Friday, May 29

Trans Chorus provides space for singers to express true colors

Lulu Malaya Prollamante usually didn’t have time to practice her singing during her undergraduate years at UCLA. She was too busy studying for classes or participating in and leading a transgender advocacy group at UCLA. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Lulu Malaya Prollamante is part of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, a choir group of transgender people, allies, and people of the Los Angeles community. (Daniel Alcazar/Photo Editor)

Fowler Museum at UCLA receives $1M donation from Jay, Deborah Last

The Fowler Museum at UCLA announced Wednesday that it received a $1 million donation from longtime donors Jay and Deborah Last. The Lasts will also match up to $14 million from other donations. Read more...

Photo: The Fowler Museum at UCLA received a $1 million gift from longtime donors Jay and Deborah Last. The Lasts have donated to the museum since 1973 and participated in campaigning during the building’s opening in 1992. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin)

UCLA lecturer creates Coachella landmark with art installation

Jimenez Lai had to crane his neck the first time he saw his 52-foot-tall art installation. He felt a sudden rush of emotion – he hadn’t seen how his work would look in real life until it was installed in a grassy field at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Read more...

Photo: Jimenez Lai, a UCLA architecture and urban design lecturer, created his large-scale art installation “The Tower of Twelve Stories” for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival in Indio, California. The installation was composed of repeating forms of cartoon bubbles that viewers can interpret, Lai said. Coachella attendees used the sculpture as a place to sit and as a landmark to meet with other people. (Daniel Alcazar/Photo Editor)

Q&A: Director of opera studies wants students to see opera as accessible

Peter Kazaras found solace in theater and opera amid Vietnam War demonstrations, protests and clouds of tear gas. For Kazaras, the director of opera studies at UCLA, music and theater provided a haven away from the chaos of the outside world to retreat to throughout his undergraduate years. Read more...

Photo: Peter Kazaras, the director of opera studies at UCLA, will direct the LA Opera’s performance of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” starting May 14. (Courtesy of Jonathan Vanderweit)

Album Review: ‘Cosmic Explorer’

Japanese trio Perfume doesn’t look like it would be an electronic dance music group. The girl group’s doll-like aesthetic is sharply juxtaposed with futuristic beats, creating an effect of a delicate comet that does not look dangerous but still burns through the night sky. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Universal Music Japan)

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