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News Feature

Here We Go Again

by Buck Quigley

Last spring I suffered grievous slip-and-fall injuries as a result of all the glossy campaign mailers inserted through the mail slot in my front door during the final days of the at-large Buffalo school board election. Back then I learned that they had been sent out by a shadowy group called Buffalo Students First, which was bankrolled by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to promote the slate of incumbents comprising Chris Jacobs, Florence Johnson, and Catherine Collins.

Best of Buffalo

The 2010 Winners List

We couldn’t be more grateful for the tremendous turnout at Monday’s Best of Buffalo party at Town Ballroom. Thanks especially to Town Ballroom and its staff, and to all the restaurants who laid out a lavish spread for our guests.

News Analysis

Wealth Versus Society

by Bruce Fisher

The most telling chart in a new study of Wall Street’s role in the recent economic crash is the one that shows the trend-line for bonuses. Bonuses are those enormous end-of-year payouts to star bankers that make the rest of us wonder if there’s any connection between work and reward.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Feature

We've Got Your Stimulus

by Jack Foran

Artists & Models: Stimulus takes place Saturday, May 1, from 9 pm until 2 am the next day at Rock Harbor Yard, and includes 30-some individual artist or artist collective installations and half a dozen or so musical groups, performing music ranging from electronic to what might be called jazz/rock with a humorous twist to neo-classical Indian with sitar to Afro-pop. All extremely danceable, it is promised.

Art Scene

The City in Ruins

by Jack Foran

Primal and Private

by Gerald Mead

Fashion Feature

Making it Work: Runway 3.0

by Craig Reynolds

I think people are going to freak out on Saturday!” enthuses Erin Habes, producer of Runway 3.0, this year’s installment of the annual fashion extravaganza showcasing original works by students of Buffalo State’s Fashion Technology Department as well as noted Western New York designers Holly Hue, Aella, Morgen Love, and Adam Lippes.

Classical Music

Slavic Specialties

by Jan Jezioro

BPO music director JoAnn Falletta returns to the podium at Kleinhans Music Hall for a pair of concerts this weekend, Saturday, May 1 at 8pm and Sunday, May 2 at 2:30pm, in a program featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Josef Suk.

Theater Week

"Jersey Boys," "Zooma Zooma" and "The Goat"

by Anthony Chase

The national tour of Jersey Boys at Shea’s is everything you could possibly want it to be—energetic, passionate, visually stunning, and musically uplifting. The story of how four young guys from New Jersey overcame obstacles and personal strife to hit the top of the pop charts and achieved recording immortality as the Four Seasons is brilliantly told and marvelously affecting.

Puck Stop

Sports Radio Dynamics

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Some people might react to last week’s news that Nick Mendola is switching radio gigs with a big “ho-hum.” After all, it’s just a radio personality, right? Some guy on the air who takes calls and reads scores and pontificates about our sports teams.

Film Reviews

Buffalo Bushido

by M. Faust

City Island

by George Sax

The Eclipse

by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 30 - Thursday, May 6)

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 Artvoice Best of Buffalo party, where we'll announce our winners. It's at the Town Ballroom on Monday the 26th, and is free to attend.

5 Questions With...

Downtown Digital Productions: Video production team, party agents

Downtown Digital Productions comprises three partners who are quickly making an impact on the city’s cultural landscape. In addition to providing high-end video production to a wide array of clients, they’re also behind the bimonthly Sunglasses Required Party, which features DJs Snax, Count Brabon, and King Gannon. Talented and confident, this is definitely a collaboration to keep an eye on.

Letters to Artvoice

Earth Day Then and Now

by Fred Stoss

Celebrate Teachers

by Mike Santoro

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Blair Fowler, 16, delights her frenzied fans as a “haul queen,” inspirationally “shopping for glory” by smartly tearing through stores and then displaying and expertly describing her purchases on Internet videos. A March Times of London dispatch from Los Angeles noted Fowler’s acclaim “for her ability to deliver a high-pitched 10-minute lecture on the merits of skinny versus low-riding jeans, apparently without drawing breath.”

Literary Buffalo

Poetry: Near The Niagara Scow

by David Gianadda

Lit City: Literary Events


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

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): An engineering company has plans to grow flowers on the moon. Paragon Space Development intends to land mustard seeds inside a small greenhouse dome on the lunar surface by 2011.


Ask Anyone

What’s the deal with anonymity on Web sites? Do we respect the need for people to preserve their anonymity when commenting on blogs and other sites, so that they may feel free to express their true feelings without fear of repercussions, or do we consider them cowards who flout the basic democratic principle that the accused should be able to face their accusers?