Saturday, May 25

Shane Campbell-Staton, an ecology and evolutionary biology assistant professor, co-hosts the "The Biology of Superheroes Podcast." Campbell-Staton said he uses superheroes and their powers to understand the overlap between biological reality and futuristic fantasy. The podcast has covered topics such as Spider-Man's web-slinging and The Walking Dead's zombie apocalypse. (James Schaap/Daily Bruin)

Professor’s podcast unmasks science behind superheroes and sci-fi

Thanos had to break a few laws of nature before he eradicated half of the universe with a snap. Topics similar to the Marvel villain’s defiance of physics are addressed in “The Biology of Superheroes Podcast,” hosted by Shane Campbell-Staton, a UCLA ecology and evolutionary biology assistant professor. Read more...

Photo: Shane Campbell-Staton, an ecology and evolutionary biology assistant professor, co-hosts the "The Biology of Superheroes Podcast." Campbell-Staton said he uses superheroes and their powers to understand the overlap between biological reality and futuristic fantasy. The podcast has covered topics such as Spider-Man's web-slinging and The Walking Dead's zombie apocalypse. (James Schaap/Daily Bruin)

Shane Campbell-Staton, an ecology and evolutionary biology assistant professor, co-hosts the "The Biology of Superheroes Podcast." Campbell-Staton said he uses superheroes and their powers to understand the overlap between biological reality and futuristic fantasy. The podcast has covered topics such as Spider-Man's web-slinging and The Walking Dead's zombie apocalypse. (James Schaap/Daily Bruin)

P!nk performed at the Staples Center on Monday as part of her "Beautiful Trauma" tour. Aerial stunts accompanied her performance – the pop artist entered the stage on a suspended chandelier wearing a sparkling, black bodysuit while flipping and twirling mid-air. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin staff)

Concert review: Strong vocals and aerial acts help elevate P!nk’s “Beautiful Trauma” tour

Decadent runs and fully charged instrumentals flew through the air Monday night – and so did P!nk. The career pop artist performed at the Staples Center as a stop on her “Beautiful Trauma” tour. Read more...

Photo: P!nk performed at the Staples Center on Monday as part of her "Beautiful Trauma" tour. Aerial stunts accompanied her performance – the pop artist entered the stage on a suspended chandelier wearing a sparkling, black bodysuit while flipping and twirling mid-air. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin staff)

P!nk performed at the Staples Center on Monday as part of her "Beautiful Trauma" tour. Aerial stunts accompanied her performance – the pop artist entered the stage on a suspended chandelier wearing a sparkling, black bodysuit while flipping and twirling mid-air. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduate student Yichi Zhang wrote and directed “The Lucky One,” which follows four goddesses, who reign over love, death, wealth and fertility, playing a never-ending game of mahjong. While the set design does not itself emphasize the Chinese inspirations behind the film, Zhang said it highlights the theme of luck. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Film showcasing Chinese culture features graduate students in cast and crew

Mahjong will be the key to preventing the apocalypse in “The Lucky One.” Four goddesses, who reign over love, death, wealth and fertility, will play a never-ending round of the Chinese board game in the comedic film. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Yichi Zhang wrote and directed “The Lucky One,” which follows four goddesses, who reign over love, death, wealth and fertility, playing a never-ending game of mahjong. While the set design does not itself emphasize the Chinese inspirations behind the film, Zhang said it highlights the theme of luck. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Yichi Zhang wrote and directed “The Lucky One,” which follows four goddesses, who reign over love, death, wealth and fertility, playing a never-ending game of mahjong. While the set design does not itself emphasize the Chinese inspirations behind the film, Zhang said it highlights the theme of luck. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Esmeralda Bermudez moderated a discussion with Sandra Cisneros, the author of "Puro Amor," during the first day of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival took place at the University of Southern California's campus from Saturday to Sunday. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

LA Times Festival of Books showcases live poetry readings, cooking demonstrations

Festival weekend calls for celebrities and good music – and thousands of books. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returned to the University of Southern California campus from Saturday to Sunday, continuing its annual tradition of literary-focused programming. Read more...

Photo: Esmeralda Bermudez moderated a discussion with Sandra Cisneros, the author of "Puro Amor," during the first day of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival took place at the University of Southern California's campus from Saturday to Sunday. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Esmeralda Bermudez moderated a discussion with Sandra Cisneros, the author of "Puro Amor," during the first day of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival took place at the University of Southern California's campus from Saturday to Sunday. (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)


James Bay opened the Los Angeles show Monday with "Pink Lemonade." He swapped out guitars after each song during his "Electric Light" tour set at The Wiltern. (Emily Ng/Daily Bruin)

Concert review: James Bay’s ‘Electric Light’ tour energizes audience with vibrant sounds

James Bay strutted on stage in a leather jacket, wielding a jet-black guitar while strumming electricity into the air. The indie rock artist brought melodic vocals to The Wiltern on Monday night during the Los Angeles leg of the “Electric Light” tour. Read more...

Photo: James Bay opened the Los Angeles show Monday with "Pink Lemonade." He swapped out guitars after each song during his "Electric Light" tour set at The Wiltern. (Emily Ng/Daily Bruin)

James Bay opened the Los Angeles show Monday with "Pink Lemonade." He swapped out guitars after each song during his "Electric Light" tour set at The Wiltern. (Emily Ng/Daily Bruin)