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Fall Guide: Cultural

Coming Art Attractions

by Gerald Mead

The Classical Music Season Ignites This Week

by Jan Jezioro

A new company, LehrerDance, debuts at UB Center for the Arts

by Nancy Wozny

Fall Guide: Film

Preview This Coming Autumn's Film Releases

by M. Faust

What The World Is Watching: The Montreal Film Festival

by M. Faust

Fall Guide: Dining

Food For Thought: Really Slow Cooking

by Joe George

Four Recommendations For a Taste of Autumn

by Patricia Watson

Chew On This

by Judy A. Sperry & Alyssa Hong

Fall Guide: Theater

The 27th Annual Curtain Up! Celebration

by AV Editorial

Studio Arena Lets Go of its Artistic Director

by Anthony Chase

Fall Guide: Literary

The Page Turners

by Michael Kelleher

Excess is the word when it comes to literary activity in Buffalo this fall. It’s harder these days to find a night without a literary event happening than it is to find a night without. Not that I’m complaining—literary excess keeps me employed! From open readings to highbrow literary lectures, poetry slams to experimental fiction, the Queen City literary scene is as lively and diverse as ever.


The Republic of Oldistan

by Bruce Fisher

My old boss Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton is an old, poor, rapidly depopulating metro area in eastern Pennsylvania that looks a lot like Buffalo, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, and any number of proud, once rich, traditionally Democratic, sprawled-out cities that dot the landscape between the East Coast and the Mississippi, between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes.

Getting a Grip

Like "Pain" But With an "L"

by Michael I. Niman

There’s a lot of murmur and speculation about John McCain’s weird, “out of right field” choice for a vice presidential running mate. I envision an 11th-hour decision scenario something like this: McCain watches the TV broadcast of Barack Obama accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president live in front of 60,000 swing state voters. And suddenly McCain realizes Obama’s talking about him—sometimes unkindly.

Casino Chronicles

Shutting it Down

by Bruce Jackson

On Wednesday, August 27, representatives of the Seneca Gaming Corporation announced that they were halting their $130 million casino hotel expansion project in Salamanca and their $333 million casino/hotel/entertainment construction project in downtown Buffalo.

The News, Briefly

Remembering Mary McLeod, a Fixture in Local Theater

by Thomas Dooney

More Campaign Literature Glitches

by Buck Quigley

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Paul Baldwin, 48, was ordered held on $10,000 bail in Portsmouth, N.H., in May after his arrest for stealing a can of beer, which seems expensive except that it was Baldwin’s 152nd arrest. When a judge asked if he wanted a lawyer appointed for him, Baldwin said, “I don’t need a lawyer. I’ve been in this court more than you have.”

Season Ticket

The Council of Trent

by Dave Staba

The Bills convene around a new quarterback and a near sellout season


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our Artvoice Editors Pick of the week: The Sadies, who will be at Mowhawk Place on Thursday, September 11th.

Film Reviews

Frozen River

by George Sax

Everybody Wants to be Italian

by M. Faust


Movie Times (Friday, Sep. 5th thru Thursday, Sep. 11th)

On The Boards Theater Listings

Film Now Playing


It's the "Happiest" Hour Around

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Gaywatch Events Calendar


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One of my favorite memories is gazing into my Taurus daughter’s face just moments after her complicated birth. She had been through a heroic ordeal that scared the hell out of me, and yet she looked calm, beatific, and amused. “She’s part-Buddha and part-elf,” I thought to myself as I held her in my arms.


Ask Anyone

I am supporting Barbra Kavanaugh in her race against Assemblyman Sam Hoyt. And I mean I’m supporting her—I’m going door to door, making phone calls on her behalf. I have been politically active since the day I turned 18. I’ve campaigned for lots of candidates and I’ve never failed to vote in an election. I think it’s important to engage the process.