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Cover Story


by Peter Koch

The city continues to abuse its community development block grant—HUD is fed up.

The Niagara Files

The Road Not Taken

by Geoff Kelly & Louis Ricciuti

Another road re-paving project in Niagara Falls, another brush with the region’s radioactive legacy

This past Monday, May 5, the Niagara Falls City Council voted to authorize an expenditure of $110,000 to lease three PK2000 trucks—more popularly known as “Pothole Killers”—for a city-wide roadwork blitz this summer.

Getting a Grip

Food Fight

by Michael I. Niman

From Haiti to Laos, people are starving—but they won't do it quietly

I remember when President Bill Clinton ended “welfare as we know it.” His edict limited an American’s time on public assistance to five years. After that, well, you’re on your own.


Hillary, Obama, and Bubba

by Bruce Fisher

On the campaign trail: Old networks vs. new in the democratic primary

We used to call them Reagan Democrats. Nowadays the national media have taken to calling them the “white working class.” In the South, they’re called Bubba. In 2008, they are the key to victory.

Artvoice Video Feature

Mos Def on Barack and Hillary

Ralph Nader: The Party Crasher is Back


News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Almost-anything-goes “ultimate fighting,” also known as “human cockfighting,” is a major “sport,” mostly in Southern and Western states, but only in Missouri are kids as young as six permitted on the mats, according to a March Associated Press dispatch from Carthage, Mo. Members of the Garage Boys Fight Crew, ages up to 14, including one girl, regularly square off with only a few concessions in rules and protective gear from their adult counterparts.

Vine By Line

California Nomads: A new definition of homegrown

by Paula Paradise

Mondovino delivers an ominous message with cynical humor: The globalization of wine, which causes a looming threat to the small, family-operated winery, also signals an end to the stylistic diversity and cultural uniqueness that so intrigues wine lovers.


Food News You Can Use

by AV Editorial

Scott and Jaclyn Wisz are off to a sweet start with their European-style confectionery and café, Chow Chocolat (731 Main Street). The brand new establishment, opened just last week, offers a great assortment of international flavors—authentic French croissants and pain au chocolat, homemade artisan chocolates, sipping chocolate, single-origin coffees, and exotic teas—that are otherwise rarely encountered in the Queen City.


Up The Attic Stairs

by Eric Jackson-Forsberg

Into the Haunted Imagination of Jonathan Rogers
In 2003, I had the privilege of organizing Jonathan Rogers’ first solo exhibition, Multiple Spirit, as curator for the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. One of the most powerful paintings from this show of hard-hitting allegorical tableau was Little Dancer (now part of the Castellani’s permanent collection), a scene of momentary joy in the midst of a sinister, shadowy prison.


Reality Movies: Toronto's Hot Docs

I’ve just come back from the Canadian International Documentary Festival—Hot Docs for short—which as always presented a mind-expanding selection of real-life films from around the world.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Speed Racer

by M. Faust

What Happens in Vegas

by M. Faust

The Life Before Her Eyes

by M. Faust

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

by M. Faust


On The Boards

Movie Times (May 9 - May 15)

Film Now Playing

Calendar Spotlight

The Meatmen (May 9)

Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams (May 10)

Joanna Connor Blues Band (May 10)

Comedian Sabrina Matthews (May 10)

Looking Ahead...

See You There

AV Pick: The Juche Idea (May 15)

Infringement Festival Fundraiser Phase 2 (May 9)

Mamapalooza (May 9)

Wonderland (May 15-May 17)


The Year of the Women

by Anthony Chase

This week, you could see Moira Keenan give a wonderfully compelling performance as a successful author who goes undercover as a waitress and cleaning lady to expose the realities of the working poor in Nickel & Dimed. You could see Marie Costa, a welcome addition to the ranks of Buffalo’s leading ladies, as Serafina, the proud Sicilian widow who must come to terms with her beloved husband’s death and his infidelity in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo.



by Javier

The fabulous Cynthia Nixon returns to the big screen this summer, starring in the movie Sex and the City which opens on May 30. Nixon, who turned 42 last month, will be reunited with all her co-stars from the popular HBO series. Nixon will be back on the New York stage in February 2009 starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lisa Loomer’s Distracted, a funny look at attention deficit disorder.

In The Margins

Book Review: Inventing Niagara

by Geoff Kelly

Flash Fiction

by Lisa Forrest

Literary Buffalo Listings

by Just Buffalo

You Auto Know

A Car That Runs on Compressed Air

by Jim Corbran

I’ve got to admit that when I first came across this story in Britain’s Car Magazine I immediately dismissed it. After all, it was in the April issue, and I figured it was just another April Fool’s joke.


News & Events

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Can You Hear Us Now? Verizon says no to trans-inclusive policy.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Alison Covarrubias is a mentor for female entrepreneurs. Her Ladies Who Launch program inspires women to be brave and brazen as they develop their own businesses. One of Covarrubias’s prime pieces of advice: “If you don’t feel like you’re going to throw up, you’re not taking enough risks.” That’s also my message for you, Taurus. In the name of smart gambles and tricky success, I dare you to push yourself way out of the comfort zone.

Letters to Artvoice


by Terence S. Underwood

The US Farm Bill and the Global Food Crisis

by Joe Bialek


Ask Anyone

I work for the city and recently was suspended without pay for 15 days because I was busted using city equipment (okay, and a couple of my employees) to do some work in my yard. I know that’s wrong, etc., but how different is what I did from the white-collar political hacks who take home their city-issued laptops in their city-issued cars? Or who sit at their desks checking auctions on eBay all day long?