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Cover Story

It's a Fine Life

by Anthony Chase

The current MusicalFare production of Oliver!, Lionel Bart’s 1960 musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, is nothing like the gloriously oversized Oscar-winning movie version from 1968. Neither will it resemble any of countless high school and community theater productions or any other version you may have seen.

Week in Review

Judge Not, David Manz, Lest Ye Be Unjudged

by Geoff Kelly

Too Much Monkey Business

by Buck Quigley

UB Financial Aid Delayed

by Peter Scheck

The Vanishing of the Bees

by Jay Burney

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

All Aboard the Crazy Train

by Miachael I. Niman

The Republican presidential campaign finally hit high gear last week. The party’s first candidates debate seemed like an episode of Survivor, with viewers wagering who’d get voted off the island before this week’s sequel debate.

Art Scene

Tim Raymond, Dana Hatchett, and Kate S. Parzych at Artspace

by Jack Foran

Ani Hoover and Felice Koenig at Indigo Art Gallery

by Jack Foran

Music Feature

May The Vores be With You

by Kevin J. Hosey

What keeps a band together for more than 30 years? Apparently, songs about Love Canal, murder, deteriorating relationships, stalking, mental disconnect, and maybe not seeing each other every day. Oh, and humor—lots of humor.

Theater Week

The Ghost of Fort Niagara

by Anthony Chase

42nd Street

by Anthony Chase

La Bete

by Anthony Chase

Internal Continuity

by Anthony Chase

Elegies: A Song Cycle

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

TV star Jim Parsons who began his career as a stage actor, spent part of his summer starring on Broadway in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. The play, which won the Tony award for Best Revival, at long last seems destined for the silver screen with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts in the leads.

Classical Music Notes

A Classical Coffee Break

by Jan Jezioro

In one of the very first local classical music concerts of the fall season, the Buffalo Chamber Players have set the bar high, as to program variety.

Film Feature

Around the World in Seven Days

by M. Faust

There are a lot of movies made every year in countries other than the US. We get to see very few of them, and that’s a shame. (It’s as big a shame that so many filmgoers utterly refuse to make the effort to watch films with subtitles, an inconvenience you can easily adjust to, but that’s another topic.)


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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Mad Professor with Quantic at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar on Wednesday the 21st.

Letters to Artvoice

Shut Up, Buffalo

by Brendan Tarry

Animal Protection Law

by Hans Heckelman

Collins and Culture

by Joe Gerkin

5 Questions With...

Chuck Alaimo: Photographer

Chuck Alaimo got his start in photography during the early 1990s when he learned the fundamentals in black and white with a Pentax k-1000. Since then he has been shooting digital HDR-style images full of vibrant color and precise detail. Whether he’s capturing urban or natural landscapes, Alaimo’s photographs emphasize the movement and grand scale of a scene.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Until recently, impoverished Indonesians sought to cure various illnesses (such as diabetes and high blood pressure) by lying on railroad tracks as trains approached, thus allowing electrical charges from the tracks to course therapeutically through their bodies.

Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Everything is unique,” said the 19th-century authors known as the Goncourt brothers, who wrote all their books together.


Ask Anyone

I worked with a friend who temporarily held a supervisor’s position. This was in a hotel as banquet servers. The job entailed carrying drinks, and a bar tray was treated as gold.