Saturday, July 20

Alumnus Andrew Ge features as part of the ensemble in East West Players' production of "Mamma Mia!" despite having very little experience with musicals. This version of "Mamma Mia!" is especially meaningful for Ge because, with an all Asian American cast, it was a chance for them to take the spotlight rather than being reduced to secondary and background characters, he said. (Courtesy of Steven Lam)

Alumnus discusses role in Asian cast production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

BY OLIVIA MAZZUCATO Daily Bruin reporter UCLA alumnus Andrew Ge had acted for film and television, but he had never been in a musical when he attended the open call auditions for “Mamma Mia!” However, Ge had a background in live performance while at UCLA – he had been a part of the marching band, Samahang Modern dance crew and the UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers. Read more...

Photo: Alumnus Andrew Ge features as part of the ensemble in East West Players' production of "Mamma Mia!" despite having very little experience with musicals. This version of "Mamma Mia!" is especially meaningful for Ge because, with an all Asian American cast, it was a chance for them to take the spotlight rather than being reduced to secondary and background characters, he said. (Courtesy of Steven Lam)

Alumnus Andrew Ge features as part of the ensemble in East West Players' production of "Mamma Mia!" despite having very little experience with musicals. This version of "Mamma Mia!" is especially meaningful for Ge because, with an all Asian American cast, it was a chance for them to take the spotlight rather than being reduced to secondary and background characters, he said. (Courtesy of Steven Lam)


Graduate student Aya Saleh will direct “Scorched” for her senior thesis, a play she first read when she was 13. The story follows twin siblings, Janine and Simon, who travel from Canada to Lebanon to find their father and brother. (Courtesy of Aya Saleh)

‘Scorched’ shines a light on the role of maintaining identity through hardship

Aya Saleh’s father gave her a play to read when she was 13 years old. Now, Saleh is directing the same piece as her senior thesis within the theater department. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Aya Saleh will direct “Scorched” for her senior thesis, a play she first read when she was 13. The story follows twin siblings, Janine and Simon, who travel from Canada to Lebanon to find their father and brother. (Courtesy of Aya Saleh)

Graduate student Aya Saleh will direct “Scorched” for her senior thesis, a play she first read when she was 13. The story follows twin siblings, Janine and Simon, who travel from Canada to Lebanon to find their father and brother. (Courtesy of Aya Saleh)

Rayana Jay brought a vocal element the 33rd annual JazzReggae festival. The R&B singer sang slow and fast tempo tunes, showcasing her voice in a manner comparable to soul singers like Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

33rd JazzReggae Fest brings community together to celebrate music under the sun

The May gray subsided just in time to shine sun down upon the 33rd Annual JazzReggae Fest over the Memorial Day weekend. The music event, held Monday at the Sunset Recreation Center, featured performances from a motley of seven artists, including two jazz groups from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Read more...

Photo: Rayana Jay brought a vocal element the 33rd annual JazzReggae festival. The R&B singer sang slow and fast tempo tunes, showcasing her voice in a manner comparable to soul singers like Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Rayana Jay brought a vocal element the 33rd annual JazzReggae festival. The R&B singer sang slow and fast tempo tunes, showcasing her voice in a manner comparable to soul singers like Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

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Student orchestra to share music of Studio Ghibli in performance at UCLA

As a little boy, David Dong’s musical passions were “spirited away” by Studio Ghibli. Dong said the soundtracks of films from the well-known Japanese animation studio, such as those found in “Spirited Away” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” inspired him to study music at the University of California, San Diego. Read more...

Photo: (Bridgette Baron/Daily Bruin)

(Bridgette Baron/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Sam Congdon featured male performers and plaster objects as part of the opening showing of "An Unreal Unity." His project, part of the design media arts exhibition, is titled “Buddy Party (Propositional Un-memberment for a Brighter Future).” (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Experimental works invite interaction, comment on sociopolitical systems

Curators usually chide visitors for touching an artistic installation. But in “An Unreal Unity,” interaction is key. The ongoing exhibition featuring work from graduating design media arts students will be displayed in the New Wight Gallery in Broad Art Center through Thursday. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Sam Congdon featured male performers and plaster objects as part of the opening showing of "An Unreal Unity." His project, part of the design media arts exhibition, is titled “Buddy Party (Propositional Un-memberment for a Brighter Future).” (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Sam Congdon featured male performers and plaster objects as part of the opening showing of "An Unreal Unity." His project, part of the design media arts exhibition, is titled “Buddy Party (Propositional Un-memberment for a Brighter Future).” (Kanishka Mehra/Daily Bruin)

In alumna and artist Pinar Yoldas' 2016 installation “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio,” attendees were challenged to do yoga while the words "GLOBAL WARMING" radiated heat into the room. She said her art helps connect the cause-and-effect relationships between actions and climate change. (Courtesy of Pinar Yoldas)

Alumna delivers lecture on role the arts play in environmental awareness

Pinar Yoldas challenged her gallery attendees to an interactive yoga session in a dark, hot room. The necessary heat radiated from a glowing red sign reading “GLOBAL WARMING.” Alumna and artist Yoldas discussed her 2016 installation, “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio,” in UCLA’s Counterforce Now lecture series Thursday entitled, “Causality is Broken: Can We Fix It With Art and Design?” Her installations use sensory experiences to highlight the relationship between everyday behavior and environmental harm, she said. Read more...

Photo: In alumna and artist Pinar Yoldas' 2016 installation “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio,” attendees were challenged to do yoga while the words "GLOBAL WARMING" radiated heat into the room. She said her art helps connect the cause-and-effect relationships between actions and climate change. (Courtesy of Pinar Yoldas)

In alumna and artist Pinar Yoldas' 2016 installation “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio,” attendees were challenged to do yoga while the words "GLOBAL WARMING" radiated heat into the room. She said her art helps connect the cause-and-effect relationships between actions and climate change. (Courtesy of Pinar Yoldas)


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