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Cover Story

More Than That

by Thomas Dooney

Sometimes the public only comprehends an artist’s methods as a bag of tricks. Then these gimmicks become more discussable than the artist’s accomplishment. Finley is not alone in this. Picasso has been in public consideration for more than a hundred years and still people focus on noses where eyes should be and ears somewhere else.

News Analysis

City of Magic, City of Light

by Bruce Fisher

This weekend in Cleveland, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange is bringing 100 thinkers, activists, elected officials, and wonks to kick around ideas about how one of the richest but most challenged Great Lakes cities can turn itself around.

News Analysis

The Gulf's Silvery Lining

by Kenneth Rogoff

Perhaps it is a pipe dream, but it is just possible that the ongoing BP oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will finally catalyze support for an American environmental policy with teeth.

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

Music Feature

Future Head Hits

by Donny Kutzbach

Oklahoma City art rock avatars the Flaming Lips have sculpted an aura that would almost have you believe that they are these weird, psychedelic wizards from space that have somehow always existed. Still, it’s hard to believe that in just a couple years Wayne Coyne and collective will celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band.

Classical Music

Music Flows Along The Niagara

by Jan Jezioro

The Music Niagara Festival kicks off its 12th season in Niagara-on-the-Lake this Saturday with a gala opening night concert. It continues at multiple venues, including area wineries, for a total of 34 concerts, before ending on August 14.

Theater Week

My Fair Lady

by Anthony Chase

In The Drowsy Chaperone, the 2006 show about one man’s obsession with Broadway musicals, the lead character contrasts the shows of Broadway’s Golden Age with the musicals of today: “You know there was a time when people sat in darkened theaters and thought to themselves, ‘What have George and Ira got for me tonight?’

Film Reviews

I Am Love; Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

by George Sax


by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 16 - Thursday, July 22)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: comedian and actor, Bobcat Goldthwait at the Bear's Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Casino, on Thursday the 16th.

5 Questions With...

Sam Magavern: Partnership for the Public Good

As co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good (, Sam Magavern helps raise community awareness on issues ranging from the economy to the environment, healthcare to the holding center, neighborhood revitalization to campaign finance reform. He’s also an instructor at UB Law School, and a writer with a lucidly elegant style.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“Why are you still alive?” is the question doctors ask Ozzy Osbourne, the hard-rock singer and reality-TV star, who says he is now clean and sober after a lifetime of almost unimaginably bad habits. In June, he started two new ventures: undergoing the three-month process of genetic mapping (to help doctors learn why, indeed) and becoming a “health advice” columnist for London’s Sunday Times.


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): “Give us this day our daily hunger,” prayed French philosopher Gaston Bachelard.


Ask Anyone

Some new neighbors bought the house next door and moved in a month ago. They’re very friendly, and we get along well. They’re really into gardening. The husband is really into his car, and he washes it every weekend. Here’s the rub. Their outdoor hose doesn’t work, so they’ve been borrowing ours. Now it wasn’t a big deal to begin with.