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Cover Story

Fishing For Salvation

by Bruce Fisher

When a group of concerned citizens joined with a veteran attorney to file a lawsuit against Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC, and all the government entities that want this private Missouri company to get public New York money, a 20-year-old community conversation about Buffalo’s identity came of age.

AV Interview

Ralph Nader Rolls Into Buffalo August 3rd

by Stephanie Berberick

Nader, who visits Buffalo August 3, shares his ideas with Artvoice in an interview that exposes the long-time Presidential candidate and activist’s thoughts on everything from imagination to taxes and war.

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 Buck Quigley

Dance Feature

A Day Full Of Dance

by Vanessa Oswald

The second annual Buffalo Dance Festival is being presented by The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo on July 31. This celebration of dance was founded last year by esteemed local dancers Jon Lehrer of LehrerDance and Joe Cipolla from the Configuration Dance Theatre. The festival will feature LehrerDance, Configuration Dance Theatre, and the Bill Evans Dance Company.

Theater Week


by Anthony Chase

Ibn Shabazz’s new play, Insidious, now at Road Less Traveled Theater, is a pot-boiling dark comedy that cynically revels in contemporary phobias and taboos as it twists its way through the double and triple reversals of a thrilling plot. And that’s not what I thought it was going to be!

Left of the Dial

The Books - The Way Out

by Geoffrey Anstey

Reign of Kindo - This is What Happens

by Cory Perla

Art Scene

Out At Home

by Jack Foran

Two current exhibits are about housing. One about housing past and present, one about present and future. The past and present exhibit is by Buffalo photographer Jean-Michel Reed, at Studio Hart in Allentown. The present and future exhibit is by UB architectural student Nate Cornman, at Hayes Hall on the South Campus.

Film Feature

Dinner With Yucks

by M. Faust

Dinner for Schmucks director Jay Roach on the makings of a good comedy and antiquated Yiddish profanity.

Film Review

The Kids Are All Right

by George Sax

It’s not entirely clear from Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right whether the director (and co-writer with Stuart Blumberg) intended her film to be about one of Leo Tolstoy’s happy-in-the-same-old-way families, or his sui generis unhappy families. Of course, she may not have meant to depict either.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 30 - Thursday, August 6)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: the last days of the Infringement Festival, ongoing through August 1st.

Five Questions With...

Mark Goldman: Restaurateur

Often cited as the visionary who imagined — and then helped make real — a revitalized Chippewa Street, Mark Goldman’s knack for staying ahead of the local curve may be rooted in his deep understanding of our regional past. Here, he tells us a bit about running a restaurant, and why he joined a lawsuit to stop Bass Pro.

Letters to Artvoice

My Car Ride With Rick Lazio

by Jeffrey Hartinger

As a shuttle driver for a hotel in Buffalo, I dragged myself out of bed at 6am with as much strength and enthusiasm as an overworked college student could muster.

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.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Among the promotions offered by New York City’s upscale Marmara Manhattan hotel is a “birth tourism” package exploiting the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment. For about $35,000, a foreign expectant mother with a visa can spend her delivery week in luxury accommodations (including medical care)—and assure her baby automatic U.S. citizenship.


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): Can you force things to grow? Is it possible to induce ripening simply by aggressively exerting your willpower? Normally I’d say no, but these days I think it’s within your capacity. Don’t misunderstand....


Ask Anyone

My neighbors moved away a few months back. When they moved, they hired a few guys they found on Craig’s List to pack up all their stuff and take it half-way across the country. They had a lot of stuff, and it was a ridiculously inexpensive quote for all the work. Still, as far as we know, the move went off without a hitch.