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Summer Guide '12

Summer Guide 2012 Introduction: Pond Swimming

Summer Calendar: Musts, Festivals, Garden Walks, and Tours

WNY From The Water

Summer Free Concert Guide

Summer Spotify Mixtape

Week in Review

Chris Collins: Running His Business from a Government Office

by Alan Bedenko & Geoff Kelly

No Peace Beside the Peace Bridge

by Jack Foran

Considered, But Rejected

by Geoff Kelly

Look Who's Running, Too

by Geoff Kelly

SUNY Fredonia Shale Institute of Family Affair?

by Buck Quigley

Looking for Frank Blackhorse

by George Sax

Summer Guide '12

Wheels on the Water

by Jack Foran

Take some time this summer to get in touch with your Inner Harbor. And while you’re at it, your Outer Harbor as well. And no better way to do both than by walking or biking the Industrial Heritage Trail along the Buffalo River (Inner Harbor) and/or Lake Erie waterfront (Outer Harbor).

Summer Guide '12

Three Wines for Your Summer Oases

by Paula Paradise

The strenuous work of the lone gardener is formidable. Seemingly benign to the outsider’s eye, residential horticulture includes a list of back-breaking activities including hoisting unwieldy bags of mulch and scratching out weeds for hours on end crouched in the hot sun, knees locked in painful cramps while sweat-crowned straw hats flop lopsided as yarrow after rain.

Summer Guide '12

Cool Food for Warm Weather

by Joe George

With warm weather upon us, the last thing you likely want is to heat your kitchen. A cold soup is a perfect recipe for this; cold soups are delicious, refreshing, and nutritious. Some cold soups do require cooking, but others can be prepared without even a glance at the stove.

News Analysis

1812 and the Canadian Century

by Bruce Fisher

The Mapquest route from downtown New Orleans to Chalmette Battlefield leads through the lower Ninth Ward, where the dikes failed, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration failed, and Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath is still, seven years later, the dominant historical event written into the landscape.


The Price of Inequality

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

America likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity, and others view it in much the same light. But, while we can all think of examples of Americans who rose to the top on their own, what really matters are the statistics: To what extent do an individual’s life chances depend on the income and education of his or her parents?


2012 Artie Award Winners

The 22nd Annual Artie Awards, Buffalo’s annual theater awards, were held this past Monday, June 4th at the Town Ballroom. For those who missed it, we've got the winners list here!


The 22nd Artie Awards Best-dressed List

by Jimmy Janowski, photos by Andrea Brough

Love, Loss, and What I Wore! What a blatant plug for the delightfully funny show at Buffalo United Artist Theater…too bad it closed last week, because like the ladies in that play, I have delineated highlights of my life with what I wore. And certainly for an actor in Buffalo, the Artie Awards are a highlight.

Art Scene

The buchfield Penney presents material from the Steel Plant Museum

by Jack Foran

Members show at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

by J. Tim Raymond

Classical Music Notes

Classical Music Notes

by Jan Jezioro

Now in its 19th season, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival has long become a favorite June tradition among the many chamber music lovers in Western New York. Former Buffalo Philharmonic violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub and her husband pianist Eugene Gaub, Juilliard School of Music graduates and former residents of East Aurora, founded the festival back in 1994, but soon afterwards moved to Iowa where they are on the faculty of Grinnell College.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 8 - Thursday, June 14)

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 Annual Allentown Art Fest Music Fest, taking place at Nietzsche's during the Art Festival this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

Play Ball!


by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

No-hitters are always special; on average, three such games occur in the Major Leagues every year. Yet last Friday, as the New York Mets and ace pitcher Johan Santana were marching toward the late innings of their game against the St. Louis Cardinals, word was spreading fast across Buffalo.

Book Review

You Can't Go Home

by Woody Brown

I remained unsure whether or not I should review the most recent novel by Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon, Beloved) up until the moment I started writing this sentence. My concerns were many, not the least of which being the embarrassing fact that I had never read a single work by Morrison until I read this book.

Letters to Artvoice

Demolition on Busti

by Kathy Mecca, Buffalo

Open Letter to Sam Hoyt on the Threat of Demolition for the Peace Bridge Plaza

by Michael Herbold, Buffalo

Celebrate Polish-American History

by Steve Norris

On "Grisanti Receives Praise and Condemnation for Earth Day"

by Lori McPhail, Buffalo

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

No insect is in greater need of a public relations boost than the cockroach, and Dr. Mathieu Lihoreau of Rennes, France, provided it in a recent issue of the journal Insectes Sociaux. Roaches are highly social, suffer when isolated, recognize members of their own families, and appear to make “collective decisions for the greater good” of their community, according to a review of the research in May by BBC Nature.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The pain you will feel in the coming week will be in direct proportion to the love you suppress and withhold. So if you let your love flow as freely as a mountain spring in a rainstorm, you may not have to deal with any pain at all. What’s that you say?


Ask Anyone

My 15-year-old daughter is obsessed with Glamour, Allure, and other glitzy fashion magazines that celebrate the fashion industry, which I happen to think is disastrous to women. Any ideas how to wean her off that oppressive garbage? And please don’t tell me “Just talk to her.” She’s 15.