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The News, Briefly

The Single-Payer Answer to Our Broken Healthcare System

by George Sax

Kennedy vs. Grant: What's Good For the Goose...

by Geoff Kelly

If You Build It, Will They Come?

by Buck Quigley

Pat Burke: Stop ECC North Expansion

by Geoff Kelly

Valentine's Day Feature

Failed First Dates

There can be nothing more reassuring than witnessing the failures of others. Thus, for your Valentine’s Day pleasure, we offer Failed First Dates, a recently launched web series of short videos that hilariously portray the perils of the dating life.

Guest Essay

Saint Valentine's Day 1944

by E.R. Baxter III

In Niagara Falls, New York, back in the old neighborhood, we called it “Valentime’s” Day. This was back before the War was over, 1944, to the best of my counting backwards. I was six. Why we called it “Valentime’s,” I can’t say, but maybe it was because much of the neighborhood was first or second generation out of the old country, still tripping over English occasionally.

Art Scene

Shapes Shifting

by Jack Foran

Artist Fotini Galanes makes beauty from what is usually considered unbeautiful. Unbeautiful is in the eye of the beholder.

Theater Week

Well-Made Plays

by Anthony Chase

In the early 19th century, Eugène Scribe pioneered “The Well-made Play,” a tightly structured climactic drama in which the plot progressed by twists and turns—a purloined letter here, a forged will there—until we reached an emotional height and meltdown near the conclusion.

Theater Week

Jack Greenan: Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher

by Anthony Chase

John J. (Jack) Greenan, beloved teacher, dancer, and theater fan, died on January 26 after a long illness. Jack was a beloved figure in the theater community, and connected that community to Michael Bennett, the legendary Broadway director-choreographer and Buffalo native who created A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 3: Pine Fever vs. The Devil in Love

Last week, Wolf collected the most online votes and thus proceeds to our next live show on February 28. Ronaldraygun has also won a spot on that bill. This week we offer The Devil in Love vs. Pine Fever.

Classical Music Notes

Das Lied von der Erde

by Jan Jezioro

On Sunday February 9 at 4pm, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra will present a unique version of Gustav Mahler’s late masterpiece, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), in Rosch Recital Hall on the SUNY Fredonia Campus.

Film Reviews

The Monuments Men

by M. Faust

The Past

by M. Faust

New French Film Series

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 7 - Thursday, February 13)

FIlm Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Sugar City's Soul Night, this Friday the 7th at Milkie's..

Puck Stop

Snapshots From Belarus

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

What started out for former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jay McKee as an opportunity to travel to a far-flung destination in Europe, play some hockey, reconnect with the guys and have some fun turned out to be far more, as McKee quickly found out after participating in an international tournament staged by the national government of Belarus.

Lit City

Just Buffalo Literary Center to Honor Ishmael Reed

by Barbara Cole

Lewiston Arts Cafe Brings Together Local Artists

by Kaitlyn Affuso

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

It took 13 years for Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson to get his job back from his civilian employer after he took leave in 2000 to serve in the National Guard special forces. The employer soon fired him for taking “excessive military leave.” The employer? The U.S. Postal Service, for which Erickson worked as a window clerk (and which was forced to reinstate him after a January 2014 ruling awarding him $2 million in back pay).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Back in 2002, three young men launched Youtube, in part motivated by a banal desire. They were frustrated because they couldn’t find online videos of the notorious incident that occurred during the Superbowl halftime show, when Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction exposed her breast.