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Cover Story

Barack's Gift to Erie County

by Bruce Fisher

Before the end of 2011, Erie County will receive a $74.2 million windfall of unrestricted, unanticipated revenue from President Barack Obama’s Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Taxing Logic

by George Sax

Even Frank Mauro admits that raising taxes in the present perilous economic climate isn’t an altogether attractive fiscal option. Even if the taxes would be assessed on the most affluent New Yorkers.

The News, Briefly

Ellicott District Councilmember Brian Davis tries to quash criticism

Common Council again delays action on bonds for capital projects

BERC, BURA, BNRC fail to provide Common Council with financial information

Olmsted Schools stakeholder meeting tonight

Film Feature

Knowing Nicolas Cage

by M. Faust

I can’t think of another actor, certainly not a bankable star with an Oscar on his mantel, so able and willing to make an audience uncomfortable as Nicolas Cage.

Theater Week

The Fastest Clock in The Universe

by Anthony Chase

Hot N' Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Leslie Uggams just finished the run of the musical Stormy Weather at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. In the show, Uggams (now 65) portrays the legendary Lena Horne (who turns 92 this June).


A Rising (digital) Tide Lifts All Ships

by Dean Brownrout

Galleries and museums in the Western New York region are moving to digitally archive and make publicly available information about the lives and work of the area’s historically significant visual artists.


Arts Work: Open house at Autistic Services, Inc.

by J. Tim Raymond

All brains are different, in the same way everyone’s face is different. Infant faces look more similar than 40-year-old faces do because experience and learning are reflected in one’s face. The same process occurs with the brain.

Food For Thought

There's More Than One Way to Fry a Fish

by Joe George

It’s seven o’clock on a Friday night and the temperature outside hovers in single digits. Inside, I’m standing before a Flintstone-sized pot of hot fat, and I’m sweating. Glancing at the thermometer that is jury-rigged with a coat hanger into the fat, I see that it reads about 360 degrees Fahrenheit, which is slightly hotter than I’d like.


Restaurant Week Comes to Western New York

by Judy Sperry

Western New Yorkers no longer have to venture to New York City for Restaurant Week! The New York State Restaurant Association in conjunction with WNY Local Food Service is bringing Restaurant Week to Metropolitan Buffalo, March 23-29.

Puck Stop

A Season Ticket Meltdown?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Friday, March 20 is the target date. That is the first deadline that Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders have to sign up for 2009-10 season tickets.


The Round 3 Quarterfinals Are Coming

CONGRATULATIONS Siege A.D.! You collected the most votes this past week, so you proceed to our live quarterfinal at Nietzsche’s on March 27.

Film Review

The Village Barbershop

by M. Faust

Sometimes a hit is the worst thing for your career—just ask the vast majority of actors and actresses who had hit TV shows but were unable to find work afterward because they had become so typecast as a particular character. So it’s nice to see John Ratzenberger, who will forever be mailman Cliff Clavin from the classic sitcom Cheers, get to show his face in something new.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. March 20 - Thur. March 26)

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 Urban Bush Women, performing Friday the 20th at the UB Center for the Arts.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In January 2008, London’s The Sun found a practitioner of a new art form in which a design is inked, with a tattoo needle, into the sclera, which is the white part of the eyeball.

You Auto Know

The Pontiac Niche

by Jim Corbran

General Motors’ recent plea for more US government bailout cash was accompanied by their plan for profitability. In that plan we learned that GM will concentrate on its “…three strongest global brands (Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick) and its premium truck brand (GMC).”

Literary Buffalo

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair heralds the return of spring

by Christopher Britton

Robert Coover returns to town

by Christina Milletti


Mano a Mano breaks new ground in Buffalo

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Starting this month, the Pride Center of Western New York launches a new program, Mano a Mano (“hand in hand”). This new program assists in raising awareness of and fostering greater understanding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Latino people.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Among medieval alchemists, there were some who tried to make a fortune by literally converting lead into gold. But the authentic practitioners of the art were interested in a subtler kind of experimentation: ripening and beautifying the shadowy aspects of their own psyches.


Ask Anyone

The other day I hit a parked car as I backed out of my driveway. It wasn’t much of an impact, and the nose of the car was in fact intruding a little bit into my driveway. I lost some paint on my rear bumper, and there was a patch of missing paint on his—but then, there was none of his paint on my bumper or on the ground, so maybe that scratch on his car was already there.