Thursday, February 27

Theater Review: Geeks! The Musical

The stereotypical "geek" usually brings to mind glasses, suspenders and pocket protectors. Less frequently mentioned are the Star Trek obsessions, Batman zeal and comic book collections, but when these interests convene in "Geeks! The Musical!," an explanation for what it means to be a true geek becomes apparent and works to bring out the audience's own dorky affections. Read more...



Redetha Deason plays Kerry and Jonathan Brett plays Jordan in “Geeks! The Musical!” at Write Act Repertory Theatre.

Hip Hop Explosion concert to cap off appreciation month with Los Angeles-based artists

Ten minutes was all it took for the Cultural Affairs Commission's website to crash once reservation sign-ups became available for its annual Hip Hop Explosion concert. As "refresh" buttons were abused to reserve admission to the show and Hip Hop Congress staff connected frantically to fix the glitch, the high level of anticipation for the event became clear. Read more...



Today, Dom Kennedy will be performing as part of Cultural Affairs Commission’s Hip Hop Explosion concert along with Blu & Exile, Pac Div and Schoolboy Q.

Fowler Museum to celebrate Chicano culture with La Santa Cecilia and Patssi Valdez

Singer Marisol Hernandez, guitarist Gloria Estrada and percussionist Miguel Ramirez met during a jam session at a party in the summer of 2007. Little did they know they would later form a group, La Santa Cecilia, that has since exposed them to bigger audiences and has even garnered them a recent Latin Grammy nomination. Read more...


On Saturday, Grammy-nominated band La Santa Cecilia will perform at the Fowler Museum as part of “A Musical Conversation with La Santa Cecilia and Paper Fashion with Patssi Valdez.”

Courtesy of Rene Miranda

Melnitz Movies spotlights independent and foreign cinema

The UCLA community enjoys a prime view of the West Coast film scene in action. Read more...


“The Secret World of Arrietty” plays on Feb. 16 as part of Melnitz Movies’ monthly film series entitled “New Vision of Japanese Cinema.” The series was conceived as part of a commemoration for the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies’ 20th anniversary. (Image courtesy of Ghibli/Walt Disney Studios)

UCLA Jazz Combo Concert to showcase passion of Kenny Burrell through professors, students

After seeing a performance last weekend in tribute of Kenny Burrell and his musical accomplishments, some UCLA student musicians were inspired to emulate the same passion in tonight's Jazz Combo Concert. Read more...


Ethnomusicology Professor Kenny Burrell sits with fourth-year jazz studies student Julian Le at a rehearsal for the UCLA Jazz Combo Concert tonight in Schoenberg Hall.

Graduate student Richard Parkin earns acclaim for his short film “Contra El Mar”

Contra El Mar" tells the story of a deep-sea diver who struggles with the pull of a job that could either kill him or get him arrested. The film focuses on the pressure this danger applies to his family and the search for stability within common ground of a young marriage. Read more...


Richard Parkin is a TFT student whose film “Contra El Mar” (“Against the Sea”) was awarded a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award.

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