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Cover Story

Making The Cut

by Charlotte Hsu

Meet Ed Wang, left tackle for the Buffalo Bills and the NFL's first player of full Chinese descent.

The Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

Our Zany March Toward Intolerance

by Michael I. Niman

Things aren’t looking too good on the tolerance front lately. In a move darkly reminiscent of the European pogroms of the 1930s, France’s beleaguered right-wing president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is ordering mass deportations of ethnic Roma.

Art Scene

Sex and the Single Flower

by Jack Foran

The downtown library has a terrific show of flower illustrations and related materials from its Rare Books collection. The items date from the Renaissance to the present, but particularly flower books from the 18th and 19th centuries, when the art of flower painting took off.

Dance Feature

A Weekend in Motion

by Vanessa Oswald

This year the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts—two art-filled days of fun happening on Saturday, August 28, and Sunday August 29—is introducing a compelling dance lineup.

Classical Music Notes

Buffalo Composer Wins National Prize

by Jan Jezioro

Martin J. Wimmer was awarded first prize recently in the Vincent Brown Silliman Choral Anthem Competition, held in Madison, Wisconsin. His composition, entitled Peace, beat out nearly ninety other entrants to win the “Easy Anthem” category in the nationwide competition sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.

Left of the Dial

Arctic Death - Self Titled

by Cory Perla

Magnolia Mountain - Redbird Green

by Donny Kutzbach

Film Feature

Southern Man

by M. Faust

Since he capped his glory decade of the 1970s with Apocalypse Now and The Great Santini, Robert Duvall has averaged one iconic starring performance per decade, shoehorned in among supporting roles in films of wildly varying quality.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 27 - Thursday, September 2)

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: Fang Island, playing at Soundlab on Friday the 27th.

You Auto Know

Across the Pond

by Jim Corbran

Just as I sat down to write this week’s column, the latest issue of the British magazine Car arrived in my mailbox. As I don’t imagine that Car is something a lot of you pick up each month, I thought I’d use this space to let you know about some efficient cars being reported on across the pond which we in North America may, or may not, ever see.

Eight Questions With...

Rory Allen: State Senate Candidate

A political newcomer, Allen is one of three candidates running in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary for the State Senate’s 60th district—which covers most of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Letters to Artvoice

Canal Side Conflicts of Interest

by Arthur J. Giacalone

Indicators of an Economic Collapse

by Joshua Curry-Bascome

The Case For Charter Schools

by Katie Campos

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Yaohnanen tribe on the South Pacific island of Tanna believe their true ancestral god is Britain’s Prince Philip (based on photographs of him with the queen during a 1974 visit to Tanna’s mother nation of Vanuatu) and believe he promised he would return for good on his 89th birthday (June 10, 2010).


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

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Our sun doesn’t really have a name. The word “sun” is a generic term that can refer to any of trillions of stars. So I’d like to propose that you come up with a name for it.


Ask Anyone

I live in the country, and, like a bunch of my neighbors, I keep chickens. There’s a guy who lives about two miles down the road who has a big old Australian shepherd who, like most dogs in the area, runs loose.