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Cover Story

Spin 'Em If You Got 'Em

by Cory Perla

The seventh annual celebration of Record Store Day (RSD for short) is Saturday, April 19, and it could be the biggest yet with hundreds of exclusive vinyl record releases.

Getting a Grip

Cold War II: Evil Russkie He-Men Make Us Frack Ourselves

by Michael I. Niman

As a child of the Cold War I grew up in a binary world of simple certainty. The globe was split in two, with an iron curtain separating the halves. There was our half, a consumer utopia blessed by god. And there was the other half, what our sainted President Ronald Reagan coined the “Evil Empire,” because, as the leader of the free world, he was free to take his foreign policy cues from sci-fi trilogies.

News Analysis

A Nation of Spectators

by Bruce Fisher

Twice this spring, Bernard-Henri Levy was invited to address the democracy activists massed in the streets of the capitol of Ukraine, a city that Americans know by its Russian name, Kiev.

Guest Essay

Inequality For All

by Ted P. Schmidt

Inequality: Of the 308 million people in the United States, one-tenth of one percent—just 300,000 people—control more income, and more wealth, than at any time in the history of the United States—and their tax rate is less than yours.

Art Scene

Razing Awareness

by Jack Foran

Prominent among the display items in the current Steel Plant Museum exhibit is a molded sheet-copper lion’s head, about three feet across, richly patinaed after the better part of a century of exposure to the corrosive air at the epicenter of the Lackawanna iron and steel industry in its heyday.

Food Feature

Betty Crocksi: Pierogi on Wheels

by Samantha Wulff

Dana Szczepaniak was laying on the couch in her New York City apartment, closing the nearly 300-mile gap between herself and her Queen City-stationed cousin. The call wasn’t unexpected. But the conversation was. Kind of.

Theater Week

A View From the Bridge

by Anthony Chase

Over the years, Arthur Miller’s 1956 play, A View from the Bridge, has inched its way higher and higher in the rankings of his great work. His earlier plays like Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, and The Crucible are better known.

Classical Music Notes

Making Arrangements

by Jan Jezioro

If there is one thing that you can count on, it’s that the Buffalo Chamber Players will find a new way to do things just a little differently, as in their next concert on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30pm at the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway, which will consist entirely of transcriptions and arrangements.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 4, Week 1: Chester Copperpot vs. The Spin Wires

This week we offer The Spin Wires vs. Chester Copperpot. Visit to check out both acts and vote for the band you prefer. Online votes are due by the end of Tuesday, April 22.

Film Reviews

Under the Skin

by M. Faust

In Bloom

by George Sax

The Missing Picture

by M. Faust

Dom Hemingway

by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 18 - Thursday, April 24)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Night Shift, presented by Artvoice, going on this Friday, April 18th at Allen St. Hardware.

Book Review

The Tooth Fairy: Parents, Lovers, and Other Wayward Deities (A Memoir)

by Woody Brown

When I see a book by someone I’ve never heard of that calls itself a memoir and that comprises “a collection of sentence-long paragraphs,” I don’t want to pick it up. To be fair, that has only happened to me once, but I think we can safely assume that if it had happened more than once my reaction would have been the same.

Lit City

Just Buffalo Welcomes Poet Clark Coolidge to New Studio Series

by Barbara Cole

On Friday, April 18, Just Buffalo Literary Center will present a poetry reading by Clark Coolidge, a writer who holds a singular place in American letters. This will be the first poetry reading that Just Buffalo has hosted in its STUDIO space on the second floor of 468 Washington Street.

Puck Stop

Suffering 101: Your Top 10

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

This past Sunday, yet another sad and somewhat surreal ending to this ugliest of chapters in Buffalo Sabres’ franchise history. Yet another almost full house, full-throated at times, cheering on the team, with the dark realization that it will be at least five months before we see hockey again on this sheet of ice.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Formula One circuit is generally thought to attract fans as a showcase of motorcar technology and racing skill, but organizers of the Australian Grand Prix (the first of the 19 races on the annual circuit) threatened a lawsuit in March against Formula One management because the races should also be showcases of noise.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s Compensation Week. If you have in the past suffered from injustice, it’s an excellent time to go in quest of restitution. If you have been deprived of the beauty you need to thrive, now is the time to get filled up.