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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n30 (07/26/2012) » Section: Week in Review

The Truth About the "Truthland" Screening

Although it’s easily viewed for free on the web, the short film Truthland will have its Buffalo premiere tonight (July 26) at 7pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The 35-minute movie is a ham-handed stab at countering Josh Fox’s Gasland. According to the website, it was produced by Fred Davis, who made political ads for George W. Bush and John McCain. The domain for the website promoting the film——was discovered to be owned by Chesapeake Energy Corporation. The Buffalo event is sponsored by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of NY (IOGA).

Tops Never Stops Cutting Down Trees

The effort by Tops Markets on the corner of Grant and Amherst Streets to install a gas station in the front of their plaza, right alongside the Scajaquada Creek bike and walking trail was tabled last week by the city’s Planning Board. As we reported a couple weeks ago, Tops wants to put in four pumps serving up to eight cars, three underground gas tanks with a capacity of 25,000 gallons, and a lit canopy along Grant Street, all packaged in their application as part of a larger effort to overhaul the market’s interior and exterior, though clearly the centerpiece of the makeover is the gas station. The supermarket’s attempts to get a gas station permitted there have been rejected twice before.

The Peace Bridge Boycott

Tim Tielman held a kind of informational and “rally the troops” meeting on the Peace Bridge plaza planned expansion matter Monday evening in the large back room of the Armory Tavern on Connecticut Street, and the rallying cry was “Boycott the Bridge.”

Night in the Museum

The main gallery at El Museo on Allen Street is a close space in any season; in late July, denied what remains of the lake breeze so far from the water, the heat and stillness of the room can be dizzying. Nonetheless, the parade of Democrats seeking the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of Western New York began with a dark-suited, buttoned-down Tim Kennedy, the incumbent state senator who made an about-face on LGBT issues when he first ran for the seat two years ago and has been consistent ever since, voting in favor of marriage equality last summer and sponsoring GENDA (the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act) this year, and presumably next year as well. His jacket buttoned despite the heat, Kennedy affirmed his positions for the audience of 15 or 20 Stonewalls, who seemed largely satisfied that they’d won an ally in Kennedy.

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