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Kara Anderson is a senior arts editor at The Spectrum. She is an English and Spanish double major and is pursuing a certificate in creative writing. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies, procrastinating with solitaire and binging reality TV on the weekends.  

Mx. Ology is the name of Lyons’ drag persona, which they created after coming out as non-binary during their freshman year. Photo: Courtesy of E Lyons

The good, the bad and the drag

Decidedly not born from any human body, Mx. Ology, with radioactive orange hair, lopsided lips decorated, a teasing mustache and a penchant for turning trash into photoshoot looks, is as much a performance persona as she is a fully fleshed-out fictional character.  

“The Prom” had its opening night at Shea’s in Buffalo on Tuesday.

A night to remember

From the flashy lights of New York City to the slow-moving suburban midwest, “The Prom” captures all the delights of queer-acceptance through on-point comedy and stellar performances at Shea's Theatre. 

Phoebe Bridgers’ “Scott Street” is the quiet reflection on a relationship gone past.  Photo: David Lee / Wikimedia Commons

Back to school blues

Here’s five songs to perfectly capture all of one’s feelings on the return to courses and credits.


The Grapevine

Syllabi, pumpkin spice and everything nice —fall semester is finally here and with it comes an array of arts events just as colorful as the autumn foliage.

Rowan Blanchard plays Paige Evans in the 2022 coming-of-age Hulu film, “Crush.” Photo: Courtesy of Brett Roedel / Hulu

Sapphic stepping-stone, film fumble

With blue and purple color palettes, girl in red on the soundtrack and references to Phoebe Bridgers, Hulu’s newest original film, “Crush,” hits all the points for modern-day teen queer culture and filmmaking.

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