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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n40 (10/04/2012) » Section: Week in Review

Occupying Time: Occupy Buffalo at One Year

Last Saturday afternoon a crowd of about 15 people gathered on the east side of Niagara Square’s traffic circle and did the same thing they’ve been doing in that space for a year now: holding a General Assembly for Occupy Buffalo. Once the meeting was called and the chatter of the various conversations subsided, a paper bag stuffed full of ginger-molasses cookies was passed around the circle and the members began planning their one-year anniversary, coming this weekend.

Won't Back Down: A Charter School Parable

The Buffalo News’ daily events feature, “Seven by Seven,” had it right in its listing for Won’t Back Down, the movie that had a special free showing Monday at the Regal Elmwood Center Cinema. The movie, the News noted, “has generally gotten failing marks from the reviewers. Critics are calling it ‘dreary,’ ‘boring’ and ‘manipulative.’” And so they are. David Germain’s AP review, picked up by the News last Friday, was typical enough. “A simple-minded assault on the ills of public schools that lumbers along like a math class droning multiplication tables,” he wrote.

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