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Halloween Feature

An Engine Of Satan: The murder of William Morgan by Freemasons

by Buck Quigley

Early on the morning of September 11, 1826, Lucinda Morgan began to feel that something was terribly wrong. Her husband hadn’t returned, and breakfast was getting cold.

Halloween Fun Facts

Halloween From A to Z

by Zachary Burns

The Artvoice guide to Halloween From A to Z: 26 little known tidbits about the dark day.

Halloween Music

BOO!Tiful Music

by Donny Kutzbach

Artvoice’s 2009 Halloween music playlist doesn’t hand you the obvious 1980s cliches of Ray Parker Jr.’s “Theme From Ghostbusters” or current hot new zombie Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Instead, here’s a selection from well below the rest of the shallow graves that’s guaranteed to set the mood at your haunted house, make a scowling jack-o-lantern smile, and perk up all of the ears around the bubbling cauldron of brew.

Halloween Films

Creep Shows

by M. Faust

Why limit a popular holiday to one day? Halloween in Buffalo this year has been stretched out to a full eight days so as to cover two weekends.

News Feature

Thinking and Acting Smartly Everywhere But The Rust Belt

by Bruce Fisher

At a think-tank forum in Washington last week, a California bureaucrat described how a couple dozen local governments in his state have figured out how to control local property taxes, grow their economies, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, stop wasting federal highway funds, and do it all without downsizing a town board or merging one government into another.

The News, Briefly

Canal Side Plans Unveiled

by Ellen Przepasniak

Common Council Votes Tuesday on Domestic Partner Benefits

by Geoff Kelly

Kenneth W. Syracuse Passes Away at 62

by Lucie M. Gonzalez

Week in Review

Seven Days: the straight dope from the week that was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

7 Questions With...

Chae Hawk, Hip Hop Artist

Orginiator of a style he dubs “Electro-Swag”, Chae Hawk (Artvoice 2007 Best of Buffalo winner for Hip Hop Artist while performing under the name Noble Truth) is out to unite the cliques and bring unity to the underground and oft-ignored Hip Hop Scene in Buffalo.


Round 2 Week 1: Hunger Anthem vs. Bloodthirsty Vegans

CONGRATULATIONS to the Albrights, for winning our live music showdown at Nietzsche’s last Friday! With that win, they’ve secured a spot in the the BOOM Grand Finale.



by Anthony Chase

Productions of The Rocky Horror Show are as bound by tradition as are D’Oyly Carte productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The audience is so attuned to the proceedings, and so accustomed to joining in with split-second timing, that too much variation throws the whole business out of whack.



by Javier

The fabulous Annie Potts (pictured), best known for her role in the TV show Designing Women, will be making her Broadway debut this fall in Yazmina Reza’s Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage.

Classical Music

Freudig Singers Offer Director's Cut

by Jan Jezioro

To open the Freudig Singers’ 26th season, Roland Martin, music director for more than a decade, has assembled a program that looks backward while also offering a world premiere. Significant anniversaries of Mendelssohn, Purcell, and Haydn are celebrated this year, and the Freudig Singers will offer works by each of these composers, as well as a commissioned work by Martin Wimmer that was performed during the group’s silver anniversary season last year, and the first complete performance of a new work by Martin himself.

Film Feature

Hilary Swank talks about mastering Almelia Earhart's walk and Talk

by M. Faust

“You may think you know how it ends,” Hilary Swank says about her new film, “but you have to see it to see if it ends the way you think it does, because there are a lot of theories about it.”

Film Preview

BIFF: Week Three

by M. Faust

The Buffalo International Film Festival begins its final week on Thursday, October 22, with A Pearl in the Forest, the North American Premiere of a film from Mongolia that takes place in 1937, when Stalin’s purges killed thousands of ethnic Buryats.

Film Review

Walt and El Grupo

by George Sax

Hollywood’s agreement to aid in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1940s Good Neighbor policy toward Latin America was more of a diplomatic success for FDR than an artistic one for Tinseltown. Orson Welles, for instance, left off work on his second feature film, The Magnificent Ambersons, to make a documentary in Brazil about some Amazonian Indians.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. October 23 - Thurs. October 29)

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You Auto Know

The 2010 Taurus: Ford's Latest Sedan is No Bull

by Jim Corbran

If you were around back in the fall of 1985, you may remember Ford’s introduction of its brand new 1986 Taurus as a ground-breaking event in automobile styling.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Before Arthur David Horn met his future bride Lynette (a “metaphysical healer”) in 1988, he was a tenured professor at Colorado State, with a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale, teaching a mainstream course in human evolution. With Lynette’s guidance (after a revelatory week with her in California’s Trinity Mountains, searching for Bigfoot), Horn evolved, himself, resigning from Colorado State and seeking to remedy his inadequate Ivy League education.

Literary Buffalo

Big Night: Eileen Myles

by Ann Marie Awad

Lit City: Literary Events


The Imperial Court's Annual Spaghetti Dinner is this Sunday

by Danny Winters


Letters to Artvoice

Still Composing Your Letter to The Public Bridge Authority, Senator?

by Peterjoe Certo

Marking United Nations Day

by David Slive


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The astrological vibes suggest that you open yourself wide, try everything, and give freely. I urge you to adapt as your motto an exhortation that once came out of the mouth of the seven-year-old cartoon character Dennis the Menace: “Hey! Wake up! Let’s go everywhere and do everything!”