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Cover Story

"Bent" and The Nazi Bullies in the Time of Jamey Rodemeyer

by Anthony Chase

I did something shocking this week. I used electronic social networking to look for the guy who bullied me for being gay in junior high school. I hadn’t seen him or heard a word about him for 40 years.

Week in Review

National Fuel CEO to Chair Business Council

by Geoff Kelly

Poll Finds New Yorkers Don't Trust Frackers

by Geoff Kelly

Bloomberg's Promise to Grisanti

by Geoff Kelly

The Big Man's Family

by Geoff Kelly

Illuzzi's Illusions Cost Him Again

by Geoff Kelly

Requiem in the Boy's Room

by J. Tim Raymond

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Buying a Future

by Bruce Fisher

In the past week, two economists from the Bank of Montreal have been complaining loudly about what a bad idea it is for the government of Canada—and of the USA, too—to further reduce government spending.

Art Scene

Three exhibits open doors into the contemporary Asian art world

by Jack Foran

Buffalo Arts Studio bids farewell to Joanna Angie with a 20th anniversary exhibition

by J. Tim Raymond

UB art faculty show at Anderson Gallery

by Jack Foran

Black and White at Nina Freudenheim Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Good Vibrations

by Anthony Chase

Once, in the third grade, when future playwright Sarah Ruhl received a hate note from a bully, she took a pen, corrected the grammar, and gave it back. She maintains that bold sense of absurdity and dry awareness of the disconnection between human beings until this day.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Bernadette Peters (pictured above) is back on Broadway starring in the revival of Sondheim’s Follies playing Sally Durant (the show has just been extended through January 22). No stranger to Sondheim, Peters was in last season’s revival of A Little Night Music.

Classical Music Notes

A Legacy of Jewish Composers

by Jan Jezioro

The Amberg Quartet returns to the Friends of Vienna on Sunday, October 2, at 3:30pm, for a special concert event celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days.

Music Feature

That's Fucked Up

by Brett Perla

It’s hard to write about a band whose name you’ll get shit for printing. Perhaps that was Fucked Up’s intent during the band’s naming process, or perhaps the name comes from the large trail of destruction they leave after a performance.

Film Feature

The Bottomless Pit of Movies

by M. Faust

Last week in this space I discussed seven films that I saw at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival. That leaves 29 to go. Unless I want to be doing this every week until November, I guess I’m going to have to pick up the pace some.

Film Reviews

Love Crime

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 30 - Thursday, October 6)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Adrian Belew Power Trio with Stickmen, performing at the Tralf Music Hall on Wednesday the 5th.

Puck Stop

A Road Trip Like No Other

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

As if it’s not enough that the buzz is sky-high, what with the new ownership, the name change on the arena, all the new additions and improvements to the building, the rebranding of the classic Sabres logo, and the addition of several new players who offer hope for a legitimate Stanley Cup run. The team will depart for Germany on Saturday afternoon, settling into their headquarters in Heidelberg, south of Frankfurt-am-Main and immediately adjacent to the industrial city of Mannheim.

5 Questions With...

Julie Fenn - Mental Health Counselor

Through her work as a counselor with Child & Family Services—one of western New York’s oldest human service agencies—Julie Fenn has a lot of experience with the complex subject of bullying.

Letters to Artvoice


So…let me see…congressmen and senators make a political football out of disaster relief, with Republicans demanding budgets cuts to offset federal expenditures that would go towards helping victims of the earthquake in Virginia and flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in the Northeast.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

Orlando-area cosmetic surgeon Jeffrey Hartog inaugurated Liquid Gold, a storehouse for patients’ frozen liposuctioned fat, charging $900 to safekeep a coffee-cup-sized portion and $200 per year storage (in case the fat is needed later, as for smoothing facial wrinkles).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “When I was born,” said comedian Gracie Allen, “I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.”


Ask Anyone

We have a beloved family dog that has developed a rare skin disorder. In fact, the veterinarians still haven’t come to a firm conclusion as to what is wrong. At first, they felt it was allergies, so they told us to try some special food. That didn’t work. Then, they decided to check for cancer.