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Week in Review

M&T Emails Shed Light on Nate Buckley Arrest and Trial

by George Sax

Man O' Trees Sues Over Lewiston Road Project

by Geoff Kelly and Louis Ricciuti

Attica! Attica!

by Buck Quigley

Bienvenue and Welcome, Canadians!

by Buck Quigley

News Analysis

Better Off Than in 2008?

by Bruce Fisher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index is up over 12,000 points, compared to 2008 when it fell to 8,000. Real, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product is up, even here in the slow-growth Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan area, where the 2008 number was $42 billion but the 2012 number is over $45 billion.

Getting a Grip

Robots of Mayberry

by Michael I. Niman

Mayberry is the mythical all-white North Carolina town that writers conjured up for the early 1960s TV sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show. In our modern lexicon, it personifies the nostalgic vision of an “innocent” America before the civil rights era, the Vietnam War, hippies, Watergate, global warming, and, most of all, a black president.

News Feature

Dispatch From the DNC

Our convention coverage team, fresh off the GOP convention in Tampa, sends these images from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Guest Essay

Who Built What?

by J. Bradford DeLong

When the French politician and moral philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville published the first volume of his Democracy in America in 1835, he did so because he thought that France was in big trouble and could learn much from America. So one can only wonder what he would have made of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Fall Arts Preview

Open Your Eyes

by Jack Foran

Two Buffalo artist expatriates will return to the Queen City this month in shows at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Comic book artist Spain Rodriguez, and Jackie Tarry, of the multimedia artist team (Brad) McCallum and Tarry, are featured in separate shows opening September 14. McCallum and Tarry were part of the 2010 Beyond/In biennial show.

Fall Arts

City of Night

by Cory Perla

Tall, decaying concrete structures tower over the waterfront in the Old First Ward. This is where a handful of Buffalo’s grain elevators rise from the water, including the iconic Marine A, which stands over 100 feet high.

Comedy Feature

Funny Business in the Cobblestone District

For the past several years, the bulk of the comedy scene in Buffalo has been carried on the determined shoulders of Kristen Becker—a performer whose own material draws on real-life experiences to deliver funny, in-your-face observations on life, lifestyles, relationships, and her hometown.

Theater Feature

Curtain Up! 2012

Friday, September 14 marks the 31st annual celebration of Curtain Up! in Buffalo, representing the official start of the live theater season. Sixteen theaters will present shows as part of the festivities.

Theater Interview

The Tony Awards!

by Geoff Kelly

Two thirds into 2012, the year’s identity has been entirely subsumed: Hereafter, 2012, thy name is Anthony Chase. It has been a year of honors for Artvoice’s founding theater editor: The National Conference for Just Communities named him a Leader in the Arts; Buffalo Spree named him Best Media Personality in Western New York; at Buffalo State, where he is assistant dean of humanities, he was named Outstanding Faculty Member at the Student Life Awards.

Classical Music Notes

Classical Music Countdown

by Jan Jezioro

While summer in the Buffalo area offers the local classical music lover many opportunities to enjoy live performances of classical music at venues including June in Buffalo, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music on Elmwood, the BPO, both at Artpark and this year at Kleinhans, the Chautauqua Institution and just over the border at the Music Niagara Festival in Niagara-on-the-lake, after the beginning of August the spigot runs dry.


A Gleeful Song

by Jill Greenberg

Although he already has a few acting credits under his belt (How to Rock, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, and Melissa & Joey, amongst others) Buffalo native Jacob Artist is poised for a career upstart since he landed a role on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee.

Film Feature

Lingua Franca

Over the years, I’ve come to think of it as the Elevator of Babel. Riding up and down in the Hyatt Regency hotel that has hosted the Montreal World Film Festival for as long as I’ve been attending it (since 1995), one hears any number of different languages: French, of course, Montreal being a Francophone city, and lots of German, but also Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, various Asian languages, and others that I could only guess if I recognized the speakers because I’d seen their film.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 7 - Thursday, September 13)

FIlm Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Being Beastie, a tribute to the Beastie Boys on Friday, September 7th at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar.

Book Review

The Age of the Selfie

by Woody Brown

So, answer me this. Do you like to look at people looking at themselves? I do not. But watching people stare at themselves is a large part of what the internet is. Consider, for instance, Facebook, which is in many respects a hall of mirrors in which you examine others only as they desire to be seen, and by which you create and maintain meticulously, like a little bonsai homunculus, your ideal image of yourself.

You Auto Know

Old World Meets New: The 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye

by Jim Corbran

Detroit is getting nostalgic. For the good old days? Well, not totally. Yeah, the profits were nice but that near-bankruptcy thing put the fear of God into them. That, and the ever-rising sales of foreign vehicles in North America.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Are We Safe? In August, Daniel Castillo’a Jet Ski broke down in New York City’s Jamaica Bay, forcing him to swim to the nearest shore—at JFK International Airport. As Castillo roamed the grounds, he somehow failed to disturb the airport’s $100 million, state-of-the-art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System of cameras and motion sensors, stumbling into the Delta terminal before an employee noticed him.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’ll bet that a-ha! experiences will arrive at a faster rate than you’ve seen in a long time. Breakthroughs and brainstorms will be your specialty. Surprises and serendipitous adventures should be your delight.


Ask Anyone

So, my daughter, now 10, enjoys surfing on the internet. She googled “mermaids” and came up with this article, called “Mermaids: The Body Found,” from the site