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Cover Story

Death at Bonnaroo

by Andrew Blake

Looked at one way, it was hour one at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It had barely broken noon and the temperature was climbing past 90, as close to 100,000 concertgoers set up tents and awaited four days of peace, love, and music. Naturally, the drugs weren’t far behind. By my count it was a quarter past twelve when the first dealer stepped up to our turf.

News Feature

Resolving Sudan

by Stephanie Berberick

Refugees from the violence in Sudan have lived in Buffalo for years now. Next week, at a conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Buffalo, many will come forward to tell their stories and to talk about a referendum scheduled for January 9, 2011, when southern Sudanese will vote on whether Sudan should remain unified or be divided into two contries, North and South.

Getting a Grip

Wankers Want Their Dividends

by Michael I. Niman

There’s mounting anger in Britain, where pundits and politicos are charging President Barack Obama with xenophobia and anti-British prejudice. The smoking gun behind this charge is an incident in which Obama referred to BP as “British Petroleum.”

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly & Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Food & Drink

Merlin's To Monks, Oh My!

by Jennifer Mogensen

It’s not a secret that the businesses and eateries that exist on Elmwood Avenue can be volatile in nature. They open, close, remodel, and move around the street like pawns on a chessboard. The streetscape seems to change from day to day.

Art Scene

Book 'Em

by Jack Foran

Art books, artists’ books, one-of-a-kind items, usually, of all sorts are on display in the members’ show currently at the WNY Book Arts Center. As well as pre-books, that is, scrolls. And the in between scrolls and books form, fold-out books.

Theater Week

Arties and Tonys: Why We Celebrate The Theater

by Anthony Chase

According to tradition, the first actor was Thespis. We know his name because in 534 BC, he won the prize as author and star of the Best Tragedy of that theatrical season at the City Dionysia in Athens, an ancient precursor of the Tony Awards.

You Auto Know

It's A Gas... Oh Wait, No It's Not

by Jim Corbran

What better way to kick off the summer driving season than a couple of hours around town in a Tesla Roadster.

Film Reviews

Please Give

by M. Faust

The Girl On The Train

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 18 - Thursday, June 24)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Rockin' At The Knox, featuring The National and Rufus Wainwright this Friday the 18th.

8 Questions With...

Nick Mendola: Sports Radio Host, Soccer Co-Owner

In honor of the ongoing World Cup in South Africa we spoke with Tonawanda native Nick Mendola, sports radio host and co-owner of the National Premier Soccer League’s FC Buffalo. When he’s not on the air weeknights on WECK-1230, you can find Mendola at Buffalo’s All-High Stadium, where this weekend his “Blitzers”—as they are known—take on FC Lehigh Valley and the Pocono Snow.

Letters to Artvoice

BP Stands For "Big PR"

by Carl Mrozek

We’ve all had the images burned into our brains lately, a blackish, murky plume of gas, oil, and pressurized water gushing endlessly out of a large, broken pipe a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Catholic Youth Organization coach Michael Kman, 45, was charged in May with various misdemeanors regarding an alleged attempt over a several-month period to fix kids’ basketball games for Kman’s Our Lady of Lourdes church team in East Pennsboro Township, Pa.


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): A lot of people never got the mothering they needed in order to grow up into the confident, secure lovers of life they have the potential to become. But even greater numbers suffer from a lack of smart fathering.


Ask Anyone

Ok here’s the problem....I’m supposed to be “in love” with this guy but I’m not. The only reason I told that I love him was out of fear and guilt. There have been other guys that I have hung out with and would much rather take an interest in but if I tell guy “A”, I know it will break his heart, he will blame himself, etc.