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Art Feature

Beyond/In Western New York

by Jack Foran

The theme is “Alternating Currents,” as a comment on the artworks, no doubt, but more specifically in recollection of the invention of alternating current electricity at Niagara Falls in the 1890s.

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

Getting a Grip

Show Me Your Heroes

by Michael I. Niman

Recently, on a commercial air flight, just before landing, the pilot came on the PA system and admonished us to all give a round of applause to our armed forces, in particular to any “veterans or active-duty military members who might be on the plane.” It was an awkward moment.

Fall Food

Pickle Me This

by Joe George

Stop for a minute and consider this: We once sustained ourselves on a diet where the food was in season and primarily raised or grown in the region where we live.

Fall Food

Gutes Bier Ist Hier! [good beer is here]

by Jon Wheelock

Polish up your steins—fall is here, which means it’s prime time for Oktoberfest and copious amounts of seasonal beer.

Fall Food

When Love Grows Mold

by Jennifer Mogensen

When playing the word association game, there is no shortage of answers to throw at the topic of Western New York. The Bills. Bingo! Snow. Keep going! Wings. You got it! Cheese. What?

Fall Food

How Do You Like Them Apples?

by Jennifer Mogensen

Nothing says autumn in Western New York quite like the crunch of a locally grown apple. Sweet, tart, juicy, crisp, and crunchy—who can blame Eve for her inability to resist the apple?

Fall Food

How to Stop Eating Meat

by Cory Perla

For some, vegetarianism is an extension of world or social views. For many, it reflects a necessity or a desire to eat healthier.

Fall Food

Where You Can Talk to The Animals

by Patricia Watson

The dining companions of the Deerhead Inn’s clientele are a unique diorama of 1930s-era taxidermied animals. The bear and deer look out on restaurant patrons from behind a glass wall taking up the entire rear of the restaurant. Created more than 70 years ago, they are the work of world-famous taxidermist Herman Grieb.

Theater Week

A New Albee

by Anthony Chase

Ujima's Latest: "Ruined"

by Anthony Chase

Theater News


by Javier

The original “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio , who will be turning 49 this year, is avidly seeking a return to the stage. He recently took part in an industry reading of a new comedy in New York with Mario Cantone and Shannen Doherty.

Left of the Dial

Pink Nasty - Self Titled

by Donny Kutzbach

The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

by Cory Perla

Film Feature

The Best of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival

by M. Faust

This introduction started out as 500 words of me whining about what a pain the ever-expanding Toronto International Film Festival has become to cover for those of us who approach it armed with a press pass. Do you care?

Film Reviews

Mao's Last Dancer

by George Sax

Lovely, Still

by George Sax

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 23 - Thursday, September 30)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: indie rockers Broken Social Scene, who play the Town Ballroom this Saturday the 25th.

Five Questions With...

John Crandall: Couch Surfing Ambassador

When it comes to representing our fair city’s motto of “City of Good Neighbors”, you’d be hard pressed to find a better representative of that spirit than our very own global ambassador.

Letters to Artvoice

The Case Against Charter Schools

by Maximillian L. Grundy

KeyBank Has Lost Its Mind

by Michael Paluch

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“Tom Tom,” a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier, was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Ark., in March, even though he was in good health. His owner, Donald Ellis, had just passed away but had left explicit instructions that he wanted Tom Tom buried along with him, and not later on, because he felt that no one could love Tom Tom as much as he did.


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): Albert Einstein was extremely famous during his lifetime. Although he had no publicity machine promoting him, his face became an iconic symbol for genius. “Einstein” was, in effect, a brand name that made people think of creativity, wisdom, and imagination.


Ask Anyone

I recently made a proposal to a friend and his wife. If he would drive me to and from the airport for a trip to California, I would drive him and his wife to and from the airport in November when they are going to Egypt.