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Cover Story

Paint the Town Green

by Bruce Fisher

Next week in Dayton, Ohio, a diverse assemblage of current and former mayors, county leaders, scholars, and think-tank wonks will confer on what the heck to do about Rust Belt cities that keep shrinking even as the rest of America keeps growing.

The News, Briefly

Crossing His Excellency

by Geoff Kelly

Selling McCarley Gardens

by Buck Quigley

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Puck Stop

"Dom Like"

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

So why exactly are the Buffalo Sabres in the neighborhood of first place in the Northeast Division? Two words: Ryan Miller.


Will the Real Eugene Dyczkowski Please Stand Up?

by Dean Brownrout

By the end of the 1930s, Niagara Falls-based painter Eugene Dyczkowski (1899-1987) joined a long list of area artists vehemently opposed to modernist art. He was also bothered by the attention that this art was receiving from the then-named Albright Art Gallery in the museum’s annual Western New York Exhibition.


Christmas Twist

by Anthony Chase

Just when we really need a break from the incessant holiday music and strength to face our relations, the cheekier holiday fare is here to rescue us. Alt Performance Group is weighing in with A Christmas Twist!, a holiday parody directed by Peter Michael Marino, and starring Tim Newell, David Lundy, Afrim Gjonbalaj, David Butler, Constance McEwen, Shaun McLaughlin, and Bethany Sparacio.


Round 3 Week 2: Ball Cheeze Psychotics vs. Leon and the Forklifts

CONGRATULATIONS to Photos of Wagons for collecting the most online votes this past week. With that, they secure a spot in our next B.O.O.M. live showdown, scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2010 at Nietzsche’s.

5 Questions With...

JoAnn Falletta: Conductor

During her 11 years as conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro JoAnn Falletta has not only guided the orchestra to increased international prominence and the first Grammy Award in its’ 74-year history, but has also helped to turnaround the finances of the once troubled organization.

Film Feature

The Well Mannered Mr. Reeves

by M. Faust

How much you may or may not enjoy The Private Lives of Pippa Lee depends on either a) your interest in a crowded genre (stifled housewife wonders if she has wasted her life) or b) your interest in watching good actors do interesting work with material that is less than top shelf.

Film Review


by George Sax

I don’t think American audiences are going to learn much from Clint Eastwood’s Invictus about the game of rugby (including the curious, intimate, manly, brute-force massing of players known as the scrum that initiates each team’s drive toward the opponent’s goalposts). And that, I also think, sums up the limitations on this film’s appeal. Rugby is a sporting passion foreign to most Americans, and their interest in and knowledge of South Africa—the movie’s setting—are almost certainly slight.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. December 11 - Thurs. December 17)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: folk duo The Pines, who come to The Ninth Ward at Babeville on Thursday, December 10th.

Letters to Artvoice

End the Afghan War

by Elea Mihou Fox

Human Rights Day

by David Slive

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Commercial test-preparation courses are already popular for applicants to top colleges and graduate schools, and recently also for admission to prestigious private high schools and grade schools. Now, according to a November New York Times report, such courses and private coaching are increasingly important for admission to New York City’s high-achiever public kindergartens, even though the applicants are just 3 and 4 years old.


Listings & Resources

Buffalo has a large and diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. For further information about its numerous organizations and activities, visit Gaywatch at, call the Western New York Pride Center (852-7743), or email


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): One of your top accomplishments in 2009 is the way you have united parts of yourself that had not previously been very well connected. It seems you decided that you were tired of being split up into fragmented sub-personalities that had different agendas.


Ask Anyone

I’ve agreed to host dinner at my home Every September, I run a pretty successful fundraising event for a terrific local charity. It started as an office thing and has grown to include a number of downtown businesses, and know it brings in many thousands of dollars every year.