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Film Feature

Matt Damon is Alive and Well

by M. Faust

The Toronto Film Festival has had its share of coups in its 34 years, but this one has to be the greatest ever: The late Matt Damon has risen from the grave to do a press conference!

News Feature

Before All Memory Is Lost

by Bruce Fisher

Deep in a dark recess in Buffalo’s City Hall is a terrifying piece of art made by the same Polish exile who created the Calasanctius mural. Jozef Slawinski’s hammered-copper bas-relief commemorates the place, the event, the process, the unimaginable suffering that the Poles know as Katyn.

The News, Briefly

Well, That Wasn't Close At All

by Geoff Kelly

Franczyk Asks For Investigation

by Ellen Przepasniak

Week in Review

Seven Days: the straight dope from the week that was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: the week's winners & losers

Getting a Grip

The Ghost of Bush

by Michael I. Niman

The key to American politics is that you’ve always got to watch for the action behind the distraction. The distractions right now is the healthcare debate, and the economy, and the war, and the other war, and the other wars, environmental collapse, and so on. All salient stories with lots of enticing, media-ready vignettes—you know, heart-wrenching narratives, images of things blowing up, stranded polar bears floating out to sea on melting ice, that sort of stuff.

5 Questions With...

J-M Reed, Photographer

Trained as an architect, J-M Reed is a photographer, a realtor, a former paramedic, and fire enthusiast. His photographs of house fires—he’s a regular, well known to local firefighters, whose alarms he tracks with a scanner—are part of a three-way exhibit that opens Friday, September 18 at ArtSpace.


Bianca is Roxie

by Anthony Chase

Bianca Marroquin is fabulous. You may not have heard of her, but trust me, she is truly fabulous. You can see her when she returns to Buffalo to star as Roxie Hart in the national touring company of Chicago opening at Shea’s on Tuesday.

Dance Feature

Balanchine and Beyond

by Nancy Pollina

On a program that might easily cost a New Yorker over $100 per ticket at Lincoln Center, Daniel Ulbricht and Friends will be in Buffalo to present “A Dance Spectacular” at UB Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 20, at 3pm.


Round 1 Week 2: David Cloyd vs. The Bear Exchange

This week, we’d like to congratulate The Albrights! They collected the most votes in our online contest this past week, so they proceed to the live preliminary at Nietzsche’s on Friday, October 16.

Music Interview

Gurf's Up!

by Buck Quigley

When Gurf Morlix left Hamburg with his guitar, bound for Austin, Texas in 1975, he couldn’t have imagined what a musical adventure his life was to become. At the time, Austin was a quarter of the size it is now, and venues like the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters were in their heyday—a place where hippies, rednecks, and businessmen would mix in the audience, drinking beer and listening to bands that were creating the left-of-center country/blues rock sound that gave Austin its identity as a music hub.

Music Feature

Beatles For Sale Again

by Donny Kutzbach

It has been 45 years since Beatlemania took root, and the seismic cultural shift caused by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr simply can’t be overemphasized.

Film Reviews

Lorna's Silence

by George Sax


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. September 18 - Thu. September 24)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: the Ecologies of Decay exhibit, opening Friday the 18th and running through October 18th.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Breakthroughs in Eye Hair: The pharmaceutical company Allergan has introduced eyelash-thickener Latisse, a $120 per month prescription “medication” to help a woman overcome feelings of inadequacy if she suffers from scrawny lashes.

Letters to Artvoice

Plaza Expansion Out of Step With Healthcare Reform

Extreme Roadway Makeover

Remembering Oliveira

Resign, Sanford

The Lost Generation

Literary Buffalo

Poet Lee Ann Brown kicks off Just Buffalo's new series

by Ann Marie Awad

Lit City: Literary Events



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Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There’s a device on the market that claims to age wine very quickly. The makers of “Clef du Vin” say that by using their simple technology, you can “accelerate the aromatic development of the wine’s flavor and soften its structure.”


Ask Anyone

My husband has become a football fanatic. I tried in years past to get into it with him, but the sport leaves me cold. Worst of all, he gets so wrapped up in the Bills that the disappointment of a loss doesn’t end on Sunday. He drags it on through Wednesday, when he finally starts looking forward to the next game.