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Here Comes Everybody

by Mark Shechner

Everybody knows, do they not, that Lake Erie is mentioned in James Joyce’s 1939 book of puzzles, puns, and language under extreme duress, Finnegans Wake. (Printer, don’t add an apostrophe there.) “Bring about it to be brought about and it will be, loke, our lake lemanted, that greyt lack, the citye of Is is issuant (atlanst !), urban and orbal, through seep froms umber under wasseres of Erie.”


Unintended Consequences

by Bruce Fisher

Representative Charles Rangel of Harlem is the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He is a profoundly powerful elected official, for it is through his Congressional committee that the president’s massive, comprehensive healthcare legislation must pass.


Rust Belt Renaissance

by Ellen Prezepasniak

How do you take the rust out of the Rust Belt? It’s a question politicians and policymakers have been asking themselves for years. Now, with a new administration in the White House and stimulus money at the ready, local lawmakers and nonprofits are looking for ways to funnel some much-needed capital into revitalizing Great Lakes cities.

The News, Briefly

The Cadillac Controversy

by Geoff Kelly

Focusing In On 2020

by Buck Quigley

Theater News


by Javier

Film and TV star Hank Azaria is enjoying great success with the current movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Most famous for his voice work in The Simpsons (since 1989), Azaria made his Broadway debut in the musical Spamalot in 2005, receiving a Tony award nomination.


Seeing Red at the Arties

by Jimmy Janowski

Okay, theater class of 2008, what have we learned? Apparently the only thing important about the Artie Awards these days is what you wear! No one will remember who won—we will be able to look that up on Doug Weyand’s gorgeous Web site—or question the validity of it next week…but as God is my witness, you girls know how to dress!

Play Ball!

We're Not Alone! Really!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

The Bisons’ season of misery marches on as the club lost six of their last nine to move to a record of 17-38 as of June 8. It’s a record that continues to put them at the bottom of the International League as well as all of affiliated professional baseball.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: indie rockers Passion Pit, performing at Mohawk Place on Wednesday the 17th.

Film Reviews

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3


Rudo Y Cursi

Every Little Step

The Merry Gentleman


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. June 12 - Thurs. June 18)

Film Now Playing

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

As Denver’s newsweekly Westword asked in a May 2009 story, “Where would you take a $100,000 check that is also a suicide note, to the cops or to the bank?”

Literary Buffalo

Bloomsday is Coming

by Alphonse Kolodziejczak

Lit City: Literary Events


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): My astrological charts suggest that your immediate future is wide open—so much so that it’s difficult to predict which scenarios are more likely than all the others. This might mean that your free will is especially free right now.


Ask Anyone

My girlfriend and I are exhibitionists. Seeing as this is Allentown Art Festival weekend, we intend to walk around in nothing but body paint. We think we want to go as superheroes, but there are so many to choose from. Do you have any suggestions?