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Video games are the modern form of storytelling

Video games are the modern form of storytelling

By Karissa Schaefer, Assistant Living Arts Editor January 20, 2021

Video games have been around since the 1950s, bringing forth old-school classic computer games like “Tennis for Two” and “Spacewar.” Since then, video games are continuously proving to be the newest...

Multimedia artist Daniel Callahan

Artist and professor Daniel Callahan appointed president of the Roxbury Cultural District board of trustees

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor January 20, 2021

Multimedia artist Daniel Callahan, an affiliate professor of Emerson, has been appointed by the Roxbury Cultural District as the president of the board of trustees. A resident of Roxbury, Callahan said...

Jasmine Hawkins

Jasmine Hawkins ‘23 set to produce College’s first predominantly Black musical, Jelly’s Last Jam

By Margarita Ivanova January 17, 2021

Sophomore theatre and performance major Jasmine Hawkins is set to become the first Emerson student to produce a musical with a predominantly Black cast at the college. The show is in the midst of planning...

A still shot from the California-based feature film, 'Tom and Charlie's Road Trip,' written and directed by junior Alex Hrisanthopoulos.

Junior releases feature film debut ‘Tom and Charlie’s Road Trip’ on Amazon Prime

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer December 24, 2020

After nearly two years in the making, junior Alex Hrisanthopoulos released Tom and Charlie’s Road Trip, his first feature film, on Amazon Prime Video early this month. The comedy film, which Hrisanthopoulos...

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor December 22, 2020

2020 has been a year of disappointment. Internships were cut. Intense feelings of isolation and general melancholy reigned in relation to the state of the world. People turned to baking, crafts and other...

Alumnus and comedian Bill Burr '93 received his first Grammy nomination for his new comedy album, Paper Tiger.

Bill Burr ‘93 receives first Grammy nomination for comedy album ‘Paper Tiger’

By Lucia Thorne, Deputy Lifestyle Editor December 14, 2020

Emerson alumnus Bill Burr ‘93 will have his first ever shot at a Grammy early next year after his newest Netflix comedy special, Paper Tiger, received a nomination for Best Comedy Album.  Paper Tiger...

Alum Stephanie Kent ‘10 and her husband Logan Smalley wrote the novel 'The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book,' an interactive guide to book recommendations and local book stores across the U.S.

Alum creates interactive phone book for bibliophiles everywhere

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer November 30, 2020

Stephanie Kent ‘10 and her husband, Logan Smalley, share a deep love for books. This mutual interest is what sparked the idea for their newly published interactive novel, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book. “[Smalley...

Artist Lilly E. Manycolors spoke about her mixed media art at a virtual forum hosted by Emerson Contemporary on Nov. 6.

Artist Lilly E. Manycolors confronts gender binary, healing and trauma with Emerson Contemporary

By Clarah Grossman November 25, 2020

Performance artist Lilly E. Manycolors began her presentation about mixed media art with a moment of silence and a land recognition of Indigenous territory. As a mixed Choctaw, African-American, and Anglo-Australian...

The Henry Winkler panel was a part of a virtual series hosted by EIV, Emerson Revisited.

Happy Days star Henry Winkler ‘67 shares industry experience at Emerson Revisited Series

By Taylor Kelly-McMahon November 18, 2020

Famed actor Henry Winkler ‘67 chatted about his beloved career in Hollywood and roles in fan favorite television shows during an Emerson Revisited Series event on Nov. 4.  “The world is competitive,...

Jacob Warman, the first-place winner of the 24 hour screenplay competition for his screenplay 'Glue Boards.'

Mouse traps and sports drafts: Here are the winners of the 24 hour screenplay competition

By Lucia Thorne, Deputy Lifestyle Editor November 16, 2020

When first-year Jacob Warman’s girlfriend suggested he write about a woman who regretted using mice glue traps, he did not think the idea would lead him to victory in the student-organized 24 hour screenplay...

Lee Forrest, Director of 'Or What You Won't' produced by student organization Theyta.

Theyta produced virtual reading of ‘Or What You Won’t’

By Clarah Grossman November 14, 2020

A bell rings through the theater, announcing the start of the show. People take their seats, the room goes dark, and the curtain rises. At least, this is what Theyta’s original production of Or What...

Film review: ‘Cured’ reminds us the necessity of LGBTQ+ activism

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor November 11, 2020

After four years of the Trump administration rolling back LGBTQ+ protections, particularly those protecting the trans community, documentaries like Cured, which will be available through PBS later this...

45 Boston Ballet performers danced to Duke Ellington’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” outside the Boston Opera House, wearing street clothes as costumes.

