The Berkeley Beacon

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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.

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Professors' play "Academy Fight Song" premiere

“I have a sort of darkly comedic view of the world,” Clarke said. “Things spiral out of control and there are always people who always try to keep it all together. Those are the characters I write about.”

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New poetry group gets the timing just right

The timer beeps and the poets drop their pens. The distinct odor of Corn Nuts and anticipation lingers in the air. Looking around, the writers wonder: Who will establish order? All students in attendance of Poem’s first ever official meeting would soon learn that in the world of flash poetry, creativity trumps conventionality.

The negative consequences of digital filmmaking

Shooting a movie on celluloid requires time and care. When using celluloid, watching a day's shot requires waiting for the film to be processed.

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Activist Angy Rivera advocates for undocumented voices

Rivera's life is chronicled in "No Le Digas A Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone"), a documentary about her struggle as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

Guilt-free pleasures: making peace with pop music

Try not to overthink your playlist—just follow your musical instincts.

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Chasen Parker chases a filmmaking career at Cannes

Chasen Parker's upcoming short film, “E”, is loosely based on the Enron scandals of 2001, which caused thousands of employees at the American energy company to lose their jobs.

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Emerson Poetry Project hosts show on the Common for all

Nearly 120 students sat and stood in the small gazebo, with most bearing purple and yellow glowstick rings atop their heads and around their necks.

Beacon's Boston: fiction, film, and fine arts

Here are some recommended bookstores, movie theaters, and museums, as chosen by Beacon staff.

Year In Review: Art as social change

This year has seen a profusion of creative and socially just declarations and celebrations.

The poems that changed my life

Great poems do not sugarcoat. They have no obligation to comfort the reader; they present crises exactly as they appear to the poet.

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Sitcom in session

“Natalia had the idea to do a show about resident advisors, so she called me,” Reid, 31, said in a phone interview. “I will just say there are some more shocking elements from the pilot that were inspired by things I actually had to deal with, and I did not deal with them as gracefully as the RAs in the show do.”

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Subject and director screen short doc ‘Stumped’ at Emerson

The Bright Lights series screened “Stumped,” a documentary short about Will Lautzenheiser that covered his illness, his rehabilitation, and his hopes for the future.

Emerson Dance Company gains 'momentum' with newest show

With a musical lineup of songs by Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, and Cirque Du Soleil, Emerson Dance Company had the crowd enthralled at its recent performance.