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Halloween Feature

The Original Rappers

by Buck Quigley

All across Western New York, the month of March was going out like a lion in 1848. Under blotchy gray skies, the winds came whipping off Erie and Ontario, and down the slender Finger Lakes, bending the skeletal trees back and forth in the muddy ground.

Halloween Feature

This Land is Their Land

by Mason Winfield

It may shock us to realize that New York has its own native supernaturalism, alive and vibrant today. It is that of the Iroquois, in Western New York the Seneca and their Tuscarora cousins. We are on their ground, and if anything is to be encountered this Halloween, it could more authentically be an aspect of their tradition.

Halloween Feature

The Real World's Most Frightening Buffalonians

by Zachary Burns

No ghosts or ghouls on this list - these are the people you should really fear.

Halloween Feature

Murder! Most Foul

by Cory Perla

There are a million ways to die, but when death comes at the hands of another person, it takes on a disquieting quality. If we’ve learned anything from the television show Dexter, it’s that a killer can be under our noses at any moment.

Halloween Events

Halloween Party Guide

Here at Artvoice we hold Halloween parties to the highest standards. You can’t just throw a DJ and some fake spider webs into a club and get onto this list. We combed through a plethora of creep-tastic events to find the ones with some real bite. So grab your spookiest (or sluttiest) costume, a Red Bull, and get ready to dance…’til you die!

Halloween Creepy Eats

The Ghoulish Gourmet

by Jennifer Mogensen

Television food shows are all the rage. Reality series have taken the culinary world by storm. Flipping through the channels, a foodie can find shows featuring cake-making and Southern food frying.

Halloween Creepy Music

Primal Scream

by Eric Kendall

It’s the best time of year again: the time when the shadows are darker, creepy hallways seem longer, and any odd noise demands a second guess. It’s also a great time to explore the darker side of music, to revisit those songs that just don’t seem right to listen to at the beach or while opening Christmas presents.

Halloween Displays

In a Glass Darkly

by Jill Greenberg

This October, creative and spooky Halloween window displays can be found up and down Elmwood in cafes, gift shops, and even a few hair salons. So go outside to enjoy the weather and creepy displays before it starts to snow!

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

Global and Local Carbon

by Bruce Fisher

At the annual meeting of the New York Economic Association last month in Rochester, Kent Klitgaard of Wells College gave a disturbing paper about how everything we know about economics is going to be upset by the crisis of global climate change.

News Analysis

Waiting For Answers

by George Sax

The most dramatic moment at last Friday’s education program at the Amherst Theatre, centered on a showing of a documentary film, Waiting For Superman, didn’t occur during either the film or the panel discussion that followed it.


Round 1, Week 1: The Thirsty Hurts vs. The Etchings

It’s BACK! The one and only Artvoice Battle Of Original Music (BOOM)—where original bands from our area submit their material, perchance to be chosen as one of the lucky few who then stand before you on this page, in the fiery crucible of public opinion—that you might visit and listen to their tune.

Left of the Dial

Two Cow Garage - Sweet Saint Me

by Donny Kutzbach

David Bowie - Station to Station, Remastered Special Edition

by Donny Kutzbach

Art Scene

Reprising Artpart at UB

by Jack Foran

Artpark artist from the old days Richard Tuttle is currently reprising—if such a thing is possible or meaningful—some of the work he did at Artpark in the 1970s.

Classical Music Notes

Tim Fain Comes to UB

by Jan Jezioro

The Department of Music at UB will host a week-long residency by the young violin virtuoso Tim Fain, highlighted by two concerts open to the public in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall.

Theater News


by Javier

Can you believe it’s been 40 years since the film Love Story was released? Ryan O’Neal, now 69, hasn’t appeared in a film since 2003, but has had several recent TV roles. Unlike his film co-star, Ali MacGraw, who made her Broadway debut a few years ago, O’Neal has no desire to be on the boards.

Puck Stop

One Awful Homestand

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

Are people actually paying good money to watch this dreck? Apparently not as many people as there used to be, as the Buffalo Sabres raised the curtain on the 2010-11 season, and two of the four games failed to sell out, producing yawning gaps of empty blue seats in the 300 level corners, a rare sight these past few seasons.

Film Review

A Matter of Death: "Hereafter"

by M. Faust

A seasoned artist can do wonders with raw material no matter how unlikely. Which may be the case with Hereafter, the new film directed by Clint Eastwood.


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, October 22 - Thursday, October 28)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: The Prom of the Dead, taking place on Saturday the 23rd.

Eight Questions With...

Suzanne VanOrnan-Leonard: Paranormal Investigator

When there is something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? The WNYPI of course. In honor of Halloween, Artvoice spoke with Suzanne VanOrnan-Leonard, head of the Western New York Paranormal Investigators.

Letters to Artvoice

Collins = Carpetbagger?

Say No To Fracking

Say No To Meat

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In late 2000, Winkelman, reacting to a radio “contest,” had his forehead inked with the logo of radio station KORB, “93 Rock,” because he had heard on-air personalities “offer” $100,000 to anyone who would do it. Winkelman had the tattoo done before checking, however, and the disk jockeys later informed him that the “contest” was a joke.


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

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “If you’re strong enough there are no precedents,” said novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think that describes you in the immediate future, Scorpio.


Ask Anyone

I just had a furnace guy come and look at the heat pump on the boiler in my basement, because it was making some pretty scary noises. He told we the whole assembly would have to be replaced, and it’ll cost about $800. I was shocked, because the pumps seems to be sending hot water to the radiators, but after he explained the problems to me I swallowed hard and agreed to schedule the maintenance.