The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Silversonic showcase expands to three days, invites alums

The Silversonic music video festival is bigger than ever, expanding to a full three-day extravaganza.

Panel discusses political correctness and comedy culture

Panelists discussed a wide range of topics and people, including racism in stand-up comedy, Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman, the television shows “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Black-ish,” and Emerson alum Norman Lear, ‘44.

The deliberate nostalgia of DIY

Long obsolete formats like vinyl and cassettes live on in the world of DIY music.


Emerson Urban Dance Theatre packs a punch in “POW!”

Underneath the powerful pulse of pop hits playing, the thundering stomp of combat boots, and the crisp clap of tap shoes, the only other noise in the Greene Theater last Saturday night was “YAS WERK!”—the distinct battlecry of dancing superheroes and daunting supervillians.

Alum-directed "Lab Rats" finds love in a lonely place

As two test subjects, Jake and Mika, wait to try an experimental drug, they start to connect with one another. Under the influence, the medicine exposes the characters’ true emotions, and they begin to build an affectionate and authentic relationship.

Q&A: Leah Meyerhoff, director of “I Believe in Unicorns”

Meyerhoff, a Student Academy Award nominee, is the founder of Film Fatales, a collective of women filmmakers from all around the world who get together to mentor each other, collaborate on projects, and build a community.

Where are the women?: Gender inequality in Hollywood

Of the approximately 230 pictures that opened in limited or wide release in 2015, only 25 were directed by women. That's about 11 percent.


Women in Motion hosts summit for female media-makers

The event brought together women working behind the camera and future filmmakers to discuss gender in the industry.

Music criticism and the report card conundrum

When it comes at the cost of more in-depth reviewing, it is hard to not view grading systems as a symptom of the Internet's shorter attention span.


"Spotlight" team visits campus, illuminates injustices

Last Monday night, the Bright Family Screening Room hosted a free advanced showing of "Spotlight" for the Emerson community. The biopic follows a team of four investigative journalists who shined a light on the sexual abuse of minors by the Catholic Church in Boston.


Musical Theatre Society fond of 'Legally Blonde'

“Legally Blonde: The Musical,” based on the popular 2001 movie of the same name, tells the story of a sorority sister who spurns her stereotype. Last weekend, Emerson’s Musical Theatre Society adapted the original Broadway production for the Semel Theater.

Acorn’s “Monster” musical scares, in a nutshell

“I’d probably describe it as the most messed up coming-of-age story you could possibly imagine, revolving around a boy who’s on the verge of growing up,” Acorn said.


No flawed bods, says new student zine Labellum

The first edition of the body-positive zine was released earlier this month, featuring various student submissions of poetry, prose, and photography.


Student duo founds fashion photoblog

Each post highlights a different neighborhood or locale, and the models’ outfits reflect the nature of their particular surroundings. Initially, the two New York City natives focused on areas in their hometown, like Williamsburg, the Meatpacking District, and Central Park.

The horror: fearless composers take on scary movies

The scores of scary movies, perhaps more than in any other genre, are all reminders of how crucial the relationship between imagery and music is. These compositions are eclectic, intricate, and intense; without them the terrors on screen would fall flat.