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Cover Story

Murder on May Street

by Charlotte Hsu

Who killed Joseph Thomas Jr.? It’s been more than seven years, and still his family has no answers.

Week in Review

Seven Days: Written Thanks to a Generous Stipend from the Heritage Foundation

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

UB 2020 and the Knowledge Economy

by Bruce Fisher

In the post-Tucson America of carefully civil discourse, Buffalo-area politicians who have endorsed the massive taxpayer-funded construction plan called for in UB 2020 are going to have to watch themselves, because serious disputes over what public money should buy, and from whom, could bring a quick end to politeness.

News Feature

The County Fair!

by George Sax

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Erie County Legislature’s Government Affairs Committee, one seemingly non-controversial item with bipartisan support actually recalled the unsettled and contentious current state of county government. Titled “Changing the Veto Timetable in the Erie County Charter,” this item addressed the brief period the charter allows for overriding a county executive’s vetoes.

Puck Stop

The Sabres at Midseason

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

As the team heads into the All Star break, they find themselves within a semblance of striking distance of eighth place, but despite the points they’ve managed to pick up this month, the team has made little headway in closing the gap with the conference’s elite teams.

Art Scene

The Art of Fear

by Jack Foran

Gary Sczerbaniewicz does installation and performance art in which the audience is the principal performer. Sczerbaniewicz constructs spaces evocative of childhood fears and adult continuing qualms and uncertainties, and has the audience navigate them physically and psychically.


Round 3, Week 2: Breckenwood vs. The Found

Congratulations Paul Trinca! The turnout was heavy, and the tally close, but he collected the most votes in our online battle of the bands this past week, winning a spot in our next live showdown.

Left of the Dial

Destroyer - Kaputt

by Donny Kutzbach

The Soft Boys - Can of Bees/Underwater Moonlight

by Donny Kutzbach

Classical Music Notes

UB Concert is Rated X

by Jan Jezioro

The concert in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on UB’s Amherst campus on Friday, January 28 at 7:30pm, is rated X, but not for the typical rated X ideas of nudity and profanity.

Theater Week

Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins

by Anthony Chase

Gutenberg! The Musical! and [Title of Show]

by Anthony Chase

I Am a Man

by Anthony Chase


by Anthony Chase

Film Reviews

Blue Valentine

by M. Faust

The Mechanic

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 28 - Thursday, February 3)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: 30 Seconds to Mars, who play the Rapids Theatre on Wednesday, February 2nd.

5 Questions With...

Christa Glennie Seychew: Organizer, Nickel City Chef

Christa Glennie Seychew is the owner and creator of the event production company Feed Your Soul, which beginning on Feb. 20 will be launching their third season of Nickel City Chef. The local cooking competition pits culinary creators at some of Western New York’s finest dining establishments against each other in an Iron Chef-esque battle of skills with surprise ingredients, a live audience and a guest panel of judges.

Letters to Artvoice

The Ghost of George W. Bush

by Allan Freedman

Hate Speech and Tuscon

by Daniel Schroeder

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The notoriously isolated North Korean economy only permits new products to be sold as needs arise, and in December (according to a report by Agence France-Presse), the ministries began allowing Western-style “skinny jeans” (having relaxed the rule requiring female workers to wear skirts).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may have no idea of how much power you have right now to start fresh—to escape the muddle of murky old failures.


Ask Anyone

We have a neighbor who shovels the snow off of his sidewalk and on to the sidewalk that fronts the vacant lot next to his house. The result is a clear sidewalk in front of his house that ends in an impenetrable wall of snow.