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Cover Story

Bury This Big Mistake

by Geoff Kelly

Sixty-two years ago, William Gallancy, an associate engineer with New York State’s Department of Public Works, told a standing-room-only crowd at St. James Evangelical and Reformed Church on High Street that the Kensington Expressway was the best solution to East Buffalo’s problems.

News Analysis

Still The Promised Land

by Bruce Fisher

Out west in gigantic, thriving Chicago, there’s a debate underway between a journalist and an IT consultant over whether regionalism can help the hollowing-out cities of the Rust Belt.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Interview

The Director's Exit

by Geoff Kelly

Ted Pietrzak will be stepping down from his position as Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in October, after 12 years. During his tenure, he oversaw the evolution of the gallery from its location on the third floor of Rockwell Hall on the Buff State Campus to its new 84,000-square-foot home on Elmwood Avenue, next to the college. Here is an excerpt of a recent interview he did with Artvoice.

Art Feature

Boats Against The Current

by Jack Foran

A recurrent mood in the CEPA members’ photos on display in the Market Arcade is the elegiac. A number of works depict ruins or remnants of the area’s once vibrant commerce and industry. In the process, revealing beauty around us we hadn’t seen because we didn’t look.

Theater Week

African-American Themes on Local Stages

by Anthony Chase

Several shows with African-American themes are playing on Buffalo’s stages this week. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye continues its run in the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue.

Classical Music

Riders To The Sea

by Jan Jezioro

The premiere performances of a new drama in music by Buffalo composer Roland E. Martin, based on the play Riders to the Sea by the Irish writer J.M. Synge, take place March 11-13 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center at the Buffalo Seminary.

Eight Questions With...

Adam Zyglis: Editorial Cartoonist

Talk about lofty predecessors. When Adam Zyglis became the editorial cartoonist for the Buffalo News in 2004, he stepped into a role once held by not one, but two, Pulitzer Prize winners (Bruce Shanks in 1958 and Tom Toles in 1990). Since then the Buffalo born artist has has worked hard to carve out his own reputation and style and has been rewarded with international syndication and several award nominations for his cartoons.

Puck Stop

Hockey Shines at The Olympics

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

It will be a day, and a moment, that will never be matched again in our lifetimes. An entire nation, Canada, reveling in a Winter Olympics on its home soil.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Brooklyn's Finest

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, March 5 - Thrusday, March 11)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: the Artvoice B.O.O.M! Grand Finale show, this Friday March 5 at The Tralf.

You Auto Know

Whats in a Name? The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi

by Jim Corbran

Although Suzuki might have thought itself clever in the naming of its new midsized sedan, careful examination of its English translation might have gotten the Japanese carmakers’ marketing people thinking a bit differently. “Kizashi” roughly translates to “something great is coming.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Pastor John Renken’s Xtreme Ministries of Memphis, Tenn., is one of a supposedly growing number of churches that use “mixed martial arts” events to recruit wayward young men to the Christian gospel.

Letters to Artvoice

Alison Des Forges

by Julia Hall

Helping Haiti

by David Slive

Literary Buffalo

Babel Resumes With Azar Nafisi

by Samantha Mcdonnell

Flash Fiction

by Allison N. Ritchey & Trudy Cusella


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

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of the best new bands of 2009 was the Girls. Spin magazine selected their debut CD Album as the fifth best album of the year. After touring for months and selling scads of records, the band came back home to San Francisco in February to do a sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall.


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