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Cover Story

Who Killed Amanda Wienckowski?

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Every day, Leslie Brill confronts a nightmare that has haunted her for more than two years. Every day she reconstructs the heartbreaking circumstances of her daughter’s death, informed by the facts that are available to her, and the gaps in her understanding filled by the often dreadful workings of her imagination.

Week in Review

Seven Days: All The News That's Fit to Whatever

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Why Sensible Policies Don't Get Implemented

by Bruce Fisher

The news should be heartening to green-minded people throughout Western New York: The federal Homeland Security authorities have confirmed that $300 million will not be available for constructing a massive blacktop desert in what is now the Peace Bridge neighborhood, because Homeland Security sees no need for a big truck plaza there.

News Feature

Welcome to Carney's House

by Justin Sondel

City Court Judge Patrick M. Carney had to move offices recently. Lucky for him he only had to go across the hall. Carney, a 17-year veteran of City Court, was recently appointed to the position of housing court judge, a post held by Judge Henry Nowak for the last eight years.

Art Scene

Big Babies and More - Two Installations at Hallwalls

by Jack Foran

Jerome Greenberg's Photography at Buffalo Niagara Visitors Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Bitch Bares All at Road Less Traveled

by Anthony Chase

Peter Johnson is the Man

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine (pictured) who turned 94 on January 24, received the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild this past Sunday.

Classical Music Notes

A Greek Bearing Gifts

by Jan Jezioro

The Ramsi P. Tick subscription concert series for 2010-2011 finally will be launched officially on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30pm, in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at the Nichols School, when acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes his Buffalo area debut.


Round 3, Week 3: Andrew J. Reimer's Country-Punk Extravaganza! vs. Nix Vega

Congratulations to The Found. They collected the most votes in our online battle of the bands this past week, winning a spot in our next live showdown!

Five Questions

Kevin Hayes: Director, Buffalo ReUse

On the strength of his previous experience in contracting and community activism, Hayes was appointed the interim executive director of the nonprofit organization Buffalo ReUse ( in October 2010.

Film Reviews

Another Year

by M. Faust

The Illusionist

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 4 - Thursday, February 10)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: soul act Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at the Town Ballroom on Friday, February 4th.

You Auto Know

The Winter of Our De-Content

by Jim Corbran

Okay, let’s get this out of the way right off: Yes, even though it’s a larger car than the previous model (mostly in the rear seating area), Volkswagen actually lowered the base price on the all-new 2011 Jetta. And they did it by de-contenting it.

Letters to Artvoice

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama About Egypt

by [the undersigned]

Buffalo State Students and the Neighborhood

by Ian MacDonald

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Those Ingenious Western Spies! In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from Tel Aviv University (part of endangered-species research), calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers that the bird might face a gruesome execution as an espionage agent. Then, a day later, Iran reportedly detained an Arab-American woman crossing its border from Armenia—after discovering a “spy microphone” in her teeth.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The renegade spiritual sect known as the Church of the Subgenius values one treasure above all others: not salvation, not enlightenment, not holiness, but rather Slack. And what is Slack?


Ask Anyone

Every year my partner and I host a Valentine’s Day dinner for unmarried couples like ourselves. It’s a party for people who (like us) aren’t married because we don’t want to be, as well as people who (like some of our gay friends) aren’t married because they can’t be.