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Cover Story

The Great UB Heist

by Buck Quigley

If you love our public university, then take a close look at how the UB 2020 legislation takes the "public" out of it

Week in Review

Chris Collins and that Proposed ECC North Building

by Geoff Kelly

Surprise - Your Budget's Ready!

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

The Jeremiah Rant

by Bruce Fisher

America is so rich that even a sprawled-out, hollowed-out, shrinking metro like Buffalo-Niagara Falls has been growing in both wealth and income over the past decade. The statistics of income, productivity, and overall economic activity here are profoundly positive notwithstanding our region’s loss of population.

Music Feature

SXSW 2011 Recap

by Donny Kutzbach & Daryl P. Brothers

SXSW: It’s that annual week in the middle of March when the Texas capital city of Austin briefly becomes the center of the music world. More than 2,000 bands, shows, and events run all day and into the wee hours of the morning, along with dozens of music industry panels and a trade show—and those are the just the “official” events, not including the thousands of other “non-SXSW-sanctioned” events.

Who's Touching Your Food

Sole Solo

by Jennifer Mogensen

Maura Crawford, a South Buffalo native, has run the restaurant gamut of all things chic. Her name has been associated with the likes of Left Bank, Le Metro, and Sole, but her story starts well before those restaurant doors opened.

Art Scene

The Moderns

by Jack Foran

The In-Depth exhibit currently at the Albright-Knox is a short course—and not even all that short—on the history of early 20th-century art. The exhibit consists of all the Albright-Knox collection of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, and Sonia Delaunay.

Theater Week

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

by Anthony Chase

Aunt Dan and Lemon

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

Buffalo’s Jeffrey DeMunn just finished playing Willy Loman in Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman at the Old Globe in San Diego. DeMunn is currently in the the new zombie apocalypse TV series The Walking Dead. One of the biggest hits on the AMC channel, the first complete season was released on DVD earlier this month.

Classical Music Notes

A Mostly Family Affair

by Jan Jezioro

The 55th annual Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle concludes this Friday evening, April 1, at 7:30pm, in Lippes Concert Hall, in Slee Hall, on the UB Amherst campus with a performance by the Henschel Quartet.


Round 4 Quarterfinals Are Set!

Congratulations to The J Bangin' Brew for collecting the most votes last week, earning them the final spot in the final round of this installment of B.O.O.M! They'll join The Path, Shapes of States, and Steel Keys & Brass at our Round 4 Quarterfinal show.

Film Feature

If I Had a Billion Dollars

by M. Faust

You may or may not agree with the decision to remake Arthur, the 1981 comedy that starred Dudley Moore as an alcoholic millionaire given to bizarre pranks whose life is reformed when he falls in love with a working-class woman (Liza Minelli). But if ’twere to be done, you can’t fault the casting of Russell Brand, the bad boy of British comedy, in the title role.

Film Reviews

Source Code

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 1 - Thursday, April 7)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Dance Your Art Off, this Friday April 1st at the Town Ballroom, to benefit Give For Greatness.

You Auto Know

Mora The Explorer: The 2011 Ford Explorer

by Jim Corbran

I must say that after seeing photos of the new Ford Explorer in print and on the web, I assumed it was smaller than the previous model. Maybe it was its resemblance to the smaller Ford Edge that threw me off. Because the new Explorer is definitely bigger. Bigger and better, I might add.

5 Questions With...

Doug Curella: Chief of Staff, State Senator Mark Grisanti

It took a blown-out knee and coffee with Joel Giambra to lure Buffalo native Doug Curella back home, but now he’s here to stay. Curella managed Mark Grisanti’s unlikely campaign for the 60th State Senate District, which unseated the Democratic incumbent in a heavily Democratic district.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Gen. Than Shwe of Myanmar, leader of Asia’s most authoritarian regime, made a rare public appearance in February but dressed in a women’s sarong. Most likely, according to a report on AOL News, he was challenging the country’s increasingly successful “panty protests” in which females opposed to the regime toss their underwear at the leaders or onto government property to, according to superstition, weaken the oppressors.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is an excellent time to study the book Assholeology: The Science Behind Getting Your Way—and Getting Away with It.


Ask Anyone

My partner and I are thinking of taking a quick trip somewhere warm to make this brutal, tail end of winter a little bit more bearable. Cash is pretty tight, but we can swing a few days in the Caribbean somewhere, as long as it’s not too pricey. So I’ve been looking at package deals for a number of destinations, and the cheapest thing I’ve found is in Haiti. I think we all know why the discount. Should I feel guilty about that?