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Cover Story

This is Your Year!!

Directory listings of alternative health facilities in Buffalo, the Northtowns and Southtowns.

Investigative Post

Blaming the Messengers

by Charlotte Keith

The Buffalo Urban League, accused of submitting inflated bills for social services to Erie County, is retaliating against whistleblowers and impeding an investigation by the county comptroller, numerous sources have told Investigative Post.

Wellness Feature

Did Weirdos Take Over America

by Jamie Moses

Yoga in America has certainly enjoyed a long strange trip. Initially embraced for its transcendental philosophical depth by a small group of elite New England intellectuals like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in the 19th century, yoga was later seized on by the psychedelic hippie generation of the 1960s for its spiritual liberation and for its NOT being part of conventional society.

Wellness Feature

We're Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass

by Jamie Moses

If you could time travel to what you believe to be some romantic past era and got ill, you would quickly appreciate how far medicine has advanced in just the past 100 years. Here is our top ten list of odd remedies of yore.

Getting a Grip

Buffalo's Bomb Trains

by Michael I. Niman

They span over a mile long containing up to 140 tank cars and as much as 4.5 million gallons of some of the nastiest forms of crude oil on earth, pumped from “extreme” extraction operations in North America’s new oil boomtowns. They cross rivers and transverse open plains, wilderness forest and some of the most densely populated urban areas in the country. Occasionally, with alarmingly increasing frequency, they careen off into rivers, catch fire and explode, or both.

Tech Feature

Playing on a Screen Near You

by Greg Mach

As we spend an ever-increasing amount of our time glued to screens of all sizes, it is easy to get lost in the mindlessness of social networking feeds, Reddit, and the news. Instead, we should use some of that screen time to boost our mental acuities, center our souls, and feel better.

Beer Feature

Oh Canada!

by Willard Brooks

On a briskly cold sunny Presidents Day myself and Clint Perez, marketing director of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association accepted the invitation to visit Rod Daigle, owner and chief priest of suds at Brimstone Brewing Company in Ridgeway, Ontario. As you drive up to Brimstone, located just minutes from downtown Buffalo, the beery new purpose of this former Methodist church is made plain by the presence of brewing equipment sitting in the back of the building.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Paul Marko, and Chris Groves

Brimstone Brewing Company Enlightenment Ale, Westbrook Brewing Company One Claw Rye Pale Ale, & Pilsner Urquell.

Classical Music Notes

Two concerts offer a welcome goodbye to a harsh month

by Jan Jezioro

If you live in Western New York and if you have not been lucky enough to have been suspended in a state of hibernation, it can pretty much be guaranteed that this winter, you will be only too happy to welcome the end of February. Siberian-like weather conditions be damned, however, this month has been a wonderful one for those classical music lovers not afraid to venture out into the local frozen tundra.

Film Reviews


by E. Ladd


by Jordan Canahai

Theater Feature

Subversive's White Boy Othello

For the fifth installment of their Black Power Performance Series , Subversive Theatre is presenting their adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello. That is not especially surprising. What might cause a few double-takes is the casting.

Theatrically Speaking

Kate Loconti of After Miss Julie

by Anthony Chase

The title character of August Strindberg’s 1888 tragedy, Miss Julie, is one of the great roles of Modern Drama. Miss Julie is an upper class woman whose relationship with a servant ends with her presumed suicide.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, February 27 - Thursday, March 5)

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Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week

Letters to Artvoice

Do Something About the Weather

by Joan Hyman, Buffalo

What are the differences between Republicans and Democrats?

by Gene Grabiner, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, NYSUT (AFL-CIO)

Graphic Traffic

Concrete Park Vol. 1: You Send Me

by Kevin Thomas Jr.

Ghosted: Haunted Heist

by Joe Tell


by Emil J. Novak Sr.

You Auto Know

2015 Ford Mustang

by Jim Corbran

It’s all-new, but it’s definitely a Mustang from any view. Even when that view is through what we’ve come to know as “moderate snow showers.” Hey, but if this test-drive gig is gonna be a year-round job...ya know?

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for a relaxed weekend that includes divorce, bringing to America a concept already successful in six European cities.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The British rock band the Animals released their gritty, growly song “The House of the Rising Sun” in 1964. It reached the top of the pop music charts in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia, and was a hit with critics. Rolling Stone magazine ultimately ranked it as the 122nd greatest song of all time. And yet it took the Animals just 15 minutes to record.