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Week in Review

James Williams: The Long Goodbye

by George Sax

Who's Following Whom

by Geoff Kelly

Towering Questions

by Buck Quigley

Mum's The Word at BMHA

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

Downgrading Capitalism

by Michael I. Niman

Let me just cry foul here. I’ve always paid my bills. I live within my means, which thanks to decades of good luck, cover my living expenses. I pay my credit cards every month and avoid all sorts of debts. Yet, my credit rating as an American citizen just took a hit from Standard and Poor.

News Feature

Accelerate Upstate

by Alan Oberst

Last week was the biggest for economic development in Western New York in recent memory. Not for groundbreakings or ribbon-cuttings, but for potential and portent.

Music Feature

Perry Farrell Eats Cake

by Andrew Blake

It was September 1991, and Perry Farrell, a skinny Jew from Long Island turned unlikely, heroin-chic icon, stood on a steamy stage at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu. At age 32, Farrell had already put his hands all over a host of hits, helped dismantle hair metal to pave the way for the grunge revolution only a breath away, and had just finished the first run of an unbelievably successful touring festival named Lollapalooza.

Music Feature


by Cory Perla

A writer for the Washington Post in the 1970s, Richard Coe, coined the phrase “tyranny of genre,” the idea that by working within a genre, the artist stifles his own creativity. It would stand to reason, then, that if an artist attempts successfully to defy a genre, the creative possibilities should be endless. That is just what DJ and producer David Heartbreak has done.

Art Scene


by Jack Foran

The paintings of Sarafina Brunetto Likoudis currently on exhibit at the C. G. Jung Center, display, in her words, her “progression towards self-actualization” as a person and an artist.

Film Reviews

Page One: Inside the New York Times

by Geoff Kelly

30 Minutes or Less

by George Sax

Project Nim

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 12 - Thursday, August 18)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Reel Big Fish with Streelight Manifesto, playing at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara falls on Friday the 12th.

5 Questions With...

Alan Friedman: Astronomer

The president of the award-winning greeting card company Great Arrow Graphics by day, Friedman really comes alive at his night job. Buffalo’s premiere backyard astronomer and president of the Buffalo Astronomical Association, Friedman is also a highly accomplished photographer. His breathtaking images of the cosmos have been featured across the web and numerous times on the NASA picture of the day website.

Letters to Artvoice

LGBT Honeymoons

by Kevin R. Kitchen

Cargill's Turkey Recall

by Bob Lovejoy

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.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

For years, many traditional funerals in Taiwan—especially in rural areas or among working classes—have included pop singers and bikinied dancers, supposedly to entertain the ghosts that will protect the deceased in the afterlife. According to a recent documentary by anthropologist Marc Moskowitz, some of the dancers until 20 years ago were strippers who did lap dances with funeral guests, until the government made such behavior illegal.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): For 34 years, a diligent Californian named Scott Weaver worked on creating a scale model of San Francisco using toothpicks. Meanwhile, Eric Miklos, of New Brunswick, Canada, was assembling a 40-foot-long chain of bottle caps.


Ask Anyone

When I was younger, I bought a sailboat. The price was right, I wasn’t married, and I had some good times going out on the lake with it. But it was an old boat when I got it, and after I got married and started a family, it wound up staying out of the water for several seasons. Two summers ago, over a couple beers, a buddy of mine offered to help me do some work on it and get it back in the water. It was a gentleman’s agreement that once we got it fixed up, he could take it out when I wasn’t using it.