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Age of the comic con: Buffalo Comic Con swells in popularity

10/18/15 4:09pm | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

Though still nowhere near the size of the convention that takes place in San Diego, California each July, Buffalo’s very own Comic Con is certainly gaining traction. In previous years the convention was held for an afternoon in a gymnasium-sized ballroom at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, but this year the Buffalo Comic Con made the leap to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center as a two-day affair with readings, panels and appearances from different comics.

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From the Cradle to the Grave

From the trash pile to the gallery

10/18/15 1:29pm | By Luke Heuskin

Think twice before you throw out that dusty old computer keyboard – you just might be discarding a work of art. This idea was what inspired Natalie Fleming, art resource curator and supervisor for the Lower Gallery at the Center for the Arts, to start the Cradle to Grave: Re-Appropriation, Obsolescence, and the Arts exhibition. 

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The Grapevine

The grapevine

10/18/15 1:23pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

Buffalo always has a few surprising shows from week to week. This week, legendary musician and former-Beatle Paul McCartney is coming to play a sold-out show at First Niagara Center and 2000s pop punk Mayday Parade will play at Town Ballroom. With midterms wrapping up, get out and enjoy the Queen City and all that it has to offer.

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Buffalo does the salsa

Buffalo does the salsa

10/15/15 7:40pm | By GIOVANNI GAGLIANESE

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Latin Dance Company, Baila Salsa and the Latin American Student Association (LASA) has hosted dance lessons and events until Oct. 15.

As an integral part of Latin cultural expression, dance serves as an interactive art and creative outlet. Even though Buffalo is not a renowned Latin dance community, like New York City or Los Angeles, it still has a quality impact on the area. A Buffalo Latin-themed dance attracts a diverse group of people and is a social experience that differs from typical nightlife.

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AMA's 2015

AMAs 2015: get your popcorn ready

10/15/15 7:15pm | By Tomas Olivier

Popularity or sheer talent, there’s no foolproof way to know who will win at this year’s American Music Awards ceremony, but the trophies will do all of the talking in the end when some lucky talent walks away with the title.

The 2015 AMAs will take place on Sunday Nov. 22. The award categories are plentiful, ranging from favorite Pop/Rock album to favorite movie soundtrack, and of course the titles of Artist of the Year & New Artist of the Year will give bragging rights to some talented musical soloist, duo or group.

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Student collaboration at UB discovers Buffalo through art

10/13/15 10:00pm | By KENNETH KASHIF THOMAS

Deja Stevens saw a disconnect between performance artists and media students at UB and got inspired. She organized Fusion UB Dance & Photography, a collaborative project among UB’s artistic students, which highlights the beauty of UB’s campus in an artistic format by connecting dancers and actors with photographers and filmmakers to create an in-depth project about UB.

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Kurt Vile’s 6th studio album sees artist expand on previous success

10/13/15 9:59pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

Kurt Vile is, undeniably, a rock star. It’s his understated nature that sets him apart from all the other rockers out there; Vile isn’t in it for the fame or the fortunes. His music is an extension of himself – unassuming, self-effacing and above all else, honest. On Sept. 25, he released his newest project b'lieve i'm goin down, his 6th studio album to date.

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The Spectrum’s fall movie guide

10/13/15 9:47pm | By Tomas Olivier

As Halloween creeps closer and closer, it’s hard not to notice the barrage of movies that are being released within the coming weeks that pay homage to the beloved holiday. So save the date for scary night out at the movies or, if scary isn’t your thing, check out some of the other flicks soon to be released.

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Big Grams: glitz and glitter, but no gold

10/08/15 11:02pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

The self-titled collaborative project between Big Boi (Antwan Patton) and Phantogram (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) has all the critical elements that a good album should have, good hooks and slick production – but the parts that standout, Big Boi’s trademark staccato style and Phantogram’s lilting vocals, never coalesce into something substantive.

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Piano Club

UB Piano Club builds to a crescendo

10/08/15 6:17pm | By Gabriela Ortiz

Alex Schwartz wants students to know that the UB Piano Club is an open community that can help foster musical talent. “We have our concerts to get the word out there,” Schwartz, UB Piano Club president, said. On Tuesday, the UB Piano Club held its first official concert of the fall semester. 

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Artist Richard Lukacs

​World-renowned artist Attila Richard Lukacs: On pornography, art and homophobia

10/08/15 6:14pm | By GIOVANNI GAGLIANESE

World-renowned artist Attila Richard Lukacs sparked audience conversation when he presented his work, focused on the world of homoeroticism and the narratives behind it, at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center this past Tuesday evening. The event was sponsored by the Department of Visual Studies at UB and the Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series provided free admission to Lukacs’ art.

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Buffalo’s best art galleries

10/06/15 11:00pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

Here, The Spectrum has done the research for you, to put you in the know. What follows is a list of Buffalo’s best art galleries, rated based on popularity, influence in the Buffalo art community and the diversity of the exhibitions.

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Lower Dens performs at Mohawk Place

10/04/15 11:37pm | By BRIAN WINDSCHITL

The singer of Lower Dens gave a passionate performance at Mohawk Place on Thursday, playing for the first time in Buffalo. The band, hailing from Baltimore, was formed in 2010.

The progressive indie rock band was clearly influenced by the pop of the ’80s. Throughout the entire night, their sound was so reminiscent of an earlier generation of music, as the band performed all of their biggest hits: “To Die in L.A.,” “Ondine” and “Electric Current.”

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