Category: Arts

Kevin Bright ’76 premieres new production company
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Kevin Bright ’76 premieres new production company

After executive-producing Friends for ten years, Kevin Bright ‘76 is telling stories in a whole new way. Leaving Central Park and the sitcom world behind, Bright recently launched an LA-based documentary-production company aiming to help young documentarians bring their stories to reality. Bright described the unnamed enterprise as a starting point for filmmakers who want...

VMA department offers free film for photo students
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VMA department offers free film for photo students

Students enrolled in photography classes received free film rolls at the start of this semester to help offset costs for assignments. The visual and media arts department began providing six photo-film rolls to every student in one of the nine photo classes, including Introduction to Photography and Darkroom Photography. The type of photo film provided varies depending...

Student band enters the Boston DIY scene
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Student band enters the Boston DIY scene

“Fruit punk”—a more lighthearted offshoot of punk music—is band Squitch’s genre of choice. Freshman Emma Spooner started Squitch her senior year of high school, and now the trio is working on their second album, playing shows, and planning a tour for this May. Freshman business of creative enterprises major Emma Spooner fronts Squitch as lead...

Alum develops plays through coastal fellowships
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Alum develops plays through coastal fellowships

Andrew Siañez-De La O ‘17 saw patriotism and Hispanic culture blend while growing up next to an immigration fort. His experiences in El Paso, Texas, inspired two of his plays that are debuting on opposite coasts. Siañez-De La O finished Sangre Mía through a fellowship with Boston’s Company One Theatre and now works at Northeastern University....

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues
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Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

Winter is not a good time of year for my mental health. It happens like clockwork every February—the rejuvenation I get from seeing my family and friends over the holiday fades, and soon depression and anxiety burrow into my brain for the rest of the winter. Given my attitude toward this time of year, it...

Urban Arts to exhibit famed South African artist
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Urban Arts to exhibit famed South African artist

On April 21, 2016, William Kentridge covered the Tiber embankment in Rome with six-foot-tall plastic stencils. He used powerful jets to spray the 550-yard section of the wall with water, washing away dirt on the wall to reveal depictions of Italian history. The mural is part of the South African artist’s newest collection Triumphs and...

Junior echoes John Oliver for new EIV show
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Junior echoes John Oliver for new EIV show

This semester, junior journalism major Paul Ross plans to bring political commentary influenced by political comedians Stephen Colbert and John Oliver to Emerson Independent Video with his show Paulitics. Each episode features news, discussions, and a monologue from Ross—the show’s host and executive producer of content. He said he wants politicians, pundits, and political campaign...

Owen Elphick pens way into Poet’s Corner
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Owen Elphick pens way into Poet’s Corner

The largest daily newspaper in Connecticut recently published eight of Owen Elphick’s poems in its monthly Poet’s Corner column, making the sophomore writing, literature, and publishing major the youngest poet ever to have his pieces featured in The Hartford Courant. Robert Rennie McQuilkin, the Connecticut State Poet Laureate who manages the monthly section, invited Elphick...

Climate meets culture at State House event
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Climate meets culture at State House event

Paintings depicting zebras running through grasslands, trees with neon tops, and environmental pleas such as, “Whatever you do, see the planet and save it,” decorated the lobby of the Massachusetts State House Tuesday morning. These are just some of the approximately 250 painted cardboard pieces of a mosaic that visual media arts major Carrie Cullen...

“Lights Down Low” singer recruits student photographer
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“Lights Down Low” singer recruits student photographer

Young artists may fantasize about seeing their work featured in magazines and concert promotions, but junior visual and media arts major Mike Zahar knows the feeling well. His portraits of alternative singer Max Schneider, who performs under the name MAX, have been featured in Billboard magazine and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour. Zahar, an aspiring...