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Best of Buffalo

The 2011 Polls Are Now Open!

Holy cow, another year has come and gone: It’s time once again for AV’s annual Best of Buffalo readers survey of all that’s strange and wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) about our fair city and its surrounding burgs.

Week in Review

I Fought the Banks and the Banks Won

by Justin Sondel

The Erie County Ecumenical Council

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Cars and College Students

by Bruce Fisher

A generation ago, two creative and relentless Erie County legislators named Joan Bozer and Minnie Gillette led preservationists and educators on a successful mission to save the downtown post office building from the wrecking ball, and to turn it into the city campus of the county’s community college.

The Drinking Issue

Who's Touching Your Food? The Guy in Charge

by Jennifer Mogensen

You can’t miss him. Amongst the glow of a dozen plasma screen televisions spilling out sports, the clinking of beer bottles, and the chatter of patrons, Dominic Paladino is omnipresent.

The Drinking Issue

Where It's Never Closing Time

by Donny Kutzbach

We’ve all thought about it, and some among us have even acted on it: Wouldn’t it be amazing to have our own bar or club right at home?

The Drinking Issue

The Morning After

by Jill Greenberg & Rachel Good

The best part about Saturday night is Sunday morning dining. Whether you’re nursing a hangover, trying to recall last night with your friends, meeting up with your parents, or just looking to try something new, Artvoice has tested and approved the best bets for morning after dining.

The Drinking Issue

Drinking Games

by Cory Perla

Quarters, beer pong, flip cup—boring. Winter is coming to an end and it’s time to get out of the house, but how can you leave the comfort of your couch, have some fun, and still get sloshed? There are plenty of options for those who want to be active and drunk.

3 Guys Walk Into a Bar...

Charlie O'Briens

by Donny Kutzbach

I love South Buffalo, and Charlie O’s is South Buffalo through and through. Like so many joints up and down Seneca and South Park, or tucked away on the many streets that shoot off of them, it is a classic, no-frills, Irish-American tavern.

Food For Thought

A Winey Reminiscence

by Joe George

Many years ago, when I was an apprentice cook, I was one of a handful working under a chef whom we equally admired and feared. We admired him for his encyclopedic knowledge, leadership, and his interest in his young cooks. He was European and came of age during the Second World War, and regaled us with larger-than-life stories of his youth.

Art Scene

Members Show at CEPA Gallery

by Jack Foran

A Historic Art Collaboration at the Burchfield Penney

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Next Fall at BUA

by Anthony Chase

Zooman and the Sign at TheatreLoft

by Anthony Chase

Classical Music Notes

The Amberg Metamorphosis

by Jan Jezioro

When the very serious illness of a family member made it imperative for Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Amberg Quartet flutist Betsy Reeds to travel out of state, the other members of the Amberg Quartet—clarinetist John Fullam, oboist/English horn player Paul Schlossman, and pianist Persis Vehar—had to make a decision about their upcoming performance in the Friends of Vienna concert series at the Unity Church this Sunday, March 13, at 3:30pm.


Round 4, Week 2: Al Zuhri D. vs. Shapes of States

Congratulations to to The Path! They collected the most votes in our online Battle of Original Music this past week.

Puck Stop

Okay, Let's All Admit It... "We Love Boyes!"

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

During the entire Regier tenure, the trade deadline usually meant the same thing. The Buffalo Sabres stand on the sidelines and watch other teams make the splashy moves to bolster their rosters, or sell off their castoffs to load up on precious draft choice slots.

Film Reviews

Battle: Los Angeles

by M. Faust

Red Riding Hood

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 11 - Thursday, March 17)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Tonight's The Night - A Tribute to Neil Young at Nietzsche's on Saturday the 12th.

5 Questions With...

Sarah Bishop: Executive Director, Buffalo First

Sarah Bishop is the executive director of Buffalo First, the nonprofit that encourages consumers and businesses to buy local and buy smart, in order to keep our dollars in the community.

Letters to Artvoice

Collect the Stock Transfer Tax: $16 Billion This Year Alone

by Gene Grabiner

Investing in Education

by Bill Krieger

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had his camera surgically removed in February—the one that was implanted in the back of his skull in November to record, at 60-second intervals, the places he had left behind (beamed to and archived by a museum in Qatar).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Good things may come to those who wait—but they’re mostly just the things left behind by those who hustle and bustle.”


Ask Anyone

My girlfriend is a litterbug. This is driving me nuts because she’s really hot looking and fun and smart and I like her in every other way but it’s like she has this disorder. I’m not talking about dropping a gum wrapper on the sidewalk once. Let’s say she’s drinking a cup of coffee in the park. She’ll finish it and just drop the cup at her feet and walk away.