Boston Ballet films performance outside Opera House for virtual season

By Lucia Thorne, Deputy Lifestyle Editor November 9, 2020

Dancers of the Boston Ballet rejoiced Monday afternoon as they danced on Avenue de Lafayette for their first in-person performance since the pandemic spread through the country in March. This filmed performance...

Director Sam Feder and actress-writer Jen Richards discussed trans representation in Hollywood in their documentary

VMA and SEAL hosts Q&A Panel with director and subject of “Disclosure”

By Lucia Thorne, Deputy Lifestyle Editor November 8, 2020

Disclosure director Sam Feder and actress-writer Jen Richards discussed the documentary’s analysis of the ways trans representation in Hollywood both empowers and endangers trans lives at a Q&A panel...

A mural honoring John Lewis was painted on the wall in the Quiet Study room in Piano Row.

Civil Rights leader John Lewis to be honored by new 20-foot-long mural in Piano Row

By Campbell Parish, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

If you take a peek inside Emerson’s Quiet Room on the second floor of Piano Row, a new 20-foot mural in honor of the late Congressman and Civil Rights Movement leader John Lewis stands tall. Emerson...

Screenshot from the ICA Panel on racism, contemporary art, and public health.

Racism and public health: ICA Boston discusses the role of the artist in 2020

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor November 2, 2020

In June, Mayor Marty Walsh declared racism a public health crisis as millions of Black Lives Matter protesters demanded justice for police brutality victims like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The Institute...

Griswold '10 on the set of 'Quirewood: The Musical,' which is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Adam Griswold ’10 lands first musical on Amazon Prime

By Lucia Thorne, Deputy Lifestyle Editor October 28, 2020

Filmmaker and alum Adam Griswold ‘10 spent years thinking about producing a musical, but he has now made his mark on the theatre world with the release of Quirewood! The Musical, now available on Amazon...

Six Crimee, 1982, Jean-Michel Basquiat© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Sound and color: Jean-Michel Basquiat, the hip-hop generation and the world of post-graffiti

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor October 21, 2020

A new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston pays tribute to hip-hop and graffiti culture, displaying it as a testament to the post-graffiti American art movement.  Titled “Writing the Future:...

The Lincoln Statue is set to be taken down in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

Artists, activists come together for “Memorials: As Monuments Fall” webinar

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor October 17, 2020

Historical monuments and who they seek to memorialize have come under harsh scrutiny in 2020. Emerson Contemporary, along with a team of professors and activist artists, came together on Oct. 14 at a virtual...

Performers at the annual Honk! Festival raise their hands together in celebration.

Somerville-based HONK! Festival invited international partners for virtual blowout

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor October 14, 2020

The Somerville-based HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands looked quite unusual this year due to the impact of COVID-19. But the 2020 fest at the intersection of social activism and thrilling performance...

The Media Art Gallery opened an exhibition for the first time since Covid-19 forced the school's closure in March.

Emerson Contemporary debuts new blog, fall exhibit amid pandemic

By Karissa Schaefer, Assistant Living Arts Editor October 14, 2020

Six months after the pandemic shuttered its operations, Emerson Contemporary, the college’s visual arts platform, is back with a new blog and in-person exhibit. Emerson Contemporary’s fall theme is...

Emerson's Paramount theater.

ArtsEmerson, WERS receive grant money from Boston COVID-19 fund

By Joshua Sokol, Living Arts Editor October 13, 2020

Two Emerson-affiliated organizations, ArtsEmerson and WERS 88.9, received grant funding from Boston’s $1 million Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund this summer to maintain operations during the coronavirus...

During production of The Last Dance, Gregg Winik (right), current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (left) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern prior to Game 5 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

Gregg Winik ’84 wins Emmy for docuseries “The Last Dance”

By Lucia Thorne, Deputy Lifestyle Editor October 6, 2020

While documenting Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s, Gregg Winik ‘84 and the rest of the NBA Entertainment film crew joked that the footage would become either a...

Grace Talusan is the 2020 winner of One City One Story with her short story “The Book of Life and Death”

Boston Book Festival announces virtual lineup, a first for the annual literature festival

By Katie Redefer, Editor-in-Chief September 30, 2020

The Boston Book Festival will host a virtual month-long festival — complete with 55 virtual events and several in-person activities spread across the city — for the first time in the nonprofit organization's...

‘Boys State’ docuseries to stream at Emerson Thursday

‘Boys State’ docuseries to stream at Emerson Thursday

By Grace Rispoli September 22, 2020

“Boys State” takes place during the American Legion’s 2018 Texas Boys State, a week-long program that educates high schoolers as they play politicians in a mock government. Released in August...

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