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Cover Story

Lose the Bills, Help UB

by Bruce Fisher

The Buffalo Bills won’t leave Buffalo for Los Angeles, no matter how small or how large the shakedown the team manages to get from terrified local officials, because there are three other National Football League cities for which Los Angeles is a more credible threat—to the extent that LA or any other alternative venue is a credible threat at all.

Week in Review

Common Council Report

by Geoff Kelly

Green Energy in the News

by Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

Corporations: Do Your Job

by Michael I. Niman

When I was a kid, futurists predicted that advances in automation would give us a three-day workweek. Their idea was that robots would increase productivity, releasing workers to a life of leisure. This is the problem when physical scientists don’t talk to social scientists.

Give for Greatness

Give for Greatness at the BPO

by Anthony Chase

Paul Ferington is a local musical treasure. This Sunday, April 29, he will conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Broadway Spectacular, the annual Give for Greatness concert at Kleinhans Music Hall, beginning at 6:30pm. It’s a big free concert with a $5 suggested minimum donation featuring the music of Broadway and the ballet.

Art Scene

MFA students show their work at UB Center for the Arts gallery

by Jack Foran

Fiber, textile, and mixed-media at Artspace gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

The Enduring Genius of Noel Coward

by Anthony Chase

South Pacific

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

TV and stage star Grant Justin was one of the many celebrities attending last weekend’s 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. Justin and Glee co-star Max Adler were on stage to introduce the Rodemeyer family, who flew in from Buffalo to tell the story of their son, Jamey, who committed suicide in September after repeated bullying.

LGBT Event

The Buffalo Pride Brunch

by Anthony Chase

The 16th annual Buffalo Brunch honoring individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that help celebrate and embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Western New York is this Sunday at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on Transit Road in Depew.

Classical Music Notes

Viola Power at the Friends of Vienna

by Jan Jezioro

For their final concert of the season on Sunday, April 29 at 3:30pm, in the Unity Church on Delaware Avenue, the Friends of Vienna will feature BPO violist Janz Castelo in a wide-ranging program of music that stretches from the 18th to the 21st century.

Film Reviews

The Officer's Wife

by M. Faust

Chico and Rita

by George Sax

The Five-Year Engagement

by George Sax

The Raven

by M. Faust

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 27 - Thursday, May 3)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The Artvoice B.O.O.M! Grand Finale, the culmination of our 6-month long battle of original music for a $5000 prize; featuring Patrons of Sweet, The Tins, '92 Bills, and Sleepless City, this Friday the 20th at The Tralf.

Play Ball!

For Many Bisons Players, A Strange New World

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

If you are a baseball fan who showed up for Opening Day at Coca Cola Field, and you didn’t recognize a lot of the players on the Bisons roster, you were not alone.

Letters to Artvoice

The John and Byron Show

by Gene Grabiner, Buffalo

Protect Our Water From Sewage

by Louie Dingeldey, Buffalo

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In April, a research ship will begin surveying the Atlantic Ocean floor off of Nova Scotia as the first step to building, by 2013, a $300 million private fiber-optic line connecting New York and London financial markets so as to speed up current transmission times—by about five milliseconds.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “What people really need and demand from life is not wealth, comfort, or esteem, but games worth playing,” said psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. I love that thought, and am excited to offer it up to you right now.


Ask Anyone

One of my favorite things about living in a shrinking city is exploring abandoned industrial properties, and collecting souvenirs from those places. My garden beds are built up with cool sandstone blocks from the old St. Mary’s on the Hill, for example, and pieces from old metal presses and shop signs decorate my living room. Salvaging and exploring kind of go hand in hand for me.