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Cover Story

A Taste of Hollywood

by Gregory Lamberson

If you created a list of qualities that come to mind when thinking of the Buffalo Niagara region, film production would probably not rate very high on it. We have our sports teams, our fine arts, our natural wonder of the world, but we don’t have any major motion pictures congesting our streets or movie stars idling along our sidewalks.

Week in Review

How New York State Employees Fund Frackers

by Buck Quigley

Collins's Tax Returns

by Alan Bedenko

Bridge Authority Purchases Episcopal Home Lien

by Jack Foran

Cleaning Up the Dirty Work

by Rebecca Bratek

News Analysis

Urbanicity in Autumn

by Bruce Fisher

On the second Saturday in September, a group from Hamilton, Ontario will come to spend the day in Buffalo to explore “success and failure in city-building.”

Events Feature

Buffalo Irish Festival

by Edward A. Benoit

It’s time to dig out your ghilles and press your Sunday best, Buffalo, as the 31st Annual Buffalo Irish Festival is already upon us. A Queen City institution (especially for those of you from the south), this year’s festivities look as good as they ever have.

Art Scene

50 @ 50: Select Artists from the Gerald Mead Collection at the UB Anderson Gallery

by Eric Jackson-Forsberg

The Ravages of Addiction at Casa de Arte

by Jack Foran

Book Review

A Comedy for Some and a Drama for Others

by Nikolai Evreinov

One of the most attractive things about Russian literature is that it is generally, for lack of a better word, nuts.

Film Reviews

Premium Rush

by George Sax

Hit and Run

by M. Faust

The Queen of Versailles

by M. Faust

Take This Waltz

by M. Faust

One Day on Earth

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 24 - Thursday, August 30)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, taking place this Saturday and Sunday.

You Auto Know

A More Conventional Unconventionalism

by Jim Corbran

Since its introduction in 1997, there’s been one thing you could always say about the Toyota Prius Hybrid: Handsomeness was never its burden to bear. Not that all Priuses are downright ugly, but there’s just something of the “It has a nice personality” about them.

Letters to Artvoice

What, Exactly, Is Going On Here?

Toll Increase Debate a Charade

Stop Fracking Now

We've Got Rats

The Play's The Thing

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Associated Press, reporting in August from Jerusalem, noted that the ultra-Orthodox community’s “modesty patrols” were selling eyeglasses with “special blur-inducing stickers” that fuzz up distant images so that offended men will not inadvertently spot immodestly dressed women.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A guy I know was invited to hang one of his paintings in a New York gallery—on one condition. It had to be a piece he created on the spot, in the gallery, on the day the show opened.


Ask Anyone

Should I worry about Paul Ryan becoming vice president? I read the New Yorker profile on him, and that made him seem pretty human, in both good and bad ways.