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Cover Story

Conventional Wisdom

by Katie McGowan, photos by Jon Winet

Our convention coverage team send dispatches from Tampa, then packs their bags for the Democratic gathering in Charlotte.

Week in Review

UB Faculty and Staff Call For Transparency

by Buck Quigley

The Peace Bridge and the Episcopal Church Home

by Jack Foran

WNED Sells AM970 to Wingnuts

by Buck Quigley

Odds and Ends

by Geoff Kelly


For Whom the Cowbell, Toles?

by Jim Heaney,

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Tom Toles talks about Republican demagoguery, life in the nation’s capital, and his new career as a rock-and-roll drummer.

Green Watch

Biodiversity and Climate Change

by Jay Burney

Climate change is rampaging our planet, our region, and our communities like an unstoppable freight train that has gone off the tracks. We are no longer looking at a “predicted” future of possible highly variable extreme weather conditions and catastrophic events. That future is now.

Comedy Interview

Crazy Funny

by Cory Perla

For comedian Artie Lange, heartbreak and catastrophe go in, and humor comes out. It’s really that simple for the 44-year-old best-selling author, comedian, radio show host, and actor. Lange has learned to take the pain of addiction and depression and turn it inside out.

Art Scene

Lacemaking exhibit at Castellani Art Museum

by Jack Foran

Marissa Lehner's installation at 464 Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Play Ball!

Keep the Mets or Switch to the Jays: What Say You?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Now that the Buffalo Bisons season is reaching yet another disappointing conclusion, speculation is hot and heavy as to who will be our parent club next season. Will the Bisons ownership and management re-up for another two years with the New York Mets? Or will the team pull the trigger and bring in the Toronto Blue Jays, who right now have their AAA affiliate stationed all the way out in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Killer Joe

by M. Faust

Neil Young Journeys

by Donny Kutzbach

Celeste and Jesse Forever

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 31 - Thursday, September 6)

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 Better Days Independent Music Festival, going on Friday through Sunday at the Tralf Music Hall.

Letters to Artvoice

Let Us Vote on Big Budgets, Too

by Frank Kolbmann

Back to School Fund

by Blaine Hamilton

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In August, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration dropped all charges against a doctor who has been at the center of a prescription-drug fraud case because, said prosecutors, they have too much evidence against him and not enough space to store it.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the creation myths of Easter Island’s native inhabitants, the god who made humanity was named Makemake. He was also their fertility deity. Today the name Makemake also belongs to a dwarf planet that was discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune in 2005. It’s currently traveling through the sign of Virgo.


Ask Anyone

I have fallen hard for a co-worker and I’m too afraid to go for it. I have had feelings for someone I work with for the past few months, I’ve been trying to ignore my feelings as we work together and that could get awkward! I don’t think he knows as I have been pretty careful about expressing my feelings but we talk frequently and it can get flirty.