The Berkeley Beacon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In Defense of Music Nerddom

It happened again not too long ago. I was at a friend’s party when, meaning well, she introduced me to her longstanding college group as her “hipster” friend. What a burden.

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Documentary "On the Move" asks, what connects America?

Spending 47 days in a cramped Saab with no working radio doesn’t sound like a recipe for success, but for Emerson filmmakers Christian Bergren-Aragon, Michael Thorpe, Brendan Scully, and Courtland Noble, it was the best summer of their lives. The four traveled across the Southwest, West Coast, Midwest, and Southeast regions of the United States for their documentary, On The Move.

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Watsky's new 'album scrapbook' is packed with nostalgia

Rapper and spoken word poet George Watsky calls his new record, All You Can Do, an “album scrapbook” of sorts. The cover art features a grainy, black-and-white photo of his father, poet Paul Watsky, donning oversized vintage eyeglasses, a leather jacket, and long, hippie-style hair.

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Thunderstorm puts a damper on Boston Calling Festival

After nearly six hours of receiving repeated warnings to stay hydrated in Saturday’s 97 degree weather, the crowds at Boston Calling were instructed to evacuate City Hall Plaza to avoid an unwanted type of hydration: an incoming thunderstorm.

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In new memoir, alum embraces the 'Gay Within'

To Jon Derek Croteau’s father, Emerson was “‘the land of ‘fairies, freaks, and misfits with purple hair,”’ a place [Jon Derek] was to avoid at all costs.” To Croteau, the college was a place to call home—a place where, after years of living in the closet, he began his journey of self-acceptance, which he wrote about in his upcoming memoir, My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within.

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Networking is the "muscle of the industry" for production assistants

Lenny Alcid practiced unwrapping the plastic on ten brand-new decks of cards before turning to his boss for approval, nervous to hear whether his attempt at a perfect crescent cut was up to the standard of magician David Blaine.

Professor John Skoyles Releases New Book

Professor John Skoyles releases a semi-autobiographical novel and shares writing advice

Mixtapes: the best 'Thank You'

Music columnist Nina Corcoran's final piece offers a message of the gift that keeps on giving: mixtapes.

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Rafael Yglesias: wading through a 'sea of regrets'

“My parents died believing they had failed,” Yglesias said in a speech during an event hosted by the Bright Lights series last Thursday night. Yglesias was awarded the 2014 Semel Chair in Screenwriting and is a temporary professor of an advanced screenwriting workshop at Emerson.

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The eerie music of Anne Malin

“She doesn’t perform with a lot of other people. It’s just her and her guitar,” said Donahue. “You would think it wouldn’t be enough, just seeing this blonde girl on a huge stage. But her voice tells a whole story. She doesn’t need a whole lot of instruments.”

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VMA students remember marathon with short films

“I wanted to put something into the evening that would help highlight a metaphor that helps deal with tragedies that were both within ourselves and larger than ourselves,” said DePaola.

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Dead right: Joel Stillerman, alum, helps foster AMC hits

“I would take 10 people who would walk over broken glass to watch my show,” said Stillerman. “Than 1,000 people who think ‘Oh yeah, that sounds okay, maybe I’ll check it out.’”

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Being Benincasa

“That is incredibly affirming and rewarding because I get to look into the eyes of someone who is also struggling and tell them that it gets easier and it also gets harder,” said Benincasa “I just want to provide whatever answers and help I can.”

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A whole new world

Founded in 2012, the New Majority Theatre aims to “produce works which tell a previously untold story, with an emphasis on cultural oppression,” according to the mission statement on its Facebook page. Last year, the troupe put on a production of Hamlet set during the Mexican-American War.

Solitude and the American writer

Blake Campell tackles the question on all WLP's minds: MFA or NYC?