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State and local prosecutors—including Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, pictured above—are able to coerce plea bargains and avoid trials in more than 95 percent of all cases they decide to prosecute.

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and another 100,000 in federal institutions are serving time for drug crimes…[and] …Freeing every single person who is in a state prison on a drug charge would only cut state prison populations back to where they were in 19961997, well into the ‘mass incarceration’ period.” That reduction would be a big improvement, but it does not go far enough. If ending the drug war will not, by itself, end mass incarceration, what will? We first need to acknowledge that mass incarceration is primarily a state and local, not a federal challenge. The burden is mainly on state and local officials to put into place reforms restricting the growth of prison and jail admissions.    The real culprit behind our out-of-control prison populations is our 2,000-plus out-ofcontrol state and local prosecutors—including the Erie County District Attorney—who are able to coerce plea bargains and avoid trials in more than 95 percent of all cases they decide to prosecute. “Prosecutors,” Pfaff tells us, “have been and remain the engines driving mass incarceration.


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Better data. There is too little available data to allow the public to meaningfully assess the performance of prosecutors. Are prosecutors, for example, using pleas when a dismissal is warranted or offering weak pleas to avoid an acquittal? These, and many more questions, need answers. Appoint prosecutors. In all but three states (Alaska, Connecticut, and New Jersey), prosecutors are elected to office. How can voters cast informed ballots in the absence of public information concerning the performance of incumbent prosecutors running for reelection.  Appointing prosecutors will both add professional accountability and lessen pressures on prosecutors to cater to suburban voters calling for aggressive prosecution of inner city crimes—often with adverse impacts on targeted neighborhoods.   Guidance. Well-designed state guidelines are needed to restrain decisions that drive up prison admissions. Such guidelines could inform prosecutors when they ought to press charges and risk sending the defendant to prison, or diverting the accused to probationary treatment, or other options. New Jersey alone has imposed such guidelines on prosecutors. Ultimately, ending mass incarceration will depend on a cultural shift in America to an alternate view of how we, as a society, deal with crime.  Instead of branding persons convicted of a crime—even a violent crime—with an ever-lasting “offender” stigma, Pfaff suggests that states experiment with pilot programs seeking a better set of options, including graduated-release programs and early release for inmates over the age of forty or who have served more than fifteen years of a sentence. “By showing the transitory nature of violent behavior, and by showing released people not acting like they did when they were younger,” Pfaff hopes that, “graduated release programs could subtly shift the public’s attitude about the permanence of violence.” The author ends on this hopeful note: “The movement against mass incarceration had no option but to start where it did, focusing on drugs and other non-violent crimes.” But he maintains it is time to move on to the harder cases, and the time to start making that move is now.

Ronald Fraser, Ph.D., writes on public policy issues for the DKT Liberty Project, a Washington-based civil liberties organization. Write him at fraserr@erols.com.

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NEWS LOCAL gubernatorial candidates running for Attorney General or Comptroller.

LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL RACES The local congressional districts are pretty stacked to favor the incumbents. Brian Higgins represents one of the most heavily Democratic districts in the state and Chris Collins holds the most Republican-affiliated district. Higgins has a Republican challenger or two checking things out but he is in no danger of losing. Neither is Collins at the moment, unless his stock-brokering-related ethics investigation turns into something serious in the next several months.

LOCAL STATE LEGISLATURE RACES Members of the Legislature are generally as secure as an elected official can be. Twelve months before the next election, the only local legislative seat in question is the one held by Mickey Kearns. Kearns will resign on December 31 to become Erie County Clerk.

Andrew Cuomo is likely to face a Democratic primary in 2018. But from whom? And will he face GOP businessman Harry Wilson in the general election?

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final documents of Election 2017, as the postelection financial reports, due December 4, are filed. (Check dailypublic.com for a digest of those numbers.) Next up in 2018—federal and state elections, with a couple Erie County campaigns thrown in too. The statewide campaigns will be the main focus, with the race for governor featured—or maybe not. Heading into his third gubernatorial campaign, Andrew Cuomo has lost the luster of a newcomer and has morphed into the role of defender of the administration record. Reports are that the 2019 state budget that Cuomo will file in January has billions of dollars of holes to fill. There are complaints about how the state manages the subway system in New York City. Upstate’s economy is still anemic despite all the money that has been handed out. The $750 million Riverbend/Solar City project in Buffalo is, at the moment, a major sore thumb. That and other Cuomo economic development initiatives, such as the college-related STARTUP NY program, have been and will continue to be criticized in a bi-partisan manner by Assemblymen Robin Schimminger and Ray Walter, among others.

in 2018 than there were four years ago. The real question here, however, is whether the Republicans will offer a credible opponent. The heavy emphasis will be on businessman Harry Wilson, who narrowly lost the race for state comptroller in 2010 against Tom DiNapoli. The year 2018 looks to be a good year for Democrats and New York is one of the bluest states in the nation. If Wilson passes on the race, the others contenders—state Senator John DeFrancisco, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro—are all “B” level candidates at best, and a Cuomo primary win would probably unofficially wrap up the election. As for the other statewide officials on the ballot next year, it would not be surprising to see a primary challenger for current Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who also had a primary opponent in 2014. The incumbent state Attorney General Eric Schniederman and incumbent state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli should cruise to victory. It will not be surprising to see one or more of the “B” list Republican

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ERIE COUNTY CLERK REDUX Clerk-elect Mickey Kearns has to do it all over again in 2018. He will run for a full four-year term in November. Democratic turnout will be much better next year than in 2017 with the statewide and Congressional offices on the ballot. The New York State Democratic Chair, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, will be expected to turn out a large vote in Buffalo for the governor, and that should have spillover value for other offices.

Mickey Kearns.

The 2017 candidate for clerk, Steve Cichon, ran a professional and spirited race and might have a decent shot in 2018. He seemed to say on election night that he wasn’t interested, but there is time to think about that. No other names have been mentioned thus far.

JUDICIAL RACES There will be two State Supreme Court seats on the ballot next November, along with an Erie County Court Judge seat. The Supreme Court seats are held by incumbents Paula Feroleto and John Curran, so cross-endorsements are a possibility. There are some rumblings among party-types about both candidates, but there’s plenty of time to work that out.

