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The Conspiracy Behind Cannabis Prohibition

by Marc Gromis

Why is the United States the only industrial country in the world that prohibits its farmers from growing hemp? And, why, in a nation that permits adults to use tobacco, alcohol and deadly pain medications like OxyContin and Xanax, is it unlawful to use marijuana for medicinal and other purposes?

Valentine's Day

I'm With Cupid

by AV Staff

Romantic events to spice up the special holiday

Valentine's Day

The Artistry of Designing Engagement Rings

The Leang Timpuseng cave paintings may be the origins of art, but many other ancient forms of artistry are still very much alive today. Jewelry may seem like frivolous adornment to some, but it has long been a meaningful art that reveals the customs and history of cultures around the world.


Can "Clean for Gene" Become "Learn from Bern"?

by Peter Smith

Once upon a time I introduced Senator Gene McCarthy to an audience of students at Dartmouth during the 1968 primary season. The largest auditorium at the College was packed to overflowing—the stage was full of people as well as all the seats and aisles. When “Gene” came on stage the audience exploded.


NHL Concussion Lawsuit Slogs On

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

This week will mark the one year anniversary of the death of former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Steve Montador.

Upon Further Review

Sixteen Years Of Mediocrity Produce Few Football Memories

by David Staba

Tyler is 22. He grew up somewhere between Buffalo and Rochester (UFR is also keeping his precise location undisclosed, for the reasons cited above). A three-sport athlete in high school, he’s been a Bills fan as long as he can remember.

Tap This

Love in in the air - Sour Love that is

by Brian Campbell

The worlds of craft beer and hard cider are colliding as Resurgence Brewing Company and Cider Creek Hard Cider have teamed up once again, this time for Sour Is Love, a kettle soured cherry Berliner Weisse, which arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day on February 12.

What's Brewing

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Erik Wollschlager and Chris Groves

Following up on their successful initial attempt at a craft beer/craft cider mashup (All the King’s Men Smoked Cider Saison), Resurgence Brewing and Cider Creek have again joined forces, this time for Sour Is Love, a cherry cider Berlinner Weisse that is the end result of a base kettle sour beer being blended with cherry cider, then fermented together.

News Feature

Cult of NXIVM Part 12: How to train your Harem

by Frank Parlato

Keith Raniere, 55, the founder of NXIVM, keeps a harem that averages about 20 women – a few of whom come and go, He has sexual relations with many others, too –as he evaluates them for inclusion in his harem.


Quinn Leads $100,000 Plus Earners at ECC

by Tony Farina

If there’s a financial crisis at Erie Community College, as certainly appears the case, there’s no sign of it if you take a look at the salaries at the college headed by President Jack Quinn at $192,500 even though he spends many days away from the institution on outside paying assignments as far away as California.


Flynn Endorsement Expected Saturday; Flaherty Vows to Fight On

by Tony Farina

As we have been reporting for the last several weeks, Tonawanda Town Attorney John Flynn appears to have locked up the Erie County Democratic Party’s endorsement for district attorney, and he is expected to officially get the nod at the Executive Committee’s meeting on Saturday (Feb. 13).


Paladino To Speak At Verel Installation Feb. 24

by Tony Farina

Carl Paladino will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when A. J. Verel of South Buffalo, a member of the martial arts Hall of Fame, will be sworn in as the 52nd president of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County at DiPaolo’s Restaurant on South Park Ave. in Blasdell.

Film Review

45 Years

by Jordan Canahai

A small, understated drama concerning emotions subdued and uncomfortable truths ignored, the British domestic drama 45 Years is not your average screen romance, and will certainly disappoint viewers expecting one.

Theatrically Speaking

The Rule of Three

by Tony Chase

Sometimes powerful truths hide beneath our petty differences. That’s the case in Joshua Harmon’s comedy, Bad Jews, now running at the Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY, in a production directed by Steve Vaughan. Arin Lee Dandes, Adam Rath, Nick Stevens play the grandchildren of a beloved man, who survived the holocaust but has recently died. In contention is who should most rightfully inherit the gold Chai pendant the old man hid in his mouth for two years while imprisoned in a concentration camp, and which he used, after the war, to propose to grandma when he couldn’t afford a ring.

Opening Shots

"Bad Jews" and "Fetch Clay, Make Man"

Opening Shots of "Bad Jews" at the Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY and "Fetch Clay, Make Man" and the Paul Roberson Theatre.

Art Scene

Members Only

by Jack Foran

Most of the hundred of so photographic works on show in the CEPA members’ exhibit currently at the Market Arcade building are offered for sale. Exhibitor Cheng Yang Lee has another idea. He’s giving his photos away.

Classical Music Notes

Bach to the Mouse People and beyond

by Jan Jezioro

Who are the Mouse People, you might well ask, and what does the music of J.S. Bach have to do with them? If you are interested in finding out, you might well consider attending this Friday’s A Musical Feast 8pm event at the Burchfield Penny Art Center on Elmwood Avenue on the Buffalo State College Campus.

Graphic Traffic

Future Imperfect: Warzones! & The Vision

by Joe Tell & Gabriel Allandro

If you’ve seen the film trailers, then you already know that the members of the Suicide Squad comprise the worst heroes ever. They’re bad guys, and what they do best is f@%k things up—for the U.S. government.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Film Now Playing

Movie Listings (Friday, February 12 - Thursday, February 18)

Featured Events

See You There!

AV Hit List: Top Event Picks for This Week

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

An online company, The Well Armed Woman, offers such carry options as stylish leggings, lace waistbands and an array of underarm and bra holsters (even an in-cup model, the “Marilyn”) in leopard-print and pastel colors.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breszny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime,” writes Chuck Klosterman. “It’s easy. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. You’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years.”