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Cover Story

Farewell, Mohawk Place. We Knew You All Too Well.

by Donny Kutzbach

It never was the Taj Mahal, but these days 47 East Mohawk Street really is looking the worse for wear.

Week in Review

Patronage Report: Common Council Chief of Staff Out

by Geoff Kelly

NFTA Goes to Executive Session to Discuss Outer Harbor Deal

by Aaron Lowinger

Same Waterfront, Different Story: Downtown Stadium News

by Geoff Kelly

News Analysis

Law's Empire

by Bruce Fisher

The best argument for the American rule of law, however imperfect it has been, is that we Americans eventually get it right. President Obama paraphrases Martin Luther King, Jr., when he says that the arc of history bends toward justice.

Guest Essay

Preserve, Protect, and Defend Biodiversity

by Jay Burney, Greenwatch

The fundamental cause of human-created climate change is the eradication of biodiversity. This eradication is accelerated by the economic exploitation and the characterization of these resources as commodities. The harvesting of forests and the use of our waterways as waste repositories have dealt fundamental blows to our planet’s ability to support life. The ecological services provided by ecosystems are marginalized as economic “externalities.”

Art Scene

Design competition winners reimagine the Central Park Plaza at UB Anderson Gallery

by Jack Foran

New work by Tara Sasiadek at Art Space

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Angels in America

by Anthony Chase

This week, Subversive Theatre opens Millenium Approaches, part one of Tony Kushner’s epic masterpiece, Angels in America. Next week they open part two, Perestroika, and will keep the two plays running in repertory through February 16.

Theater News


by Javier

TV’s Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens (pictured above) is currently making his Broadway debut playing the handsome suitor in the revival of the 1947 drama The Heiress, which also stars Jessica Chastain and Judith Ivey. The third season of Downton Abbey began airing last Sunday on PBS, and the fourth season will begin shooting in England this winter, reportedly without Stevens.

Battle of Original Music

Round 1, Week 4: Cosmic Shakedown vs. Second Trip

Congratulations to the Blue Ribbon Bastards for collecting the most online votes last week. With that win, they join Randle and the Late Night Scandals and Super Killer Robots in the live showcase scheduled for January 26 at Nietzsche’s. Who will be the next act to join them?

Film Reviews

Zero Dark Thirty

by George Sax

Gangster Squad

by M. Faust

The Impossible

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, January 11 - Thursday, January 17)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Freakwater, who performs on Friday the 11th at Babeville's Ninth Ward.

Puck Stop

Hockey's Back: Ticket Prices Remain the Same

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

With the NHL lockout ended this past Sunday, more than a few journalists on national news sites and on ESPN have stated that there is a great deal of fan outrage and discontent, and that it will take a lot of coaxing and cajoling to woo fans back to the games.

Dispatches: War of 1812

One of the More Curious Specimens

by Mason Winfield

Among historians, the American commanders in the first half of the 1812 clash are a running joke. I can think of four from the Niagara alone who, in any other war, might have been shot:

Letters to Artvoice

When Homeowners Can't Clear Sidewalks, The City Should

by Christopher Nicolai

Please, No More Carl Paladino

by David Hill

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The usual 20,000 or so visitors every year to Belgium’s Verbeke Foundation art park have the option (365 of them, anyway) to spend the night inside the feature attraction: a 20-foot-long, 6-foot-high polyester replica of a human colon created by Dutch designer Joep Van Lieshout.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What does it mean when the dwarf planet Pluto impacts a key point in your horoscope? For Capricorn gymnast Gabby Douglas, it seemed to be profoundly empowering. During the time Pluto was close to her natal sun during last year’s Summer Olympics, she won two gold medals, one with her team and one by herself.

The Back Page

Testify: Alternative Views on Society

From Thursday, January 10, to Sunday, January 13, the Burchfield Peney Art Center hosts a four-day festival in memory of the late underground comix artist Spain Rodriguez. Rodriguez, a Buffalo native who earned international fame, died in on November 28; his work is the subject of a retrospective currently on exhibit at the Burchfield.