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Cover Story

In Heaven With Henry Grimes

by Hank Cherry

The story of a jazz legend who disappeared from music for more than 30 years. And then was found again.

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

News Analysis

Our Waterfront, Ourselves

by Bruce Fisher

There is great news from Norway, a country with limitless oil revenue and a pretty much uninhabitable interior. Norway will be host to an international conference later this fall that will bring together many experienced designers, planners, and developers to discuss good ideas about waterfront development.

Music Feature

All Tomorrow's Parties

by Donny Kutzbach

The formula is simple: Convince the crème de la crème of indie, underground, hip-hop, and beyond to converge on a beatup old resort for three days, keep the capacity under 3,000 people, add some film screenings, a couple comedians, and some other events—and you’ve got yourself a festival.

Theater Week

Curtain Up! 2010

by Anthony Chase

Curtain Up!, Buffalo’s annual celebration of theater in our community, is an event unique to our city. For the 29th consecutive year, the night is upon us, Friday, September 10.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Cloris Leachman, who gained renewed popularity for her appearances on the TV show Dancing with the Stars, spent a very busy summer working on her one-woman show, Cloris! I’m Eighty F*ing Four & Still Going Strong!

Classical Music Notes

September Concerts at UB

by Jan Jezioro

In the first concert of the new school year, Roland E. Martin will perform on the organ, the piano, and the harpsichord, joined by violist Janz Castelo and tenor Jeffrey Porter in recital on Friday, September 10 at 7:30pm in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on UB’s Amherst campus.

Art Scene

Not So Primitive

by Jack Foran

In his art, James C. Litz made a better world than he found. The world he found was notably that of the Vietnam War.

Film Feature

The 34th Annual Montreal World Film Festival

by M. Faust

As I do every year at this time, I come before you with a heavy heart to talk about some of the films I saw at the Montreal World Film Festival. Why so glum? It’s not that the films aren’t good—in fact, I enjoyed myself more this year than I have at any WFF since early in the decade.

Film Review

A Righteous Traitor: "Farewell"

by George Sax

At the very beginning of Christian Carion’s Farewell, an on-screen message informs us, “This film is based on events which led to the fall of the Soviet Bloc, putting an end to a world dominated by two opposing powers.” This sentence is hedged, but it does convey the film’s ambitious historical and narrative scope.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 10 - Thursday, September 16)

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: Magic Mayhem at Music Is Art on Saturday the 11th.

Five Questions With...

Al Coppola: State Senate Candidate

Al Coppola has been a persistent voice in Western New York politics for more than 30 years. The long-time Delaware District representative on the Common Council is now taking another shot at the 60th District State Senate seat, which he occupied in 2000, before losing it to Byron Brown. We asked him to talk about his plans, his strategies, and his Democratic primary opponents.

You Auto Know

Let The Party Begin

by Jim Corbran

My computer’s dictionary defines fiesta as (in Spanish-speaking regions) “a religious festival,” and for the rest of us it’s “an event marked by festivities or celebration.” With the arrival of the 2011 Ford Fiesta in dealer showrooms, both definitions might just fit.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The US Drug Enforcement Administration announced in August that it had contract work for up to 2,100 language specialists to transcribe wiretaps, with immediate needs in the Atlanta field office for 144 Spanish experts, along with 12 for Vietnamese, and nine each for Korean, Farsi, and “Ebonics.”

Letters to Artvoice

Thank You, Buffalo

by Vanity Vogue

Ban Fracking Now

by Cecile Lawrence


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): I’ve been playing with a fun hypothesis lately: that absolutely everyone in the world has the power to heal someone else.


Ask Anyone

I work in an office with a shared refrigerator. Individual sandwiches and snacks seem to be left alone, but every time I bring in a box of soy milk it seems to disappear in 2 to 3 days. Since I only use it in a cup or two of coffee a day, this leads me to believe that others in the office are using it.