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Cover Story

Catching That Train

by Justin Sondel

Obama has decided to spend billions on high-speed rail. Will New York State reap some of that investment? How about Buffalo's Old Central Terminal?


The Green Zone

by Bruce Fisher

In Buffalo, City Hall says it has a plan for vacant land, and that its plan doesn’t include turning vacant lots into farms. City Hall actively opposed land-banking legislation, and got Governor Paterson to veto a land-bank bill just last year.

Getting a Grip

Pirates, Bankers, Libertarians

by Michael I. Niman

For Ron Paul’s growing legion of dope-addled contradictarian libertarians, Somalia is like nirvana. There are no taxes. No public education. No national healthcare. No national debt.

Puck Stop

In The End, Melancholy & Sadness

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

When the curtain finally fell, it was a surreal scene. There it was, the season finale, and the good guys absolutely throttled the Boston Bruins, 6-1. Thomas Vanek notched his 39th and 40th goals of the season. When it all ended, most of the fans who stuck around gave their team a hearty standing ovation, and the players joined together at center ice to return the love and give the crowd a warm salute.


Round 4 Week 3: Alex Berkley vs. Falling Into Place

This week, the Beggar’s Best won a spot in our fourth live showdown, scheduled for May 9 at the Mohawk Place. They join Seen It All, who collected the most votes on our Web site last week.

Left of the Dial

Saturday is Record Store Day!

by Donny Kutzbach

At Wall Street Journal Digital Network’ MediaMemo blog, Peter Kafka reported last month that marketing researcher NPD Group found that CD sales fell by 19 percent last year. Okay, that’s probably not news to anyone who has ever even heard the term “iTunes,” but hold on…

Classical Music

Mendelssohn's Magic

by Jan Jezioro

Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809, in Hamburg, Germany, and classical musicians and arts organizations around the world are celebrating the bicentennial of his birth this year.


CEPA hosts UB Visual Studies first year masters candidates

by J. Tim Raymond

“Interstices” means “an intervening space, a chink, a crevice.” The student artists exhibiting at CEPA Gallery connect in their awareness of a general unease about the future, the relative impermanence of burgeoning technologies, the permanence of personal choices, the futility of serving the past, and a closeness with nature that changes the presumption from animals are like us to we are like them.

Theater Feature

Patti Lupone Returns

by Anthony Chase

Throughout her childhood, Patti LuPone and her family would travel from their home on Long Island to Western New York to visit relatives in the Jamestown-Dunkirk area. She will make a return visit to the region on May 2, when she appears with Mandy Patinkin at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for one performance only at 8pm.

Theater News


by Javier

Canadian actor Luke Macfarlane (pictured) portrayed F. Scott Fitzgerald in the play The Jazz Age which just finished its run in LA. Best known for his TV role in Brothers & Sisters, Macfarlane was born in London (Ontario), and studied drama at Juilliard in New York city. He was last seen on the New York stage in The Busy World Is Hushed, co-starring with Jill Clayburgh.

Theater Week

Bada Bing! Bada Boom!



See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick, Albright-Knox’s Gusto at the Gallery presenting Manufactured Landscapes on Friday, April 17.

Film Reviews

State of Play

by George Sax

Observe and Report

by M. Faust

17 Again

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. April 17 - Thurs. April 23)

Film Now Playing

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Last year, a group of doctors in Riga, Latvia, opened Hospitalis, a medical-themed restaurant whose dining room resembles an OR, with “nurse” waitresses bringing food on gurneys, accessorized with syringes and forceps in addition to knives and forks and with drinks served in beakers and test tubes.

Literary Buffalo

Steve Katz: Experimental fiction writer at Medaille

Beyond the book fair - More Small Press activity in Buffalo

Isabel Allende: Tickets left!

Lit City: Literary Events

Letters to Artvoice

Urban Farms and Food Security

We read your recent article in Artvoice, “Make a Plan,” and find your ideas important and compelling. We have done extensive research on urban farming and environmental justice in the Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic at the University at Buffalo School of Law, which we believe will contribute a missing piece to your argument, bolstering your conclusion.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Artist Amy Marx makes gorgeous paintings of tornadoes. She’s your role model for the coming weeks, Taurus.


Ask Anyone

I’m in the middle of a dispute over a bill with a roofing contractor, regarding some add-on expenses that I feel I did not okay and which he is certain I approved. It’s about $1000, and the whole deal may wind up in court.