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Cover Story

#OCCUPY Your Dreams

by Michael I. Niman

Over the course of the last month, while actions in New York tripled in size each week, the movement went national, then international, with #OCCUPY events in more than 600 American cities, towns, campuses, and villages this week, spanning 45 states, with the largest demonstration to date drawing approximately 20,000 people—all before the movement’s one-month birthday.

News Brief

Occupy Buffalo

by Geoff Kelly

Two weeks ago, they were 90 people. Last Saturday, they were 250, maybe more.

Week in Review

Where's Chris Collins?

by Geoff Kelly

UB Foundation Activities Supports Chris Collins

by Buck Quigley

A Rare Event at the Central Library

by Peter Scheck

Conservative Estimate: Lambert Made It

by Geoff Kelly

Puck Stop

A Trip to Remember Forever

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

For anyone who had the opportunity to travel to Europe and take part in the NHL premiere challenge, the kickoff to the regular season, well… let’s just say it was something truly special.

Art Scene

Showing the Grain

by Jack Foran

Cracking the National Trust

by Jack Foran

Buffalo Uncrypted

by J. Tim Raymond

Going to the Country

by Frances Boots

Music Interview

It's All True

by Cory Perla

The name of this band says a lot. The Junior Boys—a purposefully redundant and simple name—sums up the complex concept behind the band in those two words. The Hamilton, Ontario-based synthpop duo, led by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jeremy Greenspan, have spent the better part of four albums dealing with the pain of aging, a pain that we all feel but find hard to express.

Classical Music Notes

Promising Young Soprano Soars

by Jan Jezioro

On Sunday, October 16, at 3:30pm, Emily Tworek Helenbrook, accompanied by pianist David Bond, offers a varied program of Viennese art songs and operatic selections, on a Friends of Vienna recital program at the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Avenue.

Theater Week

Now Cracks a Noble Heart

by Anthony Chase

Fred Keller was larger than life. That’s why, even though the man was almost 93 years old, I was startled when I opened the Buffalo News last week and saw his obituary. I’d never really thought about Fred dying!

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Linda Lavin, best known to TV audiences for her long run as Alice in the show of the same name, is back off-Broadway. She opened this week with over-the-top rave reviews for her performance in Nicky Silver’s new play The Lyons.

Film Feature

Now We're Rolling

by M. Faust

The fifth annual Buffalo International Film Festival unofficially began last week, with Tom Fontana hosting a rare screening of Strip Search, the HBO film he wrote that was directed by the late Sidney Lumet. This week the BIFF kicks into high gear, with more than 40 screenings and events scheduled over the next 10 days, along with the possibility of some last-minute surprises.

Film Reviews

Troubadour Blues

by Kevin J. Hosey

Higher Ground

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 14 - Thursday, October 20)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: David Sedaris who performs at the UB Center for the Arts on Tuesday, October 18th.

Letters to Artvoice

Proof of Class Warfare Waged by the Rich

by Peter DaSilva

We live in quite a strange age; some compare it with Rome, and it makes sense. Post modernism, neo liberalism, the redefining of the US, the power of the right wing reactionaries with so many facets of our lives (even our language) creates a new paradigm, and it is not pretty.

5 Questions With...

Duane Diggs: President, VOICE-Buffalo

As president of VOICE-Buffalo, Dunae Diggs has earned a reputation for calm, deliberate, but steadfast activism on behalf of the community he represents. We asked him to talk about some of the organization’s goals, especially in regard to transforming our notion of economic development so that its benefits are directed toward the entire community.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Although the Patriot Act, drafted in the days after 9-11 and quickly enacted into law, was designed expressly to give prosecutors more leeway to challenge suspected terrorism, one of its key provisions has since then been used more than 100 times as often for drug investigations as for terrorism.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Chris Richards wrote a story in the Washington Post in which he complained about the surplus of unimaginative band names. At this year’s SXSW music festival in Austin, he counted six different bands that used “Bear” and two with “Panda.” Seven bands had “Gold,” including Golden Bear.


Ask Anyone

First, I found a huge business suit at Amvets. Then I started constructing a wire infrastructure that fills out the suit over my skinny frame. The top is almost finished. It slips on like a pair of suspenders, and when the shirt and jacket are draped over the framework, and I put on a tie, I look quite a bit like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie—minus the double chin.