The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Generation Y seeks solace in art, literature, and poetry

The spring 2013 Gangsters in Concrete publication, funded by the Student Government Association and the writing, literature, and publishing department, oozes black and white memories; from childhood love to a spiraling depression over things that will never be.

A glimpse into married life through California Suite

The almost two-hour show featured four vignettes chronicling various married couples who stay in the same hotel room at different times of the year.

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Swomo says goodbye to graduating members with final show

Longform improv is when performers improvise a series of short scenes often interrelated by story, characters, or themes. Swomo kept audiences laughing Friday night as they played out their story, complete with larger-than-life characters, such as a sassy swim coach and a Southern schoolboy who gets called a “scrimper” by his playground bullies.

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What it means to be a female pop star

Prior to arriving at Emerson, Lieb wrote for Billboard and Rolling Stone, and ran Newbury Comics Interactive. Lieb draws from her industry experience and her academic background to explain the lifecycle of today’s female pop star, including how queen bee Beyoncé fits into all of this.

Like father, like son?

From Up on Poppy Hill is a relaxed 1960s period drama about the life of Umi Matsuzaki (dubbed by Sarah Bolger), a girl living in Yokohama, and her relationship with fellow student and editor of the school newspaper Shun Kazama (Aton Yelchin).

“Untitled” by Unknown (for better or for worse)

To truly enjoy a song upon first listen, it has to be about the music and the music only.

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Will & Grace creator gives an inside look into network television

An audience of over 100 students and faculty filled the Bright Family Screening Room as Mutchnick held a candid discussion and presentation about his latest television show, Partners, which was canceled this past fall after only six episodes aired on CBS.

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Wedding bells and prohibition

Directed by Nicky Maggio, a junior performing arts major, Musical Theatre Society’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone premiered Tuesday night to a full house in the Greene Theater, and was followed by another sold-out performance the following night.

Place Beyond the Pines tracks legacy in three parts

Derek Cianfrance asks something of his audience. The director’s 2010 debut feature Blue Valentine made viewers witness the blooming of a beautiful love affair while simultaneously bearing its frustrated implosion six years later. With his new film The Place Beyond the Pines, which opens in the Boston area on April 5, Cianfrance expects just as much patience.

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Animators share their intergalactic tales

Animation editors of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jason Tucker and Nate Cormier, described the process of landing the job as surprising and surreal, neither of them expecting to set foot in George Lucas’ famous Skywalker Ranch for an interview.

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Chocolate Cake City’s TED Talk

Like the Twilight Zone and Edgar Allen Poe-themed shows before, Chocolate Cake City anchored its latest performance piece around a continuous idea, this time spoofing the increasingly viral global conferences that focus on a myriad of subjects: TED Talks.

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In the Round: Wax on Felt brings musicians and songwriters together

Eleven Emerson students, and four students from Berklee College of Music, gathered Tuesday night a 7 p.m. for Wax on Felt Records’ 2nd annual In The Round event, an opportunity for local singer-songwriters to share an original song with the community.

Rareworks’ 2013 Playwright’s Festival presents A Yellow Watermelon

Written by first-time playwright Lizzie Milanovich, a junior performing arts major, A Yellow Watermelon premiered Tuesday night in the Greene Theater as one of two plays selected for Rareworks’ annual Playwright’s Festival, which produces student-scribed texts.

The dangers of leading a literary life

It’s easy to understand how our lives influence the art we produce and the way we look at other’s art (I’ve heard the mantra “write what you know” more times at Emerson than I can count) but the inverse of that — how art influences our lives — is something I hear talked about much less frequently.

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Costume design advisor nominated for The Mikado

Born in Venezuela, Jaen has been a costume designer for over 25 years. His work spans a wide range of productions, oscillating from a modern take on Henrik Ibsen’s Dollhouse to the Japanese-inspired The Mikado.