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The Shocking Truth

by Buck Quigley

On the hot night of July 13, 1881, tens of thousands of people noticed a strange purplish glow in the South Buffalo sky. Drawn by curiosity, many left the dim gas lamps of their homes and began walking south, over the Michigan Street Bridge toward the source of the otherworldly light.

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

■ Junior New York City hedge fund trader Andrew Tong charged in October that his boss forced him to take female hormones to dampen his aggressiveness, which the supervisor said was leading him to make bad trades, according to a CNBC report. In his lawsuit against Mr. Ping Jiang (a big-time trader who reportedly earns $100 million a year) and employer SAC Capital (one of the biggest hedge fund names on Wall Street), Tong claimed further that he was harassed and even sexually attacked, and had started wearing dresses.

Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You know those fuel-delivery planes capable of pumping gas into a larger plane that’s already aloft? I think you’d benefit from enlisting the services of their metaphorical equivalent in the coming week. Given how high and fast you’re soaring, it would be a shame for you to have to come all the way down to earth to fill up your tank. And yet it’s clear to me that one way or another, you’re going to have to replenish your supply of propellant.


Haunted Houses, Hay Rides, Halloween Parties, and More


On the Boards

Movie Times

Chew On This

by Peter Koch

Buffalo’s “foodscape” changes as often and as dramatically as its seasons. Restaurants open, bringing new life to our commercial districts and new tastes to our palates, even as old, beloved ones close, perhaps taking with them our favorite recipes and shared memories. Following is a rundown of the Buffalo food business’ more recent additions and losses, as well as some rumors of things to come.

In the Margins

Out of the Box

by Forrest Roth

The third season of Just Buffalo’s COMMUNIQUE Flash Fiction series begins Thursday, November 1 with Deb Olin Unferth reading from her debut collection, Minor Robberies. The reading takes place at Rust Belt Books at 7pm and is free to the public. Diane Williams, the author of It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature (Fiction Collective 2), will open the reading for Unferth. Copies of both authors’ books will be available for purchase.


Into the Biennial, Part 4

by Eric Jackson-Forsberg

The central gallery of the Castellani Art Museum features the work of three Beyond/In artists, all based in Western New York, but with a view to more universal issues of identity, whether personal, cultural or regional.

You Auto Know

The Journey Begins Here

by Jim Corbran

The Journey begins here, but not now. Chrysler recently unveiled its newest crossover at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and it will be available in North American markets early next year.


by Javier

Roseanne star Johnny Galecki (pictured above) is back on prime time TV starring in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (channel 4, Mondays at 8:30pm). The show has become the season’s first new comedy to get a full-season pickup. Galecki made his Broadway debut last season in Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed and received a Theater World Award for his performance. The show was also nominated for a Tony for best play and its female lead, Julie White, won the Tony award for lead actress in a play. BUA will present the Western New York premiere of the play in January at the Alleyway Theatre. Auditions for both male leads will be held on Saturday (check out AV bulletins for information). As previously announced, the female leads will be played by Catilin Coleman and Rebecca Elkin.


Knowing the Product

by Donny Kutzbach

Sometimes, even when you are way ahead of the pack, you don’t get the credit you deserve.

Film Reviews

The Disorienting Express: The Darjeeling Limited

by George Sax

The audience-measuring folks at Arbitron report that if you’re a typical moviegoer, you’ll arrive at the theater 24 minutes before the previews begin. If you’re what the company considers a “frequent moviegoer” (four movies in the last three months), you’ll be there 28 minutes before they start.


Inner Visions

by Girish Shambu

Vermont-based avant-garde filmmaker Ted Lyman will present five of his short films at Hallwalls on Thursday, November 1, at 8pm.

Film Clips

Lust, Caution

by M. Faust

You don’t often hear Ang Lee, modern cinema’s great chronicler of characters divided against themselves, compared to Paul Verhoeven, the ferocious Dutch-born filmmaker whose whole career seems devoted to the prospect that Europeans are not wimps. But Lee’s new Lust, Caution has essentially the same plot as Verhoeven’s most recent effort, the arthouse hit Black Book.

See You There

ALT Theatre

by K. O'Day

WBNY New Media Weekend

by Geoff Kelly

Back Door Slam

by Donny Kutzbach

Halloween Night with Mount Eerie

by Greg Gannon

Calendar Spotlight


Yellow Swans

David Bazan

Acid Test Halloween

The Stripteasers

Ask Anyone

I have a mutual fund that’s invested in some sleazy businesses, but it’s making me a lot of money. Should I take my money out, even though it’s just a drop in the bucket to the fund? Should I keep the profits and give more money to charity? Should I give up and put my money beneath the matress, because all banks do the same things? —Daddy Warbucks