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Cover Story

The Billion-Dollar Question

by Jim Heaney, Investigative Post

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to invest $1 billion of state incentives in an effort to revitalize the region’s economy is even bolder than the “b as in billion” suggests.

News Analysis

Obama's Recovery?

by Jeffrey Frankel

With November’s election fast approaching, the Republican candidates seeking to challenge President Barack Obama claim that his policies have done nothing to support recovery from the recession that he inherited in January 2009.

Week in Review

Clean Water and Western New York's Future

by Geoff Kelly

The Economic Myths of Fracking

by Geoff Kelly

Odds & Ends

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Scene

Minimalists at the Castellani Art Museum

by Jack Foran

Gene Witkowski's photographs at the Buffalo Niagara Visitors Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Women Out Loud

by Anthony Chase

Ntozake Shange’s play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, was a phenomenon of the late 1970s. Dubbed a “choreopoem,” it presented the contemporary struggles and triumphs of African-American women in 20 poetic episodes, and was performed on Broadway and around the country.

Classical Music Notes

Goode? Absolutely Great!

by Jan Jezioro

In a few rare instances, a classical pianist earns from his peers what must be considered the highest possible accolade, and he or she is described as a pianist’s pianist. Richard Goode, who has earned this distinction, is returning to town on Friday, March 2, at 7:30pm, for a solo recital as part of the Ramsi P. Tick Concert Series.

In The Margins

Realm of Joy

by Aaron Lowinger

On a cold night last November, the curator for UB’s Poetry Collection took the stage at the Burchfield Penney Art Center for a fundraising event for BlazeVox Books, the Buffalo poetry press. The upstairs atrium lobby was adorned with a wine/cheese/fruit spread circled by a dozen or so tables fitted with white tablecloths. The audience was well dressed for a poetry reading: designer jeans, handbags, boots, makeup, clean hair were all easy to spot.

Film Reviews

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

by Caitlin L. Crowell

Apache 8

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 24 - Thursday, March 1)

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 Battle of Original Music (BOOM!) Round 3 Quarterfinal live show, this Saturday the 25th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

You Auto Know

by Jim Corbran

After years of French names like LeSabre, LaCrosse, and Lucerne, Buick has decided to head south in naming their new compact Verona—which translates to “summer” in Spanish. Good thing, because if they’d stuck with French, I doubt if a new Buick Été would have gone over very well. Imagine the ad campaign: “Buick Été, where the accent is on you…and the É…and the other é.”

5 Questions With...

Jim Heaney: Editor and Executive Director, Investigative Post

Our cover story this week was written by Jim Heaney, who left the Buffalo News after 25 years to start a new venture: Investigative Post ( Heaney, a former Pulitzer Prize finalist, has recruited Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Tom Toles and St. Bonaventure journalism school dean Lee Coppola to serve on his board of directors.

Letters to Artvoice

Reflections on Three Buffalo News Stories on a Chill Sunday

by John Henry Schlegel

On the Murder of Jasmine Armour

by Lara Buckley

On the Niagara County GOP and John Gross

by David Houghton

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

Part-time Devon, England, vicar Gavin Tyte, who serves churches in Uplyme and Axmouth, recently produced a rap video of the Nativity, in which he plays a shepherd, an angel and the narrator. Sample lyrics (about Mary placing her baby in a cattle trough and angels calming the frightened shepherds): “No hotel, motel, custom baby-changer/She wrapped the baby up and laid him in a manger” and “Chill out, my friends, there’s no need for trepidation/Got a message for the world, and it’s elation information.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): notes that American politician John McCain tends to repeat himself—a lot. Researchers discovered that he has told the same joke at least 27 times in five years. (And it’s such a feeble joke, it’s not worth re-telling.)


Ask Anyone

I have two friends, one a serial monogamist (he’s always serious and it never lasts) and the other a devoted commitment-phobe (she’s always juggling two or three guys and never really seems attached to any of them). Both are great people, and lately their orbits have been coming closer and closer together. A hookup seems inevitable.