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Cover Story

The Professor Is In

by Jon Wheelock

It’s okay if you’re confused by Macklemore. A white rapper from the Seattle ’burbs rocking thrift shop threads and addressing same-sex marriage in his songs might not fit the mold of what you think a rapper looks like or sounds like.

The News, Briefly

Loss Leaders

by Geoff Kelly

Cancel that run of “Surge-io!” T-shirts. Forget Stefan Mychajliw’s return to 2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek. Tell Sheriff Tim Howard that the people have spoken on his gross mismanagement of the county’s holding center, and their message is this: Steady as she goes.

News Analysis

Handout Town

by Bruce Fisher

Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo is absolutely correct, but it doesn’t matter. Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto is an international embarrassment, but it doesn’t matter.

Science Voice

NSF Funds $25 Million High Technology Center Led by UB

by Eaton Lattman, PhD

Seeing is believing. From telescopes to microscopes and beyond, progress in science has depended on inventions that allow us to visualize objects that we cannot see with our naked eyes. A revolutionary technology for seeing molecules and following their motions lies at the heart of a $25 million award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University at Buffalo, given on behalf of a nation-wide consortium of research organizations and institutes.

Art Scene

The Rules of Abstraction

by Jack Foran

Erstwhile architecture student turned painter Jill Weber’s artwork on display at the Nina Freudenheim Gallery is about the basically mental process of the abstraction of physical architecture into visual art simply, and basically physical process of material realization of the abstractions.

Theater Week

A Summer With Lillian Hellman

by Anthony Chase

Nell Mohn, director of strategic development at MusicalFare Theatre, has a photograph of herself taken during the summer of 1980, when she was a young Wells College student. She’s crossing the front yard of a Cape Cod style home on Martha’s Vineyard with three other women. Mohn is third from the left. The older woman, front and center, is unmistakable. She is a literary icon and a titan of the American theater, the great Lillian Hellman.

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Mary Louise Parker (pictured) is back on Broadway starring in Sharr White’s new play The Snow Geese, which is set in the mid 1910’s outside Syracuse. Parker made her Broadway debut in 1990 in Craig Lucas’s Prelude to a Kiss, for which she received a Tony nomination.

Classical Music Notes

They Say It's Your Birthday

by Jan Jezioro

David Felder, Birge-Cary Chair in music composition at the University at Buffalo, and the director of June in Buffalo, is turning 60, and his good friends, Charles and Irene Haupt, the artistic director and the managing director, respectively, of the flourishing, eclectic, independent classical music series known as A Musical Feast, are celebrating his birthday anniversary with a special concert, consisting entirely of the composer’s own music, in the Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penny Art Center on Friday, November 7 at 8pm.

Film Feature

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

by Ed Grant

In its three years, the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival succeeded in establishing itself as a respected event for filmmakers both local and international. This year it has grown into the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, offering a broader selection of films in a larger venue, the Dipson Amherst Theater.

Film Reviews

Herb and Dorothy 50x50

by Jack Foran

12 Years a Slave

by George Sax

All is Lost

by M. Faust

When Comedy Went to School

by George Sax

About Time

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 8 - Thursday, November 14)

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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: Built to Spill with Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair, performing at the Town Ballroom on Sunday, November 10th.

Lit City

Babel Gears Up for Amy Tan

by Mary Braun

Amy Tan’s much-awaited new novel, The Valley of Amazement, was recently released to a flood of media attention. This newest work returns to Tan’s classic theme of mothers and daughters—territory she first became famous for tackling in her best-seller, The Joy Luck Club. As Just Buffalo Literary Center gears up to welcome Amy Tan to their BABEL series later this month, they are organizing numerous events which revisit Tan’s groundbreaking first novel.

You Auto Know

The Sexy Cat is Back

by Jim Corbran

One look at the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, and you realize that Jaguar’s new owners understand the brand way better than Ford did when it was a part of their “Premium Automotive Group.” It wasn’t a stretch to say that perhaps a Jaguar or two looked more like a tarted-up Ford Taurus than a genuine Jaguar.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

“Fantasy sports” are hugely popular, but when fans “draft” players for their teams, they “own” only the players’ statistics. Recently, Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs created Fantex Holdings, which will allow investors to buy actual pieces of real players—namely, rights to 20 percent of the player’s lifetime earnings (including licensing and product endorsement deals).


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Not for all the whiskey in heaven,” begins a poem by Charles Bernstein. “Not for all the flies in Vermont. Not for all the tears in the basement. Not for a million trips to Mars. Not for all the fire in hell. Not for all the blue in the sky.”

The Back Page

Art Opening: Hi-Temp 13

On Friday, November 8, 7pm-midnight, Hi-Temp Fabrications hosts an opening reception for a group show of work by 13 artists, performers, and musicians. In recent years the fourth floor warehouse space at 79 Perry Street has developed into showcase for some of the region’s most innovative artists.