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Cover Story

Buffalo International Film Festival

by M. Faust

Now in its sixth year, the Buffalo International Film Festival is undergoing some growing pains. In order to focus attention on its best offerings, it has been scaled back from the 10 days it ran last year to two consecutive weekends. On the basis of the films I have previewed, the quality looks to be better than recent years, with fewer of the marginal titles that seemed to be padding out those extra days.

Week in Review

Frank Talk on Stalled Lewiston Road Project

by Geoff Kelly and Louis Ricciuti

Peace Bridge Air Quality: Fine vs. Ultrafine Particle Testing

by Jack Foran

What Betty Jean Means

by Geoff Kelly

Meet the UB Shale Institute Advisory Board

by Buck Quigley

Special Report

The Problem with Cuomo

by Jim Heaney,

Kevin Connor is a research provocateur and one of the leading intellects in Buffalo’s burgeoning activist community. The Boston native and 2005 graduate of Harvard University moved to Buffalo five years ago. Since then, he has launched two watchdog research organizations, the Public Accountability Initiative and Little Sis.

Getting a Grip

Occupy the Truth

by Michael I. Niman

Wearing an Occupy t-shirt in the summer of 2012 seemed old school—like wearing a Grateful Dead tie-dye. Occupy is so 51 weeks ago.

News Analysis

The New Tax ID Politics

by Bruce Fisher

Thirty profitable American-based corporations that paid a negative income tax rate between 2008 and 2011 also paid less than zero federal income taxes in 2011.

Theater Week

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

by Anthony Chase


by Anthony Chase

Art Scene

An exhibition for breast cancer awareness at Impact Artists Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Drawings by Nancy J. Parisi at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

by Jack Foran

Compelling art and captivating antiques at Elmwood Tupper Gallery

by Jack Foran

Classical Music Notes

Tokyo Farewell

by Jan Jezioro

Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the UB Amherst campus will be the venue for a pair of very different but equally anticipated concerts next week.

Film Feature

The Master

by M. Faust

Film director Paul Thomas Anderson talks about his new film, the era it seeks to capture, and working with Joaquin Phoenix

Film Reviews

Trouble With the Curve

by George Sax

2 Days in New York

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 21 - Thursday, September 27)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Working in Time: a celebration of the arts in honor of Bruce Jackson, this Friday the 21st at Slee Hall, UB North Campus.

Guest Essay

Byron Brown's $1 Million Dollar Campaign Fund Proves the Need for Publicly Financed Elections

by Paul Wofl

The fact that Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has $1 million dollars in his campaign war chest is good news for the mayor but bad news for the citizens of Buffalo. It means there will not be a real election for mayor of Buffalo next year. No challenger will be able to compete in a significant way against $1 million and the power of incumbency.

You Auto Know

Small News

by Jim Corbran

You’d almost think that Chevy knew gas would be topping four dollars a gallon, as their new mini car, the Spark, just recently went on sale. An EPA rating at 28/37 miles per gallon city/highway certainly won’t hurt sales.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Among the students featured in Popular Science’s September list of young inventors was Fabian Fernandez-Han, 14, of Conroe, Texas, who invented a bicycle that, when pedaled, also desalinates seawater (via reverse osmosis) from replaceable 15-gallon canisters.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Want to submit a letter to the editor of a major newspaper? The odds of you getting published in the influential Washington Post are almost three times as great as in the super-influential New York Times.