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News Feature

Local Washing

by Stacy Mitchell

HSBC, one of the biggest banks on the planet, has taken to calling itself “the world’s local bank.” Winn-Dixie, a 500-outlet supermarket chain, recently launched a new ad campaign under the tagline, “Local flavor since 1956.” The International Council of Shopping Centers, a global consortium of mall owners and developers, is pouring millions of dollars into television ads urging people to “Shop Local”—at their nearest mall.

News Feature

Filling in the Blank

by Ellen Przepasniak

Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a West Side housing nonprofit geared toward development and rehabilitation, has been working for five years to acquire state funding for two new buildings on Hudson Street between Plymouth and West Avenues.

The News, Briefly

Hoyt Endorses Kearns

by Geoff Kelly

Don't Heckle Hizzoner!

by Buck Quigley

Common Council Report

by Geoff Kelly

Sports Feature

When Will We Raise a Banner for the Buffalo Braves?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

It’s time to raise a banner to the rafters at HSBC Arenashowcasing the Buffalo Braves, and paying tribute to the two icons of the franchise, Bob McAdoo and the late Randy Smith, who gave this city some of its most epic sports moments.

Film Feature

La Vie En Rosa: Film director Rosa von Praunheim

by Ed Grant

Rosa von Praunheim may not be the best-known German director, but like the man himself, his name isn’t easily forgotten. After four decades as a filmmaker, Von Praunheim has grown from a gay renegade in the German “underground” film scene to a well-respected documentarian—albeit one known to moonlight as an aging enfant terrible.


Studio Arena Saga Continues

by Anthony Chase

Anthony Conte, president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, has confirmed that the banks that hold mortgages on the Studio Arena Theatre building have agreed to give the structure to Shea’s Performing Arts Center for use as a presenting house—provided the bankruptcy court approves.

Left of the Dial

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

by Donny Kutzbach

Dinosaur Jr. - Farm

by Geoffrey Anstey


Flags A-Flying: Claire Shuttleworth

by Dean Brownrout

Claire Shuttleworth is among the few Western New York painters deserving of being counted among the best. Her legacy, a body of Impressionist-influenced work, stands out among the art created by the many talented artists who lived and worked here.

Film Reviews


by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

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See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, playing for free at this week's Thursday in the Square.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A 48-year-old immigrant from Malta regularly hangs out in various New York City bars, but always on the floor, so that he can enjoy his particular passion of being stepped on.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I believe that when you chatter carelessly about a big change that’s in the works, you’re in danger of draining it of some of its potency.


Ask Anyone

I am under the impression that it is legal in New York State for a woman to be topless in a public place, or basically, in any space where men are allowed to be shirtless (“no shoes, no shirt, no service” applies to all). I have a neighbor—a real pioneer—who takes full advantage of this “legality,” whether she is gardening in her front yard or walking her dog or getting her mail.