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Cover Story

Whistle While You Work

by Cory Perla

A broken heart is something everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime. At least that is what indie rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Andrew Bird believes. This year Bird released his 12th studio album, Break It Yourself, and as the title suggests: If you can’t find someone to break your heart for you, go ahead and do it yourself.

Week in Review

Collins vs. The Consumer

by Alan Bedenko

The Retrial of Nate Buckley

by Geoff Kelly

Air Monitoring at Peace Bridge

by Jack Foran

Common Council Report

by Geoff Kelly

At Annual Gala, Olmsted Honors Pro-Fracking Lawyer

by Buck Quigley

News Analysis

The Haves and The Rest

by Bruce Fisher

To be an American is to embrace money as the truest measure of virtue. That’s why the most progressive Post-Keynesian economists, like their more empowered Chicago-school arithmeticians, have a hard time with the small but growing new trend of de-growth and limits-to-growth and environmental economists, among whom are physicists whose numbers say that this, all of this, whether it’s green-powered or coal-fired, can’t go on.

Music Feature

One Van's Warped Tour

by Keith Buckley

Our guitar player Andy, a drummer they call “Legs,” and a merch guy we call “Big K” left Buffalo on June 11 in a van that had a mouse living in it, who, over the course of four months of touring, only let itself be known through carelessly placed droppings and nests of cotton that indicated a complete lack of regard for feng shui.

Give For Greatness

Backstage to Backwoods

by Sara DiNatale

Kenneth Shaw has trekked up mountains, scaled rocky terrain, and hiked for seven weeks straight to raise money for one of his life’s biggest passions. But despite having already walked 562 miles to raise money for the arts, the accomplished hiker will add 122 miles to his distance traveled for charity starting on July 21.

Theater Feature

The Sacred Stage

by Charlotte Hsu

The Hill Cumorah Pageant, held yearly on a grassy slope outside of Rochester, may be the only place you’ll ever see a Mormon dad in clip-on earrings and a shoulder-length wig.

Theater Week

Fodor and Chautauqua: A Happy Marriage

by Anthony Chase

Young Playwrights Festival

by Anthony Chase

Art Scene


by Jack Foran

Circles, big and small, literal and fanciful, Euclidean perfect and artwork approximations, are thematic in the current exhibit at Studio Hart. Works of a dozen or so artists are on display.

Classical Music Notes

Music Along the Niagara Celebrates 1812

by Jan Jezioro

The Music Niagara Festival, in picturesque Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, opens with a gala concert event at St. Mark’s Church on Friday, July 13 at 7:30pm. The festival was initially launched as Chamber Music Niagara, but several years ago it changed its name to Music Niagara to acknowledge that it had morphed into something other than simply a chamber music festival.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 13 - Thursday, July 19)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Weezer, who comes to the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf on Friday, July 13th.

You Auto Know

You'll Get a Kick Out of It

by Jim Corbran

A nifty feature of the all-new 2013 Ford Escape is something Ford calls the hands-free liftgate. I thought it was outrageously complicated until I looked at the technology that went into creating it, and discovered that it’s similar to a motion-activated video game (think Wii). I then smacked my forehead and cried out, “Why didn’t I think of that!”

Letters to Artvoice

What's Fair: An Open Letter From a "Seasonal" Sanitation Worker

My name is Timothy Johnson. I am many things. I am a father, a veteran, a taxpayer, active member of the Coalition for Economic Justice, and a seasonal sanitation worker for the City of Buffalo.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Information Science and Technology have developed goggles that can enlarge the image of a bite of food so that the eater might fool himself into thinking he has consumed more than he has (and thus, that his hunger might dissipate sooner). The software is so sophisticated, they said, that the food carrier (a fork, or the eater’s hand) is not transformed and appears at normal size.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let’s hypothesize that there are two different kinds of freedom possible for you to pursue. One is simplistic and sterile, while the other is colorful and fertile. The first is characterized by absence or emptiness, and the second is full of rich information and stimulating experiences.


Ask Anyone

I just won a million dollars. Seriously. I won it on a scratch-off ticket. So my question to you is this: What would you do if you just won a million dollars?