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Cover Story

Beyond Guantanamo

by Charlotte Hsu

The SOS from Oybek Jamoldinivich Jabbarov came to Julia Hall in 2007 via his attorney, Michael Mone. The plea for help, originating behind the concrete walls of Guantánamo Bay, carried the message of a man locked in a nightmare.

News Feature

Long Live Zinn

by Fred Branfman

I sit here in shock, having just read the Boston Globe headline: “Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87.” I knew the day would come. I dreaded it. I flew to Boston last year to spend a day with him just so I wouldn’t read a headline like this without having seen him at least one last time. And now I sit here. Devastated.

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

Lecture on the Weather

by Jack Foran

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is currently celebrating the multifariously provocative composer, conceptual artist, and philosopher John Cage with performances of a wide array of his works and works of others inspired by his work.

Puck Stop

Olympics BUZZ

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The upcoming Winter Olympics are garnering much attention, especially in the hockey world, even more so in Canada, where Vancouver will serve as the host city.


Red Thread: A New Theater Company

by Anthony Chase

The arrival of a new theater company is a fairly regular event on the Buffalo theater landscape. New theaters come; some linger; some go.

Classical Music

Radu Meets Ramsi

by Jan Jezioro

Radu Lupu, the very private, idiosyncratic, Romanian-born pianist, will make his long-delayed Buffalo concert debut at the next Ramsi P. Tick Concert Series event at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center on the Nichols School campus on Tuesday, February, 9, at 7:30pm.


Round 4 Week 3: DejaFuze vs. The Broken Tones

CONGRATULATIONS to The Breathing Tree for bringing in the most votes in our weekly online contest. With that, they earn a spot on the bill at our next live showdown, scheduled for February 26 at Nietzsche’s.

Left of the Dial

Eels: End Times

by Joe Sweeny

Earth, Roots and Water: Innocent Youths

by Eric Kendall

Film Feature

It's Academic

by M. Faust

Now that the Academy has revealed the Oscar nominees, can we just skip to the envelope?

8 Questions With...

Steven Mesler: Olympic Bobsledder

On February 12, Buffalo native and resident Steven Mesler will join hundreds of his fellow American winter athletes at the opening ceremony of the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, Feb. 5 - Thursday, Feb. 11)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Lee Harvey Osmond, playing the Sportsmen's Tavern on Thursday, February 11th.

You Auto Know

The Automotive World Is Undergoing A Sea Change

by Jim Corbran

The automotive world is undergoing a sea change. China’s Buick sales help dictate which brands General Motors will keep or drop, no matter that Buick sales in the US are nothing to brag about; India has become a major player on the automotive scene with its Tata Motors’ purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover; and the Korean manufacturers, Kia and Hyundai, keep coming up with some of the handsomest designs in our market.

Letters to Artvoice

Ghosts of Buffalo, Show Yourselves

by Suzanne Toomey Spinks

Knock, Knock. Who's There? The Public Bridge Authority

by Kathy Mecca

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

What Recession? A December USA Today analysis revealed that during the first 18 months of the recent recession, beginning December 2007, the number of federal employees with six-figure salaries shot up from 14 percent of the federal workforce to 19 percent.

Literary Buffalo


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

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.” So said the ancient Greek historian Polybius, and now I’m conveying the message to you.


Ask Anyone

I’m gay, late 20s, and I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost three years. He’s always talked about a threesome, with either a girl or another guy, and way back when we started I was kind of into the idea too. We both joked about it, would pick out prospectives at bars, etc., but never did anything about it.