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Fall Guide: Visual Arts

10 Must-See Exhibits

by Gerald Mead

While summer winds down, the art season winds up with new exhibitions opening up all over town in the coming months. The following are some upcoming presentations I’d recommend seeing as well as a few that you still have time (and ought) to see.

Fall Guide: Theater

Brand New Theater Season, Brand New Plays

by Anthony Chase

Broadway is often called “the fabulous invalid.” New Yorkers perpetually bemoan the demise of theater as we know it, and in the next instant…Phantom of the Opera, Angels in America, Jersey Boys. Broadway theater invents and reinvents itself.

Fall Guide: Film

Still Bigger Than A Breadbox

by M. Faust

It may seem that movies are shrinking into something that people watch in bits and pieces on YouTube or on personal devices that you can hold in your hand. But the delight of communal movie viewing on screens bigger than any living room isn’t dead yet; in fact, this fall offers more choices than ever for the local filmgoer in search of cinematic options other than Hollywood star vehicles and reboots of horror movies that weren’t again to begin with.

Fall Guide: Events

60 Things You Must Do This Fall

Forget that the end of the summer season is in sight, because there's plenty to look forward to this fall. The editors here at Artvoice have narrowed the field for you, and come up with 60 must-not-miss events to keep you busy until winter.

The News, Briefly

West Valley Cleanup

by Larry Brooks

Common Council Report

by Ellen Przepasniak

The Generation Sack

by Geoffrey Anstey

Week in Review

The Straight Dope From The Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Michael Miller, who had just been hired as the first executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, died of an apparent heart attack. He was just 51 years old.

News Analysis

A Fateful Fall

by Bruce Fisher

On September 8, the day before Buffalo Public School kids return to class, our US senators and representatives return to work. At some later date in September, the New York State legislature will go back to Albany for a brief special session to deal with the budget problem that the recession has made much, much worse than when Governor David Paterson last called a special session.

5 Questions With...

Erin Heany, Clean Air Coalition

This week Erin Heaney became the new executive director of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, an activist group whose primary target has been the carcinogen-belching the Tonawanda Coke Plant, owned by JD Crane, which has refused to meet with the community even as it faces increased political pressure to clean up its act.

Music Feature

The Return of Cake

by Geoffrey Anstey

Deeply sardonic and filled with dry, post modern angst, Cake is not your typical pop band. Everything about them screams niche, whether it’s John McCrea’s deadpan speak-sing vocals, Vince Difiore’s Spanish-flavored trumpet, or the band’s hectic combination of jazz, funk, college rock, Californian Americana, and synth.

Left of the Dial

Cass McCombs - Catacombs

by Eric Kendall

Blur - Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

by Geoffrey Anstey

Film Reviews


by George Sax

Cold Souls

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. September 4 - Thu. September 10)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Second Line Cities Weekend, featuring Rebirth Brass Band.

Literary Buffalo

Flash Fiction

by Neely Terrell


by Peter Vullo

Lit City: Literary Events

Letters to Artvoice

Healthcare: Give the People What They Want

by Joe Bialek

James Freeman Clarke once said “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.” So it is with the so-called debate concerning healthcare reform. First and foremost, we as a country need to take a step back from the “debate” and allow for more time to really find out what it is the American people want.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Lonely Japanese men (and a few women) with rich imaginations have created a thriving subculture (“otaku”) in which they have all-consuming relationships with figurines that are based on popular anime characters. “The less extreme,” reported a New York Times writer in July, obsessively collect the dolls.


Listings & Events

Buffalo has a large and diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. For further information about its numerous organizations and activities, visit Gaywatch at, call the Western New York Pride Center (852-7743), or email


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I dare you to say yes to a possibility you’ve said no to in the past. I double dare you to try an impossible thing before lunch each day.


Ask Anyone

How do I make Buffalo-Niagara seem like a cool place to live when I drive them past smelly chemical factories to a dying city with an Indian Casino and under-used and under-funded State Park with a great view of the thriving scene just across an international border that they are not allowed to cross?