Bobby MacDonell attended a narcotics anonymous meeting.
The performer didn’t need help with an addiction; he went to prepare for the lead role in an upcoming musical.
MacDonell, a senior music theater major, is working hard to develop his characterization for the UB Theatre and Dance production of Green Day’s “American Idiot”musical.read more >>
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.read more >>
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.read more >>
Korey Green wants to open up a racial dialogue with his latest film “The Blackness Project.”
The film, slated for release later this year, takes a comprehensive look at the opinions and conversations of the black population in the United States.read more >>
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.read more >>
Martin and opener Erin Harkes performed their latest sets to a packed house Saturday evening at the Center for the Arts (CFA). The comedian performed as part of his latest stop on his ongoing “Let’s Get Awkward” tour.read more >>
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.read more >>
The Zodiaque Dance Company is an elite group, only accepting 28 of the 90 dance students at UB, according to program director Kerry Ring.read more >>
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.read more >>
The National Tour of “On Your Feet!” opened at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Sept. 22 and will play through Sept. 30. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2015, tells the story of Cuban-American musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan and how they overcame adversity and achieved success.read more >>
More than 100 people attended the opening of David Schirm’s “All The Glad Variety” on Friday, a survey of his work at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo.read more >>
The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival held its opening ceremony Wednesday night at the Four Seasons Cinema in Niagara Falls. The festival will showcase films over the next ten days produced by independent filmmakers.read more >>
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.read more >>
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).read more >>
A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what is cool? Roughly $320,000 worth of funds stolen from university bank accounts and funneled through falsified tax forms and charitable donations, as former UB Vice President Dennis Black and former UB Campus Living Director Andrea Costantino admitted to last week.read more >>
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.read more >>
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.read more >>
With Villains, Queens of the Stone Age introduces listeners to their most commercially engineered work yet. They do so by adding catchy, rhythmic hooks that take the listener on a tour of what is quickly becoming the Queens’ experience.read more >>