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Cover Story

Democratic Primaries: The Race is On

by Geoff Kelly

On Tuesday, Mayor Byron Brown suffered an uncharacteristic breakdown of his normally placid, nearly soporific demeanor.

News Analysis

The Hustle

by Bruce Fisher

Today’s version of the intellectual hustle stars a now-obscure book about the French Revolution by Edmund Burke, an Englishman who didn’t much like all the blood, the guillotines or much else about the terror of 1789.

The Week in Review

7 Days

by Geoff Kelly

The straight dope from the week that was...

The News, Briefly

Judge Orders Jacobs to Comply With the Law

by Buck Quigley

As Buffalonians—or at least those registered as Democrats—head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in a primary that will likely decide the next mayor, it’s still impossible to perform an accurate analysis of last May’s school board election due to the incomplete campaign contribution records turned in by at-large school board member Christopher Jacobs.

5 Questions With...

Blogger & Activist, Newell Nussbaumer

You know Newell Nussbaumer, a.k.a. queenseyes, via Buffalo Rising, the Web site he founded. Nussbaumer’s latest venture is, a community-edited site that guides its users to shops and bars and cultural institutions around the region. Its intended audience is the thousands of college students who flood the city each fall.


Round 1 Week 1: The Pillagers vs. The Albrights

Welcome back, my friends, to the online battle of the bands that never ends—the fantabulous Artvoice Battle Of Original Music (B.O.O.M.). Often imitated, but never duplicated, this marks the fourth year we’ve been reaching out to the local original music community, and discovering a depth of talent and drive that few knew existed here.

Classical Music

Oliveira Returns

by Jan Jezioro

Towards the end of the intermission at a Saturday evening Buffalo Philharmonic concert last May, a powerfully built man in a black leather coat walked slowly through the throng returning to their seats.


A New Theater Season

by Anthony Chase

Keith Waterhouse Dies at 80

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

After a well deserved summer vacation, Jeff Daniels and the entire original cast of God of Carnage returned to the Broadway boards this week.

Film Feature

The 33rd Montreal World Film Festival

by M. Faust

The enormous success of the Toronto Film Festival, which in the past 20 years has become the leading event of its type open to the public, has come at a cost to other film festivals that take place during the same time of year. The New York Film Festival, once a major event in the arthouse world, is now of importance only to trend-watchers on the island of Manhattan.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday Sep. 11 - Thursday Sep. 17)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Music is Art, taking place all day Saturday.

You Auto Know

2010 Imports: Something for everyone

by Jim Corbran

Well, maybe not everyone. I’m sure there’s a United Auto Worker member or two out there who wouldn’t touch an imported car with a 10-foot-pole, but for everyone else there’s a lot of exciting stuff out there…starting with the answer to the question no one asked—the Porsche Panamera.

Play Ball!

Thank God That Season's Over

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Bisons fans began this season with a lot of hope and anticipation. After losing the Cleveland Indians as their parent club, Buffalo expected better days with the the New York Mets.

Letters to Artvoice

Pity Your State Government

by Bill Logal

Bruce Fisher, in his analysis of the economic condition of New York State, and its multi-governmental sub-divisions and agencies illuminates many of the problems that face the residents of New York not only in the present but stretch far into the future (“Pity Your State Government,” Artvoice v8n35).

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A woman offering child-care services in Melbourne, Fla., was dismayed to learn in August that a scam pulled on her by a diaper-wearing man in his 40s was not illegal.

Literary Buffalo


Lit City Literary Events


Events & Listings

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): It’s Build Up Your Confidence by Any Means Possible Week—for Virgos only. During this holiday, you have an astrological mandate as well as a poetic license to pluck the easy victories.


Ask Anyone

I was recently “dumped” by my girlfriend. We had been dating for the past year. Her reasons were that basically I had stopped being as romantic as she wanted, was not doing enough little things for her (she constantly did little things for me), she thought she was doing all the work in the relationship.