Migdia Chinea, an alumni of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, directs a shot for her short film "Prince of Old Havana," which portrays the life of Alberto Yarini, otherwise known as “The Great Pimp of San Pedro.” The film was shot mainly in her home in Glendale, California. (Courtesy of Sian Chen)

After seventeen years in the making, Migdia Chinea is finally telling a story of her native Cuba. Chinea, who received a graduate degree in screenwriting from the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, has worked as a writer on multiple television shows, including “Superboy,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Facts of Life” and “Punky Brewster.” She has also directed a few of her own short films, “The Kninth Floor,” “Anonymous (Street Meat)” and her latest, “Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro.” “Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro” is a historical fiction story of 1910 Havana centering around a man named Alberto Yarini, the titular “Great Pimp of San Isidro.” At this time the U.S. More »

Columnist Kevin Truong ventured out to Scoops Westside to sample the creamery’s rotating daily flavors.
(Christopher Hoo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

The walls of Scoops Westside are lined with collages made up of bits of colored tile. However, the mosaic I found most interesting wasn’t in the front in the house, but rather in the back: a monochromatic piece found next to building materials and broken restaurant equipment that gather behind doors marked “Employees Only.” It was a mosaic of labels stuck to the industrial freezer. More »

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