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Starland Shuffle: The Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy Affects A Major Music Venue In Central Jersey

The Starland Ballroom is a top-selling cornerstone venue in the New York metropolitan area. Located in Sayreville, N.J., Superstorm Sandy’s wrath extended far enough to cause substantial damage to Starland and all of its inner-properties. “Hurricane Sandy devastated our electrical system and damaged our sound, lighting, heating/cooling and plumbing systems – all necessary ingredients in operating a public venue,” Starland’s management stated on their Facebook page. The Raritan River’s flooding has knocked Starland off its feet, and it has been shut down until the spring of 2013.

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Desert Island Survivor

It's Thanksgiving and it's time to see your grandparents. You buy plane tickets weeks in advance because that's the sensible thing to do. Coach, of course, because you're in college. You get up early in the morning and you slog through airport security. You're pulled aside and subjected to a cavity search because you look suspicious. You board the plane and order a beverage and peanuts. But then, all of a sudden, TURBULENCE!!! Oh no! The pilot's been drinking, and now the passenger cabin smells like imminent engine failure. You brace for impact before blacking out. You later wake up to the fiery wreck that sits in front of you. You're all alone on an island. You manage to salvage a few essential provisions, like a 4G LTE receiver, but you can only take one thing from the cargo bay, which is on FIRE. What would you take? Inside Beat has the answers!

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Assassin's Creed III

After taking players to exotic, historical locales like the Crusades-era Middle East, Renaissance Rome and Byzantine Istanbul, the "Assassin's Creed" franchise has come to America. Set in the midst of the American Revolution, "Assassin's Creed III" follows an all new assassin of Mohawk and British descent named Connor Kenway, as he fights against the nefarious Templars.

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Oh the Horror

It’s not clear what attracts us to horror movies. Perhaps it’s the twisted pleasure we get from seeing a swarm of ravenous zombies rip someone apart, or maybe it’s the exhilaration we feel when we know that a machete-wielding psychopath will jump out any minute and claim his next unsuspecting victim. Whatever the reason, scary movies hold a special place in our hearts. They are clearly solidified in the confines of film history and are pop culture staples. In light of the upcoming Halloween, Inside Beat shares some of its favorite horror films and series.

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New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con is one of the area's largest comic and popular culture, attracting thousands of costumed fans over four days. The event, now in its seventh year, attracts exhibitors from all forms of entertainment. Film directors, television stars, internet personalities, video game developers and comic book writers and artists were out in full force on the show floor. Inside Beat attended several of Comic Con's informative panels to get the latest pop culture stories.

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Negar Ahkami Explores Human Neuroticism Through her Art

In the presence of hysteria, bias and uncertain origins, art has historically acted as a mediator in political unrest. From visually mobilizing street art in the sixties Civil Rights Movements to the graffiti artists making art that reflects the civil unrest in Cairo, art can serve as a bridge of understanding being the law and the people.

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Fall TV Report Card

With midterms around the corner, Inside Beat takes fall shows back to school. Who passed with flying colors, and who came up short? Read on as we grade the newest additions to primetime television.

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Spring Awakening

Despite the sea of fashionistas in furs, platform boots and leather coats at Lincoln Center, New York Fashion Week revealed spring 2013’s upcoming looks. Inside Beat breaks down the biggest trends from established designers, as well as younger startups.

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Fall Music Preview

It’s that time of year again – school is back in session, the leaves are changing, the weather is becoming brisk and new music is in full force.

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2012 Tribeca Film Festival

2012 Tribeca Film Festival New York, with its abundance of energy and attitude, is the perfect place for showcasing the latest domestic and international releases. The Tribeca Film Festival, celebrating its tenth year, offered a range of intriguing and challenging narrative films, documentary features and surreal shorts. Inside Beat offers a keen eye on some of the festival’s selections.

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New York International Auto Show

Car entusiasts from across the globe flock to the New York International Auto Show  every year for a weeklong festival of speed, power and innovation. This year's show did not disappoint, as some of the world's premiere automakers showed off new technologies and futuristic concepts. While electric and alternative fuel vehicles took center stage, there was certainly no shortage of powerful performance cars.  Inside Beat takes a look at some of the top cars at this year's show.

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From the Mouth of Marvel

On April 4, Marvel Comics unleashed its newest crossover story arc: Avengers vs. X-Men. Starring both “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and Professor X’s team of do-gooder mutants, the series serves as competition for rival publisher DC Comics, which unveiled its group of “New 52” titles in September 2011. Inside Beat had the chance to catch up with Marvel’s CEO Axel Alonso to discuss breaking storylines, life in the comics industry and issues facing editors and writers.

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Pop Culture Fight Club II

Tournaments featuring pop culture icons are often little more than popularity contests. Regardless of the medium, characters with wildly disparate power sets are pitted against one another and more often than not the most overpowered character takes the crown. Inside Beat has decided to go a different route, once again eschewing gods and supermen for a more street-level set. We’ve collected some of the most famous heroes from film, TV, video games, books and comics to bring you our second Pop Culture Fight Club. For the rest of the semester, you’ll be able to go to dailytargum.com/inside_beat to vote for who would really win in a no-holds-barred brawl between these fictitious fighters. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @InsideBeat for updates and voting times!

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Smartphones and Tablets

People are downsizing by trading in heavy, traditional computers for sleek, yet powerful smartphones and tablets. There is certainly no shortage of choices. Google's Android-powered devices continue to sell. Apple's iPhone and iPad are extremely popular among University students, and even Microsoft tries to make strides in the smartphone department. Inside Beat takes a look at some of the coolest gadgets on the market.

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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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