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Cover Story

King of the Wild Frontier

by Jazmine Frazier

The notoriously young-looking pop star Adam Ant—who fashionably inspired Michael Jackson and Prince, who topped US and UK charts throughout the 1980s—was recently carded for an alcohol purchase at Kentucky gas station…at age 58. He says that his performances keep him young. He’ll perform a free concert with his band—The Good ,The Band, and The Ugly Posse—as part of the Thursday at Canalside concert series next Thursday, August 22.

The News, Briefly

Defending Frank Sedita Costs Taxpayers $290,000... and Counting

by Geoff Kelly

Welcome to the Brown Machine

by Geoff Kelly

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

Guest Essay

Citizen Bezos?

by Esther Dyson

My very first serious job was as a fact-checker for Forbes magazine (now mostly a laissez-faire collection of blogs). I consider fact-checkers to be the altar boys of journalism. And, despite having left the church, I still feel a profound reverence for the holy truth.

Dance Feature

Cool and Unusual Therapy

by Jazmine Frazier

It’s called a Contact Improvisational Jam. That’s what I call spreading fruit jams onto toast. An unsuspecting audience, watching the dancers roll across one another, thinks, “What?” If you have never viewed one of these dance sessions, you will be asking yourself the same thing.

Art Scene

Feedback Loop

by Jack Foran

Playing games with technology is a lot of what they do at Squeaky Wheel. How else are you going to find out what the technology is capable of? As well as some of the physics behind it? And ultimately discover/invent new and better technology?

Classical Music Notes

Chautauqua World Premiere

by Jan Jezioro

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 85th season in the historic 1893 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater on Tuesday August 20 at 8:15pm with a concert featuring the world premiere of American composer Michael Colina’s Three Dances for Cello and Orchestra, featuring soloist Sharon Robinson, the cellist for whom the work was especially composed.

Film Reviews

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

by Donny Kutzbach

Blue Jasmine

by George Sax

The Butler

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 16 - Thursday, August 22)

Film Now PLaying

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: City of Night, going on this Saturday the 17th at Silo City.

Book Review

I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent

by Woody Brown

The title of this article is the name of a song by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, a song that contains the line, “Do the thing that’s right / and you’ll do nothing wrong.” (This line is sung of course by Frankie himself, whose own juvenile delinquency would result in his untimely death from a heroin overdose at age 25.) This tautology is an apt condensation of the commands society issues to the “clients” of the Panopticon, the eponymous compound that is the backdrop for Jenni Fagan’s beautiful, brutal debut novel.

Letters to Artvoice

Proposed Legislation to Ban Hydrofracking in Erie County

by Lynda Schneekloth

The Lesson Cheyenne Teaches us About Education "Reform"

by Ray Peterson

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

At age 20, Kyle Kandilian of Dearborn, Mich., has created a start-up business to fund his college expenses, but it involves a roomful (in the family home) of nearly 200,000 cockroaches. The environmental science major at University of Michigan-Dearborn breeds species ranging from the familiar household pests, which he sells on the cheap as food for other people’s pets, to the more interesting, exotic Madagascar hissing roaches and rhino roaches, which can live for 10 to 15 years.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” When I came across that quote while surfing the Web, I felt that it jibed perfectly with the astrological omens that are currently in play for you.

The Back Page

Griffis Park Summer Music Festival

by Leif Reigstad, photos by Cory Perla

The scenic, 400-acre Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, New York—about an hour’s drive from Buffalo—is hosting its first summer music festival, featuring a full slate of big-name bands with Buffalo roots. The family event is $10 for adults and free for kids under 12-years old.