Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 3:58pm
Great British Baking Show

In accepting “The Great British Baking Show” for what it’s worth — its innocence, its purity, its all together feel-good nature that felt like even when someone was sent home, it wasn’t truly the end for them — I didn’t realize that you can’t expect to predict the ending of a show whose premise you don’t understand.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 9:50am
Anderson .Paak

But ‘Oxnard,’ no longer his come up but his claim to fame, tries to do too much, which makes the 14-track album drag on rather than breeze through.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 5:35pm
Tobias Jesso Jr.

In March of 2015 Tobias Jesso Jr.’s six-foot-seven frame seemed to materialize out of nowhere and place in our laps the sweet, devastatingly sad Goon. It was an album written in the wake of a bad breakup and his mother’s cancer diagnosis, and consequently pays testament to the different ways we can lose love — to death, to time, to words. Every song is grounded in the piano, with Jesso’s soft vocals seeping through the melodies. I remember listening to him for the first time winter of my freshman year.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Cloudy, ominous weather welcomed me to Pitchfork Music Festival this year, and bracing myself for the worst I strapped up in a raincoat and boots for the first day of the fest. But what was originally daunting proved simply unreliable. The weather circled through cloud, rain and shine all weekend while artists dealt with wet equipment and herds of fans waiting patiently in the rain to see them. But this erratic weather didn’t do much to dissuade fans.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:48pm
Bo Burnham

I lingered in the Michigan Theater’s main auditorium last Thursday after the screening of Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, “Eighth Grade.” A crowd of teenagers, young adults and retirees had just finished giving Burnham a standing ovation after his short Q&A and were now streaming out the back of the theater while I fought to make my way to the front. Not a seat in the theater had been empty that night. The movie, which marked the beginning of the Cinetopia Film Festival, had sold out earlier that day — and for good reason. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Billy Joel's and Elton John’s Face to Face tour came to Buffalo, New York, in March of 2010, and it was the first concert I ever attended. Sitting eagerly in the stands of the massive, sold-out HSBC Arena, I was 12 years old and knew the majority of the men’s discographies by heart. My parents started playing their Greatest Hits albums for my sisters and I when we were too young to understand the lyrics, but old enough to commit them to memory. Years later, we would learn their songs on the piano, each of us assuming a different anthem.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:11pm

In the fourth and final episode of Things Men Ruined, Natalie and Emily talk about their three favorite things: women, comedy and women in comedy. From late night television to Tina Fey, we take a look at the history of this male-dominated industry and the individuals who have tried to break through it over the course of the 20th and 21st century. At the end of the episode we welcome a group of wonderful individuals to talk about their experiences in various improvisation groups on and off campus on our very first roundtable.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:14am

For the third episode of Things Men Ruined, Emily and Natalie look at fairytales and the everlasting effect they’ve had on the public imagination — for better or for worse. By tracing the stories of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid from their origins in ancient and early modern myth to present day, we see how the stories have changed and evolved over the course of many centuries. Yet despite time, the messages and tropes in each movie remained same: tragic heroine, oppressed daughter, evil step-mother.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:46am

In the second episode of Things Men Ruined, Natalie and Emily take a look at the history of Hollywood's casting couch

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am

Join Emily Bice and Natalie Zak as they examine the changes taking place in entertainment and the arts by diving into the historical and cultural roots of power and coercion. In the inaugural episode of Things Men Ruined, we revisit the year 2017 by taking a look at its political and cultural milestones and asking the question: Was 2017 a woman’s revolution? This episode also features an interview with Teresa Shook, the woman responsible for inciting the Woman's March on Washington D.C. last year.