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Mardi Gras 2012

It's Fat Tuesday, Mes Chéries!

The Belles of Mardi Gras

The 17th Annual Artvoice Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras Joints, Events & Best Bets

Give for Greatness

Give for Greatness kicks off 2012 Give Season on Fat Tuesday

by Megan Callahan

Great cities have great arts and cultural scenes. A vibrant cultural community boosts tourism, attracts innovative thinkers, catalyzes economic development, and, most importantly, creates healthy communities that people thrive and succeed in.

Week in Review

The NFTA Speaks

by Aaron Lowinger

Odds & Ends

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

The Rust Belt Challenge

by Bruce Fisher

The notion of decline starts with a notion of success, and whenever success is the issue, Americans get all emotional. The current Washington conversation about decline is underway with renewed energy, and with plenty of animus, in part because of the 2012 presidential election, but it was the same conversation underway, much more urgently, in 2008.

Art Scene

Photography by Jean-Michel Reed and Kate S. Parzych at CEPA

by Jack Foran

Gary L. Wolfe's paintings at NCCC

by Jack Foran

Reflections on the works of Jackie Felix at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Un Viaje a Chicago

by Anthony Chase

On a recent trip to New York City, I did something I never thought I’d do again. I went to see Kander and Ebb’s Chicago on Broadway.

Theater News


by Javier

The hilarious Marin Hinkle (pictured left), best known to TV audiences for playing Alan’s ex-wife in the comedy Two and a Half Men, is back on the New York stage appearing in Kate Fodor’s new comedy, Rx.

Classical Music Notes

Back in The USSR

by Jan Jezioro

UB Department of Music faculty members Jonathan Golove, cello, and Eric Huebner, piano, will present an intriguing program in Slee Hall on Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm, of works, with one exception, by composers from the Soviet era.


Round 3 Quarterfinals Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: '92 Bills, Breckenwood, The Freeeek, and last week's winners, The Absentee Project!

Film Reviews

The Vow

by M. Faust

Safe House

by M. Faust

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 17 - Thursday, February 23)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Three Silver Mt. Zion, who will perform at Soundlab on Friday the 17th.

Puck Stop

Sabres University

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

For decades the Rochester Americans were the top AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. Our prospects won Calder Cups there. Our players spent the lockout there. The franchise marketed tickets and jerseys and merchandise across the geographic footprint that is Upstate New York. Callups? No problem. A player could be here within an hour if need be.

On The Margins

Honoring Sherry Robbins

by Robin F. Brox

Every two years, Just Buffalo Literary Center selects a pair of honorees for its Literary Legacy Award. This year, poet and teaching artist Sherry Robbins and literary arts supporters Corinne and Victor Rice will be recognized for their outstanding contributions on Thursday, February 23 at Asbury Hall.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Sri Lanka has, as an “unwritten symbol of pride and culture,” the world’s highest per-capita rate for eye-donation, according to a January Associated Press dispatch from Colombo. Underpinning this national purpose is the country’s Buddhist tradition that celebrates afterlives. “He’s dead,” said a relative of an eye recipient about the donor, “but he’s still alive. His eye can still see the world.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I believe you’re climbing up out of the primordial ooze for the last time. You’re done! Never again will you be fully immersed in the stinky depths of hell on earth!


Ask Anyone

I’m looking forward to AV’s big annual Mardi Gras bash, as I do every year. But considering the way I feel Wednesday morning every time I go, I think you all owe me a little help. First, what are some good excuses for coming into work late, or not at all, on Wednesday morning.