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Celebrate Fat Tuesday! February 17, 2015

Gear up for Buffalo’s biggest winter event, the 20th Annual Artvoice Mardi Gras Festival. At 6pm on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17th, Allentown will become a Mardi Gras carnival of live music, cajun food, beads and colorful people.

News Feature

Lackawanna City Council to Animal Welfare Advocates: Talk All You Want

by Peter A. Reese

Following two months of court appearances, lobbying efforts, and delivery of numerous documents on behalf of Lackawanna’s community cats, plus two formally filed attempts to have a sensible ordinance considered by the City Council, councilmembers have once again ignored animal welfare advocates seeking reform of the City’s cruel and misguided cat ordinances.

News Feature

On the Dole: The White Collar Version

by Paul Wolf, Esq.

Estimates on corporate welfare costs in New York varies from $4 billion per year according to the New York Times and $7 billion per year according to the social justice organization Align NY.

Artvoice Extra

Who The Hell Is Helping Around Here?

by David Buczek

Cynthia Van Ness works at The Buffalo History Museum all but hidden behind an overwhelming volume of documents and books on Buffalo’s history. Her job as Director of Library Archives at the Museum fits so well it’s as if the Museum was built for her. Why is she so important?


Brewers & Bruisers at Buffalo River Works

by Erik Wollschlager

It is no secret that the city of Buffalo’s recent expansion is tied to its growing craft brew industry. This growth requires two things—people to brew it and people to drink it. Thankfully for all of us, there are plenty of both.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Paul Marko, and Chris Groves

To certain software geeks, ESB means enterprise services bus. To beer geeks, however, especially to those who appreciate brews from the United Kingdom, ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter and is one of a range of English pale ales (often also called simply “Bitter”).

Art Scene

Highlights from the Big Orbit Members Show

by Jack Foran

Some beautiful artworks and some to puzzle over at the Big Orbit Members Show. Some in both categories. Like David Mitchell’s taxidermied complete doe, overlain with a sheet of translucent plastic, like an impromptu raincoat. Or Jan Nagle’s triptych video of waters washing gently up on a beach, while somebody—we only get to see his or her hands and bare feet—marks or writes illegibly in the sand with a stick.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 4: Irregardless vs. Wacko Fest

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to our contestants, Irregardless and Wacko Fest.

Classical Music Notes

A Mid-Winter Chamber Music Week

by Jan Jezioro

What a difference a few months makes. When the members of the Miró Quartet, violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele played the first three installments of the 59th complete Slee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle back at the end of last September, both they and the members of audience were able to enjoy the exceptionally fine early fall weather.

Theatrically Speaking

A Conversation With Chicago's Roxie Hart

by Anthony Chase

A Chat With Executive Director Matthew Mooney

by Anthony Chase


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Graphic Traffic

Southern Bastards, Vol. 1: Here Was a Man

by Joe Tell

Orc Stain Volume 1

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Arkhma Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A miles-long traffic jam on Interstate 20 near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Jan. 25 and on into the next morning was caused by an 18-wheeler that jackknifed and overturned when the 57-year-old driver took his hands off the wheel to pull out a tooth with his fingers.

You Auto Know

Let's Get Small (2015 Chevrolet Colorado)

by Jim Corbran

But, not TOO small. That about sums up the new mid-sized Chevy Colorado pickup. Size is relevant. It’s definitely smaller the full-sized Silverado though.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): How many desires do you have? Take a rough inventory. Identify the experiences you continually seek in your quest to feel relief and pleasure and salvation and love and a sense of meaning.