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The New Wild West: Interview With Guy Ritchie

by M. Faust

Timing, as you may have heard, is everything. While I would never imply that a married couple would get divorced simply to publicize a movie, it can’t hurt the box office potential of Guy Ritchie’s new RocknRolla to be mentioned in every one of the far too numerous tabloid stories about his recently announced breakup with his unimonikered wife.


The Gas is Always Greener

by Justin Sondel

The distinctive smell of fryer grease is pervasive. Sumit Majumdar, president of Buffalo Biodiesel Inc., stops at a giant concrete receptacle. “This will hold 13,000 gallons of grease,” he says.


Get Ready

by Bruce Fisher

Predictions for 2009: Ideologues chatter, local Dems cower,but the consensus is winning

The News, Briefly

A voter's guide to where local candidates stand on LGBT issues

by Lucy Yau

The Broadway Market's new era begins Saturday - and it needs your help

by Geoff Kelly

Season Ticket

The Bills stumble, but a tavern in Darien soldiers on

by Dave Staba

Maybe the corporate giants engaged in the mutually suicidal peeing match that keeps most Buffalo Bills games inaccessible to about half the homes in Western New York are actually doing fans a favor.


AC/DC: Damnation Regained

by Donny Kutzbach

If, as their 1975 self-mythologizing legend suggests, the Australian musical colossus AC/DC took the long way to the top, then today, more than 30 years later, they are still working at the old rock-and-roll craft—bigger, louder, and still out of control—like their lives depend on it.

Classical Music

BPO, From Grieg to Dohnanyi

by Jan Jezioro

Music Director Joanne Falletta returns to the podium to conduct a pair of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, featuring one of the most beloved piano concertos in the classical music repertoire. The rising young Italian piano virtuoso Enrica Ciccarelli will be the soloist in Edvard’s Grieg’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 16.

Food for Thought

Chowder & Gumbo: Kissing Cousins

by Joe George

When I find myself holding an oyster, I wonder who in the world first thought of eating this thing. Did they stub and cut their toe on it while wading knee-deep and get so mad that they decided to eat it as the ultimate act of revenge, or were they so hungry they smashed it open on a rock and sucked it down? The same is true with recipes. I really believe, for example, that the first cook who whisked oil into egg yolks, creating mayonnaise, was a genius.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

A Girl Cut in Two

by George Sax

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

by M. Faust



by Javier

After almost 30 years, Cassandra Peterson , more widely known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, remains a very popular figure, especially around this time of the year. On Halloween, she will be in Philadelphia to kick off the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (October 31 - November 6)

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See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our Editor's list of the best Halloween parties in town.


News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Skydives Ending Badly: A parachutist who was part of an Army ceremony at Fort Riley, Kan., in July was blown 50 yards off course and crashed into the band, injuring three musicians and destroying two tubas.

Letters to Artvoice

Marking UN Day

by David Slive

Spend On Police Now

by Dave Bradley


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming week, you can generate a lot of good karma for yourself by being an initiator. That’s why I advise you to never sit back passively and merely watch what’s unfolding, but rather formulate a vision of what you’d like to see happen, set your intention to make it happen, and then plunge into action with brisk aplomb. Halloween costume suggestions: fire-starter, seed-planter, fertility god or goddess.


Ask Anyone

My friends and I have a mutual acquaintance in common. Let’s call her the Mooch. She never RSVPs to formal dinner invitations, yet halfway through the meal, she ambushes the restaurant we’re dining at and winds up at our table. She stares longingly at our plates and always inquires as to what we’re eating. Someone usually breaks down and offers her a fork.