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Cover Story

The Anxiety of Influence

by Geoff Kelly

This past week, the Buffalo News published a four-part series based on surveys they sent to 320 people whom the paper identified as “movers and shakers” in our community. Respondents were asked to rank 25 of the region’s leaders, who were all picked by the Buffalo News.

Week in Review

Pridgen Calls Out UB

by Buck Quigley

Trico Landmark on the Table Again

by Geoff Kelly

Nate Buckley Prepares to Sue NFTA

by George Sax

News Analysis

It'll Take a Politician

by Bruce Fisher

By 2030, all the energy used in New York State for every purpose from driving cars to heating, lighting, and cooling buildings, for agriculture and for industry, too, could be derived from wind, water, and sunlight. Converting to renewables will create more jobs than keeping our fossil-fuel economy, and the conversion will create so much more efficiency that we’ll use a third less energy than we now consume.

Guest Essay

The Chavez Way

by Robert Sidelsky

I remember the exact date of my visit to Venezuela. I was sunbathing by the pool on the roof of the Caracas Hilton. A waiter came up to me and mumbled something about a bomb attack in New York. I rushed to my room and saw the news footage, endlessly replayed, of two airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center.

Art Scene

Peter Sowiski's artwork at Indigo Art Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Thomas Webb, Chuck Tingley, Max Collins, and OGRE at Hi-Temp Fabrication

by J. Tim Raymond

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 2: Well Worn Boot vs. High Horse

Congratulations to This is Fiction for collecting the most votes in our online contest this past week. That wins them a spot in our next live showdown.

Classical Music Notes

A Violin's Odyssey

by Jan Jezioro

The BPO concerts this Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm under the baton of JoAnn Falletta will feature the young German violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Theater Week

Bullying is a Drag

by Anthony Chase

Last year, recalls Taylor Burts (pictured), the only “out” transgender female at Niagara County Community College, when she wanted to stage a drag show on campus, the administration was reluctant. Despite the pushback, she persisted.

Theater News


by Javier

Broadway and TV star Steven Kazee (pictured) is leaving the Broadway cast of the musical Once at the end of this week. Inspired by the independent movie of the same name, Once won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, and Kazee won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Film Reviews


by George Sax


by M. Faust

The Gatekeepers

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 22 - Thursday, March 28)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Caspian, playing Saturday, March 23rd at Soundlab.

You Auto Know

So, What's New?

by Jim Corbran

So many cars, so little time. Which is why this week, instead of one long look at one new car, we’ll take a few short looks at a few small cars. (Okay, and one big one.)

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

One of the many decisions greeting Pope Francis, as pointed out, is whether to officially recognize a Patron Saint of Handgunners—as urged by a US organization of activists for more than 20 years.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings,” says poet Muriel Rukeyser in her poem “Elegy in Joy.” “Not all things are blest,” she continues, “but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.”