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Body Works 2 offers unique look at anatomy

December 31, 2012

Well, not anymore. Thanks to Dr. Gunther von Hagens' unique plastination process, it is possible to create an exact replica of a human body by extracting all of the fluids from donated human bodies and then replacing them with plastic and chemicals (like acetone and polymers).,Understanding the human...

Beacon quick picks

December 31, 2012

Literatureby Jeannette PomeranceLemony Snicket; The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13); Available nowHere we have the final, miserable 13th installment of Lemony Snicket's melodramatic and maudlin A Series of Unfortunate Events. Some of the mystery surrounding the tragic Baudelaires is f...

Spelling Bee is heartwarming C-O-M-E-D-Y

December 31, 2012

Every small theatre company dreams of having its original play adapted and produced on Broadway. For New York-based improv-comedy group The Farm, this dream came true when Wendy Wasserstein and William Finn transformed their sketch act C-R-E-P-E-S-C-U-L-E into Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam Co...

Catch a Fire lacks the spark needed to ignite

December 31, 2012

Under apartheid in South Africa, three million white Afrikaners dominated over the 25 million Africans who were pushed to the outer edges of their own country. Apartheid paralleled the black segregation in America, yet it did not bother with the pretense of "separate but equal." It lasted until the Af...

Beacon quick picks

December 31, 2012

by Bryan o'tooleStephen King, Lisey's Story, available Oct. 24First Michael Jordan, then Jay-Z. Now add King to the list retirees who can't help but come back to the game that made them famous. Unfortunately, King's latest novel bears a striking resemblance to Mitch Albom's new book, with King's titl...

You can#039;t deep-six Stephen Kellogg and band

December 31, 2012

On stage, the band from Northampton, Mass. cracks jokes with the audience, telling stories about first kisses, interjecting movie quotes between guitar chords and paying homage to Queen by singing an a cappella version of "Fat Bottomed Girls.,Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers aren't afraid to be themselves.On stage, th...

Local bands bring the rock back to Boston

December 31, 2012

In case you were wondering, it's not.Emerson alumni (class of 2002) Foster Hoyt (vocals and guitar) and Jason Edmands (bass) and Boston College grad Brian Rusnica (drums) make up this energetic three-piece band.,Allston-based band The New Dumb recently released its rock/punk-infused debut EP This Coul...

No flag-waving for new Eastwood war movie

December 31, 2012

Every few years, an unforgettable war epic emerges in the entertainment industry and captivates the hearts and twists the guts of Americans with an invigorating take on the drama of World War II. It manages to emulate the real horrors of the battlefield and sets a higher standard on which all future wa...

New Scorsese film is unjustifiably grotesque

December 31, 2012

Judging by the advertisements, The Departed promises a return to the grimey, gritty days of Scorsese's classics. After Gangs of New York and The Aviator, Martin Scorsese appears to be stepping onto the mean streets again using violence and criminality as a form of moral and social criticism. There is no dou...

Beacon Quick Picks

December 31, 2012

by lynda seumoJohn Grisham, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town; Available Oct. 10 If you believe in the fairness of the criminal justice system, innocent until proven guilty, the death penalty and everything else that makes our judicial system what it is, then, boy, does John Grisha...

MFA: F is for free

December 31, 2012

Students filed in, plopped down on the dewy grass and sat with their legs crossed, all in anticipation of the storyteller. There was no reading of Dr. Seuss' Hop on Pop, but the masterful Joanna Newsom had a harp and her stories came in the form of majestic tunes.,College Night at the Museum of Fine Ar...

A whirlwind of success

December 31, 2012

Tabar, a 2006 Emerson alumnus, and the Tsunamis packed the Wallingford, Conn. American Legion to more than twice its legal capacity of 115 people for the show.,The Flaming Tsunamis stopped counting after the band sold 250 tickets to the Sept. 22 CD-release show for its LP Fear Everything, said lead si...