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Saving St. Ann's

by Jack Foran

Sacha Testifies to Moreland Commission, Absent Sedita

by Geoff Kelly

Detente at the Peace Bridge

by Jack Foran

Campaign Finance: Another Pigeon Committee Flouts the Law

by Geoff Kelly

Guest Essay

Women and the World Economy

by Christine Lagarde, Project Syndicate

In many countries, public debate about gender equality focuses mainly on women’s access to top positions and high-powered career opportunities. But the “glass ceiling” is only a small part of the issue. The broader question is whether women have the same opportunities as men to participate in labor markets in the first place.

Food Feature

Breaking the Chain

by Caitlin Peekstok

Western New Yorkers with discerning palates and an eye toward budget will be happy to learn that Local Restaurant Week returns this fall for its 10th run of outstanding dining deals at select independently owned eateries across the region.

Chew on This

Food News You Can Use

Chippewa’s newest dining and nightlife destination, The Lodge, officially entered its soft-open phase earlier this month. The public is now welcome to stop by seven days a week for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late-night service, and to check out the impressive $1.2 million renovation that turned a tired party bar into an antler-festooned, cabin-chic urban oasis that bills itself as a departure from the typical Chippewa establishment.

Vine by Line

Wine Untapped

by Paula Paradise

In the time of the early Roman Empire, Pliny the Elder, in his encyclopedia of natural science, documented detailed accounts of an ancient wine industry, including production methods, where to find the best grapes, regions, and styles of taste most popular to his time.

Art Scene

Donald Blank's Photographs at Queen City Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Daniel Galas and Leif Low-Beer at Buffalo Arts Studio

by Jack Foran

Devora Primack's Paintings at Artsphere Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Venus in Fur

by Anthony Chase

I Love Lucy

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (pictured at top), who made his stage debut this year in the Broadway revival of Trip to Bountiful, had to leave the production a couple of weeks ago due to an upcoming movie project. The production has been extended twice, and will now close on October 9, still starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, and Tom Wopat.

Classical Music Notes

On The Beach

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Players open their season on Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm, at their home in the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway with a trip to the beach, with Fredonia School of Music baritone Alexander Hurd as soloist in Dover Beach, Samuel Barber’s setting for voice and string quartet of Victorian poet Matthew Arnold’s dark meditation on life and death.

Film Feature

A Few Days in Toronto

by M. Faust

Is this any way to run a film festival? I don’t know the answer to that. This was my 26th time at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in that time it has grown like an insect subjected to radiation in a 1950s science-fiction movie. Perhaps not exactly monstrous, but certainly gargantuan.

Film Interview

Finally Above the Title

by M. Faust

The irony whacks you in the head like a baseball bat. Enough Said is a funny and engaging movie offering strong parts for three female stars—Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, and Toni Collette—written and directed by a woman, Nicole Holofcener. Yet talk about it invariably centers on the film’s lone male co-star.

Film Review


by George Sax

A very brief commercial reminder preceded the beginning of this week’s preview of Ron Howard’s Rush: “NBC. The exclusive home of Formula One racing.” Whether this pitch will produce much of a result can be questioned. Americans have never cottoned to this European-style motor sport that’s run on both tracks and public roadways, and they won’t learn much from this movie. Rush does provide visceral impacts in its racing scenes, as the title promises.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 27 - Thursday, October 3)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Rocket to Allentown, Artvoice's annual tribute to punk rock, this Saturday the 28th at Nietzsche's.

You Auto Know

It's No Sedan deVille... That's a Good Thing!

by Jim Corbran

On Saturday, as I headed over to Keyser Cadillac in Williamsville, it was raining cats and dogs. Or at least it sounded like it from the inside of my cheap old compact automobile.

Lit City

Poetry Community Comes Together for Change

by Barbara Cole

On Saturday, September 28, the poetry community of Western New York will come together as part of 100,000 Poets & Artists for Change. More than 125 poets on two stages are scheduled to read during the all-day event at Buffalo’s hottest “new” old venue known as Silo City, or the Perot Grain Elevator, along the riverfront.

Letters to Artvoice

Does IDA Stand For "Industrial Development Agency" or "I Don't Ask"?

by Michele F. Marconi

Stopped By the Cops

by Thomas Lampo

A Love Letter to Buffalo Art and Artists

by Paul Lloyd Sargent

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“With its neatly cut lawns and luscious tropical vegetation,” wrote a BBC News reporter in July, Miracle Village, Fla., is an “idyllic rural community” of 200 residents—about half of whom are registered sex offenders, attracted to the settlement near Lake Okeechobee because laws and ordinances elsewhere in Florida harshly restrict where they can live (e.g., not within a half-mile of a school or park).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): For four days twice a year, the East China Sea recedes to create a narrow strip of land between two Korean islands, Jindo and Modo. People celebrate the “Sea-Parting Festival” by strolling back and forth along the temporary path. The phenomenon has been called the “Korean version of Moses’ miracle,” although it’s more reasonably explained by the action of the tides.

The Back Page

Photos: Donald Blank - Buffalo 1967

Donad Blank’s 1967 photographs of Buffalo street scenes is hanging at Queen City Gallery in the Market Arcade Building on Main Street until October 10.