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The News, Briefly

All is Peaceful Between Byron and the Firefighters - Right?

by Geoff Kelly

Peace Bridge (Mis)understanding

by Jack Foran

Grisanti Protested at Campaign Events, Local Media Ignores It

by Geoff Kelly

Lorigo Cracks Knuckles in Rodriguez's Direction

by Alan Bedenko

An Appeal to Oak-Michigan Development From Fruit Belt and McCarley Residents

by Buck Quigley

Getting a Grip

The Not-So-Simple Saga of Edward and Barack...

by Michael I. Niman

It reads like a political thriller. An NSA spook, Edward Snowden, meets his conscience, blows the whistle on a massive secret attack on the Fourth Amendment, and is pursued globally by an obsessed president. Spice things up with a bit of character development cross-pollinated with a history lesson.

News Analysis

Making Believe in Big

by Bruce Fisher

When the Indianapolis Colts play the Denver Broncos on October 20, 2013 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the average ticket price, according to a ticket website called Vivid Seats, will be $467. That is the before-tax weekly household income of more than 54 percent of the 410,000 people who filed tax returns in Erie County, New York, in the last year the IRS counted.

Summer Food Feature

Summer Menus

by Caitlin Peekstok

Summer is in full swing, and that means long, warm days; farmers’ markets brimming with homegrown foodstuffs; and chefs intent on celebrating the local bounty of the short-lived season.

Summer Food

The Cold War

by Caitlin Peekstok

Within a matter of weeks and one-tenth of a mile, outposts of two self-serve frozen yogurt chains, Yotality and White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt, opened on Buffalo’s Elmwood Avenue. Their unusual proximity and coincidental timing raises the question: How do the froyo emporiums stack up and is there room in the village for both?

Food For Thought

The Decadence of Ice

by Joe George

In Merriam-Webster’s dictionary the initial definition of ice is listed simply as “frozen water.” In Fannie Merritt Farmer’s 1896 The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, she gives a recipe for vanilla ice cream that contains only three ingredients (cream, sugar, and vanilla) and directions that say simply mix ingredients and freeze. These are the literal definition and most basic recipe for frozen ices, but it doesn’t end there.

Food News

Chew on This

by Caitlin Peekstok

At Tappo, the new casual Italian eatery from developer Rocco Termini and prolific local chef Mike Andrzejewski, you can take your outdoor drinking to new heights with leisurely aperitifs or a bottle of wine on Buffalo’s hottest rooftop patio.

Art Scene

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Showcases its Pop Art Collection

by Jack Foran

Hyeyoung Shin's Installation at UB's Anderson Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Sound of Music at Artpark

by Anthony Chase

It’s been over 50 years since 46-year-old Mary Martin captivated Broadway as a teenaged convent girl named Maria, assuring the world that hills were alive with the sound of music. Before that historic November evening in 1959 was over, venerable Martin had expounded upon the virtues of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, tamed a captain with seven children, kicked the habit, and rescued the entire crew from the Nazis.

Film Reviews

Pacific Rim

by M. Faust

Fill the Void

by George Sax

Dirty Wars

by George Sax

Unfinished Song

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 12 - Thursday, July 18)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Spiritualized, who will play at The Waiting Room on Sunday, July 14. (Note: this show has since been canceled and rescheduled for Septmeber 14.)

Play Ball!

History Comes Alive at Coca Cola Field

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Fans attending Buffalo Bisons games this season at Coca Cola Field will find one very cool new amenity right down on the main concourse, near section 105.

You Auto Know

Back, For the First Time

by Jim Corbran

It was quite by accident that I parked this week’s test car, a 2013 Buick Encore, outside of the Clarence town government building right in front of a sign which read “Compact Car Parking Only.” Years ago there wasn’t a Buick made which could have been legally left there. The Buicks of the 1940s and 1950s, and most of the Buicks of the 1960s and onward, were giant, wallowing luxo-barges—and proud of it.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Despite Chicago’s recent crisis of gang-related street murders, the Roseland Community Hospital in a tough south-side neighborhood is on the verge of closing because of finances, and community groups have been energetically campaigning to keep it open.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When I first arrived in Santa Cruz some years back, I helped start a New Wave-punk band called Mystery Spot. Our first drummer was a guy named Lucky Lehrer. After a few months, our manager decided Lucky wasn’t good enough and kicked him out of the band.

The Back Page

Born in a Boulder

Mariella Bisson’s exhibit, Born in a Boulder: Natiure, Time and Form, opens at the Olean Public Library on Saturday, July 13. There will be a reception, 2-4pm, with an artist’s talk at 3pm.