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Music Feature

A Really Big Show

by Jeff Czum

I remember when Goo Goo Dolls bassist and MiA founder Robby Takac invited my high school band to play the 3rd annual Music is Art festival back in 2004.

The experience was incredible.

Visual Arts Feature

2015 Fall Arts Art Harvest

by Peter Soscia

Some consider the natural beauty of fall foliage a work of art in its own way, and while there’s plenty of beauty to be found in the explosion of colors outside during the fall, inside, local art galleries are matching that beauty with the many exhibitions on display throughout the season.

Film Feature

Get Into the T.I.F.F.

by Jordan Canahai

The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is set to commence this week, running from September 10th through the 20th. Arguably the world’s most influential and high profile film festival after Cannes, TIFF has established a reputation for showcasing the best that world cinema has to offer and this year looks to be no different.

News Feature

Did the FBI Try to Crush a Leftist Group with the Buffalo News' Help?

by George Sax

A number of pages from a vast secret file kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a local leftist political activist, received by him through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, indicate a years-long surveillance of his activities. And they raise the question of whether the bureau used the Buffalo News to thwart his organization’s lawful programs.

Upon Further Review

C'mon, Rex

by Dave Staba

Oh, Rex. You almost had me.

I even would have been OK with bringing Matt Cassel back. As your third-string quarterback, in case terrible things happen to new starter Tyrod Taylor and No. 2-for-a-week E.J. Manuel.


2015 Fall Arts: Ten Fall Concerts

by Jeff Czum

Edge Fest 2015 returns to the Outer Harbor on September 12th for an epic concert featuring Rise Against, Modest Mouse, Coheed and Cambria, Our Lady Peace, Sheepdogs, Highly Suspect, Made Violent, and BOOTS.

Tap This

From Farm to Pint

by Scott Russell

Step into a pub or brewery tap room during this year’s Buffalo Beer Week and you’ll likely spy a poster of a friendly farmer inviting you to raise a pint of fresh, cold, locally grown and crafted beer. Our thirsty farmer is heralding the availability of a relative rarity—truly local beer. Indigenous beer. That is, beer not only brewed locally, but crafted entirely with New York state grown grains and hops.

What's Brewing?

Presented by Consumer Beverages

by Willard Brooks, Chris Groves

As one of a handful of local breweries that hold a farm brewery license, Old First Ward makes an indigenous pale ale using 100 percent locally grown malts and hop called Therapy Session. This beer has been truly special since the first batch brewed two years ago for the first annual Farm to Pint event at Hamburg Brewing.

Art Scene

Codes From The Past

by Jack Foran

The seriously heady project that preoccupied Hollis Frampton in his last years was called the Digital Arts Lab, a small and ad hoc group within the Center for Media Studies at UB.

Film Review

Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor

by E. Ladd

Fully adhering to the old adage “write what you know,” French writer-director (and trained physician) Thomas Lilti (Les Yeux bandés) brings us a story strongly influenced by his own experience as a young medical intern with his second film Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor.

Classical Music Notes

The Return of Lang Lang

by Jan Jezioro

It seems that the term superstar is tossed around ever more freely nowadays and nowhere more so than in the world of music. While the rampant overuse of the term is far more prevalent in popular music genres, the classical musical world has not itself been immune from this phenomenon.

Theatrically Speaking

Choose a Curtain Up! Show

by Anthony Chase

Curtain Up! is Buffalo’s 34 year old celebration of the start of the theater season. This year, the event will be held on Friday, September 18th. Presented by the Theatre District Association of Western New York, the evening is divided into 3 Acts.

Get Lit

Buffalo Gal Returns

by Heather Cook

Laura Pedersen was born and raised in Western New York. She tells us all about her Buffalo roots in her award-winning novel, Buffalo Gal.

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Graphic Traffic

"Eternals" and "The Manhattan Projects"

by Carolyn Marcille

Jack Kirby is one of the men intimately responsible for shaping the world of comics that we know today. Kirby had his hand in everything, from Captain America to the Fantastic Four, to the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man—you name it. Kirby is a legend that created legends.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Artist Anish Kapoor initially denied that his 400 to 500 tons of stones, called “Dirty Corner,” were “problematic,” but later conceded that they might have “multiple interpretive possibilities.” The installation, which ran through the summer at France’s Palace of Versailles with five other large sculptures, was arranged in the form of a huge vulva, and represented, he said, “the vagina of a queen who is taking power.”


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I hope it’s not too late or too early to give you a slew of birthday presents. You deserve to be inundated with treats, dispensations, and appreciations.