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Mardi Gras 2014

It's Mardi Gras Y'all

It’s coming on shriving time, folks: It seems unfair, we know, that after we’ve borne such a hard winter that we should face another mortification of the flesh. But you must repent. Lent is unrelenting: It comes very year.

News Feature

It's Only Money...

by Dan Telvock,

The property was a mess—contaminated, mired in debt, and depreciating in value—but Governor Andrew Cuomo wanted it bad.

Getting a Grip

Orange is the New Red

by Michael I. Niman

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is taking a [grand]stand, opposing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently proposal to provide a free college education to New York state prisoners.

News Analysis

Cuomo's New Money

by Bruce Fisher

To drive south from Buffalo on the Skyway is to take in the superb binational waterfront views that are utterly unavailable to anyone who doesn’t have a high-floor office downtown.

Art Scene

Big Orbit Members Show

by Jack Foran

Artist Rich Tomasello ups the ante in the current Big Orbit members show. Last year, in recollection of the Sandy Hook school shooting, he exhibited two NRA edition action figure dolls—one a student and one a teacher—body-armored and bearing assault rifles. This year, it’s an IED.

Theater Week

Dinner With Friends

by Anthony Chase

Bridges of Madison County

by Anthony Chase

Branches From the Same Tree

by Anthony Chase

Talking About Mae West

by Frances Boots

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and screen star Denis O’Hare (pictured left) was the toast of New York a couple of seasons ago when he co-wrote (with director Lisa Peterson) and starred in An Iliad, a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic epic.

Classical Music Notes

A New Requiem

by Jan Jezioro

The Freudig Singers will present a typically intriguing program, featuring a pair of requiems, neither of which is familiar, on Sunday, March 2 at 3pm in St. Joseph’s University Church (3269 Main Street), under the baton of their artistic director Roland Martin.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, February 28 - Thursday, March 6)

Film Now Playing

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

Night and a Switchblade

by M. Faust

Like Father, Like Son

by M. Faust

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: the Artvoice B.O.O.M! Live Showdown, this Friday the 28th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

(Insert "Size Doesn't Matter Joke" Here)

by Jim Corbran

The new Ram ProMaster is large. No kidding. Approaching the 136-inch wheelbased, 213-inches long, high-roofed 2500 series test van was much like walking up to the one-car garage at our first home.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Beijing Genomics Institute scientists are closing in on a technology to allow parents to choose, from several embryos, the one most likely to yield the smartest offspring.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Avery, a character in Anne Michaels’ novel The Winter Vault, has a unique way of seeing. When he arrives in a place for the first time, he “makes room for it in his heart.” He “lets himself be altered” by it.