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Cover Story

Dust to Dust

by Dan Telvock,

Despite protests by neighbors, a rogue concrete-crushing business continues to blanket Seneca Babcock with its waste

News Feature

The Land Bank Gets Rolling

by Alan Oberst

It could be said that the drafters of New York’s 2011 land bank legislation followed the dictum of that master of paradox, G. K. Chesterton: “That which is worth doing is worth doing badly.”

Art Scene

One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors: Selections from Women Artists of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Collection

by Patricia Pendleton

Performing Economies Colloquium

by Jack Foran

Music Feature

Healing Mary Moser

by Cory Perla

In October 1980, a little-known Irish rock band called U2 released their first record, Boy, a youthful, surging album that is now considered one of the greatest debuts of all time. At the time, a young record store clerk, Mary Moser, who was working at the classic Buffalo record store Home of the Hits located on Elmwood Avenue, recognized the powerful potential of that album.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3 Quarterfinals are Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: Orius, Tired Iron, Child of Folly, and our latest winners, The Naturalists!

Classical Music Notes

Cello a la Russe

by Jan Jezioro

This season’s final Friends of Vienna concert on Sunday, April 6 at 3:30pm in the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Avenue), features the welcome return of Natasha Farny, Fredonia School of Music professor of cello, and the series debut of her accompanist, Chicago-based Roosevelt University professor of piano Kuan-Hao Huang, in a recital featuring masterworks from the Russian repertoire.

Theater Week

Buffalo Quickies

by Anthony Chase

The Buffalo Quickies is Alleyway Theatre’s annual celebration of one-act plays. Now in its 23rd year, the event provides a great opportunity for writers and actors alike to strut their stuff in a playful environment.

Film Reviews

Child's Pose

by George Sax

The Lunchbox

by M. Faust

Scope of Practice

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 4 - Thursday, April 10)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week, Cloud Nothings, this Friday, April 4th at Buffalo Iron Works.

Lit City

Abraham Verghese Brings His "Bedside Medicine" to BABEL

by Barbara Cole

If you or a family member have ever been a patient who feels lost without a map in the medical system; or if you have ever visited a foreign country or new city and felt out of place; or if you find yourself fully immersed in a career and yet can’t help daydreaming about writing a book, maybe even a runaway best-seller, then you should find your way to hear Abraham Verghese at Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series at 8pm on Tuesday, April 8.

Puck Stop

The Journey Into the Abyss

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Roscoe is one of the veteran “scalpers,”—or, as he prefers to be called, “ticket resellers”—and he is patrolling his usual post right behind newly opened One Canalside as fans trudge towards the First Niagara Center for the Sabres vs. New Jersey game this past Tuesday night.

Letters to Artvoice

Crimea River, Kiev

by Emil Bandriwsky, Ken Polchlopek

Coke Trumps Diesel

by Peterjoe Certo

Want Tax Cuts: Cut County Share of Medicaid

by Ronald Eraser

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Kevin Walters, 21, staged an emotional, though unsuccessful, one-man, chained-to-the-door protest in March to prevent the closing of a commercial rest stop along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near Des Plaines, Ill. Ultimately, the Des Plaines Oasis, housing shops and fast-food restaurants, will be demolished as part of a highway-widening project.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera says that the brain has “a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.”