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Cover Story

Life of Uncertainty

by Cory Perla

The bullet that paralyzed guitarist Tony Lorenzo also drew together a community of friends and musicians—and reunited a legendary Buffalo metalcore band

Week in Review

Donna Brown Heads Back Downtown

by Geoff Kelly


by Alan Bedenko

Odds & Ends

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis


by Bruce Fisher

The recent Rockefeller Institute study detailing how Downstate New York subsidizes Upstate New York was old news. Rockefeller confirmed what a 2010 Buffalo State College Center for Economic and Policy Studies paper reported, which in turn amplified a 2004 report from the Center for Government Research in Rochester, to wit: Upstate takes in a whole lot more tax dollars than Upstate sends in to Albany.

Guest Essay

The Perils of 2012

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

The year 2011 will be remembered as the time when many ever-optimistic Americans began to give up hope. President John F. Kennedy once said that a rising tide lifts all boats. But now, in the receding tide, Americans are beginning to see not only that those with taller masts had been lifted far higher, but also that many of the smaller boats had been dashed to pieces in their wake.

Art Scene

Photographs by John Pfahl and Jonathan Lewis at Nina Freudenheim Gallery

by Jack Foran

Artist-in-residence Marla Hlady's installation at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

by Jack Foran


The Gin Game

by Anthony Chase

St. Nicholas

by Anthony Chase

Classical Music Notes

Happy Birthday, Wolfie!

by Jan Jezioro

Is there a birthday of any classical music composer more worthy of celebration than that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born on January 27, 1756? If you think not, as does this writer, you’ll be happy to learn that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director JoAnn Falletta, plans to do exactly that in a pair of concerts this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall, on Friday, January 27 at 10:30am, and on Saturday, January 28, at 8pm.


Round 3, Week 2: The Screaming Jeans vs. Breckenwood

Congratulations to ‘92 Bills for winning last week’s online contest. With that win, they secure a spot in the next BOOM live show, coming up on Saturday, February 25 at Nietzsche’s.

Film Reviews

A Dangerous Method

by George Sax

Albert Nobbs

by M. Faust

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 27 - Thursday, February 2)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Com Truise, performing at Soundlab on Friday the 27th.

You Auto Know

A Mini-er Mini

by Jim Corbran

Back in the olden days of the reincarnation of Mini (who still insist on all uppercase MINI-ing, but I’ll pass. Go ahead, call the Mini police), there was…the Mini. That was all you needed to say, because back when the first BMW-produced Mini rolled off the assembly line for model year 2001, there was just the one body style, a two-door, five-passenger hatchback.

5 Questions With...

Matt Sabuda - Chairman, Sports Fan Coalition, Buffalo Chapter

Matt Sabuda is a graduate from Orchard Park High School and Canisius College. When he’s not busy cheering for local teams or tweeting about sports policy issues @sfcMatt, he is a real estate investor in Buffalo and lives in the Elmwood Village. He is also chair of the Buffalo chapter of the Sports Fan Coalition.

Letters to Artvoice

Welcome Back to Texas Rick Perry - Now Pay Up

by Jessica Farrar

A Plan For Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

by Kevin F. Yost

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Traditional bridge replacement on as prominent a highway as Interstate 15 in Mesquite, Nev., has generally required rerouting traffic for as long as a year, but the new “accelerated” technology in January necessitated detours for less than a week.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Collectors prefer wild orchids, says William Langley, writing in the UK’s Telegraph. Orchids grown in nurseries, which comprise 99.5 percent of the total, are tarnished with “the stigma of perfection.”


Ask Anyone

I have a friend who’s constantly asking for my opinion on things. Fine. This is what friends do. But she asks me about everything. What should I wear? Should I do this or that? What should I have for lunch? Dinner? She texts me all the time with this stuff, and it’s becoming too much. Like, 10 texts a day, minimum.