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Food Feature

Cheers, Buffalo!

by Geoff Kelly

At first blush, the name seem an injustice: Just as every day ought to be Earth Day, and just as African-American and women’s history can’t be ignored 11 months of the year, shouldn’t every week of every month be Beer Week?

The News, Briefly

Carl's Way

by George Sax

The Return of the "Gala Waters"

by Buck Quigley

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

News Analysis

It Takes a Barkeep

by Bruce Fisher

When play is in the pellucid autumn air, the perfidies of bankers, and of the politicians who enable them, seem far, far away.

Guest Essay

New York's Election Laws Suck

by Paul Wolf,

The whole political system is built on “pay to play.” If you want to be a US ambassador, on average according to some reports, you have to contribute $1.8 million to a president’s election campaign. How is it that Governor Andrew Cuomo can raise $28 million in campaign funds? How is it Mayor Byron Brown can build a campaign war chest of $1.3 million in one of the poorest cities in the nation? How do you raise the money to become a judge?


The Future and Fate of Times Beach Nature Preserve

by Jay Burney

Times Beach is a 50-acre shoreline nature preserve in downtown Buffalo. It is situated on a historic, narrow strip of land and water at the convergence of Lake Erie, the Niagara River strait, and the Buffalo River. Its location is of great consequence, and unique in the Great Lakes.

Art Scene

(Almost) Too Good To Eat

by Jack Foran

An exhibit at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University is about food as memory. Food as remembrance of where we came from, our forbears, our heritage and culture. The title of the exhibit is (Almost) Too Good to Eat.

Theater Feature

Curtain Up! 2013

by Anthony Chase

Time again for Curtain Up!, the traditional opening of Buffalo’s professional theater season. While the event itself takes place on Friday, September 20, most of the shows will linger for a few more weeks.

Theater Week

Buffalo Rises

by Anthony Chase

I’ve long contended that the main ingredient standing between Buffalo and national prominence as a center for theater is a community of local playwrights. Playwright David Mamet has often described how writers from Chicago are shaped by that city’s unique duality, “the admixture of the populist and the intellectual.”

Theater Week

Night Work at Alleyway

by Anthony Chase

Playwright and Alleyway Theatre founder Neal Radice was doing a Google search on an unrelated topic when he unwittingly happened upon an episode from his own family history. It seems that back in 1917 his great-grand-uncle, Joe Radice, ran a restaurant on Main Street in Buffalo where the Andrews Theatre is now located.

Music Feature

Music Is Art

by Cory Perla

Now entering its 11th year, the Music is Art Festival has become an end of summer tradition for the Buffalo arts scene. For the third year in a row the festival will be held at Hoyt Lake this Saturday, September 21, with stages spread throughout the park.

Classical Music Notes

Back to Bach

by Jan Jezioro

Joshua Roman has followed his own distinctive career pat. When Roman managed to win the principal cellist position with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2006 at the very young age of 22, he beat great odds, gaining the most prestigious cello position with a major symphony orchestra, a feat that most young cellists can only dream of.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

Short Term 12

by M. Faust

Computer Chess

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, Stemper 20 - Thursday, September 26)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Nat Baldwin performing at the Perot Grain Silo on Sunday the 22nd.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Japan and Korea seem to be the birthplaces in the quest for youthful and beautiful skin, with the latest “elixir” (as usual, based on traditional, centuries-old beliefs) being snail mucus—applied by specially bred live snails that slither across customers’ faces.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A Chinese entrepreneur named Nin Nan dreamed up a unique way to generate capital: He sold dead mosquitoes online for a dollar apiece, advertising them as useful for scientific research and decoration. Within two days, he received 10,000 orders.

The Back Page

Photos: St. Annes - Poster Child of the Effects of Sprawl

Nothing illustrates better the effects of Buffalo’s suburban sprawl than these two aerial images of the now threatened St. Ann’s Church & Shrine at Broadway and Emslie streets.