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Cover Story

Love Hurts

by Katherine O'Day

Roller derby is getting hotter every season, and it’s not because the skirts are getting shorter. With the Queen City Roller Girls’ admission last year to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, or WFTDA, what started as a fledgling, grassroots idea has grown over just four years into a 120-member, DIY juggernaut.

Week in Review

Seven Days: Trust us, we are taking this seriously

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Dodging the Next Bubble

by Bruce Fisher

Sleek new trains engineered and built right here in the USA. Whirring windmills and other carbon-neutral energy innovations powering our endeavors. Ever-quicker information-sharing networks. More freshly minted post-doctoral fellows at work in our institutes and clinics busily making medicine and healthcare both smarter and cheaper.

Valentine's Day

On-Line Dating

by Jill Greenberg, Cory Perla, David Saracino

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Artvoice did the dirty work for single-and-looking Buffalonians. We scoured various dating sites and matched profiles, playing our own version of Cupid for the digital age.

Valentine's Day

Unusual Love Songs

There is no such thing as a “normal” love. All love is strange, and every love is unique. Most people can relate to songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles or daydream love songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys, songs that idealize love. But Love is usually not ideal, and it can cause some pretty strange circumstances.

Puck Stop

Golisano to Regier: "We have to at least break even"

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Listening to the opening 15 minutes of last week’s press conference, where the ownership team of Tom Golisano and his minor partners Larry Quinn and Dan DiPofi bid this city goodbye, was a somewhat surreal experience.

Theater Week

Crumbs From the Table of Joy

by Anthony Chase

Pirandello's Wife at the Alleyway

by Anthony Chase

Art Scene

George Arthur's photos at El Museo

by Jack Foran

The Combat Paper Project at NCCC

by J. Tim Raymond

Synesthetic Art at Burchfield Penney

by Cory Perla

Classical Music Notes

Friday Night Dilemma

by Jan Jezioro

The avid classical concertgoer faces a difficult choice this Friday evening, February 11, when the first solo piano recital by visiting UB assistant professor Eric Huebner, in Slee Hall on the UB Amherst campus at 7:30pm, squares off against the Musical Feast chamber music program at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at 8pm.


Round 3, Week 4: The Screaming Jeans vs. The B-Side Dubs

Congratulations to Andrew J. Reimers Country-Punk Extravaganza. They collected the most votes in our online battle of the bands this past week, winning a spot in our next live showdown!

Music Feature

Jonesing For the Real Stuff

by Donny Kutzbach

Imagine you had to carve a Mount Rushmore memorializing the legendary statesmen singers of country and western. Who would be on it?

Film Feature

Romans and Celts: "The Eagle"

by M. Faust

You could have knocked me down with a stick 10 years ago when I read the Oscar nominations and saw that The Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald was up for best documentary film! And for a pretty uncomical film, as well: One Day in September, about the terrorist attack on the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Film Reviews

The 2010 Academy Award Nominated Short Films

by M. Faust


by George Sax


by Lizzie Finnegan

The Company Men

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 11 - Thursday, February 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: The 2nd Annual Powder Keg Festival starting Friday at 5PM with events all weekend Downtown.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Events

by Jill Greenberg

If you are single, in a relationship, or you’re not old enough to see a PG-13 movie, you are in luck. There are plenty of bitter, mushy, and family-friendly of events to choose from. Not even the winter chill can stop Buffalo from celebrating all things pink and red this weekend.

5 Questions With...

Tim Dean: Sex researcher, professor

Dean, a professor of English and director of the Humanities Institute at UB, teaches queer theory and has spent much of his career writing about gender and sexuality issues.

Letters to Artvoice

Is Egypt the New Iran?

by Behjat Henderson

For me, today’s crisis in Egypt is a reminder of the 1979 Iranian revolution. I had returned to Tehran, Iran, from the US to visit my family that very hot August. The days of that visit were spent wondering where the anti-Shah demonstrations by thousands of Iranians would lead.

Literary Buffalo

Meet local novelist Alycia Ripley

by Michael Koh

Write Thing presents poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil

by John Hugar

Poetry: I Am Living In This City

by Tess Nowadly

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“Tall, slim, facial symmetry,” “good teeth,” along with classic makeup and dress and graceful movement, might comprise the inventory list for any beauty contest winner, and they are also the criteria for victors in Niger’s traditional “Gerewol” festival—except that the contestants are all males and the judges all females.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When some Westerners hear the term “tantra,” they think it’s a New Age codeword for lavish sex. But in its original form, tantra is a philosophy that advocates spiritual union with all of creation, not just erotic union with an attractive partner.


Ask Anyone

Where’s the best place in the city to break up with someone, and why?