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News Feature

Sneak Attack

by Zach Hagadone

Astonishing. Remarkable. Sinister. Those are words that come up again and again when confronting the wave of voter identification laws that has swept through more than 30 Republican-dominated state legislatures in recent years. The measures sound innocuous enough: When a voter shows up to the polls on Election Day, he or she must present valid photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

Week in Review

Hocul vs. Collins: Nearly $4 Million Spent on 7,800 Commercials

by Jim Heaney & Jennifer Orr,

New Air Monitoring Program for Peace Bridge Neighborhood

by Jack Foran

City's Recycling Program Lags Behind National Average

by Dan Telvock,

UB CLEAR Calls for Closure of Shale Institute

by Buck Quigley

Hot For Teachers: Charter Advocates Vent in Council Chambers

by George Sax

News Analysis

After Tuesday, Serious Tax Talk

by Bruce Fisher

Senator Harry Reid was, apparently, not bluffing. Some months ago, Reid asserted that Mitt Romney has not paid income taxes for many years. Romney denied Reid’s claim, but in our politics-as-sports media climate, the Reid statement and the Romney denial were treated like a second-down play in the first quarter.

Art Scene

Alex Contino's Paintings at Big Orbit Gallery

by Jack Foran

Thomas Bittner's Photographs at Queen City Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Revenge, Horror, and Shakespeare

by Anthony Chase

On Sunday, Shakespeare in Delaware Park will host a reading of Shakespeare’s very first tragedy, Titus Andronicus, at the Buffalo Seminary. Saul Elkin, founder of the festival, will play Titus, a fictitious general from ancient Rome who finds himself in a bloody battle of revenge with Tamora, queen of the defeated Goths. Lisa Vitrano will play Tamora.

Music Feature

Decency Rally

by Eric Kendall

Much like a holiday in and of itself, the Buffalo Decency Rally, a party featuring the cream of the crop of Buffalo independent music, is upon us again. This year we briefly spoke with musician/event coordinator and all-around swell guy, Aaron Weese.

Classical Music Notes

Shostakovich and Yevtushenko

by Jan Jezioro

BPO music director JoAnn Falletta will be on the podium on Friday, November 2 at 10:30am, and Saturday, November 3 at 8pm, in a program featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (“Babi Yar”), with Metropolitan Opera bass Mikhail Svetlov and the men of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.

Film Reviews

Liberal Arts

by M. Faust

The Big Picture

by M. Faust

Wreck-It Ralph

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 2 - Thursday, November 8)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Matthew Dear, performing on Thursday the 8th at Soundlab.

You Auto Know

Old Name, New Shape

by Jim Corbran

Years ago (11, to be exact), we bought a brand new Hyundai Elantra. Didn’t know much about Hyundai except for the fact that they were offering a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on their new cars. Good enough for me. Took the Elantra out for a test drive, talked price, bought the car.

Letters to Artvoice

The Romney Doctrine

by Gene Grabiner

Grisanti is a Fracker

by Rita Yelda

Michele the Citizen

by Anthony M. Graziano

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“Coming Up Next! The Resurrection! Live!”: “If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible,” wrote the Los Angeles Times in an October dispatch from Jerusalem, the two largest Christian television networks in the U.S. promise to cover the arrival live from a hilltop in the city.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This is an excellent time to explore the frontiers of wise foolishness. I’m hoping you will take full advantage of learning opportunities that might require you to shed your excess dignity and acknowledge how much you don’t know.