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Cover Story

Son of Frackenstein

by Michael I. Niman

In a few short years the term “fracking” went from obscurity, mostly mistaken for an obscenity, to a household word, now often associated with flammable tap water. The technology is not new, but the market conditions that make such reckless forays deep into the earth’s crust profitable, are new. Welcome to the post peak oil energy economy.

Week in Review

Will the NFTA Listen to its Customers?

by Aaron Lowinger

Evaluating the Evaluators

by George Sax

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Special Report

Lessons From Austin

by Jim Heaney,

The Texas capital is booming. Austin proper added some 160,000 residents between 2001 and 2010, up 20 percent. Only one major metro area grew at a faster pace.

Art Scene

Printmakers address globalization at UB Anderson Gallery

by Jack Foran

Shambhala Arts Festival at C. J. Jung Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Buffalo Society of Artists Annual Spring Exhibition at Big Orbit Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

A Grand Night for Singing

by Anthony Chase

A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue of songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein that made an unlikely transfer from the cabaret setting of the “Rainbow and Stars” in Manhattan to Broadway back in 1993. MusicalFare is taking an uncharacteristic turn into the Golden Age of Broadway with a production of this delightful show, opening this week.

Classical Music Notes

Return of the Native

by Jan Jezioro

For reasons that remain remarkably obscure, in the 19th century the date Friday the 13th acquired the unenviable reputation, in certain quarters, of being the most unlucky day in the calendar. The superstition surrounding the number 13 has even earned its own name, triskaidekaphobia, perhaps not in the DRG Psychological Handbook, but at least in the affections of spelling-bee question setters everywhere, as a reliable hazardous trip-wire to contestants.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 6 - Thursday, April 12)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The Artvoice B.O.O.M! Round 4 Live Show, this Saturday the 7th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

And it Fits in the Garage

by Jim Corbran

Often times, especially driving through the narrower streets of the city, I pass some large—nay, huge SUV and wonder if the driver is able to park it in their older, Depression-era garage. Or even fit it in the driveway between the houses.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Like most states with active trade associations of barbers and beauticians, Iowa strictly regulates those professions, requiring 2,100 hours of training plus continuing education—but also like many other states, Iowa does not regulate body piercers at all (though it forbids minors from getting tattoos).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Please study this testimony: “Born in a rancid, bat-infested cave at the base of the smoldering Sangay Volcano, I was raised by the half-bear demon princess Arcastia. At the age of four my training as a ninja shaman began when I was left naked and alone next to a stream of burning lava with only two safety pins, a package of dental floss, and a plastic bag full of Cheerios.


Ask Anyone

For nearly two years, I’ve been in a serious relationship with a wonderful man. He’s handsome and fun; he’s a driven and successful entrepreneur, and a terrific father to a young daughter from a previous relationship. There have been a few bumps in the road for us, certainly, but nothing unusual. We have a great time together.