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The News, Briefly

Fixing Buffalo's Sewer Issues: Good Intentions, or Bad Review Process?

by Geoff Kelly

Fruit Belt Public Hearing Tonight (March 20)

by Buck Quigley

Ukraine on the Buffalo River

by Geoff Kelly

News Analysis

The Great Spring Forward

by Bruce Fisher

The richest two percent of people who filed tax returns in Erie County in 2010 made over $200,000. The next eight percent made over $100,000 but less than $200,000; about 20 percent made between $50,000 and $100,000, and the rest—about 70 percent of us—made under $50,000.

Guest Essay

Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA: Cut From the Same Cloth

by Wayne Alt

It is probably no surprise most people have not heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This trade agreement, together with the passage of NAFTA 15 years ago, could be devastating to workers in both American and Pacific Rim countries such as Peru, Chile, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, Canada, and Singapore.

Sports Feature

The Big Dance Comes to Buffalo

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

For the fifth time since First Niagara Center opened its doors at the foot of Main Street, Buffalo becomes one of the epicenters of the basketball world, as our city is one of the eight host cities for the second and third round “subregionals” of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, more commonly known as “March Madness.”

Art Feature

The Life & Times of Grovey Cleves

by Scott Mancuso & Mickey Harmon

This Friday, the Western New York Books Arts Center opens an exhibition of work by graphic designer and artist Mickey Harmon called The Life & Times of Grovey Cleves, an illustrated study after the life of Grover Cleveland

Art Scene

Installation by Janelle Iglesias at UB Center for the Arts

by Jack Foran

Watercolors by Patrick Willett at Studio Hart

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

"Good People" at the Kavinoky

by Anthony Chase

"Once" at Shea's

by Anthony Chase

"An Iliad" at Road Less Traveled

by Anthony Chase

Classical Music Notes

A Symphonic Song Feast

by Jan Jezioro

For the next pair of Buffalo Philharmonic concerts this Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm, BPO music director JoAnn Falletta returns to the podium to conduct a program that local classical music lovers of the symphonic vocal repertoire will not want to miss.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 3: Child of Folly vs. Suffolk & Rain

Last week’s winner was Tired Iron. They will join Orius in our next live showdown. This week we offer Suffolk & Rain vs. Child of Folly.

Film Reviews

The Grand Budapest Hotel

by M. Faust

Muppets Most Wanted

by M. Faust


by M. Faust

On My Way

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 21 - Thursday, March 27)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week, Cut Copy, at the Town Ballroom on Tuesday the 25th.

Book Review

No Safety Net of Manners

by J. Tim Raymond

Lucian Freud’s three-panel portrait by the late British painter, Francis Bacon, was recently sold at Christie’s auction house for $142.4 million—more than any one contemporary painting since World War II.

Letters to Artvoice

Governor Cuomo's Energy Plan Inadequate to the Challenge of Climate Change

by Lynda Schneekloth

The Sierra Club, one of the oldest environmental organizations in the United States, has engaged in many fights and dialogues over the years to protect the environment and public health.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In February, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that David Bell could not avoid being charged with DUI merely because he had been sober enough to pass all six “field sobriety tests” administered during a traffic stop. It was enough, the court said, that he had admitted drinking that night.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet,” says Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron. “You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time.”