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News Feature

Picking Up The Pieces

by Buck Quigley

After filing my report last week on the school board election, I should have known I was a marked man. That just comes with the territory for a guy in my line of work—showing up at places uninvited, asking the kinds of questions that cause the music to stop and the ladies to excuse themselves to the restroom—but I wasn’t prepared for the repeated attacks delivered to my home address.

News Analysis

Waiting... For a Budget

by Bruce Fisher

As our state elected officials trudge toward resolving the month-long impasse over what to include in and what to cut from our state budget—the one with the $9 billion hole in it—the great divide between the well-off and the struggling may become obscured.

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

Guest Editorial

Pigeon Under Glass

by Jeremy Toth

Okay, I admit it. I am obsessed with Steve Pigeon and his endless political machinations. My therapist says it’s good for me to admit I have a problem and I do.

Art Scene

Horizons: Joan Fitzgerald's Artwork at Art Dialogue

by Jack Foran

The grand theme of the artwork of Joan Fitzgerald in a retrospective exhibit at the Art Dialogue Gallery is nature, even when the only nature reference is a persistent horizontality motif.

Classical Music

Return of the Marlboro Men (and Women)

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society winds up its 86th annual season on Tuesday, May 11 at 8pm, when the Musicians from Marlboro make their fourth consecutive yearly appearance on the stage of the Mary Seaton Room in Kleinhans Music Hall as the final event in their eight-city spring tour.

Sprouts & Roots

The Hanging Garden

by Monique Watts

In the spirit of Jack’s magical beanstalk adventures, gardeners are hanging tomatoes upside down, sending climbing vines up found architectural treasures and creating edible tables and walls in even the most restrictive spaces.

Theater News


by Javier

British star Malcolm McDowell (pictured left) jumped into fame for his roles in the late 1960s/early 1970s films If…, A Clockwork Orange, and O Lucky Man! In recent years he has been very active on TV, including a guest appearance last week in The Mentalist.

Film Reviews


by George Sax


by M. Faust

Iron Man 2

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 7 - Thursday, May 13)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Snapcase, playing the Town Ballroom on Saturday the 8th.

You Auto Know

The Cat's Out Of The Bag

by Jim Corbran

There are some things every car enthusiast should try and do. A few of them are outlandish (win the lottery so you can finally fill that dream garage), some are impractical (drive an old Citroen DS in the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo), but then every once in a while something doable falls into your lap. Like just last week…

5 Questions With...

Erik Baker: Inventor, Artist

The Tonawanda native and University at Buffalo senior majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in Emerging Practices, is the brains behind the Buffalo BrewBot. Part-machine, part-art installation, Baker designed the steampunk contraption for his senior thesis.

Letters to Artvoice

Air Quality and the Peace Bridge

by Arthur J. Giacalone

Spill, Baby, Spill

by Joe Gerken

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In mid-April, senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi issued a warning that recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere were caused by women’s loose sex and immodest dress.

Literary Buffalo

Flash Fiction: "Something Like Love", "The Primary Reason"

by Rusty Barnes & Thomas Cooper

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): Among the ancient Anglo-Saxons, the month of May was called “Thrimilce.” The word referred to the fact that cows were so productive at this time of year that they could be milked three times a day.


Ask Anyone

Lately me and my friend have been arguing a lot about political issues.Usually I try to avoid these conversations with her because I know we don’t agree and probably never will.