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Thoughts on Cinco De Mayo

by Jay Burney

Lessons from Mexico on protecting habitat and sustaining biodiversity that can be applied to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

Week in Review

Common Council Report

by Geoff Kelly

Speaking of Late Files...

by Geoff Kelly

All The Governor's Men

by Aaron Lowinger

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Buffalo's Toronto Islands?

by Bruce Fisher

Back before anybody knew that giving the New York Power Authority a new license could bring a couple of hundred million dollars for waterfront development, there was a pretty good consensus about what to do with the 120 acres of brownfield-spotted landfill that used to be the Port of Buffalo—namely, that we should ask New York State to make it a park.

Special Report

On the Outer Harbor, Empire Zones, NYPA, and State Educational Reform

by Jim Heaney,

There’s a movement afoot to redevelop the Outer Harbor into a park. Doing so would give Western New Yorkers a grand 120-acre playground in the summer—and a 120-acre wasteland in the winter, and a good part of the spring and fall, too.

News Feature

Big Man on Campus

by George Sax

About 3pm last Friday, Maria Neira, vice president of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), reminded the more than 2,000 delegates at the union’s 40th representative assembly, gathered in the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center, to be polite. The union had a tradition of welcoming state education commissioners to their assemblies, she noted.

Art Scene

Men and Machines

by Jack Foran

Archival materials at the UB Science and Engineering Library

Classical Music Notes

Mozart vs. Mozart

by Jan Jezioro

What is a chamber music lover to do when faced with a choice between two concerts happening at the same time on the same day? On this Sunday, May 6, at 7pm, the Camerata di Sant’Antonio presents a program that opens with the ever- popular Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at St. Anthony of Padua’s Church behind Buffalo City Hall.

Film Reviews

Damsels in Distress

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

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

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Electrorespect 5, a Tribute to Mark Freeland; this Saturday, May 5th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

A-OK Times Seven

by Jim Corbran

Although Audi’s naming system may not be very colorful, it’s to the point. The A3 is their smallest car line available in America, and the A8 the largest. That being said, I have to say that the A7, subject of this week’s review, is by far the best-looking Audi you can buy.

Book Review

Feckless Franzen

by Woody Brown

I’ll have you know that I bought Farther Away, a collection of 21 essays by Jonathan Franzen, the fervently celebrated and presidentially praised author of, among other works, Freedom (2010) and The Corrections (2001), before I intended to review it, and, of course, well before I realized that I would not be able to make myself like it.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Condo developer Larry Hall is already one-quarter sold out of the upscale doomsday units he is building in an abandoned underground Cold War-era Atlas-F missile silo near Salina, Kan. He told an Agence France-Presse reporter in April that his 14-story structure would house seven floors of apartments ($1 million to $2 million each, cash up front), with the rest devoted to dry food storage, filtered-water tanks and an indoor farm, which would raise fish and vegetables to sustain residents for five years.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): From an astrological perspective, it’s the New Year season; you’re beginning a fresh cycle. How would you like to celebrate?


Ask Anyone

Five coworkers and I decided to start buying lottery tickets once a week. We each put a dollar in a coffee can every Thursday and take turns picking up tickets. Everybody gets a random-draw ticket on Friday morning, and we joke about how—if one of us were to win Saturday night’s drawing—we wouldn’t be in to work on Monday. Or ever again, for that matter.