Tuesday, May 21

Though the documentary was originally intended to be a feature film, "Breaking the Mold" became a series as the list of adventurous women that the team wanted to include in the documentary grew. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Women to challenge expectations, inspire girls in UCLA alumna’s upcoming series

Bisi Ademulegun, who goes by Bisi B., plans to ride her Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Southern California all the way to Alaska. Along the way, she will seek out women who lead extraordinary and adventurous lives. Read more...

Photo: Though the documentary was originally intended to be a feature film, "Breaking the Mold" became a series as the list of adventurous women that the team wanted to include in the documentary grew. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Though the documentary was originally intended to be a feature film, "Breaking the Mold" became a series as the list of adventurous women that the team wanted to include in the documentary grew. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year cognitive science student Maddie Gavin, whose stage name is Officer Gavin, performs as a DJ in a sphere dominated by men, she said. Although she doesn't necessarily want to be labelled a 'female DJ,' she recognizes her position in inspiring others like her at UCLA. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

Student inspires others by remixing male-dominated DJ sphere

An anonymous dancing student handed DJ Officer Gavin a note complimenting her performance during her 2018 Dance Marathon set. Gavin said she hopes to frame the unexpected and appreciative note one day. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year cognitive science student Maddie Gavin, whose stage name is Officer Gavin, performs as a DJ in a sphere dominated by men, she said. Although she doesn't necessarily want to be labelled a 'female DJ,' she recognizes her position in inspiring others like her at UCLA. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year cognitive science student Maddie Gavin, whose stage name is Officer Gavin, performs as a DJ in a sphere dominated by men, she said. Although she doesn't necessarily want to be labelled a 'female DJ,' she recognizes her position in inspiring others like her at UCLA. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

David Castañeda, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, is the director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, which meets in Schoenberg Hall on Monday nights to practice and perform several genres of Latin-American dance music. Castañeda revived the ensemble in fall of 2017, after the ensemble was on a hiatus for eight years. To revive the ensemble, Castañeda worked to expand the repertoire of the ensemble. (Edward Qiao/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Global Melodies: Afro-Cuban Ensemble inspires audience interaction with lively tunes

This post was updated May 15 at 1:20 p.m. The Afro-Cuban Ensemble performs according to one guideline: If the audience is not on its feet dancing, the musicians have done something wrong. Read more...

Photo: David Castañeda, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, is the director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, which meets in Schoenberg Hall on Monday nights to practice and perform several genres of Latin-American dance music. Castañeda revived the ensemble in fall of 2017, after the ensemble was on a hiatus for eight years. To revive the ensemble, Castañeda worked to expand the repertoire of the ensemble. (Edward Qiao/Daily Bruin senior staff)

David Castañeda, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, is the director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, which meets in Schoenberg Hall on Monday nights to practice and perform several genres of Latin-American dance music. Castañeda revived the ensemble in fall of 2017, after the ensemble was on a hiatus for eight years. To revive the ensemble, Castañeda worked to expand the repertoire of the ensemble. (Edward Qiao/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Psypher, a dance club at UCLA, aims to explore mental and physical well-being through the art of dance. The club members will engage in group discussions and dances to express opinions on and learn about certain aspects of mental health. This quarter's theme is the impact of personal relationships on mental health. (Grace Yu/Daily Bruin)

Discussion on mental health issues takes on new form in dance club Psypher

Members of the club Psypher embodied the complexities of modern dating by dancing to Sabrina Claudio’s R&B song, “Belong to You,” in a parking lot Friday night. Read more...

Photo: Psypher, a dance club at UCLA, aims to explore mental and physical well-being through the art of dance. The club members will engage in group discussions and dances to express opinions on and learn about certain aspects of mental health. This quarter's theme is the impact of personal relationships on mental health. (Grace Yu/Daily Bruin)

Psypher, a dance club at UCLA, aims to explore mental and physical well-being through the art of dance. The club members will engage in group discussions and dances to express opinions on and learn about certain aspects of mental health. This quarter's theme is the impact of personal relationships on mental health. (Grace Yu/Daily Bruin)

Charles S.C. Jin, a graduate directing student is directing a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” which will run from Friday through Tuesday at UCLA’s Little Theater. (Quanzhao "Ari" He/Daily Bruin)

UCLA directing student plays with convention in Russian tragicomedy

A description from a Chinese poem helped inspire Charles S.C. Jin’s production of a classic Russian play. The story of a man drinking with the company of the moon and his shadow, evoking loneliness through just three images, influenced how his play could convey universal emotions through simple forms. Read more...

Photo: Charles S.C. Jin, a graduate directing student is directing a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” which will run from Friday through Tuesday at UCLA’s Little Theater. (Quanzhao "Ari" He/Daily Bruin)

Charles S.C. Jin, a graduate directing student is directing a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” which will run from Friday through Tuesday at UCLA’s Little Theater. (Quanzhao "Ari" He/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Patrick Boyd wrote, directed and acted in the film "You, Me, & Him, & Him, & Him," which focuses on an open relationship among five gay men living in Los Angeles. Boyd said the film aims to demonstrate the importance of self-acceptance and communication in gay relationships. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Student film portrays nuances in LGBTQ relationships, culture

Patrick Boyd opens his film with a quote from Aristotle: “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Boyd’s story divides a single soul among five people. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Patrick Boyd wrote, directed and acted in the film "You, Me, & Him, & Him, & Him," which focuses on an open relationship among five gay men living in Los Angeles. Boyd said the film aims to demonstrate the importance of self-acceptance and communication in gay relationships. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Patrick Boyd wrote, directed and acted in the film "You, Me, & Him, & Him, & Him," which focuses on an open relationship among five gay men living in Los Angeles. Boyd said the film aims to demonstrate the importance of self-acceptance and communication in gay relationships. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Jon Fitzgerald, a professional filmmaker, will moderate and participate in a discussion at the inaugural Spark Change Summit on Friday at the James Bridges Theater. The summit, presented by UCLA’s Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment, will feature three panel discussions that deal with different aspects of social impact entertainment. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA Summit to discuss social impact media

Jon Fitzgerald directed a documentary about a group of American teenage girls who hiked to Machu Picchu as part of an empowerment program. Through the film, Fitzgerald said he shared their experiences in the hopes of inspiring all girls to become leaders. Read more...

Photo: Jon Fitzgerald, a professional filmmaker, will moderate and participate in a discussion at the inaugural Spark Change Summit on Friday at the James Bridges Theater. The summit, presented by UCLA’s Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment, will feature three panel discussions that deal with different aspects of social impact entertainment. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Jon Fitzgerald, a professional filmmaker, will moderate and participate in a discussion at the inaugural Spark Change Summit on Friday at the James Bridges Theater. The summit, presented by UCLA’s Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment, will feature three panel discussions that deal with different aspects of social impact entertainment. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)


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