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Summer Guide

The Quickened Season: AV Summer Guide 2010

by Geoff Kelly

No song sings itself, but in summer—at least in Western New York—every tree leaf and blossom and bustling street corner and crystal stream lends its voice to the choir. They lend their words, too; there are so many songs to be sung in summer, all of them so insistent, in such a frenetic rush to reach a crescendo.

Summer Guide: Music

Free, Unhip, Outdoors

by M. Faust

I can’t think of anything I’d rather do on a summer night than go to a live outdoor show, enjoy a few beers and some unhealthy meat product on a bun to the music of my youth. Over the years, Western New York has been a regular stop for lots of bands from the 1960s and 1970s (some with as many as two or three original members!) who perform for people like me who lost track of new music years ago.

Summer Guide: Music

Can't Miss Concerts

by Cory Perla

The Flaming Lips are on some sort of yearlong extradimensional voyage right now. They’re still fresh off the releases of two albums, their darkly psychedelic and critically acclaimed epic, Embryonic, as well as their own mutated rendition of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Summer Guide: Music

Summertime Choose

by Donny Kutzbach

Somewhere, there’s that one track that makes you think of the sunny days and warm breezin’ nights. Remember how old you were? Remember how you first heard it? Remember what it meant? What does it still mean?

Summer Guide: Music

Hot Town, Summer in the City

by Jim Corbran

There’s a slew of groups on Facebook called some variety or other of “When I’m Looking for an Address I Turn Down the Sound on the Car Radio.” When I first saw one I laughed because I do it too.

Summer Guide: Arts

Some Summer Viewing

by Gerald Mead

The art scene in Western New York is far from dormant over the summer. In fact, nearly every museum and gallery in the region is opening a new exhibition this month that will run through the coming weeks.

Summer Guide: Eats

Saving Summer

by Sarah Quintal

Did you know you can make your garden veggies even more nutritious and delicious than when they’re first pulled from the ground? It’s true, and it’s called lacto-fermentation, a mouthful of science that really means sauerkraut, kimchi, sour pickles, and the like.

Summer Guide: Sports

Start Your Engines...

by Buck Quigley

More so than any country on earth, Americans have this love affair with cars and racing. Oh, you can point to Italy, Germany, England, Japan…but I’m not talkin’ about high-tech Formula One BS, where the mechanics wear lab coats and have the motor steam-cleaned before inspecting it.

Summer Guide: Sports

The World Game Begins

by Steve Mitchell

It’s here. At last. the greatest sporting event in the world begins on Friday, June 11, when South Africa meets Mexico.

Summer Guide: Fun

Digging For Mastodons

by Jack Foran

Here’s a summer job opportunity for long hours (a 12-hour day), hard work (digging and such, and be ready to get dirty), and no pay (self-explanatory).

News Feature

Freeing Seth Hayes

by Jon Wheelock

There are currently more than two million inmates in US prisons, and New York State alone has more prisoners than Japan, Canada, France, and Germany. Within this vast prison system is a small subset of political prisoners, incarcerated because of their resistance and actions during the volatile struggles of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s

News Feature

UB Brings Car Sharing to Campuses

by Sarah Quintal

In mid-March the University at Buffalo issued a request for proposal (RFP) to bring a car sharing program to its three campuses to service the needs of students, faculty, and staff members. The decision is linked to environmental stewardship guidelines in UB’s 2020 strategic plan.

Guest Editorial

Deficit Hysteria

by Ted P. Schmidt

Deficit hysteria is in full spin mode. The business pages of daily newspapers (including our own) are filled with propaganda about federal government deficits, telling us that “we need to fix Social Security now,” or “the federal government can’t keep bailing out states, the dollars just aren’t there anymore.” Hogwash!

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns


The 2010 Artie Award Winners

by Anthony Chase

With approximately 500 people present, the 20th annual Artie Awards ceremonies at the Town Ballroom on Monday night, June 7, were the most highly attended in the history of the event. Funds raised for Benedict House are still being counted but seem likely to have topped $10,000.


The Arties Best Dressed!

by Jimmy Janowski

God was smiling Monday night at the 20th annual Artie Awards because attention was paid as our ladies of the Buffalo theater community came out in haute couture force! Although there was a virtual bouquet of floral color dresses, it was the color purple that clearly dominated the evening.

Sprouts & Roots

Don't Feat the Tuber

by Monique Watts

I hate to admit it, but I am one of the many amateur gardeners who fear that petal-soft but sometimes thorny, fickle flora—the rose. No matter how many times and types I’ve tried to grow, the end result is always the same: a dead, dried stalk that shrivels to a stub sending up tiny tendrils of hope before being put out of its misery and buried by the surrounding ground cover.

Play Ball!

Baseball in NW Arkansas

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Northwest Arkansas is a white-hot growth area, southward from Bentonville, the worldwide headquarters of Walmart, all the way down to Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas, and it is here in the middle in Springdale that professional baseball has landed.

Film Reviews

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

by Kevin J. Hosey

Harry Brown

by George Sax

The Karate Kid

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 11 - Thursday, June 17)

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 Annual Allentown Art Fest Music Fest, taking place from 2PM on at Nietzsche's on both Saturday & Sunday.

5 Questions With...

Greg Lamberson: Filmmaker, Novelist, Horrormonger

Greg Lamberson must be on of the area’s most prolific artists: He has a new novel out, The Frenzy Way, which he’s signing at Talking Leaves on June 30; his film Slime City Massacre (shot in Buffalo) is touring the festival circuit; the second novel in his Jake Helman series is out in October, with the third in the can and a fourth underway. He’s a fixture in the horror community and ahas won numeorus awards for his work.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

It’s clear, based on a May Time magazine dispatch, that Norway’s felons and miscreants are of a superior class than America’s. When Norway’s brand-new Halden prison opened in April, the country’s King Harald V headlined a glitzy gala that celebrated what has been called the world’s “most humane” lockup.


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

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you have long conversations with the image in the mirror this week, I won’t call you a megalomaniacal narcissist. Nor will I make fun of you if you paint 15 self-portraits, or google yourself obsessively, or fill an entire notebook with answers to the question “Who am I, anyway?”


Ask Anyone

I don’t wear suits to work and consequently don’t own any—except for one, the perfect suit for the summer wedding season: a crisp blue-and-white seersucker. Weddings are the only occasions where I wear a suit, so it’s perfect, and cheap to replace every few years when the wine spills will no longer wash out.