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Cover Story

The Proper Cocktail

by Peter Soscia

Meeting someone for drinks in Buffalo usually means you’ll be ordering some sort of beer—could be a Labatt Blue, a PBR, Bud, an import or a local craft brew. One thing is certain: People here are more likely to be downing a cold one at a sports bar in the suburbs than drinking cocktails at a downtown bar.

Beer Feature

Local Stout Beers Pay Tribute to the Old Sod

by Erik Wollschlager

It seems that 2015 is flying by, and as we are hurled headlong into March, we find ourselves mere days away from St. Patrick’s Day. While the traditional green-dyed beer will be staining the teeth of hundreds of thousands of people, some may be seeking beer more closely associated with Irish heritage—the stout.

Wine Feature

How Bacchus, Just Vino, and Trattoria Aroma select their fabulous wines

by Buck Quigley

In our Best of Buffalo contest, Artvoice readers consistently cite three local establishments in particular for their excellent wine lists. We wanted to know what it is that set these places apart year after year, so we reached out to Breen Shea, co-owner of Trattoria Aroma; Jeff Borsuk, owner of Just Vino; Michael Green, bar manager at Bacchus, and wine wholesaler/importer Mike DePue—hoping to learn their secret.

Beer Feature

2015: A Year for Beer (Events)

by Brian Campbell

It’s no small secret that there’s no better time to be a fan of craft beer than right now, and 2015 is shaping up to be one for the ages for beerophiles thanks to a heaping slate of events in and around our fair city that seek to shine a spotlight on this adult libation we all know and love.

News Analysis

BTF to stage "mock" investigation at Kleinhans

by George Sax

The openly adversarial relationship between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is about to become more oppositional, or at least more dramatic. In fact, dramatizing the union’s serious educational policy and practices dispute with the governor is a primary object of an event BTF president Phil Rumore has planned for later this month.

St. Patrick's Day

What to do St. Patrick's Day Weekend

by Nina Lapres

Listings of Parades, Restaurants & Shops

Upon Further Review

Rex's Bills Look to Keep Fans Thirsty

by Dave Staba

You never need to look too far for a reason to drink in these parts, if you are so inclined.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Paul Marko, and Chris Groves

Momasters Ultra Pale Ale, Bellwoods Wizard Wolf, Genesee Bock.

Art Scene

A Cold Heinecken

by Jack Foran

I was rather disappointed in the Heinecken exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I thought there was going to be beer.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 2: Sara Elizabeth vs. Forever Green

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to this week’s contestants, Sara Elizabeth and Forever Green.

Classical Music Notes

Croak Meets Words and Music

by Jan Jezioro

In their latest example of creative programming on Friday, March 13 at 8pm in the Burchfield Penny Art Center, A Musical Feast will offer a production of Words and Music, a work which started out as a radio play written by Beckett in 1961, using music by Morton Feldman.

Theatrically Speaking

Fabulous Megan Hilty at the BPO

by Anthony Chase

On March 15, Broadway’s Megan Hilty will perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. It will be her first Buffalo appearance ever.

Theater News

Memories of Gary Darling

by Anthony Chase

The Buffalo theater community will memorialize actor Gary Darling on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm at the New Phoenix Theatre. It seems impossible that he arrived in our community just seven years ago. He became a fixture in no time at all.

Film Reviews

Red Army

by Jordan Canahai


by E. Ladd

Back Page

Blinded Me With Science

by Fashion Maniac Team

Blinded Me With Science photo shoot at Resurgence Brewing Company

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, March 13 - Thursday, March 19)

Film Now Playing

Graphic Traffic

Brass Sun: The Wheels of Worlds

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague

by Carolyn Marcille

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Surveillance video released in February by the Irish Independent showed a small-time burglar trying to break into a car at 1 a.m. in front of the Pheasant bar in Drogheda, Ireland, by smashing a window with a brick—but also showed that the brick rebounded and knocked the man out, bloodying him.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling,” the young hero suffers from a peculiar case of mistaken identity. He believes that he is a duck. All of his problems stem from this erroneous idea. By duck standards, he is a homely mess.