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Cover Story

The Great Carp Invasion

by Justin Sondel

Two boys stood at the end of a dock off the shore of Grand Island on a hot day last July casting fishing lines into the shallow water, time after time pulling up small rock bass from the edges of the Niagara River.

Week in Review

The USA vs. Leslie James Pickering

by Geoff Kelly

Sequester Cuts Hit Homeless

by Leif Reigstad

News Analysis

A Time For Ridicule

by Bruce Fisher

Policy wonks in Washington, DC are getting enthusiastic about metrics—the numbers that show whether a program actually delivers what it was designed to deliver. Later this month, the Brookings Institution will host a conference entitled “Investing in What Works: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking.”

Special Report

The Peace Bridge and the Poor

by Dan Telvock,

Governor Andrew Cuomo a month ago announced a project to reconfigure traffic routes leading to and from the Peace Bridge as all but a done deal.

5 Questions With...

Adrian F. Harris: Buffalo School Board Candidate, Park District

by Geoff Kelly

It would be unfair to label Adrian Harris as “the other guy” running for the Park District seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. After all, Harris declared his candidacy before millionaire developer Carl Paladino announced that he intended to run for that seat and support a slate of candidates in other districts.

Art Scene

Chris Fritton and Ric Royer's new catechism at Western New York Book Arts Center

by Jack Foran

A family of artists at Nina Freudenheim Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Afrobeat, Behan, Quickies, and Big Plans for MusicalFare

by Anthony Chase

Fela! is a stage representation of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti (1938-1997). The show, which was an off-Broadway sensation that made a successful transfer to Broadway in 2009, represents a performance at the Afrobeat pioneer’s compound, known as “The Shrine.”

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Julianna Margulies (pictured left), who is currently enjoying great success in her TV show The Good Wife, is on the lookout for a theater project. She gets along marvelously well with her co-star, Buffalonian Christine Baranski. Margulies hasn’t been on stage since she made her Broadway debut in 2006 in the play Festen.

Classical Music Notes

Deep Slide Trombone

by Jan Jezioro

Can it really be five years since bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor last performed in the Musical Feast chamber music series, back in its former home in the Kavinoky Theatre? When Taylor makes his welcome return to the series on Friday, April 12 at 8pm, it will be at the ultra-modern Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 3, Week 4: Hunting for Teeth vs. So Far So Good

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

Film Reviews

Ginger & Rosa

by George Sax

On The Road

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, April 5 - Thursday, April 11)

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 7th Annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, this Saturday & Sunday at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum at Porter Hall.

Lit City

Mainly a Question of Visions, The Pictures

by Woody Brown

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc. “dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities,” has released Abandoned Asylums of New England, a beautiful collection of photographs of derelict mental hospitals by talented photographer John Gray.

You Auto Know

This Truck Works

by Jim Corbran

Not that I’ve ever owned one, nor have I ever needed one. But I do recognize an honest-to-goodness work truck when I see one. And so did the group of other guys gathered around a rather plain-looking, refrigerator-white 2013 Ram 2WD short-bed pickup truck at this past February’s Buffalo Auto Show.

Play Ball!

The Blue Jays' 42-Year Affiliation Begins

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

September 2005. In sports parlance, that’s almost a lifetime ago. That was the last time the Buffalo Bisons saw a sniff of postseason action. Coming off a memorable Governors Cup championship year, the Herd went quietly in the first round of the 2005 playoffs, manager Marty Brown said sayonara and headed to a new assignment in Japan, and Buffalo baseball hit the skids after a relative golden age with the Cleveland Indians.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Wait ... What? A startup company in Austin, Texas, also serving San Francisco, promises to take its customers’ incoming U.S. mail three times a week, photograph it and deliver it back to the customers via mobile phone app, for $4.99 a month.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Art cannot be modern,” said Austrian painter Egon Schiele. “Art is primordially eternal.” I love that idea. Not all of the artifacts called “art” fit that scrupulous definition, of course.

The Back Page

Art: Soup Strainers

On Monday, April 1, folks gathered in the cold and wind at Silo City to announce the creation of the Buffalo Mustache Hall of Fame and Museum. The star of the show: this rendition of a giant mural by Buffalo artist Max Collins, to cover one side of the Marine A elevator, featuring the mustaches of Grover Cleveland, Lindy Ruff, Rick James, and Mark Twain.