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The Halloween Issue

Whistle Past the Graveyard

Western New York is rich with haunts old and new, some of whose stories are familiar to everyone who grew up here and some that are just barely perceptible as a cold patch of air or an indistinct presence—the shine of events long forgotten but never fully put to rest. Some are unverifiable; some are cold, hard fact.

The Halloween Issue

The Ouija Board Murder

by Buck Quigley

Early on the morning of March 6, 1930, the wind was deathly still on the reservation. Cattaraugus Creek, still frozen in places, wound through tall stands of denuded trees, stark and silent against the grey dappled skies while two figures wrapped in dark overcoats and scarves walked slowly below the branches crowded thick with black crows.

Week in Review

Occupiers in City Hall

by Geoff Kelly

Stenhouse Denied Again

by Geoff Kelly

Lancaster Operatics

by Aaron Lowinger

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Art Scene

Catherine Parker's paintings at the Kenan Center

by Jack Foran

A Celebration of Dia de los Muertos at Casa de Arte

by Jill Greenberg

Dennis Nahabetian, Ellen Markel, Christina Laing, Bruce Philip Bitmead at Indigo Art Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Vivien: The Triumph of Josephine Hogan

by Anthony Chase

Josephine Hogan had always been told that she bore a striking resemblance to actress Vivien Leigh. That’s quite a compliment, when you recall that Leigh’s beauty was so remarkable that critics frequently lamented that it distracted from her astonishing talent.

Theater News


by Javier

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film adaptation of West Side Story, Turner Classic Movies will re-release the film in movie theaters all over the country on November 11 for one night only. The movie won 10 academy awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for George Chakiris (pictured), who played Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

Artvoice B.O.O.M!

Round 1, Week 2: Lazyrus vs. Jae-Skeese

Congratulations to week one winner, Chester Copperpot in our Battle of Original Music, or BOOM! With that win, they progress to the live showdown on Friday, November 26 at Nietzsche’s.

Classical Music Notes

Heading South

by Jan Jezioro

The second concert in this season’s Buffalo Chamber Players series at the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway takes place on Wednesday, November 2, at 7:30pm, and features an entire evening of music by Latin American composers—or, almost.

Puck Stop

Is it Time for Don Cherry to Go?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

While many of us here in Sabre Nation were focused on the Europe trip and all the pageantry of opening night at First Niagara Center, a mess of epic proportions was brewing just to the north of us, as famed broadcast analyst and former NHL coach Don Cherry ignited a controversy on his very first segment of “Coach’s Corner” on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Film Feature

Son of Horror Galore

by M. Faust

Horror movies were what first got me into film as a kid, but I fell away from the genre over the years as it seemed to be taken over by excessive gore and special effects. There are horror movies around now whose mere descriptions make me feel ill.

Film Reviews

Margin Call

by M. Faust

The NY Short Film Concert

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 28 - Thursday, November 3)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: the Dia De Los Muertos costume party at Soundlab on Friday, October 28th.

The Halloween Issue

Halloween Party Guide

At Artvoice, we miss trick-or-treating just as much as any nostalgic adult (Reese’s cups, please). Yet we can’t help but revel in the thought of a dangerously delicious Halloween night party where the treats come on the rocks and the tricks involve a different kind of bite.

5 Questions With...

John Edgar Browning: Vampire Expert

In connection with our Halloween issue, we spoke with John Edgar Browning, a PhD student in American Studies at the University at Buffalo and expert on vampires specializing in the Dracula figure in film, literature, television, and popular culture.

Letters to Artvoice

Collins Has to Go

by Michael Kowal

We Failed St. Mary's on the Hill

by Margaret Pascale

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“My ultimate dream is to be buried in a deep ocean close to where penguins live,” explained the former Alfred David, 79, otherwise known in his native Belgium as “Monsieur Pingouin” (Mr. Penguin), so named because a 1968 auto accident left him with a waddle in his walk that he decided to embrace with gusto. (His wife abandoned the marriage when he made the name change official; evidently, being “Mrs. Penguin” was not what she had signed up for.)


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You could preside over your very own Joy Luck Club in the coming days. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the levels of gratification possible could exceed your normal quota by a substantial margin.


Ask Anyone

In this job market it’s hard enough to get a job and everyone knows it. I have the skills and a lot of experience, but I keep getting low-balled everywhere I apply. Should I fight for the money I deserve or settle?