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Aspirations and Inspirations

by Geoff Kelly

When Mark Goldman joined a lawsuit that aimed to scuttle the proposal to subsidize a megalithic Bass Pro store in Buffalo’s Inner Harbor, he did it because he knew—as an entrepreneur, as a historian, as an ardent preservationist—that there had to be a better vision for the redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront than big-box retail.

News Analysis

Paging Dr. Bernanke

by Ted P. Schmidt

Big news this week as the Republicans take control of the House of Representatives. On Wednesday, while we were all digesting the poll results, Dr. Ben Bernanke (and the Fed) voted to inject a $500 billion dose of “QE2” shock therapy into the debt-ridden corpse of our economy.

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, Briefly

Radio Silence

by Buck Quigley

For the past year, or, according to some sources, the past several years, covert plans have been ongoing between the State University of New York at Buffalo and WNED to forge a “collaboration” between the university’s FM station, WBFO, and the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNYPBA)—the organization that owns and operates the television and AM and FM radio stations that broadcast under the call letters WNED.


Round 1, Week 3: Autopunch vs. Effective Resolution

Congratulations to Social Scientists! They collected the most online votes last week, which wins them a spot alongside last week’s winner, The Etchings, in our first live quarterfinal, which will take place Saturday, November 27, at Nietzsche’s (21+).

Art Scene

Wiliam Morris Exhibit at the Central Library

by Jack Foran

Kurt Von Voetsch at UB Anderson Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Ann Peterson at the Neighborhood Collective

by Jack Foran

Elinor Whidden at UB Anderson Gallery

by J. Tim Raymond

Chew on This

Beer Garden of Earthly Delights

by Jill Greenberg

During a trip to Belgium, that country’s traditional beer bars inspired friends Mike Shatzel and Steve Kennedy. Ever since that fateful trip, they have been hard at work on opening a Belgian beer bar in Buffalo.

Classical Music Notes

K2 Comes to the Friends of Vienna

by Jan Jezioro

There is a now proverbial saying, attributed to the early 17th-century English philosopher Francis Bacon, in his 1625 collection of essays: “If the mountain does not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must come to the mountain.”

Theater News


by Javier

The fabulous Judith Light (pictured) is back on Broadway after many years to star in the new play Lombardi which just opened at Circle in the Square. The play is about Vince Lombardi, the inspirational coach of the Green Bay Packers football team.

Film Feature

Robert De Niro and Edward Norton Cross Paths in "Stone"

by M. Faust

Stone is not the movie it initially seems to be. Which is a good thing, because the movie it starts out as does not seem very good at all. It got bad word of mouth when it played at the Toronto Film Festival, and I wonder how much of that came from viewers who left after the first reel.

Film Reviews

Inside Job

by M. Faust

Due Date

by M. Faust


by George Sax


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Friday, November 5 - Thursday, November 11)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Bedouin Soundclash at the Town Ballroom on Friday the 5th.

Literary Buffalo

Closer to the Falls

by Katherine O'Day

Born and raised in Lewiston and Amherst during the 1950s and 1960s, respectively, Catherine Gildiner nee McClure is the author of the best-selling memoir Too Close to the Falls and its just-published follow-up, After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties.

5 Questions With...

Chris Fritton: Artist, Blogger

Fritton, letterpress print shop manager at the Western New York Book Arts Center and founder of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, is the creator of the blog/project i hid art ( Built upon a simple premise, the blog is an arts exchange and scavenger hunt with a unique, whimsical interactivity. Fritton and other artists post images and clues to locations around town where they have hidden original artwork.

Letters to Artvoice

Buffalo First to Andrew Cuomo

Split the Baby in Two

Recognizing the AACC

Nice Job, AV!

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

In October, Greece’s largest health insurance provider announced, in a letter to a diabetes foundation, that it would no longer pay for the special footwear that diabetics need for reducing pain but suggested it would pay instead for amputation, which is less expensive.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Technorati, a search engine for blogs, says there are well over 100 million blogs on the Internet, and that figure doesn’t include millions of Chinese language blogs. So self-expression is thriving on a global scale, right?


Ask Anyone

So, I have a neighbor who happens to have a large somewhat aggressive dog. I happen to have a small somewhat aggressive dog. I use a leash on my 20 pounder. She lets her 100 plus pound dog run loose.