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Cover Story

Taxing Beliefs

by David Cay Johnston

For three decades we have conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity—so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates.

Getting a Grip

Stop This Nuclear Insanity

by Michael I. Niman

Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is known for its wholesome agricultural products—things like maple syrup and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Dairy is the state’s largest agricultural export, with 20 percent of the Vermont’s dairy farms now under organic management. Almost a quarter of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops are also certified organic.

News Analysis

Tax Reform for Fairness Starts Here

by Bruce Fisher

A scholarly conference held at Buffalo State College this past week brought distinguished historians from here and elsewhere together to discuss the political phenomenon of populism. Scholars mainly associate the term with William Jennings Bryan, who ran against William McKinley and gave voice to the frustrations of Midwestern farmers resentful of the bankers who made them poor.

Week in Review

Peace Marcher Beaten and Maced by NFTA Police

by Geoff Kelly

Rumor Has It...

by Geoff Kelly

How to Drown a Fish

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Puck Stop

Mennaan Buffalo!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

While Sabres fans around the globe are beginning to feel the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we here at Artvoice have our attention focused on an announcement that was made just this week. Most fans’ concerns may be with when the Sabres 2010-11 campaign will end, but we’re taking a look at how, and more specifically where, the Sabres 2011-12 season will begin.

Art Scene

Mark Donnelly's Photographs at Chow Chocolat

by Jill Greenberg

Shawn Roberts at the Big Orbit

by Jack Foran

Western New York Artists Group Exhibit at Art Dialogue

by Jack Foran

Who's Touching Your Food

Where's Waldo?

by Jennifer Mogensen

Chances are that if you have dined or had a drink in Buffalo’s culinary crock-pot in the last four decades, you’ve seen him. He may have mixed your cocktail, served your dinner, or even re-set your table as you were walking out the door.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Martha Plimpton was part of the New York Philharmonic’s concert production of Sondheim’s Company, which ran last weekend at Avery Fisher Hall. Also starring Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby and Patti LuPone as Joanne, the concert was taped and is scheduled to be released in selected movie theaters in mid June.

Classical Music Notes

I Soloisti Di Camerata

by Jan Jezioro

How does a cultural organization continue not only to maintain itself but to grow and expand its supporter base? By constantly reinventing itself, in any way, shape, or form that may allow itself to do so.

Film Review

Of Gods and Men

by George Sax

In a small, indirect sense, Xavier Beauvois’ quietly intense and powerful film, Of Gods and Men, is part of the painful, disputed legacy of France’s colonial control of Algeria until 1961.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 15 - Thursday, April 21)

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Earth Day, with several events taking place between the 16th and 30th.

You Auto Know

Six Goes into 5: The 2012 Mazda 5

by Jim Corbran

Back in 1995, when our kids were around four and two years old, we did the American thing and bought a minivan. Nothing fancy mind you: a new Dodge Caravan, short wheelbase, three rows of seats, air-conditioning (our first!). Why, it even had crank-operated windows! And we paid all of $14,000 for it, brand new. It even fit in our one-car garage.

5 Questions With...

Erik Danielsen: Photographer

Erik Danielsen grew up in Little Valley, Rochester, East Aurora (where he lives now), and Fredonia, so he’s got a good handle on Western New York’s landscape—and it shows in his deft photography of the region’s natural beauty. You can have a look at

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Laney Wallace, 16, won the beauty contest at the 53rd Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, in March and the next day fulfilled the first duty of her reign: to behead and skin a western diamondback. “You have to make sure you don’t pop the bladder,” the 2011 Miss Snake Charmer said shortly after taking a few swipes with a machete.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In her blog, Jane at answers questions from readers. A recent query went like this: “Who would win in a steel cage match, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?”


Ask Anyone

A man I’m dating who said he is tired of being alone wants a more serious (exclusive) relationship with me but is having difficulty disconnecting from a couple of exes who, he says, are only friends.