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Cover Story

Look Better Naked: Get a Tattoo

by J. Sesom

As far back as the mid-16th century crowds flocked to see people with deformities where exhibitions of Siamese twins, dwarfs and such were treated as objects of interest and entertainment. However, Buffalo had the unique honor of hosting the world’s first official “Freak Show” at the 1901 Pan American Exposition.

Music Feature

Let's Hear it For the Girls

by Jaz Frazier

Picture it—Buffalo, 1996. While the hardcore and punk scene thrived, most of our modern day punksters were rocking Osh Kosh and Jellies. Past, present and future, this city offers a niche to all its children. Even in a scene dominated by masculinity, our girls are leading a new normal.

5 Questions With...

Cross Stich

by Cory Perla

The all female punk band, who will be playing at Vaggie Fest (see this week's Music Feature), talks about their matching French fry tattoos and more.

Art Scene

Mind Over Matter

by Patricia Pendleton

The gallery window displays glass jars and viles that contain moth wings, clear liquid and a golden Finch. Reminiscent of a science museum or biology class, the installation inside invites the viewer to peer into glass bell jars on museum pedestals at the remains of insects, birds, and frogs—blue Kingfisher feathers, orange shellfish, and delicate husks and wings.

Classical Music Notes

Piano at the Albright Knox

by Jan Jezioro

In the general drought that live classical music performance seems to undergo every July and August in the Buffalo area, the many fervent members of the local classical concert going audience welcome any occasional respite.

Film Reviews

Guardians of the Galaxy

by M. Faust

I Origins

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, August 1 - Thursday, August 7)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Rough Francis with The Bloody Hollies on at Nietzsche's on Thursday, August 7th.

You Auto Know

Shut Up and Listen

by Jim Corbran

Thank the car review gods that I was alone last Saturday afternoon for my test drive of the 2015 Volkswagen GTI—a.k.a. the original Hot Hatch. It was a conversation-free zone.

Letters to Artvoice

Cuomo a No-Go

by Arthur J. Giacalone

Something's Rotten About Scajaquada Creek

by Fred Gundell

Amherst Comes Up Short

by Michele F. Marconi

Cheektowaga Still Getting Stoned

by Frank Sikorski

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The leader of the devout Sunni jihadist group Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, making a rare, solemn appearance in July, wore a flashy silver wristwatch that various video analysts described as either a Rolex or an Omega Seafarer or a feature-laden Saudi Arabian-made timepiece that sells for only about $560.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Earth has been around for almost 4.6 billion years. But according to scientists who study the fossil records, fire didn’t make its first appearance on our planet until 470 million years ago.