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Cover Story

Federman at 80

by Buck Quigley

This weekend friends and colleagues celebrate former UB professor Raymond Federman's 80th year


In Paulson We Trust

by Ted P. Schmidt

Did the treasury secretary let Lehman Brothers fail, exacerbating the nascent crisis, knowing it would punish liberal financier George Soros and benefit his old firm, Goldman Sachs?


Talking Taxes and Truth in 2008

by Bruce Fisher

Maybe the presidential race will get closer, but so far Senator Barack Obama’s success demonstrates that the Republican campaign against taxes is failing.

The News, Briefly

Richardson Revealed: A new plan for the old asylum

by Geoff Kelly

Still Closed: WNYHS granted stay on OML/FOIL ruling

by Buck Quigley

Meanwhile, At the UN: No new comment from our new representative

by Buck Quigley

Common Council Report: The late, late file

by Geoff Kelly

Verbatim: Overheard at the Sportsmen's Tavern

by J. Tim Raymond

Music Feature

Charles Wuorinen's birthday concert at Slee Hall

by Jan Jezioro

Renowned contemporary composer Charles Wuorinen turned 70 this past June, and many of the leading cultural organizations in New York City (Guggenheim Museum, Riverside Church), Washington, DC (Library of Congress), California, and London have staged special concerts of the composer’s music to celebrate the event.

Food for Thought

Vegetable's Strong Arm

by Joe George

I can still hear my mother telling me to eat my vegetables, much in the same way that I tell my teenage son today. But what she really should have said was don’t forget to eat your Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, because it’s really, really nutritious. Or, in other words: Eat your broccoli because it’s good and good for you.

Lit News

Jewish Community Book Fair

by Justin Sondel

For the 42nd consecutive year the Jewish Community Center sponsors the Jewish Community Book Fair and Cultural Arts Festival. This event lasts nine weeks and explores a variety of topics concerning Jewish culture, using the arts as a platform to promote discussion. Novels, nonfiction works, and theater will be used as jumping-off points to discuss how Jews determine their identities America.


The Wayward Muse

by Dean Brownrout

It’s been over 21 years since the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presented The Wayward Muse: A Historical Survey of Painting in Buffalo.


Paintings by Kyla Avery Kegler at Chow Chocolate

by J. Tim Raymond

Kyla Kegler’s work at Chow Chocolate consists of acrylic paintings with silk screen on canvas that fits meditatively in the sere, minimal surrounds of this upscale outpost in the 700 block of Main Street. A storefront, this purveyor of coffee, tea, and fine confections offers plenty of space to view Kegler’s vibrant ruminations on folktales as abstract narrative.



by Javier

The fabulous Linda Lavin, most widely known for the TV comedy Alice, which was broadcast from 1976 to 1985, just turned 71 this week. Several years ago Lavin fell in love with Wilmington (North Carolina) and decided to move there, and in April 2007 she opened her own theater, the Red Barn Studio.

Film Reviews

The Secret Life of Bees

by George Sax


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday Oct. 17 - Thursday Oct. 23)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including this week's Editors Pick: Ralph Nader at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 17.


News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Developing Democracies: Candidates for local office in Brazil can either register under their own names or make them up, and in the October election this year, three candidates chose “Barack Obama” (none won), and others registered under “Bill Clinton,” “Jorge Bushi” and “Chico Bin Laden,” but more than 200 offered themselves under the name of the country’s popular president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In The Margins

Review: Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta

by Joe Libutti

Literary Buffalo Events

Letters to Artvoice

A Conservative's Requiem, From Civil Rights to George W. Bush

by Dan Hoffman

Nobody Cares About the Bailout

by Nobody


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I usually don’t have to tell you Bulls how important it is to finish what you’ve started. You are, after all, among the top three signs of the zodiac when it comes to following through. But just in case you’ve momentarily fallen under the sway of a delusion that would encourage you to escape before the resolution is fully in place, I’m here to remind you: It’s time to make the art of completion your graceful obsession.


Ask Anyone

All this stuff about Barack Obama and his association with ex- Weather Underground member Bill Ayers has got me thinking. I sometimes work with a guy who went to jail as a youth for a violent rape. He lives a normal life now (30 years later) though I know he wrestles with what he did all the time.