans in Western New York know, a few years before the colossal jam band advanced onto the arena circuit, the “phab phour” played venerable Allentown music venue Nietzsche’s in 1991 – their signatures on the ceiling prove it. It’s taken 20 years, but on Saturday (Aug 20), Nietzsche’s will host its first Phish tribute concert, featuring four acts performing all Phish originals in the kickoff of a running concert series titled Tributaries, supporting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and presented by The Good Neighborhood. The event will feature an into-the-wee-hours set by the budding jam engine Aqueous, preceded by sets from jam-rockers Free Henry and the lone act that matches Phish’s guitar-keyboards-bass-drums lineup in Universe Shark, which will kick off the evening at 10pm. Special guests and Phish-like antics are in the works for all sets, between which the front room of Nietzsche’s will be held down by the Lazlo Hollyfeld duo of keyboardist Scott Molloy and guitarist-vocalist Sonny Baker. A percentage of the $5 cover as well as all proceeds from a Phish-themed raffle will benefit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, whose goal of fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waterways throughout the Buffalo Niagara region is pursued in many ways, combining firsthand knowledge of our waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of our communities to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources. Further, this mission is in line with that of Phish’s own Waterwheel Foundation, for which clean water is its first focus. “Phrankly, I’ve been a Phish phan since long bephore these bands phirst perphormed live – my phirst show was at HSBC Arena in 1996,” said Seamus Gallivan, founder of The Good Neighborhood. “But I’ve seen each act work Phish originals into their own shows, and it’s high time that we ‘share in the groove’ that shook those Allentown walls that night in ’91. Further, we know the band would appreciate that we’re gathering for the greater good by supporting Riverkeeper, a common cause we share.” With more dates and artists planned into the fall, the Tributaries series will continues at various venues across Buffalo. For more information and for daily news connecting communities with people, organizations, and events dedicated to the greater good, visit —g.n.

10pm. Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. (886-8539/ $5.

News Alert: Robbery and assault in Days Park

If anyone has any information about a mugging and assault that happened in Days Park in Allentown at approximately 3:30am Sunday morning please contact the Buffalo Police Department, the neighborhood watch in that area, or our office.

The attacker has been described as a light skinned black male around the age of 30, medium build, wearing a black hoodie. His victims were three women. Any information could help. Be safe and be aware of your surroundings.

Dinner at DBGB’s

DBGB’s at 253 Allen Street is now serving dinner! The kitchen hours start at 5pm every night. Dine in and take out is available.

Their menu items include dry rubbed and smoked BBQ Ribs and Chicken Wings, Vegetarian Eggplant Wings, Beer Battered Onion Rings, Fresh Cut Fries, and Nachos along with many different types of sandwiches. And of course they have a full bar with over 100 beers, spirits, and wine.

It is important to DBGB’s to keep their food prices affordable so everyone is able to enjoy their newest addition to their already great establishment. They also feature six nights of live entertainment.

Their full dinner menu will be introduced in September of 2011.

-rachel good

Artvoice’s 16th Annual Buffalo Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday, March 8th is upon us. Join Artvoice, our sponsors Southern Comfort and Labatt Blue Light as well as 36 participating locations in Allentown, the Chippewa district and the Elmwood strip for Buffalo’s biggest party of the year.

The parade starts at 5PM and events at various locations will continue well into the night. Visit the Artvoice Mardi Gras Website for information on the parade route, an interactive map of participating locations, and some photo galleries and videos of prior years’ festivities to get you in the mood.

You can also download a PDF version of the two page spread that appeared in this week’s paper showcasing the parade route, participating locations and events planned.

Purchase a $5 bracelet at any of the participating venues for entry into all the others. 100% of the proceeds this year goes to benefit the Give For Greatness, a fund raising campaign to raise money for cultural organizations throughout the county who are feeling the pinch from this year’s county budget cuts. Mardi Gras is in fact the kick off of Give For Greatness, which will continue for the next two months with the goal of raising $1 million dollars. Learn more about the campaign and the organizations set to benefit at

Be sure to also check out Martini Gras being held at Shea’s also in partnership with Artvoice and sponsored by Star 102.5 FM. The lobby and stage will be transformed into Shea’s own version of Bourbon street featuring live entertainment, food tastings from nearly a dozen local restaurants, caricature drawings, psychic readings and a cash bar with specialty martini selections. Come in costume! Tickets to Martini Gras are $25 advance and $30 at the door, and includes a bracelet if you decide to visit any of the other participating Mardi Gras locations around town. This is a 21 and up event. Learn more at Shea’s Website.

See you Tuesday!

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