And then there will be the corruption trials in 2018 related to Solar City and other economic development projects. Particular focus will be directed to the trial of close Cuomo associate Joe Percoco. It seems likely that outgoing Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner or some other Democrat will challenge Cuomo in a primary. Cuomo has been very successful in stockpiling a gazillion campaign dollars, or actually $25.7 million in his most recent financial report last July. The odds will be stacked in Cuomo’s favor, but it should be remembered that Zephyr Teachout, a totally unknown law professor, received 33 percent of the vote in her 2014 challenge of the incumbent. There will be more issues to explore

The names most prominently mentioned for the Kearns seat are Buffalo Councilman Chris Scanlon, Erie County Legislator Pat Burke, and Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanaki. Scanlon was the early favorite, but don’t be surprised if Burke emerges as the Democratic candidate. The Republicans went with Kearns for that seat, so maybe they would try the same thing with another registered Democrat in 2018. We will have to wait to see if and when Cuomo calls a special election for the seat. There are several vacant state legislative seats at the moment.

Harry Wilson.

The Erie County Court seat is presently held by Michael Pietruszka, who will retire. Susan Barnes is mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate. Interestingly, there have been three other Erie County Court seats on the ballot in the past two years, and there were no primary or general election challenges for any of them. It’s personally expensive to run for judge, and perhaps that is what has been keeping the interest down.


There have been some robo-calls flying around the Buffalo suburbs telling people how great the Republican tax bill is and asking folks to call Chris Collins to thank him. The calls are sponsored by something called the American Action Network, the board of which includes former Congressman Tom Reynolds.

You can, if you choose, thank him for making it harder to go to graduate school or to be a teacher; or for sticking you with higher taxes by cutting back or eliminating the deduction for property and state income taxes; or for making your new tax rates temporary while corporate cuts will be permanent. Remember, be polite. And remember, he works for you.

If you are so inclined, Collins’s local district office phone number is 716-634-2324. He loves to speak with his constituents.

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ART REVIEW Peaceful and pleasant in the years before the 1948 war. Then the 1948 war turmoil. Displacements, relocations, emigrations. The siblings are now scattered. She—the grandmother—lives in another part of Israel. One of the brothers is in Egypt. One of the sisters went to England. The house they all grew up in, she says, is unoccupied. Now a ruin, apparently. She says there is a tree growing up through one—or maybe several—of the rooms. She hasn’t seen the house in years, she says. In a tone of sadness, regret. The third video is partly about the grandfather—near his end, and then at the end—who lived through the 1948 war, and was among the displaced by the war. Partly an interview with one of his children—or maybe grandchildren, but adult male—who without openly criticizing his forbear—without judging really— is visibly unhappy with how the grandfather was always “flexible” in the face of the historical situation of a Christian minority within the Arab minority within the Israeli Jewish state. Visibly rankles at the historical situation and predicament. The label “Christian Arab.”

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The Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi exhibit consists in large part of crude drawings—in both usual senses of that adjective— some as large-format wall hangings, many others about postcard size, laid out on several large tabletops together with photos— including sometimes photos of the wall-hanging works—and text items that at first glance seemed likely to be captions or commentary or in some other way related to the visuals they were nearest to, but on closer inspection more unrelated. Nor did I discover any interesting pattern of coherence among just the visuals. But the most apposite and to the point text item I found read: “Nowadays an artist should not embarrass himself by producing works of art.” A handout expository sheet on the work doesn’t help. Talk about a “modified nostalgia that points out the impact of fracturing the whole self (mind, body, soul) through the western intellectual tradition, analyzed and contested by the moderns, and romanticized in our contemporary period.”

TWO EXHIBITS IN AN ONGOING SERIES, ONE BY DOR GUEZ AND ANOTHER BY THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM OF TAMY BEN-TOR AND MIKI CARMI.

Meanwhile, the real subject of second video the is vandalism of the Christian Palestinian cemetery where the grandfather is buried, which we learn about pretty much the way the grandmother learns about it, via a dozen or so photos of the devastation. Including tomb graves broken open and broken into, bones scattered or otherwise disarranged, and marble slab grave cover stones—strangely with prominent Christian cross, and inscriptions in Arabic—broken in pieces.

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We get a glimpse of these photos in the video—but get to view large-format framed versions of them in another part of the exhibit—when the grandmother first views them, after laboriously peeling them apart. Apparently the photographer who took the pictures and developed them—likely the artist himself—packaged them together before they were quite dry following processing, and they stuck together. So portions of each photo are obliterated—as we see them in the video, and also in the large framed versions—but not so much that we can’t see the nature and extent of the vandalism.

PLACE RELATIONS: IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI AVANT-GARDE ART

The first video is a meandering reminiscences monologue by the grandmother—to a fixed-camera view of the sun setting over the sea horizon, occasional joggers or walkers along the beach, occasional surfboarders or swimmers in the water—about growing up in Palestine, in a house next to the ocean, where as kids she and her nine siblings swam daily, it sounds like.

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Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art ongoing series. One by photographer and videographer Dor Guez, about “minority within a minority” status in Israel. The other by the collaborative team of Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi, about I’m not sure what, not even sure where. The Dor Guez project consists of three interconnected-narrative videos and some blow-ups of photos that figure in the narrative. The second and central of the three videos is entitled 40 Days, reference to an Eastern Orthodox Catholic belief that the soul of a deceased person wanders the earth for 40 days before it ascends to its heavenly reward, wherefore special church and graveside memorial services are conducted for the deceased person on the 40 days occasion. The deceased person in question in this case is the artist’s grandfather, about whom we will learn a little more in the third video.

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1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts (1045 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, 716-228-1855, photographics2.com/store/welcome-to-our-studio-1045-gallery-store): Ginny O’Brien: paintings and sculpture. Thu & Fri 11-6, Sat 11-4 and by appointment. Albright-Knox Art Gallery  (1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, 882-8700,  albrightknox.org): Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe,  on view through Jan 28.  Out of Sight! Art of the Senses, on view through -Jan 28. Picturing Niagara, paintings by Stephen Hannock, on view through Mar 25.  Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, open late First Fridays (free) until 10pm.   Anna Kaplan Contemporary (1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213, 604-6183,  annakaplancontemporary.art)Fictions, Julian Montague.  On view through Dec 16. Gallery Hours, Friday 12-

