Saturday, October 20

Deborah Landis, founding director of UCLA's Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, has worked on numerous films including "Animal House," "Blues Brothers" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. (courtesy of Natasha Rubin)

Costume design Professor Deborah Landis fashions workshop from history and student experiences while teaching in Cuba

Last May, when costume design Professor Deborah Landis was invited to conduct a workshop at a film school in Cuba, she had no idea what to expect. Read more...

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Deborah Landis, founding director of UCLA's Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, has worked on numerous films including "Animal House," "Blues Brothers" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. (courtesy of Natasha Rubin)

Deborah Landis, founding director of UCLA's Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, has worked on numerous films including "Animal House," "Blues Brothers" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. (courtesy of Natasha Rubin)


UCLA alumna Dorothy Tong is the founder of the Los Angeles-based bakery Cupcake and Cookie and the winner of the season two finale of "Cupcake Wars," a reality show baking contest on the Food Network.

UCLA’s cupcake princess

Perhaps in conventional circumstances, when a princess goes to war against a general, we expect the one with the bow in her hair to lose. And so it was easy to dismiss 2009 UCLA alumna Dorothy Tong, the self-proclaimed "Cupcake Princess," when she competed on season two of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." After all, the final competitor standing between her and victory was Bruce Zipes, a gruff New Yorker who wore camouflage and called himself "The General." Tong opened Cupcake and Cookie, an online bakery specializing in her trademark cookie-filled cupcakes and cupcake-filled cookies, only a month before appearing on the show. Read more...

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UCLA alumna Dorothy Tong is the founder of the Los Angeles-based bakery Cupcake and Cookie and the winner of the season two finale of "Cupcake Wars," a reality show baking contest on the Food Network.

UCLA alumna Dorothy Tong is the founder of the Los Angeles-based bakery Cupcake and Cookie and the winner of the season two finale of "Cupcake Wars," a reality show baking contest on the Food Network.


The "Bobbi" dress from UCLA alumna Diana Kohan's clothing line, Château Davana. (courtesy of Chateau Davana)

UCLA alumni launch fashion line Château Davana

Diana Kohan literally ditched studying for a final to watch a fashion show. "I left my stuff in Kerckhoff during finals weeks and walked into Ackerman and I saw this insane runway show … with models and dresses and music and everything and I got really emotional," Kohan said. Disinterested in her psychology final, as well as school in general at the time, the UCLA alumna saw this fashion show put on by UCLA's Fashion and Student Trends club as the catharsis for her decision to pursue fashion as a career. Having grown up making her own clothes and taking sewing classes, Kohan was always interested in fashion, but didn't think of it as a possible career path until she discovered the fashion club at UCLA. Read more...

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The "Bobbi" dress from UCLA alumna Diana Kohan's clothing line, Château Davana. (courtesy of Chateau Davana)

The "Bobbi" dress from UCLA alumna Diana Kohan's clothing line, Château Davana. (courtesy of Chateau Davana)

The sun shines through the iconic Venice sign, recognizable to both residents and visitors, as pedestrians cross the street. Venice beach is home to multitudes of eccentric shops, medicinal marijuana stores, street performers and restaurants. This week, columnist Arit John took the Big Blue Bus to Venice Beach and explored what there is to do on a budget of less than $10.

Bus Stops: _Venice beach is always vibrant, even in winter_

Having never been to Venice Beach, I didn't really know what to expect when I got there. Read more...

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The sun shines through the iconic Venice sign, recognizable to both residents and visitors, as pedestrians cross the street. Venice beach is home to multitudes of eccentric shops, medicinal marijuana stores, street performers and restaurants. This week, columnist Arit John took the Big Blue Bus to Venice Beach and explored what there is to do on a budget of less than $10.

The sun shines through the iconic Venice sign, recognizable to both residents and visitors, as pedestrians cross the street. Venice beach is home to multitudes of eccentric shops, medicinal marijuana stores, street performers and restaurants. This week, columnist Arit John took the Big Blue Bus to Venice Beach and explored what there is to do on a budget of less than $10.

Drink in the richness of some of Westwood’s most savory hot chocolates

For those who don't like coffee or tea, there's always been a simple, classic hot beverage to fall back on: hot chocolate. Rumored to have been created by the Mayans more than 2,000 years ago, this delicious drink is the alternative to more caffeinated and potent choices. This week, I went on a quest, a journey to hot chocolate Mecca, to sample and rate the hot chocolate at all the nearby Westwood cafes. So the next time you're studying in Westwood and feel the urge for something chocolate, you know what to order. Read more...



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