The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Deciphering hip hop’s identity crisis

Think of record stores and how they organize guitar music by subdivisions: metal, punk, rock, reggae. But rap is generally relegated to one confined section, and sadly, housed entirely under one classification, despite boasting styles and strands just as diverse as the ones allotted to guitar bands.

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Michael Mirabella makes merry music

“I just love to get in front of people and jump around singing—I’m a loud person,” Mirabella said.

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The Beacon's 2015 Oscar Picks

See the films that Beacon staff members think should win Academy Awards.

Elizabeth Bishop’s love poetry ponders what connects us

Since her death in 1979, Bishop has become one of the most beloved American writers of our time. A keen observer and cataloguer of natural phenomena, Bishop finds the profound in the minutest details of the world around us, and critics and poets alike revere her work for its precision.

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Queens reign supreme at President’s Day Drag Show

“People are like, ‘Oh my god, those guys can walk in heels better than I can!’” said Gelder. “There’s no law saying only girls can wear them.”

Uncommon Women gives insight into second-wave feminism

Maureen Shea, head of the theater studies program at Emerson, has a straightforward reason for deciding to direct "Uncommon Women, and Others": “Because it has a lot of women.”

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Atypical romance films for Valentine's Day weekend

For housebound couples looking for something different, here are five recommendations for atypical films to watch for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Emerson professor has New York Times article turned into indie film

“It might be a bit surprising for some Emerson students,” said Denizet-Lewis. “It’s the reverse coming-out story, so it might challenge some people.”

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New student theatre troupe makes minimalist productions

“After doing that show, with just a big mix of people from all majors and people from different schools, it really just showed me if you try hard enough, and you want something bad enough, you can make it happen,” Altschiller said.

Reconsidering the sacred cows of rock 'n' roll

Instead of chastising Kanye fans for riffing on their hero worship, maybe it’s time to start demanding more from the so-called “Cute Beatle.”

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Comedy troupe stays grounded, gets laughs at first show of semester

Last week’s show included anti-gardening riots, a woman who lives off of bottled oxygen in a Lorax-like world, and a serial assassin that specializes in chopping off fingers.

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Writing about writers: Emerson professor Miranda Banks discusses new book on Writer's Guild

"The more I learned about the history of the guild, the more fascinated I became."

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Out of print, out of mind: Director screens documentary about revival theater still projecting celluloid

“There is a wonderful romance element to projection booths, and to the light coming from the booth and to shadows on the screen.”

Students learn visual effect tricks behind Birdman, The Equalizer

“I attended the presentation to gain a larger appreciation of what goes into visual effects when making a movie,” Kirkman-Moriarty said. “The amount of work and the amount of results that they can achieve with visual effects today [is] really jawdropping.”

Why Poe Matters: Examining the legacy and longevity of a misunderstood writer

Poe was also the first 19th-century American writer that I read as a child, and almost everyone who went to public school will have probably encountered “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” or “The Masque of the Red Death,” among other classics. Yet the nature of Poe’s legacy has always been a matter of dispute. Of course his influence on genre fiction cannot be overstated; he is one of the prime progenitors of the detective story and the adventure story.