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Cover Story

2010: The Future is Ours...

As the turbulent and poorly named aughts draw to a close, Artvoice asked friends and contributors to make sage predictions for the future of the region, the nation, the planet.

News Analysis

The Troubling Politics of Avatar

by Bruce Fisher

In the coming weeks, indigenous peoples the world over will put on their 3-D glasses and rejoice in the film Avatar, a story of third world triumph over rapacious, militarized, white male capitalism. And we here in the evil West will rejoice right along with them, while our Chinese and Russian friends scratch their heads and wonder if we’ve all lost our minds.

Week in Review

Six Days: The Straight Dope From the (Abbreviated) Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly & George Sax

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns


Round 3 Week 4: The Square Circle vs. Iceberg

CONGRATULATIONS to the Gavin Petrie Band 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.

Sports Feature

2009: The Year in Sports

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Our favorite column of the year is when we take a look back at the year and reflect on a few special moments in sports. Despite the disappointing results by our local teams here in Buffalo, one can always find those momentous events that keeps usengaged and riveted.


Theater at Midseason

by Anthony Chase

The Christmas shows that have become so abundant in Buffalo mark the middle of a theater season that runs from June to June. Summer is the traditional dividing line, because audiences travel when the heat sets in.

Theater News


by Javier

Now that the TV series Monk is over, its star Tony Shalhoub will return to Broadway in March in the revival of Lend Me a Tenor. Directed by Stanley Tucci, the revival will also star Shalhoub’s wife Brooke Adams, Anthony LaPaglia, and Jan Maxwell.

Film Reviews

Up In The Air

by George Sax


by M. Faust

Sherlock Holmes

by M. Faust

Me and Orson Welles

by George Sax

The Young Victoria

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. December 25 - Thurs. Decemer 31)

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 New Year's Eve Ice Ball at the Statler Towers.

5 Questions With...

Kevin O'Connell, Weatherman

For the past 17 years, Buffalo born and raised Kevin O’Connell has manned the weather desk at WGRZ and faced the unenviable task of trying to forecast the weather in our notoriously unpredictable town. But the local media icon and one-time sub for Al Roker on NBC’s Today Show wouldn’t have it any other way.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

But What If the Device Falls Into the Wrong Hands? A 55-year-old British man whose bowel was ruptured in a nearly catastrophic traffic accident has been fitted with a bionic sphincter that opens and closes with a remote controller.

Letters to Artvoice

To Achieve Reform, Begin With Redistricting

by Larry McMahon

Copenhagen to Kabul

by Clifford Cawthon


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

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’m happy to announce that 2010 could be the year when you become a more expert communicator.


Ask Anyone

This holiday season I have received “e-vites” or e-mail invitations to parties at people’s homes that ask me to respond online. These responses are then tallied and the roster of those who have accepted and those who have declined is posted online for all to see, along with any personal messages from the guests; as in “Mary ACCEPTED! :-)