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Cover Story

Case in Point

by Kevin J. Hosey

About a year and a half ago, Peter Case was in a hospital, canceling concerts and music classes he taught, while doctors saved his life through open-heart surgery. Now the Hamburg native is recovered, back on tour, and playing two shows in three days in Buffalo and Western New York as he supports his new Yep Roc Records CD, Wig!

Point / Counterpoint

King Coal's Pyrrhic Victory

by Daniel Gros

Who's Afraid of Climate Change?

by Bjørn Lomborg

Gone but Not Forgotten

Remembering Harvey Pekar

by Tim Madigan

Harvey Pekar, author of the famed graphic novel American Splendor, died on July 12th, aged 70. Best known now for the film version from 2003, American Splendor began in 1976 as a self-published yearly comic detailing Pekar’s life as a file clerk at a Cleveland hospital.

The News, Briefly

Mayor Opens 311 Line to Inner Harbor Development Ideas

by Buck Quigley

Who's Raising Money For Whom This Election Season

by Geoff Kelly

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly and Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Sprouts & Roots

Dog Days of Summer

by Monique Watts

We have entered those dog days of summer, the time when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun, and when we traditionally see our hottest, driest days. It is a time when gardeners can slow down the pace and enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Theater Week

"Doctor's Dilemma" at the Shaw Festival

by Anthony Chase

Chris Critelli Shakes It Up at Artpark

by Anthony Chase

Left of the Dial

Neu! - Box Set

by Donny Kutzbach

!!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?

by Cory Perla

Film Reviews

Wild Grass

by George Sax

Love Ranch

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 13 - Thursday, August 19)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: a free concert featuring Tears For Fears at the Molson Canal Concert Series in Lockport, this Friday the 13th.

Letters to Artvoice

Save Our Waterfront: Where's Millie Harrington When We Need Her?

Another Anchor For The Waterfront

Skyway to the Future

Museum Shuffle

Thoughts on the Buffalo Wing Festival

Nine Questions With...

Peter Cimino & Chris Dorsaneo: Street Vendors

In a city bereft of a real street food culture, it’s nice to know some people are out to make a difference. Pete and Chris, the brains behind Where’s Lloyd, Buffalo’s first mobile, taco-slingin’ street vendor, have brought the Southern California staple of the taco truck all the way to West Mohawk and Main Street.

You Auto Know

Small Car, Big Deal

by Jim Corbran

Many, many years ago I worked with a young kid who had just moved to town and bought his first car. It was a 1971 Honda N600 coupe, and it made my VW Scirocco look like the Queen Mary in size. Back then, Honda was still feeling its way around in the automobile business, having become quite proficient over the years in making and racing motorcycles.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

James Burden, 55, was convicted of indecent exposure in Scotland’s Falkirk Sheriff Court in June based on a March incident when a neighbor looked out her window before dawn and saw Burden, naked, smoking a cigarette and masturbating while bouncing on her family’s outdoor trampoline.

Literary Buffalo

Poetry: Satan in Chicago

by Eric Evans

Flash Fiction: The Silence Itself

by Dylan Nice

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

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Paul, a fortune-telling octopus in Oberhausen, Germany, had an amazing run of success predicting the results of World Cup competitions a while back. His technique?


Ask Anyone

My house was burglarized while my wife and I were on vacation. The thieves made off with some pretty valuable stuff, much of it obvious: a laptop computer and other electronics, a rare guitar, a drawer full of silver.