Sunday, November 18

Beatrice Brown, a first-year theater student, performs in "Teenage American Nightmare." The original play depicts a dystopian version of the year 2017 in which plants come alive and attack humans. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Theaterfest plays to feature immigrant stories, nature’s revenge against humans

Undocumented students’ experiences and jungle war zones will be featured in this year’s UCLA Theaterfest. “Just Like Us” and “Teenage American Nightmare” focus on elements of American society. Read more...

Photo: Beatrice Brown, a first-year theater student, performs in "Teenage American Nightmare." The original play depicts a dystopian version of the year 2017 in which plants come alive and attack humans. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Beatrice Brown, a first-year theater student, performs in "Teenage American Nightmare." The original play depicts a dystopian version of the year 2017 in which plants come alive and attack humans. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Charlotte Day Wilson's raspy vocals were accompanied by a mix of jazz and techno instrumentals at the 32nd annual JazzReggae Festival. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

JazzReggae Festival jazzes up Sunset Rec, features six varied artists

Colorful blankets littered the grass of Sunset Recreation Center for this year’s JazzReggae Festival. Monday’s music event celebrated its 32nd anniversary this year. The Cultural Affairs Commission hosted the event, which featured performances from six artists and groups such as rhythm and blues singer Jamila Woods, as well as a variety of vendors and artwork. Read more...

Photo: Charlotte Day Wilson's raspy vocals were accompanied by a mix of jazz and techno instrumentals at the 32nd annual JazzReggae Festival. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Charlotte Day Wilson's raspy vocals were accompanied by a mix of jazz and techno instrumentals at the 32nd annual JazzReggae Festival. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Hayden Everett and Caroline Pernick won three Spring Sing awards for performance of their original folk-influenced song "For I Fear." This was the duo's first year performing in the competition, garnering them the Bruin Choice Award, the award for best duet and the the award for best overall performance. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

First-year duo wins Spring Sing 2018 top prize, two other awards

First-year students Hayden Everett’s and Caroline Pernick’s late-night jam sessions in Hedrick Hall paid off Friday night in their first Spring Sing performance. The duet received the Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award, Spring Sing’s top prize, along with the award for Best Duet and the Bruin Choice Award. Read more...

Photo: Hayden Everett and Caroline Pernick won three Spring Sing awards for performance of their original folk-influenced song "For I Fear." This was the duo's first year performing in the competition, garnering them the Bruin Choice Award, the award for best duet and the the award for best overall performance. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Hayden Everett and Caroline Pernick won three Spring Sing awards for performance of their original folk-influenced song "For I Fear." This was the duo's first year performing in the competition, garnering them the Bruin Choice Award, the award for best duet and the the award for best overall performance. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Upcoming opera "The Mother of Us All" depicts feminist figure Susan B. Anthony and her fight for the women's right to vote. Although the show deals with historical events, its commentary on women's struggles is relevant even today, said director Michael Hackett, former chair of the theater department. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Susan B. Anthony opera spotlights suffragette struggle, women’s rights

Michelle Drever said she can’t help but tear up as she sings the words of Susan B. Anthony. Drever, a graduate voice student, is one of three women portraying the suffragette in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s upcoming show, “The Mother of Us All.” The opera, which follows Anthony’s life and legacy as she fought to earn women the right to vote, is a collaboration between Opera UCLA, UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and will premiere Friday at the Freud Playhouse. Read more...

Photo: Upcoming opera "The Mother of Us All" depicts feminist figure Susan B. Anthony and her fight for the women's right to vote. Although the show deals with historical events, its commentary on women's struggles is relevant even today, said director Michael Hackett, former chair of the theater department. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Upcoming opera "The Mother of Us All" depicts feminist figure Susan B. Anthony and her fight for the women's right to vote. Although the show deals with historical events, its commentary on women's struggles is relevant even today, said director Michael Hackett, former chair of the theater department. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

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Movie review: ‘Life of the Party’

Melissa McCarthy swaps two weeks in Italy for two semesters in college in a failing feminist comedy. “Life of the Party” follows Deanna (Melissa McCarthy), a recent divorcee, as she re-evaluates her life in the aftermath of her ex-husband’s sudden departure to Italy with his new mistress. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Hopper Stone)

(Courtesy of Hopper Stone)

Students in the East African Student Association are working to put together the club’s first culture show highlighting the cultures of the various nations throughout East Africa. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

Culture night showcases diversity of East African groups through dance

Students will wear large, patterned Sudanese wraps and light, white Ethiopian dresses at the first UCLA East African Student Association culture show. The show will feature traditional dances from six East African nations, trivia questions and a fashion show Sunday in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Read more...

Photo: Students in the East African Student Association are working to put together the club’s first culture show highlighting the cultures of the various nations throughout East Africa. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

Students in the East African Student Association are working to put together the club’s first culture show highlighting the cultures of the various nations throughout East Africa. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

Lighting and set designer Brian H. Scott poses with some of the set materials from "the theater is a blank page." During the performance, actors will lead audience members through various sets. One installation features five Saratoga International Theater Institute Company cast members simultaneously reading one of Virginia Woolf's novels out loud. (Anna Moreno-Takegami/Daily Bruin)

Interactive show merges reading, theater experience using Virginia Woolf texts

The literary hub of Powell Library and performance space of Royce Hall will come together for an immersive, staged reading experience. The Saratoga International Theater Institute Company’s “the theater is a blank page,” which will run from April 29 to May 12, entwines literature and theater in three hours. Read more...

Photo: Lighting and set designer Brian H. Scott poses with some of the set materials from "the theater is a blank page." During the performance, actors will lead audience members through various sets. One installation features five Saratoga International Theater Institute Company cast members simultaneously reading one of Virginia Woolf's novels out loud. (Anna Moreno-Takegami/Daily Bruin)

Lighting and set designer Brian H. Scott poses with some of the set materials from "the theater is a blank page." During the performance, actors will lead audience members through various sets. One installation features five Saratoga International Theater Institute Company cast members simultaneously reading one of Virginia Woolf's novels out loud. (Anna Moreno-Takegami/Daily Bruin)