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Valentine's Day

Open Your Hearts

We asked you, dear readers, to share with us your stories of love found and love lost, and you came through—in spades. It was tough going, choosing just a handful of your submissions for print. Here they are, our finalists for fabulous gift packages. The winners will be announced at on Friday.

Valentine's Day

The Artvoice Guide To Sex From A to Z

by Artvoice Staff

26 informative tidbits about gettin' it on.

Valentine's Day

Kill Her With Flowers

by K. O'Day

How many times has your girl gotten a dozen reds on Valentine’s Day? Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Instead, knock her out with one of these. Although the smell may literally knock her out, if an immediate allergy attack doesn’t, on the plus side you only need spring for one.

Valentine's Day

The Saddest Valentine's Day

by Buck Quigley

In February, 1884, the fog in New York City was so thick the gas streetlamps appeared to be veiled behind gray curtains. But inside the luxurious walls of the mansion located at 6 West 57th Street, there was excitement in the air.

Artvoice Mardi Gras

Fattest Tuesday Ever!

by Geoff Kelly

How sweet is Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year? One week before the Crescent City’s annual bacchanalia, right in the heart of parade season, its beloved Saints brought home the Vince Lombardi trophy. (And on their very first try. Showoffs.) This year’s Fat Tuesday celebrations promise to be a Big Easy epic, another step on the long road to recovery from the ravage of Hurricane Katrina.

The News, Briefly

The Check's Not In The Mail

by George Sax

Did He or Didn't He Vote Yes or No?

by Buck Quigley

Week in Review

7 Days: The Straight Dope From The Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

The Copulation Bomb

by Michael I. Niman

Humanity is tied together with the common belief that the world is in trouble—politically, economically, and environmentally.

Vine byLine

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

by Paula Paradise

“Know your ingredients” is the oft-repeated motto of many an experienced chef. At its core, the art of wine and food pairing relies on one’s grasp of the many and varied styles of wine.

Theater Week

Beebo Brinker & The Lesbian Pulps

by Anthony Chase

Next week, Buffalo United Artists (BUA) will open their production of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, by Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman. The play is based on a series of lesbian pulp novels by Ann Bannon, published between 1957 and 1962.



by Javier

British stage and movie star Hugh Dancy is back on the New York stage starring in the American premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, directed by Joe Mantello. The play premiered in London at the Royal Court in 2008. Dancy made his Broadway debut a couple of seasons ago in a revival of the World War I play, Journey’s End.

Mardi Gras Music Feature

Pushing Buttons

by Donny Kutzbach

There’s no time like Mardi Gras season for Buffalo’s own LeeRon Zydeco, a.k.a. Ronnie Davis. Along with his accordion and backing band the Hot Tamales, he is in high demand and arguably as hot a commodity as a fistful of beads or a bowl of spicy gumbo as Fat Tuesday draws close.


BOOM Round 4 Week 4: Jimmie Meat & The Potatoes vs. Goodnight From The Desert

CONGRATULATIONS to Deja Fuze for bringing in the most votes in our weekly online contest. With that, they earn a spot on the bill at our next live showdown, scheduled for February 26 at Nietzsche’s.

5 Questions With...

Patti Novak: Matchmaker

Laura Hollick: Soul Artist

Classical Music

(Un)cage The Prepared Pianos

by Jan Jezioro

Burchfield-Penny Associate Director Don Metz does not think small. The number of museum directors who would take on the challenge of mounting a week-long festival devoted to the music of the uncompromising modernist composer John Cage has to be very limited.

Film Reviews

The Apple

by M. Faust

Graphic Sexual Horror

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, Feb. 12 - Thursday, Feb. 18)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Bunny Up For Gabrielle, a benefit for Gabrielle Bouliane to be held at Nietzsche's on Sunday.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated a live, jeweled beetle that a woman was wearing as an “accessory” on her sweater as she crossed into Brownsville, Texas, from Mexico. Blue jewels were glued onto the beetle’s back, which had been painted gold, and the mobile brooch was tethered by a gold chain attached to a safety pin.


Listings and Resources

Buffalo has a large and diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. For further information about its numerous organizations and activities, visit Gaywatch at, call the Western New York Pride Center (852-7743), or email


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “When we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,” wrote author Robert Fulghum, “we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love.”


Ask Anyone

Last year I did something that seems kind of foolish. There is a woman in my office I’m interested in, and I decided to send her a Valentine...but because I didn’t want to make her feel awkward (I don’t think she knew how I felt), I also gave a Valentine to everyone in the office. Handmade, cutout doilies, the whole nine yards.