Monday, June 18

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Movie review: ‘A Fantastic Woman’

The family of a woman’s dead partner attempts to steal more than just her dog in “A Fantastic Woman.” Directed by Sebastián Lelio, “A Fantastic Woman” is a Chilean Spanish-language film that tells the story of a transgender woman named Marina (Daniela Vega) whose partner, Orlando (Francisco Reyes), dies of an aneurysm. Read more...

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Fourth-year Spanish and linguistics student Augustine Ortiz-Marquez dances the Argentine tango similar to the original style of the dance, which is often inaccurately depicted in American media as flashy and gaudy.

Students connect with others through the tradition of tango

Augustina Ortiz-Marquez dances tango, but it’s nothing like how it looks on “Dancing with the Stars.” The fourth-year Spanish and linguistics student, who has been dancing tango for three years and now dances with the Los Angeles Tango Academy, said gaudy depictions of tango in American society are often inaccurate and untrue to the dance’s Latin American roots. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year Spanish and linguistics student Augustine Ortiz-Marquez dances the Argentine tango similar to the original style of the dance, which is often inaccurately depicted in American media as flashy and gaudy.

Fourth-year Spanish and linguistics student Augustine Ortiz-Marquez dances the Argentine tango similar to the original style of the dance, which is often inaccurately depicted in American media as flashy and gaudy.

Third-year theater students Cory Peter Lane, Hunter Saling and Jeremy Elder (left to right), who perform in the comedy group Business Casual, showcase their signature pose. The group got its name when they first performed together in dress shirts and ties after going to the show following a networking event on campus. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Lessons in Laughter: Comedians showcase improv at Winter Welcome Comedy Show

Student comics at the Winter Welcome Comedy Show joked about New Years’ resolutions, college and self-identity. “Everything I want to do this year makes me an objectively worse person,” said Pippa Spindel, a second-year cognitive science student who performed during the show. Read more...

Photo: Third-year theater students Cory Peter Lane, Hunter Saling and Jeremy Elder (left to right), who perform in the comedy group Business Casual, showcase their signature pose. The group got its name when they first performed together in dress shirts and ties after going to the show following a networking event on campus. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Third-year theater students Cory Peter Lane, Hunter Saling and Jeremy Elder (left to right), who perform in the comedy group Business Casual, showcase their signature pose. The group got its name when they first performed together in dress shirts and ties after going to the show following a networking event on campus. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Alumna Libby Hsieh plays bass in the all-female band Girl Friday. She said the band's songs feature inherently political messages under a more lighthearted pop sound on their latest EP, “Tiny Hats.” (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

All-female band comments on gender politics through songs, music videos

Alumna Libby Hsieh dons a suit and mustache in her band’s latest music video. In the music video for the band Girl Friday’s song “12 Hour Turnaround,” Hsieh, the band’s bassist, depicts a man, while a fellow female band member dresses as a 1950s housewife. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Libby Hsieh plays bass in the all-female band Girl Friday. She said the band's songs feature inherently political messages under a more lighthearted pop sound on their latest EP, “Tiny Hats.” (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

Alumna Libby Hsieh plays bass in the all-female band Girl Friday. She said the band's songs feature inherently political messages under a more lighthearted pop sound on their latest EP, “Tiny Hats.” (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert Friday night was filled with festive and captivating performances that set a cheery mood for the holiday season. Highlights of the night included Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's first live performance of "End Game" and Charlie Puth's rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." (Eli Countryman/Daily Bruin)

Concert review: KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball at The Forum

Los Angeles rang in the holiday season with KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball, which highlighted some of the biggest hits of the year. The sold-out show, which lasted four and a half hours and was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, featured musicians such as Halsey and Taylor Swift who performed alongside pyrotechnics, confetti, and theatrical smoke effects.The dozens of singers at the show brought a light-hearted and festive energy to the stage. Read more...

Photo: KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert Friday night was filled with festive and captivating performances that set a cheery mood for the holiday season. Highlights of the night included Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's first live performance of "End Game" and Charlie Puth's rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." (Eli Countryman/Daily Bruin)

KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert Friday night was filled with festive and captivating performances that set a cheery mood for the holiday season. Highlights of the night included Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's first live performance of "End Game" and Charlie Puth's rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." (Eli Countryman/Daily Bruin)

Alumna Veronica Bianqui wrote her single, "Victim," as a means of expressing herself as she recovered from a state of emotional codependence. All of the proceeds for the single, which was released in September, will be donated to the Harm Reduction Coalition in memory of Bianqui's sister, who died in July following a long period of drug addiction. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Alumna’s music video addresses codependency through self-expression

The music video for Veronica Bianqui’s garage-pop single “Victim” takes place entirely in an apartment living room. The video features Bianqui and her band in front of several different-colored sets built specifically for the video inside of the directors’ apartment. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Veronica Bianqui wrote her single, "Victim," as a means of expressing herself as she recovered from a state of emotional codependence. All of the proceeds for the single, which was released in September, will be donated to the Harm Reduction Coalition in memory of Bianqui's sister, who died in July following a long period of drug addiction. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Alumna Veronica Bianqui wrote her single, "Victim," as a means of expressing herself as she recovered from a state of emotional codependence. All of the proceeds for the single, which was released in September, will be donated to the Harm Reduction Coalition in memory of Bianqui's sister, who died in July following a long period of drug addiction. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

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Movie review: ‘Justice League’

“Justice League” takes the stereotypical, end-of-the-world superhero movie plot and manages to make it even more predictable. With an overly straightforward plot, “Justice League” is the most recent film in the DC Extended Universe following the release of the critically acclaimed “Wonder Woman.” Although the film does adopt some of the strong humor and plot development that made “Wonder Woman” so successful, “Justice League” certainly does not do justice to the standard set by the earlier release. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Clay Enos)

(Courtesy of Clay Enos)