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Cover Story

Local Rockers Made Violent Grab for the Brass Ring

by Jeff Czum

Hiding behind sunglasses to mask their Friday night hangovers, Joe, Rob and Justin, A.K.A. Made Violent, walked into Buffalo’s favorite dive bar—the Old Pink in Allentown. It was Saturday afternoon on a sub-zero day in February.

Investigative Post

ECHDC Continues to Ignore Environmental Reality of Outer Harbor

by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

The state’s latest approach to developing the Outer Harbor calls for expediting the construction of housing next to a partially remediated Superfund site contaminated with sludge that possibly causes cancer.

Puck Stop

Sabres Undaunted in the Race to the Bottom

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

In the bizarre world that is the 2014-2015 NHL season, up is now down, black is now white, two plus two equals five, and losing is winning. That is what it has come to as the Buffalo Sabres capped off their role on NHL trade deadline day by pretty much cementing the notion that everyone has believed, yet no one is willing to admit.

Beer Feature

Move over, wine, there's a new drink at the cutting board

by Willard Brooks

Recall that hilarious Monty Python sketch where John Cleese walks into a cheese shop and orders a long list of cheeses only to discover that the shop actually has no cheese? Among the English cheeses he requests are: Red Leicester, Cheshire, Dorset Blue Vinney, Wensleydale, Ilchester, Cheddar, and many more.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Paul Marko, and Chris Groves

Ommegang Glimmerglass Spring Saison, Gordon Biersch Rauchbier, & Allagash White.

Art Scene

A fictional take on a forgotten Buffalo Star

by Jack Foran

Some nice surprises in the little novel—novella, novelette—about music hall era leading lady Buffalo-born Peggy O’Neill, written by Margaret Finan, illustrated by Mickey Harmon. You can get a copy—free—at the Hydraulic Hearth eatery/drinkery, 716 Swan Street, in the heart of the new Larkin District.

Classical Music Notes

Mozart and Love

by Jan Jezioro

Così fan tutte is an opera that is genuinely, if very wittily, concerned with the mystery of love and the almost inevitable complications arising from that state.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 1: Letterbox vs. Wild Things

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, Wild Things and Letterbox.

Theater News


by Javier

Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal (pictured above) who co-starred in the 1970 classic movie Love Story, will be the stars of the upcoming national tour of A.R. Gurney’s very popular play Love Letters.

Theatrically Speaking

Strindberg Redux

by Anthony Chase

August Strindberg’s naturalistic tragedy, Miss Julie, is one of the great plays of the Modern repertoire, and yet it can be a difficult sell. Here, the often competing needs for love and financial security meet in the persons of a spoiled socialite and her ambitious chauffeur.

Film Review

Maps to the Stars

by Jordan Canahai

Throughout a career that spans over 40 years the acclaimed Canadian director David Cronenberg has amassed a sturdy reputation as one of his generations most distinct and celebrated filmmakers, having proven himself a first rate technician and master of the science fiction and horror genres, as well as an audacious and challenging artist unafraid to wrestle with the ugly nature of human beings and the dark side of the mind.

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, March 6 - Thursday, March 12)

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Graphic Traffic

Incognito: The Classified Edition Vol. 1 HC

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Stray Bullets, Vol 1: Innocence of Nihilsm

by Jack Dumpert

The Field

by Michael Hoffert Jr.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A recent YouTube compilation of footage gleaned from, in some cases, unedited ISIS promotion videos, claimed to show jihadists accidentally killing themselves.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governor of California in 2003, the state had the eighth largest economy in the world, right behind Italy and just ahead of Brazil. Schwarzenegger had never before held political office.