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Cover Story

How a routine procedure resulted in the violent arrest of three farmers

by Buck Quigley

Raymond Wierzbec is a salt-of-the earth hard working farmer with strong, calloused hands. Though short, he has broad shoulders that invoke expressions like “built like a tank.” Raymond, 53, his wife Bernice, 51, their son Brian, 25, and daughter Angelene, 29, farm several acres of land in South Wales in the Town of Aurora.

News Feature

Buffalo should do more to stop poisoning its children

by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

Young children in Erie County, mostly from Buffalo’s inner city, are testing positive for lead poisoning at more than triple the state average.

News Feature

Outer Harbor: The Empire Strikes Back

by Alan Oberst

Taken aback by a rebellion against its fast-track plans for the northern Outer Harbor, Empire State Development’s relentless march toward a pre-election groundbreaking suffered a surprising setback this fall. But, as in popcorn moviedom, there is always a sequel in the works.

News Feature

Elections are Rigged

by Paul Wolf, Esq.

As usual incumbent politicians across New York State in the Senate and Assembly won re-election. The fact is that incumbents almost always win because running for public office is a rigged game. More state legislators have left office due to criminal charges over the past few years than due to losing an election.


KC loss puts Bills in vice

by Dave Staba

The Buffalo Bills’ annual visit to South Florida also serves as the team’s lone scheduled prime-time appearance of 2014, a Thursday-night affair that sets up a conundrum for your friendly sports columnist.

Puck Stop

Four NHL teams converge on the McDavid draft sweepstakes

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

For anyone really paying attention, last Friday an interesting convergence occurred on the NHL game schedule. Had this been the case on the last weekend of the regular season, observers would have been paying as close attention to these matchups as they would be the jockeying for playoff positions in the standings.

Art Scene

Erin Hurson's "Hypnagogic" at Squeaky Wheel

by Jack Foran

Henri Matisse famously said that art should be like an easy chair. He didn’t say you should fall asleep in it. Artist Erin Hurson’s installation at Squeaky Wheel—complete with a couch and a blanket—and despite the name, Hypnagogic, literally meaning sleep-inducing, actually seems more like meditation-inducing.

Theater News

A look at three local productions

by Anthony Chase

I know it’s being promoted as a football drama, but Lombardi, would more accurately be described as the story of a marriage.

Classical Music Notes

Enjoy a Musical Feast

by Jan Jezioro

The season-opening “A Musical Feast” concert on Friday, November14 at 8pm in the Burchfield Penny Art Center on the Buffalo State Campus, will feature a pair of mainstream works for violin and piano by Beethoven and Szymanowski, performed by violinist David Colwell and pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky, and more contemporary works for two alto saxophones, performed by Wildy Zumwalt and Diane Hunger, as well as a work for vibraphone, performed by Tom Kolor.

Film Reviews


by Jordan Canahai


by Jordan Canahai


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, November 14 - Thursday, November 20)

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Swellers 'Call it a Night' Tour, performing at The Studio Waiting Room, Thursday, November 13.

Graphic Traffic

Fatale: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1 HC

by Emil J. Novak Sr.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared

by Michael Hoffert Jr.


by Carolyn Marcille

Letters to Artvoice

The jig is up

by Michele F. Marconi, Amherst

Tyson coming to Buffalo with more baggage

by Tori Pockzalski, Buffalo

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Angry taxpayers and retail customers sometimes protest their debt by paying the bill with containers of coins (especially pennies), but what if a company did that to a customer?


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Sex is like pizza,” said comedian Mel Brooks. “Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.”