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Week in Review

Over The Timber, Under the Door

by Geoff Kelly

Handling Conflicts of Interest, Canadian Style

by Alan Bedenko

News Analysis

Iroquoia and the American Imagination

by Bruce Fisher

Smokin’ Joe’s Trading Post sells gas, tax-free cigarettes, some groceries, and also the kind of clothing motorcyclists like, including boots, leather jackets, and sweatshirts with various Native American themes and messages. Especially popular are the shirts with representations of the famous wampum belts that solemnized 17th- and 18th-century covenants between the Iroquois and the British Empire and its various colonies.

Theater Week

Carl Kowalkowski's Endgame

by Anthony Chase

Carl Kowalkowski, an uncommonly talented character actor with a quick sardonic wit, a generous spirit, and a gnome-like demeanor, died on November 24 after a heart attack. He was 68 years old.

Theater Week

Hearts to Mouths For Bro

by Anthony Chase

Brother Augustine Towey, C. M., a titan of Western New York theater and an inspiration to generations of Niagara University students, died on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, after a long illness. The outpouring of grief was immediate, widespread, and effusive within a community that found itself brimming with words that seemed profoundly inadequate.

Art Scene

Charles Burchfield's notes and sketches at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

by Jack Foran

Remembering Olga Bajusova, 1954-2012

by J. Tim Raymond

Classical Music Notes

From the Baroque to the Edge of the Avant-Garde

by Jan Jezioro

Key in the words “rebel” and “music” in a Google search and the top result will most likely be the reggae song “Rebel Music” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s pretty safe to say, however, that Bob Marley will not be on the program this Friday evening, November 30 at 7:30pm, when the Baroque music ensemble known as Rebel returns to the stage at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the UB Amherst Campus, as the third concert in this year’s Slee Visiting Artists Series.

Film Reviews

Anna Karenina

by George Sax

Killing Them Softly

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 30 - Thursday, December 6)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Dollywatchers with The Sleepy Hahas, performing on Saturday the 1st at Mohawk Place.

Dispatches: War of 1812

A Danger More to Itself

by Mason Winfield

While a minor dustup in world history, the October 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights was a gripping, seesaw adventure that threw remarkable personalities and situations into relief.

You Auto Know

Cadillac: It's Hunting Season

by Jim Corbran

The car once touted in its advertising as “the standard of the world” still thinks pretty highly of itself. Only now the competition isn’t cushy Lincoln Continentals and Chrysler Imperials. No, the new 2013 Cadillac ATS has one car in particular in its gunsights: the BMW 3 Series.

Letters to Artvoice

A Plan for Stadiums, Retail, Museums, and Everything Else

by Kevin F. Yost

He's Taking This Well, Isn't He?

by Lloyd A. Marshall, Jr.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

If an asteroid is ever on a collision course with Earth, it is feasible that the planet could be saved by firing paintballs at it, according to an MIT graduate student whose detailed plan won this year’s prize in a United Nations space council competition, announced in October.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you say “rabbit rabbit rabbit” as soon as you wake up on the first day of the month, you will have good luck for the next 30 to 31 days. At least that’s how reality works according to a British superstition.


Ask Anyone

I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, but there are a couple of derelict properties. There is a block club, and as a group we have tried to make complaints through the Department of Citizen’s Services—so far this has not worked. I know that my neighborhood is not the only area in the city dealing with abandoned housing, but do you have any ideas on how to get some sort of action from the city?