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7pm, Sat 12:30-4 or by appointment. Art Dialogue Gallery (5 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 wnyag.com): Paintings by Robert Glisson. On view through Jan 26. Tue-Fri 11am5pm, Sat 11am-3pm.  Artists Group Gallery (Western New York Artists Group) (1 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209, 716885-2251, wnyag.com): 26th Annual Juried Regional Artist Exhibit. On view through Nov 10. Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm. Argus Gallery (1896 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207) By appointment only. A collaboration with Arts Work for Autism Services Inc.  The Argus Gallery presents,  HEY LOOK: paintings by Daniel Maysonet and Jim Bilger. Opening reception  Fri, Dec  8, 6-9pm.  On view  Dec 8Jan 12, 2018. Betty’s Restaurant (370 Virginia Street, Buffalo, NY 14201, 362-0633, bettysbuffalo.com): Landscape, works by Dana Hatchett. Tue-Thu, 8am9pm, Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am2pm. Benjaman Gallery (419 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo,

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NY 14222, thebenjamangallery.com): Thu-Sat 11am-5pm. Works from the collection. Big Orbit (30d Essex Street, Buffalo, NY 14222, cepagallery.org/about-big-orbit): Ian DeBeer and Craig Sheperd: In a Better Place. FriSun 12-6pm. BOX  Gallery  (Buffalo Niagara Hostel, 667 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203):  Altars of ERIE,  an installation and sound piece by Lara Buckley. Through Jan 31. Every day 4-10pm.  Buffalo Arts Studio (Tri Main Building 5th Floor, 2495  Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, 8334450,  buffaloartsstudio.org): Annual Resident Artist Exhibition & Sale. On view through Dec 22.  Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Fourth Fridays till 8pm.  Buffalo Big Print (78 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, 884-1777,  buffalobigprint. com):  Burned, pottery and sculpture from the Chautauqua Area Potters & Friends, curated by Marv Bjurlin. On view through Dec 31. MonFri 9am-5:30pm. Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (1221 Main

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Street, Buffalo, NY 14209, 259-1680, buffaloartstechcenter.org): BCAT High School Student Showcase:  fine arts projects and photography created in BCAT’s Afterschool Arts Program.  Videos will be also be featured by students enrolled in the Buffalo Youth Media Institute (BYMI), a program that partners with Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center. MonFri 10am-3pm. Buffalo & Erie County Central Library  (1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, 858-8900, buffalolib.org):  Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City & WWI,100th Anniversary of America’s Entry into WWI, on second floor.  Mon-Sat 8:30am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm.Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Fourth Fridays till 8pm. Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, 878-6011, burchfieldpenney.org): Divine Messengers, work by Craig LaRotonda, through Jan 28.  Wright, Roycroft, Stickley and Roehlfs: Defining the Buffalo Arts and Crafts Aesthetic, through November 26. A Dream World of the Imagination, works by Charles Burchfield, through Nov 26. Art in


GALLERIES ART Craft Media, through Jan 28. 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm.  Admission $5-$10, children 10 and under free. Caffeology Buffalo (23 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY, 14201): dream of rain, new works by Emma Percy.  Carnegie Art Center (240 Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, carnegieartcenter.org): Surfacing, work by Karen Lee Lewis. Thu 6-9pm & Sat 12-3pm. The Cass Project  (500 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14204, thecassproject.org): The Blues of Collaboration,  Team Razor Wire (TRW), Nick Miller & Christopher Kameck. Opening reception Thu, Dec 7, 5-7pm. On view through January 2018. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.  Castellani Art Museum  (5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY 14109, 286-8200,  castellaniartmuseum.org): Western New York Collects: Nancy Dwyer, on view through Feb 4. Mark Snyder: Muscle & Bone, on view through Jan 21. Dana Tyrell: Blue, on view through Jan 21.  Painting Niagara, Thomas Kegler, on view through Jan 21. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. CEPA (617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, 8562717,  cepagallery.org): Place Relations:  Dor Guez. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm. Dana Tillou Fine Arts (1478 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216, 716-854-5285, danatilloufinearts. com): Contemporary collection including Hans Moller, Edith Geiger, Lee Adler, Claire Burch, and more on view through Nov 30. Wed-Fri 10:30am-5pm, Sat 10:30am-4pm. Daemen College, Tower Gallery of the Haberman Gacioch Art Center (Daemen College Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226, 839-8241): Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Show. Mon-Fri 9-5pm. Dolce Valvo Art Center (NCCC 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn 14132, 614-5975): Student Show. Opening November 30. Eleven Twenty Projects  (1120 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209, 882-8100, eleventwentyprojects. com):  Ground, Sarah Myers. On view through Jan 5. Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, or by appointment.  El Museo  (91 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, 464-4692,  elmuseobuffalo.org): Incivility: A Visual Response. Group show. Wed-Sat 12-6pm.  Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery (1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224, 675-0204,  etjgallery.com):  The Artist & Their Subjects  plus holiday market.  On view through Dec 30. TueFri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm. GO ART! (201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020):  Cabal and Zen by Jim Burns on view through Feb  3. Thu-Fri  11am-7pm,  Sat  11am4pm, Second Sun 11am-2pm. Hallwalls  (341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202, 854-1694, hallwalls.org): Laylah Ali: The Acephalous Series, through Dec 22. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-2pm. Indigo Art Gallery  (47 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, 984-9572, indigoartbuffalo.com): Home, A Celebration, through Dec 17.  Wed & Fri 126pm, Thu 12-7pm, Sat 12-3pm, and by appointment Sundays and Mondays. Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo Bunis Family Art Gallery (2640 N Forest Road, Benderson Family Building, Amherst, NY 14068, 6884033, jccbuffalo.org): Wash and Dust, paintings by George Grace and Nancy Mariani, on view through Dec  29. Mon-Thu 5:30am-10pm, Fri 5:30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. Karpeles Manuscript Library (North Hall) (220 North St., Buffalo, NY 14201): The Young Abraham Lincoln, the drawings of Lloyd Ostendorf. Tue-Sun 11am-4pm.   Karpeles Manuscript Museum (Porter Hall) (453 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201):  Maps of the United States. Tue-Sun 11am-4pm.  Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY 14094, 433-2617,  kenancenter. org): Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Fall Members’ Watermedia Exhibition. Through Nov 12. Mon-Fri 12-5pm & Sun 2-5pm. Meibohm Fine Arts (478 Main Street, East Aurora, NY 14052, 652-0940,  meibohmfinearts.com): A Witness to Watercolor: Robert Blair, on view through Dec 30. Tue-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm. Main Street Gallery (515 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203): Work by Katherine Tussing. On view through Nov 27.  Niagara Arts and Cultural Center—Townsend Gallery  (1201 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14301, 282-7530,  thenacc.org): Faces  of  Western New York: Portraits from the Gerald Mead Collection, on view through Nov 26. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 12-4pm. Nina Freudenheim Gallery  (140 North Street, Lenox Hotel, Buffalo, NY 14201, 8825777,  ninafreudenheimgallery.com):  Path, Allyson Strafella, on view through Nov 28. Tue-

