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Saving Sankofa

by Geoff Kelly

A once faltering charter school is staging a dramatic turnaround. Now it needs a chance to keep that turnaround going.


The 26th's MillIon Dollar Question

by Bruce Fisher

Replacing Tom Reynolds and measuring results

The News, Briefly

The Lay of the Land

by Peter Koch

Control Freaks

by Buck Quigley

Puck Stop

The Sky Has Fallen

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

“The sky is not falling.”

So said Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier last July, when an angry public demanded to know how the organization could have allowed co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury to depart via free agency.


News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepard

In October, the government of Singapore, anxious about the city’s declining birth rate, began teaching its high school polytechnic students in formal courses on how to flirt. Said Isabel, 18: “My teacher said if a guy looks into my eyes for more than five seconds, it could mean that he is attracted to me, and I stand a chance,” according to a March Reuters dispatch. The course includes “love song analysis” and how to chat online.


Shoot the Moon

by Lucy Yau

Seth Wochensky takes a glimpse at rural life in Western New York


Finding an Audience

by Anthony Chase

On the suggestion that Buffalo may have too many theaters


The Runway Comes to WNY and it's About Time

by Agathi Georgiou

For the first time in the history of the program, the Fashion majors at Buffalo State College will be staging their own fashion show as well as strutting their stuff with a red carpet extravaganza during Friday’s Gusto at the Gallery at the Albright-Knox. The students will be showcasing their own designs, and, in the spirit of the popular television program Project Runway, the students will present their collections to a panel of judges who will then select six winners.

Calendar Spotlight

Shawn Phillips (Saturday, April 5)

Victor Wooten (Saturday, April 5)

Queen City Roller Girls (Saturday, April 5)

Bitch (Tuesday, April 8)

Chameleon Project (Thursday, April 10)

Looking Ahead

See You There

Release The Funny (Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5)

by M. Faust

The Brian Dux Assist Fund Presents The Main Event (Saturday, April 5)

by Danny Kutzbach

Kimya Dawson (Thursday, April 10)

by Peter Koch

The Fleshtones (Thursday, April 10)

by Mark Norris


Movie Times

Film Now Playing

On the Boards

Film Reviews


by George Sax

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

by Girish Shambu

Film Clips


by M. Faust

Shine a Light

by Buck Quigley


by M. Faust

In the Margins

It's No Secret - An interview with poet Nikki Giovanni

by John Kryder

Breaking it Down by Rusty Barnes

by Forrest Roth

Chatter With the Mad Hatter

by Forrest Roth

Literary Buffalo

by Just Buffalo


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Even if you have no plans to get married, I suggest you enter the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, in which rival designers compete to create beautiful bridal gowns using bathroom tissue. You just might win, thereby earning the cash prize. Why do I say that? Because according to my reading of the omens, you now have a special skill at conjuring up cheap elegance in service to your urge to merge. You have an unusual knack for turning things of little apparent worth into valuable aids to intimacy.


Ask Anyone

Last month at an anti-war rally I met a member of Christian Peacekeepers, a group that confronts injustice and violence all over the world, often at great risk to themselves. I was moved by the woman’s commitment to peace, and really taken by this as well: Christian Peacekeepers don’t pay taxes. She said that she couldn’t support a war-making government, that it would contradict her religious belief. Now, I’m not particularly religious, and I don’t see myself setting off to war-torn Afghanistan to help villagers, but I am fed up with my government and its wars. Should I (or may I) cut out my support for the war machine and stop paying taxes?