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Saturday, October 23, 2021
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JUSTIN WOODMANCY


Indie pop band Cooler performs live at Nietzsche's in Buffalo's Allentown district. Photo: Courtesy of Cooler
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The show must go on, but not during the pandemic

From SXSW to Justin Bieber’s “Changes” tour, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the postponement and cancelation of music performances across the world. While many fans are coping with FOMO and hundred-dollar ticket losses, local musicians, promoters, labels and small venues –– the backbone of Buffalo’s music community –– have stopped their operations entirely. Without a realistic date in place for a return to normalcy, members of the Buffalo music community are adapting to stay relevant, productive and in business. They can’t do what they love right now, and in some cases, they’re up against a financially uncertain future.


John Palumbo and Rick Witkowski sit down and talk music with Alex Whetham and Justin Woodmancy. Photo: The Spectrum
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Forty-five years of progressive rock: An interview with Crack the Sky

Crack the Sky is still able to rock the stage 45 years into its touring career.  The West Virginia-based progressive rock and art rock act has a career-spanning, rotating cast of 17 musicians and 18 studio albums, a catalog which sold out the Tralf Music Hall on Friday. While they never reached the heights of Prog-giants like Yes, Rush or King Crimson, they continue to satisfy their dedicated fanbase.


Mundy Cakes owner Amanda Bernardini poses with cookies inside Mundy Cakes on Allen Street. Photo: The Spectrum
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The sexiest bakery in Buffalo

Amanda Bernardini enjoyed baking sugar cookies with her mother and grandmother as a young girl in Rochester. Now she bakes and sells penis-shaped and lingerie-clad ass cookies at Mundy Cakes, her bakery on Allen Street in Buffalo. Since opening Mundy Cakes in the summer of 2018, she has stayed unabashedly true to her no-filter business model –– a model she certainly adopted since her youth.


Sculptures of the dead were often made to accompany their body as a memorial to their life. Photo: The Spectrum
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Ancient Egyptian mummies invade the Buffalo Museum of Science

A dark room filled with nameless corpses might not seem like a great place to spend an afternoon. But paired with unique coffins, intricate Graeco-Egyptian portraits and gold-coated bandages, the Buffalo Museum of Science offers an exciting and insightful experience.  The Golden Mummies of Egypt’s world premiere Saturday welcomed coffins, corpses and culture to Buffalo. The display, on tour from the Manchester Museum’s world-class collection, features a series of mummies and artifacts from the Graeco-Roman period of Egyptian culture. The artifacts date as far back as 332 B.C.E. and are combined with an enticing mix of immersive technology that connects the ancient and modern worlds. 


Poster for “Marriage Story” Photo: Courtesy of Netflix
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Worst movies for ‘Netflix and chill’

In the age of streaming, finding content to backdrop “Netflix and chill” should be easier than ever. After hitting it off with a love interest, the natural step once the two of you are hanging out at either’s place is to “put on a show to watch.”


Photo: Courtesy of Polyvinyl Records
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Arts Desk 2019 album picks

As 2019 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the year’s finest musical releases. The past 12 months have provided listeners with quality music. Pop and hip-hop continued their chart domination with notable releases from Lizzo, Ariana Grande and Tyler, the Creator, while rock and metal contributed with strong efforts from Blood Incantation, The Twilight Sad and Opeth.


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(L to R) Larry Hott, director-producer, "The Warrior Tradition;" Calen Abrams (Seneca), director-producer, "Art, Honor & Service;" DJ Vanas (Odawa) motivational storyteller; and John Grant, chief program officer WNED, "The Warrior Tradition" JUSTIN WOODMANCY Photo: The Spectrum
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(L to R) Larry Hott, director-producer, "The Warrior Tradition;" Calen Abrams (Seneca), director-producer, "Art, Honor & Service;" DJ Vanas (Odawa) motivational storyteller; and John Grant, chief program officer WNED, "The Warrior Tradition"

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