The Berkeley Beacon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Place Beyond the Pines tracks legacy in three parts

Derek Cianfrance asks something of his audience. The director’s 2010 debut feature Blue Valentine made viewers witness the blooming of a beautiful love affair while simultaneously bearing its frustrated implosion six years later. With his new film The Place Beyond the Pines, which opens in the Boston area on April 5, Cianfrance expects just as much patience.

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Animators share their intergalactic tales

Animation editors of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jason Tucker and Nate Cormier, described the process of landing the job as surprising and surreal, neither of them expecting to set foot in George Lucas’ famous Skywalker Ranch for an interview.

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Chocolate Cake City’s TED Talk

Like the Twilight Zone and Edgar Allen Poe-themed shows before, Chocolate Cake City anchored its latest performance piece around a continuous idea, this time spoofing the increasingly viral global conferences that focus on a myriad of subjects: TED Talks.

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In the Round: Wax on Felt brings musicians and songwriters together

Eleven Emerson students, and four students from Berklee College of Music, gathered Tuesday night a 7 p.m. for Wax on Felt Records’ 2nd annual In The Round event, an opportunity for local singer-songwriters to share an original song with the community.

Rareworks’ 2013 Playwright’s Festival presents A Yellow Watermelon

Written by first-time playwright Lizzie Milanovich, a junior performing arts major, A Yellow Watermelon premiered Tuesday night in the Greene Theater as one of two plays selected for Rareworks’ annual Playwright’s Festival, which produces student-scribed texts.

The dangers of leading a literary life

It’s easy to understand how our lives influence the art we produce and the way we look at other’s art (I’ve heard the mantra “write what you know” more times at Emerson than I can count) but the inverse of that — how art influences our lives — is something I hear talked about much less frequently.

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Costume design advisor nominated for The Mikado

Born in Venezuela, Jaen has been a costume designer for over 25 years. His work spans a wide range of productions, oscillating from a modern take on Henrik Ibsen’s Dollhouse to the Japanese-inspired The Mikado.

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Behind the lens of HIV

Emerson students and faculty, and a few Bostonians, showed up on Wednesday, March 27 to see Mia Donovan’s debut documentary, which began with a flashy montage of porn stars, strippers, and sex.

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Comedian talks sex, divorce, and show business

Raunchy jokes filled the Cabaret Thursday night as comedian Shawn Pelofsky performed a set of stand-up for a Greek Week event, sponsored by the Greek Council and Emerson Mane Events.

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Zombies on Beacon Hill

Emerson student BA film Soulless explores the stereotypical zombie horror flick from a new perspective.

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Dream on: BFA film student creates cinematic nightmare

Aust describes the film — which follows one nightmare creator as he falls in love with one of his victims — as fast, loud, and out of control. It’s a dash of Freddy Kreuger mixed with Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible.

Does Disney have the heart to make an original?

With a worldwide gross nearing $300 million after two weeks, Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful is proving potent at the box office.

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NewFest brings back ghosts of the literary past

Fresh off of the Tuesday morning redeye flight from Los Angeles International Airport, Robert is back in Boston until Sunday to witness the debut of his work onstage at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box.

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SAE brings History Boys to the stage

It is a contemporary English play that follows a group of secondary school students in their quest for knowledge, sex, and acceptance into a top university. It is a heavy script. But assistant director Billy Finn, a junior performing arts major, said defying the Greek life stereotype was one of the production’s goals.

Boston is Calling (but who is answering?)

South by Southwest, Newport Folk Festival, Sasquatch!, Austin City Limits, Ultra: Either as dream destinations or faded marks in calendars, many of these are music festivals well known to the Emerson population. But now Boston has thrown itself into the pile, and I’m not quite sure if it’s worth digging out.