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Infringement '08

Infringe Yourself

by Anthony Chase

With 11 days and over 300 events, the Buffalo Infringement Festival may seem difficult to navigate, but it’s not. Basically, there are two ways to do it—with a meticulous plan or haphazardly. Each method offers rewards.


Expect Drilling; Hope For Wind

by Bruce Fisher

When Al Gore called last week for a crash program of developing wind energy, among those who stood up and saluted was billionaire oil driller T. Boone Pickens. Pickens has already invested over $2 billion in a large wind-turbine farm on the arid plains of Texas, and pledges much further work on bringing investors together to help him install thousands more turbines—at about $1 million apiece—throughout the Plains states.

Casino Chronicles

The House Plays Two Cards

by Bruce Jackson

The Seneca Nation of Indians’ battle against opponents of their downtown casino was fought in two courts this past week—one a court of law, the other the court of public opinion.

The News, Briefly

Waterboarding Northland Avenue

by Geoff Kelly

Bruno Cashes In

by Buck Quigley

A Small Bridgehead

by George Sax

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Police, including SWAT officers, were called to an apartment in Mesa, Ariz., in June after neighbors reported a fight between a man and woman that included yelling and breaking things inside. When they arrived, they found only a 21-year-old man, conducting the fight by himself, alternating a high-pitched voice with a low-pitched one. He was referred for a medical exam.


Assembled Meanings

by Gerald Mead

The group exhibition currently on view at Artspace Buffalo Gallery is compelling for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is an exceptional body of work. The second exhibition to be presented in this newest exhibition venue in Buffalo, it also represents an optimum use of this unique space. Lastly, the majority of the artists included have never shown in Buffalo; in fact, you are more likely to come across their work in New York (specifically in Chelsea), Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, or an international art fair.

Play Ball!

The Worst Bisons Team Ever?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Heading into this year’s All Star break, watching the Buffalo Bisons stumble and bumble and get swept at home by the Louisville Bats was almost too painful to watch.

Film Reviews

An Intamate Epic: Satantango

by Girish Shambu

Step Brothers

by M. Faust

Beauty in Trouble

by M. Faust

X-Files: I Want to Believe

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, July 25 thru Thursday July 31)

Film Now Playing

See You There

AV Pick: Bubblefest (Saturday, July 26)

Lebanese Festival (Friday, July 25)

William Parker & Patricia Nicholson (Friday, July 25-Sunday, July 27)

Buckethead (Monday, July 28)

Calendar Spotlight

Jucifer (Friday, July 25)

Queen City Jazz Festival (Saturday, July 26)

David Lee & His Mercenaries (Sunday, July 27)

Looking Ahead . . .

Letters to Artvoice

It's the Toll Booths, Not the Peace Bridge

by Mike Patterson

It's Central Planning, Not Bob Wilmers

by James Ostrowski

It's the Meat Eating, Not the Fossil Fuel

by Bob Lovejoy


First annual Buffalo Black Gay Pride debuts

by Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Upcoming Events

In The Margins

Review, Free Ride: John McCain and the Media

by Matthew Miranda

Flash Fiction

by Gary Earl Ross

Literary Buffalo Events


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Breszny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Anna Renalda Hyatt, a reader from Colorado, bragged to me about her prowess. “My capacity for expressing love far surpasses that of anyone I have ever met,” she wrote. “I am a Sublime Genius of Love, a Master of Unconditional Compassion, a Virtuoso of Deep Empathy.” Your assignment in the coming days, Aries, is to compete with her: Unleash a perfect storm of ingenious passion that will ignite subtle revolutions everywhere you go. Explore the frontiers of smart love.


Ask Anyone

Weddings are not much fun for me since I quit drinking. I’m not in AA or anything; I just quit because I thought I needed to. I don’t make a big deal of it and don’t want anyone else to either. Now I’ve got a big family wedding coming up, and everyone’s going to be drinking and pushing drinks on me. I don’t want to lie about not drinking but I don’t want to invite curiosity either. Part of me wishes I didn’t have to go, but I do. How do I handle it??