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The Vault Opens

by Gerald Mead

Collecting has been a lifelong passion and pursuit of retired lawyer turned collector/philanthropist Charles Rand Penney, so much so that at one point the Buffalo-born Penney had in his possession 100 separate collections of art, collectibles, memorabilia, and antiques.

News Analysis

Conservatism, The Zombie Edition

by Bruce Fisher

A month ago, the Gallup poll asked Americans if there is too much, too little, or about the right amount of government regulation of business. This week, Gallup asks if government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses.

Week in Review

7 Seven Days: the straight dope from the week that was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: the week's winners & losers

7 Questions With...

Tim Herzog, Beer Enthusiast

In 1997, Tim Herzog and a handful of friends and investors opened Flying Bison, the first stand-alone brewery in Buffalo since Iroquois Brewing bit the dust in 1972.

Food Feature

20 Bucks & A Dime

by Jennifer Mogensen

No one is immune to the effects of the current economic crisis, including local restaurateurs. In an effort to boost the sales at some of Western New York’s independent eateries, the New York State Restaurant Association’s local chapter is once again sponsoring Local Restaurant Week. The event runs through September 28.

Film Feature

Speed-Dating For Cinephiles

by M. Faust

I would never presume to render an opinion on a film if I had only seen a random five or 10 minutes of it. Yet that’s the position I’m in trying to write about the 34th Toronto International Film Festival.


Round 1 Week 3: N'Dias (The Mix) vs. Carpo Phorus

This week, we’d like to congratulate David Cloyd! He collected the most votes in our online contest this past week, so he proceeds to the live preliminary at Nietzsche’s on Friday, October 16.



by Anthony Chase

You can only see it through this Sunday, so act quickly if you want to catch the truly sensational tour of the Kander and Ebb musical, Chicago, now at Shea’s.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Debra Messing returned to her first love, the stage, a couple of weeks ago to appear in a staged reading of a play that was part of Standing on Ceremony—The Gay Marriage Plays. The one night only event was a benefit for the Human Rights Campaign in LA. Messing is eagerly looking for the right project for her next theatrical venture.

Left of the Dial

Paul Westerberg: PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys

by Donny Kutzbach

When the Minneapolis bard of blue hearts and willingly unkempt rock and roll achingly pines, “See the ghost on a canvas/Most people don’t see there” on one of his newest tracks, you get an idea who he’s singing about. There’s probably not a better American songwriter in the last 25 years.

Film Reviews

The Baader Meinhof Comlpex

by M. Faust

My One and Only

by George Sax

The September Issue

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. September 25 - Thu. October 1)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Babel Extras: High Tea, British Night at the International Institute, on Friday September 25th.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

If society were ever attacked by zombies, we would probably be doomed, and quickly. That was the conclusion of two university researchers in Ottawa, Ontario, who set up mathematical models hypothesizing zombie attacks as infectious diseases with the well-known characteristics of zombie biology from popular fiction.

Letters to Artvoice

Another Generation Lost

by Caroline M. Aungst

Remembering Displaced Poles

by Sophie Knab


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): This is an excellent time to celebrate the pleasures of emptiness . . . to extol the virtues of the blank slate . . . to be open to endless possibilities but committed to none . . .


Ask Anyone

My boyfriend will only have sex with me at specific times of the week, and at specific times of the day. And even then, he goes through an extremely elaborate ritual of combing his hair and primping in the bathroom for what seems like an hour beforehand.