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by Lucy Yau

Last month, in a rarely seen bit of political maneuvering, the Common Council voted 7-2 in favor of a transfer of property from the city to La Nova Pizzeria. In doing so, the Council voted against Niagara District Councilman David Rivera, and against the wishes of members of his community who had advocated for the parcel to be converted into a neighborhood garden and park space for local children.

The News, Briefly

On A Generous Note

by Buck Quigley

Not Kool

by John McMahon

FOILed Yet Again

by Buck Quigley

The Party Politic

by Geoff Kelly

Let Them Eat Soup

by Geoff Kelly


Activism v. Nihilism Along The Niagara

by Bruce Fisher

If you’ve been reading this column for a few weeks, you’re ready to apply to one of two very demanding jobs opening up in the Niagara River area. One is commissioner of Integrated Community Planning for the Niagara Region, which stretches about 1,200 square miles (1,900 square kilometres) from St. Catharines to Fort Erie.

Offbeat News

News of the Wierd

by Chuck Shepherd

Britain’s Sea Life Centre announced a study in July that would give octopuses Rubik’s Cubes to play with, to ascertain whether they use a certain tentacle for such activities, or any tentacle at random.

Puck Stop

Portland Ready to Welcome the Sabres

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Portland, ME—It’s been over a month now since the Buffalo Sabres made it official. The team has formally severed ties with the Rochester Americans, and has signed an affiliation agreement with the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates.

Food For Thought

Hey Hot Stuff!

by Joe George

I’ll begin this week’s column with a rash generalization: The hotter the climate, the spicier the food. This most likely is not 100 percent accurate, but I feel for the most part it’s true. Think about it for a minute, or even look at a map if you have one handy. The closer to the equator a country is, the hotter its climate and its cuisine. I’ll take this one step further to say that the hotter the climate, the more heavily the cuisine relies on spices in general.

Art History

Virginia Cuthbert, The Birthday Party

by Dean Brownrout

Western New York has a rich history of the visual arts. Behind the artworks that are found in museums, private homes, and corporate collections both locally and throughout the country are many stories that reflect this history.


Country's Real Outlaw Merle Haggard Still On Track

by Donny Kutzbach

And you thought rap music was the genre where bad-ass credibility is essential for an artist. Not necessarily...

Film Reviews

Tell No One

by George Sax

My Father, My Lord

by M. Faust

Pineapple Express

by M. Faust

Beer For My Horses

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times

Film Now Playing

See You There!

AV Pick: Buffalo Scavenger Hunt (August 9)

The Rabies CD Release Party (August 9)

Feed The City Benefit Concert (August 9)

Steve Earle (August 12)

Calendar Spotlight

Art In The Woords (August 9-10)

Among Criminals (August 9)

Coke Dares (August 13)

Looking Ahead . . .


Cuz You Gotta Have Faith

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

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Letters to Artvoice

Secede, Western New York

by Mike Syposs

I love being a Western New Yorker, and cannot imagine ever leaving. Almost all of my friends have left this area. Most of them love their hometown too, but they were not lucky enough to find the good jobs here that other places have provided them with.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When British rock legend David Bowie came to America for his first tour in 1973, he said he felt like a fly in a glass of milk. He was half-drowning in a flood of interesting new sensations and perceptions, while at the same time he was greedily drinking it all in, stoked with fascinated joy. According to my astrological projections, Leo, you’re in that fly-in-the-milk state yourself, or will soon be.


Ask Anyone

Last week I was out with an old high school friend—let’s call her Jill—when another old high school friend, who we’ll call Jack, walked past the patio where we were sitting. Jack, whom neither of us has seen or talked to in years, has just returned from a long tour of duty in Iraq.