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Cover Story

Keeping the Evidence of Our Love

by Jill Greenberg

CBS Sunday Morning recently featured the story of 64 year-old Rosie Hill, who is suffering from early-onset memory loss. When old love letters between her and her ex-husband from 1973 were discovered at Goodwill and returned to her it was a window to her lost memories.

Getting a Grip

Why We Keep Schools Open When it Snows

by Michael I. Niman

Gore Vidal once wrote that we’re the United States of Amnesia. He was talking about politics. You know, how the country hated Congress when they threatened to shut the government, crash the global economy, or take your health insurance or Social Security away, but months later all was forgotten, and the sneaky bastards were sent back for another term.

Investigative Post

Getting Away With Murder

by Jim Heaney

Buffalo’s murder rate is high, not just in comparison with the suburbs, but with comparably sized cities with a population between 250,000 and 500,000. Buffalo recorded an average of 18.7 murders per 100,000 residents vs. 11.3 for all mid-sized cities for the five years ending in 2013.

Lifestyle Feature

Crunching Data for Love

by Greg Mach

Whether looking for love or just a date, thousands of competing dating sites and apps promise everything from a huge selection of potential mates, to personally tailored matches for maximum compatibility.

Lifestyle Feature

Last Call for Romance

by Jeff Czum

Let’s all come to terms with this right now: not everyone is going to have that perfect meet-cute out of a Tom Hanks romantic comedy. The one where the man and woman both reach for the same book in a quiet/cozy Barnes and Noble, and fall in love immediately over a cup of some bullshit grande latte from Starbucks. No.

Lifestyle Feature

Buffalo Couples

by Artvoice Staff

Photos and stories from local couples about finding love in the Queen City.

Lifestyle Feature

Our Survey Says...

by Artvoice Staff

Artvoice readers weigh in on Valentine's Day

Artvoice Extra

Beards - Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow...

by Artvoice Staff

Hair the are again. Beards are back and styling for balance between pretty boy and manly man.

Puck Stop

AHL Teams Heading West

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Imagine if you will if you woke up one day to find that our minor league baseball team, the Buffalo Bisons, are no longer a AAA team, a place they’ve held for most of the past century plus, but are now back at AA.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Paul Marko, and Chris Groves

Late beer writer Michael Jackson said “porter casts a long shadow.” Clearly this refers as much to the dark color from roasted malts as to the long history this beer has in the British Isles.

Art Scene

Hard and Soft

by Jack Foran

Hard edge and soft meet in the current two artists show at Buffalo Arts Studio. The straight lines and right angles high-gloss enamel paintings of Dennis Barraclough, and the soft sculpture pillow talk ambience installation of Tommy Nguyen. What the two shows have in common is lots of color. Sometimes extreme color.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 2, Week 3: Purple vs. The Beggar's Best

Welcome to the ninth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Visit to listen to our contestants, Purple and The Beggar's Best.

Classical Music Notes

Pianist Natasha Paremski makes her BPO debut

by Jan Jezioro

Music Director JoAnn Falletta returns to the podium at Kleinhans Music Hall to conduct BPO concerts Saturday, February 7 at 8pm and Sunday, February 8 at 2:30pm. The exciting young Russian-American pianist Natasha Paremski will be making her BPO debut in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor in a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 in C minor and the Diversions Overture by Jack Gallagher.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous stage and movie star Debbie Reynolds (pictured above) received this year’s Life Achievement Award at the annual SAG ceremony held on January 25th. At 82, she has no intention to retire.

Film Review

Mr. Turner

by Jordan Canahai

Mr. Turner, the unconventional British biopic from acclaimed writer/director Mike Leigh, details the last 25 years in the life of the great 19th century British painter J.M.W. Turner. As brilliantly played by Timothy Spall, he is not an attractive man, physically nor morally, but he nevertheless produces art of great beauty.


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The Graveyard Book: Volume #2

by Carolyn Marcille

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite

by Carolyn Marcille


by Carolyn Marcille

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Al Shibla Middle East of United Arab Emirates has introduced lycra-style, whole-body camel coverings that are believed to enhance blood circulation and, perhaps, racing speed (although the fashions are now used only in training and transportation, to lessen camels’ “stress”).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1753, Benjamin Franklin published helpful instructions on how to avoid being struck by lightning during stormy weather. Wear a lightning rod in your hat, he said, and attach it to a long, thin metal ribbon that trails behind you as you walk. In response to his article, a fashion fad erupted.