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Cover Story

At Long Last, Michael John Lachiusa

by Anthony Chase

When Michael John LaChiusa’s 1993 chamber musical, First Lady Suite, opens at American Repertory Theater of Western New York on Friday, it will be the first professional production of any LaChiusa musical in Buffalo—which might seem a little crazy. Not only is LaChiusa one of the most highly admired and widely celebrated artists working in the musical theater today, he’s from Western New York.

Week in Review

Busti Avenue Demolitions

by Jack Foran

Fruit Belt Residents and Homeowners Testify

by Buck Quigley

Small Talk

News Analysis

Thought Leaders in Retreat

by Bruce Fisher

Everybody reading an independent, city-oriented weekly newspaper is already convinced that it’s better to live in a funky, interesting, diverse city than in a boring, monocultural suburb—and if you are stuck living in a suburb, you read independent, city-oriented weekly newspapers because it’s an identity statement, an assertion of preferences that has less to do with your income than it does with your outlook.

Science Voice

It's Just a Theory...

by Eaton Lattman, PhD

“It’s just a theory” is an easy phrase, often used to dismiss scientific assertions with which one is uncomfortable. Evolution and climate change are two areas that quickly come to mind.

Art Scene

Albright Knox Reveals a Seldom-seen Period in Painter Agnes Martin's Career

by J. Tim Raymond

Work by Andrzej Maciejewski and Lynn Richardson at Buffalo Arts Studio

by Jack Foran

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2 Quarterfinals Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: CrashFuse, Sic Sin, Savannah King, and Den of Lions!

Classical Music Notes

Lieder, Melodies, and More

by Jan Jezioro

The Friends of Vienna are looking forward to the appearance of soprano Colleen Marcello and her accompanist pianist Roland E. Martin on March 10, at 3:30pm, at the Unity Church (1243 Delaware Avenue). Her program will feature sets of songs by Henry Purcell, lieder by Mozart, and French mélodies by Debussy, as well as a selection of opera arias.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Jack the Giant Slayer

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 1 - Thursday, March 7)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Burnt Sugar, performing on Friday, March 1st and Saturday March 2nd at The Ninth Ward.

Puck Stop

The Pegula Era at Two Years

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Former President Ronald Reagan once posed this question when he was a candidate for the office: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

An Arizona appeals court ruled in February that someone can be guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana even though its psychoactive ingredient has long left his system. Since tests of marijuana measure both active and inactive ingredients, and since the active substance vanishes quickly but the inactive one remains in the body for weeks, a marijuana consumer may test “positive” even though not the least bit impaired.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have decided to rename the constellations that have domineered our skies too long,” writes an Internet denizen named Hasheeshee St. Frank. He gives only one example. The Big Dipper, he says, shall forevermore be known as The Star-Spangled Gas Can. I invite you to come up with additional substitutes, Pisces.

The Back Page

Pictures at Demolition: Goodbye, Wilkeson House

After a federal judge ruled Friday against preservationists who sued to prevent the Public Bridge Authority from demolishing a row of houses it owns on Busti Avenue, the PBA’s backhoes got right to work. These photos, taken by artist and neighborhood activist Mike Herbold, document the demolition of the Colonel Samuel H. Wilkeson house at 771 Busti, possibly the most historically significant of the eight structures.