The Berkeley Beacon

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Peanut butter and play reading

A play-reading club founded by ArtsEmerson, aiming to revitalize Boston residents’ interest in the performing arts, culminated its first season with a brown-bag lunch.

"Taste and Sunlight": The poetry of James Merrill

As Merrill aged, his poetry became more explicitly autobiographical, and he became more willing to write about his life as a gay man. His battle with AIDS and growing awareness of his own mortality during the last decade of his life inspired some of his most moving lyrics.


Picture perfect: Emerson's Next Top Model crowns a winner

The Bill Bordy Theater opened its doors on April 2 for the final rounds in a co-ed modeling competition that had started a week and a half prior. Freshman Zeke St. John won the contest, along with freshman Chance Liekkiö as the audience favorite choice.


Influential documentary filmmaker Peter Davis visits campus, talks legacy

"I see the role of a documentarian in the plural. I’m not against a filmmaker making a film that preaches at you. That’s just a film that I’m personally not interested in. I’m interested in the psychological inquiry, like in Hearts and Minds."


Gargantuan Gartenberg: Media entrepreneur talks business

Freshman Aaron Dean Gartenberg—who colleagues described as a hard-working entrepreneur—started his own production company and media consulting business.

Kidding Around presents electrifying children's play

Though the play is written for young audiences, it offers universal lessons about friendship, creativity, and power.


Recent VMA graduate illuminates life after Emerson, job prospects in LA

"I think Emerson to a certain extent is its own bubble and isolated from the harsher realities of the outside world. I don’t know if it’s something I expected or didn’t expect. I guess you hear the stories, and you hear there are going to be some less-than-savory types in the film industry."


Emerson hosts pitch perfect a cappella show featuring other Boston colleges

Campus radio station WERS hosted the 10th annual All A Cappella Live show at the Cutler Majestic Theater on Saturday, March 28.


Drawing on depression: Director screens animated film on campus

The trope of the tortured artist came to life at Emerson last week as Signe Baumane used her drawing and animation talents to start a humorous conversation about mental illnesses.

The importance of film criticism

There’s something so problematic about boiling a film’s worth down to a percentage. I’ve seen plenty of objectively terrible movies that stir something in me that a number could never represent. No movie is above critical evaluation, but plenty are above a one-size-fits-all rating system.


Diverse mix at 15th annual Emerson Student Film Festival

Fourteen short films were presented by Emerson at its annual film festival, held on March 22, and three were honored with awards.


Dear White People At Emerson

“The movie is an opportunity to get into either the skin of someone who looks like you or someone who doesn’t,” said Simien. “It’s nice when white people can see themselves as black characters. That’s the power of storytelling.”


Author and feminist Roxane Gay visits campus

“I find [Twitter] to be a great sandbox for thinking through ideas and arguments,” said Gay. “I live in the middle of nowhere so it’s a nice place to engage with other human beings.”

The limits of literary patriotism

Our culture’s continued interest in what makes a literary text or its author “American” is one worthy of further inquiry.


Supremely Vermin: Presidential hopeful comes to campus to screen doc of his life

Sporting his ubiquitous black boot on top of his head, Vermin Supreme erupted an audience in the Paramount Center into a chorus of his song “Psycho Kitty.”