Monday, April 23

Alumnus Thanos Papastergiou directed "Sandy Beach," a film with no dialogue that centers on the story of a daughter and her father at a beach in Crete, Greece. The film was inspired by the death of his uncle and was selected as a Toronto International Film Festival pick. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Death within family, setbacks spur on alumnus’ film production

Creating the film “Sandy Beach” was no walk on the beach for Thanos Papastergiou. But after hospital visits, multiple delays and a thunderstorm, “Sandy Beach” has gone on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and was shortlisted for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Student Film Award. Read more...

Photo: Alumnus Thanos Papastergiou directed "Sandy Beach," a film with no dialogue that centers on the story of a daughter and her father at a beach in Crete, Greece. The film was inspired by the death of his uncle and was selected as a Toronto International Film Festival pick. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumnus Thanos Papastergiou directed "Sandy Beach," a film with no dialogue that centers on the story of a daughter and her father at a beach in Crete, Greece. The film was inspired by the death of his uncle and was selected as a Toronto International Film Festival pick. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumnus Orlando Ortega-Medina's book, “Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories Of Love and Other Obsessions,” features 13 short stories about topics such as religion and sexuality.

(Courtesy of Orlando Ortega-Medina)

Alumnus releases book based on different places, personal experiences

Orlando Ortega-Medina’s characters explore far-flung places such as the bustling streets of Tokyo and the coast of Oregon. But for alumnus Ortega-Medina, the global destinations in his short stories are not just locations for his characters to visit; they are also places he has lived himself. Read more...

Photo: Alumnus Orlando Ortega-Medina's book, “Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories Of Love and Other Obsessions,” features 13 short stories about topics such as religion and sexuality. (Courtesy of Orlando Ortega-Medina)

Alumnus Orlando Ortega-Medina's book, “Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories Of Love and Other Obsessions,” features 13 short stories about topics such as religion and sexuality.

(Courtesy of Orlando Ortega-Medina)

UCLA lecturer Scott Alan Smith directed "The Lyons," a dark comedy play that tells the tale of a dysfunctional family as it comes together during tough times. The show runs until July 16 at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. (Courtesy of Scott Alan Smith)

UCLA lecturer directs dysfunctional family comedy ‘The Lyons’

The set of “The Lyons” has just 10 seconds to change from a private hospital room to an empty apartment. But the quick set changes are just one of the many challenges that the play presented, said UCLA lecturer and director Scott Alan Smith. Read more...

Photo: UCLA lecturer Scott Alan Smith directed "The Lyons," a dark comedy play that tells the tale of a dysfunctional family as it comes together during tough times. The show runs until July 16 at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. (Courtesy of Scott Alan Smith)

UCLA lecturer Scott Alan Smith directed "The Lyons," a dark comedy play that tells the tale of a dysfunctional family as it comes together during tough times. The show runs until July 16 at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. (Courtesy of Scott Alan Smith)

Fourth-year theater students, Renee MacDonald, Will Block and Margaret Starbuck (left to right) formed the classical theater company Muse of Fire, which will be performing "Henry IV" in a renovated liquor store in July. (Hannah Johnson/Daily Bruin)

Student-formed Shakespeare theater company aims for audience engagement

Muse of Fire will perform “Henry IV” in a renovated liquor store in Koreatown. Muse of Fire, a classical theater company with a focus on Shakespeare’s works, was formed over the course of the 2016-2017 school year by fourth-year theater students Will Block, Margaret Starbuck and Renee MacDonald. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year theater students, Renee MacDonald, Will Block and Margaret Starbuck (left to right) formed the classical theater company Muse of Fire, which will be performing "Henry IV" in a renovated liquor store in July. (Hannah Johnson/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year theater students, Renee MacDonald, Will Block and Margaret Starbuck (left to right) formed the classical theater company Muse of Fire, which will be performing "Henry IV" in a renovated liquor store in July. (Hannah Johnson/Daily Bruin)

Los Angeles-based pop artist Rilan uses his synth-pop- and glam rock-influenced music and his distinct sense of style to express his inner personality. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin)

On The Rise: Rilan

Rilan would take his mother’s Walkman and listen to Madonna and David Bowie for hours when he was a child back in New Orleans. The 21-year-old singer now lives in Los Angeles, but his passion for synth-pop and glam-rock has not faded. Read more...

Photo: Los Angeles-based pop artist Rilan uses his synth-pop- and glam rock-influenced music and his distinct sense of style to express his inner personality. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin)

Los Angeles-based pop artist Rilan uses his synth-pop- and glam rock-influenced music and his distinct sense of style to express his inner personality. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin)

Music lecturer Jonathan Beard has played different roles in creating music for films such as "Frank vs. God" and "Despicable Me 3." As a composer, Beard collaborates with directors to generate a soundtrack; when he orchestrates a piece, he transfers detailed cues from the composer to an orchestra. (Hannah Johnson/Daily Bruin)

UCLA music lecturer thrives on collaborative process of film scoring

Movie soundtracks sometimes fall into the background for movie viewers, but for Jonathan Beard they’re all he can focus on. Beard, a lecturer in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, helps create soundtracks for films and television shows. Read more...

Photo: Music lecturer Jonathan Beard has played different roles in creating music for films such as "Frank vs. God" and "Despicable Me 3." As a composer, Beard collaborates with directors to generate a soundtrack; when he orchestrates a piece, he transfers detailed cues from the composer to an orchestra. (Hannah Johnson/Daily Bruin)

Music lecturer Jonathan Beard has played different roles in creating music for films such as "Frank vs. God" and "Despicable Me 3." As a composer, Beard collaborates with directors to generate a soundtrack; when he orchestrates a piece, he transfers detailed cues from the composer to an orchestra. (Hannah Johnson/Daily Bruin)

Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

JazzReggae Festival features powerful performers, brightens up Sunset Rec

The smell of barbecue ribs and the sound of reggae pop remixes wafted through the air Monday at UCLA’s JazzReggae Festival. Concertgoers filed through the gates of the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, sporting multicolored tinted glasses, crop tops and brightly patterned flannels. Read more...

Photo: Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)


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