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No, Pioneers!

by Ellen Przepasniak

Brown administration says no to locally grown vegetables, grassroots development on a string of vacant, city-owned properties on the East Side.


Make a Plan

by Bruce Fisher

More sprawl, abandonment, and shrinkage—or sanity for 2020? In favor of a county-wide planning board.

The News, Briefly

Limbaugh boycotts New York, the governor and state legislators take cover, but tax rates rise for high earners anyway

Baby Joe Mesi interviews candidates for jobs in Senate Democrats' Buffalo office

After five months, Buffalo Police return Syaed Ali's toothbrush, dental floss

Council and mayor unite to block waste tranfer expansion on Seneca Street

School board rep who takes heat from his colleagues wins national position


Round 4 Week 2: The Beggar's Best vs. The Guest Speaker

The online votes have been counted, and we’d like to congratulate the first band to win a spot in our fourth live showdown, scheduled for May 9 at the Mohawk Place: Way to go, Seen It All!

Classical Music

A Musical Feast at the Albright

by Jan Jezioro

Buffalo chamber music lovers are in for a busy week, as two of the premiere Buffalo area chamber groups take to the stage for a pair of concerts.


The Man Who Had All The Luck, Waterboarding Blues, and Smoking Gun Trio

by Anthony Chase

The Man Who Had All the Luck was Arthur Miller’s first Broadway play, and it was a flop. Written in 1940 and produced in 1944, the play tells the story of David Beeves, an automobile mechanic who seems to be able to overcome even the most impossible obstacles through apparently supernatural good fortune—even as those around him fail.


Tony Sisti: Gone, But Hardly Forgotten

by Dean Brownrout

Anthony Sisti: Forgotten Regionalist” runs from April 11-August 10 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. This peculiarly titled show immediately begs the question: Who, exactly, has forgotten Tony Sisti?


Ralph Sirianni's Fragile Warriors

by J. Tim Raymond

Architectonic constructs in the manner of the painter Francis Bacon’s grid planes separate the gaunt figures, isolating and incarcerating. The line of doors and small square windows appear to go on to linear infinity with only the probing snout of an M-16 carbine jutting into the foreground, a reminder of the inescapable past violating the present.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick, Dyngus Day 2009, this Monday April 14th.

Film Review

The Great Buck Howard

by M. Faust

A few weeks ago in this space, I wondered if there was a leading American actor more willing and able to make an audience uncomfortable than Nicolas Cage. John Malkovich occupies a similar place in the movie star pantheon: I can’t think of another actor who has made it to leading man status by playing only dislikeable characters.


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Celestial Crossover: The 2010 Chevy Equinox

by Jim Corbran

My dictionary defines equinox as “the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length (about September 22 and March 20).”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence said recently that he would install a prosthetic eye with a camera and wireless transmitter (of the size now used for colonoscopies) into the socket from which one of his eyes had been removed as the result of a childhood accident.

Literary Buffalo

A Blockbuster Babel Season

by Brad Deck

As the esteemed Babel—a series of lectures, readings, and related events presented by Just Buffalo Literary Center—approaches the end of its second season and prepares for its third, its organizers face the reality of the series’ runaway success. This year, the series is moving from its former home at Babeville to a venue nearly triple in size: Kleinhans Music Hall.


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Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your role model for the coming week is George Garratt, a British guy who legally changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.


Ask Anyone

I’m not a Catholic, but I’ve been dating a nice Catholic girl for over a year now. On one of our first dates, she took me to her parents’ house for Easter dinner. I enjoyed the ham a great deal, but I really wish I would’ve been a little less talkative.