Fri 10am–5pm. Norberg’s Art & Frame Shop (37 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052, 716-652-3270,  norbergsartandframe.com): Regional artists from the gallery collection. Tue-Sat 10am–5pm. Parables Gallery & Gifts (1027 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY,  parablesgalleryandgifts.com): The Gift of Art: a group showing of local artists. Opening reception Dec 1, 7-9pm. On view through Dec 30.  Wed-Fri, 12-7pm (until 9pm on first Fridays), Sat & Sun 12-5pm. Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth Street, Buffalo, NY 14201, 697-9069 pausaarthouse.com): ThuSat by event. Pine Apple Company  (224 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201, 716-275-3648,  squareup.com/store/ pine-apple-company) Wed & Thu 11am-6pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Project 308 Gallery (308 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, 523-0068, project308gallery.com): Tue & Thu 7-9pm and by appointment. Focusing Fitness: Game Identity Design, work by Sebastian Errigo, and Andrea Scott’s Lucid Dreaming: Photo Manipulations. Opening reception Sat, Dec 9, 6-9pm. On view through Dec 13.  Queen City Gallery  (617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, 868-8183,  queencitygallery.tripod. com):  Neil Mahar, David Pierro, Candace Keegan, Chris McGee, Tim Raymond, Eileen Pleasure, Eric Evinczik, Barbara Crocker, Thomas Bittner, Susan Liebel, Barbara Lynch Johnt, Steve Siegel, John Farallo,  William Graebner, Michael Mulley.  First  Friday extended hours. Tue-Fri 11am-4pm and by appointment.  Revolution Gallery  (1419 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216, revolutionartgallery.com): One Year Anniversary Bash: Dark Celebration including Doom Folktales, work by Joe Vollan plus the artwork of 20 other artists. Thu 12-6pm, Fri and Sat 12-8pm.  River Gallery and Gifts (83 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, 14051, riverartgalleryandgifts. com): Wed-Fri 11am-4pm Sat 11am- 5pm. Ró Home Shop  (732 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, 240-9387, rohomeshop.com): Work by Catherine Willett. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm, closed Mondays. Sisti Gallery (6535 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton, NY 14094, 465-9138): Honoring Watercolor, works by Rita Argen Auerbach and Charles E. Burchfield. Fri 6-9, Sat & Sun 11-2pm. Sports Focus Physical Therapy (531 Virginia Street, Buffalo, NY, 14202, 332-4838,  sportsfocuspt. com): Niagara Nature, photography by James Johnston. On view through Nov 28.  Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, 6-9pm on first Fridays.  Squeaky Wheel  (617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203,  squeaky.org): Angela Washko | The Game: The Game 2.0, on view through Dec 9. Tue-Sat, 12pm-5pm.  Stangler Fine Art (6429 West Quaker Street, Orchard Park, NY 14127, 870-1129, stanglerart. com): Gallery Artists featuring the work of Bryan Hopkins, Linda Lucas & Kathleen McDonell. On view through Jan 1. Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm. Closed Sundays. Starlight Studio and Art Gallery (340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202,  starlightstudio.org): Annual Holiday Open House. Sat Dec 2, 1-4pm. Mon-Fri 9-4pm. Sugar City  (1239 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213, buffalosugarcity.org): Feline Frolic: Event Rebranding by Sarah Costello. On view through Nov 25. Open by event and on Fri 5:30-7:30.  UB Anderson Gallery  (1 Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo, NY 14214, 829-3754,  ubartgalleries. org): Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Jouneys 1967-2017. Cravens World: The Human Aesthetic, a permanent display.  Wed-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm.  UB Art Galleries  (North Campus) (201 Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, 14260, 645-6913, ubartgalleries.org):  Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017. On view through Dec 31.  Screen Projects: Antonia Wright, on view through Oct 8. Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 1-5pm. Villa Maria College Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery (240 Pine Ridge Terrace, Cheektowaga, NY 14225, 961-1833): Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am5pm. Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, 348-1430, wnybookarts.org):  Power Animal, solo show from Brian Hensen. On view through Dec 8. Artist talk and workshop Sat Dec 2, 12-2pm (visit website to register). Wed-Sat 12-6pm. 

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NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY by Muhammad Zaman, created specially for the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Stay Gold 50th anniversary community art party this Friday, December 8, 5:30-11pm. Free and open to the public. Read more at dailypublic.com.


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THURSDAY DECEMBER 7 Rally for Net Neutrality 4pm Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park

[RALLY] The regulation which keeps internet services relatively free of corporate influence is under serious threat by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission, headed by Buffalo-born Ajit Pai. The peel-back of the consumer-friendly regulation in favor of corporate profits would endanger the free, open, and frankly democratic internet we have now. A Buffalo Rally for Net Neutrality will be held on Thursday, December 7 at 4pm in Delaware Park, near Hoyt Lake, assembling at 4:30pm by the David statue, and departing for a march to a Verizon store on Delaware Avenue. -AL

Hatebreed 6pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. $25-$29

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Recommended if you like: Beatles, 13th Floor Eleveators, Steppenwolf

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Last Friday, Buffalo garage rock band Deadwolf released a full-length album titled Heavy Heart. The album, recorded at Afterglow Studios, is 14 tracks of heavily 1960s-influenced psychedelic rock music. Sunny guitars, fuzzed-out harmonic vocals, and tambourine heavy percussion characterize many of the album’s retro-tinged tracks. Highlights include the more driving, bad-tripinspired “Paranoia Daydream,” the dreamy, groove of “Afterglow” and the album’s title track and first single, a psychedelic rock track that draws inspiration from the Beatles, 13th Floor Elevators, and other psychpop bands.

