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Cover Story

The Big Picture

by M. Faust

Putting together a film festival is not the easiest thing in the world to do, especially if you want one in the truest sense of the words. But that’s just what Edward Summer, president and founder of the Buffalo International Film Festival, whose first edition opens this weekend, has done.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

News Analysis

Subsidized Suicide

Could Governor David Paterson become Congressman David Paterson? David Gershman of New York magazine reported last week that if Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel decides not to run for a 21st term, then Paterson may have an exit from the job he insists he wants.


We Have Our Round 1 Finalists!

CONGRATULATIONS to our four finalists in our Battle of Original Music: The Albrights, David Cloyd, Carpo Phorus, and the Fated Grey!

Art Shorts

Wright Stuff This Weekend

by Gerald Mead

With each passing year it is becoming harder to claim that Buffalo’s architectural treasury of works by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a well-kept secret.

Dining Feature

What's On Your Plate?

by Jennifer Mogensen

Why the restaurant business? The hours are terrible, the pressure is immense and the satisfaction is only temporary.

Film Feature

Homemade Horrors

by Greg Lamberson

The Buffalo area has served as an appealing location for horror filmmakers ever since Harvey Weinstein collaborated on the slasher flick The Burning back in 1981. In recent years, thanks to the affordability of digital video production equipment, our city has seen a spate of micro-budget horrors produced by local aspiring filmmakers.


Remembering the Federal Theater Project

by Anthony Chase

This week I’ve been revisiting Tim Robbins’ 1999 film, Cradle Will Rock, while preparing to introduce a screening at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center for the start of the fourth Bi-Annual Cross-Border Post Keynesian Conference at Buffalo State College.

Theater News


by Javier

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, BUA will present a staged reading of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz . Born in Cuba in 1960, Cruz became the first Hispanic American to ever receive the Pulitzer for drama.

Classical Music

The Chamber is Open

by Jan Jezioro

The good news is that the Buffalo Chamber Players open their 2009-2010 season at the Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway on Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm. The better news is that the group has expanded its season, adding an additional fourth concert.

Food For Thought

Apples: The Fruit of Fruits

by Joe George

There are four apples resting on a small shelf above my kitchen sink. There’s nothing unusual about this, but it’s their place of origin that I find interesting.

5 Questions With...

Abi Echevarria, Japanese Gardener

Abi Echevarria came to work for the Olmsted Conservancy in 2004 through Erie County’s Workfare program, a federally funded welfare-to-work initiative that places participants in jobs with the Conservancy and provides them training, in the hopes that they will be retained as permanent employees.

Left of the Dial

Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic

by Donny Kutzbach

The Black Heart Procession - Six

by Eric Kendall

Film Review


by George Sax

The problems for Muna and Fadi Farah really begin at the immigration counter in O’Hare airport, although they don’t know that yet. All too soon this Palestinian mother and son’s dreams of a new life of political freedom and spacious opportunities begin to evaporate.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. October 9 - Thurs. October 15)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Califone, who performs at Mohawk Place on Thursday the 15th.

You Auto Know

Small Is The New Big

by Jim Corbran

As the world gets figuratively smaller, so too are cars getting smaller. Literally. And I don’t imagine the average American (read: large) is going to like it.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

What is believed to be the world’s only commercial lounge openly serving cocaine operates in La Paz, Bolivia, though the owners of “Route 36” have to change locations from time to time, depending on the moods of the bribed authorities. An August dispatch in London’s The Guardian reported that a nearly pure gram costs the equivalent of about $14 ($22 for “premium”), served by waiters in an empty CD case, with straws, but bar drinks are also available.

Literary Buffalo

Babel Begins With Byatt

by Ellen Przepasniak

Lit City: Literary Events

Letters to Artvoice

Keep The Collectors Gallery

by Patrick Willett

Adopt a Buffalonian

by Andy McLeod


Events & Listings

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

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The sun shines brighter on my new home. The old place had resemblances to a cave and was surrounded by tall trees. My new space is surrounded by a wide sky and drinks in the solar radiance from dawn to dusk.


Ask Anyone

My dog Norm is 16 years old, and it has really started to show over the past six months. He has frequent accidents in the house, and it seems that he sleeps at least 20 hours a day. He has trouble getting up and down the three steps from the porch to the lawn, and he is visibly in uncomfortable.