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Cover Story

Rockin' Good News at The Outer Harbor

by Cory Perla

A small fish flops on the end of a fishing string as a young woman reels in her line, standing on the edge of a concrete ledge at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The forecast called for a chance of rain but the sky was blue as I drove over the skyway en route to the Outer Harbor concert site a few moments earlier.

News Analysis

Buffalo Creek Casino: Next Bets

by Steve Siegel

Even as the Seneca Nation of Indians nears completion of a permanent casino in downtown Buffalo, the anti-casino and the anti-gambling forces (not necessarily the same people) continue the legal fight to shut the casino down. Currently there are multiple appeals of three separate lower court decisions before the federal appellate court.

Art Scene


by Jack Foran

The bad news, if you’re heading to the Distillery Program at the Brew House Association exhibit at Buffalo Arts Studio in the Tri-Main Building thinking you’re going to have a few drinks there, is it’s just an art exhibit. (I shouldn’t say just, but you know what I mean.) The good news is that the Central Park Grill—where you can get a drink—is right around the corner.

Theater Week

BUA Takes 10

by Anthony Chase

This week BUA begins its 2nd annual short play festival, called BUA Takes 10. The evening includes ten plays about the LGBTQ experience, each ten minutes long or less. Festival co-curator Matthew Crehan Higgins took ten to answer some questions about the event.

Comedy Feature

The Laughter Olympics

by Elizabeth Lewin

Though the days of watching Drew Carey on Whose Line Is It Anyway? are long gone the hankering for solid improv comedy seems just as strong.

FIlm Reviews

The Lone Ranger

by George Sax

The Attack

by M. Faust

Midnight's Children

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 5 - Thursday, July 11)

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 Great Blue Heron Festival, this Friday the 5th through Sunday the 7th.

Letters to Artvoice

Please Don't Hijack Our Funds For the Original Bike Path

by John and Cynthia Hall

Let's Address Global Warming

by Ron Scott

Stop Sexual Harassment in Albany

by William B. Licata, Esq.

No Room in the State Halls

by Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes

An Open Letter to Paul Iskalo

by Michele F. Marconi

Dispatches: War of 1812

A Monsoon of Dragoons, Special Forces On Horses

by Mason Winfield

There were three components of land-fighting in 1812: infantry, artillery, and cavalry. So it was, with modifications, in the Niagara war, whose most colorful period may have been the summer and fall of 1813.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

As many as 50 exam monitors were forced to take cover at a high school in Zhongxiang, China, in June, fending off outraged students (and some parents) who hurled insults and stones at them after the monitors blocked cheating schemes on the all-important national “gaokao” exams.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Thomas Gray was a renowned 18th-century English poet best remembered for his “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.” It was a short poem—only 986 words, which is less than the length of this horoscope column. On the other hand, it took him seven years to write it, or an average of 12 words per month.