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News Analysis

East of Kansas, West of Oz

by Bruce Fisher

In this last stretch of glorious summer here in Upstate New York, the corn is sweet, the tomatoes are ripe, the peaches luscious, the fairs and festivals cheap and nearby and not at all overcrowded, and the students are moving back into the dorms just in time, in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Binghamton, to be entertained by a traveling celebrity come to celebrate the next season’s start.

The News, Briefly

Sedita Refuses to Address PBA's Complaint About Brown Campaign Commercial

by Geoff Kelly

Common Council Sued Over Trico Building

by Buck Quigley

Tolbert to Brown: Your Administration is Fudging Crime Reports

by Geoff Kelly

The March on Washington at 50

by Buck Quigley

Small Talk

by Geoff Kelly

Six Questions With...

Patrick Burke - Candidate for Erie County Legislature

Pat Burke is a wild card in a game of proxy poker being played between the county’s Democratic Party chairman, Jeremy Zellner, and Zellner’s rival, Cheektowaga Democatic Party chairman Frank Max. Burke, a South Buffalo Democrat, is running a primary race for the Erie County Legislature’s 7th District seat against two Cheektowaga-based Democrats: Lynn Dearmyer, Zellner’s candidate, and Rick Zydel, Max’s candidate.

Art Scene

Salvador Dali's Surreal Cookbook at the Castellani Art Museum

by Jack Foran

New Construction at Artspace

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Motion Picture

by Anthony Chase

Following close on the heels of last weekend’s City of Night festival, which attracted thousands of people to Silo City, Torn Space theater continues its own exploration of site-specific performance and community engagement by heading back to the waterfront with Motion Picture, to take place on August 23 and 24 at 8pm.

Music Feature

Titus Andronicus Kicks Off its Next Tour at The Tralf on Monday

by Cory Perla

It was like joining a conversation mid-thought. As if it began well before I punched his digits into my phone and would continue long after we hung up. Consumerism, capitalism, existential questions about meaning, ambition, and control were topics I wanted to talk about, topics that many people want to talk about these days, but few, including myself, are able to articulate properly.

Classical Music Notes

The Pausa Connection

by Jan Jezioro

One of the unique things about the newest music venue in town, the Pausa Art House on Wadsworth at the foot of Allen Street, is that along with a wide variety of jazz and off-beat forms of popular music, it is the only club in town that features classical music on a regular basis.

Film Reviews

The Spectacular Now

by George Sax


by M. Faust

The World's End

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, August 23 - Thursday, August 29)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, this Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25.

Play Ball!

New Players Help Buffalo in Playoff Push

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrel

It all comes down to this: Two weeks left in the regular season, and five teams—Buffalo, Rochester, Pawtucket, Lehigh Valley, and Norfolk—all fighting and clawing desperately for every win, every run, every inning. Two teams will vie for the Governors Cup playoffs. The rest will go home.

Letters to Artvoice

UB Kicked Out its Frackedemics, Obama Should Get Rid of His: Fire Energy Secretary Moniz

by Michael R. O'Brien, MD

Iskalo Hyatt: Amherst Has Gone Too Far

by Michele Marconi

Lynne Dixon Disingenuous to Criticize Poloncarz on Road Repairs

by Michael Schraft

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced from $8 to $16 a bottle (except for a $12 “tasting menu”). Martin Riese, general manager of Ray’s & Stark Bar, who is also a renowned water gourmet, will sell his own California-made 9OH2O, which comes in “limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles” at $14 each.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Novelist James Joyce once articulated an extreme wish that other writers have probably felt but never actually said. “The demand that I make of my reader,” said Joyce, “is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.”

The Back Page

Photos: Day of Caring, Old First Ward

The United Way’s Day of Caring brought out thousands of volunteers on Wednesday. Here, volunteers spruce up a a community garden in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, while artist Scott Bye (above) installs a new scuplture.