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Hot off of a 17-month Broadway run, "Finding Neverland" has landed at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for the premiere of its national tour. The cast and crew of the show, the first tour premiere Shea’s has seen in its 90-year history, took temporary residence in the theater district late last month. This Drama Desk Award-nominated musical tells the story of J.M. Barr…

"Storks" is a new animated movie from the makers of "The Lego Movie" (which I found to basically be a two-and-a-half hour commercial for Legos). "Storks," however, appears to be completely original and wasn’t based on a book or existing franchise, which is rare for modern movies. The movie features "Saturday Night Live" writer and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg…

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  It is a typical Monday night: You are the only one left waiting to get picked up after practice. You know your mom is minutes away. A van pulls up to you, but it is not your mom. The door slides open, someone reaches out, grabs you and struggles to pull you in. What do you do? Perhaps you are not alone. In fact, you are having fun at a long-awaited concert. You are dan…

Perhaps it’s appropriate that this story does not have a happy ending, much less a satisfying one. With the topic of rape, can there be a happy ending? Or a satisfying answer? In her novel "Wrecked," Maria Padian addresses sexual consent and rape in the setting of a college campus. By nature, this sensitive topic is not usually well addressed. How effectively do we ta…

In our digital world, images of beautiful, skinny celebrities are everywhere you turn. These images can make teenage girls believe they must have a perfect body to fit into society. It’s beliefs like these that leave teens with feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Yet, it is widely known that the very celebrities and models girls strive to look like often h…

I "You melt down and then you melt up." Clara Villarosa, one of the interviewees in the female-centric documentary "Dream, Girl," says this as she notes the struggle in creating one’s own business. Directed and produced by Buffalo native Erin Bagwell and close friend Komal Mihas, creator of KoMedia, the documentary follows the stories of several successful female entre…

When most people think about October, the first thing that comes to mind is Halloween: costumes, scarecrows and trick-or-treating. However, the Great Pumpkin Farm takes October to a whole new level. Every year since 2005, the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence has hosted a trebuchet contest for the high schools in Western New York. This year’s contest took place Oct. 16. …

They started out as three high school students from just outside of Arlington, Texas. They added two members to their trio, renamed themselves Pentatonix, and arranged a few songs to audition for NBC’s "The Sing Off." Today, they’re on a world tour, with a No. 1 Billboard original album, two highly distinguished Christmas records, and many outstanding singles. They’ve c…

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On Oct. 19, more than a hundred participants attended the Future Business Leaders of America District 12 Fall District Meeting hosted by Williamsville East High School. Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping high school students learn more about the business world. There are several levels within the organization: …

Buffalo is a city rich with history. It has seen the turn of centuries, the rise and fall of eras, and has collected thousands of stories within its walls. However, it seems like the people of the past are in more than just in the history books. In fact, many people claim that they are walking among us, their spirits haunting the city’s most historic areas. As Hallowee…

After months of name-calling, talk of "rigged" electorate processes and criminal investigations, the two political parties have declared their nominees – an outsider businessman on one side, and the first woman to be nominated by a major party on the other. The nominees have seesawed up and down in the polls while leaked emails and tapes, lack of disclosure, and corru…

By Allison Rapp / NeXt Correspondent

Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Starting at a brand new school in the fall is rarely easy. Teenagers entering an unfamiliar school often worry about whether or not they’ll make new friends, or if their teachers will pile them with homework, or if they’ll share classes with their best friends. Every student has been there at one point or another in their educational careers, but imagine not being able…

Elliott Hunt has a lot to say. He has lots to say to girls, about his life, and his future. But he can’t always bring himself to say it aloud. First he has to live it. Then, he’ll write the experience into a song that he’ll perform with his band, Mom Said No. "If something happens, that song’s written within an hour of it happening," says Elliott, who is 18 and a fresh…

No team, fan base or organization in professional sports has been shrouded in more heartbreak than the Lovable Losers themselves, the Chicago Cubs. Until this year. Following an 8-7 Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs were finally World Series champions in their first fall classic appearance since 1954. The seventh game was one all fans of baseball wil…

The newest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Doctor Strange," tells the story of Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a successful but arrogant neurosurgeon. Strange leads a rich lifestyle and has the power to choose which surgeries to perform based on the skill they involve and the glory they provide, not the good they might do and the people they would mos…