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News Feature

The Fascinating Case of George vs. City of Buffalo

by Geoff Kelly

William George is a seasonal laborer with the City of Buffalo, where has been employed since 2001. George works primarily in the Streets Department, lifting garbage totes. As a seasonal employee, George receives less pay than a permanent employee performing the same work and he does not receive personal days, vacation days, holiday pay, or sick days. For many years, George has tried to move into a permanent position with the City of Buffalo.

Guest Essay

19 Ideas for Challengers Seeking Public Office

by Paul Wolf, Esq.,

Political petitions have been filed for candidates running for village, town, city, and county offices. We need more good people to run for public office, and no incumbent should get a free ride to re-election. Elections should be about ideas and providing a forum for communities to debate and discuss ways for a better future.

Art Scene

Nairobi: New Works

by Jack Foran

Max Collins Presses On

by Gerald Mead

Don't Listen to the Fools

by J. Tim Raymond

Art Feature

City of Night

by Geoff Kelly

Last September, an extraordinary congregation of visual, sound, and performance artists created a multi-faceted, one-night show in and around the grain elevators at Buffalo’s Silo City. More than 3,000 people came—an astonishing turnout for a first-time event, and evidence of the deep fascination those iconic structures along the Buffalo River inspire.

Music Feature

Savannah King Soars With Alphabet Project

by John Hugar

Suppose that you had to cover a different song once a week for 26 straight weeks. Even if you happen to be a professional musician, that’s certainly not an easy task.

Theater Week

Jimmy Janowski Returns to Bodega Bay

by Anthony Chase

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense film, The Birds, was released in 1963, making this year its 50th anniversary. Naturally, Jimmy Janowski wanted to celebrate the event by returning to the scene of the attack, Bodega Bay, California, with a revival his own parody of the film, The Birds Attack!, which opens at BUA Theater this weekend.

Film Reviews

Only God Forgives

by M. Faust

Crystal Fairy

by George Sax

We're the Millers

by George Sax


by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 9 - Thursday, August 15)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Buffalo DIY Fest, from 4pm to 9pm on Saturday the 10th at the Buffalo River Fest Park.

You Auto Know

I Love This Job

by Jim Corbran

When a friend found out I’d just test-driven the new 2014 Porsche Cayman, he commented, “Who let you drive such an expensive car?” The answer of course, is the folks at Porsche of Buffalo, one of the Northtown dealerships located in Williamsville. And why not?

Play Ball!

It's Pennant Chase Time in Buffalo

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

“It’s been eight years since this city has seen a whiff of September post season baseball. That is something I remind my staff and my players every single day.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse,” wrote in July, with “machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second”—but apparently it has no ability to bulk-search its own employees’ official emails.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Last year a young Nebraskan entrepreneur changed his name from Tyler Gold to Tyrannosaurus Rex Gold. He said it was a way of giving him greater name recognition as he worked to build his career. Do you have any interest in making a bold move like that, Leo?

The Back Page

First Ever DIY Fest

This Saturday, August 9, at Buffalo River Fest Park on Ohio Street, the first ever Buffalo DIY Festival will feature numerous local vendors, artists, music, and more, all celebrating the do-it-yourself spirit that is lifting this city out of its malaise.