The Berkeley Beacon

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One man's trash: The perks of 'so bad they're good' horror movies

There’s a decidedly less spooky horror movie that holds a special place in my heart this time of year.

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The Symptoms show signs of success

After graduating from high school in 2012, Ben Bersers-Lee was itching to get out of his suburban bubble of Lexington, Massachusetts and experience life as a “real human being.” That fall, he moved away from the conventional path of attending college and moving into an Allston apartment, spending two years managing personal finances and cultivating the sound of his indie rock band, The Symptoms.

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With Live Music Week, WERS embraces the locals

Live Music Week is WERS’ version of Mardi Gras, according to General Manager Jack Casey.

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In 'Song of the Shank,' Allen blends music and history

During his minstrel career in the late 1800s, autistic savant Blind Tom was reportedly able to play three different songs in three different keys at three different tempos simultaneously. Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of The Shank, a luminous novel set during the aftermath of the Civil War, follows the story of this man, a slave who became a national phenomenon after being sold into show business.

A closer look at music writing in 2014

The music landscape is in a near-constant state of flux, and at the heart of all this activity is music journalism

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Boston's newest cultural district arrives on Emerson's doorstep

Among the daily flow of traffic pouring through Boylston and Charles Streets stands a statue of Edgar Allen Poe in mid-stride, manuscripts flying out of his briefcase and fallen leaves circling his frame. The literary icon returned to his birthplace earlier this month to celebrate Boston’s recent designation as the country’s first Literary Cultural District.

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'Middletown' mundanity addresses humanity

At a glance, Middletown looks to be the epitome of average. But the play is an exploration of the time between youth and old age, and the distinctive struggles and triumphs that come with it.

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Cher Knight delves into Disney's darker side

By the end of a vacation at Disney World, many visitors are familiar with Cinderella’s iconic castle, but fewer know about the complex web of underground tunnels to be explored underneath it.

The pleasures of difficult literature

The most pleasurable reading experience in my recent memory was when, for the third time, I pored over the entirety of “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction,” one of Wallace Stevens’ major long poems

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New on-campus murals engage a creative community

Julia Cseko described her new mural on the bottom floor of Walker Building, which colorfully features the words of Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, as “a way to share relevant literature without being annoying.” The mural, A Coney Island of the Mind—Marshall McLuhan, was one of three murals to be painted on campus over the past few months.

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'Soulaborations' come to Emerson campus

Senior Amber Layne’s experience with Soul Sessions, a citywide performance series, began in June. Brian Washburn, a fellow dancer in the Boston-based Urbanity Dance Company, asked her to collaborate with him in a hip-hop dance for a Soul Sessions event.

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Traces asks, what would you leave behind?

Traces is a kaleidoscope of various circus and street performance elements that revolve around one central question: if the world were to end tomorrow, what would you leave behind?

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With new campus, Emerson LA film festival expands

For 13 years, Emerson’s Los Angeles program has offered students a chance to show their work at an annual showcase. This year, however, organizers hope to reinvent the film screening experience with the first-ever Emerson LA Film Festival.

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Steven Martin Sings 'Songs Through Time'

Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni' is one of the most performed operas in history, from its 1787 debut to Austrian royalty to Peter Sellars’ racially-charged adaptation. Perhaps its most recent excerpted performance was by Steven Martin, Emerson’s director of off-campus student services.

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Actors Fried and Epstein remain 'endlessly curious'

A question from an Emerson student summed up actor Jonathan Fried’s weeklong residency at the college: “How do you sustain yourself in a career in the theater when so much of what you have to do is a series of brutal indignities?”