[HOLIDAYS] For a small street with a ton of history that was all but left for dead in the 1980s, Grant

[HARDCORE] This year marks the 20th anniversary of metalcore band Hatebreed’s debut album, Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire, and the 15th anniversary of their followup, Perseverance. Formed in Connecticut in 1994, the band’s only remaining original members are lyricist and vocalist Jamey Jasta and bass guitarist Chris Beattie, but their lineup has stayed consistent for at least the last decade, which has been a pretty fruitful for the band, who released their seventh studio album, Concrete Confessional, last year. Hatebreed brings their anniversary tour to Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on Thursday, December 7. -CP

Street still conjures up many associations, positive and negative, historical and actual for the people

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7pm Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. $29

farther west than La Nova. What it is, and what the July's Taste of Diversity and December's Peace, Love & Grant Street try to celebrate, is a lovely stretch of small businesses that cuts through one of the most diverse ZIP codes in the state outside of New York City. Between Ferry and Bird, there are two used bookstores (Rust Belt Books, West Side Stories), an incomparable ethnic prepared food market (West Side Bazaar), a homegrown tavern (Gypsy Parlor), a lovely café (Sweetness 7), a subculture-making skateboard shop (Sunday), and a bunch of other shops and great people. So this Thursday, December 7, 4-8pm, get a taste of life on the ever-changing Grant Street. There'll be a vendor market in the new-build at Potomac and music outside and in between there and Gypsy Parlor, and a petting zoo (with donkeys) for the kiddos in a nearby vacant lot. After 8pm, the party continues with Christmas karaoke and free appetizers in Gypsy Parlor. -AARON LOWINGER

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[HOLIDAY] This isn’t your typical Horton show. This is the Horton’s Holiday Hayride, a roots-rockabilly Christmas spectacle featuring the one and only Reverend Horton Heat. The psychobilly-superstar brings his holiday show, complete with support from Arizona-based surfy, honky-tonk act Junior Brown, to the Tralf Music Hall on Thursday, December 7. -TPS

Floodwood 8pm Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. $15

[JAM] Central New York-based jammy folk band Floodwood return to Buffalo for a show at Buffalo Ironworks on Thursday, December 7. Featuring Vinnie Amico of moe. on the drums, the three-piece band jams hard on bluegrass, country, rock, and jazz-inspired sounds during their entertaining live shows. PA Line opens the show. -TPS

FRIDAY DECEMBER 8 Simple Plan 6pm Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. $29.50-$35

[POP PUNK] Emo haircuts may have faded from the mainstream, but Simple Plan still remain, 18 years later. This year, the Quebecbased band, led by vocalist Pierre Bouvier, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut record, the quintessential pop punk album, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. The album, which features Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, became a pop-punk staple when it was released in 2002. In celebration of the double platinum record, the band has embarked on a tour that will bring them to the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls for a show this Friday, December 8. -TPS

BASHA Party Time ep Recommended if you like: DJ Earl, DJ Manny, Young Smoke This week, Buffalo-based producer Basha released a new EP titled Party

Time. The three-track EP is the fourth release in the producer’s SOS EP series. Full of relentless footwork beats, melodic vocal samples, and massive synth bass lines, the record is a throwback to ravey jungle while simultaneously leaning forward with futuristic compositions and ultra finely tuned mixing.

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COLD WAVE AT THE CAT CAVE FEATURING NOIR FRIDAY DECEMBER 8 8PM / MOHAWK PLACE, 47 E MOHAWK ST. / $8 [GOTH] To celebrate their two-year anniversary, the Cold Wave at the Cat Wave folks are shipping

in the New York City-based darkwave band NØIR to headline the show at Mohawk Place on Friday, December 8. Lead by Athan Maroulis, the industrial electro group released their latest EP, Reburning, in October on the Philadelphia-based label Metropolis Records. As usual, expect some synthy, dark underground music from the last 30 years or so from DJs Collin Gabriel and Nicholas Reid late into the night. There’ll also be a relatively large artist market setup, as well as some vegan treats. -CORY PERLA

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9PM / DUKE’S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR, 253 ALLEN ST [HIP HOP] Any in-the-know hip hop fan would rank New York City-based

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Next Friday on Peach, we’ll feature two poems by Jay Ritchie, former assistant editor at Metatron Press, MFA candidate at UMass-Amherst, and author of Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie, out recently with Coach House Books. Ritchie’s poems are notoriously clever, poignant, and charming. In some of the last lines of his poem, “The last abattoir shut down last year,” he explains why he is a writer: “I want to siphon love / when I am in excess of love / to other people, & that / is why I write poetry.” Jay Ritchie will be making a stop in Buffalo on Friday, December 15, to read at our Blue Christmas holiday party, which will be held at Free Agent (704 Main Street) at 7pm. Get your tickets early at our website for a 50 percent discount!

grooving style to an album that permeated hip hop for years afterward. The next year, in 1994, he contributed four tracks to Nas’s seminal album, Illmatic, alongside producers like Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and DJ Premier. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Large Professor is one of the most influential hip hop producers of all time. The legendary producer and turntablist returns to Buffalo for a special show at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar this Friday, December 8 with support from DJ Milk and Neek the Exotic. -CORY PERLA

ILLENIUM SUNDAY DECEMBER 10

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7PM / BUFFALO RIVERWORKS, 359 GANSON ST. / $25-$30 [ELECTRONIC/DANCE] Bass music producer Illenium is relatively new to

the scene, having dropped his debut studio album, Ashes, in early 2016. The producer has gained a pretty massive following in only the last few

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music. Hailing from Denver by way of San Francisco, Illenium, real name Nick Miller, unleashes a complex live set that combines mixing

New Directions, 283 pages Originally released in German in 2015, this translation of Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck couldn’t have been released at a more relevant time given our current political atmosphere and refugee crisis. The novel opens by describing a retired professor, Richard, who lives in Berlin and has recently lost his wife. The narrator describes all the things Richard can do with his newfound freedom; he now has time to travel and read the books and listen to the music that he has always wanted read and listen to. Instead, Richard witnesses a group of African refugees and becomes enthralled in their often heartbreaking stories. Erpenbeck’s prose is beautifully unsettling from the very first line: “Perhaps many more years still lie before him, or perhaps only a few.”

IN PRINT: Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata Simon and Schuster, 288 pages In the beautifully designed graphic novel, Mis(h)adra, intersectional comics artist and writer Iasmin Omar Ata describes the day-to-day struggles with epilepsy of their protagonist, Isaac. Illustrated in gorgeous shades of yellows, pinks, and blues, Mis(h)adra depicts the isolation and loneliness suffered by a person with what is often an invisible illness and which very few people actually understand. In this stunning book, from trying to navigate an episode catalyzed by a party outside of his apartment to dealing with his family’s disbelief of his condition, Isaac shares every moment.

