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Cover Story


by Jed Morey

Or, How Wall Street investment banks manipulated oil prices to try to save their hides, screwing American consumers and the rest of the world and breaking the economy anyway


To Invest or To Cut?

by Bruce Fisher

One of the richest and most respected Wall Street investment bankers of our time is actively campaigning for a massive program of public works. Meanwhile, Governor David Paterson’s chief economic development officer recommends tax cuts for economic growth.

The News, Briefly

Common Council Report

by Geoff Kelly

Murray lights into city manager proposal, brutalizes the language

by Geoff Kelly

First Student fails to employ enough school bus drivers

by Buck Quigley

Getting a Grip

Chumps & Champs

by Michael I. Niman

Let’s use a simple analogy to explain the financial meltdown: I take your money to the casino and start playing roulette. If I win, I keep the profits. I’m a champ. If I lose, you lose your money.

Season Ticket

Four and Counting

by Dave Staba

With the Buffalo’s professional football team off to its best start since the final year of the first Bush administration, the Season Ticket coverage team took to the street to investigate whether the Bills Bandwagon had started rolling.

Film Interview

Interview With Actor-director Ed Harris

by M. Faust

It’s been 50 years since they first pronounced the Western dead, but it just refuses to stop sucking air. Filmmaker Ridley Scott most recently took heat for pronouncing the demise of what used to be America’s favorite genre (though it’s unlikely anyone would have noticed had he not brought it up as a comparison to what he called the equally lifeless genre of science fiction).


Gerald Mead: New Assemblages at Studio Hart

by Eric Jackson-Forsberg

Lyle Ashton Harris: Blow Up at the UB Art Gallery

by Lucy Yau

Left of the Dial

The Gifted Children - Always Stay Sweet

New Order - Live in Glasgow

Food for Thought

Comfort Food

by Joe George

“Bread is an object of unparalleled worship and decorum. It embodies the full cycle of life and seasons, from the death of the wheat kernel in the earth to the resurrection as a stalk, from its ordeal in the mill to its journey through the oven and its offering at the table. Bread is a part of all major events in many lives, from birth, to betrothal and marriage, to death and resurrection.”

Chew on This

Food News You Can Use

by Judy Sperry

Interested in mingling within benevolent social circles this fall? Why not purchase tickets to one of these appetizing benefits:



by Javier

Stage and movie star Patrick Wilson is now back on Broadway starring in the revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which also stars John Lithgow, Diane Wiest, and Katie Holmes. Buffalonian Lizbeth MacKay, who was last seen on Broadway in Miller’s The Price, is also featured in the cast and is the understudy for Wiest.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Nick and Nora's Endless Playlist

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. Oct. 3 - Thurs. Oct. 9)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including this week's Editors Pick: the Baltimore Round Robin, which is happening on Monday October 6th & 7th at the Tralf.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The ashram-museum in Ahmedabad devoted to India’s highly revered icon of freedom Mahatma Gandhi recently re-installed a replica of the spiritual leader’s personal toilet, in that Gandhi’s own hygiene-consciousness was such a part of his legacy.


When Good Bears Get Bad

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Gaywatch Events


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your creed for the last three months of 2008 comes from Nikos Kazantzakis: “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” Memorize this meme, Cancerian. Imprint it on your subconscious mind.


Ask Anyone

What kind of country are we living in? The other night I was at a party where there was a healthy cross-section of Republicans and Democrats. Naturally, as the drinks started flowing, conversation began turning to the upcoming presidential election. It started with a few funny gibes, but quickly disintegrated into heated accusations.