The Berkeley Beacon

Friday, December 9, 2016

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Feminist website editors tackle gender with new satirical book

"We get to portray things in a way that women are thinking about in their day-to-day lives." ­—Beth Newell, co-founder of Reductress

Promising debut novel Homegoing covers generations of stories

Reading Homegoing feels less like you’re experiencing the novel’s plot with the characters so much as it feels like you’re floating above them—dipping into their lives when their personal narratives have reached a turning point and then dipping back out to view their family lineage from a bird’s eye view.

Songs of Halloween: A playlist by the Berkeley Beacon staff

Too spooky.

New Netflix series dismantles hip-hop stereotypes

Rap music, disco, race, gangs, young love, and really short shorts are all featured in Netflix’s new series The Get Down. The show tells the eccentric tale of the birth of hip-hop in the South Bronx in the late ‘70s. The concept was created by Baz Luhrmann, who has won multiple awards for his work on Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.

Panel picks apart humor in presidential election

To some, this election is a joke. For others, they joke about the election for a living. Last Friday, six comedy, politics, and communications professionals gathered for a panel moderated by associate professor Gregory Payne in the Bill Bordy Theater. The event was sponsored by the School of the Arts and the Center for Comedic Arts.

Small Screen Halloween: The Exorcist poorly reimagined

It was only a matter of time before it was adapted into a mediocre TV show on FOX.

Alumni web series tells Quick and Dirty sex stories

The series explores bisexual relationships, infidelity, and STDs—all topics typically left out in mainstream media.

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Freshman makes ad for LEGO with alum brother

When things look dire, LEGO versions of John, Paul, George, and Ringo come to the rescue in their iconic Yellow Submarine.

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Becket Comes to Life at Robert J. Orchard Stage

“It really is an ensemble piece,” Lovett said. “Nobody is doing more than anyone else, if you like.”

Comics with a cause: superheroes and political messages

It wasn’t the costumes, plots, or the explosions that entranced my adolescent imagination, though. It was the fight for good.

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CQ Studios travels the world, brings stories to screen

“The Colorless Queen is the main character in this world and she’s sort of this perfect mix of all these different species, and is the closest thing to what the original human was,” said Velle.

EmStages opens season with Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle was performed last week in the Greene Theater. The play follows a young peasant woman in post World War II Georgia who cares for a noble-born child after his mother abandons him. In the final scene of the show a local judge must decide who the child’s true mother is.

The Sun Sets in the West: Morality in HBO’s Westworld

If a piece of media exists solely for the viewing pleasure of the audience, can we dictate what that pleasure should be? And what do we morally owe the characters and creations within these narratives if they do not exist in reality? HBO’s latest show, Westworld, poses many questions with no easy answers.

Guest curator: One11Twenty Tuesday picks

Beacon's Spotify playlist of the week.

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Simpsons scribe shares stories, offers advice

“If you write for a living, you can’t get writer’s block,” Reiss said. “It should always be fun for you.”