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and live instrumentation in a wholly mesmerizing way. Unlike many of his contemporaries in the bass music and dubstep scenes, Illenium seems to take an emotional approach to his music rather than a strictly partytime-excellent approach, although his sets most definitely still maintain a party atmosphere. For a quick and dirty introduction, check out his remix of the Chainsmoker’s “Don’t Let Me Down,” which has racked up tens of millions of plays. Illenium brings his Awake Tour to Buffalo Riverworks for a show with support from Said the Sky on Sunday, December 10, presented by MNM presents. - CORY PERLA

Headstones 7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. $32-$36

[ROCK] Canadian alt-rock band Headstones make a return to Buffalo for a show at the Town Ballroom on Friday, December 8. The band, which formed in Kingston, Ontario in 1987 plays a raw, punk-inspired brand of grungy rock and roll exemplified on albums like their 1993 debut, Picture of Health. In 2003, the band went on hiatus, and after almost a decade reunited. Since then, the band has released four studio albums, including this year’s Little Army. -CP

The Ed Croft Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 JoAnn's Classical Christmas 8pm Kleinhan’s Music Hall, 1 Symphony Circle $36-$86

[CLASSICAL] The ever-scintillating JoAnn Falletta conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Soprano Aundi Moore, in a program of classical favorites to celebrate the season. BPO Principal Cellist Roman Mekinulov and his son Benjamin will perform a Vivaldi duet. Kleinhan's is a Toys for Tots drop-off location; bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need if you're feeling extra generous. Jauchzet, frohlocket! -DC

8pm Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. $5-$7

[JAZZ] There’s a universal consensus that A Charlie Brown Christmas is the best Christmas album of all time. That’s simply a fact. Now, Buffalo jazz band the Ed Croft Trio will recreate that magical holiday album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio at a special show at Pausa Art House this Saturday, December 8. -TPS

Tough Age, Uniform (OPR), Little Summer, and Slinky X

Humble Braggers, Kopps, Ugly Sun, and The Demos 9pm Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. $8

[INDIE] The hidden indie-rock gem of a show you’re looking for this weekend is happening this Saturday, December 9 at Nietzsche’s. Yace Booking has a lineup of four solid indie rock bands that range from electronic-tinged to garage rock and powerpop. Synth pop band Humble Braggers, Rochester-based

7pm Electric Avenue, 300 Ellicott St

[ROCK] A solid lineup of underground punk and rock-and-roll bands are lined up for a gig at Electric Avenue this Friday, December 8. Catch Toronto-based rock band Tough Age, and Buffalo’s Uniform (OPR), Little Summer, and Slinky x for this “important punk gig.” -TPS

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experimental pop band Kopps, garage rock band Ugly Sun, and indie rockers the Demos make for a powerful lineup you won’t want to miss this weekend. -CP

Pyramid Ugly Sweater Taco Party 9:30pm Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St. $5

[TECHNO] Ugly-up that Christmas sweater, because you’ll need it for the next edition of Pyramid, the monthly techno at the Gypsy Parlor. This time around DJs Kyle Moody, C h a r l i e Abbott, and Nate Howell b2b Chad Lock will lock down the dance floor with a hypnotic flow of techno and tech house sounds while decked out in their ugliest, tackiest holiday sweaters. If you don’t have one, get to work finding one and make sure it’s a sweater you won’t mind getting covered in taco sauce. That’s because the Gypsy Parlor is serving up free tacos until midnight. Techno, ugly Christmas sweaters, and tacos; dreams do come true. Check it out Saturday, December 9. Ugliest sweater wearer: Be prepared for an onslaught of free P high-fives late into the night. -CP

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SPOTLIGHT LIVING accounts of the 1%. Trust me: our local guy Joe is a humble businessman. Heating with wood is cheap. Seriously cheap. I can’t generalize, because every home is different, but our current annual heating expenses are less than we’ve paid monthly on other fuel types. And wood prices don’t fluctuate. Damn that USfunded war in Whateverastan that caused your heating bills to suddenly double, or that stealthy legislation that skyrocketed every New Yorker’s electric bill without notice a few years ago. Joe’s prices, in stark contrast, never spike.

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shopping mall, a three-year-old wearing a virtual reality helmet, a real-time in-ear language translator, synthesized meat. All of that is real today. Now picture Norway’s government giving a cast-iron wood burning stove manufacturer financial support to develop a clean-burning unit capable of helping the nation eradicate its fossil fuel consumption. These are two very different visions for the future of technology: the former completely novel and optimistic about human ingenuity; the latter improving on age-old tech with a suspicious eye toward our futuristic endeavors. Somewhat unexpectedly, these two essentially different versions of the future are breezily compatible (at least until the robots take over). I regularly listen to a real-time news broadcast that’s travelled via satellite down to a local cable service, then across our home’s wireless network to a supercomputer in my flannel-shirt pocket, all while wielding my axe in battle against a gnarly maple log. No cognitive dissonance whatsoever. What is confusing about this scenario, however, is that I find the orbiting digital communications network a mundane while chopping wood feels special. I believe this has to do with the intangibility of our digital networks and the ultra-real sensations of trying to pry apart a sugar maple. Also, everyone has a smartphone streaming endless bit of this-nthat, but not everyone heats with wood—or stacks five cords in a woodshed they built themselves, or owns a passive, non-catalytic, dual-combustion, particulate-reducing, Jøtul wood burning stove.

combustion and convert it to heat. There are three major benefits to this second combustion: 1) it reduces pollution by a huge margin, bringing wood stoves within Norway’s ultra-strict emissions standards; 2) it makes the most of your wood-stash, significantly slowing down annual consumption; 3) the second combustion creates mesmerizingly beautiful ghost-flames in the top of the stove—more relaxing than gazing at a fish tank, I swear. I’ll also add that achieving a clean burn, as an everyday goal, gets you thinking about both your wood quality and your burn technique, driving your clean-burn skills upward fire by fire. But you’re burning trees, dude! I know, I know. It’s hard to get our heads around the idea that cutting and burning oxygen-producing trees can be even remotely environmentally sound. Historically, this is true. England, for example, totally destroyed vast forests heating and polluting London over the centuries (yeah, the mayor’s ban feels a few hundred years late). But it’s also true that humans heated with wood (and some bits of surface coal) for millennia prior to mechanized mining of fossil fuels. Here’s a short history of human heating: humans figure out how to control fire; wood is abundant and burns controllably; wood burning evolves along with our species; suddenly we start mining and burning fossil fuels; as a result, we now face climate change and scratch our heads about the whole heating/energy endeavor.

