Friday, March 22

Reggie Waddell played in the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band at the “Celebrating Mardi Gras” event at UCLA's Fowler Museum. The eight band members perform traditional New Orleans songs and blues music at parades, funerals and other special occasions. (Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)

Mardi Gras event brings culture, traditions of New Orleans to UCLA

UCLA’s Fowler Museum incorporated beaded jewelry, masquerade masks and a second line parade in their Mardi Gras festivities. On Sunday, attendees of “Celebrating Mardi Gras,” observed a concert by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. Read more...

Photo: Reggie Waddell played in the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band at the “Celebrating Mardi Gras” event at UCLA's Fowler Museum. The eight band members perform traditional New Orleans songs and blues music at parades, funerals and other special occasions. (Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)

Reggie Waddell played in the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band at the “Celebrating Mardi Gras” event at UCLA's Fowler Museum. The eight band members perform traditional New Orleans songs and blues music at parades, funerals and other special occasions. (Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)

(Courtesy of Clay Enos/TNT)

Q&A: UCLA alumna dons thinking cap to overcome clothing challenges on TNT show

Designing costumes for TNT’s “I Am the Night” just kept getting weirder and weirder, Rhona Meyers said. From Little Red Riding Hood coats to Masonic cuff links and last-minute Hawaiian print dresses, the UCLA alumna said designing for the miniseries was full of unexpected coincidences that tied reality to the show’s Black Dahlia era. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Clay Enos/TNT)

(Courtesy of Clay Enos/TNT)



Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of “Thick: And Other Essays,” spoke with author Roxane Gay at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday evening. The two discussed topics ranging from HGTV celebrities to Cottom’s essays, which consider black feminist theory. (Courtesy of Hammer Museum)

Authors Tressie McMillan Cottom and Roxane Gay talk black feminism at Hammer event

Tressie McMillan Cottom and Roxane Gay discussed beauty standards, racism and HGTV celebrities all in one conversation. The authors and cultural critics held a conversation at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday evening. Read more...

Photo: Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of “Thick: And Other Essays,” spoke with author Roxane Gay at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday evening. The two discussed topics ranging from HGTV celebrities to Cottom’s essays, which consider black feminist theory. (Courtesy of Hammer Museum)

Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of “Thick: And Other Essays,” spoke with author Roxane Gay at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday evening. The two discussed topics ranging from HGTV celebrities to Cottom’s essays, which consider black feminist theory. (Courtesy of Hammer Museum)

Color Box Production Company will put on a production of “Once on This Island,” premiering Saturday at the Northwest Campus Auditorium. The play follows a girl who falls in love with a Frenchman of a higher social standing and focuses on Caribbean traditions. (Courtesy of Irvin Mason Jr.)

Play ‘Once on This Island’ to feature Caribbean culture, lessons on empathy

Stories can be passed around a campfire, be told across generations and unite communities, said Irvin Mason Jr. It was this notion that led him to direct the musical “Once on This Island.” Based on a 1985 novel by Rosa Guy, the story takes place in the Caribbean Islands and follows Ti Moune, a girl who falls in love with a Frenchman of higher social standing. Read more...

Photo: Color Box Production Company will put on a production of “Once on This Island,” premiering Saturday at the Northwest Campus Auditorium. The play follows a girl who falls in love with a Frenchman of a higher social standing and focuses on Caribbean traditions. (Courtesy of Irvin Mason Jr.)

Color Box Production Company will put on a production of “Once on This Island,” premiering Saturday at the Northwest Campus Auditorium. The play follows a girl who falls in love with a Frenchman of a higher social standing and focuses on Caribbean traditions. (Courtesy of Irvin Mason Jr.)



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