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Unity Force

by Geoff Kelly

Public Enemy’s Professor Griff comes to Buffalo next week to lecture at the Freedom Film Festival


The $26 Billion Question

by Bruce Fisher

John Austin of the Brookings Institution says that if the government spends $26 billion cleaning up the Great Lakes, the economic benefit to America will be $80 to $100 billion.


Friends With Benefits

by George Sax

Tuesday, February 12, was one of those rare days that can lighten the heart of an unimaginative, deadline-dogged journalist. Two events fortuitously coincided that day, and together, they whispered seductively, “article lead” and “framing device.”

The News, Briefly

Good Night, McBride's

More McKinley High School Allegations

Let the Sun Shine In

Window Display

Follow That Story: Tabu, nee Blue Mirage

A Guy in Buffalo Writes...

Artvoice Video

Eliot Spitzer & Ashley Alexandra Dupré photos

Spitzer: Soundtrack for a resignation.

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Toronto police announced in February that they had arrested the man who had stolen a backhoe with the intention of driving it to a car wash in order to break down a wall and get at the facility’s coin machine. The call to police came from a snow plow that was hot on the backhoe’s heels, with the driver having diverted from his route to chase the thief.

Vine by Line

Any Port in a Snow Storm

by Paula Paradise

Unsurprisingly, the history of Port as a commodity follows the political turmoil and vicissitudes of the warring nations involved in its trade. With the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century, England simultaneously severed its centuries-old route of commerce with the French wine market and embarked upon more than congenial relations with vineyard-rich Portugal. Several English shipping firms were already established in the city of Oporto—Warre’s, the first, was founded in 1670.

Fine Dining

How Sweet It Is

by Patricia Watson

If you want to eat Italian food in Buffalo, sooner or later you are going to wind up on Hertel Avenue. The street is dotted with trattorias, ristorantes and cafes offering their own takes on what seems to be the quintessential Queen City comfort food. One little gem is La Dolce Vita.


Eight For the Vanguard

by Jan Jezioro

Hallwalls debuts eight new compositions for soloists this weekend


Left of The Dial

by Donny Kutzbach

There are very few music aficionados in Western New York who hold a candle to Gary Zoldos. A regular on local music scene for three decades, Zoldos has been in bands, spun records as a club DJ and rarely missed a good concert that has come within spiting distance.



by Anthony Chase

"Six Degrees of Separation” is an easy game for those who have worked in the theater. Eventually, it seems, every actor has worked with somebody who has worked with every other actor. When Liz Hiller died on March 3, 2008 at the age of 82, Buffalo lost an important connection to its theatrical past.


The Depths and Heights of Collaboration

by Lucy Yau

Landis is an abstract painter who has worked on large canvases and Abbs is an experimental jazz musician who plays, among other instruments, cello, double bass, violin, flute, tuba and didjeridoo.

Film Clips

City of Men

by George Sax

Starting Out in the Evening

by M. Faust

Film Reviews

Gaming the Viewer

by M. Faust

Why would you want to watch a film about a couple and their young son held prisoner and tortured by a pair of bullying psychopaths?


On The Boards

Film Now Playing

Movie Times

See You There

AV Pick: K.D. Lang

by Buck Quigley

Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade

by Lara Reden

Jennifer Steinkamp Solo Exhibition

by K. O'Day

Vijay Iyer Quartet

by K. O'Day

Calendar Spotlight

Junkbutton CD Release Show

The Corrections

Doug Yeomans

Black Dahlia Murder

Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Before you attempt a quantum leap of faith over the yawning abyss, please remove your 500 pounds of defense mechanisms first. Your success in soaring the whole distance will require you to be free of emotional baggage. As long as you fulfill this simple prerequisite, I’m in favor of you risking the transition. It’s about time you summoned more zeal to follow the path with heart, even if that path resumes on the other side of the great divide.

Letters to Artvoice

Who needs a press agent when you’ve got the Buffalo News? In their editorial of March 3, 2008 (“Plaza plan improves”), the News continued it’s record of taking a position on an important issue that is not only misleading but also destructive, praising “change” in the Public Bridge Authority’s plan and the Authority itself for “respond[ing] seriously” to “criticisms.” But nothing has changed; especially the sycophantic fawning of this city’s newspaper.