I’m kind of obsessed with our Jøtul stove. Mostly it’s just a pleasure to use, but in the back of my mind I am aware of its contribution to environmental recovery and sustainability. Though it’s the daily joys that keep people using them, for many it’s the environmental benefits that inspire initial adoption of wood burning stoves.

So let’s look at wood burning in the present. When managed properly, heating with wood can approach carbon neutrality. Assuming a reasonably sized home with robust insulation, as little as an acre of birch forest can keep that house warm incessantly and cleanly. It will require smart burning and intelligent tree cutting (coppicing is the technique, if you’re feeling Googley). Of course, not everyone has an acre of birch woods or the inclination to manage, cut, and stack that supply (though it’s a common thing for Norwegian retirees to take up). The solution is to purchase wood, and my household has managed to keep the source and delivery radius under two miles. It feels really good to pay cash to a neighbor for a year’s worth of locally-grown, renewable heating fuel.

Let’s first dispel the latest arm-chair environmentalist cause: wood fire fine particulate emissions. Indeed, burning open fires at home is both a heat-suck (literally up the chimney) and a considerable pollutant. It’s bad enough that London’s mayor proposed a ban on wood fires in September 2017. This is where that Norwegian non-catalytic, dual-combustion technology comes in. Simply put, these stoves burn smoke (left over fine wood particles) during the second

Those living in city centers will have a wider wood-source radius, but when you compare it to the elaborate processes involved in delivering oil, propane, natural gas (need I mention fracking?), and electricity, heating with local-cut wood seems downright judicious. Not to mention that you’re ditching the middleman, corporations, pro fossilfuel lobbyists, the Koch brothers, and whatever else goes into producing the various heating fuels that are overstuffing the offshore bank

I don’t have enough faith in human nature to expect our species to choose wood burning because it will save our environment and ultimately ourselves. This is where the sheer pleasure and beauty of burning wood serves as the primary motive to take it up. I don’t know a single person—or a dog or a cat, for that matter— who doesn’t love to sit next to a fire. It’s deeply engrained in us, I would think even at the genetic level (there’s a legit argument to be made there). Heating with wood is inherently luxurious; it turns every day into a special, hearth-centered occasion. It’s so universally comforting, relaxing, cozy, fun, beautiful, and spell-binding that I can just end this paragraph because I’m confident that you and your pets already agree. What folks might not realize about being around a fire is that it has health benefits. It’s a known stress and blood-pressure reducer, and it also brings all the house’s species together in a small area, promoting healthy stuff like reading, talking, and just being together. The recent leap in popularity of the Danish concept of hygee (roughly, coziness) is a testament to how much we crave cozy sensations and their benefits today. Hygee is about slowing down, being present, nowness—all of this stuff drives multi-billion dollar industries, from yoga to meditation and so on, but we get it simply by heating our house. I can’t tell you how many friends have sat by our Jøtul and wondered why they don’t heat with wood. A couple of them have since started. So let’s talk installation. In most locales, building department requirements for wood burning stoves are pretty mellow. It needs to be properly vented, of course, and a six-inch stainless steel pipe through a pre-existing chimney is totally acceptable, as are many newly routed pipes through ceilings or walls. You need a hearth of some kind, which protects the floor and surrounding walls, and these can be wonderful opportunities for beautiful stonework, or much simpler installations into a fireplace (we just laid some bluestone slabs into our fireplace and were within compliance instantly). An expert installer is probably the best route, but we were able to do ours ourselves (minus my chickening out on the 40-foot ladder climb after my father called to express his concern about my track record as a risk-taker). For those bummed to lose their open fireplace (and remember, it pollutes pretty badly and heats negatively), you can simply open the door of your stove and set a screen in place. We’ve done this on those first cool August nights, as our anticipation of Fall’s coziness takes over. There are many brands out there, but I’d strongly recommend seeking out a Jøtul. They’ve been imported from Norway into Maine for decades, but only recently began to be assembled up there. This is not to say that another brand isn’t going to be solid, but I can personally attest that Jøtul has consistently improved their passive, dualcombustion technology, casting, and enamel finishes to the point of near perfection. Jøtul’s distribution chain is ever-widening, so you’ll likely find a dealer in your area. They can recommend an installer for you. I can imagine a robot chopping wood, but I don’t like what I see. As long as we carbonbased lifeforms with our narrow ambient temperature tolerances are around, I think wood burning will remain both an anachronistic and a forward-looking way to heat our dwellings. And while all these arguments in favor of wood burning will undergird one’s choice to do so, it is going to be the sheer luxury, joy, and health of it that will keep your home fires lit all winter long. From watches to whisky, Allen Farmelo’s writing celebrates luxury as a pathway to health, sustainability, and joy. He lives in a one-room schoolhouse in the Hudson Valley with two big orange cats. Learn more at  allenfarmelo.com  P and body-buzz.com.

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FILM REVIEW accomplished one since Andy Kaufman started performing in public as Tony Clifton. When I interviewed Wiseau a few years back as he was touring the country with The Room, he was clearly playing a character based on what he figured audiences expected from the character he played in his film. (Here’s a thought that started to take over my brain during a lull in The Disaster Artist: Was I watching James Franco playing Tommy Wiseau, or James Franco playing Tommy Wiseau playing Tommy Wiseau? Or perhaps even James Franco playing James Franco playing Tommy Wiseau playing Tommy Wiseau?) Wiseau has managed to keep his past a secret; he is supposedly of Polish origin, but half of my family is Polish, and none of them ever sounded like him. And where did he get the money for a vanity production that is plausibly estimated to have cost $6 million?

James Franco in The Disaster Artist.

TOMMY, WE HARDLY KNOW YE THE DISASTER ARTIST BY M. FAUST IT TOOK 35 YEARS after the release of Plan 9 From Outer Space,

generally considered the best bad movie of all time, and its transvestite creator Edward D. Wood. Jr. to attain Hollywood apotheosis with Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. By contrast, it only took 14 years for The Room, the Plan 9 of the new millennium, and its oddball auteur Tommy Wiseau, to become the subject of a mainstream biopic.

