Before our ancestors first put chisel to tablet some 5,000 years ago, humans could only tell stories by word of mouth. This semester, 10 students are getting in touch with their prehistoric roots with a new performing arts course on solo performances and oral histories.
I was first introduced to Tracy K. Smith four years ago when a mentor of mine casually named a couple of contemporary poets worth checking out. I purchased her second book, Duende, at the time, and it’s stayed with me ever since. Her poems were unlike anything I’d ever read—lucid yet dreamlike, brutal yet almost celestial in tone, full of beauty without being too precious.
Last October, Emerson expanded its visual art presence by opening the Media Art Gallery on Avery Street next to the new Equipment Distribution Center. The public gallery, the only one in Downtown Boston, deepens Emerson’s ties to the theater district.
It’s not everyday that you find a class that offers both musical enrichment and political discourse. This semester, Emerson is providing its students with just that.
While the songs are catchy and the cinematography is breathtaking, La La Land brings nothing new to the table. For all of its modern quirks, it’s still a very traditional musical where boy meets girl.
Emerson alumnus and rapper George Watsky, ‘10, sat in the Little Building in 2009 and watched the White House Poetry Jam. On his screen, the then-senior performing arts major saw playwright and rapper Lin-Manuel Miranda perform a song that would become the opening number of his hit musical Hamilton.
If you’re keen to see some Emerson comedy shows or student theater, you’ll likely find yourself in a retrofitted dance studio above an Uno Due Go restaurant.
For some, the golden age of cinema is resigned to a chapter of a film textbook, or a category on Netflix. But for Wesley Emblidge, a senior visual and media arts major, the motion pictures of classic Hollywood are just as vibrant and newsworthy today as they were 75 years ago.
As we get ready for a much needed and long Holiday break, The Beacon would like to give you a special gift—two playlists in one week!
Art inherently reflects the environment it’s in, so it makes sense for recent works on and off campus to talk about timely issues. What is especially notable is the explicit stance some of these artists take on social justice debates. Going into 2017, with a divided nation and controversial president-elect, this trend is only going to continue.
Halloween and Thanksgiving are over. According to most, it’s finally time to get into the holiday spirit. Many on campus are already honoring the season by decorating their dorm rooms or suites.
I hope in the face of new challenges, whether it’s years of political and societal uncertainty or industry-changing technology, music will still be a predecessor to progress. This stays true as long as music is kept a living, breathing force, even in the digital corners of the internet in playlists shared between friends.
Now that Thanksgiving is over and December has finally arrived, it’s officially the holiday season. It’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch and watch your favorite holiday movie. Here are ten festive film recommendations from the Beacon staff to keep you warm this winter.
Last month, Hope Alexander, a sophomore visual and media arts major, approached her friends and pitched the idea for a short horror film. Three weeks later, it was shot and ready for editing.