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Cover Story

The Return of Kinky Friedman

by Buck Quigley

The year was 1973, when a 29-year-old singer from Austin, Texas, named Kinky Friedman led his band, the Texas Jewboys, into one of their signature songs at a performance before a crowd of college students in Buffalo. It was the height of the women’s liberation movement, and the satirical nature of his song, “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed,” was lost on some of those in attendance.

Week in Review

A Stay on Busti Avenue Demolitions

by Jack Foran

Old North Still Standing

by Rebecca Bratek

GOP Primaries

by Geoff Kelly

Grisanti and Fracking

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

by Zachary Burns

Special Report

In Politics, Competition is Good, Game-Playing is Lousy

by Jim Heaney,

Kevin Gaughan is challenging Sean Ryan for the 149th Assembly seat. Good. I mean this as no disrespect towards Ryan.

News Analysis

The Real Reason Romney May Win in 2012

by Bruce Fisher

The moral clarity that the Occupy movement provided in 2011 was gone by early 2012, as the inherent elitism of the people who filter our news reasserted itself.

Literary Feature

Time Out of Time

by Woody Brown

On April 16, 2012, the University of North Carolina Press and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies published Jackson’s and Christian’s In This Timeless Time, a stunningly beautiful hardcover book of photographs and essays that follows up on the fates of the condemned men they met on cellblock J in Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections, Death Row.

Theater Week

Two Short Works Festivals

by Anthony Chase

Short works festivals are a great way for theaters to advance their missions. In a single evening, a theater can give its audience exposure to multiple viewpoints on a theme, while simultaneously giving opportunities to numerous playwrights. This week, Buffalo United Artists and Subversive Theatre Collective open evenings of short works with just those purposes in mind.

Art Scene

Saints and Ceremonies

by Jack Foran

A documentary photo exhibit on the Cuban syncretic cult called Santeria is currently on display at El Museo Francisco Omer y Diego Rivera.

Classical Music Notes

The Strings of Summer

by Jan Jezioro

Baird Hall and Slee Hall on the UB Amherst Campus will again be the location for an intensive summer string workshop from Saturday, June 23, through Thursday, June 28, with sessions running from 9am to 9pm.

Film Feature

Jewish Film Festival Continues

by M. Faust

The 27th edition of the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival continues this week with Bride Flight, the most expensive film in the history of Dutch cinema. It is based on the story of women who in 1952 moved from Holland to New Zealand in search of better lives, which at the time meant husbands.

Film Reviews

Seeking a Friend For the End of the World

by M. Faust

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

by George Sax

Moonrise Kingdom

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 22 - Thursday, June 28)

Flim Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Shakespeare in Delaware Park's season opening presentation of The Tragedy of Richard III, starting Thursday, June 21st.

Play Ball!

Pass the Cup

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Baseball is the kind of game that can be appreciated from a variety of angles: There is the serious fan, who pays close attention to the balls and strikes, and understands the nuances that occur in the “game within the game.” Then there is the casual fan, who catches a game for the social experience and the entertainment, food, and people-watching.

Letters to Artvoice

Demolition of Busti Ave. Properties by the Public Bridge Authority in Advance of Peace Bridge Plaza Expansion

by Peterjoe Certo, Buffalo

It's Time for the NYS Senate to Start Working

by John Duke, Buffalo

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Chinese media reported that on May 4th, at the Xiaogan Middle School in Hubei province, high school students studying for the all-important national college entrance exam worked through the evening while hooked up to intravenous drips of amino acids to fight fatigue.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Dear Rob: In one of your recent horoscopes, you implied that I should consider the possibility of asking for more than I’ve ever asked for before. You didn’t actually use those words, but I’m pretty sure that’s what you meant.


Ask Anyone

I can’t stand it when people ask me for advice. I always feel like I’m being put on the spot. I mean, how should I know what somebody else should do in a given situation? I’m not that person, right? What if I suggest something and it ultimately winds up making the situation worse?