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Cover Story

Buffalo Loves Shea's

by Anthony Chase

We love it so much that the Western New York audience has made the venerable 85-year-old venue the top-grossing single-week for Broadway tours in the American market. With its spacious backstage areas and modern dressing rooms, actors enjoy playing Shea’s as much as audiences love going there.

News Analysis

One Part Spite, One Part Smoke and Mirrors

by Geoff Kelly

Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz talks about the county executive’s proposed budget.

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

Dance Feature

Halloween Candy

by Vanessa Oswald

Four years ago, Chelsea Green took a trip to Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace and watched the Pussycat Dolls burlesque show. “It totally inspired me,” says the 40-year-old Green. “I was like ‘Oh, we could so do something like this in Buffalo.

Chew on This

Beer Extravaganza

by Andrew Kulyk

Many locals are already familiar with the National Buffalo Wing Festival, our community’s celebration of arguably our greatest gastronomic gift to the world. Every Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of hungry patrons descend on Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo to enjoy food, fun, and entertainment.

Art Scene

Topsy, Can You Hear Me?

by Jack Foran

I was skeptical when I heard artist Gary Nickard was going to perform a séance to contact the spirit of Topsy, the circus elephant Thomas Edison electrocuted to demonstrate how lethal alternating current could be (versus his own proprietary direct current, which of course would have been just as lethal, but he used alternating current for executions).

Art Feature

Cows, Clay, Country

by Elaine Hardman

Twenty-three years ago a group of artisans got together in Andover and their conversation sparked the creation of the Allegany Artisans, who chose to coordinate one of the first art trails in New York State. In their studios, potters explained the process while working with clay. Carvers demonstrated how they felt their way through the shaping of a chunk of wood and blacksmiths clanged steel into roses and vines.

Classical Music Notes

Camerata Di Sant' Antonio Opens New Season

by Jan Jezioro

St. Anthony of Padua’s Church behind Buffalo City Hall is once again the site on Thursday, October 21 at 7pm, of the opening concert in the eighth season of the Camerata di Sant’Antonio.

Film Feature

Buffalo Screams

by M. Faust

After three months of movies designed primarily for kids and the parents who pay for their popcorn, adults need to be reminded that their needs are being met as well. But as the lengthening nights grow deeper and Halloween draws near, a lot of you feel the need for something other than Sri Lankan coming-of-age stories, historical dramas about British court intrigue, and documentaries about endangered wallabies.

Film Reviews


by George Sax

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

by M. Faust

I Want Your Money

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 15 - Thursday, October 21)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Play/Share Beyond/In, a "technology-driven scavenger hunt exploring the history and culture of WNY" begins this Saturday at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

5 Questions With...

Kristen Becker: Stand-Up Comedian

A product—or possibly a victim—of having grown up in two uniquely different cultures, Buffalo and Shreveport, La., Becker is the Artvoice’s 2010 Best of Buffalo winner for Best Comedian and creator of the Dykes of Hazard Comedy Tour.

Letters to Artvoice

Fie on Paladino's Homophobia

What Did You Expect From Chris Collins?

Project Censored is Anti-Semetic

United Nations Day

You Auto Know

Clad in Plaid

by Jim Corbran

Quick. Think of something plaid. I’ll bet a bunch of you said kilts. Some may have mentioned the musical Forever Plaid. I’ll bet even a few blurted out, “Bay City Rollers!” Ugh. Well, after seeing the new VW GTI’s interior, I’m sure it’ll be near the top of your favorite plaid things.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

More Creative Alternate-Site Surgery: Doctors from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington announced in September that they could just as well handle certain brain surgeries by access not in the traditional way through the top of the skull but by drilling holes in the nose and, more recently, the eye socket.

Literary Buffalo

Charles Olson at the Century

by Geoff Kelly

Among The Buffalonians: V.S. Naipaul

by Jill Greenberg

Poetry: "Foment"

by Mark Fulk

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

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Usually you specialize in having a light touch. You’d rather nudge than push. Nimble harmony is more interesting to you than brute force. You prefer your influence on people to be appreciated, not begrudgingly respected.


Ask Anyone

Every Sunday, when parking switches from the south to the north side of my street, alert neighbors knock on the doors of those who have forgotten and remind them to move their cars. It’s a service we provide one another. Without fail, it falls to me to remind the young man who lives next door.