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 Julianna Tracey is a freshman music theater and history double major. She’s excited to explore all that the Buffalo arts scene has to offer. 

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Is ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ a Halloween or Christmas movie?

Halloween is a time for traditions –– trick or treating, costume parties and most importantly, the decades-old argument if “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween or Christmas movie. Since its 1993 release, the holiday-bending movie has sparked the question of which holiday the movie truly belongs to.

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Zodiaque prepares for ‘versatile’ fall performances

Versatility matters. Zodiaque Dance Company’s artistic director Kerry Ring know this. And she wants her students to know, too. Zodiaque, the long-running and highly praised on-campus dance company made up of 25 dance majors, is hosting its fall performance on the Center for the Arts Drama Stage from Thursday to Sunday. The company is known for its stylistic versatility and Ring wants the phrase “versatility matters” to be the main focus in every Zodiaque performance, every year.

The town square of the 1998 film, Halloweentown. Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Niccischu79

'Halloweentown' hits

As spooky season descends upon us, more people have been getting in the mood for Halloween movies, with one of the most popular franchises being Disney’s “Halloweentown.”  “Halloweentown” has defined many of our childhoods. But with several sequels, it is time to answer the age-old question: Which is the best “Halloweentown” movie?

Sameer Gadhia, lead singer of Young the Giant, performs at the Center for the Arts Saturday. Photo: The Spectrum

Young the Giant brings high energy to indie rock Fall Fest

Fall Fest was Verzache’s first time performing for a live crowd. Ever.  And although Young the Giant has performed at UB before, Saturday was the first time students bowed at the lead singer’s feet. The night of firsts wasn’t shaky, however, as fans and newcomers alike put on a stellar indie-themed Student Association Fall Fest at the Center for the Arts.

Albright-Knox is one of the many art galleries students can enjoy in the Buffalo area. Photo: The Spectrum

Art around town

Buffalo is home to some of the greatest outdoor fall activities.  But you’re not really a Buffalonian if you can’t enjoy the great indoors, too.  For those of us who enjoy a nice thermostat and even nicer art pieces, Buffalo offers plenty of art galleries to weather through the rainy –– and soon to be snowy –– days.

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The grapevine

The transition to fall means a lot of things for students in Buffalo. The weather is getting colder, classes are getting harder and students are getting understandably stressed. But the cooler weather doesn’t mean the Buffalo music scene is cooling down any time soon.

The UB Gospel Choir rehearses the song Perfect Praise by Walt Whitman. Photo: The Spectrum

Soulful sounds

Temara Cross, the vice president of UB Gospel Choir, says she believes gospel music is not exclusive to a specific race.  And she doesn’t think it’s exclusive to a set of skills or someone’s faith, either.

From “Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat” to Zodiaque Dance Company, The Spectrum compiled a list of on-campus performances that students shouldn’t miss. Photo: Courtesy of Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

UB’s fall performance radar

At the beginning of the semester, it’s hard to know all of the entertainment opportunities the Buffalo area can offer.  And for some students, it can be difficult to make it downtown to enjoy a play or musical performance. But excellent performances may be closer than students think.

Emily Quartley poses with her life-sized drawing. Photo: Courtesy of Hoang Nguyen

Paying for portraits

Marysia Paradis began making art as soon as she could hold a pencil.  Her mother encouraged her to draw and paint and she soon found that she especially had a skill and love for drawing animals. 

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