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Cover Story

The Public Option: an Interview with Congressman Higgins

by Geoff Kelly

For the past year, Congressman Brian Higgins of South Buffalo has served on the House Ways and Means Committee, one of five committees working on healthcare reform. So on Friday, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the Democrats’ 1,900-page healthcare reform bill, Higgins was one among those Democrats who jumped out front to defend the proposal against relentless Republican opposition.

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

Getting a Grip

Naked Pumpkins, Sex Offenders, and Terrorists

by Michael I. Niman

Most cities have some signature annual event, celebrating a unique aspect of their local culture. While New Orleans’s Mardi Gras is a massive, multi-day festivals, most are more on the scale of Binghamton, New York’s Spiedie Fest, which celebrates a regional marinated meat.

Music Feature

I Want A Witness. I Want To Testify.

by Donny Kutzbach

How a local writer and music aficionado uncovered the story of rock's foremost cult band and their masterpiece album


Boom Round 2 Week 3: Fire Red vs. The Frontline

CONGRATULATIONS to Colors In The Air for collecting the most online votes this past week. Just like that, they’ve secured a spot on the bill for our next live battle of the bands at Nietzsche’s on Friday, November 27. This week, we’re featuring Fire Red and The Frontline in our online battle of the bands.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Carrie Fisher, (pictured right) who turned 53 a couple of weeks ago, is back on Broadway performing her hilarious autobiographical one-woman show, Wishful Drinking.

5 Questions With...

Deborah Lynn Williams: YWCA Director

Deborah Lynn Williams defies all efforts to rationalize career trajectory. A former molecular biologist, aide to Senator Chuck Schumer, currently executive director of the YWCA, and always a community activist, she also makes and sells handbags.

Film Feature

Polish Film Showcase

by M. Faust

Some of the best of recent Polish cinema will be on display at various locations around the Buffalo area this weekend as part of the annual Polish Film Showcase, presented by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.

Film Reviews

The Men Who Stare At Goats

by M. Faust

Coco Before Chanel

by George Sax

The Fourth Kind

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. November 6 - Thu. November 12)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: When Pigs Fly - An 8-act tribute to Pink Floyd, this Saturday at Nietzsche's.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Scientists at England’s University of Oxford know how to make fruitflies scared of things they weren’t scared of previously—by implanting artificial memories in their brains after somehow locating and managing the precise 12 neurons that enable the flies to learn things.

Literary Buffalo

Big Night: David Meltzer & Babel Book Discussion: Ha Jin

by Robin Brox

Lit City: Literary 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

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your anti-role model—the person you should be the opposite of—is the Scorpio warrior, U.S. General George Patton, also known as “Old Blood and Guts.” He once said, “Practically everyone but myself is a pusillanimous son of a bitch.”


Ask Anyone

I’ve agreed to host dinner at my home on a weekly basis for a group of close friends and a few friendly neighbors. Normally, I prepare hearty stews, casseroles, pasta dishes, and stir-fries, but a close friend of ours recently started dating a girl who won’t eat carbs.