The Berkeley Beacon

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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.”

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Freshman leads Portland alt-rock band from Boston

At 19, freshman writing, literature and publishing major Timothy Jordan is already a published children’s book author and lead singer of the band One11Twenty.

Author Angela Davis talks art, advocacy, and activism

"[Davis] is an incredible spokesperson and a really unique voice for this community that so often gets shut down and misrespresented. She's a badass." —Junior Emily Shnider

Forever Young: Pop music’s fascination with time

The desire to live forever is a pervasive concept with contemporary artists, and it’s ironic how the singers and groups destined to be one-hit wonders embrace it.

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Lit mags come together for reading series

"We want to bring [the literary magazines] together more." —Ashley Howard, The Emerson Review

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Alumni join forces for award-winning indie sci-fi film

I've stayed in touch and worked with Emerson people more than not. The school has always been pretty supportive of my endeavors." —Deborah Correa, co-director

Songs Of Fall: A Playlist By The Berkeley Beacon Staff

Whatever the reason may be these are the songs that we at The Beacon are listening to when the leaves start falling.

Those "classics" you may not have read, but should

Contemporary literature is having an incredible moment right now—it’s evolving and redefining itself and inventing new methods of storytelling. But while new hardcovers coming to shelves lately have been compelling and rich and bizarre and so worthy of discussion, I feel I can’t review them head-on without first mentioning the classics.

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Take a Seat: Comedian visits college

Known by many for his role on Fox’s Mulaney, Smith visited Emerson for a stand-up performance. Students gathered in the multipurpose room to hear Smith’s jokes for an hour. The comedian interacted with the audience, asking them deeply personal questions about their love lives and beyond.

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Pink Taco hosts first woman-focused soiree of the semester

The dreamy setting and accompanying artwork kicked off Pink Taco’s Sensitive Soiree, an event showcasing 14 Emerson storytellers, filmmakers, musicians, and more, to celebrate those who identify within the female spectrum and their art.