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Emerson bands Pool Boys and Squitch open show for Japanese Breakfast

Emerson bands Pool Boys and Squitch open show for Japanese Breakfast

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

March 28, 2019

When WECB announced they wanted students to open for popular artist Japanese Breakfast, junior Jasper Cote and his rock band, Pool Boys, had their fingers crossed it would be them. Once Pool Boys found out through event coordinator and junior Mia Manning that they were one of the two bands chosen, th...

Alumnus writes off-Broadway play overnight

Alumnus writes off-Broadway play overnight

By Erin Nolan

March 28, 2019

Kate T. Billingsley ‘07 laid on her back doing vocal warm-ups and tried to relax before her first off-Broadway performance of the play she wrote, Barefoot, when she realized that she was finally living her dream. However, just two weeks before the Jan. 24 opening night, Billingsley had not writ...

Senior co-writes Harvard musical to raise Asian representation in theater

Senior co-writes Harvard musical to raise Asian representation in theater

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor: Print

March 27, 2019

Senior Jared Leong had never written a musical before last July. However, he said he could not refuse the opportunity to portray the Asian-American experience and address the lack of Asian representation in theater when a Facebook post asking for people interested in co-writing a musical came to his attention...

Dance battle winners take home $1,000 cash prizes

Dance battle winners take home $1,000 cash prizes

By Eloisa de Farias

March 26, 2019

Spectators of Hip-Hop Society’s second annual dance battle gathered around in a circle, clapped their hands, and fed into the energy of the two dancers competing in the middle. The crowd anxiously waited as senior and President of the Hip-Hop Society, Elmer Martinez, counted down from three to announce the...

Emmy-winning alumnus discusses new thriller novel

Emmy-winning alumnus discusses new thriller novel

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

March 24, 2019

Gary Grossman said he was never going to write again when he graduated from Emerson in 1970. A few years later, Grossman, a professor at the time in the Interdisciplinary program, wrote an article for the Beacon on Superman’s representation in media. Unexpectedly, this article turned into one of his f...

Senior’s abstract paintings bring color to Iwasaki Library

Senior’s abstract paintings bring color to Iwasaki Library

By Soleil Easton

March 21, 2019

Senior Shelby Grebbin, a former Beacon managing editor and self-taught artist, began painting during her freshman year to impress a long-distance significant other. When the relationship did not work out, she decided to continue exploring her artistic endeavors and create new paintings with themes such ...

Alumnus debunks rom-com clichés in ‘Isn’t it Romantic’

Alumnus debunks rom-com clichés in ‘Isn’t it Romantic’

By Shafaq Patel

March 20, 2019

Before Todd Strauss-Schulson ’03 directed his first feature-length romantic comedy, he binge-watched all of the romantic comedies he could get his hands on that were released from 1988 to 2007. He said he watched six movies a day for about 10 days back-to-back and compiled a 500-page visual document...

Student rapper ‘Prophet’ to perform at local nightclub

Student rapper ‘Prophet’ to perform at local nightclub

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

March 13, 2019

Junior Moses Small never imagined he was going to be a rapper. Until his freshman year, he had only made music with his violin and drums—never with his own words or lyrics. Since his freshman year, Small has rapped professionally and goes by the stage name Prophet. Small started exploring rap...

Alumni go back to middle school in “Life Sucks” web series

Alumni go back to middle school in “Life Sucks” web series

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

February 28, 2019

When several alumni failed to make the cut after trying out for Emerson comedy troupes their freshman year, they teamed together to form their own comedy sketch group, Dinner For One, in 2009. Nine members—eight of them Emerson alumni who graduated in 2011 and 2012—officially formed the group an...

Artificial Intelligence takes over Media Art Gallery

Artificial Intelligence takes over Media Art Gallery

By Cassandre Coyer

February 28, 2019

Nonsensical sounds, intriguing oil paintings, and ambiguous misfortunes such as, “Your dreams are worth your best pants when you wish you’d given love a chance,” filled the Emerson Urban Arts Gallery on Feb. 14. But what surprised visitors entering the gallery is the artist—or artists—behind the ...

Alumnus raises Boston voices with new initiative

Alumnus raises Boston voices with new initiative

By Dana Gerber, Assistant News Enterprise Editor

February 27, 2019

A red carpet lined the hallway leading to Center Stage this past Oscars weekend and coincided with the arrival of the performers from one of Boston’s newest diversity collectives—the youth members of Boston Rise. Alumnus Juma Inniss ‘13 started the collective in 2018. Boston Rise grants Bos...

ArtsEmerson Review: When Angels Fall illuminates the Cutler Majestic

ArtsEmerson Review: When Angels Fall illuminates the Cutler Majestic

By Ally Rzesa

February 23, 2019

A woman dangles midair above the audience, hanging from a horizontal, crane-like construction bar while she is connected only by her feet. As the bar shifts its right side toward the sky and left side toward the ground, the woman reaches for a light from the bar’s highest rung only to fail to gr...