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Special Report

Another Fine Mess

by Jim Heaney,

Judges in City Housing Court have imposed more than $22 million in fines since 2006 against some 1,470 property owners who ignored orders to repair building and health code violations. A vast majority have ignored the fines and gotten away with it, an Investigative Post inquiry has found.

Week in Review

School Colors

by George Sax

Campaign Cocktail

by Geoff Kelly

Lenihan to Step Down, Again

by Buck Quigley

Science & Tech News

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

by Eaton Lattman, PhD

New York State has invested about $20 million in the New York Structural Biology Center—NYSBC for short—a major research facility in New York City. The center is operated by a consortium of nine New York State nonprofit institutions. Scientists working for member organizations have access to a buildingful of sophisticated instrumentation for biomedical research, instrumentation that may be too specialized or too expensive for individual institutions.

Guest Essay

Fracking Funnies

by Jim Holstun

On April 5, Artvoice associate editor Buck Quigley broke the story of UB’s secret Shale Resources and Society Institute. The Institute aimed to grease the skids and help hydrofracking slide right into the Empire State, while making UB a little money on the side. But things haven’t gone smoothly, and the institute itself has begun to look like a slo-mo train wreck.

Art Scene

Members show at Western New York Book Arts Center

by Jack Foran

WNYBAC Presents Buffalo Book Fest

by Jack Foran

Neil Mahar's paintings and mixed media at the C. G. Jung Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Artists transform a wall on Main Street's 500 block

by Cory Perla

Theater Week

In Praise of Feisty Women

by Anthony Chase

The appeal of George Bernard Shaw’s The Millionairess (1936) and Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (1935) largely comes from the alluring charm of their central female characters. Both are spirited, attractive, and entirely self-absorbed examples of the kind of women who began to dominate the stages and films of the English-speaking world during the Great Depression.

Classical Music Notes

Camerata di Sant'Antonio at Blessed Trinity

by Jan Jezioro

The Camerata di Sant’Antonio will again be performing in a church this Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm, but it will not be in their usual home at Saint Anthony of Padua’s, but rather at Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, in a special event to benefit the church’s building restoration fund.

Literary Feature

"You're Not a Modern Man, Mikhail Afanasyevich"

by Woody Brown

Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov burned thousands of pages of his own writing. The title of this collection of his correspondence and diaries (recorded by his third wife, Yelena Sergeyevna) is taken from his magnum opus, the now widely read novel The Master and Margarita.

Film Review

Beasts of the Southern Wild

by George Sax

What do you think the odds are that here and now, amid moviedom’s season of bombshell blockbusters, two much smaller-scaled films, each with its own singular vision, each about the trials and perils of childhood, would open in close succession? Pretty slim, I’d say. But it’s just happened, and people who profess an interest in things cinematic probably should make an effort to catch both of them, preferably in theaters.


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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Rock the Barn, taking place Friday and Saturday the 20th and 21st at the Big Yellow Barn in Clarence.

Play Ball!

Marty Brown and His Triumphant Return

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The hardcore baseball fans here in Buffalo knew who he was, and, at last week’s All Star events, gave manager Marty Brown a well deserved round of applause.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Of the world’s 7 billion people, an estimated 2.6 billion do not have toilet access, and every day a reported 4,000 children die from sanitation-related illnesses. However, in May, in Portland, Ore., Douglas Eki and “Jason” Doctolero were awarded $332,000 for wrongful firing because they complained about being inconvenienced at work by not having an easily available toilet.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Most change is slow and incremental. The shifts happen so gradually that they are barely noticeable while you’re living in the midst of them from day to day. Then there are those rare times when the way everything fits together mutates pretty quickly.


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