The Berkeley Beacon

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Confronting Count Olaf: Unfortunate Events undermines authority

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events promises to live up to the melancholy implications of its title with a theme song that tells viewers the show will “wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day.” The series is based on the popular children’s books by Daniel Handler.

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Sophomore spotlights students of color in photo exhibit

Bethany Owens is on a mission. It’s seemingly simple, but all too complex. The name of her photo exhibition says it all: "Being a Person of Color in America." It’s an expressive look into the lives of those who feel ignored—a chance to get their stories told.

Two alumni producers get award recognition

In the heady sci-fi flick Arrival, linguist Louise Banks uses her expertise to communicate with strange aliens in an unusual monolithic spacecraft. Loving tells the true tale of a husband and wife arrested for their marriage in 1958. Their case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, resulting in a federal knockdown of interracial marriage laws.

Beacon Spotify: Staff-picked Valentunes

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to love songs. Some people think that they are wonderful expressions of one of the most pure emotions. For this contingent, the lyrical valentines are sweet, relatable, and an overall good time.

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New class encompasses all roles of performance

Before our ancestors first put chisel to tablet some 5,000 years ago, humans could only tell stories by word of mouth. This semester, 10 students are getting in touch with their prehistoric roots with a new performing arts course on solo performances and oral histories.

Pulitzer poet memoir portrays childhood

I was first introduced to Tracy K. Smith four years ago when a mentor of mine casually named a couple of contemporary poets worth checking out. I purchased her second book, Duende, at the time, and it’s stayed with me ever since. Her poems were unlike anything I’d ever read—lucid yet dreamlike, brutal yet almost celestial in tone, full of beauty without being too precious.

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Media art gallery adds space for visual art

Last October, Emerson expanded its visual art presence by opening the Media Art Gallery on Avery Street next to the new Equipment Distribution Center. The public gallery, the only one in Downtown Boston, deepens Emerson’s ties to the theater district.

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Course broadens student perspective on hip hop

It’s not everyday that you find a class that offers both musical enrichment and political discourse. This semester, Emerson is providing its students with just that.

Lazytown: The failings of La La Land

While the songs are catchy and the cinematography is breathtaking, La La Land brings nothing new to the table. For all of its modern quirks, it’s still a very traditional musical where boy meets girl.

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Alum Watsky '10 makes Hamilton mixtape

Emerson alumnus and rapper George Watsky, ‘10, sat in the Little Building in 2009 and watched the White House Poetry Jam. On his screen, the then-senior performing arts major saw playwright and rapper Lin-Manuel Miranda perform a song that would become the opening number of his hit musical Hamilton.

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Setting the stage on Summer Street

If you’re keen to see some Emerson comedy shows or student theater, you’ll likely find yourself in a retrofitted dance studio above an Uno Due Go restaurant.

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Senior brings old Hollywood into modern times

For some, the golden age of cinema is resigned to a chapter of a film textbook, or a category on Netflix. But for Wesley Emblidge, a senior visual and media arts major, the motion pictures of classic Hollywood are just as vibrant and newsworthy today as they were 75 years ago.

Staff Picks: Holiday Songs and The Best of 2016

As we get ready for a much needed and long Holiday break, The Beacon would like to give you a special gift—two playlists in one week!

2016 in review: A time for explicit social justice debates in art

Art inherently reflects the environment it’s in, so it makes sense for recent works on and off campus to talk about timely issues. What is especially notable is the explicit stance some of these artists take on social justice debates. Going into 2017, with a divided nation and controversial president-elect, this trend is only going to continue.

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Students deck the halls

Halloween and Thanksgiving are over. According to most, it’s finally time to get into the holiday spirit. Many on campus are already honoring the season by decorating their dorm rooms or suites.