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Capital Punishment

by Geoff Kelly

I will not stand for your tyranny!” shouted Masten District Councilmember Demone Smith, while Council President Dave Franczyk pounded his gavel and shouted, “You are out of order! You are out of order!”


The Education of a Supply-Sider

by Bruce Fisher

Erie County government could experience a major windfall due to the Obama stimulus package. As much as $74 million in new federal money for Medicaid—which today costs Erie County about $200 million a year—could arrive between now and 2010.

The News, Briefly

Bottle Deposit Testimonies in the Nickel City

Preserving Tifft

Buffalo News Job Cuts

Triple Word Score

Getting a Grip

The Plane Crash and The Pundit

by Michael I. Niman

When I fly, I feel that I’m home when I get to the last gate and wait to board that final flight back to Buffalo. I always imagine that, even with no signage, I could find the gate by looking at the people beginning to gather. This is our community. Maybe I’m imagining it, but the folks at the gate seem to be a distinctive Buffalonian mix.

Puck Stop

This is Not On Lalime

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

While player after player was echoing the word “frustrating” after last Saturday’s disappointing loss to the New York Islanders, nobody in the room was pointing the finger at Patrick Lalime.


Dave Gusmann's paintings @ Starlight Studio though March 13

Kevin Kegler's diptychs @ Chow Chocolate through March 31


Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh

by Anthony Chase

Allan Sherman’s decade of fame was founded on silly song parodies extolling the trivial joys of Jewish life in suburban America in the 1960s. The most famous of these was a letter from a boy to his parents, expressing his desperate desire to escape the horrors of summer camp.



by Javier

The smash Broadway musical In the Heights, written and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also starred in the production, just celebrated its first year in the Great White Way. In the Heights has already recovered its $10 million investment, and won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.


Round 3 Week 3: TypeRelevant vs. Mock Syringa

The Frogbots join Free Henry! in the next live BOOM showdown at Nietzsche’s on March 27. Who will join them? Mock Syringa or TypeRelevant?

Left of the Dial

Scott Down and DJ Cutler - Blue Collar Funk II: The 716 Lesson

Eddy Current Supression Ring - Primary Colours

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

The Class

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. March 6 - Thu. March 12)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick, the Ian McLagen & the Bump Band, playing the Tralf on Thursday, March 5.

Literary Buffalo

Naked Kitchen Yoga

by Ted Pelton

Lit City literary events

News of the Weird

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In January, a judge at Britain’s Bristol Crown Court dropped the case against a 20-year-old man accused of robbing a driving instructor because the victim-witness was “too believable” in her testimony to the jury.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” said Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff. “It’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”


Ask Anyone

My ex-girlfriend (of a long, long time ago) and I are friends. About a year ago she broke up with the guy she’d been living with for about five years. It was ugly, and she was badly hurt and very angry about the breakup. I, for one, have remained cordial with her ex. We know each other professionally, see each other once in a while as a result, and get along well.