Saturday, August 24

Yukai Daiko energized the Dance Marathon crowd with resounding beats from four taiko drums, which they used to encourage chanting and dancing. (Esmeralda Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Yukai Daiko’s Dance Marathon performance shows off power of taiko drums

Four large taiko drums took over the stage as Dance Marathon neared the end of its 26-hour run with a performance from Yukai Daiko. “The reason we decided to audition was just to bring the sound of Japanese drumming into the mix of the other performers,” said fourth-year art student Hoi Leung, one of the co-directors of the group. Read more...

Photo: Yukai Daiko energized the Dance Marathon crowd with resounding beats from four taiko drums, which they used to encourage chanting and dancing. (Esmeralda Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Yukai Daiko energized the Dance Marathon crowd with resounding beats from four taiko drums, which they used to encourage chanting and dancing. (Esmeralda Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Random Voices brought an early 2000s hip-hop medley to Dance Marathon, performing songs including "No Scrubs" by TLC and "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

NSU Modern, Random Voices bring upbeat performances to Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon participants began incorporating handstands and planks into their dance moves in order to give their legs a break during the 22nd hour of the event. Read more...

Photo: Random Voices brought an early 2000s hip-hop medley to Dance Marathon, performing songs including "No Scrubs" by TLC and "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Random Voices brought an early 2000s hip-hop medley to Dance Marathon, performing songs including "No Scrubs" by TLC and "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumnus James Simenc interviews entomologist Justin Schmidt at a lab for an episode of Simenc's biweekly podcast "Digits."  The podcast examines the relationship between humans and numbers by exploring mathematical concepts that apply to real life. (Courtesy of Matt Simenc)

Alum’s podcast ‘Digits’ explores relationship between humans, numbers

This post was updated on April 2 at 2:10 p.m. James Simenc spends a lot of time in his car, which helped inspire his new podcast. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumnus James Simenc interviews entomologist Justin Schmidt at a lab for an episode of Simenc's biweekly podcast "Digits." The podcast examines the relationship between humans and numbers by exploring mathematical concepts that apply to real life. (Courtesy of Matt Simenc)

UCLA alumnus James Simenc interviews entomologist Justin Schmidt at a lab for an episode of Simenc's biweekly podcast "Digits."  The podcast examines the relationship between humans and numbers by exploring mathematical concepts that apply to real life. (Courtesy of Matt Simenc)


Student actors explored themes of racial injustice and the incarceration system when preparing for the spokenwordical "What It Iz!" (Frank To/Daily Bruin)

Students to tell stories of incarcerated people via modernized ‘The Wiz’

Hip-hop theater performance “What It Iz!” is like a modern-day version of Shakespeare for Ayanna McKnight. “Spoken word and poetry, in and of itself, go together,” said the third-year theater student. Read more...

Photo: Student actors explored themes of racial injustice and the incarceration system when preparing for the spokenwordical "What It Iz!" (Frank To/Daily Bruin)

Student actors explored themes of racial injustice and the incarceration system when preparing for the spokenwordical "What It Iz!" (Frank To/Daily Bruin)

UCLA Asian American studies professor Renee Tajima-Peña helped direct the documentary film "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" about the 1982 murder of a Chinese man who was beaten to death by two white men. (Courtesy of Claudio Rocha)

Q&A: Professor reflects on role of documentaries in guarding civil rights

A UCLA professor’s documentary turned 30 years old this year, but its plot bears eerie parallels to the hate crimes of today. Renee Tajima-Peña, a professor of Asian American studies, helped direct “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” which documents the murder of Chin, a Chinese man beaten to death by two white autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz in Detroit in June 1982 . Read more...

Photo: UCLA Asian American studies professor Renee Tajima-Peña helped direct the documentary film "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" about the 1982 murder of a Chinese man who was beaten to death by two white men. (Courtesy of Claudio Rocha)

UCLA Asian American studies professor Renee Tajima-Peña helped direct the documentary film "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" about the 1982 murder of a Chinese man who was beaten to death by two white men. (Courtesy of Claudio Rocha)

(Courtesy of Vince Valitutti)

Movie review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Even Tom Hiddleston’s brooding blue eyes can’t save “Kong: Skull Island.” The actor spends a surprising amount of screen time gazing off into the distance ponderously, despite the fact that it’s the latest action-packed film about the legendary King Kong. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Vince Valitutti)

(Courtesy of Vince Valitutti)


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