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Cover Story

Scissor Happy

by Ann Marie Awad

By now, the news is everywhere. After the usual boom of arts-related activity precipitated by Curtain Up! and the opening weekend of Beyond/In Western New York, something strange happened: In light of the masses of people gathered in the streets and in galleries to take in art, music, and theater, Erie County Executive Chris Collins announced that none of this activity was worth investing in.

News Analysis

Buffalo and its Discontents

by Bruce Fisher

Steady investment in what the federal statisticians call “performing arts, museums and related activities” led to measured economic growth in the Buffalo metro area over the past decade. The cultural sector grew from about $255 million in 2001 to $355 million in 2007, an increase of 55 percent in real, inflation-adjusted dollars into the Buffalo metropolitan economy, according to new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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

Film Interview

Asking for the Impossible

by M. Faust

Writing in the future never interested me,” says Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novel Never Let Me Go could appropriately but misleadingly be called a science fiction story set in the recent past. “I wasn’t trying in the novel to write anything like a prophecy.

Puck Stop

All Eyes on Defense as Sabres Kick Off

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Once again, fans across Sabres Nation are wringing their hands in consternation as another offseason has come and gone, and the hockey department has made no splashy moves to bolster the team. “Why can’t they go out and get an impact player like Kovalchuk?” “Why won’t the team spend to the cap?” “How could they have let Tim Kennedy go?”

Art Scene


by Jack Foran

Old technologies and techniques are used in new ways to make beautiful imagery in complementary installations by Michael Bosworth and J. T. Rinker at the Hi-Temp Fabrication building in the Cobblestone District on Perry Street, across from the hockey arena. This exhibit is part of the Beyond/In Western New York biennial extravaganza.

Classical Music Notes

Fortepiano at the Friends of Vienna

by Jan Jezioro

The Friends of Vienna kick off its 35th anniversary season at 3:30pm on Sunday, October 17, at the Unity Church on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, with a program of keyboard works by Viennese composers: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous “desperate housewife” Teri Hatcher (pictured), who has had quite a bit of exposure lately (including an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show) will play Lois Lane’s mom in the 10th and final season of the TV series Smallville.

Film Feature

Buffalo International Film Festival Rolls Forward

by M. Faust

Don’t worry if you missed out on the first week on the Buffalo International Film Festival (I know, it’s been hard what with Local Restaurant Week)—there’s lots more to see during this final weekend.

Film Reviews

It's Kind of a Funny Story

by George Sax

Jack Goes Boating

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 8 - Thursday, October 14)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: LehrerDance, with multiple performances this weekend.

Five Questions With...

Shemika Charles: Limbo Dancer

Shemika Charles, an 18-year-old senior from Cardinal O’Hara High School, was recently named the world’s lowest female limbo dancer by Guinness World Records. (How low did she go? 8.5 inches.)

Letters to Artvoice

Chris Collins: Fund The Culturals

Chris Collins likes to talk about how he runs county government like a private business. I have to wonder what business he means. Enron? BP? Collins has a habit of making decisions that leave you scratching your head.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Edible “dirt” has recently appeared on the menus of several of the world’s most renowned restaurants (e.g., the top-rated Noma in Copenhagen, Shakuf in Tel Aviv, Gilt in New York City). “People are really wowed to see dirt on their plates,” said Gilt’s head chef.


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): “Dear Rob: A professional astrologer who read my chart told me that I have no willpower and that there is basically nothing I can do to change that. Any suggestions?


Ask Anyone

I was at a party the other night, and I got into it with this guy who is 100% behind Chris Collins, the County Executive. He went off about the holding center, the libraries, arts organizations, neighborhood health clinics, and blah, blah, blah.