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Cover Story


by Buck Quigley

Robert Gioia tells a lie, health executives have a secret party, and one doctor throws up his hands and asks where all the money for hospital consolidation has gone

The News, Briefly

The mayor's office kicks activist Harvey Garrett off the board of West Side Neighborhood Housing Services

by Geoff Kelly

Celebrating Thanksgiving in an alternative way

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Broadway Market Celebrates the Holidays


The Urban President

by Bruce Fisher

There’s a new advocate for regionalism in America. His name is President-elect Barack Obama.

Getting a Grip

State of Stupidity

by Michael I. Niman

For most of my life it’s felt as if all branches of government have been held hostage by the chronically unimaginative. Take the current New York State budget crisis, for example. We’re spiraling toward bankruptcy because 20 percent of state revenue derives from Wall Street—and that money just plain ain’t there anymore. It’s yet another d’uh moment.

Season Ticket

The Audacity of Hope

by Dave Staba

Seeing no open receivers with the clock ticking towards zero, Trent Edwards tucked the ball under his arm and took off for the Kansas City goal line.


Week 3: A Hotel Nourishing vs. A Fine Farewell

CONGRATULATIONS, MANICS! You collected the most votes this past week, so you proceed to our live quarterfinal at Nietzsche’s on December 26. Up this week, we have A Hotel Nourishing vs. A Fine Farewell.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our Editor's pick: David Byrne at the UB Center for the Arts.


The Seafarer & The New Century

Conor McPherson’s play, The Seafarer, is a delectable and eerie Christmas yarn, and the New Phoenix Theatre production, arriving just in time for the holidays, is a delight all round.



by Javier

Theater and movie star Richard Dreyfuss (pictured) will return to the London stage in January to appear at the Old Vic in the world premiere of Complicit, directed by Kevin Spacey. Back in 2004, Dreyfuss was slated to star in the original London company of The Producers but had to withdraw just days before previews were to begin.

Classical Music

BPO Votes Blue

by Jan Jezioro

If you want to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend, and if you have not yet purchased tickets, you had better move fast. Instead of the usual pair of concerts offered in the BPO’s M&T Bank Classics Series, this weekend features just one performance, on Saturday evening, under the baton of BPO resident conductor Robert Franz.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

Four Christmases

by M. Faust

One Day You'll Understand

by George Sax

The Alphabet Killer

by Greg Lamberson

Synecdoche, New York

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday Nov. 28 - Thursday Dec. 4)

Film Now Playing

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Brazilian designer Lucia Lorio introduced women’s lingerie in October containing a global positioning device to enable the wearer to be tracked by satellite. The creator said the password-protected lace bodice would make it easier for women kidnapped by thugs or terrorists to be located and rescued.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you’re average, you blink about 17,000 times a day. But I’m urging you to reduce that number for the foreseeable future. Why?


Ask Anyone

It’s cool that Buffalo is small, except that everywhere I go there’s an old boyfriend, some one I slept with once or whetever. This one time I went out for drinks with my current boyfriend (who I love) and there were two guys I’d dated in the bar, and one of them was the bartender. It was so awkward.