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The AV Local Restaurant Guide

Local Restaurant Week begins October 15, offering great dining deals and shining a light on our region’s food culture. Of course, we all eat 52 weeks in a year, and Western New York’s great wealth of locally owned and operated restaurants deserve steady appreciation and patronage. You spend a dollar at these places, and by and large that dollar stays here, rattling around our local economy; this is especially true at the growing number of restaurants whose chefs try assiduously to source their produce from local farmers and artisans.

Week in Review

All That Kennedy Money

by Geoff Kelly

Nate Buckley Trial: Language, Language...

by George Sax

One Man, An Indeterminate Number of Votes

by Geoff Kelly

Peace Breaks Out at Linwood Bike Track Meeting

by Buck Quigley

News Analysis

Forthwith, Continued

by Bruce Fisher

Buffalo Common Councilman Mike LoCurto wants to end the City of Buffalo’s contract with the Seneca Gaming Corporation, which operates a gambling casino in a blue metal pre-fab hut next to a housing project near downtown.

Art Scene

Artists & Models: Showoffs

by Jack Foran

Rare Early Works by Catherine Parker at Muleskinner Antiques

by Gerald Mead

Conceptual Art by Bozant, Poon, and Topolski at Buffalo Arts Studio

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Feature

Remembering Endesha Ida Mae Holland

by Anthony Chase & Javier Bustillos

Seeing Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s autobiographical play, From the Mississippi Delta, was an emotional experience for Artvoice columnist Javier Bustillos and me. We knew Endesha well, and we played a significant role in the play’s history. In fact, I daresay there isn’t a play that has ever been written that I know better than From the Mississippi Delta.

Theater Week

Billy Elliot

by Anthony Chase


by Anthony Chase

The Fox on the Fairway

by Anthony Chase

Next to Normal

by Anthony Chase



by Javier

The fabulous Melanie Griffith (pictured above), who turned 55 last month, will guest star in the season premiere of the TV show Raising Hope, which will air October 2 on Fox. Griffith and her real-life movie star mom, the legendary Tippi Hedren, will play mother and grandmother of one of the characters.

Classical Music Notes

And Fingers Straying Upon an Instrument...

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society opens its 89th season on Tuesday, October 2 at 8pm in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall, with a performance by the American Chamber Players.

Film Feature

Buffalo International Film Festival, Week 2

by M. Faust

The sixth edition of the Buffalo International Film Festival kicks into high gear this weekend with 25 presentations.

Film Feature

So Many Films, So Little Time

by M. Faust

Unless you’re a trade publication like Variety or the Hollywood Reporter that can send a staff of writers to cover it, you just can’t make conclusive comments about the Toronto International Film Festival. Like the five blind men encountering an elephant for the first time, all you can do is report on the particular corner of it to which you happened to be exposed.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 28 - Thursday, October 4)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Langhorne Slim, who performs at The Tralf Music Hall on Saturday the 29th.

Letters to Artvoice

New Albright-Knox Acquisitions Do Not Replace What Was Sold

by Bruce Adams

Deadbeat Mom

by Joe Gerken

Left of the Truth

by Dan Hoffman

The Party of Lincoln

by Gene Grabiner

The Rapture

by Anonymous

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

At a conference in August, researchers from North Carolina State University demonstrated their latest technological advance in aiding “first responders” to peacetime and wartime disasters: cockroaches.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The German poet and philosopher Friedrich von Schiller liked to have rotting apples in his desk drawer as he worked; the scent inspired him. Agatha Christie testified that many of her best ideas came to her while she was washing dishes.