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Cover Story

Evolution and the Entomologists

by Charlotte Hsu

Marc Potzler and Jacob Wickham met as boys in 1988. They were members of a children’s bug club south of Buffalo, having grown up with a fondness for the creeping critters that other people dismissed as pests. Each was an insectophile, a lover of bugs, and this would define who they were for a long time to come.

Week in Review

Justice Delayed: Judge Postpones Ruling in Buckley Case

by George Sax

Elected Officials Not Paying Taxes, Volume CCXXVIII

by Michael D. Regan, Investigative Post

UB President Defends Shale Institute

by Buck Quigley

Slow Going on Medical Campus Park Construction

by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

City Hall Notes

by Geoff Kelly

Getting a Grip

The Dirty Dozen

by Michael I. Niman

I’m sick of endless pontificating about body language at debates, who “connects” with voters, who’s polling better with gerbil owners, or any other nonsense that diverts us from discussing crucially import issues.

Art Scene

Innovative drawings at UB Art Gallery

by Jack Foran

Squeaky Wheel's Media Arts Awareness Weekend

by Jack Foran

Theater Week

Chaplin the Musical on Broadway

by Anthony Chase

The Whipping Man

by Anthony Chase

Music Feature

Watt Plays Mohawk Place

by Bill Nehill

Mike Watt is a punk rock pioneer. Since 1980, he has challenged the expectations of what punk is and what it ultimately can be. As co-founder of the seminal Minutemen, Watt recorded landmark albums that fused punk, classic rock, and free jazz into songs which seldom passed the two-minute mark.

Classical Music Notes

Drunk With Moonlight

by Jan Jezioro

In their continuing tradition of offering uniquely programmed concerts of some of the most adventurous music in the classical repertoire, the Buffalo Chamber Players will open their sixth season at their home in the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30pm, with an evening of music composed by Arnold Schoenberg.

Film Feature

Buffalo Screams

by M. Faust

The third edition of the Buffalo Screams horror film festival, which opened on Wednesday, moves into high gear this weekend with eleven programs each including a feature film, a short or two, and in many cases Q&As with the filmmakers. Although screenings have been moved to the move spacious Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, the closing night dinner and awards ceremony (open to the public) will still be held at the Screening Room in Amherst.

Film Review


by George Sax

If Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia doesn’t create waves of uneasy recognition and sympathetic identification among Western New Yorkers, particularly Buffalonians, it’s difficult to imagine a movie that would resonate with them.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 19 - Thursday, October 25)

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: 88 Keys, an 88th birthday celebration for Andy Anselmo at Kleinhans Music Hall on Thursday the 25th.

You Auto Know

Datsun Ice Car

by Jim Corbran

Okay, maybe I’m trying too hard with this week’s headline. (Nissan used to be known as Datsun in North America.) But the new 2013 Nissan Altima won’t have to try hard at all to woo you over. It’s that good.

Guest Essay

The Silliest Damn War

by Mason Winfield

It was Indian summer in 1812. As if he looked to the Niagara as he wrote his ode, the poet Keats would memorialize the feeling of Western New York’s outrageous falls just a handful of years later. Still, but for the soldier camps, the newly declared war seemed a long way off to Western New York. Then people in Buffalo, Black Rock, Manchester (Niagara Falls), then Lewiston looked across the river to see that all had changed.

Letters to Artvoice

A Vote For Obama

by Joe Bialek

Moving Peace Bridge Truck Inspection Into Canada

by Steve Norris

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

For September’s Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, artists Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton commissioned soprano Louise Ashcroft to sing, altering pitch and volume while wearing a face mask made of algae.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Visualize yourself heading out on a high adventure with interesting people—but all the while being distracted by the memory of a trivial insult you experienced earlier that day.