Wednesday, January 16

Author Evgenia Citkowitz will discuss her novel "The Shades" at the Hammer Museum moderated by English professor Mona Simpson. Citkowitz will read an excerpt of her novel, which explores the anguish of a family following the death of their 16-year-old daughter. (Courtesy of Natalya Sands)
Author Evgenia Citkowitz will discuss her novel "The Shades" at the Hammer Museum moderated by English professor Mona Simpson. Citkowitz will read an excerpt of her novel, which explores the anguish of a family following the death of their 16-year-old daughter. (Courtesy of Natalya Sands)

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Movie review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ paints visual poetry woven with incisive critique

“Moonlight” was only the beginning for director Barry Jenkins. Almost two years after his second feature film’s best picture win, Jenkins’ name has resurfaced in the Oscars conversation following the release of his highly anticipated new film “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Adapted from James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, the film is a delicate period romance and a poignant depiction of racial injustice that showcases Jenkins’ penchant for poetic visual storytelling. Read more...

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Alumna Lava Thomas' art piece, “Freedom Song No. 1,” is featured in the "Pretty Big Things" exhibition. It is made up of tambourines of different sizes covered with colored suede. (Emily Ng/Daily Bruin)

Exhibit explores optimism, beauty amid political climate

Brenda Williams canceled her art exhibition emphasizing optimism when she realized Donald Trump was on his way to winning the 2016 election. Williams, the assistant to the chair of UCLA’s design media arts department, said the show’s cancellation allowed the Walter Maciel Gallery to instead show pieces more pertinent to the election, like portraits of immigrants. Read more...

Alumna Lava Thomas' art piece, “Freedom Song No. 1,” is featured in the "Pretty Big Things" exhibition. It is made up of tambourines of different sizes covered with colored suede. (Emily Ng/Daily Bruin)

Jeff LeBeau, Robert Lesser and alumna Shelby Lauren Barry star in “Steambath,” a comedic play imagining purgatory as a steam bath and God as a Puerto Rican attendant. Although much of the humor may be considered offensive, Barry said she hopes presenting the play unaltered from it’s original production will encourage discourse about the topics.
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Jeff LeBeau, Robert Lesser and alumna Shelby Lauren Barry star in “Steambath,” a comedic play imagining purgatory as a steam bath and God as a Puerto Rican attendant. Although much of the humor may be considered offensive, Barry said she hopes presenting the play unaltered from it’s original production will encourage discourse about the topics.
(Courtesy of Ron Sossi)

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(Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

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(Jae Su/Daily Bruin)

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Movie review: ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ continues Netflix’s rom-com winning streak

Netflix continues its summer-long bid for the title of rom-com kingpin with “Sierra Burgess is a Loser.” After “Set it Up” was met with wide critical acclaim and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” garnered a mass following within mere hours, it is nearly impossible for “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” to dodge comparison to the precursory films credited with the revival of the rom-com genre. Read more...

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