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Week in Review

Fruit Belt Residents Take Their Plight to Common Council

by Buck Quigley

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

Guest Essay

Leadership is About Initiative

by Paul Wolf,

The dictionary defines “initiative” as the action of taking the first step; responsibility for beginning or originating; the characteristic of originating new ideas or methods; the ability to think and act without being urged by another.

Best of Buffalo

The 2013 Polls Are Now Open!

Here we go again, dear readers: The Artvoice Best of Buffalo polling has begun.

Best of Buffalo

The ABSOLUT Best Bartenders in Town

There are good bartenders and great bartenders. And then there are the ABSOLUT best bartenders in town. Here at AV, we’ve teamed up with our friends at ABSOLUT to create a contest to determine who’s the best barkeep in Western New York. We combed the region’s lounges and nightclubs with one simple request: Mix us the best cocktail you know, using any one of ABSOLUT’s fine flavored vodkas.

The Drinking Issue

Good Things Brewing

by Cory Perla

The line between homebrewer and microbrewer is made of red tape and good beer. The red tape, which used to be big and thick, is now thinner due to new legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this past July.

The Drinking Issue

A Kelly's Guide to St. Patrick's Day

by Geoff Kelly

When, as happens from time to time, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, a mildly alcoholic city such as Buffalo, with a significant Irish population, can feel a little like the Titanic steaming toward its iceberg: How will we survive the inevitable collision? So many people, somuch drinking and carousing.

The Drinking Issue

Thirsty Dudes Review Crystal Beach Sparkling Loganberry

by Derek Neuland

This ain’t your grandma’s loganberry. This, my friends, is the first carbonated loganberry drink.

The Drinking Issue

Brew News

by Cory Perla & Sarah Jane Barry

Southern Tier Brewing Company, located near Jamestown about an hour and a half from the city of Buffalo, has just added a 110-barrel Steinecker brew house. This new brew house more than doubles their previous beer production capacity, allowing the brewery to pump out new brews like this year’s spring beer, Live, a 5.5 percent alcohol pale ale with a citrusy, sparkling finish.

Theater Week

Imitation of Lana

by Jimmy Janowski

I have a Lana Turner story. Picture it: New York City, 1982. I’m working at Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Miss Turner has just published her autobiography titled…wait for it…LANA! She is coming to our Fifth Avenue store for a book signing!

Art Scene

Young Talent

by Jack Foran

A bit off the art exhibits beaten path is a cornucopia display of paintings and drawings and sculpture by International Preparatory School at Grover middle and high school students and Stanley G. Falk School elementary and middle students, at the current temporary location of both these schools in the former Performing Arts School on Clinton Street.

Music Feature

Continental Revisited

by Tom Etu

Bricks and mortar may keep a building standing, but kinetic energy and creativity were what kept the Continental breathing. Soaked in local color and spilled beer, it was once the epicenter of the local music scene and Buffalo’s original alternative bar. In the 1980s it was home to local talents such as the Fems, Nullstadt, Electroman, Decay of Western Civilization, and Funk Monsters & Woman.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 1: BlueShift vs. This is Fiction

Congratulations to Den of Lions for collecting the most votes at our live show at Nietzsche’s last Saturday. That win gets them a spot next to Randle and the Late Night Scandals in our BOOM Grand Finale coming up in June.

Classical Music Notes

Yeats, Moonstruck

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Players opened their current concert season last October, with a memorable performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg’s groundbreaking chamber work Pierrot Lunaire, highlighted by the dazzling vocalism of the Grammy-nominated, UB-based soprano Tony Arnold.

Film Reviews

West of Memphis

by George Sax

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Dead Man Down

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 15 - Thursday, March 21)

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 Tyler The Creator, playing Wednesday, March 20th at the Town Ballroom.

Special Event

Venetian Cities of Crete

by Anthony Chase

On Tuesday, Dr. Maria Georgopoulou, director of the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece, will speak in the Burchfield Penney Art Center Auditorium at 5pm. Her topic, “The Venetian Cities of Crete,” pulls together several fascinating facets of Mediterranean history.

Puck Stop

Buffalo's HARBORCenter... Full Speed Ahead!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

So how is it that only eight short months after first putting forth proposals to redevelop the long vacant Webster Block in front of the First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres, as designated developer, managed to get the approvals and officially begin work on the $172 million HARBORCenter?

Letters to Artvoice

You've Got No Schools

by Ray Peterson

The Urge to Merge

by Elizabeth Giles

We Don't Live in a "Ghetto"

by Natasha Soto

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Leaders of the ice-fishing community, aiming for official Olympics recognition as a sport, have begun the process by asking the World Anti-Doping Agency to randomly test its “athletes” for performance-enhancing drugs, according to a February New York Times report.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A source of fulfillment you will enjoy in the future may seem almost painful when it initially announces its presence. In other words, your next mission may first appear to you as a problem.