The Berkeley Beacon

Monday, May 4, 2015

Year In Review: Art as social change

This year has seen a profusion of creative and socially just declarations and celebrations.

The poems that changed my life

Great poems do not sugarcoat. They have no obligation to comfort the reader; they present crises exactly as they appear to the poet. I discovered very quickly that I preferred reading about what Elizabeth Bishop calls “the cold hard mouth / of the world” than listening to hollow reassurances that things will get better.

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Sitcom in session

“Natalia had the idea to do a show about resident advisors, so she called me,” Reid, 31, said in a phone interview. “I will just say there are some more shocking elements from the pilot that were inspired by things I actually had to deal with, and I did not deal with them as gracefully as the RAs in the show do.”

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Subject and director screen short doc ‘Stumped’ at Emerson

The Bright Lights series screened “Stumped,” a documentary short about Will Lautzenheiser that covered his illness, his rehabilitation, and his hopes for the future.

Emerson Dance Company gains 'momentum' with newest show

With a musical lineup of songs by Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, and Cirque Du Soleil, Emerson Dance Company had the crowd enthralled at its recent performance.

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Hellos, goodbyes, and Ghibli

Each film possesses a magical, lyrical quality and quickly proved to be the perfect bedtime story for a budding adult like myself.

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Modernizing Macbeth

Emerson Shakespeare Society's “Macbeth” was inspired by the philosopher Michel Foucault and the theoretical panopticon prison.

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Peanut butter and play reading

A play-reading club founded by ArtsEmerson, aiming to revitalize Boston residents’ interest in the performing arts, culminated its first season with a brown-bag lunch.

"Taste and Sunlight": The poetry of James Merrill

As Merrill aged, his poetry became more explicitly autobiographical, and he became more willing to write about his life as a gay man. His battle with AIDS and growing awareness of his own mortality during the last decade of his life inspired some of his most moving lyrics.

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Picture perfect: Emerson's Next Top Model crowns a winner

The Bill Bordy Theater opened its doors on April 2 for the final rounds in a co-ed modeling competition that had started a week and a half prior. Freshman Zeke St. John won the contest, along with freshman Chance Liekkiö as the audience favorite choice.

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Influential documentary filmmaker Peter Davis visits campus, talks legacy

"I see the role of a documentarian in the plural. I’m not against a filmmaker making a film that preaches at you. That’s just a film that I’m personally not interested in. I’m interested in the psychological inquiry, like in Hearts and Minds."

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Gargantuan Gartenberg: Media entrepreneur talks business

Freshman Aaron Dean Gartenberg—who colleagues described as a hard-working entrepreneur—started his own production company and media consulting business.

Kidding Around presents electrifying children's play

Though the play is written for young audiences, it offers universal lessons about friendship, creativity, and power.

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Recent VMA graduate illuminates life after Emerson, job prospects in LA

"I think Emerson to a certain extent is its own bubble and isolated from the harsher realities of the outside world. I don’t know if it’s something I expected or didn’t expect. I guess you hear the stories, and you hear there are going to be some less-than-savory types in the film industry."

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Emerson hosts pitch perfect a cappella show featuring other Boston colleges

Campus radio station WERS hosted the 10th annual All A Cappella Live show at the Cutler Majestic Theater on Saturday, March 28.