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Marriage Equality Issue

Bells Are Ringing

All across the state, couples once denied the right to marry are getting hitched. In this issue, we talk to a number of couples—most getting married, some maybe not—about the new law and how it affects them, and we look at some legal and financial issues unique to same-sex spouses.

Marriage Equality Issue

No Doubts: Joseph Demerly and James Bell

It's the Rights, Not the Institution: Anne Hartley Pfohl and Kate Gallivan

Are We Getting Married? Tim Dean and Ramon Soto-Crespo

Making it Legal, At Last: David Cantaffa and Anthony Laulette

Newlyweds: John Carlino and Larry Leaven

Taken by Surprise: Matthew Crehan and Ken Tangelder

Marriage Equality Issue

Honeymoon Destinations

by Jill Greenberg

In a perfect world anyone could celebrate their love by taking a trip anywhere. With the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State, that dream is one step closer to a reality. In the meantime, there are certain honeymoon destinations that are sure to welcome all couples with open arms.

Marriage Equality Issue

How We Got Here: A Timeline of Gay Marriage Rights in America

by Ian Carlino

After a fierce public battle and an “almost” moment in 2009, same-sex marriage is legal in New York. Most other states are experiencing or have experienced similar ups and downs related to marriage equality.

Marriage Equality Issue

So You're Getting Married

by Christopher Puchalski

Congratulations to couples getting married under New York State’s new provision for civil marriage. For many couples “taking the plunge,” legal and financial matters are issues you began talking about long ago, as many couples getting married now have been committed to each other for many years, perhaps even decades. For others, this time presents an opportunity to have serious conversations about matters you may not have discussed before.

Marriage Equality Issue

The ABSOLUT Best Gay Bars in Town

We teamed with our friends at ABSOLUT to tour the city’s vibrant LGBT nightlife, and we posed a challenge to the men and women who mix and pour the drinks: Concoct for us the best cocktail you know, using one of ABSOLUT’s fine flavored vodkas. The results were delicious.

Week in Review

Adamczyk and Herbert Off the Ballot, Franczyk Unopposed For Now

by Geoff Kelly

Campaigning Vs. Governing

by Geoff Kelly

Save the Dates

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Music / Art Feature

6 More Infringement Shows

by Cory Perla

This is the grand finale. The culmination of another year of art on the fringe happens at Nietzsche’s on Sunday (Aug 7). As with many 2011 Infringement Festival events this is a pay-what-you-can show, but what you do pay will go to support next year’s festival.

Order Up!

The Winemongeress

by Jennifer Mogensen

Off the Menu: New Eats on Amherst

by Jennifer Mogensen

The Case for the Cownose Ray

by Charlotte Hsu

Art Scene

The Fateful Trip

by Jack Foran

The title of the exhibit is The Fateful Trip to Vermont, and how it was supposedly fateful was in terms of a road not taken. Not that Charles Burchfield was probably ever going to go very far down the wrong road for him as an artist. But the trip might have made a difference, and it makes an interesting and revealing story about his artistic sensibility.

Theater Week

The Essential Jimmy Janowski

by Anthony Chase

Janowski is one of Buffalo’s most popular actors. Known for his drag performances with Buffalo United Artists as great leading ladies from Hollywood’s golden age, he is one of the few local actors who always gets entrance applause. This week he opens in his own adaptation of Hitchcock’s 1963 film, called The Birds Attack!, directed by Todd Warfield.

Film Reviews

The Change Up

by M. Faust


by George Sax

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 5 - Thursday, August 11)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The B-52s, who perform at Lockport's free Molson Canal Concert Series on Friday, August 5th.

You Auto Know

Small-Car Luxury Comes Clean

by Jim Corbran

The first hybrid cars available in North America, the quirky-looking Honda Insight and the ho-hum-looking Toyota Prius, were, technology notwithstanding, nothing to write home about.

Play Ball!

Chronicling Every Sports Venue

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Put together a website and offer sports travel enthusiasts the opportunity to offer a report, a rating, photos, and other useful information on every baseball park and venue built for other sports. Then allow fans to offer comments, adding to the discourse surrounding each venue.

5 Questions With...

Carol Speser: Activist / Chaplain

Carol Speser is a long time activist in Buffalo. She has been a pioneer — founded the local Stonewall Democrats, organized the first outdoor pride celebration and is now the founder/director of Rainbow Spirit Rising. We asked her a few questions about issues of special importance to the LGBTQ community.

Letters to Artvoice

Development For the Rest of Us

by Clifford Cawthon

I Reiterate, Chris Collins: Rats!

by Timm Otterson

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Thomas Heathfield was a well-paid banking consultant with a promising career in Maidenhead, England, but gave it up this year to move to South Africa and endure rigorous training as a “sangoma” (“witch doctor”).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle rejected the prevailing scientific theory that life on this planet emerged by accident from a primordial soup. The chance of that happening was as likely as “a tornado sweeping through a junkyard [and assembling] a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.”


Ask Anyone

Now that it’s legal here, everyone is asking me and my long-time boyfriend if we’re getting married. It seems pretty fucking nosy to me, and frankly I don’t like the tension it adds to our relationship. (Is he going to ask? Am I supposed to ask? What would the answer be? Do we even believe in marriage?) Are people being rude or am I being over-sensitive?