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Ally Rzesa

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The story of campus cult classic, Love. Bacardi. Boston.

Dane Shubert ‘13 could have made a one-to-four minute movie for his Visual and Media Arts Production class freshman year. Instead, he brought a 32 minute drama to class that is still being viewed seven years later. Alongside his roommates and friends, he created Emerson’s cult classic, Love. Bacardi. Boston.

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Marsha P. Johnson director brought to campus amid controversy

Anna Feder, the curator of the Bright Lights film series, screened The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson on Tuesday despite allegations of plagiarism against the film's director. The award-winning Netflix documentary is about Johnson, an African-American gay rights activist, drag queen, and prominent figure of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

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The Wolff Sisters hunt for spot at music festival

Last weekend, senior Kat Wolff and her band the Wolff Sisters and the Last Cavalry started recording their first album with a goal in mind: to perform in front of audiences across the country and to land a spot at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.

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ArtsEmerson's student actors: To pay, or not to pay?

Kiss, a play produced by ArtsEmerson, features over 20 Emerson student actors, designers, and managers. But the play also includes one professional actress. An audition notice posted on Broadway World listed her pay as $568 a week. All the students involved with Kiss are working unpaid.

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Senior brings supernatural sci-fi series to Somerville

Combine Live with Kelly and Ryan with The X-Files and you get Signs of Life, a parody talk show created by senior Arden Jurskis. The show will air on Somerville Community Access Television.

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Persevering professor earns playwriting fellowship

MJ Halberstadt ‘10 applied to The Huntington Theatre Company Fellows program for 10 years straight. This time, the affiliated faculty member was finally chosen as a 2017 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow.

Professor edits book on heaven, hell, and horror

Cynthia Miller began as an editor of western essays and films, but when she stumbled upon the zombie-western It Came From The West, her focus shifted from cowboys to the undead. This summer, Miller released her most recently edited essay collection, which discusses horror films through a mystic lens.

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Bites and open mics at Center Stage

Center Stage features a small wooden stage surrounded by cafe-style seating, and a store selling drinks and packaged items.