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News Feature

Our Rock and our Mountain

by Bruce Fisher

The Nobel Prize-winning essayist Albert Camus wrote a compelling little book about Sisyphus, the ancient Greek king of Corinth. Sisyphus is the perfect “absurd hero,” the guy who offended the gods by attempting to subvert their power over life and death, but who was overpowered by them, and then punished with an eternal command—to forever roll a rock up a hill, only to watch it roll back down again.

The News, Briefly

Masiello, La Marina, and Mickey: On The Money

Here Comes the Fed

New Digs for Just Buffalo

Barbara Miller-Williams: Finger on the Pulse

Urban Farming

Garden of Urban Delights

by Patricia Watson

In our lives, overstocked supermarkets are almost a banality. Yet there are people in Buffalo who don’t have access to fresh fruit and vegetables—people without transportation, limited in resources, or otherwise unable to get much further than a corner store for their food. People who live in what staff at the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) call “food deserts,” a situation two dynamic urban farms on Buffalo’s West Side are seeking to remedy.

The Humble Hot Dog

The Wurst of Buffalo

by Bridget Kelly

The hot dog is, arguably, the quintessential American summer food. Before moving to Buffalo, I ate them seldom, and at summer cookouts was more likely to choose a hamburger. But they’re different out here—almost a food group unto themselves.

Cooking Outdoors

Out of the Kitchen

by Joe George

There are many ways for the home cook to avoid the heat of the stove on a hot day. The most logical thing is not to use your kitchen at all, and cook outside. Cooking outside has its merits and is not limited to grilled foods; everything from roasted chicken to pasta, and even bread, can be made outdoors.

Taste of Buffalo

Smoke Gets in His Eyes

by Nelson Starr

“Welcome to the 26th annual Taste of Buffalo,” or so the line was supposed to read. If only the rain would let us shoot! When you are hired to capture the essence of Western New York and its food scene, you really don’t want clouds, rain, and lightning bolts in the shot.

Wine Reviews

Making a List

by Paula Paradise

A friend sometimes phones while ordering at a restaurant (after the server has left the table) and asks with urgency in her voice, “What wine shall I choose”? Because of my expertise in the field and knowledge of market value, she is hopeful that by following my consult she will get the best wine selection for her money.

Bar Review

Three Guys Walk Into a Bar...

by Donny Kutzbach

The late, great Buffalo News columnist Bob Curran was like the bishop of local barrooms, so it is fitting to start the inaugural edition of Three Guys Walk Into a Bar with him.

Summer Vegetarian Eats

No One Really Eats "Bunny Dogs"

by Jessica Keltz

Partying at home in the 21st century, though, means taking others’ dietary needs into account. Do any guests have a gluten allergy? What about peanuts? And, of course, what do we feed the vegetarians?

Frozen Treats

Homemade Frozen Goodness

by Joe George

Ice creams and other frozen desserts fall into a nebulous category of foods: There are so many quality brands available that they’re rarely made at home. But in truth they are surprisingly simple to produce. If your first thought is that you need an expensive ice cream machine, think again.

Music Feature

River of Music

by Jan Jezioro

Music Niagara, the premier summer musical event on the Niagara Peninsula, returns to Niagara-on-the-Lake for its 11th season with a full schedule of 35 events, running July 20-August 15.


Studio Arena: A New Neufeld

The Upcoming Season

Film Reviews

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by George Sax

Summer Hours

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. July 17 - Thurs. July 23)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Wilco, who plays Artpark on Sunday the 19th.

You Auto Know

The New General Motors

by Jim Corbran

The New General Motors Company Launches Today.” So the headline read from the official GM announcement last Friday that the company was emerging from bankruptcy. The headline was followed by five bullet points, which outlined how the new GM would be much better than the old GM.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Americans Fantasize, Germans Act: Two formerly well-off retired couples in Speyer, Germany, whose nest egg was largely wiped out by investments in sub-prime Florida mortgages, vented their anger by kidnapping their investment adviser, James Amburn, in June.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I invite you to write down brief descriptions of the five most pleasurable moments you’ve ever experienced in your life.


Ask Anyone

There is a fountain in the park where I live—it’s a nice community park that all the neighbors help to maintain. Both residents and visitors use the fountain as a “wishing well,” tossing coins in, closing eyes, and making the customary secret wish. I never really thought about the build up of coins until one day when I saw my neighbor collecting the change from the bottom of the fountain.