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The Food Issue

Eating Local

by Joe George

Local Shops, Exotic Wares

by Patricia Watson

The Chocolate Factory

by Judy Sperry

Soul Food

by Mallory Passuite


US Marshals vs. the Indians at Buffalo Creek?

by Bruce Jackson

On July 8, US District Court Judge William M. Skretny published his order vacating the ruling of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) that the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) could legally operate a gambling casino on property they owned in downtown Buffalo. The Senecas’ land fit the legal definition of “Indian country,” and they could do anything on it the law permitted, which did not include gambling.

The News, Briefly

Fiddler on the Hoof

by George Sax

Carl Paladino calls out Superintendent James A. Williams on the airwaves

by Geoff Kelly

Resultech Gets a Pass

by Buck Quigley

Getting a Grip

Weirdos Riot: What's Wrong With the Buffalo News?

by Michael I. Niman

10 US Forest Service police officers arrest a man in Wyoming for crime of being “uncooperative.” Add the freak show specter of “eccentrics” and “hippie types” throwing rocks and sticks, however, and in the era of Jerry Springer, you’ve got the makings of a national news story. Hence, nearly 2,000 miles away, the Buffalo News ran the story under the headline, “5 arrested in Rainbow Family clash with feds.”

The Campaign

Wonks and Words

by Bruce Fisher

Next week in Washington, respected specialists will gather at the Brookings Institution to unveil a set of carefully reasoned recommendations on how, where, and how much the next president should invest in the roads, bridges, transit lines, and wi-fi—in a word, the infrastructure—that will keep our economy going.


Greening Buffalo

by Sam Magavern

Across the United States, cities are launching green initiatives. Environmentalists are focusing on cities because that’s where the action is. By 2030, the world will be two-thirds urban. The earth’s future depends on what happens in cities: whether they grow compactly or sprawl; whether their buildings are energy efficient or wasteful; whether they encourage mass transit or driving; whether they build coal plants or wind farms.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In April, England’s University of East Anglia advertised for subjects for a study of whether a natural compound found in cocoa could cut the risk of heart disease among diabetic women; the participants must be willing to eat chocolates every day for a year.


Postcard Mendoza

by Paula Paradise

Sunday 6/22/08. I am boarding the first of four planes for a 24-hour journey that will take me deep into Argentina’s largest and most significant wine region, the Mendoza Valley. I am scheduled to convene with a dozen or so wine professionals from across the US in the city of Mendoza, where we will meet with wine producers, tour vineyards, and taste the wines represented by American importer Fran Kysela.

Chew on This

The Asian Invasion

by Judy Sperry & Geoff Kelly

It’s never too late to be adventurous in your eating habits, especially during your lunch break, and If you’re searching for tasty lunch venues that won’t bust your budget (or your belt buckle), you’re in luck.

You Auto Know

Fit to be Tried: The 2009 Honda Fit

by Jim Corbran

Now you’d think, that in these times of high gas prices, if you’re sitting pretty with a vehicle in your showrooms which is practical, reliable, and gets a combined EPA mileage figure of over 30 miles per gallo—you’d think you’d keep that research and development money in the bank and just keep sellin’ cars. Why waste that hard-earned stockholders’ cash on new models when you’re already selling everything you can build?

Music Feature

Niagara-on-the-Lake: More Than Music

by Jan Jezioro

The Niagara International Chamber Music Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario may well be the best-kept secret among classical music lovers on this side of the border. The festival, along with its artistic director, Atis Bankas, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an ambitiously expanded season featuring almost 50 events in a variety of venues in the short space of four weeks, beginning with the gala ppening on Monday, July 21.

Left of the Dial

Mugison - Mugiboogie

by Joe Sweeny

Dr. Dog - Fate

by Donny Kutzbach

Film Reviews

When Did You Last See Your Father?

by George Sax

The Dark Knight

by M. Faust

Mamma Mia!

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 18 thru Thursday, July 24)

Film Now Playing

Calendar Spotlight

Pissed Jeans (Saturday, July 19)

Asylum Street Spankers (Saturday, July 19)

Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton (Sunday, July 20)

Looking Ahead . . .

See You There

Mother Red & Siren Street Shutdown w/Johnny Nobody & Club Awesome (Saturday, July 19)

Gusto at the Gallery: Buffalo Book Fair/Opening of Op Art Revisited (Friday, July 18)

Bill Kirchen (Sunday, July 20)

Icy Demons (Wednesday, July 23)

Letters to Artvoice

The Truth Will Out

by Joseph Ciarlo

Dear Steve Russel, Jersey Street Resident

by Paul Morgan

In With The New

by Ellie Corcoran

Move The Market

by Joseph H. Radder

In The Margins

Buffalo Book Fair (Friday, July 18)

AV Poetry: Private Titanics

Literary Buffalo Events Listings


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breszny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free,” said the sculptor Michelangelo about a statue he made. Let that approach be your guide in the coming weeks, Leo. Proceed according to the hypothesis that the beautiful thing you want to create is embedded in stuff that’s hiding its true nature, and your job is simply to liberate it from what’s extraneous.


Ask Anyone

What with the price of gasoline, it seems like every wedding is a destination wedding now. I have a cousin getting married in Baltimore at the end of August, and no matter how I manage it—airline tickets or two tanks of gas—the trip down will cost as much as the motel room for two nights. I’m not cheap, but I am broke. Can I go without bringing a wedding present? And, if I do go sans gift, should I explain I can’t afford it so they don’t think I’m just a thoughtless jerk?