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Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Rebel One Studios has produced the marketing animation for Tops Friendly Market’s Monopoly contests.

Animation company makes its way in the universe

Animation is typically associated with big Hollywood studios, but the art form has grown far beyond film and television.  Rebel One Studios is reclaiming animation and breaking traditional stereotypes from healthcare to architecture and advertising.

Kathleen Golde is the intimacy director for UB’s production of “The Threepenny Opera,” and ensures issues and boundaries are addressed for her actors.

The advocate for actors

Intimacy was an afterthought when Kathleen Golde first pursued theater. She said actors were expected to approach intimate scenes on their own without any guidance and situations often turned unsafe and uncomfortable for her.

Comedian John Mulaney has done everything from writing for “Saturday Night Live” to having multiple Netflix specials. He can now add headlining UB’s 2019 Student Association Comedy Series to his resume.

‘The comeback (to Buffalo) kid’

John Mulaney made it clear that if someone was confident enough to interrupt his joke, he would call them out. The comedian bounced off of disruptive student comments while performing his set Saturday night. He asked their names and majors, and some had their comments turned into jokes.  But the crowd was more than happy to play along.

Habiba Abdellal overcame the adversity of a conservative upbringing and debilitating accident in order to pursue her passion for art and the female form.

Sensual surrealism

After a serious car accident in Buffalo, UB student Habiba Abdelall found her comfort through art.  Her focus: female nudes. 

Social House, the production duo behind Ariana Grande’s most recent number-one singles, comes to Buffalo next month for an opening slot on the “Sweetener World Tour.”

‘thank u, next’ genre: Social House prepares for solo work

Social House is more than a social experiment. It took Scootie Anderson and Mikey Foster eight months to rack up over 65 million Spotify streams on their debut track. It took a smash hit for them to score a slot at Coachella. And it took a flight to Los Angeles for them to produce their first two number-one singles and the biggest hits of 2018 and 2019, respectively, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” and “7 Rings.”

Broadway’s “Cats” returns from hiatus and brings its traveling show to Buffalo.

'Cats' revival tour travels to Buffalo

Gina Smith took a bus from Oil City, Pennsylvania to see “Cats” on opening night at Shea’s Theater. She had been waiting to see the show for 32 years. “When they announced the show in Buffalo, I told my husband there was no way I was missing it. He jumped up and said he was going too. This was our Christmas gift.”


The grapevine

February is a notoriously hard month for UB students. Classwork and bad weather return in full force, making it pretty miserable. The Buffalo music scene, despite the low morale, continues to draw in big acts for local fans.   The Spectrum assembled a collection of some of the most attractive shows and events happening around the area throughout the first few weeks of classes.

Pop star MNEK talked with The Spectrum before his Velvet Underground performance this month.

MNEK: the proud pop star you’re looking for

MNEK’s confidence is contagious. The pop star openly structures his work after his favorite albums of the past. He’s able to juggle humor and adversity in his music because he isn’t afraid of being honest. And when he puts a photo of his hero in front of him in the studio, he gets the results he wants.

Big Mouth co-star and writer John Mulaney will headline this year's SA Comedy Series on Feb. 16. Undergraduates can reserve their tickets beginning Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.

John Mulaney to headline SA’s 18th annual Comedy Series

Stand-up comedian John Mulaney will be headlining the 18th annual SA Comedy Series on Feb. 16, Student Association President Gunnar Haberl announced on Friday.  “After reviewing the student-wide survey this winter break, it was clear that John Mulaney was the student body’s first choice,” Haberl said. “I am thrilled that once again SA will be providing a high caliber comedian that relates directly to college students in continuing with the tradition of the series.” 

Is “Die Hard” on your Christmas movie list? Students sound off on the debate on whether the action film doubles as a true holiday season classic.

Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie?

Christmas is about focusing on what really matters –– whether the film “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie or not. Since its release in 1988, people have questioned the film’s genre. To many, the movie is considered an action film with tons of guns and explosions.  But the case that “Die Hard” is actually a Christmas movie is alive and well.


The grapevine

Winter break is a time for relaxation, but not all students travel home or leave the Buffalo area. Luckily, for those individuals, Buffalo has a thriving music scene that doesn't take any breaks.  Between large venues like the KeyBank Center to smaller, more intimate venues like Town Ballroom, there is a wide range of acts throughout the next two months. 

When he’s not teaching, Dean Chatham splits his time between writing, recording and performing. Chatham has opened for acts like Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane, and is looking to ignite a spark out of his native Buffalo.

A Buffalo rapper on the rise: The story of Dean Chatham

Dean Chatham went from a physics major to opening for Rae Sremmurd in four years. In 2014, he was still a sophomore physics major at Wake Forest University, pursuing a career in biomedical engineering. He spent his free time playing basketball, and training in Aikido and Taekwondo. He never rapped in front of strangers before. 

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