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Cover Story

The Return of Sarah Baker

by Ed Cardoni

Jerome has made millions running Sparkle, a soap company in Buffalo, but his loving wife’s dreams trouble him, and his relatives are plotting to wrest the company away. A community activist fights the expansion of a business on Elmwood Avenue, while a champion of the expansion plots a devious long game.

Week in Review

A Poverty Plan

by George Sax

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Transporting Western New York

by Bruce Fisher

There is a new reality in urban America: Electric streetcars and electric light rail are back in in a big, big way. The growing cities of Portland and Seattle are using their wealth to help amplify their density with a surface transportation system that attracts riders and spurs development.

Getting a Grip

The Implosion Myth

by Michael I. Niman

Fidel Castro dubbed this year’s Republican primary as the “greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance the world has ever seen.” We as a nation gave him that line by allowing our political culture to surrealistically descend to the level of a reality television show where angry kindergarten bullies magically sprout middle-aged bodies, stuff them into bad suits, and get to run for president of the United States.

Special Report

Imagine the Central Terminal as a Satellite Gallery for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

by Jim Heaney,

One billion dollars opens the door to all sorts of possibilities. Consider the Central Terminal. Despite its scars, the Central Terminal might be the neatest space in Buffalo. The city’s proverbial diamond in the rough, even if the emphasis is on “rough.”

Art Scene

Deconstructing Urbania

In 1938, when he was just 24 years old, James Vullo’s first exhibition opened at the Albright Art Gallery. Vullo began drawing around the age of eight. He loved the city, especially its waterfront, which is evident in his unique rendering of Buffalo’s cityscapes.

Theater Week

The Infinite Jest and Excellent Fancy of Neil Garvey

by Anthony Chase

When word began to circulate through the theater community on Wednesday, February 22, that Neil Garvey had died, the reaction was a combination of grief and disbelief.

Music Interview

Bible Belt Buckley

by Cory Perla

The universe is a cycle. There’s an endless repetition of good, bad, life, death, destruction, and creation. On their latest album, Ex Lives, Buffalo’s hardcore kings Every Time I Die have completed a circle, shedding their former “party rock” lives and reinventing their style with the life lessons learned along the way. They made an album for themselves again.

Left of the Dial

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

by Donny Kutzbach

There’s a dividing line that runs through Bruce Springsteen’s catalog, and it falls right at 1984’s Born in the USA. That was the point where Springsteen went from being the revered singer/songwriter/bandleader with a dynamic live show, qualified classic albums like Born to Run and Darkness at the Edge of Town, and an enviable, fanatical following, into something much bigger.

Film Reviews

Take Me Home

by M. Faust

The Viral Factor

by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 9 - Thursday, March 15)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Being B.I.G. — A Benefit for the Fight Against Leukemia & Lymphoma, this Friday the 9th at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 2: Fleet Street vs. Bryan Johnson & Family

Congratulations to Sleepless City for winning this week’s online vote. With that win, they secure a spot in the next BOOM Live Showdown, coming up on April 7 at Nietzsche’s.

Classical Music Notes

An Afternoon of German Classics

After a taking some time off for a winter break, the Friends of Vienna will present their first concert of the spring season, this Sunday, March 11 at 3:30pm, in the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Avenue). The program by cellist Amelie Fradette and pianist Susan Schuman features works by Bach, Schubert, and Brahms.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The royal family of Qatar, apparently striving for art-world credibility, purchased a Paul Cezanne painting (“The Card Players”) last year for the equivalent of about $250 million, which is twice as much as the previous most-expensive painting sold for.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Shunryu Suzuki was a Zen master whose books helped popularize Zen Buddhism in America. A student once asked him, “How much ego do you need?” His austere reply was “Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.”


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