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Cover Story

Burning Books

by Geoff Kelly

On a sweltering night in mid-July, more than 50 people crowded into a small, anonymous storefront at the corner of Connecticut and 15th Streets on Buffalo’s West Side for a screening of the new, award-winning documentary about the Earth Liberation Front called If a Tree Falls.

Week in Review

The Ghost in the Parade

by Aaron Lowinger

Primary Concerns

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Don't Call it "Stimulus"

by Bruce Fisher

About 20 years ago, a couple of economists assembled a software program that crunches numbers for economic development projects. The program is called Implan, and it has become something of a standard for creating extremely detailed economic models. If you want to calculate how much of an impact on the local economy a big project in Erie County, New York, could have, it’s a good idea to buy a copy of Implan.

Art Scene

One Night Only

by Jack Foran

A one-evening exhibit of Sarah Myers’ oil paintings and drawings is scheduled for Friday, September 9, at the Hi-Temp Fabrications building, 79 Perry Street, including her most recent and most accomplished paintings, of gingko leaves and branches, and earlier abstract oils in several styles and techniques.

Classical Music Notes

Nordic Piano Power

by Jan Jezioro

It was just this past January that Swedish pianist Susan Yondt charmed an audience at a Sunday afternoon Friends of Vienna concert series program celebrating the bicentennial of the births of Chopin and Schumann.

Music Feature

Human After All

by Cory Perla

Local DJs Steve “Medison” Rittner and “Sun Glasses” Mike Marcklinger are most certainly earthlings. I know this because I’ve communicated with them and they seem to share an interest in something specifically human: spinning dance records.

Music Interview

Washed Out

by Cory Perla

Most musicians like to stick to one writing process for a career. Not Washed Out. The 29-year-old chillwave producer originally began making music as a bedroom mixer, using samples as his primary source of sound on EPs like High Times and Life of Leisure, but upon production of his debut full-length album he made a complete 180-degree turn toward organic instrumentation.

Film Review


by M. Faust

“I thought it was supposed to be a horror movie,” several viewers were heard complaining on their way out of the preview screening of Contagion. You can forgive them if expectations were based on seeing the TV commercials, which are heavy on the pulse pounding stuff: scientists and officials looking worried, scenes of mass graves being filled while all-American Matt Damon races about doing presumably heroic stuff.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 9 - Thursday, September 16)

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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: Artvoice presents Rocket to Allentown, a tribute to the music of '70s and '80s punk at Nietzsche's on Saturday, September 10.

You Auto Know

Let's Get Small

Better late than never. That about sums up the new Fiat’s arrival in the BNR (Buffalo/Niagara Region—it’s time we shortened it to something more catchy). After a false start from another area dealership group, Northtown has opened up shop in their former Land Rover location on Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

Five Questions With...

Nicholas Calandra: Skydiver

During the Buffalo Bisons final home game on Sept. 1, fans who turned their eyes skyward were treated to an incredible display of aerial acrobatics by members of Frontier Skydivers, who impressively dropped four perfect landings onto the field in difficult conditions. A club member and tandem instructor who also works for the non-profit Hearts for the Homeless of WNY, Calandra was the team manager and organized the demonstration.

Letters to Artvoice

Prejudice Against Local Muslims

by Monique Rembert

Thanks To The Unions

by Paul G. Jaehnert

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Richard Handl, 31, was arrested in southern Sweden in July after a raid on his home. He had been trying for months to set up a nuclear reactor in his kitchen, but became alarmed when a brew of americium, tritium and beryllium created a nuclear meltdown on his stove.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Wheel of Fortune is a TV game show in which players vie to guess a mystery phrase that is revealed letter by letter. On one episode not too long ago, a highly intuitive contestant solved the puzzle even though just one letter had been unveiled.


Ask Anyone

My girlfriend and I are born again Christians. We’ve been dating since we were 14 years old, and we pledged to keep our virginity until we marry. Originally, we were going to get married this summer, since we both just graduated from high school. But then she told me that God was speaking to her, and telling her to go to college first.