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Summer Guide

The Summer Randonnée

In past summer guides, we have provided you, our readers, with lists of things you must do in Western New York’s warm months. We’ve driven down sun-drenched highways and catalogued their roadside attractions for your edification and delight. We have eaten an enormous number of hot dogs and boatloads of steamed clams so that we could impart to you the knowledge of where to find the best summery fare.

Summer Guide

2011 Summer Guide

by Jill Greenberg

Winter in Buffalo is good for one thing: hibernating. It takes a full season of rest to get ready for a summer full of tours, garden walks, festivals, and humidity. Even if it gets too hot to move, rest assured that there won’t be a dull moment this summer.

Summer Guide

Drive, I Said: Stories From my Life on the Road

by Mark Shechner

It is the hour when all the Ps are out on patrol: prostitutes, pimps, prowlers, pickpockets, ponces, posers, and perps, as well as police in their big cruisers. I envision the whole backstreet caravan like a lineup of blazing sevens on a slot machine.

Summer Guide

The Sounds of Summer

by Cory Perla

A dozen summer concerts you must not miss

Summer Guide

10 Summer Records You Must Hear

by Donny Kutzbach

I’ll be the first to admit that I’d previously stamped them with a “best before 1994” expiration date, but I’ve been proven wrong, and 30 years into their existence, the Beasties have made their best record since the early 1990s.

Summer Guide

Harvesting New York

by Amber Gerrity

Anyone who has ever taken the time to tend a garden in their own backyard knows that, while it takes a bit of devotion, the work can be quite therapeutic and the final product is rewarding on countless levels. The same is true for farmers who sell their products to individuals and businesses in their community, including the numerous farmers working throughout New York State.

Summer Guide

A Step Back in Time

by Jack Foran

Consider a time-travel trip this summer. You don’t have to go far to go far back. Like about 380 million years back. That’s roughly 200 million years before the major age of dinosaurs.

Summer Guide

Pride Weekend is Here!

by Ian Carlino

Welcome to National LGBT Pride Month! Buffalo kicked off the month with a Pride flag-raising ceremony on June 1 at City Hall. The real celebrations start this weekend, though, with events both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will feature the Dyke March and the Allen Street Festival, and Sunday brings the Pride Parade and Festival in their new locations: Chippewa and Canalside.

Week in Review

A Tale of Two Cities

by Chuck Banas

Schneiderman Sues the Feds

by Geoff Kelly

Who is Doc Maelstrom?

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Welcome to Dependistan!

by Bruce Fisher

As the long-awaited northern summer arrives, the next phase of our new governor’s term begins. In the first phase, he had to prove that he is a fiscal disciplinarian, and he did so, with an on-time budget that addressed lingering problems without raising tax rates.

Art Scene

Junior Curators' Exhibition at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Starlight Artists Release a Book of Poetry and Visual Art on Friday

by Jack Foran

Students Use Artwork and Poetry to Examine Blighted Cityscapes

by Ryan Wolf


21st Annual Artie Awards

by Anthony Chase

The 21st annual Artie Awards, recognizing excellence in Buffalo theater, will be held on Monday, June 6, at the Town Ballroom. The doors open at 7pm and the show will begin at 8pm, hosted by this writer, Lisa Ludwig, Norm Sham, and Doug Weyand, with musical director Michael Hake.

Classical Music Notes

June in Buffalo Returns to UB

by Jan Jezioro

The history of the June in Buffalo Festival stretches back to the era of when Morton Feldman was the Edgar Varése professor of composition at the University of Buffalo. Feldman, realizing the importance of having young, aspiring composers work with already established composers, came up with the idea of holding a yearly music festival in Buffalo where just this kind of creative interaction could take place, during the first week of June.

Who's Touching Your Food

Off the Menu, Out of the Box

by Jennifer Mogensen

The Canadian-born McCarthy always knew that she wanted to be an entrepreneur but wasn’t quite sure what it was she wanted to do. Born in Ridgway, Ontario, she hails from a family of five.

Film Feature

Two Centuries of Irish Cinema

by M. Faust

In 1994, workmen demolishing a building in Blackburn, England discovered in the basement three metal drums containing more than 800 small reels of film. These proved to be short films made by the team of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon, who in the first decade of the last century were among the largest film producers of their time.

Film Review

Nora's Will

It’s rare for a feel-good movie to start with a suicide: In fact, Nora’s Will may stand alone in that category for some time to come.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, June 3 - Thursday, June 9)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Okkervil River, who plays Thursday, June 9th at the Town Ballroom.

5 Questions With...

Calvin Rice and Fanny Olaya: Salsa Dance Instructors

Dance has been stepping out into the spotlight in recent years, thanks to the popular Dancing with the Stars TV show. One of the more dramatic and head-turning styles is salsa. But where can one learn the exotic Latin body motion that characterizes this spicy boogie? For the past three years, Calvin and Fanny have been sharing their knowledge built on years of travel to salsa congresses and festivals.

Letters to Artvoice

In Defense of Wegmans

by Brenda Moore

Prescription Drug Advertising

by Paul G. Jaehnert

Literary Buffalo

The Coffee Orphan Returns

by Kevin J. Hosey

Strange but true: Author, former legendary DJ, and bookstore mainstay Heather Holland Wheaton, a Buffalonian now working in New York City, credits her ability to grab opportunities to being named Miss Americanarama 2000.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Dalia Dippolito, 30, of Boynton Beach, Fla., was convicted in May of hiring a hit man to kill her husband, but not before offering an ultra-modern defense: Her lawyer told the jury that it was all a fake scheme to pitch a reality-TV show about one spouse’s ordering a hit on the other (and that her husband, Michael, had originally come up with the idea).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the far northern reaches of Ilulissat, a town in Greenland, the sun sets for good on November 29 every year and doesn’t rise again until January 13. Or at least that was the case until 2011.


Ask Anyone

Here’s my problem. Every summer I try to pack so much fun into the season that I wind up maxing out my credit cards. Then, as fall and winter arrive, and things start breaking—like my car—I’m too far in the hole to dig out.