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The Green Issue

Dig a Little Garden

by Monique Watts

You might be surprised to know that you can fight crime, hunger, and childhood obesity, promote social inclusion and anti-racism, lessen your global footprint, make an impact on climate change and promote recycling and water preservation all by participating in just one activity.

The Green Issue

Eating in One Place

by Ann Marie Awad

The apples (from Tom Tower Farm) retain their juicy flavor in the same mouthful with creamy goat cheese (from Lively Run Goat Dairy) and spritely onions (from Weiss Farms).

Green Profile

Dave Majewski: Urban composter and gardener, green design consultant

by Patricia Watson

Who is Dave Majewski? Whirlwind, dynamo, Type A++++ personality? Urban visionary? Pied Piper of the environment?

Green Profile

Jason Briner: UB professor, climate change researcher

by Andrew Blake

Jason Briner has been at the University at Buffalo since 2005 and is currently an assistant professor in the department of geology.

Green Profile

Brandon Majewski & Emily Gadanyi: Cultivators of Curbside Croft, purveyors of urban-grown produce

by Patricia Watson

No longer are vacant lots simply a symbol of urban blight in Buffalo. Creative and entrepreneurial souls are reclaiming them as gardens, farms, and anthems to a green awakening.

Green Profile

Dorian Gaskin: Community activist, green jobs advocater

by Ann Marie Awad

Dorian Gaskin operates the Outsource Center at 1649 Fillmore Avenue, which provides job training in construction fields, especially those skill sets needed for so-called “green jobs”—weatherization, solar panel installation, etc.—which will be in great demand in years to come.

Green Profile

Scott Redding & Sarah Buckley: Straw-bale home builders

by Andrew Blake

Sarah Buckley, a nurse at Millard Gates, and her husband, Scott Redding, who owns a tree service company called Above and Beyond, met while working in refugee camps in Thailand. When they decided to make their home in East Aurora, where Sarah grew up, they decided that their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle had to be manifest in the way they built their house.

Green Profile

Adam Hovey: Science teacher, community activist, Riverkeeper volunteer

by Peter Vullo

Adam Hovey is at science teacher at South Park High School. He is the leader of the school’s Green Team, in which students and teachers work together to keep the community green.

Green Profile

Kevin Gardner: Baker, local food champion

by Ann Marie Awad

Started as a small neighborhood bakery nearly a year ago, Five Points Bakery has evolved into a general store of sorts, offering fresh and local everything, processed and imported nothing.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Bernie Madoff's Wall Street

by Bruce Fisher

If you’re feeling blessed as the stock market rises again, go buy the book No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolos, the guy who blew the whistle on Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Puck Stop

Now The Real Season Begins

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Can you feel the buzz and excitement in the air? The Stanley Cup playoffs are back in Buffalo! And while there might be some up in Toronto who think that the playoff experience is overrated, here in Buffalo we know how to party it up with best of them.

Art Feature

The Art of Political Discourse

by Jack Foran

Documents on display at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, North Hall, on the New Deal and the Republican response to it, evoke a kind of reverse déjà vu.

Music Feature

Record Store Day

by Donny Kutzbach

I have an ongoing love affair with record stores. As a kid growing up in Western New York, I would save for weeks in anticipation of a trip to Record Theater’s old “basement” location at University Plaza.

Classical Music

The Takacs Quartet: from Budapest to New Zealand

by Jan Jezioro

On Tuesday, April 20, at 8pm, the Takács Quartet takes the stage at the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall for the penultimate concert in the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 2009-2010 season.


Rock and Roll!

by Anthony Chase

When Des McAnuff was first asked to direct Jersey Boys, he said, “No thanks.” The original treatment was a fictionalized story that sentimentalized the lives of Frankie Valli and the New Jersey-based singing group, the Four Seasons.

Film Feature

Miles of Movies

by M. Faust

Mid-spring and mid-autumn are often the busiest browsing periods for Western New York filmgoers, but this month brings a particularly overstuffed selection as Buffalo offers two overlapping film festivals.

Film Reviews

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by George Sax

The Art of The Steal

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 16 - Thursday, April 22)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Israeli punk band Monotonix, playing at Mohawk Place on Sunday the 18th.

8 Questions With...

Eliza & Sarah Schneider: Vegetarian Restauranteurs

A vegetarian/vegan restaurant might seem like an alien concept to many Western New Yorkers. But for all the skeptics, the Schneider sisters—owners of Merge ( — want you to know about the benefits - from going green to eating local.

Letters to Artvoice

War and Degeneracy

by Joshua Curry-Bascome

Losing Faith

by Paul Wieland

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A new sports center in Mexico City will be devoted to the revival of ancient Aztec- and Mayan-created games that are rarely played in Mexico because they are dangerous, including a field-hockey-like competition played with a fireball.


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): “Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter Théodore Géricault, “they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up...


Ask Anyone

I read somewhere—a long time ago—that recycling had hit its peak in the 1990s and had really reached a critical mass where it could go no further, and that continued recycling efforts are in vain, and that the whole recycling movement has basically just become a money-making scam perpetrated on taxpayers.