Saturday, October 20

Alex Swift Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, learned to dance hip-hop in high school and choreographed dances as part of the UCLA dance department's senior project. He has taught in prisons and alongside dance companies, and he plans to continue sharing his passion for dance after a trip to Chicago and Amsterdam in an effort to learn more about the specific dance styles he performs. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Dance alumnus uses choreography to explore, teach new styles

Alex Swift Almaraz’s first tattoo reads, “Live hard, die free.” The tattoo reflects a mantra he would later devise, taking inspiration from the words of house dance pioneer Marjory Smarth: “Live true, dance free.” Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, will share his passion for teaching and performing hip-hop, house dance and Chicago footwork this summer. Read more...

Photo: Alex Swift Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, learned to dance hip-hop in high school and choreographed dances as part of the UCLA dance department's senior project. He has taught in prisons and alongside dance companies, and he plans to continue sharing his passion for dance after a trip to Chicago and Amsterdam in an effort to learn more about the specific dance styles he performs. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Alex Swift Almaraz, a UCLA alumnus, learned to dance hip-hop in high school and choreographed dances as part of the UCLA dance department's senior project. He has taught in prisons and alongside dance companies, and he plans to continue sharing his passion for dance after a trip to Chicago and Amsterdam in an effort to learn more about the specific dance styles he performs. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

(Courtesy of RCA Records)

Album review: ‘Liberation’

Christina Aguilera’s “Liberation” aims to paint a picture of female empowerment, but leaves listeners with a muddled image instead. Six years after the release of her pop-driven album “Lotus,” Aguilera hearkens back to the R&B and soul influence that characterizes her earlier work, also layering in more modern elements, such as trap beats reminiscent of Migos’ music. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of RCA Records)

(Courtesy of RCA Records)

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)

Students Noela Park, Ginny Lee, Jorge Kcomt and Amy Choi (clockwise from top) perform K-pop choreographies and original dances as members of SEOULA, a UCLA-based dance group. (Quanzhao "Ari" He/Daily Bruin)

SEOULA dance club combines Korean and American culture, showcases LA scenery

Members from SEOULA performed and filmed a K-pop dance in tunnels underneath Downtown LA. SEOULA, a UCLA-based dance club open to both UCLA and non-UCLA students, performs K-pop dances and song covers as well as original choreography for its YouTube channel. Read more...

Photo: Students Noela Park, Ginny Lee, Jorge Kcomt and Amy Choi (clockwise from top) perform K-pop choreographies and original dances as members of SEOULA, a UCLA-based dance group. (Quanzhao "Ari" He/Daily Bruin)

Students Noela Park, Ginny Lee, Jorge Kcomt and Amy Choi (clockwise from top) perform K-pop choreographies and original dances as members of SEOULA, a UCLA-based dance group. (Quanzhao "Ari" He/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year psychobiology student John Colarusso, fourth-year cognitive science student Tim Connors and fourth-year global studies student Jonathan Liu (left to right) co-founded the Westwoodstock Student Music Festival, which will be hosted on Broxton Avenue.  (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Westwoodstock music festival expects bigger crowds in new Village location

Law enforcement shut down the Westwoodstock Student Music Festival last year because of its location in a fraternity house. But this year the festival will move to the southern part of Broxton Avenue to avoid problems associated with indoor festivals. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year psychobiology student John Colarusso, fourth-year cognitive science student Tim Connors and fourth-year global studies student Jonathan Liu (left to right) co-founded the Westwoodstock Student Music Festival, which will be hosted on Broxton Avenue. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year psychobiology student John Colarusso, fourth-year cognitive science student Tim Connors and fourth-year global studies student Jonathan Liu (left to right) co-founded the Westwoodstock Student Music Festival, which will be hosted on Broxton Avenue.  (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)


Charlotte Day Wilson's raspy vocals were accompanied by a mix of jazz and techno instrumentals at the 32nd annual JazzReggae Festival. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

JazzReggae Festival jazzes up Sunset Rec, features six varied artists

Colorful blankets littered the grass of Sunset Recreation Center for this year’s JazzReggae Festival. Monday’s music event celebrated its 32nd anniversary this year. The Cultural Affairs Commission hosted the event, which featured performances from six artists and groups such as rhythm and blues singer Jamila Woods, as well as a variety of vendors and artwork. Read more...

Photo: Charlotte Day Wilson's raspy vocals were accompanied by a mix of jazz and techno instrumentals at the 32nd annual JazzReggae Festival. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Charlotte Day Wilson's raspy vocals were accompanied by a mix of jazz and techno instrumentals at the 32nd annual JazzReggae Festival. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)


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