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The best of both worlds

11/16/17 2:01am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

The UB Concert Band, led by music department Professor and Director Jon Nelson, joined the Genkin Philharmonic for their annual fall performance at Slee Hall. The two groups came together to present “A Young Person’s Guide to the 20th Century.”


Bill Murray enters new territory with 'New Worlds'

10/12/17 11:15am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

It's never “Groundhog Day” for actor and comedian Bill Murray.

When the legendary 67-year-old actor wakes up every day, he’s always doing something different.

He’s starred in films of different genres and worked with many types of creatives, so it was no surprise when he explored new territory at Kleinhans Music Hall Wednesday.


Coates’ 'We Were Eight Years in Power' examines Obama presidency, his own writing

10/12/17 1:41am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates draws parallels between the end of the Reconstruction era and the Obama administration right off the bat.

“We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” begins when Coates quotes South Carolina congressman Thomas Miller and his 1895 address to S.C.’s constitutional convention.

“We were eight years in power. ... We had reconstructed the State and placed it upon the road to prosperity,” Miller said.


Kelela forms a sonic forestry of breakups, makeups on “Take Me Apart”

10/12/17 1:33am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Forward-thinking dance music is a hard sound to achieve, especially for a 34-year-old singer who has yet to peak.

Kelela’s debut full-length project, “Take Me Apart,” makes the task look effortless.

The album pushes heavy futurism in the form of R&B. It’s the first big-time record since the singer’s mixtape “Cut 4 Me” in 2013. Four years later, she takes her past work’s basic elements and builds them up to skyscraper heights.


Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Marcus Yam returns to UB

10/08/17 11:56pm | By ALEX MOSKOWITZ , WANLY CHEN

Yam presented his collections in the Student Union Theater on Friday. His collection featured photos of California wildfires, mass shootings in America and the battles between the Iraqi forces and Islamic state. His work led him to win numerous awards, including an Emmy and two Pulitzer Prize-winning articles for breaking news reporting.


Best small art galleries in Buffalo

10/06/17 10:16am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

The Buffalo art scene is no joke. Galleries like the Albright-Knox and Burchfield-Penney host some of the best international and national artists around.

But there are smaller galleries in the city that are just as noteworthy as their large-scale counterparts.


If the kazoo fits

09/21/17 10:52am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

There’s a local buzz surrounding an American-made wind instrument.

In nearby Eden, New York, that buzz is heard from a kazoo.

The Original Kazoo Company, established over a century ago, is deeply engrained within history, and it shows through its museum, gift shop and currently operational factory.


“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” inspirits Buffalo

09/19/17 10:41am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Over 300 attendees took to Shea’s 710 Theatre on Thursday for the opening performance of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.” The play, which completed its Buffalo run on Sunday, delighted audience members with the fluctuating, entertaining relationship of widow Lily Harrison (Loretta Swit) and dance instructor Michael Minetti (David Engel).


Spectrum Q&A with UB artist-in-residence Rima Yamazaki

09/14/17 12:30pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

As part of UB’s Creative Arts Initiative, filmmaker Rima Yamazaki is residing at UB until Oct. 31.

Yamazaki, a Japanese-born and New York-based filmmaker, has been featured all around the world, with screenings in Brazil’s Move Cine Arte Film Festival and Rome’s MAXXI festival just this year alone.

The filmmaker, alongside professor Nicholas Bruscia, spoke at Hayes Hall on Wednesday after screening her film “Nakagin Capsule Tower: Japanese Metabolist Landmark on the Edge of Destruction.”

Before the screening, Yamazaki spoke with The Spectrum about her work and the film she’s producing in Buffalo.


Squeaky Wheel keeps on turning

09/11/17 9:54am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center was established in 1985 with the goal of innovation in media through three core concepts: exhibition, education and access to technology for all. Located at 617 Main St. in downtown Buffalo, Squeaky Wheel continues that legacy through their workshops, open equipment rental and multimedia art exhibitions.


"Get Me Out of My Head" reflects the mind's workings at El Museo

09/07/17 12:25am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

On Friday, over 30 people attended the opening and artist talk for “Get Me Out of My Head” at Allen Street’s El Museo. The reception made the already small venue a bit tighter as Harris, one of two featured artists in the exhibit, discussed his paintings. The exhibit also featured Von Voetsch, a UB alumnus, who tackled his battle with brain cancer in his work.