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Cover Story

Why is This Texan Against Fracking New York?

by Buck Quigley

Like many successful Texas businessmen, James “Chip” Northrup spent a lot of time heavily involved in the fossil-fuel industry from 1986 to 2006. He currently winters in Dallas, but spends summers in Cooperstown, New York. That’s why his thoughts on the issue of high-volume, deep-well horizontal hydraulic fracturing as a way to tap natural gas in New York State carry weight. Artvoice caught up with him at his home in the Lone Star State.

News Brief

A People's Hearing on Fracking

by Geoff Kelly

At first blush, it’s understandable why the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation chose not to schedule a public hearing in Western New York on its proposed scheme to permit and regulate deep-well, horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state’s Marcellus Shale: Most of the drilling would occur in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes region, where the Marcellus formation reaches.

Week in Review

Into the Dust

by Edward A. Benoit

UB Shale Institute Website Goes Dark

by Buck Quigley

Meeting Minard

by Geoff Kelly

Look Who's Running Now

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Special Report

A Council Lacking

by Jim Heaney,

Brian Davis’s plea to federal corruption charges Tuesday comes as no surprise. Neither does the Common Council’s appointment of a bartender to fill Mickey Kearn’s vacant seat.


Pride Weekend

by Caitlin Crowell

This weekend Buffalo’s Dyke March will enter its second decade. Now in its 11th year, it’s older than your dog and your jeans and probably your car. After more than a decade, though, it still manages to raise eyebrows: the claiming of a public space for lesbians, the idea of a separate Pride march for women, the name of the parade, the thought that somewhere a woman is walking around topless and it’s meant for other women.

Art Scene

Can't Stop Reiman

by Jack Foran

In a talk in conjunction with the opening of the current show of some of his works at Hallwalls, artist Joshua Reiman said of his early work (but it seems to apply to his later work as well) that he was trying to tell a story, only didn’t know what the story was. (A respectable précis description of any true artist’s life and work, I would think.)

Theater Week

My Life in the Basement

by Anthony Chase


by Anthony Chase

Classical Music Notes

Guitar Shootout

by Jan Jezioro

The success and ultimately the reputation of any competition depend in large measure on the strength of the competitors. Judging by the accomplishments of the eight guitarists selected to compete in next week’s fifth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, the event has become a must on the “to do” list of aspiring classical guitarists worldwide.

Film Feature

Irish For a Day

by M. Faust

She hasn’t been in the public eye much over the last 30 years since surviving an assassination attempt, but from the late 1960s through the early 1980s there was perhaps no more famous Irish woman than Bernadette Devlin.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust

Snow White and the Huntsman

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

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

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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: The 22nd Annual Artie Awards, held this Monday, June 4th at the Town Ballroom.

You Auto Know

Fontella Bass Would Love It!

by Jim Corbran

Fontella Bass? I suppose you’re wondering just where this is going. Here’s a clue: This week’s test Jeep Compass had a “Dark Slate” interior (or as I call it, nearly black), and the exterior color was “Rescue Green Metallic.” Fontella Bass sang “Rescue Me” back in 1965, when it went up as high as number four on Billboard’s music chart. I’m not sure who’s in charge of naming the colors over there at Jeep, but this one is off the charts.

Letters to Artvoice

On The Bus

by Barbara Coady

UB's Shale Institute

by Jim Holstun

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

All US states have forms of no-fault divorce, but not England, which requires that couples prove adultery or abandonment or “unreasonable behavior,” which leads to sometimes-epic weirdness, according to an April New York Times dispatch from London. For instance, one woman’s petition blamed her husband’s insistence that she speak and dress only in Klingon.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your core meditation this week is Oscar Wilde’s belief that disobedience is a primal virtue. Be ingeniously, pragmatically, and cheerfully disobedient, Gemini!


Ask Anyone

I have a nephew who’s 13, and he listens to godawful music—the Carpenters, Paul Williams, Air Supply. It’s like the Greatest Hits of the Muppet Show. He’s kind of geeky, in a way that’s endearing right now, but I fear that when he enters high school next year, his geekiness and his enthusiasm for schlock from the ’70s will doom him to ridicule and ostracism, and I don’t know if he has the stomach for it.