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Cover Story

Good Night, Papa

by Geoff Kelly, photos by Cheryl Gorski

On October 23, Emile Latimer, who nearly everyone called Papa, died of complications resulting from a stroke. He was 79.

The News, Briefly

Sean Ryan: No Tax Breaks for Uniland, Delaware North Project

by Geoff Kelly

Bert Dunn: The Monster Turns on His Creators

by Geoff Kelly

Board of Elections Pushes Probe Into Two Pigeon PACs

by Alan Bedenko & Geoff Kelly

Mychajliw's Ambition & Fraas's Foreclosure

by Alan Bedenko

And Speaking of Elections...

by Geoff Kelly

Getting a Grip

My Tea Party vs. The Oligarchs

by Michael I. Niman

Here’s some good news. A recent piece in The Nation begins with an untypically upbeat quote from a former Greenpeace bigwig now working in the solar industry, who reports that, unbeknownst to most folks, we’re winning the fight against climate change, being well on our way toward phasing out fossil and nuclear fuels much earlier than the most optimistic futurists predicted.

News Analysis

About That Doomsday Scenario...

by Bruce Fisher

We reckon time differently nowadays. The 2013 election was going to have an enduring identity as the year New Yorkers in New York City got to choose Michael Bloomberg’s successor, the year Gotham got its first Democrat since the hapless David Dinkins.

Guest Essay

City Hall Bureaucracy Delivers Poor Service Year After Year

by Paul Wolf Esq.,

A recent Buffalo News article highlighted City Hall bureaucracy causing low income homeowners to wait years to have a home repair loan application processed. It is amazing how this story repeats itself over and over. Let’s review the sad history of home repair programs in Buffalo.

Art Scene

Dana Tilou Arts Presents the HSBC Art Collection Exhibit and Sale

by J. Tim Raymond

Western New York Artists Group 22nd Annual Regional Exhibition

by Jack Foran

Paintings and Assemblages by Ani Hoover at Nichols School Gallery

by Patricia Pendleton

Theater Week

Six Previews

by Anthony Chase

Local playwright Mark Humphrey, author of the one-man tour de force, Mr. Benny, in which Tim Newell portrayed Jack Benny, has a new play about a historic character opening this week.

Music Feature

The Parabolic Pete Seeger

by Buck Quigley

Formed in 1967, in opposition to the Vietnam War, the Western New York Peace Center has grown into one of the most influential activist groups in the area—with only a small staff but over a thousand members. The organization has several task forces and committees that focus on prison conditions, militarism, Latin American and Middle East issues, the global economy, economic empowerment, and more recently, high-volume horizontal fracking.

Classical Music Notes

The Composer in Your Backyard

by Jan Jezioro

At their next concert on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm in the Buffalo Seminary, the Buffalo Chamber Players will offer a program for the first time consisting entirely of works by contemporary composers, all of whom live, more or less, in our region.

Film Review

Fire in the Blood

by George Sax

Edwin Cameron is a justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. He’s a tall, slim, 50ish man, apparently very fit (he competes in bicycle races), but 17 years ago he felt himself deathly ill, literally. As he recounts in Dylan Mohan Gray’s Fire in the Blood, he had five symptoms of terminal AIDS.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 1 - Thursday, November 7)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Merle Haggard, who performs at Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday, November 1st.

Puck Stop

The Harbor Center Evolution

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

About a year ago, a very small yet very noisy band of critics were painting a vision of Harbor Center that for the most part branded the new facility as a “glorified big box parking ramp.” The size, the fenestration, the bridge over Perry Street…all signs of the coming apocalypse.

Letters to Artvoice

Lessons From the Government Shutdown

by Richard Lipsitz Jr.

Take a Hard Look at What a State-Run Casino in Your Town Won't Do, Then Vote "No" on the Gaming Referendum

by John Karhiio Kane

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What if you had the power to enchant and even bewitch people with your charisma? Would you wield your allure without mercy? Would you feel wicked delight in their attraction to you, even if you didn’t plan to give them what they want?

The Back Page

Art: 3 Openings

Rich Tomasello’s new show, Innocence Lost: New Work by Rich Tomasello, opened October 29 at Daemen College. Elizabeth Leader’s Out of the Rustbelt opens November 1 at Larkin at Exchange Building’s 1st Floor Gallery. And a group show at Studio Hart opening on November 1 with a reception (6-9pm) includes Self-Portrait #2 by JM Reed.