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Cover Story

The Burchfield's New Front Yard

by Geoff Kelly

This Friday, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center will switch on a new, permanent installation that will forever alter the building’s profile and the streetscape: At dusk, a community street party will culminate in the activation of a three-screen video projection and audio system that will run in perpetuity, featuring work by local and international media artists.

The News, Briefly

A Chorus Line: Governor Cuomo, Legislators Dig In

by Buck Quigley

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

News Analysis

How To Stay Poor

by Bruce Fisher

Meanwhile, back home, away from the threat of a self-inflicted economic Armageddon that suburban Congressman Christopher Collins and his fellow Republicans like the sound of, we enjoy an eerie continuity—featuring a governor breaking ground on the new city campus of the medical school, a county executive releasing his status-quo budget, and a mayoral race between a Republican challenger and a Democratic incumbent that is about as competitive as the contest between Bambi and Godzilla.

Special Report

Mum's the Word

by Jim Heaney,

A month and a half ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared his intent to open Gallagher Beach near the South Buffalo-Lackawanna border for public swimming. Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing to open the beach as soon as next summer.

Guest Essay

Change the World, One Meal at a Time

by Ted P. Schmidt

Metropolitan regions across the US are in the midst of a dynamic and growing regional food movement. Not only are we seeing small steps like community gardens, small urban farms, and field-to-fork experiences, but farm shares and urban farmers’ markets are becoming a key source of revenue that is helping to sustain local family-owned farms.

Art Scene

Recent Work by Lily Booth and Dorothy Fitzgerald at Indigo Gallery

by Patricia Pendleton

Robert Lyall Flock's Paintings at Villa Maria

by Jack Foran

Allegany Artisans Tour This Weekend

by AV Staff

Theater Week

Desperately Seeking the Exit

by Anthony Chase

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

by Anthony Chase

Music Feature

Girls in the Grass

by Adrienne C. Hill

The band Lovers parlays their passion for vintage sequencers into a sound that pays tribute to the late 1980s and early 1990s, but resists nostalgia—or worse, faux-nostalgic hipster irony. Musicians Kerby Harris and Emily Kingan create compressed electronic soundscapes that form a backdrop to the subtle variations in lead singer and lyricist Carolyn Berk’s girlish alto.

Classical Music Notes

Let There Be Light

by Jan Jezioro

While the feast day of St. Cecilia is traditionally celebrated on November 22, the Freudig Singers of Western New York will start the celebrations early this year, when they present their “Let There Be Light” concert on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm, at St. Joseph’s University Church (3269 Main Street).

Film Feature

Ireland, As Seen By...

by M. Faust

Cinegael, the annual festival of Irish cinema, celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend by expanding to two days for “Hidden Ireland,” a program of documentaries.

Film Reviews

The Fifth Estate

by Geoff Kelly

The Summit

by M. Faust

The Patience Stone

by George Sax

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 18 - Thursday, October 24)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Minus The Bear, who play the Rapids Theatre on Saturday the 19th.

Puck Stop

Pominville and His Triumphant Buffalo Return

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

As if suffering Buffalo Sabres fans needed yet another reminder of just how awful things have become around these parts.

Lit City

Richard Blanco Kicks Off Babel Season

by Barbara Cole

Just Buffalo Literary Center will kick off the new season of BABEL with poet Richard Blanco, on Tuesday, October 22, at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Letters to Artvoice

Politics Trump Environment and Human Health as Cuomo Fast-Tracks WNY Projects

by Arthur J. Giacalone

Welcome to the Cage

by Ken Gibson

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A 61-year-old Texas man admitted to a hospital not long ago appearing to be falling-down-drunk, even though denying having had even a single drink, was discovered to be unintentionally manufacturing beer in his stomach. With “auto-brewery syndrome,” stomach-based yeast automatically ferments all starches (even vegetables or grains) passing through, converting them into ethanol.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The door to the invisible must be visible,” wrote the surrealist spiritual author Rene Daumal. This describes an opportunity that is on the verge of becoming available to you.

The Back Page

Sugar City: Ride the Metro Round and Round

On Saturday evening, October 12, the arts collective Sugar City took over the city’s light-rail system, turning it into a traveling art and performance show.