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Cover Story

The Aughties

by Donny Kutzbach & Joe Sweeney

While it was a far from perfect decade on many levels, the Aughts produced some tremendous pop music. AV music editor Donny Kutzbach and frequent contributor Joe Sweeney teamed up to pick 15 records that were top shelf. Call these the Aughtie Awards.

News Analysis

The Rust Belt's Unfinished Business

by Bruce Fisher

Racism, institutionalized by the bent politicians whom Richard Nixon appointed to the United States Supreme Court, hastened the demise of the Great Lakes cities, and only metropolitan-wide school reorganization offers any hope of fixing what is so terribly broken.

Week in Review

7 Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns


Couture Gets "Kramped"

by Morgan Schimminger

Tutus should be reserved for ballerinas and five-year-olds. That’s the common adult vantage point on the ever-so-girly attire. Designer Shannon Kramp is a firm believer that tutus don’t go out of fashion at a certain age, having produced a mermaid version for a Coney Island parade and one specially designed for a quinceanera.


Brad Fraser's True Love Lies Premieres at BUA

by Anthony Chase

This week, Buffalo United Artists opens the American premiere of his newest play, True Love Lies, in which a man finds his marriage and his life turned upside down when his daughter uncovers a secret from his sexual past.


We Have Our Round 3 Finalists!

Congratulations to our four finalists in our Battle of Original Music: Photos of Wagons, the Gavin Petrie Band, Leon and the Forklifts, and Iceberg! These four acts will square off live and in person at Nietzsche’s on Friday, January 15.

5 Questions With...

Robby Takac: Rock Star, Arts Advocate

Robby Takac is a founding member of the Goo Goo Dolls. Bassist, songwriter, producer, engineer, promoter, collector, and tireless ball of energy, he’s been a booster of the Buffalo music and arts scene for over two decades—notably through his Music is Art Festivals and Foundation.

Puck Stop

Marty Who?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

For all the hand-wringing and consternation going on around Sabres Nation, things really aren’t all that bad as the team hit the season halfway point this past Sunday.

Film Feature

The Imagination of Mr. Gilliam

by M. Faust

The ex-Python discusses his latest film, his perpetually endangered career as a film director, and the magic of storytelling.

Film Review

Youth in Revolt

by M. Faust

If you’ve yet to get your fill of movies starring Michael Cera as a geeky kid trying to lose his virginity, the opening of Youth in Revolt will undoubtedly be the high point of your month.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, Jan. 8 - Thursday, Jan. 14)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Sun of Memphis Runion, Elvis's 75th Birthday at Nietzsches on Friday.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In Somalia, which is without a central government to speak of and where very little functions beyond an Islamic resistance and individual warlords’ fiefdoms, a robust “stock market” has emerged in the city of Haradheere for “investors” in the seagoing pirate “industry,” to raise money and supplies for kidnappers in exchange for a share of the bounty once a ransom is paid.

Letters to Artvoice

Make Every School a Charter School

by Matthew Ricchiazzi

If The Bridge Fits

by Kathleen Mecca

Republican Healthcare Reform

by Joe Gerken Jr.


2009 Buffalo Creative Black Tie Awards at BUA on Sunday

by Danny Winter

Listings and Resources


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “You are what you love, not what loves you,” says the character Charlie Kaufman in the film, Adaptation. (Kaufman is played by Nicolas Cage, who has three planets in Capricorn.) I urge you to work hard to make that perspective your own, Capricorn.


Ask Anyone

My boss just took me aside to tell me that a co-worker is being let go next week. If that’s not uncomfortable enough, my boss has asked me to fire her. Technically I am this woman’s superior, but I didn’t hire her, nor will I be engaged in hiring her replacement.