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Cover Story

Small Presses, Big Voices

by Jon Wheelock

The spacious Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum will house the fifth annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, a one-day literary bazaar celebrating the independent, the innovative, and the often marginalized authors and artists from Buffalo and beyond.

The Week in Review

The Conservative Spending of Chris Collins

by Geoff Kelly

Comforting Comerford

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

Unionize Everybody!

by Michael I. Niman

I’ve been listening to the litany of anti-union complaints echoing throughout the chatter that passes for news in this country. Foremost, it seems, is the complaint that union members, particularly in the public sector, enjoy “Cadillac” health insurance plans.

Guest Editorial

The Dirt on Nuclear Power

by Benjamin J. Sovacool

Japan’s nuclear crisis is a nightmare, but it is not an anomaly. In fact, it is only the latest in a long line of nuclear accidents involving meltdowns, explosions, fires, and loss of coolant—accidents that have occurred during both normal operation and emergency conditions, such as droughts and earthquakes.

Best of Buffalo

The ABSOLUT Best Bartenders in Town

There are good bartenders and great bartenders. And then there are the ABSOLUT best bartenders in town. Here at AV, we’ve teamed up with our friends at ABSOLUT to create a contest to determine who’s the best barkeep in Western New York.

Art Scene

Words and Pictures at Western New York Book Arts Center

by Jack Foran

Paul Wilson's Photos at Allen Street Hardware

by Jill Greenberg

Theater Week

Aunt Dan and Lemon

by Anthony Chase

Inherit The Wind

by Anthony Chase

Over The Pub

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

The legendary Joel Grey is back on Broadway this season, big time, starring in the revival of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes and directing Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. The musical is being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and is scheduled to open on April 7.


Round 4, Week 3: Steel Keys & Brass vs. Host Echo

Congratulations to to Shapes of States! They collected the most votes in our online Battle of Original Music this past week.

Classical Music Notes

Persis Vehar and Eleanor Roosevelt

by Jan Jezioro

The Carrier Theater at the Civic Center in Syracuse is the site of the fully staged premiere performances of Buffalo based composer Persis Parshall Vehar’s new opera Eleanor Roosevelt, at 4pm on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.

Film Reviews

Made in Dagenham

by M. Faust


by George Sax


by Lizzie Finnegan


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 18 - Thursday, March 24)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The Fabulous Feast at the Connecticut Street Armory and a discussion of The Merchant of Venice at Sweetness 7 Café, both set to benefit Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

You Auto Know

Kia See Sharp: The 2011 Kia Optima

by Jim Corbran

Okay, I’m no musician, and I don’t know if that headline makes any sense musically. But I do know that the new Kia Optima does look sharp. If you liked its cousin the Hyundai Sonata, ladies (and gents) you’ll go ga ga over the new Optima.

5 Questions With...

Will Jones: Online Publisher

On March 10, Jones, who also runs his own graphic design and photography business, and his partner, former New York State Senator Antoine Thompson, launched their new online venture, The website, which has been in the planning stages for over a year, hopes to become not just news and information website but a social gathering point tailored to reach Buffalo’s African-American community.

Letters to Artvoice

Tax The Fat Cats

by Carl Mrozek

Last week in Wisconsin, score another one for the fat cats at the expense of the little guy—the firemen, cops, janitors, garbage collectors, highway crews, etc., all of the invisible folks who enable us to live our “normal lives.” The fat cats include the corporations and so-called “small businesses.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The lower house of Russia’s parliament approved legislation in February to classify beer, for the very first time, as an alcoholic beverage. Traditionally, because of the dominance of the vodka industry, beer has been regarded as closer to a soft drink.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If I had to come up with a title for the next phase of your astrological cycle, it might be “Gathering Up.” The way I see it, you should focus on collecting any resources that are missing from your reserves.


Ask Anyone

I just got done whooping it up at the Mardi Gras parade and festivities last week. Had a hard time making it through work the next day. Now, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. I’ll have a few beers with my Irish friends on Thursday. Then, Saturday is the Old Neighborhood Parade in South Buffalo—which is one of the most fun spectacles in the city, if you ask me.