If you’ve never seen The Room, it’s not easy to synopsize, at least partly because it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Writing about it when it first started to play around the country after wowing Los Angeles audiences for a few years, I said, “This is a movie that wants to be a Tennessee Williams play when it grows up,

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OPENING THIS WEEK THE DISASTER ARTIST—James Franco directed and stars as Tommy Wiseau in this fictionalized look at the making of Wiseau’s so-bad-it’s-good movie The Room. With Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron, and Megan Mullally. Reviewed this issue. AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria JANE—Philip Glass scored this documentary about the personal and professional life of chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, which features previously unseen footage from the National Geographic. Directed by Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck). Dipson Eastern Hills JUST GETTING STARTED—Codger comedy starring Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman as retirees, once on opposite sides of the law, who join forced to battle a mob threat. With Rene Russo, Glenne Headly, Joe Pantoliano, and Elizabeth Ashley. Directed by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham). Area theaters

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except someone dropped it on its head when it was young and it hasn’t been right ever since.” But then, if you’ve never seen The Room, I can’t imagine that you’re going to be too interested in seeing The Disaster Artist. I guess fans of the ongoing performance art piece known as James Franco may be interested, though if they’ve never seen the real Tommy Wiseau they’re likely to think that Franco’s performance is way over the top. It’s not—that’s really the way Wiseau looks, talks, and acts. The real question is, is Tommy Wiseau actually an ongoing performance art piece? I’ve never been able to overcome the suspicion that Mr. Wiseau and his film are a put-on, albeit the most

movie that has little to do with the Jack London story whose name it bears. Unusually for the time, much of the film was shot on location in the snowy mountains of Washington state; stuff like that is how director William A. Wellman got the nickname “Wild Bill.” With Loretta Young, Jack Oakie, Reginald Owen, and Katherine DeMille. Fri 7:30pm. Old Chestnut Film Society, Phillip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Avenue, oldchestnut. com. CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945)— Barbara Stanwyck (and what more reason do you need to see a movie?) as a Manhattan journalist who has been writing a Martha Stewart-ish column out of her cramped apartment, forced to back up her lie when her publisher wants her to entertain a returning soldier with a traditional holiday at her country house. Minor but very likeable Christmas comedy featuring Dennis Morgan, Reginald Gardiner, S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, and Sydney Greenstreet in a rare non-villainous role. Directed by Peter Godfrey (The Two Mrs. Carrolls). Sat-Sun 11:30am. North Park GREMLINS (1984)—Joe Dante’s gleefully nasty fantasy comedy, or at least so it seemed when it caused such a furor (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) that it led to the institution of the PG-13 rating; nowadays you’d have trouble picking out what everyone got so upset about. (Probably the gruesome Christmas memory that Phoebe Cates’s character shares.) Starring Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Keye Luke, Polly Holliday, and a cast of vaguely familiar faces that only a film buff like Dante would think to cast. Stick around for the end credits to enjoy Jerry

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None of those questions are answered in The Disaster Artist, the best parts of which are recreations of Wiseau’s magnum opus (indeed, pretty much his only opus, aside from a documentary about the homeless that no one seems to have seen and a few episodes of a proposed TV series that no one should ever see.) They’re entertaining enough, but no substitute for the real thing. The joy of bad movies—unintentionally bad movies, not the smirky parodies that studios like Troma began grinding out in the 1980s—comes from the fact that they are for the most part painful to watch, tedious and dull. (It’s all but impossible to watch the sex scenes in The Room without reaching for the fast-forward button.) It’s when you can’t take it anymore that the giddiness and the giggling take over, and it’s that aspect that is lost when you try to condense a great bad movie into “just the good parts.” The Disaster Artist shares something else important with Ed Wood: Both are less interested in getting cheap laughs at their subjects than they are in paying tribute to characters who fought against substantial odds, not least of all their utter lack of talent, to get a movie made. Burton navigated that aspect better than Franco, whose film occasionally over the edge into unabashed sentimentality (I thought the musical score was an ironic joke.) I can’t fault Franco and his collaborators for feeling affection for Wiseau, who after all has given so much joy to so many people, if only by accident. And if they bring some new fans to Wiseau world, I guess they can be proud of themselves. AT DAILYPUBLIC.COM: Read M. Faust’s 2009 review of The

Room and his 2010 interview with director Tommy Wiseau.

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30 “Same Kind of Different As Me” actress Zellweger

6 Carmaker based in Munich 9 Former world power, for short

53 Amateur broadcaster’s equipment, once 55 Treat table salt, in a way

31 I strain? 32 “End of discussion” 33 Touchtone keypad button

13 It’s formed by small droplets and shows white rings (unlike its colorful rainy counterpart)

56 Sherlock Hemlock’s catchphrase on “Sesame Street”

15 “Go team!” cheer

57 Shady tree

35 BoJack of an animated Netflix series

16 Part of some organs

58 Grade that’s passing, but not by much

36 Lymphatic mass near a tonsil

17 As an example

59 1040 IDs

37 Some stuffed animals

18 Party table item

60 Go slaloming

20 Peace offering

61 Collect together

22 Dir. opposite of WSW 23 Get up (get on up!) 24 Lout 25 “Just a sec” 27 Homer Simpson exclamation 28 Scone topper 29 August, in Avignon 30 Frolicked

DOWN 2 “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper

45 Flight info, briefly

4 None of the ___ 5 Subdue, with “down” 6 “___ City” (Comedy Central series) 7 ‘Til Tuesday bassist/ singer Aimee

34 Kitchen gadgets that really shred

8 Question of choice

37 Faker than fake

9 Network merged into the CW in 2006

39 Bygone Italian money 40 According to 41 Marshawn Lynch and Emmitt Smith, e.g.

42 Ramona’s sister, in Beverly Cleary books 43 Put emphasis on

3 Monstrous, like Shrek

10 Sneaky way into a building

Right now, locally and nationally, the independent, alternative press is more important than ever.

41 Part of the eye with rods and cones

1 Be able to buy

33 Mary, Queen of ___

38 Gadget

34 Gossip sessions, slangily

Welcome to The Public, Partner.

46 Computer network terminals 47 “The Book of Henry” actress Watts 48 Make shadowy 51 Cereal partner 52 Home of Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans,” for short 54 Some city map lines, for short LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS

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11 Racecar mishaps 12 Feels contrite 14 Monitor-topping recorders

44 Latent

19 “What have we here?”

47 Reznor’s band, initially

21 Increased, with “up”

48 Pickled vegetable

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