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Who Really Killed JFK? (Unabridged)

by Cy Alessi & Peter Koch

This week, Artvoice’s Cy Alessi interviewed attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi who was in Buffalo this week to deliver a talk at Daemen College. Bugliosi is best known as the LA deputy district attorney who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and his “family” of the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. He later wrote a book about the trial called Helter Skelter.

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A Less-Than-Super Tuesday

by Geoff Kelly & Matt Quinn

AV hits the streets to speak with Republicans, Greens and an everyday Joe about negative campaigning and other factors behind the voter apathy that has plagued recent local elections.

Getting a Grip

Zeitgeist Shift

by Michael I. Niman

The times certainly appear to be changing. In December 2000, when I first put an “Impeach Bush” bumpersticker on my car, it was an oddity. Likewise, in October 2001, when I first flew my “No War” banner, the neighbors gave me the hairy eyeball.

Letters to Artvoice

Short and sweet: The “new bridge” design is beautiful. However, it make no architectural sense to place it next to the origional as there’s clearly a conflict of style.

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

■ Terrye Cheathem, a criminal defense lawyer and adviser to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, has developed a line of greeting cards for a Hallmark-ignored demographic: the recently incarcerated. Among her selections are cards reading “Sorry to hear about your arrest,” and “Honestly, I never knew anyone who was arrested before,” and, simply, “Not You!” A remorseful correspondent could choose: “I know that I have not visited you. But I still care about you ... When are you getting out, anyway?” Card sales are slow, according to an October Los Angeles Times story, and Cheathem acknowledges that people might prefer to ignore their connections to criminals.

See You There

Tord Gustavsen

by Edward Batchelder

Harvest Festival

by K. O'Day

When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

by M. Faust


by Geoff Kelly

Calendar Spotlight

House of Alchemy

Essex Street Arts Center

The Academy Is...

R&B Rock-n-Roll Review



Red Shoes, White Music

by Thomas Dooney

Fusion,” choreographer Carlos Jones insists, “is where my heart is. All of my concert pieces are fusion pieces.” Fusion meaning, of course, the artful combination of genres in sound and movement and crossing one form over another. For Jones, cross-pollination breeds fertile, lively art projects.


by Anthony Chase

The current Irish Classical Theatre production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Brother Augustine Towey, C.M., is handsomely staged and has been given a first-rate cast featuring Catherine Eaton, Brian Riggs, Gerry Maher, Lawrence Rowswell and Tim Eimiller.


by Javier

Movie and TV star Bobby Cannavale (pictured above) is currently making his Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s outstanding new play Mauritius. Cannavale appeared in the last two episodes of Tom Fontana’s Oz and received an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Vince D’Angelo, Will’s first long-term boyfriend in Will & Grace. Mauritius also stars Alison Pill and Academy Award winner and Studio Arena alum F. Murray Abraham.


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All He Wants for Christmas

by M. Faust

So Katie Holmes ran the Boston Marathon. Big deal. You want to hear about a feat of endurance? I just transcribed an interview with Vince Vaughn. Word for word. To quote Ringo Starr, I’ve got blisters on my fingers!

Film Reviews

From a Lofty Liberal Lectern: Lions for Lambs

by George Sax

Fox News’ bumptious, bullyragging Bill O’Reilly has been scolding Robert Redford over the actor-director’s new Afghanistan war film, Lions for Lambs. It’s not clear from his typically superheated and fatuous complaints that O’Reilly has actually seen the film, but is that much of a surprise?


Into the Labyrinth

by Jan Jezioro

When former Buffalo Philharmonic concertmaster Charles Haupt retired after almost four decades with the orchestra in 2006, he headed neither to a rocking chair nor to points south. Besides continuing his duties as a member of the faculty of the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, Haupt decided to establish a new chamber music series that he called “A Musical Feast.” The series makes its home in the Kavinoky Theatre of D’Youville College on Porter Avenue in Buffalo. The debut concert in October 2006 was followed by a second concert last January, with both events being of such a high caliber that the next scheduled concert—on Tuesday, November 13, at 8pm—is eagerly anticipated.

Left of the Dial

Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew: Spirit If…

by Donny Kutzbach

Britney Spears: Blackout

by Brad Deck


A Thousand Nights in a Night

by Aaron Lowinger

Those who have been fortunate to see any of Scott Puccio’s films in recent years were not surprised to learn that his MFA thesis project, The Film of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol. 2, was accepted into last month’s New York Film Festival. His intensely handmade and heartfelt films carve a particular place on the screen that, however filtered from real experience, build their own emotional reality. For Puccio, the unexpected is always a delight—a cool approach to experimental film. They remind us that something special is happening right now. Watching his silent films—the rapidly winding projector serving as soundtrack—is an intimate experience not to be missed.



by Eric Evans

Theory’s such a beautiful thing,

the way it sits there on paper,

so well attended, I’s dotted,

T’s crossed, commas, periods,

punctuation, flawless in its

hermetic way, an abstraction

in a reconsidered world.

Chew On This

by Peter Koch

This week has a lot to do with the new life that can come out of a closed business. Just as the dying leaves outside will break down into life-giving, nutrient-rich fertilizer, so does a closing business create space for a new restaurant or store to grow in its place. Such is the case with two new businesses, one that succeeds Chef Deli on Elmwood and one that replaces Daffodils in Williamsville.

You Auto Know

Fomoco "Flexes" Its Muscle

by Jim Corbran

Someone once said you can please some of the people some of the time and none of the people all of the time. Or something like that. Nowhere is that more evident than on the comment page for one of the Ford Flex Web sites. It being a Ford-sponsored page, one might suspect that the comments are, shall we say, not completely on the up-and-up. Such as this one, from a poster named John Rotella: “Awesome. This is one of, if not the most beautiful Fords produced in the last 30 years. It is reminiscent of many of the best Fords I have known, regardless of what the designers were trying to accomplish. I hope there is a medium blue color—like Vista Blue or similar. The Flex screams ‘FORD’ to me loudly and clearly. I want one.” Nicely put, John. Your check is in the mail. However, the Ford Flex webmaster wasn’t shy about posting opposing opinions. Like this one from HB: “This is a joke right. A large, square, ugly, wind pushing car when style and mileage are main considerations on customer’s minds.” Gee, HB, why don’t you tell us what you really think?

Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I believe that doing the challenging assignments I’m about to describe will put you in alignment with cosmic rhythms, and make it more likely that you will attract grace and synchronicity into your life. You are, of course, under no obligation to carry them out. That’s because you have free will, and are always at liberty to choose a path that leads you away from grace and synchronicity. With that as a caveat, here are the roles I believe you should play in the coming week if you’d like to thrive: a catalytic X-factor; a tender wild card; a friendly shocker; a nonviolent bombshell; an agent provocateur who loves all you survey.

Ask Anyone

I have a friend who almost always talks about things that aren’t quite…attractive, say. Like, we just had lunch, and as she did at our last lunch, she spent the whole time describing her liver detox and colonic cleansing program. I’m all for her getting healthy, and doing so however she likes, but I really don’t want to hear so much about it. She even talked about how she saw a famous colonic doctor’s slide show (!!) this weekend.