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Photo by Alexander Butfilowski.

Senior Arts Management Major Branches Out

By Nicole L’Etoile Alexander Butfilowski, a senior, photographer, and Arts Management major, has taken full advantage of all the things MCLA has to offer and made the most of his college experience. Butfilowski grew up in Greenwood Lake, NY, and came to MCLA as an undeclared major, eventually hoping to become a secondary education major.  After only one semester, however, […]

by · November 19, 2014 · A&E, Features, Front Page, Slideshow
Photo taken by Agnella Gross.

Chruściel Reads Contemporary Polish Poetry

By Christopher Johnson North Adams, Mass.—Ewa Chruściel began reading in a solemn but sincere voice that soon became the eloquently and intricately repetitive, alliterative, detailed poetry that is her trademark. As she says in one poem: “repetition is innovation.” Her work deviates from many of the traditional Polish poets, like Czesław Miłosz or Zbigniew Herbert. A simplistic comparison would be […]

by · November 19, 2014 · A&E, Front Page, Slideshow
Polish Poet and Translator to Read

Polish Poet and Translator to Read

By Rachel Fitterman Acclaimed poet and Polish translator Ewa Chrusciel will hold a reading on Monday, Nov. 17, sponsored by the English/Communications department. Chrusciel, who has written both in English and Polish and translated the works of Jack London and Joseph Conrad, will read and discuss her work at 7 p.m. in Gallery 51. “I am always looking forward to […]

by · November 12, 2014 · A&E
Photo courtesy of Kristina Alexander.

Gallery 107 Gives Students Hands-On Experience

By Nicole L’Etoile The College owns many different art galleries, one of which is Gallery 107, located at 107 Main Street, near the Mohawk Theater.  During DownStreet Art, a program that runs from the summer through October, these galleries are open and have rotating exhibits for viewing.  Junior Kristina Alexander was the Associate Gallery Manager for Gallery 107 this past […]

by · November 12, 2014 · A&E
Yorick Opens ‘A Winter’s Tale’

Yorick Opens ‘A Winter’s Tale’

By Christopher Johnson North Adams, Mass.—The actors came on stage and action began immediately. There is a lot of energy in the cast of Yorick’s production of “The Winter’s Tale.” The actors’ interactions around the stage progress in a swirling motion that is carefully choreographed, but with a sense of spontaneity and improvisation, such as when the character Time spins […]

by · November 12, 2014 · A&E
‘Nightcrawler’ Chills and Thrills

‘Nightcrawler’ Chills and Thrills

By Nicole L’Etoile The newly released film “Nightcrawler” is, put simply, wildly intense and chilling.  The film has all the good elements of a drama or thriller, including suspense, character development, and jump scares. This film focuses on Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man living in LA who is desperate for a job and stumbles across crime journalism, listening in […]

by · November 5, 2014 · A&E
G51 Exhibit Explores Human-Nature Relationship

G51 Exhibit Explores Human-Nature Relationship

By Rachel Fitterman The new Gallery 51 exhibit “Water & Earth: Protecting Fragile Ecosystems” presents an interesting commentary on the preservation of the environment. From handmade and nature-found materials to recycling everyday objects, the pieces featured in this exhibit reinvent the definition of natural and eco-friendly. Sarah Sutro’s “Restless Landscape #4” is painted with natural ink, and it shows in […]

by · November 5, 2014 · A&E
SPIRES Holds Fall Foliage Contest

SPIRES Holds Fall Foliage Contest

By Christopher Johnson North Adams, Mass.—Faculty adviser Zack Finch and co-editor Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu of SPIRES show great enthusiasm for the ongoing second Fall Foliage Contest. After members of SPIRES select the best works anonymously, the first place work will be published in the magazine in the spring, with cash prizes for placing. According to Finch, the contest is meant […]

by · November 5, 2014 · A&E
Photo taken by Osakpolo Igiede.

Harlequin Celebrates Musical Theatre at Revue

By Rachel Fitterman Harlequin brought an energetic night of song and dance to their twelfth annual Revue on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Performances ranged from touching to triumphant, and many had the audiences out of their seats and hollering. Noticeable standouts included “It’s A Hard-Knock Life” from popular musical “Annie,” directed by sophomore Erin D’Entremont. The large […]

by · November 5, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
‘Project Screenplay’ Tests Film Writing Skills

‘Project Screenplay’ Tests Film Writing Skills

By Rachel Fitterman The Williamstown Film Festival (WFF) will kick off next week with “Project Screenplay,” a game show-like event that gives aspiring screenwriters a chance to share their work and get feedback. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Mass MoCA’s Club B-10. Participants should come prepared with at least ten pages of a completed […]

by · October 29, 2014 · A&E
Photo taken by Osakpolo Igiede.

‘After Party’ Revitalizes Funk and Blues

By Christopher Johnson Once they began playing, it was difficult to imagine the John ‘Papa’ Gros Band stopping. Gros himself had vivacity even when sitting down. His face, even from a distance, was expressive of the notes he played. Brian Stoltz played smoothly on guitar and was laid-back in a dedicated way. Stoltz’s voice was flowing, whereas Gros’s voice punctuated […]

by · October 29, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
Beacon file photo from past Harlequin's Musical Revue.

Revue Returns With New Favorites

By Rachel Fitterman Harlequin, the college’s musical theatre club, will present their twelfth annual Revue tomorrow night and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Church Street Center. The Revue showcases a multitude of musical numbers from a variety of sources. “The Revue is our traditional fall show. It’s a collection of musical numbers from pretty much any musical you can […]

by · October 29, 2014 · A&E
‘Bethlehem’ Presents Realistic Conflict

‘Bethlehem’ Presents Realistic Conflict

By Christopher Johnson The film begins and ends with guns, a familiar setup. In the case of “Bethlehem,” the feature debut of Israeli director Yuval Adler, guns simply exist as a tool and are held nonchalantly. The real important distinction of “Bethlehem” is how it shows the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without showing an allegory of a two-way hatred resulting in apocalypse […]

by · October 22, 2014 · A&E
Photo by Agnella Gross.

Plastic Becomes Art at Mass MoCA

By Nicole L’Etoile Lee Boroson’s exhibit “Plastic Fantastic” opened Oct. 11 in MASS MoCA, in the room which previously housed the popular exhibit “The Phoenix.” This exhibit is made of several parts, all involving different forms of plastic.  Upon walking into the first installation of the exhibit, visitors will see floor-to-ceiling strings of rope all over the room with sphere-like […]

by · October 22, 2014 · A&E, Slideshow
‘Watershed’ is Elegant, Intense

‘Watershed’ is Elegant, Intense

By Nicole L’Etoile MASS MoCA and Jacob’s Pillow presented dance piece Abraham.In.Motion this past weekend.  This specific performance was titled The Watershed. Nine dancers, including choreographer Kyle Abraham, performed in The Watershed, which was created to commemorate the 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the 20 years since the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. Before the performance […]

by · October 22, 2014 · A&E