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Mardi Gras

We've Got Your Stimulus!

Everyone is talking about stimulation and regulation, the louche past and the austere times to come. Our economy is suffering mightily for the greed and wantonness of a relative few, and now we all must prepare to do without, to sacrifice for the greater good. But that grim, puritanic prospect is brightened somewhat, as it is every spring, by the promise of one more drunken turn round the carousel.


The Dodging Bullet

by Bruce Fisher

The class war is not over. The recession is not over. But Albany is acting as if the New York State fiscal crisis is over.

The News, Briefly

Detective Delano's disciplinary hearing wraps up

City close to accepting design standards for Elmwood Village Developments

Division's post-mortem on December's plowing problems


Going for Green: an interview with Senator Antoine Thompson

by Geoff Kelly

Entering the first year of his second term, State Senator Antoine Thompson has positioned himself to make a lot of promises to his constituents.

Getting a Grip


by Michael I. Niman

Over a century ago we used the term “consumption” to refer to tuberculosis, because it consumed its victims. Today the term is more commonly applied to our consumer-based culture—an entity we’re learning is far more deadly than tuberculosis. Our culture of consumption doesn’t simply kill its unwitting victims, happy in their materialist orgy.

Puck Stop

Sabres Stimulus Package

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Coming to your mailbox, all the charts, pricing, rebate offers, and details for playoff tickets, season and window pricing, and what we can expect to pay to keep our seats for the 2009-10 season.


Round 3 Week 1: Free Henry! vs. One and One

First things first, we’d like to congratulate Fashion Expo 1990 for bringing out the vote at our second BOOM quarterfinal Friday the 13th at Nietzsche’s! The duo’s retro-techno-dance beats thrilled fans who crowded the dancefloor and balconies.

Left of the Dial

Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

by Joe Sweeny

Doug Paisley - Self Titled

by Donny Kutzbach



by Anthony Chase

Carolyn Nelson’s play, On the Way to Heaven, tells the story of a naïve middle-aged woman, lonely in her marriage, who seeks fulfillment in her life through participation in her church. Her sense of self slips out from under her, however, when her pastor preys on her vulnerability to fulfill his own selfish needs.



by Javier

The fabulous Stockard Channing, who just turned 65 last week, is back on Broadway starring in the classic Rodgers & Hart musical Pal Joey. The production has been extended through March 1. Channing, who has been working regularly on TV over the past few years, last appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Lion in Winter in 1999.


Impressive Impressions

by Becky Moda

If you ever doubted Buffalo’s status as a major hub of American art, you should see the modestly titled Western New York Impressions exhibition at NCCC Art Gallery. This densely hung, salon-style show features prints by 62 artists, spanning 120 years, connected only by the fact that each of them has lived, studied, taught, exhibited, or settled here at some point during their career.

Food for Thought

Tuesday's Food

by Joe George

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to spend a few months working and living in New Orleans. I was fresh out of culinary school and full of naïve curiosity. Time has passed (I’ll give you a hint, Reagan was president) but I don’t believe my curiosity has dissipated, nor has my naivety…


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: the Music is Art Mardi Gras Jam, happening at the Town Ballroom on Friday, February 20.

Film Review

Waltz With Bashir

by George Sax

It would be glibly inappropriate to say that the American release of Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir around the middle of December and its selection as Best Film by the National Society of Film Critics were opportunely timed.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. Feb. 20 - Thurs. Feb. 26)

Film Now Playing

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Drug officials in California’s Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties (north of San Francisco) estimated in January that two-thirds of the area’s economy is based on probably illegal marijuana farming (illegal under federal law, but permitted for medical use by the state). One federal agent told MSNBC, “Nobody produces any better marijuana than (they) do right here.”

Literary Buffalo

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

by Michael Kelleher

Poetry: The Silences

by John T. Marohn

Lit City: literary events listing

Letters to Artvoice

Lies Your Teacher Told Me

by Michael I. Niman

Generational Theft

by Phil Schwab


Married to her but attracted to him

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

“What’s happening to me? I love my wife and kids so why can’t I continue hiding my feelings anymore and keep everything under control? I feel like my life is spinning out of control. Why me? Why now? I feel so lost, ashamed, alone and frightened.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Opportunities multiply as they are seized,” wrote Sun Tzu in The Art of War, an ancient Chinese book about success strategies to pursue in tough times. Now I’m conveying this idea to you, Gemini, as you enter one of the most opportunistic phases of your astrological cycle.


Ask Anyone

Lately, it seems like everyone is non-committal—particularly men ages 25-40. My friends and I are successful, confident women. We’re not looking to get married anytime soon…we’d just like to meet men who take dating seriously.