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Cover Story

Sexy Liberal

by M. Faust

“We’re not sure if people are coming to see us or just to be able to get together with people that think like them,” says Stephanie Miller, whose nationally syndicated morning radio program has given birth to a touring comedy show. Dubbed the “Sexy Liberal Tour,” it has been selling out houses from Seattle to Chicago to Boston.

Week in Review

Another Fracking Headache: Earthquakes

by Geoff Kelly

The Shrinking Central Library

by Peter Scheck

Erie County Officials Investigate "Artvoice-gate"

by Buck Quigley

Odds and Ends

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Cuomo's Dilemma

by Bruce Fisher

Last week, the astounding occurred. It wasn’t that an economic development committee chaired by a university president and a heavy-hitting civic leader announced a list of projects they want the governor to fund. So far, no surprise: Everybody around here wants Albany’s money.

Guest Essay

A New Economy for the 99 Percent

by Ted P. Schmidt

It’s been three years since the global economic meltdown, and still no one’s gone to jail for the fraudulent behavior that pervades the revolving door between Wall Street and K Street. Like a breath of fresh air, the Occupy Wall Street movement has gained serious traction.

Fashion Feature

Behind the Scenes of Mass Appeal

by Max Soe Eun Kim

It’s the premier fashion event of the year in Buffalo. Dubbed Mass Appeal, this star-studded extravaganza takes place in an unlikely but surprisingly apt venue: the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church on the corner Elmwood and Lafayette.

Theater Week

It Goes Like it Goes

by Anthony Chase

David Shire, the internationally renowned, Buffalo-born composer, is being honored by the University at Buffalo Department of Theater and Dance this week with an evening of his music, entitled It Goes Like it Goes: The Music of David Shire.



by Javier

Playwright/actor extraordinaire Charles Busch and actress Julie Halston were recently honored at a gala held by the Abingdon Theater in New York.

Music Feature

Ghosts in the Machine

by Cory Perla

Electronic music pioneer Brian Eno once said, “The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.” He was specifically referring to the act of making music with a computer, a task that is much more popular today than it was in 1993 when his statement was reported in Wired magazine.


Round 1 Quarterfinal Set!

Congratulations to the four bands that have won a slot in our live Battle of Original Music: Chester Copperpot, Jae-Skeese, Patrons of Sweet, and The Steakouts.

Classical Music Notes

Dancing at A Musical Feast

by Jan Jezioro

A Musical Feast, the musical ensemble-in-residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, opens its 2011-2012 series with a concert in its home in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium, on Sunday, November 20, at 2pm.

Film Reviews

Like Crazy

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 23)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's picks for the week: Feed The City, a Benefit for the Food Bank of WNY, this Friday the 18th.

You Auto Know

A Name Everyone Can Pronounce: The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

by Jim Corbran

The first thing you should know about Chevy’s new, American-built compact is that it’s not the Aveo. Not only is the name easier—What was that other one anyway: A-VEY-o? AH-vey-o? a-VEE-o? Who knows? Who cares?—but it’s a much better car than its predecessor.

5 Questions With...

Lori Joyce: Photographer

Lori Joyce, a local photographer who runs her own photography studio, recently created Buffalo Brands: Skinart Portraits of the 716, a book of portraits of Buffalo residents with tattoos. The official book release is this Saturday, November 19, 7-11pm, at Guerilla Gallery/Maddtat2 (1110 Elmwood Avenue).

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

At press time, Melinda Arnold, 34, was waiting to hear whether her mother would be accepted as an organ donor for her daughter—with the organ being the mom’s womb.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his poem “Ode to the Present,” Pablo Neruda tells us how to slip free and clear into the luxuriously potent opportunity of the present moment. The here-and-now is so ripe and willing, he says, so malleable.


Ask Anyone

I really like a well-made shoe. I find a pair of shoes that are comfortable and stylin’ and I’ll wear them until the soles are gone. Then, I take them in to have them re-soled. My girlfriend thinks I’m nuts.