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Cover Story

The Dirty Truth

by Dan Telvock,

State officials proclaimed a month ago that air monitoring results near the Peace Bridge showed no serious pollution problem in the adjacent neighborhood plagued by high asthma rates that studies have linked to bridge traffic.

The News, Briefly

Saving St. Ann's

by Jack Foran

Last Week Ed Cox, Next Week Andrew Cuomo

by Geoff Kelly

Water Authority Shenanigans

by Geoff Kelly

Getting a Grip

Obamacare: The Republican Party's Long Con

by Michael I. Niman

Never underestimate the resilience of the Republican Party. After the fall of Tricky Dick Nixon, pundits wrote its eulogy, warning that the US was in danger of becoming a one-party state. Four years later, Republicans were back at the helm, taking the White House for another 12 years, only to surrender it to Bill Clinton, who succeeded in moving the Republican agenda forward better than any traditionally branded Republican.

Guest Essay

The Kennedy Temptation

by Ian Buruma, Project Syndicate

Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Many Americans believe that this tragic event marked the loss of national innocence. This is nonsense, of course. The history of the United States, like that of all countries, is soaked in blood.

Art Scene

Installation by Rich Tomasello at Daemen College

by Patricia Pendleton

Craft and Design on Exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

by Jack Foran

18th Annual Altars Exhibition at El Museo

by Patricia Pendleton

Comedy Feature

Quieter, Not Mellower

by M. Faust

“I’m the first one that’s aware that when I die there will be a picture of me in a police uniform,” admits comedian Bobcat Goldthwait about his public image. Thirty years ago he grabbed our attention with a near-incoherent, ranting, sweaty stage persona (devised as a parody of stand-up comedians) that landed him a role in three of the Police Academy films.

Music Feature

For the Sake of Decency

by Cory Perla

Decency can mean politeness or purity, but for the bands on the fourth annual Buffalo Decency Rally, it means something more like legitimacy. Legitimacy in the sense that they put in hard work writing songs and practicing and have earned a spot on this showcase of Buffalo’s hardcore and punk scene. With a name like the Buffalo Decency Rally there’s also the potential to draw people expecting something completely different.

Film Feature

Polish Film Showcase

by M. Faust

Some of the best of recent Polish cinema can be seen this weekend as part of the eighth annual Polish Film Showcase, presented by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.

Film Reviews

Blue is the Warmest Color

by M. Faust

Interior. Leather Bar.

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 15 - Thursday, November 21)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Beach Fossils who play at the Tralf Music Hall on Monday, November 18th.

Book Review

Trust Nothing But Your Own Strong Voice

by Patricia Pendleton

Why review a book that was published 25 years ago? Author J. D. Salinger dropped out of the publishing world after the success of his cult classic novels, The Catcher in the Rye and Nine Stories. Joyce Maynard’s memoir is a coming-of-age story about a precocious girl and a famous man who were both icons of the 1970s during the time of their one-year relationship.

Puck Stop

Merry Christmas, Sabres Nation!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

When the announcement came out early Wednesday morning, giving an hour’s notice to the media and the public for a “major press conference” at First Niagara Center, everyone knew. The Darcy Regier era was over.

Letters to Artvoice

New York's Aggressive Renewable Energy Program? If Only...

by Dave Bradley

Banksy Invades New York to Celebrate Celebrity

by Jesse Schmidbauer

Dispatches: War of 1812

Willcock's Folly

by Mason Winfield

To refresh us on this 200-year-old war: The US screwed up all of 1812 on the Niagara and pretty much everywhere else. The first sign that it might be getting its act together was its takeover of Fort George (May 1813) at Niagara-on-the-Lake (then-Newark). This cleverly timed land/water/fakeout operation was not only a military masterstroke, it was a strategic blow.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Downtown London residences are known to be staggeringly expensive, but media blogger Sam Cookney calculated in October just how much. Cookney said he can live in an upscale apartment in Barcelona, Spain, and commute almost every workday to London (700 miles away) for less money than a modest central London rental.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks the White Rabbit, “How long is forever?” The talking rabbit replies, “Sometimes, just one second.” That’s an important piece of information for you to keep in mind, Scorpio.

The Back Page

Art Event: Burchfield's Annual Art in Craft Exhibit Prize Winners

The Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Art In Craft Media 2013 exhibition opened last weekend and is on view now through January 19. (See here for a review.) Each year, the Sylvia L. Rosen Endowment Purchase Award allows the Burchfield to purchase several of the show’s works for the Center’s permanent collection.