The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Senior brings supernatural sci-fi series to Somerville

Combine Live with Kelly and Ryan with The X-Files and you get Signs of Life, a parody talk show created by senior Arden Jurskis. The show will air on Somerville Community Access Television.

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Grant-winning board game advocates for women in politics

Feminism might not be a common theme of family game night, but graduate student Jessica Weaver and undergraduate senior Beverly Bates are trying to change that. Last month, the duo won the 2017 Feminism in Action Grant to pilot 2121, a board game designed to encourage young women to run for political office.

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Persevering professor earns playwriting fellowship

MJ Halberstadt ‘10 applied to The Huntington Theatre Company Fellows program for 10 years straight. This time, the affiliated faculty member was finally chosen as a 2017 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow.

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Alum searches for spirits in supernatural series

Over a decade ago, Elizabeth Zephryin McDonough ‘06 interviewed a stranger claiming to have psychic abilities. Inspired by the eccentric individual, McDonough created a character who now headlines the new Facebook-exclusive mockumentary web series Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter.

Professor edits book on heaven, hell, and horror

Cynthia Miller began as an editor of western essays and films, but when she stumbled upon the zombie-western It Came From The West, her focus shifted from cowboys to the undead. This summer, Miller released her most recently edited essay collection, which discusses horror films through a mystic lens.

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Publishing panel marches "Gayly Forward"

Writing, literature and publishing assistant professor Benoit Denizet-Lewis hosted Gayly Forward: The Future of LGBT Publishing last Tuesday in the Bill Bordy Theater. The panel featured experts William Johnson, Alexander Chee, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Bryan Lowder.

September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

Give me a happy medium, damn it: music bright enough for the last few pleasant days of the year, but dark enough for the long winter nights to come. Give me September music.

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Alum’s Sundance short to become feature film

Jim Cummings’ ‘09 Thunder Road began as lines of dialogue recorded on the Voice Memos app during his daily commute. Last year, it won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and now Cummings is adapting it into a feature film.

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Professor's art explores global issues with virtual reality

Portal to an Alternative Reality is Professor John Craig Freeman's gallery of augmented and virtual reality projects. It opened at Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery on Wednesday Sept. 20.

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Alumna's documentary supports local food

Last month Haley Thompson '04 completed How We Grow, a documentary about the obstacles young farmers face in order to grow food for locals in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.

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Bites and open mics at Center Stage

Center Stage features a small wooden stage surrounded by cafe-style seating, and a store selling drinks and packaged items.

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Alumni win big at Creative Arts Emmys

Art director Joe Celli ‘91 said he makes a concerted effort not to get his hopes up at awards shows, since he has lost more than he has won.

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Q&A: Claire Alexandra Doyle ‘00

Doyle has worked on projects like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Scream Queens , and The Amazing Spider Man and on people like J.J. Abrams, Conor McGregor, and Chris Rock. Speaking with the Beacon, she offered advice and insights from her career.

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Alum pens a mixed-breed read for children

Isabel Thottam's children’s book follows a half-labrador, half-poodle, fashion-blogging dog named Joey who one day awakens to find that his signature hairstyle, or “doodle”, has disappeared.

13 Reasons Why jogs your mind of things you ran from

As one Facebook friend of mine phrased it, the show is “trauma porn.” Its goal was to raise awareness for mental illnesses, but for people with mental illness, all it does is bring back memories they don’t want to remember.