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The News, Briefly

One Week Before Primaries, the Crazy Comes Out

by Geoff Kelly

Another Campaign Finance Oddity

by Geoff Kelly

Payroll Games: Brown Administration Violating Civil Service Law?

by Geoff Kelly

Getting a Grip

Supertankers to Ply the Great White Slushie

by Michael I. Niman

Global warming has triggered an array of environmental feedback loops, such as one starting with the melting of permafrost, which exposes frozen bogs unleashing ancient methane—a greenhouse gas with 20 times the climate impact of carbon dioxide—whose subsequent increase in the atmosphere accelerates warming, causing more permafrost to melt, exposing more bogs, releasing more methane.

News Analysis

Core Strength

by Bruce Fisher

The central wisdom in The Metropolitan Revolution, by Brookings Institution scholars Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, is that gridlock in Washington is making cities and regions figure out their own economic futures. Cities and their regions, they report, are re-urbanizing. The late 20th century fear of cities is subsiding, though it lingers in Erie County Hall and in suburban enclaves.

Fall Arts 2013

No More Superheros

by M. Faust

It’s that time of year again, when film critics get on their high horses to complain that we’ve just suffered through the worst summer in Hollywood history (true enough, though it didn’t hurt the box office any) and to assure readers that the months to come will be much better.

Fall Arts 2013

Der Morgenthau Plan

by J. Tim Raymond

Truman was not much impressed by the staff he inherited from FDR. “Most of the people Roosevelt had close around him were crackpots and the lunatic fringe,” he told an aide. He was alluding to, among others, Henry Morgenthau, secretary of the treasury during the brief third term of the Roosevelt administration.

Fall Arts 2013

Art Materials Cheap or Free

by Jack Foran

Two Buffalo artists with New York City connections and a truck have a unique art materials recycling project going that other artists can make use of, too.

Fall Arts 2013

Four Upcoming Exhibitions

This exhibition of four Millennial artists showcases some of Buffalo’s most talented emerging artists. The show features photography, prints, and drawings by Catherine Willett, Alicia Paolucci, Max Collins, and Evan Hawkins. The artists are united by their distinct voices and prolific natures.

Fall Arts 2013

A Rich Season of Literary Events is Ahead

by Barbara Cole, Noah Falck, Ryki Zuckerman

Recently, at the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, I was struck by how many people came up to the Just Buffalo Literary Center tent to talk about which BABEL authors they had been reading over the summer. A smaller but no less significant percentage of passersby confessed that they had always wanted to come but somehow never quite managed it. It’s not surprising that word-of-mouth has spread far and wide.

Fall Arts 2013

Classical Music is Back

by Jan Jezioro

The summer doldrums are about to end for classical music lovers in Buffalo, and here is just a sampling of what’s in store for the fall.

Fall Arts 2013

10 New and Upcoming Local Records

by Cory Perla

With a no-nonsense flow and clever rhymes, Buffalo’s Mad Dukez takes on over-indulgence and excess on his latest album, Gettin’ Gatsby, out now on Deep Thinka Records. Producer Fresh Kils provides shining, cutting-edge beats, which sound fresh while still remaining grounded in old-school hip hop.

Music Interview

Forever Blondie

by John Hugar

In her nearly four decades of work, Debbie Harry has seen it all. In the mid-1970s, Harry and Blondie were part of the legendary scene at CBGBs, which also featured such immortal acts as the Ramones, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, and Television. Blondie would have the most mainstream success of any of these bands, reaching the top of the charts with monster hits such as “Heart of Glass,” “The Tide Is High,” and “Rapture.”

Art Scene

Men of Steel

by Jack Foran

Artist Norman Rockwell had an uncanny way of turning reality and something more like saccharine. A series of full-color illustrations of steel plant workers in various jobs he made in the mid-1960s is a case in point. The series is currently on view in the Steel Plant Museum (100 Lee Street).

Theater Week

Chance, Chemistry, and Kyle Blair

by Anthony Chase

Kyle Blair is having a terrific season at the Shaw Festival. He’s in two popular shows, playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Cecil Graham in Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan. It’s his fourth season at the Shaw, and this time he’s also getting to spend a season with his boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Kyle Golemba, who is also a member of the Shaw acting ensemble.

Film Feature

Cinema Cornucopia in Montreal

by M. Faust

Dear Mr. Weinstein: I don’t think we’ve ever met. Perhaps we shook hands at a Toronto function, but who remembers those things. Nonetheless, you have been an important influence on my life as a filmgoer. The Saturday night double and triple features of classic and cult movies you used to book at the long-defunct Century Theater in downtown Buffalo, back in the days when you were a concert promoter here, were a major part of my film education as a college student.


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Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Graph Rabbit with Sonny Baker, this Wednesday, September 11th at Babeville's Ninth Ward.

Play Ball!

High Energy at the Ballpark as Bisons Luck Runs Out

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos had to be soaking in every minute of last Thursday’s Bisons home finale and loving all of it.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for in July. In categories ranging from ordinary vital signs, to the kid’s progress in sound-making, to dietary reactions, to quantity and quality of each poop, stats are kept 24/7 (even with a bedside laptop to facilitate nighttime entries).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his “Song of the Open Road,” Walt Whitman wrote some lyrics that I hope will provide you with just the right spark. Even if you’re not embarking on a literal journey along a big wide highway, my guess is that you are at least going to do the metaphorical equivalent.

The Back Page

Photos: Allen St. Street Artists Collective

Celebrate the Allen St. Street Art Collective’s Walls of Allentown this weekend, starting Friday night, September 6, from 7pm until late. Sponsored by Mark Goldman, the owner of Allen Street Hardware Cafe, the ASSA Collective has been using the walls surrounding the cafe as canvasses for the past two weeks. The grand opening will be inspirational.