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Cover Story

Ron Paul + Potheads = Racist Dopes

by Michael I. Niman

Ron Paul’s popularity, given his history of racism, is troubling. More troubling, however, is the willingness of his supporters, an odd coalition of one-percenter corporatists and anti-war pothead libertarians, to ignore or excuse these views.

Week in Review

Deaf Ears in the Chambers

by Aaron Lowinger

Amherst IDA Strikes Again

by Aaron Lowinger

Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Hits Sour Note

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Comedy Interview

Good Show, Bad Show

by John Hugar

Modern comedians often fall into two categories: There are the safe, clean comics who don’t receive critical acclaim but find a considerable audience, and there are the bold, daring performers who received tons of critical love but can’t find success with a mainstream audience. Very few comics are able to break free of that dichotomy, but Brian Regan has.

Art Scene

Amanda Besl's paintings at the "Undertow" at Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Rochester prints and book arts at WNYBAC

by Jack Foran

Innovative arts program at Southeast Works

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

The Subtle Art of Sam Shepard

by Anthony Chase

St. Nicholas

by Anthony Chase

The Big Knife

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


Happy birthday to Broadway legend Carol Channing (pictured), who turned 91 on January 31. A new feature-film documentary, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, opened in Los Angeles on January 20 and will open in New York next week.

Classical Music Notes

Schumann at UB

by Jan Jezioro

The distinguished musicologist and pianist Robert Levin will be joined by noted violist Kim Kashkashian for a two day residency, including three public events, at the University of Buffalo on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8, as part of the Slee/Visiting Artists series.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 3: 86 to Nowhere vs. The Freeeek

Congratulations to Breckenwood for winning last week’s online contest. With that win, they secure a spot in the next BOOM live show, coming up on Saturday, February 25 at Nietzsche’s.

Film Reviews

Death, Where is Thy Fang?

by M. Faust

An existentialist parable disguised as an adventure movie, The Grey tips its hand so often and so thoroughly that it’s hard to imagine anyone is really surprised by the way it ends. Of course, some people are, probably the same ones who thought it was a good idea to sue the distributors of last fall’s Drive because it didn’t have as many car chases as the trailers implied.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 3 - Thursday, February 9)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, performing at Nietzsche's on Friday, February 3rd.

Puck Stop

Get Ready, Buffalo: The Germans Are Coming

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

On October 4 in SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, the bond was cemented. The Buffalo Sabres, en route to the opening of their regular season in Helsinki and Berlin, had just concluded an exhibition match against the hometown Adler Mannheim team. It was all Buffalo that night, as the sabres posted an 8-3 victory.

Letters to Artvoice

Who Will Control the Next County Comptroller?

by George Hasiotis

About That Billion Dollars...

by Phil Schwab

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A 2007 federal energy-independence law required companies that supply motor fuel in the U.S. to blend in a certain cellulose-based ingredient starting in 2011—even though (as the Environmental Protection Agency well knows) the ingredient simply does not now exist.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you go to California’s Yosemite National Park this month, you might get the chance to witness a reddish gold waterfall. Here’s how: At sunset, gaze up at the sheer east face of the rock formation known as El Capitan. There you will see what seems to be a vertical river of fire, also known as Horsetail Fall.


Ask Anyone

I have a coworker with whom I share an office, and she has this horrible habit of talking while her mouth is full. She’ll have a snack and answer the phone with her mouth full. She’ll try to carry on a conversation with me while she’s eating. It’s terribly offensive to me and I am quite certain it’s offensive to the people on the other end of the phone line.