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Fall Arts: Cover Story


by J. Tim Raymond

I first saw it as a jpeg in my iPhone: a pastel chalk drawing, about 20 by 30 inches, worked in a clearly professional manner, depicting two naked figures in repose, as if bathing. There are faint indications of model stands covered in cloth over pillows.

Fall Arts: Galleries

Beyond the Beyond

by Gerald Mead and Jack Foran

With more than 100 artists—about 70 percent of whom are associated with this immediate region—spread throughout 25 sites including our three art museums, numerous galleries and various other community locations, the third edition of Beyond/In Western New York opening virtually everywhere the weekend of September 23-25 and remaining on view into December is unquestionably the dominant art event this fall, and rightly so.

Fall Arts: Music

Autumn Rocks

by Donny Kutzbach

From the wide selection of local live appearances and anticipated record releases, here’s a shortlist of can’t-miss picks:

Fall Arts: Film

Screen Shots

by M. Faust

Thank god that the worst summer movie season in memory has finally ended. (I know that I and others of my ilk say that every September, but every summer the Hollywood blockbusters get worse and worse, and this year I would be very surprised to hear anyone argue that the crop was anything less than third-rate.)

Fall Arts: Framed

One of Our Own

by Dean Brownrout

There are some artists whose work is appreciated in obvious ways: We may be in awe of their precision; their work may directly reveal their education and training; or we may be amazed at the formal skills that are applied to the composition.

Fall Arts: Dance

Dance Card

by Vanessa Oswald

Among the highly anticipated dance events at the UB Center for the Arts this season is the second annual Back to Buffalo 2: U.B. Dance Alumni All-Star Concert.

Fall Arts: Classical Music

Fall Classics

by Jan Jezioro

It’s September, students are going back to school, and while there are still a few weeks of summer left on the calendar, the fall classical music season is about to swing into high gear.

Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

Scorecard: THe Week's Winners and Losers

by Zachary Burns

News Analysis

Economic Salvation?

by Bruce Fisher

The economies of Buffalo-Niagara and other Upstate New York metro areas were doing reasonably well, at least until the Wall Street crisis of 2008, according to numbers released recently by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington.

Guest Editorial

NY Tobacco Taxes Compel Iroquois to Meet

by Doug George-Kanentiio

On August 18 delegates from the Haudenosaunee and other Iroquois entities met in Rochester to discuss how to respond to New York’s plan to impose taxes on tobacco sales to non-Natives even if such transactions take place on Native territory.

Film Reviews

The American

by George Sax

Going The Distance

by M. Faust

The Extra Man

by M. Faust

Cairo Time

by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, September 3 - Thursday, September 9)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: Yo Gabba Gabba Live at Artpark, with special guest Biz Markie on Friday, September 3.

Five Questions With...

Kelly Mordaunt: Record Theatre Manager

In the age of big-box media shops and Mp3’s it’s nice to see that some people still have an appreciation for the classics. Vinyl, it seems will never go out of style. Buffalo native Kelly—who proudly boasts of having an estimated 1,000-plus records—is a ten-year employee and the manager/buyer at steadfast local music shop Record Theatre.

Play Ball!

Epic Chase Fizzles as Season Ends

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

You hear all those soundbites from the minor-league minions: “It’s all about developing players.” “We’re here to prepare players to get to the big leagues.”

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

The Animal Planet channel, perhaps hard-pressed for new series ideas, has reportedly ordered “The Skunk Whisperer” into production, but there remain multi-use whisperers who claim they can talk to and analyze all critters, with New Zealand’s Faye Rogers the latest to draw attention (and she singled out her ability with “worms”).


Listings and Resources

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): “The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer; it’s that there are so many answers,” said folklorist Ruth Benedict. That’s always true, of course, but it’s especially apropos for you right now.


Ask Anyone

I recently met this guy who’s handsome and funny, and he has a good job. The only issue is that his biggest hobby is LARPing—live action role-playing. Think people who dress up and run around the woods fighting with foam swords, as showcased in the movie Role Models.