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Cover Story


by Jack Foran

Video artist Kelly Richardson’s works currently on display at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery are huge, lush, passing strange amalgams of art and nature that question both of these terms, these categories.

Week in Review

Somewhere, Someone is Discussing a Plan to Address Poverty...

by George Sax

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

Getting a Grip

Sequester This!

by Michael I. Niman

The “crisis” we are facing, what this week we’re calling “the sequester,” is an illusion sustained by a compliant media who dutifully parrot choreographed memes and metaphorical names while otherwise remaining asleep at the wheel. There is no phenomenon either in the natural world or in the history of our economic structures that goes by the name “the sequester.” There is no hurricane or typhoon blowing through our economy.

News Analysis

Defining Success

by Bruce Fisher

Rochester is a fiscal basket case, just like Syracuse, just like Buffalo, just like Detroit—but that does not mean that the regional economies in these places are all collapsing.

Art Scene

Being There

by J. Tim Raymond

Along with 300 photographic works currently exhibited at the Burchfield Penney, Bruce Jackson displays the length and breadth of a truly polymathic education. In addition to his tenure as SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Chair in American Culture, he has published more than 30 books on issues of social/political/cultural commentary.

Theater News


by Javier

TV and movie star Zachary Quinto (pictured above) might be heading to Broadway this season in yet another revival, The Glass Menagerie. Quinto is now starring in the classic Tennessee Williams play opposite Cherry Jones at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston. The production has been very well received and there seems to be quite a bit of interest for a Broadway transfer.

Classical Music Notes

Snapshot of a Century of Music

by Jan Jezioro

The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penny Art Center on the Elmwood Avenue campus of Buffalo State College will be the site for the winter concert of the independently produced, innovative classical music series known as A Musical Feast on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm.

Book Review

If You've Never Wept and Want To, Have a Child

by Woody Brown

“Listen,” implores Erik Schroder, and with that the novel hurtles forth like a bullet out of a handgun. Schroder is the eponymous narrator of Amity Gaige’s third novel, a story that is ostensibly “a record of where Meadow and I have been since our disappearance.”

Film Reviews

Oz The Great and Powerful

by M. Faust


by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 8 - Thursday, March 14)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Artvoice B.O.O.M! Round 2 Live Show, this Saturday, March 9th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

No Frills... No Problem

by Jim Corbran

Some of us (me included) are becoming more and more dismayed with many of the products available in the North American automotive market these days. I’m not saying take me back to the 1960s when just about everyone’s car had roll-up windows, manual seat adjustments, 14- or 15-inch wheels, and accident crumple zones that often went all the way to the back seat.

Letters to Artvoice

Holding Center Politics and the Good Old Boy Network, Part 2

by Larry C. Garrison, Jr.

In my first article (“Old Boys Network in the Erie County Sheriff’s Office,” Artvoice, December 13, 2012), I wanted to inform the public of the rise of Thomas Diina to the position of superintendent of the Erie County Holding Center, and the good old boys network being alive and well at the Holding Center and in the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. In this article I want to reflect on how Thomas Diina rose to the position of superintendent.

Lit City

Hear Writer Jill McCorkle Speak at Talking Leaves

by Woody Brown

Jill McCorkle, the author of six novels and three collections of short stories, five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, will give a reading at Talking Leaves (Main Street location) this Monday, March 11 at 7pm.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A Verizon risk team, looking for data breaches on a client’s computers, discovered that one company software developer was basically idle for many months, yet remained productive—because he had outsourced his projects to a Chinese software developer who would do all the work and send it back.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen,” says musician and businessman Derek Sivers. Numerous studies demonstrate that when you talk about your great new idea before you actually do it, your brain chemistry does an unexpected thing. It gives you the feeling that you have already accomplished the great new idea—thereby sapping your willpower to make the effort necessary to accomplish it!

The Back Page

Bruce Jackson: Being There

For all his recent, remarkable landscape work—most notably of grain elevators but also of Delaware Park—the most striking photographs Bruce Jackson has made in a long career are of people.