The Berkeley Beacon

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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EmStage cooks up country vibes in “Spitfire Grill”

Behind the cozy backdrop is a story about a murderer’s pursuit of a new beginning, a deserter’s quest for forgiveness, and a mother’s struggle to mend a broken relationship.

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"Electric Pilgrims" illuminates local neighborhood

Hosted by the school of the arts at Emerson, the temporary Fort Point exhibition included over 20 videos at 12 simultaneous stations, with most projecting onto screens and the brick walls of nearby condominiums. One small work found its home on a mailbox; another on an enormous black balloon.

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Alum’s published illustrations draw outside the lines

In a nod to the past and a jab at pop culture, Dylan Klymenko illustrated a parody book series by author Dan Zevin that depicts questionably matured characters in four books: “Little Miss Overshare,” “Little Miss Basic,” “Mr. Humblebrag,” and “Mr. Selfie.”

Film Theories: Art and the rating system

"NC-17" is not meant to signify pornographic or purely lewd content. Arthouse films are frequently given this rating, and most commercial theaters refuse to screen them.

Director sniffs out chem industry in "Stink!"

The documentary, which screened at the Bright Family Screening Room for the Bright Lights series last Thursday to a crowd of almost 50 people, begins with a pair of smelly pajamas.

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Mercutio Troupe hosts 48-hour theater festival

The six groups were given two requirements: Each play must begin with the line, “You think you’re a genius?” and end with, “All right, take it easy, take it easy.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.