Wednesday, January 29

‘Night of 100 Solos’ dances across three cities, reprising choreographer’s legacy

One hundred solos will grace stages in New York, London and Los Angeles to honor the late American choreographer Merce Cunningham on Tuesday. “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event” will feature dancers from all over the world performing Cunningham’s choreography, with UCLA’s Royce Hall serving as the LA venue. Read more...

Photo: Jermaine Maurice Spivey will perform at “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event.” Though many of those performing at the event had never been trained by Merce Cunningham, his old company taught Cunningham technique to a new set of dancers. (Courtesy of Kathleen Schenck)


Lecture to fuse philosophical ideas with Chaucer’s ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’

This post was updated April 3 at 3:21 p.m. Leonard Koff turns to Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale” as a philosophical test case. The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host associate Koff’s lecture Thursday. Read more...

Photo: Leonard Koff, an associate at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will give a lecture Thursday. The lecture will tie in philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’ theories with Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale.” (Daanish Bhatti/Daily Bruin)


Theater review: Los Angeles Ballet’s ‘Serenade’ and ‘La Sylphide’ accentuate each other’s charm

Los Angeles Ballet’s double bill of “Serenade” and “La Sylphide” put two drastically different performances head to head. Performed at Royce Hall on Saturday, the two works complemented one another unexpectedly, highlighting the strengths of each production. Read more...

Photo: Los Angeles Ballet performed both “Serenade” and “La Sylphide” at Royce Hall on Saturday. The two contrasting performances allowed the other to shine, one for its simple staging and the other for its intricacy. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)


Upcoming student film tells a ghost story centered on childlike innocence

This post was updated Feb. 26 at 4:48 p.m. An Instagram comic depicting a ghost intent on taking out the trash inspired the plot of Yimeng Yuan’s video, “The Melancholy of March.” Jumping off the idea of an adorable ghost, the fourth-year art history student is directing a three-minute video following a father and his 8-year-old child on a picnic. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year art history student Yimeng Yuan’s short film “The Melancholy of March” follows a young child on a family picnic during which he interacts with a ghost his father cannot see. Despite the supernatural turn, Yuan said the film takes a lighthearted tone through the children’s interactions while also exploring a strained father-child relationship. (Xuxin Zhang/Daily Bruin)


Collaborative concert to reinterpret, give voice to female figures in Torah

Old books can learn new tricks. At least that’s what Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn is trying to prove as she draws messages of gender equality from the Torah. Read more...

Photo: Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn will give a talk Sunday before “Bible Women: The Concert – Voices of our Mothers.” The concert will take the traditionally male-dominated narrative of the Torah and reinterpret it with a feminist spin. (Courtesy of Marvin Steindler)


Professor uses his book publishing company to encourage social activism in art

This post was updated Jan. 23 at 3:38 p.m. Lars Müller’s publishing company has released over 600 books. Most of the books center around the artistic disciplines he enjoys the most: visual art, architecture, design and photography. Read more...

Photo: Design media arts regents professor Lars Mueller will give a lecture Tuesday at the Broad Art Center. Through his publishing company, Mueller said he aims to spread art with social messages, utilizing photographs to illuminate text. (Emily Ng/Daily Bruin)


Ryan Gosling joins panel discussion on Congolese resistance to Western exploitation

Ryan Gosling stepped behind the camera to contribute toward the nonfiction book “Congo Stories.” Actor and now photographer Gosling was joined by co-authors John Prendergest and Fidel Bafilemba and afterward author Chouchou Namegabe for a panel discussion hosted Monday afternoon at the Fowler Museum. Read more...

Photo: Authors John Prendergest, Chouchou Namegabe and Fidel Bafilemba, alongside photographer Ryan Gosling, discussed their collaborative project at the Fowler Museum: a nonfiction book entitled “Congo Stories.” (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin staff)