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Cover Story

Infringement 2012

by Cory Perla, Jon Wheelock, Leigh Giangreco

An “infringement” is a violation. The word “infringe” also means to break off. Buffalo’s Infringement Festival is a place for artists to go to break off from the mainstream, to do something totally unauthorized, to trespass on preconceived notions. There is no sponsoring authority, no one telling these artists what they can and cannot do. There is no entity looming about to demand a safety net under this high-wire act.

Week in Review

The Truth About the "Truthland" Screening

by Buck Quigley

Tops Never Stops Cutting Down Trees

by Geoff Kelly

The Peace Bridge Boycott

by Jack Foran

Night in the Museum

by Geoff Kelly

News Analysis

You're Off the Island

by Bruce Fisher

The Economic Policy Institute reported last week that the heirs to Sam Walton’s Wal-Mart fortune are worth $89.5 billion, which is greater than the household wealth of more than 42 percent of Americans.

Guest Essay

Three Ways the Buffalo City Charter is Being Violated

by Paul Wolf,

Perhaps Buffalo’s lack of a strategy, accountability, and performance stems from the failure to follow key aspects of the city’s charter?

Art Scene

War of 1812 exhibits at Karpeles manuscript museum and the downtown library

by Jack Foran

Joe Bajus Jr. at 464 Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Between Love and Oblivion

by Anthony Chase

In her new play, Fifty Ways, now playing its debut engagement at Chautauqua Theater Company’s Bratton Theater, Kate Fodor explores the potent but ambiguous states of emotion that lie in the balance between loving and not loving, between forgiving and not forgiving, between moral obligation and freedom from obligation.

Classical Music Notes

Summer of Music at Niagara-on-the-Lake

by Jan Jezioro

This year, the Music Niagara festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake is commemorating the events of the War of 1812 and the peace that has existed between the United States and Canada following the end of hostilities in that conflict. The festival got off to strong start during its first two weeks, with one of the highlights being the first-ever appearance of the Trinity College Cambridge Choir.

Film Review

The Intouchables

by M. Faust

The odds are pretty overwhelming that you will like the oddly titled French comedy-drama The Intouchables, about the relationship between a paralyzed rich man and the street-smart thief he hires as his caretaker. It’s already made more than $350 million internationally, and ranks as the second biggest hit in the history of the French film industry.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 27 - Thursday, August 2)

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Yeasayer, who will play the Town Ballroom on Wednesday, August 1st.

You Auto Know

It's Not Just a Car

by Jim Corbran

Deep in the heart of the city, in a rather nondescript garage, lives the soul of a former Buffalo radio jock. And, as you can probably gather from the fact that I’m the one telling the story, yes, it’s a car.

Letters to Artvoice

Chameleon Schools Project

by Joe Gardella

Ban Assault Rifles

by Joe Gerkin

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Two Brazilian firms collaborated recently to test a whimsical device that could perhaps lessen splashing on men’s room floors: a urinal containing a fretboard that makes musical sounds as liquid hits it (if the stream is strong enough).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The state of Maine has a law that prohibits anyone from leaving an airplane while it is flying through the air. This seems like a reasonable restriction until you realize how badly it discriminates against skydivers.


Ask Anyone

My boyfriend works for Citicorp, a big bank. I work for a nonprofit consumer advocacy group that is planning a series of grassroots protests against his employer’s policies. He respects my positions on those policies, even agrees with many of them, but he worried that my being part of a demonstration in front of his place of employment is going to harm him. What should I do about that?