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The Robert J. Orchard Stage, one of ArtsEmerson’s venues

ArtsEmerson appoints new director of artistic programming

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
July 24, 2021

Ronee Penoi will be ArtsEmerson’s new director of artistic programming, the theatre group announced Thursday afternoon.  Starting Aug. 2, Penoi will serve as ArtEmerson’s third artistic leader,...

People walk on Washington Street near Paramount Theater.

ArtsEmerson releases its plans and expectations for the 2021/2022 season

By Mariyam Quaisar, Living Arts Editor
July 17, 2021

ArtsEmerson announced a series of in-person and virtual events for its 2021-22 season — marking the return of live events after a year of pandemic-altered entertainment.  The organization will feature...

The Colonial Theatre

Colonial Theatre to reopen in September with new programming

By Camilo Fonseca, News Editor
July 8, 2021

The Emerson Colonial Theatre will open its doors to the public in September 2021 for the first time in seventeen months, the Ambassador Theatre Group announced on Thursday. The historic theatre—which,...

Art by Lucia Thorne

The 10 songs that got me through my first year at Emerson

By Karissa Schaefer, Deputy Living Arts Editor
May 24, 2021

One of my favorite ways to connect with people is through music. During my first year at Emerson, I discovered so many great new songs that are part of my daily playlist now, many of which I first heard...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Robert Colby, chair of performing arts, dies at 70

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor
April 5, 2021

Robert Colby, chair of the performing arts department who worked at Emerson for 44 years, died early Monday morning in Beth Israel Hospital after a lengthy fight with cancer, the college announced this...

Let it Sing: A Cabaret of Color

Third annual ‘Cabaret of Color’ highlights BIPOC performers

By Campbell Parish and Lucia Thorne
April 1, 2021

The pandemic may have halted live stage productions, but it can’t stop the Musical Theatre Society’s third annual Cabaret of Color from showcasing Emerson’s BIPOC student talent.  Created by...

Students working on a film set.

Productions amid a Pandemic: how student films are being affected by COVID-19

By Margarita Ivanova, Correspondent
April 1, 2021

Visual media arts majors involved in creative projects outside of school have had numerous opportunities taken away from them during the pandemic. Despite this setback, many students still managed to continue...

Stupid Jupiter Jewelry becomes fashion trend donned across campus

Stupid Jupiter Jewelry becomes fashion trend donned across campus

By Campbell Parish, Business Managing Editor
March 25, 2021

Thanks to first-year Christina Casper’s handmade jewelry business, Stupid Jupiter Jewelry, brightly-colored floral necklaces are creating a sense of community among students on the Boston campus.  Casper,...

The exterior of Cutler Majestic Theatre.

From stages to classrooms: Emerson theaters during COVID-19

By Alexander Vassilopoulos
March 24, 2021

In March 2020, the stages of Emerson College fell silent for the foreseeable future. One year later, in March 2021, these stages are still just as empty.   Fortunately, the college has utilized the...

Museum visitors in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

How cultural institutions have adapted to the pandemic one year later

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Living Arts Editor
March 18, 2021

While the pandemic rages on after more than a year has passed since it began, Americans’ go-to outlets for entertainment look quite different from how they did a year ago.  Making whipped coffee...

Still from A Quiet Place: Part II.

Fifteen movies that COVID took from us by postponing their release

By Mariyam Quaisar, Living Arts Editor
March 17, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic delayed more than 100 movies from being released in theaters in the past year, and pushed several straight to streaming platforms. As a result of the numerous film postponements,...

Three-time Grammy Award winner Fiona Apple

The winners of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards

By Gary Sowder and Joshua Sokol
March 14, 2021

The 2021 Grammy Awards are finally upon us. The premiere ceremony streamed live on the Recording Academy’s website, beginning at 3pm EST. Comedian Trevor Noah will take the stage at 8pm EST to host the...

Grammy awards

2021 Grammys: here’s who we think will win

By Gary Sowder and Joshua Sokol
March 11, 2021

2020 was a wild year for music. Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga released albums loaded with club bangers just as clubs became a thing of the past. Fiona Apple made her third comeback, reigning in legions of new...

Still from the film MINARI

‘MINARI’ highlights the many difficulties immigrant families in America face

By Mariyam Quaisar, Living Arts Editor
March 5, 2021

Director Lee Isaac Chung’s eye-opening film “MINARI'' left me teary-eyed. The film illustrates the struggles of a Korean American family as they are on the search to accomplish their own “American...

Algorithm bias researcher Joy Buolamwini showing the racist faults in the Aspire Mirror.

‘Coded Bias’ latest screening from Bright Lights Film Series, highlights racial bias in AI

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Living Arts Editor
March 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence, defined as “the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,” has the potential to shape the future of every industry. Yet...

Electronic duo Daft Punk

A requiem for Daft Punk: the avant gardes of electronic dance music

By Soleil Easton
March 1, 2021

The endangered Parisian robot duo, Daft Punk, has gone extinct, announcing the decision on Monday via an eight-minute sequence dubbed “Epilogue,” taken from their 2006 film, Electroma. Kathryn Frazier,...

Britney Spears

New documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’ released, reviving discussion of conservatorship

By Karissa Schaefer, Deputy Living Arts Editor
February 28, 2021

The New York Times’ “Framing Britney Spears” Hulu documentary was released on Feb. 5, of this year, yet Britney Spears has remained in a conservatorship since January 2008. Devoted fans are pushing...

Margot Wood 08, author of Fresh

Margot Wood ’08 to release debut novel ‘Fresh’, takes place at Emerson

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
February 25, 2021

Margot Wood ‘08 spent years working in the publishing industry after graduation, and now her debut novel set at Emerson College, Fresh, is set to be published in August.  Wood’s new novel, which...

Album cover of Sunsettas new EP Green Line to Harvard Ave

Student band Sunsetta drops new dance-inducing EP ‘Green Line to Harvard Ave’

By Mariyam Quaisar, Living Arts Editor
February 24, 2021

Emerson’s very own student band Sunsetta dropped their new EP on Feb. 19 titled “Green Line to Harvard Ave,” and I immediately downloaded every song.  Sunsetta is made up of four students with...

Still from Disneys Raya and the Last Dragon

Ryn Soorholtz ’16 serves as production coordinator on Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

By Karissa Schaefer, Deputy Living Arts Editor
February 23, 2021

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” takes viewers on an epic journey through the eyes of lone warrior, Raya, as she tracks down the last dragon to help her stop an evil force...

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