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Q&A with SNL writer Anna Drezen

03/31/18 10:47am | By HARUKA KOSUGI

SNL writer Anna Drezen appreciates being called “funny,” but the former blogger turned SNL writer deserves distinction.

Drezen started the blog “How May We Hate You?” about her time as a hotel concierge and leveraged its success into a book and television sitcom pilot in development by ABC. She writes for popular television show “Saturday Night Live” and is the editor-at-large for the satirical feminist website, Reductress.

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A change of seasons: The Spectrum’s March Playlist

03/16/18 2:31pm | By BRIAN EVANS

While the cold weather may not want to let up, spring is on the horizon. With warmer weather comes a change of pace in every facet, from clothing to daily routines. Music is no different.

For the transition into spring, the editors at The Spectrum picked their favorite tracks for the change of climate.

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'Weird Al' gets original at CFA

03/15/18 2:35am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

After a night of deep cuts and non-singles, “Weird Al” Yankovic gave the Center for the Arts a taste of what makes him so weird.

When Yankovic’s band opened its stripped-down version of “Eat It,” the audience didn’t make too much noise.

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Buffalo artists bring Nina Simone’s music to life

03/13/18 5:40pm | By TANNER MCGOWN

An intense performance of “Strange Fruit” filled Albright-Knox with a sense of poignancy on Thursday night, as Drea d'Nur and Roostock Republic made Nina Simone’s music feel just as relevant as Simone herself did in the 1960s.

The musicians collaborated on March 8 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for the premiere of d'Nur and Juliette Jones’ latest production “Dear Nina: a Sonic Love Letter to Nina Simone”.

The performers covered some of Simone’s canonical works through vocals from d’Nur and a classically-trained six-piece string ensemble, Roostock Republic.

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Spring Awakening blossoms at Shea's 710

03/12/18 1:00am | By MADDY FOWLER

MusicalFare’s “Spring Awakening” takes place in 19th-century Germany, but it tells a story that rings true for modern audiences.

The energetic rock musical about teen sexuality takes place in the repressive Victorian-era rural Germany and earned the Tony award for Best Musical in 2007.

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'This ain’t no Mudd Club or C.B.G.B.': David Byrne plays at the CFA

03/07/18 1:44pm | By DAN MCKEON

After taking their bows following a lively performance of the Talking Heads’ “The Great Curve,” David Byrne and his backing musicians headed back on stage for one last number: Janelle Monáe’s 2015 protest song “Hell You Talmbout.”

The song lists the names of African-American men and women killed in acts of racial violence and was a powerfully stark and unexpected ending to a night that covered Byrne’s over-40 year career.

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Bass in yo’ face!

03/05/18 12:40am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

The world knew Casey Abrams was different when he stepped onto the “American Idol” Hollywood stage with an upright bass.

Through his journey on “American Idol” in 2011, Abrams came off as different and his journey through jazz and soul continues to separate him from his peers.

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English department launches global film minor

03/01/18 4:20am | By EMA MAKAS

This fall, the English department launched a global film minor for students interested in the arts and cinema, following long-existent strides in the area of film studies. The minor is not exclusive to students in the department and opens doors to anyone interested in the interconnectedness of film and global issues.

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Fowl play: Andrew Bird rocks the CFA

02/26/18 12:25pm | By DAN MCKEON , DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA , HANNAH STEIN

Andrew Bird did just about everything one can do with a violin on Saturday night. He bowed, strummed and plucked the strings, played it clean and distorted with pedals, and looped his own sound back to build on himself.

The genre-bending virtuoso made every note count.

Bird took the audience through the evolution of his music career that started when he was just four years old.

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