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Cover Story

Grandmaster Block

by M. Faust

Best-Selling crime novelist and Buffalo Native Lawrence Block takes a stab at the movies.


The Results Aren't In

by Buck Quigley

Last week I wrote a news brief about ResulTech, the Maryland-based company that is up for a $1.7 million service contract extension from the Buffalo Schools to “continue on-going technical support at Academy School 44.” A school board vote was scheduled for last Wednesday to approve the contract that had already been composed, approved by legal counsel, signed by the district and the vendor, and notarized.


Hamilton Thrives, Buffalo Dives

by Bruce Fisher

Since 1970, Erie County’s population has shrunk slightly, from a high of 1.1 million to today’s 925,000. Yet this shrinking population has spread out over 75 percent more land area. Cornell planning professor Rolf Pendall, among others, has documented the widespread phenomenon in New York State of sprawl without growth.

The News, Briefly

Principals to James Williams: Get Lost

Let History Be Our Judge


News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Progressive Mullahs: The Iranian government, treating addicts as people who need help rather than as criminals, agreed in April to install vending machines offering inexpensive syringes (at about 5 cents each) in five city welfare shelters in order to keep addicts from sharing needles and spreading AIDS and hepatitis. Iran blames its festering drug problem on its common border with opium-producing Afghanistan.



by Lucy Yau

This year Hallwalls’ annual Artists and Models party returns to the Central Terminal. In the past Hallwalls has moved the party around—to the convention center, abandoned warehouses, factories, roller rinks, and department stores.


Artie Award Nominees

Artvoice will present Buffalo’s local theater awards, the ARTIES, at the Town Ballroom on Monday, evening, June 2, 2008. The event will be a benefit for Benedict House, which provides residential and support services for individuals living with AIDS. To be eligible for an Artie, an artist must live and work in the Buffalo area, a theater must produce work locally, primarily with local artists.

Classical Music

Chamber Music Seasons End on High Notes

by Jan Jezioro

Next week should prove to be special for fans of chamber music in Buffalo, as two of the finest local chamber music groups wind up their seasons.

Vine by Line

Pinot Grievous

by Paula Paradise

Lurking in the shadows of specialty wine stores, a bookish-type of wine geek methodically marks an “X” over each conquest on De Long’s table of 184 wine grape varietals. Some students of the vine have made a passion out of collecting obscure drinking experiences—Romorantin anyone?

Left of the Dial

Portishead: Third

by Joe Sweeny

Scarlett Johansson: Anywhere I Lay My Head

by Donny Kutzbach

Video Feature

Preview of Jennifer Steinkamp's Exhibit at Albright-Knox

by Matt Quinn

Artvoice recently visited the Jennifer Steinkamp exhibit currently on display at the Albright-Knox.

Film Reviews

My Brother is an Only Child

by George Sax

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

by M. Faust

The Year My Parents Went On Vacation

by George Sax

Son of Rambow

by M. Faust

Then She Found Me

by M. Faust


Movie Times (May 23 - May 29)

Film Now Playing

On The Boards Theater Listings

See You There

Great Lakes International Ironfest (May 23-25)

Justin Townes Earle (May 24)

Remembering Job Hoisington (May 24)

Seven Nations (May 28)

Calendar Spotlight

Juliet Dagger Acoustic Performance (May 23)

Scythian (May 23)

The Helio Sequence (May 25)

Handome Jack CD Release Party (May 28)

Looking Ahead. . .

You Auto Know

A Little Off The Top

by Jim Corbran

It’s that time of year again... almost. Even though I’ve seen convertibles driving around town with their tops down on and off for weeks now, most of those instances were during freakishly warm weather pockets. After living in Western New York just about all of my life, I realize true convertible season doesn’t usually start until around Memorial Day. Which makes it time for my (sort-of) yearly look at my favorite drop-tops.

In The Margins

The Libertines

by Alessandro Porc

Literary Buffalo

by Just Buffalo


Jones Pond - exploring the g(ay)reat outdoors

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Upcoming Events

Letters to Artvoice

They Can't All Be Appeasers

by Joseph L. Gerken

A Thrid Way: Democratic Socialism

by David Slive


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Giuseppe Rebaudi and Silvie Basain started dating in 1952. This year they finally decided to take the next step. After a 56-year courtship, the 101-year-old Italian man wed his 98-year-old girlfriend. I predict that a comparable event will bless your love life in the second half of 2008, Gemini. Some romantic development that has been in the works for a long time will finally ripen into its full expression. Expect news about this soon.


Ask Anyone

I live in an up-and-coming West Side neighborhood. Two weeks ago a guy who has been rehabbing rental properties on my block cut down three trees in front of his houses, arguing that they were obstructing the view onto the front porches, which were therefore being used by junkies and other ne’er-do-wells.