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Cover Story

The Odessa File

by Jordan Canahai

For nearly 20 years Buffalo native Stephen Powell has been proving himself to be one of the most dynamic and prolific of filmmakers to emerge from the Queen City. In recent years he has drawn upon his wide range of experiences to produce independent documentaries, a unique area he’s long been passionate about.

News Feature

Recycling the Numbers

by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

Mayor Byron Brown’s administration has found a new way to inflate the city’s recycling rate by counting clothing donations given to nonprofits such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

News Feature

So-Not a Surprise Verdict

by George Sax

It was a former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals who opined, ex cathedrally, that a determined prosecuting attorney can obtain a grand jury indictment of a ham sandwich. Whether his subsequent indictment for stalking a woman and her daughter, and the termination of his legal-practice license, and, of course, his resignation from the court, have any bearing on the judge’s opinion, illustratively or otherwise, may be hard to say.

Beer Feature

Rust Never Sleeps

by Erik Wollschlager

People were really upset about the name,” says Jason Havens, one-third of the brains and brawn behind Rusty Nickel Brewing Company. “They said it was too close to Rusty Chain—we talked to Tim [Herzog, of Flying Bison Brewing] and he was fine with it. The best, though, are the people who tell us that nickels can’t rust.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Marina Christopher

Lavery Brewing Company Liopard Oir Farmhouse Saison, Woodcock Brothers XPA, Big Ditch Last Blacksmith Smoked Black IPA.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 4: Luanjie vs. Lost Elysium

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, Luanjie and Lost Elysium.

Classical Music Notes

BPO Cellists Take Center Stage at The Friends of Vienna

by Jan Jezioro

What do you get when you invite half of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s cello section to present a recital on your concert series? Well, if BPO associate principal Feng Hew and her fellow section members Amelie Fradette, David Schmude and Eva Herer get together to perform duos, trios and quartets for cello, you certainly get “Cello Power” the name of the next event on the Friends of Vienna series that takes place on Sunday, March 29 at 3:30pm at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue.

Art Scene

What to Say?

by Jack Foran

Enough with irony in art. How much nicer when artists just say what they mean and mean what they say. Like artist Sangjun Yoo in his UB thesis exhibit on display briefly at Big Orbit. The exhibit was entitled I Have Nothing To Say About Anything At All.

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and screen star Jeremy Jordan (pictured above) will guest star in the pilot for the new CBS show Supergirl, which will debut in the fall. Jordan currently stars opposite Anna Kendrick in the movie adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years.

Film Review

Wild Tales

by Jordan Canahai

Amongst the many movie genres I can think of there are few that tend to prove more problematic than the anthology film. This can often be attributed to how wildly inconsistent most are, not merely in the way episodes can vary in overall quality, but also in how its difficult for a style or tone to be sustained throughout.

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Movie Listings (Friday, March 27 - Thursday, April 2)

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Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White

by Carolyn Marcille

Prince of Pieces

by Carolyn Marcille

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1

by Carolyn Marcille

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

We have “139 frogs, toads, lizards, turtles,” Ms. Thayer Cuter told Seattle’s in March, touting her Edmonds, Washington, amphibian rescue shop, especially the heroic job done recently on Rocky, the Texas toad who came with stones in his tummy. “He had to have a lot of enemas (but) Rocky is rock-free now”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The term “jumped the shark” often refers to a TV show that was once great but gradually grew stale, and then resorted to implausible plot twists in a desperate attempt to revive its creative verve. I’m a little worried that you may do the equivalent of jumping the shark in your own sphere.