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Cover Story

The Cult of Nuclearists

by Geoff Kelly & Louis Ricciuti

A new book says nuclear safety experts have deliberately underplayed the dangers of radioactivity. So what does that mean for Niagara Falls?

News Analysis

Buffalo - The Backdrop

by Bruce Fisher

When President Obama visits Buffalo, the symbolism of his hour-long visit will be conveyed to a worldwide audience. The White House communications team acts much like a permanent version of a campaign, a short-lived entity whose principle function is to arrange backdrops for symbolic utterances.

Getting a Grip

It's "As Natural As Water"

by Michael I. Niman

We’re now three weeks into what has become the most environmentally destructive industrial accident in US history, with BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well leaking nearly a quarter of a million gallons a day into the fragile Gulf of Mexico eco-system.

Guest Editorial

The Immigration Fix

by Timothy J. Noonan

The proposed anti-immigration law in Arizona won’t solve the problem it targets. But there is a viable solution.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Buck Quigley & Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Music Feature

A Man I'd Rather Be: Bert Jansch

by Donny Kutzbach

It was news enough when Neil Young—an artist who for some 40 years has stood as one of rock music’s most significant and enduring icons—announced he would embark on a solo acoustic tour of theaters that had him returning to Buffalo’s fabled Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The chance to see ol’ Neil with nothing more than a guitar tearing through one of contemporary music’s most enviable songbooks is a pretty big deal.

Classical Music

A Requiem For All Mankind

by Jan Jezioro

On Saturday, May 15 at 8pm and Sunday, May 16 at 2:30pm, BPO music director JoAnn Falletta will be on the podium of Kleinhans Music Hall for a program featuring Johannes Brahms’ choral masterpiece A German Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem) and a recently composed work, Popule Meus, by the English composer John Tavener.

Art Scene

The Young at Art

by Jack Foran

The art of about 200 Buffalo Public Schools students is currently on display at the downtown branck of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. They include any number of remarkably beautiful and interesting works.

Play Ball!

Bisons Swagger

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Those who managed to get down to the ballpark for any of the most recent homestand saw just about a bit of everything: pitching gems by Buffalo’s starters, pitching meltdowns by both opponents leading to a boatload of offense and four-hour baseball games, a stunning come-from-behind victory in extra innings, yet another walkoff victory to put an exclamation point on the week, the professional debut of a visiting Cuban phenom who throws gas.

Film Reviews

Robin Hood

by George Sax

The Secret of Kells

by M. Faust

Just Wright

by M. Faust

Mid-August Lunch

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, May 14 - Thursday, May 20)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Peter Wolf, who performs at the Town Ballroom on Tuesday, the 18th.

5 Questions With...

Josh Schlageter: Tattoo Artist

Originally from Rochester, Josh has been tattooing for over eight years, seven of those with Buffalo’s Hand of Doom Tattoo (Artvoice winner Best Tattoo five consecutive years). An expert at bringing the customer’s vision to ink, Josh is a self taught artist, a rarity in the industry.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Our Expanding “Rights”: (1) In April, a high official of the European Union called for member-nations to subsidize “vacations” for seniors, the disabled and those too poor to afford one. Said Commissioner (for enterprise and industry) Antonio Tajani, “Traveling for tourism today is a right.”


Listings and Resources

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

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “I can’t live the button-down life,” says cartoon character Homer Simpson. “I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles.”


Ask Anyone

I live in an apartment building next to a very nice family. They are from another country (won’t say which) and they always cook their traditional foods. The problem is, the cooking stinks up the whole floor of our building!