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Cover Story

Ashes to Ashes

by Alex Gecan

A look at the hopeless battle against a tiny bug that is set to destroy one tenth of New York State’s hardwood trees.

Week in Review

Their First Independence Day

by Charlotte Hsu

Paladino on the Warpath

by Buck Quigley

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

Getting a Grip

The Republican Romance With Debt and Unemployment

by Michael I. Niman

Let’s face an ugly reality—Republicans love unemployment. Some, like GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, are even honest enough to admit it. The calculus is very simple. It’s tough for presidents to get re-elected when unemployment is high or trending upward.

Art Scene

Aspects of Affect

by J. Tim Raymond

Dan Carey’s show at Art Space is compelling in it’s opaquity, yet in a way familiar, engagingly bridging the most seemingly inconsequential subject matter. Carey, in emphatic detail, catalogues the casts of familiar 70’s, 80’s TV shows and local news personalities of the same era.

Theater Week

Chekhov at Chautauqua

by Anthony Chase

Those who love Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters understand that as time passes, the world we know fades into the past. In time, we ourselves will be gone, and no one will remember our faces, or even our voices. The good news is that through the indelible impact we have on others, eventually, our lives will take on meaning, and the world will be a better place.

Classical Music Notes

Music Niagara Festival

by Jan Jezioro

The Music Niagara Festival kicks off its 13th season in Niagara-on-the-Lake, on Saturday, July 16 with a gala opening night concert and continues at multiple venues, including area wineries, for a total of 34 concerts, before ending on Saturday, August 13.

Film Feature

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

by Geoff Kelly

In the mid-1990s, in Eugene, Oregon, a band of radical environmentalists formed what would become one of the most prolific cells of the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, in the United States. Between 1996 and 2001, this cell, sometimes acting alone and sometimes acting in concert with other ELF cells in the Pacific Northwest, did damage in the tens of millions of dollars to dozens of targets that they associated with wanton destruction of the natural environment.

Film Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

by K. J. Faust

Two hours and ten minutes after the lights went down and the screening of the final Harry Potter movie started, seven avid readers of the books (and one ignorant bystander we tolerated because he got us the tickets) gathered in the theater lobby for a post mortem.


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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: Nat Baldwin, performing at Babeville's Ninth Ward on Thursday the 21st.

Literary Buffalo

Book Review: The Nature of New York

by Jack Foran

Flash Fiction: She Gave Me CPR

by David Moscovich

5 Questions With...

Garret Harkawik: Writer / Director

Harkawik is the creator and director of Contempt of Life, a five-part sci-fi comedy web series filmed in Buffalo. The series follows the travails of Bix Baisley, a lawyer specializing in Suicide Law who must convince a panel that his client is worthy of ending his life. Marked by its’ sharp writing, clever commentary and a killer soundtrack, Contempt of Life was released last week and can be viewed in its’ entirety online.

Letters to Artvoice

Residents Have "Right" to Clean Air and Good Schools, Not a "Signature" Bridge

by Arthur J. Giacalone

There are times when “leadership” means having the courage to say, “No.” To look the residents, taxpayers and business leaders in the eye and proclaim: “We understand why the concept of a ‘signature’ Peace Bridge is exciting, but, frankly, we don’t need it and we should focus on more important priorities, such as the health and education of our children.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

On May 21, Jesse Robinson either established or tied the unofficial world record for unluckiest underage drinker of all time when he was booked into the Hamilton County, Ohio, jail for underage consumption. According to booking records, Robinson’s date of birth is May 22, 1990.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The great-grandson of a slave, Cancerian Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was America’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice. According to Thurgood, a play about his life that appeared on HBO, his unruly behavior as a school kid played a role in launching him toward his vocation.


Ask Anyone

My new neighbor has decided to remove the four-foot stockade fence that has separated the two properties for the past twenty years. Technically, it’s their fence, but it’s still in good shape. We’ve gotten used to it being there, and have based all our landscaping on the fact that it is there. The neighbor says he wants to “open it up.”