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Cover Story

Road Vultures and Rumbles

by Sal Viglietta

For the cover of My True Story, an autobiographical anthology of his work, cartoonist Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez used one of his many illustrations of a barroom brawl. This one is a real beauty, the royal rumble of bar fights. Bikers, truckers, a blonde frozen in mid-scream—everyone is either pummeling or about to get pummeled.

The News, Briefly

Common Council Report

by Ellen Przepasniak

The High Price of Being Rich

by George Sax

The 8,500 Pound Question

by Charlotte Hsu

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

Getting a Grip

Witness For the Persecution

by Michael I. Niman

I love headlines like this—I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. This story begins last month at the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, where finance ministers and leaders from the 20 richest nations met to scheme on how to prop up global capitalism for another year.

Puck Stop

Tyler Myers - Here to Stay?

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

We’re just four games into the regular season, but one player is already turning heads as one of the most solid and exciting performers on this year’s team.

AV Interview

Paula at Parties

by M. Faust

If comedy is ever outlawed, I don’t know what alternative line of work Paula Poundstone might go into. Presumably she wouldn’t want to go back to her old job at IHOP.

3 Guys Walk Into a Bar

Swan Lounge

by Donny Kutzbach

Though I’ve only been at it a few months, I’ve already found that there are certain elements required for the best execution of a Three Guys Walk Into a Bar column.

5 Questions With...

Richard Marinaccio: Monopoly Champion

Go Directly to Las Vegas. Collect $20,000. From Oct. 20-22 Richard Marinaccio, 26, of Snyder, will try to do just that. Marinaccio will represent the United States at the 2009 Monopoly World Championship and compete against champions from 40 other countries at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the title of world’s best Monopoly player.

Classical Music

Old Series, New Tricks

by Jan Jezioro

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society launches its 86th season in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music on Tuesday, October 20 at 8pm, with the gala concert appearance of the sextet known as Concertante.

DVD Review

Monty Python: Almost the Truth

by M. Faust

2009 has been crammed with 40th anniversary celebrations, tributes, and remembrances: the first moonwalk, Woodstock, the Manson family murders, etc.

Film Feature

Buffalo International Film Festival: Week Two

by M. Faust

The Buffalo International Film festival kicks into high gear this week with two days of programming for Disney buffs, timed to coincide with the opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Thursday features a screening of the documentary Walt and El Grupo, chronicling a visit by Disney and some of his staff to South America to research some films they were asked to produce by the US government.

Film Reviews

Where The Wild Things Are

by George Sax

The Burning Plain

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. October 9 - Thurs. October 22)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: The Artvoice B.O.O.M! First Round Quarter Final showdown at Nietzsche's on Friday night.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Beneath the luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip is a series of flood tunnels that are home to dozens of people who work odd jobs such as hustling leftover change in casino slot machines.

Literary Buffalo

Jewish Community Book Fair begins on Saturday, lasts two months

by Francis Boots

Lit City: Literary Events


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

Letters to Artvoice

Landmarking Wilkeson House

by Kathy Mecca

Get Meat Out of Schools

by Bob Lovejoy


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Were you ever a tiger in one of your past lives? If so, this would be an excellent time to tap into that power. If you have never lived the life of a tiger, would you be willing to imagine that you did?


Ask Anyone

I have a friend with some really horrible breath, but I don’t know how to address the issue without hurting her feelings? I know that bad breath can have many causes; I don’t think that this is due from lack of brushing. Any suggestions?