The Berkeley Beacon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

When bands break up and break your heart

Favorite groups seep into all kinds of corners of life and are integrated into your identity. When they split up, it can be just as difficult for you to say goodbye.


Inside Joke welcomes all in stand-up show

Around 20 student comedians took to the stage to perform their sets under bright lights for a lively Emerson audience. Mics dropped on topics ranging from The Gap to allergic reactions to Eggs Benedict, and styles varied, with some recounting vivid stories and others opting for deadpan one-liners.


EmStage's "O Beautiful" discusses controversies in USA

When historical and religious figures such as Alexander Hamilton, Joan of Arc, and even Jesus Christ, return to walk amongst the citizens of Selbyville, the town finds solace in the most unexpected way. A story of racism, rape, retaliation, and rights, “O Beautiful” brings to light much of the controversy America faces today.

Film Theories: Tattoo culture in Hollywood

This body art movement has allowed Hollywood celebrities today to boast anything ranging from small wrist tattoos to full back pieces, and everything in between. They’ve become so celebrated that Ryan Gosling even got a tattoo of a hand dropping a bloody heart on his left forearm, despite negative response from some fans and studios.


Battle of the Bands hits a high note

“I really loved Jive McFly,” Catherine Amoriggi, a freshman marketing communication major, said. “I loved the mixture of funk and rock. I thought they had such great energy, and all of the band members had great stage presence. They definitely deserved to win.”


Sister orgs join together for ha-has and harmonies

“It was so cool going from comedy to singing,” freshman audience member Peyton Incollingo said. “The singing was beautiful and the comedy was so funny. I was laughing and crying at the same time.”


Campbell, alum, wins most promising young poet award

The Jamaica Plain resident said his poem, “Bioluminescence,” is about an environmental spectacle of beauty and intrigue. He said he was inspired by an article about the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand, which are renowned for their glowworms.

Opening acts: the real cost of paying to play

When Andrew W.K. comes to town, he always brings the party. The performer’s stop in Boston last month was supposed to be a night of his punk party anthems and signature floppy-haired head banging.


Academy recognizes alum's screenplay

Bickerstaff applied to Emerson as a transfer with the first 10 pages of the screenplay, at the time a work-in-progress that got him accepted to the college. He finished the script, now over 100 pages long, right after his graduation.


Professors' play "Academy Fight Song" premiere

“I have a sort of darkly comedic view of the world,” Clarke said. “Things spiral out of control and there are always people who always try to keep it all together. Those are the characters I write about.”


New poetry group gets the timing just right

The timer beeps and the poets drop their pens. The distinct odor of Corn Nuts and anticipation lingers in the air. Looking around, the writers wonder: Who will establish order? All students in attendance of Poem’s first ever official meeting would soon learn that in the world of flash poetry, creativity trumps conventionality.

The negative consequences of digital filmmaking

Shooting a movie on celluloid requires time and care. When using celluloid, watching a day's shot requires waiting for the film to be processed.


Activist Angy Rivera advocates for undocumented voices

Rivera's life is chronicled in "No Le Digas A Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone"), a documentary about her struggle as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

Guilt-free pleasures: making peace with pop music

Try not to overthink your playlist—just follow your musical instincts.


Chasen Parker chases a filmmaking career at Cannes

Chasen Parker's upcoming short film, “E”, is loosely based on the Enron scandals of 2001, which caused thousands of employees at the American energy company to lose their jobs.