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Cover Story

Welcome to the Cage

by Leif Reigstad

A man in a red shirt is re-painting the lines an hour before the game is supposed to start at Yemen Soccer Field in Lackawanna’s First Ward, a sunken enclave apart from the rest of the city—past the manicured green landscape of the Botanical Gardens and the white marble Basilica, past the women in black burkas pushing their small children in strollers across an American-flag-lined bridge as trains rumble through the rail yard below.

The News, Briefly

Test Messages

by George Sax

A Peaceful Peace Bridge DIscourse

by Jack Foran

News Analysis

The Real Fight

by Bruce Fisher

Last week, before US House Speaker John Boehner shut it down, the federal agency called the Energy Information Administration announced that the United States will become the world’s largest producer of oil by 2020.

Art Scene

Paintings by LeRoi at the New Gallery at 1120 Main Street

by Jack Foran

Painting Borges at UB Anderson Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Music Interview

The Son's Coming Up

by Buck Quigley

September, 1967, as the country sank deeper into the quagmire of the Vietnam War, a 20-year-old folk singer named Arlo Guthrie released a humorous monologue laid over some finger picked ragtime guitar entitled “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” Clocking in at almost 20 minutes, the song was way too long to gain commercial radio airplay and would not even fit onto a 45rpm single.

Music Interview


by Kip Doyle

Heavy metal powerhouse Danzig closes out their 25th anniversary tour this month, highlighting favorites from Danzig’s career as well as classics from singer and bandleader Glenn Danzig’s legendary punk band, the Misfits.

Classical Music Notes

The Return of Stephen Manes

by Jan Jezioro

Buffalo area classical music audiences got to know pianist Stephen Manes very well during his 39-year tenure as a professor of piano in the University at Buffalo Department of Music before his retirement in 2007.

Theater News


by Javier

Stage and TV star Charles Shaughnessy (pictured left) just completed the run of La Cage aux Folles at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts playing the part of Georges. Best known for his TV role in The Nanny, Shaughnessy made his Broadway debut in 2003 in the musical Urinetown.

Film Reviews

Escape From Tomorrow

by M. Faust

Still Mine

by George Sax

The Legend of Six Fingers

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 11 - Thursday, October 17)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Taking Back Sunday, who play the Town Ballroom on Saturday the 12th.

Book Review

Trust No One

by Woody Brown

Did you know that Cincinnati, Ohio was named after the Society of the Cincinnati, “an aristocratic military order” formed in America in the late 18th century “that hoped to establish itself as a parallel government in each state”? Did you know that the birthers’ suspicion that President Obama was born in Kenya dates back to “the 2008 Democratic primaries, when Hillary Clinton’s supporters started wishing for a miracle that would remove her chief rival for the nomination”?

You Auto Know

This Truck Works

by Jim Corbran

Personally, I’ve never needed to own a pickup truck. My brother-in-law has one, bless his heart. But a lot of you out there do need a pickup truck. Not the high-falutin’ ones you see at Samuel’s Grande Manor; I’m talking about the working stiffs out there who actually throw stuff—and yes, they’re usually throwing it—in the back.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A few still-primitive cultures inexplicably celebrate such female adornments as the stacking of metal neck rings and the inserting of saucer-size disks into pierced earlobes. For “civilized” society, there is the annual Paris Fashion Week in September, when renowned designers outfit brave, otherwise-gorgeous models in grotesque clothing.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The advice I’m about to dispense may have never before been given to Libras in the history of horoscopes. It might also be at odds with the elegance and decorum you like to express.

The Back Page

Night Vision: Photographs by Jonathan White

Long-time Allentown resident Jonathan White has been photographing his neighborhood for years. His first gallery exhibition of those photographs opens at Queen City Gallery (Market Arcade Building, 617 Main Street) with a reception on Friday, October 11, 6-9pm.