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The Longest Day in Havana

‘The Longest Day in Havana’

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
April 3, 2023

As ten-year-old Mercedes Jacobs sat in the Havana airport in 1962, the wait was long and her clothes were heavy. Already classified as an adult, she was only allowed three dresses on her journey to Miami,...

Maddie Khaws family.

Asian enough

By Maddie Khaw, Assistant News Editor
April 3, 2023

I’ve felt like an imposter from a young age in both parts of my biracial identity—my whiteness and my Asianness. I’ve never felt “Asian enough,” though the reasons may seem stereotypical or superficial...

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
April 3, 2023

Radiohead’s 1995 alternative chart topper, “Fake Plastic Trees,” is about my Christmas tree. The eponymous fake Chinese rubber plant lives rent-free in my mom’s closet—but having a deeply...

Hailey Akau and her family.

Hugs and Honis for my ʻOhana

By Hailey Akau, Assistant Multimedia Editor and Magazine Section Editor
April 3, 2023

My first year of college, I realized just how little my Hawaiian identity existed in Boston. I remember a distinct feeling of isolation as I came to terms with the fact that barely any of my peers understood...

Anastasia Petridis dancing.

A Love Letter to Greek Dance

By Anastasia Petridis
April 3, 2023

The hat looks heavier than it feels. Colorful flowers cover the right side of my head, while thin chains dangle on the left attached to metal medallions. A thick, itchy strap secures the hat on my head...

Safta Rachel in her garden.

Behind the Name

By Rachel Hackam
April 3, 2023

When meeting someone new, the first thing you learn about them is their name. A name serves as an identifier, signaling who someone is. A person’s name comes with a story. It says something about a person’s...

Armored Storyteller is a role-playing game publishing company.

Armored Storyteller brings new purpose to role-player gaming

By Gabel Strickland, Staff Writer
November 9, 2022

Zombie hoards. Aliens. Plagues. All of this and more can be found in games created by Armored Storyteller, a role-playing game (RPG) publishing company that highlights RPGs as a medium to explore the storytelling...

A promotional image for Baby Teeth Film Fest.

Alum-created Baby Teeth Film Festival centers queer filmmakers and characters

By Parker Garlough, Staff Writer
September 8, 2022

The second annual Baby Teeth Film Festival will present short films created by trans and gender non-conforming individuals in a variety of genres including fantasy, comedy, and drama.  The festival,...

Please Let Me In exhibit at the Boston Center for the Arts.

‘Please let me in’ creates a world to be discovered at Boston Center for the Arts

By Tea Perez
September 7, 2022

Two alumni created an immersive art installation that brings viewers into an uncanny, uncomfortable, and vulnerable experience of stepping into a stranger’s most intimate space.   M’Kenzy Cannon,...

Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

Emerson Stage puts on Pulitzer Prize winning musical ‘Next to Normal’

By Payton Cavanaugh
February 3, 2022

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of mental illness. “They’re the perfect loving family, so adoring,” Senior Roberta Alaman, playing the role of Diana Goodman, sang to open the show. From...

Chvrches lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, performs at The House of Blues, Boston on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Chvrches closes out year with powered performance at House of Blues Boston

By Marcus Cocova, Multimedia Managing Editor
January 5, 2022

Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches brought an electric performance on Wednesday Dec. 1 to the House of Blues in Boston, a recent stop on a tour to promote their latest album, “Screen Violence.”  The...

Places They Call Home photo practicum in the Huret and Spector Gallery in the Tufte Building.

Fall 2021 photo practicum ‘Places They Call Home’ captures an array of student experiences

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
December 9, 2021

Upon walking into the Huret and Spector Gallery on the sixth floor of the Tufte Building this week, one is greeted by a professional, vibrant, and emotional exhibition filling the space around them. The...

Tim Davis (left), Jane Lynch (middle), and Kate Flannery (right) performing A Swinging Little Christmas at City Winery, with The Tony Guerrero Quintet on the instruments.

Thank you, Jane Lynch for beautifully commencing Christmas

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
December 9, 2021

On Wednesday Dec. 8, I walked into the City Winery with the brightest smile plastered across my face. Want to know why? Jane Lynch’s “A Swingin Little Christmas.” The show is named for the former...

One of the recording spaces in The Record Company.

The Record Company, an affordable and accessible space for student musicians

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large
December 1, 2021

The Record Company, a non-profit, Boston-based studio, offers a vast selection of rehearsal and recording studios to Emerson students and the people of Boston alike. The expansive building houses four...

One of the pieces in Eben Haines Facades.

ICA’s two new exhibits evoke a plethora of emotions as they comment on various societal issues

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief
December 1, 2021

Two exhibitions currently on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art provide viewers with a unique and bleeding edge experience, as they call current ideas of race, culture and personal identity into...

Headshot of Chen Xu 15

Alum sells new show to Disney+, crediting his time at Emerson for his success

By Rachel Hackam
November 29, 2021

A new Disney show following a talented yet obnoxious lawyer as his life is upended by an unexpected visitor was created by an Emerson alum just six years after his graduation.  Chen Xu’s new show,...

Production Iphigenia at the Cutler Majestic theater.

You are all that the myth can’t bear: ArtsEmerson hosts Iphagenia’s world premiere

By Payton Cavanaugh
November 18, 2021

On Nov. 13, I watched “Iphigenia,” an opera that tells a new rendition of the well-known Greek Myth Iphigenia at Aulis, in the Cutler Majestic theater hosted by ArtsEmerson. The show left me with many...

Emerson Stage to present ‘Marie Antoinette’ this weekend

Emerson Stage to present ‘Marie Antoinette’ this weekend

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
November 18, 2021

Emerson Stage will conclude its fall season with a production of “Marie Antoinette,” that aims to present audiences with a revolutionary and contemporary take on the life of the final Queen of France...

Grammy Award-winning composer, bassist, and vocalist esperanza spalding.

Opera ‘Iphigenia’ world premiere at Cutler Majestic Theatre Nov. 12 and 13

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
November 12, 2021

“Iphigenia,” an opera inspired by the Greek myth of the same name, will be making its world premiere at the Cutler Majestic Theater on Nov. 12 and 13, transforming the traditional tale to fit a contemporary...

Emerson Dance Company

Emerson Dance Company to host first live show since fall 2019

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
November 12, 2021

After over a year of strictly pre-recorded and live streamed events, Emerson Dance Company is kicking off their first post-pandemic season in the Semel Theater on Saturday and Sunday with “Momentum,”...

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