The Berkeley Beacon

Shelby Grebbin

Deputy Arts Editor

Grebbin can be reached at

Media contributed

Thumb 220 1476340183 drag.jpg Thumb 220 1458780507 birdstreet byshelby.jpg


The fraught intersection of mental health and queer identity

Many health care providers—players in a $3 trillion dollar industry—often fail to provide adequate and informed care for LGBTQ individuals.

Bull or bear, the stock market is a boys club

<p class="p1">I somewhat dreaded Sunday afternoons

Thumb 140 1481166404 opinion photo madelenenieman  1 of 1  web.jpg

The Empowerment Letters

At Emerson, we often seek empowerment for ourselves and others through the work we create.

Donald’s Democracy: A new America

For a lot of us, after disappointment, there was fear.

Beacon staff evaluates enigmatic election

Trump certainly is consistent—consistently foolish.

Thumb 140 1475119868 opinionweb.jpg

Debate discourse fails to break the cycle

We must fight to ensure that underrepresented people in this country not only speak but are heard.

Summer Preview: Putting women in first gear

However, when faced with the question of who’s driving us, we should also consider who isn’t.

An end-of-year reflection: taking art out of the abstract

Emerson College exists as a grand ballet of dancers—dancers who dance; dancers who sing; and dancers who write, make movies, report stories, and make media and art. But who for?

Thumb 140 1459393701 open mic 5.jpg

Freshmen start multimedia open mic

The Experience Open Mic mixed poetry, dance, music, photography, sketches, and audience participation into a flavorful show sure to quench any artist’s thirst for new inspiration.

Thumb 140 1458780507 birdstreet byshelby.jpg

Bird Street students perform to promote program

On a clear Wednesday afternoon, sunbeams and students flit through the air in an office on the eighth floor of the Walker Building. The office belongs to Gregory Payne, chair of the communication studies department, and on one of his walls, there’s a 1968 campaign poster that reads “the youth of our nation are the clearest mirror of our performance.”

Thumb 140 1456973603 unspecified 12.jpeg

Mercutio Troupe brings sonnets to the stage

Love Sonnets: Things Women Say, a collection of monologues written by playwright Charles Mee, explores the inner workings of 12 different women through a feminist lens. The staged reading was hosted by Mercutio Troupe in Tufte’s Huret and Spector Gallery last weekend.

Thumb 140 1456374923 12744503 947297158697876 14368895613069777 n.jpg

Alumni website takes the road less traveled by

Whatever Times, a new “digital space” created by class of ‘15 alumni Leigha Morris and Lucianna Coccia is a new site for creatives with places to go, people to see, and perspectives to change.

Thumb 140 1456374550 opinionphoto jacobcutler.jpg

Stressed chasing early success

Yet the years of our lives that we place the most value on seem to be getting shorter by the minute.

Q&A: Bavand Karim on Hate Crimes in the Heartland

Hate Crimes in the Heartland, a historical documentary released in 2014, depicts two hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma—the 1921 race riots and the 2012 Good Friday shootings—and their impact on American society. Bavand Karim, an assistant professor in the visual and media arts department, was the cinematographer, associate producer, and co-writer of the award-winning project.

Thumb 140 1454556386 img 6988.jpg

Folksy duo Cheese Boys are a Gouda time

They described their music as a mixed bag, with shreds of folk, pop, alternative, queercore—an LGBTQ offshoot of punk—and cheesiness all intermingled.

Thumb 140 1453347670 48 film festival audience tyler breen.jpg

Student film fest shows on silver screen

The 48 Hour Film Festival: where a loaf of bread, a parasite, and a materialistic antagonist can live together in creative harmony.

Terror in Paris illuminates erasure

This is where we first learn who the protagonist will be and who will earn most of our empathy—Westerners.

Thumb 140 1447892291 eudt walsh.jpg

Emerson Urban Dance Theatre packs a punch in “POW!”

Underneath the powerful pulse of pop hits playing, the thundering stomp of combat boots, and the crisp clap of tap shoes, the only other noise in the Greene Theater last Saturday night was “YAS WERK!”—the distinct battlecry of dancing superheroes and daunting supervillians.

Thumb 140 1446089735 labellumgirls portraitbyevanwalsh.jpg

No flawed bods, says new student zine Labellum

The first edition of the body-positive zine was released earlier this month, featuring various student submissions of poetry, prose, and photography.

Thumb 140 1444883688 dragtoberarts.jpg

Kings and queens are Dragtoberfest royalty

The Heauxnas Brothers, Killer Kyle, Mitchell Van Dike, Phoebe Saint-Jefferson, and Cash all competed for the crown. After host Lucille welcomed them onto the stage, contestants were judged on their choreography, lip sync abilities, and the originality of their performance.

Thumb 140 1444260018 obeautiful ruiz.jpg

EmStage's "O Beautiful" discusses controversies in USA

When historical and religious figures such as Alexander Hamilton, Joan of Arc, and even Jesus Christ, return to walk amongst the citizens of Selbyville, the town finds solace in the most unexpected way. A story of racism, rape, retaliation, and rights, “O Beautiful” brings to light much of the controversy America faces today.

Thumb 140 1443047289 antounclarke joelbenjamin.jpg

Professors' play "Academy Fight Song" premiere

“I have a sort of darkly comedic view of the world,” Clarke said. “Things spiral out of control and there are always people who always try to keep it all together. Those are the characters I write about.”

Thumb 140 1442606988 tori cutler.jpg

New poetry group gets the timing just right

The timer beeps and the poets drop their pens. The distinct odor of Corn Nuts and anticipation lingers in the air. Looking around, the writers wonder: Who will establish order? All students in attendance of Poem’s first ever official meeting would soon learn that in the world of flash poetry, creativity trumps conventionality.