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Mother and daughter, Laura-Lynn Dear '15 (left) and Anika Pommers-Dear(right) attend MCLA and travel the world together. They are currently living in Dakar, Senegal.

Traveling to experience the beauty and culture of the world

  By Juanita Doss Together, mother and daughter explore the beauty and culture the world brings them. An unbreakable bond formed between Laura-Lynn Dear ’15 and Anika Pommers-Dear ’16 the first moment Laura laid eyes on her. “I feel very fortunate that Anika and I have always been very close, which may be because she’s an only child,” Laura said. […]

by · April 23, 2015 · Features, Front Page
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Wastky, along with several students, performed slam poetry drawing a collective enthusiasm from the art form

Watsky rocks spring concert

By: Matt Hotaling George Watsky looks nothing like one would expect from a rap artist. The 28 year old artist is a pale skinny kid with a baby face from upper-middle class San Francisco. White rap artists for a long time have had to stand in the shadows of artists like Vanilla Ice, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, but in […]

‘Kumiko’ and the journey into dreamerhood

‘Kumiko’ and the journey into dreamerhood

  By: Shirin Hijab David Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” does not present an unseen phenomenon in US cinema, but in taking the true story of a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, who went looking for the money that Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) hid in “Fargo,” and fictionalizing that story, the filmmakers (David Zellner and Nathan Zellner who wrote and starred […]

by · April 23, 2015 · A&E
Photo by Liz Quirk

Sarah Robinson '15 fell in love with building costumes after visiting "Shakespeare & Co." her senior year of high school

Finding the perfect stitch

  By: Kaliegh Hayes Fine and performing arts major Sarah Robinson is a senior this year, but she considers herself a “Super Senior,” as she will be attending MCLA for one more year. During Robinson’s time at MCLA she has been in groups like Yorick and Harlequin, but at any given time she can most likely be found in the […]

by · April 23, 2015 · Features, Front Page
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Rambling Poets close out season at the Parlor

  By: Mitchell Chapman The Parlor Café has become a popular hub for artists, both literary and not, to express themselves, getting recognition and connections with the community. No such night more exemplified that than last week’s poetry slam and open mic, featuring artists from all across the community, including MCLA senior Hanna Lauerman. “I didn’t expect there to be […]

by · April 23, 2015 · A&E
Seniors show work at Gallery 51

Seniors show work at Gallery 51

  By: Mitchell Chapman For many, the senior art exhibition is the pinnacle of their undergraduate experience at MCLA.  This year’s exhibition, opening April 30, 5 p.m. at Gallery 51, appropriately named “FuturEchoes” to represent how this year’s class hopes to have their work will echo on and on into the future, features the work of nine MCLA students, and […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
Vampires, their problems and ours

Vampires, their problems and ours

  By Shirin Hijab   It was really easy to expect more from Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” especially with Images’s sign proclaiming The New York Times’s approval: “Hilarious!” it was still a fun film to watch and follow. In a mode that’s been popularized by shows like “The Office,” “What We Do in […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
Photo by Liz Quirk/ The Beacon

After 32 years of working at MCLA,, Andrew "Andy" Hoar has worked on 100 to 150 productions, and has met and worked with 750 to 1,000 students

The man behind the black curtain

  By Veronica Colacurcio Andrew Hoar, known as simply “Andy” to everyone he works with, scratches away at his scraggly white beard, contemplating the set in progress. Work study and volunteer students bang away with hammers and drills into reused plywood and two-by-fours. A chain with a plethora of keys jingles at his side as he instructs where legs should […]

by · April 16, 2015 · Features, Front Page
‘Mud’ and ‘The Successful Life of 3’ premiere Wednesday

‘Mud’ and ‘The Successful Life of 3’ premiere Wednesday

  By Shirin Hijab María Irene Fornés has been a significant dramatic figure and contributed to the verve of the counterculture of the last couple of decades. On Wednesday, April 22, under the direction of Laura Standley, the FPA department presents a production of two of Fornés’s plays: “Mud” and “The Successful Life of 3.” The plays will run from […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
‘Macbeth': one of the MCLA classics

‘Macbeth': one of the MCLA classics

    By Shirin Hijab Joshua Baker, the director and principle visionary behind Yorick’s most recent production of “Macbeth,” may be a genius. His show does not have the feel of a college production; it felt like, (ignoring that it was in the bottom of Church Street Center completely) partly through the show’s ambience and partly through my own choice, […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
Photo by Agnella Gross/The Beacon

"Black Sun" and "The Miracle of the Compound Internet" are two works that people can see as MASS MoCA's Free Day Saturday, April 18.

MASS MoCA Free Day attracts many residents

  By: Matt Aceto They say the best things in life are free. On Saturday, Mass MoCA will host its third Free Admission Day of the year. The event offers free admission for all North Adams residents who present a valid ID or utility bill proving their current residency in the city. Excluding MoCA’s annual winter Free Day, which was […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
You’re not seeing double, they’re twins.

You’re not seeing double, they’re twins.

  By: Kaliegh hayes After living with each other all their lives twins Alycia “Lee” and Stefani “Stef” Skerry, ’18 decided it was time to part ways when it came to them going to college. And that was the plan until they came to MCLA for a visit. When choosing MCLA, the sisters both had different reasons as to why they […]

by · April 15, 2015 · Features, Front Page
Photo by Isabel McKenzie

Dance Co. delivers a killer performance

  By: Shirin Hijab Dance Company should always perform in a large venue; when they perform in small ones, they are severely limited. This season’s performance displayed a versatility that needs to happen more often; although, in their defense, Dance Co. has maintained its reputation as one of the most coordinated and enjoyed performance clubs on campus. Dance Co. has […]

by · April 9, 2015 · A&E
‘Macbeth’ to be a post-apocalyptic thriller

‘Macbeth’ to be a post-apocalyptic thriller

  By: Matt Aceto Shakespeare has never been this exciting. Viewers should look forward to stellar acting and an emotional storyline of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, an action-packed rendition of theater’s most powerful tragedy. The play, directed by Josh Baker, will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. in the Church Street Center Social Hall. In addition, the show will also run at 8 […]

by · April 9, 2015 · A&E
“SAC offering a week of spring fun”

“SAC offering a week of spring fun”

  By: Mitchell Chapman The Student Activities Council (SAC) is getting ready for “Spring Fling Week,” a solid week of events from April 20-26, kicked off by the Spring Concert. The event will feature rapper and poet George Watsky, who will visit the College all the way from Los Angeles. Watsky has been featured on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry,” […]

by · April 9, 2015 · A&E