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Cover Story

Lives Lost

by Matthew Quinn & Geoff Kelly

You’d think that every American artist would eventually adopt war as his subject. Conflict is the constant in the American experience, and sooner or later an artist’s work must engage the realities of his time.

News Analysis

The Obsolete Man

by Bruce Fisher

Judging by his new book—No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (St. Martin’s Press)—the Republican Party would be fortunate indeed to have Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee in 2012. But in the age of tantrum populism, a guy who created a one-state version of the national healthcare plan just signed by Obama may have penned the last centrist statement ever intended as a GOP manifesto.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Review

Object Lessons

by Jack Foran

Cravens World, the new exhibit at the UB Anderson Gallery, is a cabinet of curiosities with a difference.

Left of the Dial

Basia Bulat - Heart of My Own

by Donny Kutzbach

The Small Faces - All or Nothing 1965-68 DVD

by Donny Kutzbach

Classical Music

Buffalo Chamber Players: "Hopelessly Romantic"

by Jan Jezioro

A Musical Feast Celebrates Burchfield

by Jan Jezioro

Theater Week

Tooley and Mary at Alleyway

by Anthony Chase

Jim Warde

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

In less than a month, the super-fabulous Chita Rivera will be in Buffalo performing at UB’s Center for the Arts. Chita will perform her one-woman show Chita Rivera: My Broadway, on Tuesday May 4 at 8pm at the Mainstage Theatre.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

The Runaways

by M. Faust

North Face

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 9 - Thursday, April 15)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Green Jelly, performing at Club Diablo on Sunday, the 11th.

You Auto Know

Small Car(s), Big Deal - Part II

by Jim Corbran

Last time we featured the new, upcoming Mazda2 compact. Staying with that small car thought, this week we’ll take a quick look at a few more compacts coming down the turnpike in the next year or so. Does all of this small-time activity signal the end (finally) of Americans’ appetite for buying more vehicle than they really need?

6 Questions With...

Peter A. Reese: Attorney/Activist

Peter A. Reese is a champion of openness in government, and stands committed to dragging shadowy dealings by governmental agencies into the light—often by challenging them in court. He’s also an experienced sailor.

Letters to Artvoice

Town and Gown

by Olivier Delrieu-Schulze & Cayden Mak

Inside the Republican Mind

by Dan Hoffman

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A popular TV chef in Italy was fired in February after musing on the air about the historical popularity of gourmet cat meat. According to Beppe Bigazzi, 77, cat stew is best cooked after leaving the meat under running water for three days to tenderize it.


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

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It would be a good week for you to perfect your ability to crow like a rooster, Aries. I also recommend that you practice your skill at leaping out of bed in the morning fully refreshed, with your imagination primed and ready to immediately begin making creative moves.


Ask Anyone

While we were out for a drink a couple weeks ago, a friend who works for a bank recently let slip some information about a pending foreclosure on a property I would very much like to own.