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Cover Story

Delaware North's Endless Subsidies

by Jim Heaney,

The company owned by billionaire Jeremy Jacobs Sr. is wrapping up a 15-year subsidy deal and looking for another 10 years of tax breaks to build new headquarters. The cost to the public treasury of these two deals could top $15 million. When is enough enough?

Getting a Grip

The Biggest Crime Story Nobody's Reporting: We Name Names

by Michael I. Niman

This is crime at a level never before seen in human history. Star culprits include Chevron Texaco, Exxon/Mobil, and BP. Co-conspirators include your daily newspaper and evening news broadcasts. Hundreds of millions of people have shared the bounty of this ongoing depravity. Billions are now at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and even their lives.

News Analysis

Getting to New

by Bruce Fisher

Nobody here wants to deliver the Buffalo version of that famous opening soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Richard III, in which the angry, passed-over guy snarls out a sneer at the fresh spirit of hopefulness the new prince has brought forth.

Guest Essay

Remembering Winkie, 30 Years Later

by Bruce Kogan

This month will mark the 30th anniversary of the day that a man named Alfred Desjardin, all of 25 at the time, took a plea for first-degree manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of Winthrop Bean on May 19, 1983. It was a story little reported in the mainstream media, nor even in the LGBT media of the time.

Art Scene

A House's Eye

by Jack Foran

It looks like chaos on first view, Dennis Maher’s art. But so can nature look like chaos. As in the typhoon in the Philippines, and before that the hurricane on the East Coast. Yet nature, we say, is orderly. Obeying laws of nature, laws of physics. Such as the law of conservation of matter. Lives are lost, but not matter, though matter may be substantially rearranged.

Theater Week

Gurney and Dudzick

by Anthony Chase

This week is an active week for Buffalo playwrights. While Tom Dudzick’s latest play, Miracle on South Division Street, is playing at the Kavinoky Theatre, A. R. Gurney, author of such plays as The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, and Sylvia, has opened a new play at The Flea Theater in New York City.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

The Color of the Chameleon

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 29 - Thursday, December 5)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL, screening at the Town Ballroom on Friday the 29th.

Book Review

Red Hook, Red Herring

by Ivy Pochoda

When a story begins with a death or disappearance, the storyteller must make that event relevant to an uninitiated audience that lacks any familiarity with the people in the fictional world.

Puck Stop

How Social Media Doomed Darcy

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

It was a simple message published on Twitter, on November 13, the day after Sabres general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston were relieved of their duties by owner Terry Pegula.

Dispatches: War of 1812

Bayonets Are Trump!

by Mason Winfield

It was near midnight at Saint David’s, a village just west of Queenston, Ontario. Hundreds of men milled about the chill gloom, tending to boats, weapons, ladders, and provisions. Their target was across the river: Fort Niagara.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Marvels of Science: The notorious white separatist Craig Cobb is currently soliciting like-skinned people to move to his tiny town of Leith, N.D. (pop. 16), to create a deluxe Caucasian enclave, but at the urging of a black TV host submitted to a DNA test in November to “prove” his lineage—and turned up 14 percent black (“Sub-Saharan African”). He has vowed to try other DNA tests before confirming those results.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Touted as a prime source of “kick-@ss spirituality,” author Danielle LaPorte has advice that’s good for you to hear. “You will always be too much of something for someone,” she says, “too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy.”

The Back Page

Art: Jim Garmhausen

Jim Garmhausen, formerly of Buffalo, is an Ithaca-based artist who once produced a very funny series of comics for Artvoice. Find more of his work at and an his Facebook page.