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Cover Story

Getting Off Our Backs

by Lindsay Berman

The director of Buffalo Midwifery Services and a certified nurse midwife, Stewart is one of many midwives across the country trying to demystify the public’s image of midwifery, including the notion that it is an old-world holdout whose method of choice is liquor. Stewart says her mission is to help women understand their birthing options, their bodies, and their rights.

The News, Briefly

The Week In Review

by Geoff Kelly

Five Questions With: Matthew Ricchiazzi, Independent Mayoral Candidate

News Analysis

Why The Public Option is Critical for Healthcare Reform

by Bruce Fisher

President Obama’s local allies should send WNED-AM a check so that our AM-band public radio station can extend its broadcast power. With more geographic reach, voters in the suburban and rural areas of Western New York could listen to the many presentations by former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean and others on how crucial it is that far-reaching healthcare reform be enacted this fall.

Art Feature

Duayne Hatchett at the Burchfield-Penney

by Lucy Yau

Duayne Hatchett will proudly tell you that his grandmother raised him in Oklahoma during the Depression. “My grandmother was born in Indian Territory,” says the artist, who is the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

Left of the Dial

Modest Mouse - No One's First and You're Next

by Geoffrey Anstey

Bap Kennedy - Howl On

by Donny Kutzbach


The Shea's Season

by Anthony Chase

Maybe it’s the arrival of their new carpeting (6,300 square yards of custom loom carpet, that recreates the original 1926 carpeting and cost about $650,000), but people keep asking if the upcoming Shea’s season is any good.

Film Feature

Demetri Martin on Taking Woodstock

by M. Faust

Even if you’re feeling burned out by the onslaught of Woodstock memorabilia, you may find Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock a fresh take on the subject of the 1969 music festival.

Film Reviews

Inglourious Basterds

by M. Faust

In The Loop

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. August 21 - Thur. August 27)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Kevin Seconds, who plays the Town Ballroom on Tuesday the 25th.

Letters to Artvoice

Gun Buybacks

by Giovanni Centurione

Universal Healthcare Now

by Clifford Cawthon

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Japanese engineer Takuo Toda’s paper airplane was certified in May as the Guinness Book record-holder for the longest flight from a single folded sheet of paper: 27.9 seconds.


Listings & Events

Buffalo has a large and diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. For further information about its numerous organizations and activities, visit Gaywatch at, call the Western New York Pride Center (852-7743), or email


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): No more rotten dessert, Virgo. No more silky danger or juicy poison. No more worthless treasures or empty successes or idiotic brilliance.


Ask Anyone

One afternoon in the middle of August, I payed a visit to a dear friend who resides in Allentown. Parking was scarce as it was lunchtime but I managed to find a vacant spot on a tree-lined street near the intersection of Allen and Elmwood. It seemed like a perfectly decent parking spot and I didn’t notice any signs stating it was a no parking zone.