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Cover Story

The American Dream Interrupted

by Justin Sondel

Arthur and Brenda Ray returned to the lot on Goodyear Avenue during a blustery February snow storm. There was nothing but a sheet of clean, white snow where their house once stood.

Week in Review

Seven Days: now with 17% more maps

by Geoff Kelly, Louis Ricciuti, Stephanie Berberick

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

I Am The Enemy

by Michael I. Niman

If you listen to any Wall Street banker, right-wing talk radio host, or Republican politician, I am the enemy. I am a public employee.

News Analysis

America 2050

by Bruce Fisher

Günter Grass, the German author of The Tin Drum who won the Nobel Prize in Literature a couple of years before ‘fessing up to having been in the Waffen SS, wrote a few not-so-famous books about a subject Rust Belt people know about: dying out.

Art Feature

Peepshow 2011

Squeaky Wheel’s annual fundraiser is one of the wildest evenings out that this city has to offer: More than 40 installations and performances and the audiences they attract will transform the Dnipro Ukrainian Center into a shimmering, flashing, roaring amalgam of expression and transgression and digression and…

Art Scene

Three Photographers at CEPA Gallery

by Jack Foran

Surveyor at the Albright-Knox

by Jill Greenberg

Theater Week

Shrek The Musical

by Anthony Chase

The theater was filled with the unbridled laughter of 3,000 people on the opening night of Shrek the Musical at Shea’s on Tuesday.

Left of the Dial

Radiohead - The King of Limbs

by Cory Perla

Tyvek - Nothing Fits

by Donny Kutzbach

Classical Music Notes

Chamber Music at UB

by Jan Jezioro

On Thursday, February 24 at 7:30pm, the JACK Quartet returns to UB, on the stage of the Baird Recital Hall on the Amherst campus.

Puck Stop

Welcome to Pegulaville

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Terry Pegula, the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres, finally met his public this past Tuesday at HSBC Arena. Assembled at the podium were NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Pegula, and the team’s new president, Ted Black.

Film Feature

Connecticut to Canada

by M. Faust

“I like that he’s a bastard a lot of the time, and I like that he’s so unpleasant,” says Paul Giamatti about the character he plays in Barney’s Version, now showing at the Amherst Theater.

Film Reviews

Hall Pass

by M. Faust

Casino Jack

by George Sax

Entre Nos

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 25 - Thursday, March 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: Artvoice B.O.O.M! Round 3 Quarterfinal show at Nietzsche's this Saturday the 26th.

Five Questions With...

Justin Booth: Bicycling Advocate

Booth is the executive director of Green Options Buffalo, a nonprofit cycling and environmental advocacy group that seeks to bring sustainable transportation options to the city.

Letters to Artvoice

UB2020: Questions Worth Asking

by Murray Brown

Since UB2020 was proposed, I have looked in vain for serious counter-arguments to the hype and sound-bite reasoning associated with it. Artvoice, Bruce Fisher, and Peter Reese are to be commended for beginning a reasoned debate on whether UB2020 is worth the candle.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Jack Smeltzer broke a record in the tractor pull championships in Columbus, Ohio, in January—doing a “full [track-length] pull” of 692 pounds. Jack is seven years old. The National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association (holding 80 events a year for ages three through eight) uses bicycles instead of motors. Ms. Brooke Wilker, five, was the youngest champ, lugging 300 pounds 28 feet.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m hoping that you will grant your ego more permission to shine in the coming weeks, Pisces. I’m hoping you will allow it to unveil more flash, feel more zeal, and exert more force.


Ask Anyone

What’s the best way to tell your roommate to move out because you found someone else that you would rather live with?