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Summer Food

The Crop Calendar

by Beaufort Wilbern

You want to eat locally grown food in season most of the time, if not exclusively. Keep in mind that our great-grandparents did just that, though of course they didn’t get to enjoy the pleasures of eating avocados and artichokes and mangos, or their daily bananas, whenever they desired.

Summer Food

A Lobster Treatise

by Joe George

A few nights ago I killed a lobster. A lot of lobsters, actually—10 dozen to be exact. I didn’t carry out this gruesome task alone, a few cooks helped me, but they mostly cut and cracked the lobster’s shells after I had sent them to their boiling demise.

Summer Food

A Wild Cup Of Tea

by Sarah Quintal

There are plenty of plants growing in your yard and around vegetable and flower beds that have loads of therapeutic value that we perhaps too infrequently take advantage of. And why not? They’re wild, pervasive, delicious, and free for the taking.

Summer Food

Dip Into Summer

by Buck Quigley

Guy Clark, besides being one of America’s best songwriters, is also one of her most astute philosophers, if we are to sit back and savor his timeless observation: “Only two things that money can’t buy—That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.”

Summer Food

They Stand Alone

by Patricia Watson

In summertime little farm stands sprung up, where farmers with dirt on their hands offered sun-warmed, juicy red tomatoes with the same dirt clinging to them. Salted or with a dollop of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, they were heavenly.

Summer Food

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

I was at work on a Friday, juggling schedules and putting out fires, when I received the phone call: “Barbecue. Find me some barbecue.” The cluttered desk, the ringing phone, impending deadlines—all receded from my consciousness. I pictured big black steel smokers. Meat roasted low and slow surrounded by savory smoke. Secret sauce. Coleslaw.

Summer Food

Cool Patios, Sexy Cocktails

by Jennifer Mogensen

It’s a sure sign of summer in Buffalo when road construction gets underway and politicians begin to argue over funding for public parks.

News Analysis

Lawyers, Guns, + Money

by Bruce Fisher

Thanks to a Supreme Court that is resolutely stuck in Red State politics, America will be well-armed for the upcoming depression. Last week, Blue State cities that are trying to corral handguns lost when the Court’s Bush-Reagan majority decided that personal firearm ownership is an essential element of “ordered liberty.”

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

Theater Week

Pete Gurney & Kit Cornell: The Grand Manner

I have on my shelf a copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables in which the original owner has inscribed her name in careful penmanship: “Katharine Cornell—St. Margaret’s School, Buffalo, New York, October 7, 1909.”

Art Scene

Eyes Forward

by Jack Foran

The current Buffalo Arts Studio show includes three projects concerning local and global socioeconomic issues. None provides final answers on the issues they tackle, but the idea is to raise questions more than to give answers.

Music Feature

10 Reasons Why We Should Submit and Make Devo Our All-Powerful Masters

by Donny Kutzbach

Devo is not simply a rock band, it is a way to spread a message about the core of humanity to the masses.

Film Review

Revenge of the Junkyard Dogs: Micmacs

by George Sax

In French it’s called l’embarras du richesses—an embarrassment of riches in English—and it’s a phrase very aptly applied to a new film from France, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 2 - Thursday, July 8)

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See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Fourth of July Weekend.

You Auto Know

Hey, You Never Know!

by Jim Corbran

What I want to write you is something I haven’t updated in almost five years now: my list of what I’d fill my garage with if I won the lottery.

5 Questions With...

Erik Bernardi & Jason Wulf: Ice Cream Makers

Erik Bernardi, right, and Jason Wulf, left, of Lockport, are two teachers (art and biology, respectively) who have created something of a dream sideline job for themselves: Lake Effect Ice Cream.

Names & Faces

Have Gator, Will Travel

by Geoffrey Anstey

When checking out the website of Buffalo CarShare—a non-profit car rental initiative of Green Options Buffalo—you’ll be treated to the exuberant faces of some happy customers.

Letters to Artvoice

Cover The Kensington Expressway

by Stephanie Barber

Mad at BP? Change Your Diet

by Blaine Hamilton

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In the midst of World Cup fever, readers might have missed Germany’s win over host Barbados in June for the Woz Challenge Cup, following an eight-team polo tournament with players not on horses but Segways.

Literary Buffalo

Book Review: Blockade Billy, by Stephen King

by Jim Corbran

Flash Fiction: May We Shed These Human Bodies

by Amber Sparks

Lit City: Literary Events


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

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let’s do a check-in on your progress so far in 2010, Cancerian. The year’s half over, and I’m wondering if you’ve been cashing in on the unique invitations that life has been sending your way.


Ask Anyone

So, my neighbor is a super nice, funny, bumble-y guy. Often we enjoy a few beers on the porch together, share tools, etc. He’s the kind of guy who can’t balance his own checkbook, so he just closes one account and opens up another.