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Cover Story

Dancing on the Fringe

by Vanessa Oswald

Every year, Buffalo’s Infringement Festival gains popularity and grows, while introducing more people in the community about the art scenes that exist right here in the city.

Getting a Grip

BP: A Cork and a Prayer

by Michael I. Niman

At the moment I’m writing this, BP’s Deepwater Horizon well is more or less corked, nearly three months after it began spilling as much as the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez every four days. It took this long to design and fabricate what should have been in the toolbox before any drilling ever began—essentially a giant pipe stopper with a flange.

News Analysis

Injudicious Journalism

by George Sax

The great Samuel Johnson once told his famous biographer, James Boswell, that “A lawyer has no business with the justice or injustice of the cause which he undertakes... The justice or injustice of the cause is to be decided by the judge.” Something of the sort applies even more to journalists, especially with regard to criminal proceedings, and at least in the period between an indictment and any trial or plea before a court.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Buck Quigley

Sprouts & Roots

Garden Walk Weekend

by Monique Watts

All right Mr. DeMille,” or in this case garden enthusiasts, “I’m ready for my close-up.”

Art Scene

Steal This Exhibit

by Jack Foran

The ECHO exhibit at the Albright-Knox is about appropriation—borrowing, stealing, ripping off, and recycling—in art, and opens with the two modern era pathfinders of the practice, Marcel Duchamp from the first part of the 20th century, and Andy Warhol from the second.

Theater Week

Kristine Nielsen at Chautauqua

by Anthony Chase

In recent years, the Chatauqua Theater Company, under the artistic direction of Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeny, has been filling a void in our region’s cultural landscape by connecting us to the most important artists in the American theater.

Left of the Dial

Tokyo Police Club - Champ

by Donny Kutzbach

Menomena - Mines

by Cory Perla

Film Feature

An interview with Winter's Bone director, Debra Granik

by M. Faust

Initially the world doesn’t seem that much different from our own. Two children play in a back yard. The weather is dreary, cold, and they’re dressed for it but otherwise unbothered by it. The little girl bounces happily on a trampoline, the boy, a bit older, rides his skateboard.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Killing Kasztner

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 23 - Thursday, July 29)

Flim Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Swell Season, performing at Asbury Hall on Tuesday the 27th.

Play Ball!

New Ballparks Continue to Dazzle

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Kelly green seats? Red brick façade? Wrought-iron gates? Retro architecture? That is so 1990s.

You Auto Know

Mini to the Max

by Jim Corbran

I’m loving the new MINIS. The first new variation on the two-door hardtop, which made its bow in 2001, was the convertible in 2005. The Clubman, a three-door station wagon (but don’t call it that!) arrived on the scene in 2008. And coming next year will be the Countryman, a four-door MINI.

5 Questions With...

Ron Ehmke: Writer, Performance Artist

You may know Buffalo Spree Associate Editor Ron Ehmke from his entertaining prose, but if you haven’t caught one of his live performances, you’ve missed out on a big part of his creative personality. An event like the Infringement Festival seems tailor-made for him, and he gave us a sneak peek at what he has planned.

Letters to Artvoice

A Comprehensive Energy Policy

by Eric Krasinski

Quiet, Carl

by Joe Gerken Jr.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

While the morbidly obese struggle with their health (and society’s scorn), those who eroticize massive weight gain are capturing increased attention, according to a July ABC News report.


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

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): According to Hawaiian mythology, the soul leaves the body during the night to seek the adventures known as dreams. The place of departure and re-entry is the “soul pit” (lua’uhane), which is located in the tear duct of the eye.


Ask Anyone

My boyfriend watches lots and lots of porn online. Our sex life is perfectly fine, and on all other matters we’re simpatico. And I’m not really offended by his use of porn as a woman, though maybe I should be. He’s not secretive or deceptive about it, so there’s not that creepy angle.