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Jon Stewart on the end of the Bush Administration

by Adam Bulger

It’s official. According to a 2007 Pew poll, Jon Stewart is one of the five most-respected broadcast journalists in America. It doesn’t seem to matter that he began his career not as a sleeves-rolled-up, coffee-swilling print journalist but as a comedian whose resume includes residency at Manhattan’s Comedy Cellar, a cameo in the film Half Baked, and three short-lived MTV shows.


The right kind of stimulus

by Bruce Fisher

Permit me to make a modest request of everybody who lives north of the Ohio River: If it’s not too much trouble, could you please, if you are still employed, just quickly get your coat on and go buy a Chevrolet Malibu, a Ford Focus, or a car made by Chrysler? Please.

Getting a Grip

The bullet we dodged

by Michael I. Niman

The scariest costume worn to my door this past Halloween was a tiny Sarah Palin outfit. This was a week after the real Palin went on record in an NBC interview arguing that those who would bomb healthcare facilities that provided abortions weren’t necessarily “terrorists.” No tykes ever showed up at our doors pining for Hershey bars dressed as “pro-life” doctor killer James Kopp.

Season Ticket

The Council of Trent in disarray

by Dave Staba

Midway through the fourth quarter of the Bills’ annual humiliation on the outskirts of Foxborough, Massachusetts, his plate piled with Buffalo’s twin culinary clichés, chicken wings and beef on weck, Tim shook his head sadly as he chewed.

Food for Thought

Marvelous Meatballs

by Joe George

Try to imagine the time before you owned a food processor, or before they were commonplace. This may be the equivalent of asking you to remember the time before you owned a computer or a cordless phone. Relatively speaking it’s only been a short while. But in the same way a computer would have been considered a luxury item only a decade or two ago, so then were food processors.

Art Review

Three painters, one family, at Meibohm Fine Arts

by Gerald Mead

Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora has a history that dates to 1901, and since 1965 it has presented exhibitions of (mostly) regional artists’ work. It recent years, under its third generation owner Grace Meibohm, assiduously chosen solo exhibitions have featured such well respected painters as Catherine Parker, Joseph Orffeo, and Charles Clough, and works from the estates of artists such as James Kuo, Catherine Koenig, and Agnes Robertson.


Week 1: Kryszt vs. Hyperion Blast

Welcome back to the second installment of our online Battle Of Original Music, or BOOM for short. (Get it?)


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of coming events to watch out for, including this week's Editor's Pick: Iron & Wine, with Blitzen Trapper at Asbury Hall on Friday the 14th.

Classical Music

Max is Back

by Jan Jezioro

Former Buffalo Philharmonic music director Maximiano Valdes returns to the BPO podium this Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, November 15 and 16, to conduct the orchestra for the first time since he left his post here at the end of the 1997-1998 concert season.



by Javier

The fabulous Mitzi Gaynor recently made an appearance on New York City’s public television station to promote the release of the documentary Mitzi Gaynor—Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years. Available on November 18th, the DVD presents sequences from the many television specials in which Gaynor starred in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Simply Simone at The Paul Robeson Theatre

by Anthony Chase

The current Paul Robeson Theatre production, Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, is, as the title suggests, an homage to the singer-activist and self-imposed exile. The good news is that the eager company of four (not five, as listed in the program), under the direction of Mary Craig, gamely and winningly navigates the show with no hint of hesitation or trepidation.

Film Reviews

Happy Go Lucky

by M. Faust

Quantum of Solace

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. November 14 - Thu. November 20)

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You Auto Know

Colorful Language

by Jim Corbran

Sometimes going through life with an English degree hanging on my wall is a curse. And I don’t mean only on pay days. I often find myself reading ads, signs, and even professionally written press releases, and scratching my head. Don’t these people have editors?

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek, 29, has developed jewelry consisting of tiny crystals or flowers that hang directly from the eye via micro-thin medical wire attached to either prescription or blank contact lenses and, in the light, give the appearance of tears streaming down the cheek.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): All of the good works you do in the coming week will send ripples far and wide, but not all of them will be recognized and appreciated. I hope that’s OK with you; I hope you won’t get obsessed with trying to get all the credit you deserve. The fact is, your influences will be more effective and enduring if they are at least partially anonymous. Ironically, your power will be greater if it’s not fully noticed.


Ask Anyone

I met my current man almost a year ago. We have had fights and arguments a couple times a week since. Things weren’t so bad a first but by the time he decided to ask me to marry him (four months into the relationship) we were petty bad. He hasn’t hit me or vice versa, but it seems like all of our fights are over the same things, and usually stupid petty things as far as I am concerned.