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Cover Story

What's Black & Blue and All Covered Up?

by Buck Quigley

When some police officers were talking among themselves at Buffalo’s D District last year, conversation turned to the number of people getting sick at work. Soon, they started ticking off names of co-workers who’d become ill with things ranging from bronchitis to cancer.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Weeks Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Sprouts & Roots

Spring Brings Hellebore!

by Monique Watts

March is such a tease for gardeners. In the Midwest, where spring has officially sprung, residents boast fields of daffodils, tulips, and blooming forsythia. While here in the Northeast, we patiently await the thaw and scan the melting tundra for snowdrops, snow crocus, and my personal favorite, Lenten rose or hellebore.

Art Short

Between Absence & Presence

by Jack Foran

Black birds. Like Poe’s raven. Ominous. But of what precisely? And for good or ill?

Theater Week

Cabaret Week

by Anthony Chase

March is Cabaret Month, a celebration invented by cabaret owners in New York City as a way to draw attention to this intimate entertainment form just as Manhattan begins to emerge from the slow months of winter. Buffalo, of course, does not slow down for winter.

Music Feature

Bang a Drum With Talujon

by Jan Jezioro

The Talujon Percussion Ensemble takes to the Lippes Concert Hall stage in Slee Hall on the UB Amherst campus on Friday, March 19, at 7:30pm, for the fourth concert in the Slee/Visiting Artist Series.

Left of the Dial

Gorrillaz - Plastic Beach

by Joe Sweeny

On Plastic Beach, the third effort from the virtual space rock/hip-hop group Gorillaz, bandleader Damon Albarn has a revelation akin to that of a Jane Austen character.

Puck Stop

Crunch Time

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

While Buffalo might be one of the epicenters of the basketball universe this weekend, what with the NCAA subregional in town, fans will nonetheless keep a keen eye on the Buffalo Sabres, who are in the middle of yet another extended road trip, this time five games before returning home next Wednesday.

Film Review

The Ghost Writer

by M. Faust

He has no family, no romantic ties, no apparent aspirations. He doesn’t even seem to have a name: At least he never gives one and no one ever calls him by one.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 19 - Thursday, March 25)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: This is It Volume 4: A Celebration of Buffalo's Music History on Friday at Mohawk Place.

You Auto Know

Small Car, Big Deal

by Jim Corbran

The world automotive press, especially here in the US, has been all excited about the upcoming North American debut of the new Ford Fiesta.

Eight Questions With...

Robotika 2Kay: Drag Queen

The Club Marcella performer and two-time winner of Miss Gay Buffalo has been a mainstay of the drag scene for over nine years. Alternately known as “Short Circuit Fembot Queen, all the way from Uranus,” “The Tallest Queen in Buffalo’s Captivity,” and, finally, “The Mother of all Freaks,” Miss Robotika is considered one of the strangest, most extreme, and definitely most fabulous of Buffalo’s drag performers.

Letters to Artvoice

Orrin Hatch At Canisius

by Jeffrey Hartinger

A senator of historical importance will grace the Canisius community with his presence on Monday, March 29. When I say historical, I mean he has been alive 25 years short of a century. Orrin Hatch, who is ironically known as “Mr. Constitution,” is coming to Buffalo to speak on behalf of judicial power in the United States of America.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

War Is Hell: The day before British army chef Liam Francis, 26, arrived at his forward operating base in Afghanistan, the Taliban shot down the helicopter ferrying in food rations, and Francis realized he had to make do with supplies on hand. In his pantry were only seasonings, plus hundreds of tins of Spam.

Literary Buffalo

Bill Berkson Paints the Town

by Peter Vullo

Poetry: On A Photograph by Mimi

by S. M. Hutton


Listings and 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

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In my astrological opinion, you don’t need anything that shrinks you or deflates you or tames you.


Ask Anyone

I’m pretty sure that my next-door neighbor is selling pot. When I say “pretty sure,” I mean I’m as certain as a guy who regularly buys and smokes pot can be. I haven’t asked him or anything, because we don’t know each other beyond friendly greetings.