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Getting a Grip

The Tea Party(TM) Brand

by Michael I. Niman

There’s a growing, media-generated consensus that, for better or for worse, the Tea Party is enjoying a meteoric ascendancy and is on the path to taking over the country.

News Feature

The Top 10 [Censored] Stories of 2009-2010

by Rebecca Bowe

Each year, Project Censored—a nonprofit investigative journalism and media criticism project—compiles a list of the year’s most important and underreported (or self-censored by the media) stories. The 2009-2010 list was released earlier this month. Here are the top 10:

News Analysis

Love That Dirty Water

by Bruce Fisher

Tumors that are the result of pollution afflict more than one-third of the largemouth bass in the Buffalo River, which is the body of water on which the proposed Bass Pro shop was to have been built.

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 Zachary Burns

Chew on This

Local Restaurant Week Returns

by Jill Greenberg

Get ready to chow down. Local Restaurant Week is back, October 4-10.


Chris Collins is a Boor

by Anthony Chase

The Furies of Mother Jones

by Anthony Chase

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

by Anthony Chase

Trace at Torn Space

by Anthony Chase

Art Scene

Artpark People: Artpark Retrospective at UB Art Gallery

by Jack Foran

Gerald Mead's Collection at Villa Maria

by Jack Foran

Classical Music Notes

Quartet for the End of Time

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Players launch their fourth season on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30pm at their home in the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway with a gala opening concert, featuring both the Quartet for the End of Time and a new cycle of paintings by the noted Buffalo artist Catherine Parker, inspired by the work and created especially for this event.

Film Feature

Buffalo International Film Festival

by M. Faust

The second edition of the Buffalo International Film Festival unofficially began last week, with a screening of the newly complete restoration of Metropolis. But this week is when it kicks into gear, with 40 screenings and events scheduled over the next 10 days, along with the possibility of some last minute surprises.

Film Reviews

Let Me In

by M. Faust

Soul Kitchen

by George Sax

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

by George Sax

Countdown to Zero

by Geoff Kelly


by M. Faust

The Social Network

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 1 - Thursday, October 7)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife, performing at Mohawk Place on Saturday the 2nd.

You Auto Know

WWET: What Would Elvis Think?

by Jim Corbran

I can tell you one thing for sure: If the King were still alive, he’d own at least one CTS coupe. Perhaps it would be pink with some outlandish custom upholstery, but it’d be there in Graceland’s garage.

5 Questions WIth...

Tim Tielman: Preservationist

Tim Tielman is the executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, and principal of The Neighborhood Workshop, LLC., a new urban design consultancy. For years he has been involved with urban planning issues in Buffalo, and he is—depending on which side of the fence you happen to be standing—either beloved as a preservationist or bemoaned as an obstructionist. Which means he must be doing something right.

Letters to Artvoice

More on Charter Schools

by Geoff Schutte

Even More on Charter Schools

by James P. Neimeir

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Ingrid Paulicivic filed a lawsuit in September against Laguna Beach, Calif., gynecologist Red Alinsod over leg burns she bafflingly acquired during her 2009 hysterectomy—a procedure that was topped off by the doctor’s nearly gratuitous name-”branding” of her uterus with his electrocautery tool.

Literary Buffalo

Babel's Back

by Jill Greenberg

Flash Fiction: Ayudame

by Roxane Gay

Lit City: Literary Event Listings


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

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Everything is dreamed first,” wrote French poet Gilbert Trolliet. French philosopher Gaston Bachelard agreed, adding, “Creative reverie animates the nerves of the future.”


Ask Anyone

I have just noticed that my neighbor has a political sign in his yard supporting a candidate I find appalling. Is it ever all right to vandalize the signs?