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In The Aftermath

by Geoff Kelly

Tuesday’s primary in brief: Hoyt wins, Lenihan stays, Brown/Casey’s committee races fail—and everything stays pretty much the same


The Drill Ticket

by Bruce Fisher

What’s surprising about Alaska politics is just how little of the oil companies’ money it took to make the whole political system into a very corrupt place.

Getting a Grip

Four More Years of "Change"

by Michael I. Niman

More and more, every election season, when we tune into the media it seems like someone keeps hitting the “replay” button. Take this year’s Republican coronation of John McCain. We’ve seen this dog-and-pony show before. Specifically, we saw it in 2000, when George W. Bush ran for president—the same slogans, same promises, and same candidate packaging.

The News, Briefly

A dispatch from a journalist arrested during the RNC protests

by Sam Stoker

Kevin Kegler turn his West Side garden into a gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Kevin Hansen filed a lawsuit in West Bend, Wis., in August, claiming that spotting a clump of hair in a steak he sliced into from a Texas Roadhouse restaurant caused “severe and permanent injuries,” pain, suffering and “disability,” requiring “extensive medical treatment.” In fact, said his lawyer Ryan Hetzel to Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel, “It’s bothered the heck out of him.”


Curtain Up! 2008

by Anthony Chase

The exciting lineup of Curtain Up! shows seems to hold promise for a dynamic theater season ahead. The offerings are diverse and abundant. To give readers a better idea of their choices, Artvoice offers the following descriptions of each show.

Season Ticket

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

by Dave Staba

It was nearly halftime, with the Buffalo Bills still in the fairly early stages of pummeling the visiting Seattle Seahawks, when the day’s biggest news broke in the upper deck of Upstate Taxpayer Stadium.


Music Is Art Bounces Back

by Buck Quigley

It’s a no-brainer on the face of it. The popular Music is Art Festival, which grew in popularity for four straight years starting in 2003 as a parallel event to the annual Allentown Art Festival—and spent last summer out at the Erie County Fair—is moving back to the city, to a new home centered around the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Left of the Dial

Bearhunter: Self Titled

One Day as a Lion: Self Titled EP


At The Kenan Center, Artists Take on Food and Eating

by Lucy Yau

At the VA, Arts Programs Offer Engagement and Release to Veterans

by J. Tim Raymond


Where the #$&!% is Jackson Pollock's Convergence?

by Dean Brownrout

One of the most well known and important paintings in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery collection is Jackson Pollock’s Convergence (1952). And gallery visitors with that awareness may have noticed recently that the painting is nowhere to be seen.

Film Reviews

Burn After Reading

by George Sax

The Women

by George Sax


Movie Times (Friday the 12th thru Thursday the 18th)

Film Now Playing

On The Boards Theater Listings


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including this week's Editors Pick: the Secrets of Allentown tour on Sunday, September 14th.

You Auto Know

Car-Buying on eBay: Yikes!

by Jim Corbran

Shop in your underwear!” one billboard used to read for a local car dealer. It was referring of course to the fact that its inventory was online and could be browsed in the comfort of your own home—in your underwear (or not).

In The Margins

Book Review: Pirate Freedom

by Joe Libutti

Flash Fiction: Violeta

by Jacinta Meyers

Literary Buffalo, Event Listings


Love Hurts? It Shouldn't

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

He has endured severe physical abuse by his intimate partner. His face and body left bruised and swollen from relentless beatings. After years of abuse, he decides to seek help. But, when he calls the police, they reply, ‘This is only a roommate argument, why did you bother calling us?’

Letters to Artvoice

The Transformation of Michelle Obama

by Mary Hess

Image, they say, is everything. New York’s senator, Hillary Clinton, struggles to overcome the perception that she is a power-hungry, vengeful woman whose proximity to power has brought her close to being the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s Let It Go Week, Scorpio—also known as Just Drop It Week. This is a fertile moment in your astrological cycle, a time when you’ll be rewarded with a creative influx if you surrender your tight grip, give up your obsessive hold, and stop clinging to your hardened expectations.


Ask Anyone

Every presidential election it’s always the same. A bunch of lame-ass candidates from both major parties offering bold promises that will never be fulfilled. Why is it that every four years otherwise intelligent people get sucked into this b.s. and steer every pleasant conversation toward politics? They invariably want to know for whom I’m going to vote. I tell them I believe in the secret ballot. They look at me like I’m a terrorist.