Buffalo BEAST - Buffalo's New Best Fiend

August 10 - 24, 2005
Issue #81

  ..Buffalo's Best Fiend
The BEAST 25 Most Loathsome Buffalonians
Queen City Loathing

Legislative Juice
Palmiero Charged for War Crimes
Matt Taibbi

Here Comes the Sun
But it's Not All Right
Alexander Zaitchik
A Mighty Wind
Green Power Threatens Corporations
Kit Smith

Tough All Over
Upstate Sucks; No One Cares

Shawn Ewald


Ohio Player
An Interview with Rep. Sherrod Brown
Matt Taibbi


Bush Names New Planet "Little Arbusto"
N Sorrentl


God Hates Boy Scouts
Scott Wagner

The BEAST Blog
Buffalo in Briefs
The Sports Blotter
The Week in Sports Crime
Page 3
Separated at Birth?
Kino Korner: Movies
[sic] - Letters
 Cover Page

Idiot Box
Perry Bible Fellowship
Bob the Angry Flower

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Death Disco Dead

It was recently announced that the Continental was closed for “an evaluation.” First, we have libraries closing, now The Continental. Maybe John Lydon was right, and there is “no future.”

Of course, The Continental is one of those Buffalo treasures, a beacon in a city where a gin mill can become a landmark if the cultural winds shift at the right time. If you remember when the Continental was a supper club, again, you’re probably too old to be reading this paper. For most, The Continental is known for its long history of taking chances on young fringe bands. Unfortunately, on most nights the bulk of the crowd was upstairs, dancing to the same old Tones on Tail or Skinny Puppy song they danced to last week, and watching themselves in the mirror.

The Continental was a destination. There was virtually nowhere else to go that was close or open. It was there long before the Chip Strip and it certainly looks it. Maybe it’s time for a major upgrade to that entire block now that the nearby parking ramp of the same vintage has been demolished. What would really suck is if The Continental closure turned out to be yet another pawn in the casino hot potato game. Not because the Goth kids would lose their mecca – they can probably find someplace they would consider to be cooler, if they haven’t done so already. Club Diablo on Washington St. seems to be the logical next meeting place for the wrist-slashing demographic.

More Buffalo in Briefs:
1. Reganomics
: Ned Regan's Control Board
2. Plan P: Pataki Positions for Pres
3. Read 'em & Weep: Closing Libraries
4. Informatic Underload: Bioinformatics Keeps its Distance

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