Monday, February 18

Tigran Hamasyan, an Armenian pianist and composer, performed in Royce Hall on Sunday. He performed selections from previous albums and improvised other songs, using influences from his Armenian heritage and jazz. (Courtesy of Elena Hamasyan)

Musician’s unique performance blends Armenian folk, jazz improvisation

Tigran Hamasyan reimagined his native homeland of Armenia through a traditional, folk-inspired jazz performance Sunday evening. Hamasyan, a pianist and composer, performed a 90-minute jazz piano recital in Royce Hall to a packed audience. Read more...

Photo: Tigran Hamasyan, an Armenian pianist and composer, performed in Royce Hall on Sunday. He performed selections from previous albums and improvised other songs, using influences from his Armenian heritage and jazz. (Courtesy of Elena Hamasyan)

Tigran Hamasyan, an Armenian pianist and composer, performed in Royce Hall on Sunday. He performed selections from previous albums and improvised other songs, using influences from his Armenian heritage and jazz. (Courtesy of Elena Hamasyan)

T.K. Pillan, a UCLA alumnus, co-founded Veggie Grill to offer healthy fast food options. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

Alum plants Veggie Grill at UCLA to bring healthier fast food to students

T.K. Pillan was on the hunt for convenient plant-based food when he came up with the idea for Veggie Grill. The UCLA alumnus co-founded the entirely plant-based restaurant in 2006, when films about unhealthy foods such as “Fast Food Nation” and “Super Size Me” started to grow in popularity, Pillan said. Read more...

Photo: T.K. Pillan, a UCLA alumnus, co-founded Veggie Grill to offer healthy fast food options. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

T.K. Pillan, a UCLA alumnus, co-founded Veggie Grill to offer healthy fast food options. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA alumna Arem Kim brings her cinematography background to her work as an animation layout designer. She places the camera to best highlight one aspect of a scene, such as a character’s emotions or a particular relationship.
(Courtesy of Olivier Dubard)

Alumna brings reality to 3D worlds with live-action cinematography

Arem Kim’s interest in animated films was sparked after she watched Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” The UCLA alumna said she was particularly inspired by the different camera perspectives in “Ratatouille,” enabling her to travel with Remy around the kitchen floor, sewer and streets of Paris, seeing the world through the rat’s eyes. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumna Arem Kim brings her cinematography background to her work as an animation layout designer. She places the camera to best highlight one aspect of a scene, such as a character’s emotions or a particular relationship. (Courtesy of Olivier Dubard)

UCLA alumna Arem Kim brings her cinematography background to her work as an animation layout designer. She places the camera to best highlight one aspect of a scene, such as a character’s emotions or a particular relationship.
(Courtesy of Olivier Dubard)

Rising third-year Carisse (CJ) Zepeda, a design media arts student, spent only two days designing a bikini for rising third-year Lily Chaeyoun Kim to wear in the Miss Korea USA pageant. 
(Courtesy of Danny Lee)

DESMA student wins Miss Korea USA pageant rocking design from fellow Bruin

Lily Chaeyoun Kim never considered participating in a pageant until she was approached by a Korean designer at a hair salon in October. The designer happened to be sitting next to Kim at the salon and asked her to model for her in Los Angeles Fashion Week. Read more...

Photo: Rising third-year Carisse (CJ) Zepeda, a design media arts student, spent only two days designing a bikini for rising third-year Lily Chaeyoun Kim to wear in the Miss Korea USA pageant. (Courtesy of Danny Lee)

Rising third-year Carisse (CJ) Zepeda, a design media arts student, spent only two days designing a bikini for rising third-year Lily Chaeyoun Kim to wear in the Miss Korea USA pageant. 
(Courtesy of Danny Lee)

Graduate student Hena Ashraf’s feature film “The House of Mariana y Gabriel” explores the specific ways immigration impacts family relationships and focuses on interactions between two siblings. 
(Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student’s short film depicts sibling tension, experiences of immigrants

This post was updated June 7 at 1:22 p.m. Siblings Mariana and Gabriel struggle to see eye to eye in “The House of Mariana y Gabriel.” The short film, directed by graduate student Hena Ashraf, will premiere Tuesday at the James Bridges Theater. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Hena Ashraf’s feature film “The House of Mariana y Gabriel” explores the specific ways immigration impacts family relationships and focuses on interactions between two siblings. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Hena Ashraf’s feature film “The House of Mariana y Gabriel” explores the specific ways immigration impacts family relationships and focuses on interactions between two siblings. 
(Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Actor Mick Torres performed in the After Hours Theatre Company's presentation of Dale Wasserman’s stage play of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Alumnus Graham Wetterhahn produced the interactive experience, which he said allows guests to feel as though they are being checked into a mental hospital. (Photo courtesy of KJ Knies)

Spectators act as patients and interact with cast in After Hours’ asylum play

Theatergoers put on light blue hospital gowns and transformed into psychiatric patients from 1963 as part of an immersive performance Friday evening. After Hours Theatre Company presented Dale Wasserman’s stage adaptation of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” based on the novel by Ken Kesey, in a Burbank warehouse decorated to look like a 1960s psychiatric hospital. Read more...

Photo: Actor Mick Torres performed in the After Hours Theatre Company's presentation of Dale Wasserman’s stage play of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Alumnus Graham Wetterhahn produced the interactive experience, which he said allows guests to feel as though they are being checked into a mental hospital. (Photo courtesy of KJ Knies)

Actor Mick Torres performed in the After Hours Theatre Company's presentation of Dale Wasserman’s stage play of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Alumnus Graham Wetterhahn produced the interactive experience, which he said allows guests to feel as though they are being checked into a mental hospital. (Photo courtesy of KJ Knies)