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Highlighting The City's Cultural and Intellectual Legacy

by Dean Brownrout

Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 opened February 13 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The show is the first important museum exhibition of the 21st century to explore the Abstract Expressionist movement.


The Cuomo Challenge

by Bruce Fisher

Who is this community, exactly, and what does it want? The signals are quite mixed.


Brian Reilly on Breaking the Code

by Geoff Kelly

For Brian Reilly, the ongoing acrimony over the design of a proposed hotel in Erie Basin Marina make a perfect case for a complete overhaul of the way the city encourages and enables development—not just on the waterfront but in neighborhoods and commercial districts, too.

The News, Briefly

Breathing That Peace Bridge Air

by George Sax

1-2-3 Red Light

by Buck Quigley

Syaed Ali: Muddying the Waters

by Geoff Kelly



by Anthony Chase

I chuckled recently when Playbill Online, obviously quoting a local press release, stated that one of Buffalo’s theaters was picking up the slack created by the closure of Studio Arena Theatre. Sad as that closure may be, artistically speaking, Buffalo’s smaller independent theaters have been picking up the slack for years.


Round 3 Week 2: The Frogbots vs. Angel Down

Lots and lots of votes this week. And the winner is…Free Henry! We’ll see you at the next live showdown at Nietzsche’s on March 27. This week we’d like to introduce you to the Frogbots and Angel Down.

Left of the Dial

U2 - No Line on the Horizon

by Rich Wall

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

by Donny Kutzbach


Julian Koster brings the Music Tapes to Soundlab

by Mike Shanley

The loose-fitting aggregation of bands known as the Elephant 6 Recording Company—named for their record label—produced some of the most eccentrically brilliant underground music of the 20th century’s final years. Among them, Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control combined classic pop with a sometimes surrealist worldview that has yet to be equaled—or expanded upon, since both groups have drifted apart.

DVD Review

The Room

by M. Faust

They say that the movie business is recession proof, that no matter how bad things get people always manage to scrape together a few bucks for entertainment. This current recession must be even worse than we think, because for the rest of the spring all Hollywood has in store for us is a handful of brainless movies made for the most undemanding of viewers.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. Feb. 27 - Thurs. March 5)

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 Sam Roberts band.

You Auto Know

Electrifying News From Chrysler

by Jim Corbran

Not all the news coming out of Chrysler these days is bad. We can only hope (for their sake) that the good news isn’t too little too late. This year’s Detroit auto show provided the backdrop for the unveiling of the ailing company’s plug-in, range-extended hybrid 200C EV.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Though India is recognized as a world leader in promoting the health benefits of urine, its dominance will be assured by the end of the year when a cow-urine-based soft drink comes to market.

Literary Buffalo

Carl Dennis, Buffalo's Pulitzer-winning poet, gives a reading at the Center for Inquiry

by Justin Sondel

Lit City literary event listings

Letters to Artvoice

Domestic Violence and Islam

by Nadia Shahram

Early Saturday morning, Februrary 14, like the majority of Buffalonians, I was watching the news about the crash of Flight 3407. I had received phone calls not only from friends and family on the West Coast but from the county of my national origin, Iran. Somehow it did not feel good each time I said, “We are okay, thank God.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you put a corn chip in guacamole, take a bite, then dunk the chip in the bowl again, you’re doing what’s known as double-dipping.


Ask Anyone

I know summer can’t be far away because I’ve started to receive wedding invitations, three just this week. I’m going to one of these three. Am I supposed to send a gift or a check to the other folks who invited me, even though I’m not going?