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Spectrum’s recap of 59th Grammy Awards

02/14/17 10:00am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET AND BRENTON J. BLANCHET

On a night full of fair performances, the Grammy Awards took a political turn toward when A Tribe Called Quest took a stand against President Donald Trump.

The hip-hop group, joined by Grammy-nominated singer Anderson.Paak, began their performance on Sunday night with a medley of classic hits. After a pleasant mixture of hip-hop, legendary rapper Busta Rhymes joined the performers with a mission to shut the show down.

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Grapevine: Your weekly collection of Buffalo’s sonic selections

02/12/17 9:49pm | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

V-Day is upon us. Whether you’re excited for the holiday, dreading it, or wholly disinterested will depend on your current relationship status and level of ironic detachment.

This week brings us not only the holiday some of us think we are too cool to observe – seriously you think you’re the first person to think say it’s just “too commercial?” Just buy her some dang flowers – but also a new lineup of events and concerts to enjoy.

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UB professor discusses Trump's presidency and the arts

02/12/17 9:45pm | By Max Kalnitz

UB professor David Schmid said it has been a long time since the U.S. had a president that “knows so little about the arts as Trump.”

President Donald Trump has threatened to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) completely since entering the Oval Office. Without these two agencies, funding for the arts in public institutions would be cut and students would have to pay for private art lessons.

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UB Center for the Arts exhibit speaks of death, dancehall

02/12/17 9:26pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Ebony G. Patterson uses glamorous accents such as glitter and sparkles to draw viewers into the ideas of gender and death.

Patterson, a Jamaican-born artist, created Dead Treez, an intricate exhibit that draws in viewers through lustrous, vivid hues. Patterson’s work opened on Thursday evening in the first floor wing of the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts. The exhibit’s artwork is inspired by Jamaican-style dancehalls.

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February movie guide

02/03/17 11:45am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

While the stars prepare to pat themselves on the back and write their acceptance speeches – where they’ll go on about their political agendas at this year’s ceremony – the actual film releases for the month are pretty bare.

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Albums to anticipate in 2017

01/14/17 12:33pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Last year was marked by acts like Frank Ocean and Radiohead thoughtfully exhibiting their dexterity through song. Now, 2017 is set to be packed with records by established and rising artists alike. Here’s a peek at what this year will offer.

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The Weeknd aims to dazzle

11/30/16 9:03pm | By ANDREW SAFE

Since his debut mixtape in 2011, Abel Tesfaye has created a place for himself among pop music’s most popular stars. The Weeknd has invariably watered down his unique style and replaced it with one more tailored for the radio along his journey to stardom. But that doesn’t mean this album isn’t unique.

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