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Inside Uberman

For the next two weekends Scott Hall will be filled with laughter and original music as the College Avenue Players (CAP) put on Uberman: A Superhero Musical. Recent University graduate Alex Ashrafi and current senior Christopher Luminello co-wrote the musical. Inside Beat Theatre Editor Heather Tedesco sat down with co-writer Ashrafi for a humorous interview that gave some insight into the world of Uberman.

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Amanda Charchian’s Purple World

By nature, art exists in many overlapping realms. For Los Angeles artist Amanda Charchian, it exists in a realm entirely unto itself. Charchian's art does not only bridge the gap between real world issues and abstract concepts, but the uses of popular mediums as well. From her marble paintings to her psychedelic photography, Charchian introduces viewers to an art form that is entirely her own.

 
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Fashion Fast Forward

Although spring is fast approaching the fashion world is, of course, always thinking one step ahead. Designers churned out models bedecked in tweeds and decadent furs onto the runways of New York, Milan and London. This week, Inside Beat presents everything from the stellar tour de forces to the eyebrow-raising duds, preparing you for when these looks jump off the catwalk and onto retail racks.

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The 84th Academy Awards

On Sunday, Feb. 26, the red carpet will roll out again to grace the feet of filmmakers and celebrities. The stars will all be in attendance at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., for the most prestigious award ceremony in the film industry: The 84th Academy Awards. In honor of such a momentous occasion, members of Inside Beat’s staff share some opinions on their favorite nods and snubs of 2011.

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Hanging Out With the Cast of How I Learned to Drive

The actor's process is one that can be very stressful and cause a lot of frustration, especially with a serious show like How I Learned to Drive. This cast, though, knows how to have fun. Inside Beat went backstage with the cast of How I Learned to Drive and learned all about their personal processes and all the things they love about theater.

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Band Break Ups

Tricky relationships don't exist solely in romance - there have been plenty of musical artists that had some rocky relationships ending in break ups. From the notorious Fab Four break up, to other classic groups such as Oasis, Guns ‘N' Roses, N.W.A and The Supremes, animosity within groups appears to always exist. It may seem like candles and rose petals in the beginning, but what goes on behind closed doors is a whole different story... Here are some of the most recent bad band-break-ups - looks like they'll be spending Valentine's Day alone.

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It's a Man's World

Dandies, princes and lounge lizards - these were just some of the stylish personas presented at the Fall/Winter 2012 menswear shows in New York, Paris and Milan. While the majority of fashion journalism is dedicated to the ladies, there's a whole sea of men waiting for their turn in the spotlight. Inside Beat investigates the hottest men's fashions, soon to be seen on a sidewalk near you.

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Midseason Swap Out

Television's fall season seemed to have seen more flops than the town pool on a hot summer day. Perhaps it was because broadcast channels were cleverly saving their better shows for winter's midseason slump. Read on as Inside Beat introduces you to some of this season's successful shows that will help you put last year's duds behind you.

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Pop Culture Trial: Innocent or Guilty?

Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, guilty pleasures, such as Jersey Shore or Justin Bieber, lurk in our DVRs and playlists. One delinquent iPod shuffle or deviant ticket purchase, if discovered, could lead to ridicule and embarrassment from our social circles. So we keep them tucked away even though on some level, we really enjoy these pop culture fetishes. However, not all guilty pleasures were created equal. Some are more benign than others. This week, Inside Beat has rounded up prime suspects and either brandished them with a scarlet letter or acquitted them of their crimes.

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Backstage at Cabaret Theatre: Elegies

Elegies, a song-cycle by William Finn, opened on Dec. 2 at Cabaret Theatre. Theater Editor Heather Tedesco sat in on one of the cast's final dress rehearsals and got an exclusive look into the makings of this extremely powerful show. Tedesco sat down with co-directors Galadriel Sevener and Danny Cassidy to get their perspectives as directors. 

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Pop Culture Fight Club

It's the subject of drinking conversations in bars across the country: Who would win in a fight between James Bond and Batman? Ezio and Samurai Jack? Inside Beat takes a look at some of our favorite characters from across popular culture and we pit them against each other in a tournament style bracket. Who do you think should win? Be sure to cast your votes on www.dailytargum.com/inside_beat over the course of the next week. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @InsideBeat as well for updates and voting dates.

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Internet Sensations

With the advent of YouTube, it has become possible for people to broadcast their talent to the entire world without the backing of an expensive talent agency. Inside Beat takes a look at some of the most talented performers to benefit from the Internet revolution.

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The Sartorial Candidates

The Tuesday after the first Monday of November always means Election Day. While Candidates may have already found out if they won or lost, the issue of style versus substance remains. Inside Beat investigates the new way of power dressing and the mania surrounding it.

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Speculative Fiction...

Speculative fiction in television is cropping up everywhere. Across the globe, people are fixated with paranormal behavior, horror fiction, and alternate worlds. There have been countless superhero and vampire films and gory television shows emerging just in the last few years. Of the 28 new television shows released this season on primetime television alone, 6 of the shows have sci-fi or fantastical themes. But why is this so? Read on as Inside Beat takes you on a journey to another planet.

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It Shoulda Been You

Typically, the Great White Way offers a wide variety of plays and musicals encompassing several genres, including tragedy comedy, satire, etc. Today, Broadway marquees are filled with adaptations of television shows and movies that have been put on stage to entice a more widespread audience. In response to this, the off-Broadway circuit has also become more commercial, leaving no home for original plays and musicals in Manhattan. This is good news for the regional theatres of New Jersey, who are getting the spotlight for producing original works.

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Thrice Major/Minor | B+

Nothing groundbreaking for the 11 years young band Thrice will be found on their 8th release Major/Minor - what is present is a more refined sound. The album feels like a culmination of all that the band has been working toward since their first, more experimental and alternative release, Vheissu, back in 2005. Major/Minor incorporates elements from their entire back catalogue, yet the album never sounds like a repeat of anything they've done so far.


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