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Week in Review

Look Out, Conservatives, Kitty's Coming to Your Party

by Geoff Kelly

Occupy Buffalo

by Peter Scheck

The Check Was in the Mail

by Geoff Kelly

News Essay

To Cure The Economy

by Joseph E. Stigutz

As the economic slump that began in 2007 persists, the question on everyone’s minds is obvious: Why? Unless we have a better understanding of the causes of the crisis, we can’t implement an effective recovery strategy. And, so far, we have neither.

News Analysis

Absent Governors

by Bruce Fisher

Yet another grant-funded think-tank analysis of Rust Belt cities has been published, with findings that are eerie echoes of studies read, written, and cited for decades.

Puck Stop

Hello, Mannheim!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Mannheim, Germany—As far as preseason games go, the final tuneup is usually a meaningless game used to pare down the final roster and get everyone geared up for the regular season.

Art Scene

Timothy Frerichs Maps a Proposed Wind Farm in Arkwright

by Jack Foran

Buffalo on the Bowery: Manhattan Benefit Auction for PUSH Buffalo and Hallwalls

by J. Tim Raymond

How Painter Amy Greenan Restores Abandoned Houses

by So Eun Kim

Music Feature

Jersey Shore

by Donny Kutzbach

The British-born All Tomorrow’s Parties festival is a complete departure from the normal concert-going experience. It’s a musical weekend getaway that has consistently offered a roster of artists with a little mystery and oblique nuance. Here, obscurity and a left-of-center career is something that is celebrated.

Classical Music Notes

Beethoven String Quartet Week

by Jan Jezioro

One of the perks of being a resident of Western New York—and there are several—is the annual presentation of performances at the University at Buffalo, of the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle, due to the far-sighted generosity of the late Frederick and Alice Slee.

Theater Week

A Procession to Black Rock with Torn Space

by Anthony Chase

Torn Space Theater’s current offering is called Procession. This is another of Dan Shanahan’s original and elaborate site-specific experiences. The avant-garde director has previously lured us into such off-the-recent-path locations as the Dnipro Ukrainian Center on Genesee Street and the abandoned Central Terminal.

Film Feature

Strip Search

by M. Faust

Many people count themselves as fans of the films of Sidney Lumet, who died earlier this year at the age of 86. His career spanned 56 years, from television work starting in 1951 through the excellent Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead in 2007.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

The Ides of March

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 7 - Thursday, October 13)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Madeleine Peyroux, who performs at the Rockwell Hall Performing Arts center on Saturday the 8th.

You Auto Know

Civic Pride

by Jim Corbran

It’s interesting to see the different small-car philosophies in place these days with the major automobile manufacturers. Some go for glamour and glitz (Hyundai and Ford come to mind with their new Elantra and Focus), and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Others take a more low-key approach. And that’s where we find ourselves today with the new Honda Civic sedan.

5 Questions With...

Mark Madden: Tattoo Artist / Business Owner

Tattoo artist, local business owner, and soon to be author, Mark Madden has his tattooed hand deep in Buffalo’s art scene. A year after opening the Guerilla Gallery on Elmwood Avenue, Madden talks about how it all started, and where he’ll go from here.

Letters to Artvoice

Transmission of Power

by Phil Wilcox

Grisanti, Brown on Rodemeyer

by Amy Upham

More Rick Jeanneret

by Rodger Finerty

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

An option for suicide “with elegance and euphoria” is how Lithuanian-born Ph.D. candidate Julijonas Urbonas (London’s Royal College of Art) described his “Euthanasia (Roller) Coaster,” currently on the drawing board. Urbonas’ model of “gravitational aesthetics” would be a third-mile-long, 1,600-foot-high thrill ride engineered to supply 10 Gs of centrifugal force (a spin at about 220 mph) to induce cerebral hypoxia, forcing blood away from the head and denying oxygen to the brain.


Free Will Astrology

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed two robotic vehicles on Mars in 2004. They were expected to explore the planet and send back information for 90 days. But the rover named Spirit kept working for over six years, and its companion, Opportunity, is still operational.


Ask Anyone

I know it’s wrong to buy term papers online and present them as your own work, but is it okay for me to sell mine? After all, I’m not dictating how the purchaser uses my work. (Which is good, by the way—all As.)