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After break: Harlequin Yorick Premiere Show

After break: Harlequin Yorick Premiere Show

  By: Matt Aceto With show times right around the corner, both the Harlequin and Yorick clubs feel confident about their upcoming productions. On Thursday, March 26, the Harlequin club will premiere their rendition of “Carrie the Musical”, which will run through March 28 in Venable Theater. Reservations will be available the week of the play in the Amsler Campus […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
Akasha Indian dance

Akasha Indian dance

By: Shirin Hijab On an extremely cold night, a group of MCLA students, got in vans to go see a performance by Shantala Shivalingappa and her band of musicians. It was an extraordinary performance, not usually seen in the Berkshires. Sivalingappa practices classical Indian dance that goes with Carnatic music, which is found in southern India. In contrast to Hindustani […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
“ILSSA: It’s about Time” as a key to understanding time in the 21st century

“ILSSA: It’s about Time” as a key to understanding time in the 21st century

  By: Shirin Hijab “ILSSA: It’s about Time” is an experiment that attempts to understand time, and if it doesn’t achieve that goal, it certainly catalogues the use of time and the feeling of time. Members of ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts), including one artist and creator of “ILSSA: It’s about Time” Emily Larned, sent out about […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
From left to right, Colin Firth as Galahad, Samuel Jackson as Valentine, and Taron Edgerton as Eggsy. Picture courtesy of Fox.

‘Kingsman’ delivers camp, parody, fun

Review by: Mitchell Chapman Squeezed in between box office successes like “50 Shades of Grey”  and “The Spongebob Movie,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service” certainly does not disappoint. Centering on Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a candidate for the replacement of Lancelot (Jack Davenport) whom the audience had the pleasure of seeing cartoonishly split in two, of the secret spy organization “Kingsmen”. Directed […]

by · February 27, 2015 · A&E
PRESS Gallery to open new exhibit on Sunday

PRESS Gallery to open new exhibit on Sunday

By: Shirin Hijab This Sunday, PRESS Gallery will open its new exhibit: “ILSSA It’s about Time: A Workbook for the Working Person.” The reception will be at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit is a display of 48 books in which there are questions about time and the responses to the questions by the members of Impractical Labor in Service […]

by · February 27, 2015 · A&E
Relevance of ‘Frank’

Relevance of ‘Frank’

  By: Shirin Hijab Lenny Abrahamson’s latest feature “Frank” maybe hasn’t received as much attention as it should. Films about musicians always seem better than those about writers, painters (Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” could defy this), and other artists partly because of the relationship film has with music. David Chase’s “Not Fade Away” and Bennett Miller’s “Whiplash” are only a […]

by · February 27, 2015 · A&E
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‘Fan of a Fan’ masterful

  Review by: Matt Aceto Joint albums are a hard stunt to pull off. It’s no easy task for two artists to be completely on the same page for an entire project, especially when their styles are on opposite sides of the spectrum. On “Fan of a Fan: The Album”, club rapper Tyga collides with radio superstar Chris Brown for […]

by · February 26, 2015 · A&E
“Cave Story” (Top) has vibrant SNES-style graphics while “Iji” (bottom) relies on solid colors and strong profiles. Matt Hotaling/The Beacon

Two Exciting free games

Review by: Matt Hotaling For gamers living on a budget, freeware games—games whose developers have made them available for free for anyone to download—are always appreciated. Two excellent freeware games available on PC are “Cave Story” and “Iji”. “Cave Story” was originally released in Japanese over 10 years ago as “Dokutsu Monogatari”, by single developer Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya. The game […]

by · February 25, 2015 · A&E
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‘Catch Me If You Can’ will shock audience

By: Shirin Hijab The FPA department’s first show of Spring, “Catch Me If You Can” written originally by Robert Thomas and adapted by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, will premiere March 4-7 under the direction of Douglas Jenkins. The essential plot is that Daniel Corban (Marcus Neverson) and his wife Elizabeth arrive at a hotel for their honeymoon and get […]

by · February 25, 2015 · A&E
‘Fifty Shades of Grey': boring and horrifically oppressive

‘Fifty Shades of Grey': boring and horrifically oppressive

  By: Shirin Hijab “Fifty Shades of Grey” combines an ethically deplorable relationship with one of cinema’s great charms, sex, and results in complete boredom. The film corrects very little from the book, and still presents an outright oppressive relationship as something that should be sexually titillating and apparently, according to the theater I was in, funny. In The Hollywood Reporter, […]

by · February 19, 2015 · A&E
Photo from Nyamyam (taken from publically available press packet)

Relaxing indie game hides brilliance

By: Matt Hotaling “Tengami” is a game that seems very simple on paper. It’s a short indie puzzler with a unique aesthetic, but like “Tengami”’s puzzles there is more than meets the eye if you let the game unfold. “Tengami” was developed by the studio Nyamyam Games, a small team made up of only three members. “Tengami”’s visual aesthetic is perhaps […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
Rutha Harris delivers empowering songs

Rutha Harris delivers empowering songs

  By: Shirin Hijab The Freedom Singers are a musical group that, probably, not enough people know about. I didn’t know about them until I saw that Rutha Mae Harris was coming to MCLA, and then I was upset at myself for not knowing. The Freedom Singers consisted of Cordell Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Charles Neblett, and Rutha Mae Harris […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
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Kanye often conflates creativity, opinion, and ego.

Kanye, creative again

  By: Matt Aceto You can’t cage creativity. Having already established himself as one of the most celebrated artists of his time, one would imagine that Kanye West has fulfilled his potential as a musician. The numbers speak for themselves: with six platinum solo albums, 21 Grammy Awards, and 31 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, West has little left […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
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V-Day Gala: success

By: Mitchell Chapman Couples and singles alike were greeted by two flavors of chocolate-covered strawberries and a large dance floor below pink paper lanterns and paper hearts during the Valentine’s Day Gala. The annual event, sponsored by the Berkshire Towers Advisory Board (A-Board), was a welcome distraction for many from the recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. “It was really fun,” […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
‘Jupiter Ascending’: its slow parade of scenic boredom

‘Jupiter Ascending’: its slow parade of scenic boredom

  By Shirin Hijab This article contains spoilers. Lana and Andy Wachowski’s new film “Jupiter Ascending” has all the beauty to make a ground-breaking science-fiction piece, but no story and acting that sways the piece into the realm of comedy, or a realm of tragedy as seen through the eyes of a romantic 16-year-old. The Wachowskis are lending fodder to […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E