Thursday, November 21

The 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con took place this weekend, with many attendees cosplaying as their favorite characters. Production studios such as Marvel Studios and NBC held panels throughout the event featuring announcements and previews. (Jordan Wilson/Daily Bruin)

San Diego Comic-Con unites fans, studios, pop culture in single bound

About 135,000 people descended on the San Diego Convention Center this weekend to celebrate the 50th annual Comic-Con. San Diego Comic-Con celebrates a wide array of pop culture media over four days every July. Read more...

Photo: The 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con took place this weekend, with many attendees cosplaying as their favorite characters. Production studios such as Marvel Studios and NBC held panels throughout the event featuring announcements and previews. (Jordan Wilson/Daily Bruin)

The 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con took place this weekend, with many attendees cosplaying as their favorite characters. Production studios such as Marvel Studios and NBC held panels throughout the event featuring announcements and previews. (Jordan Wilson/Daily Bruin)

Graduate acting student Ulato Sam will dance in the Hollywood Carnival Parade with Winery Mas, a Caribbean "mas" band. The group will wear masquerade costumes dedicated to a larger cultural theme. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

‘Mas’ bands to reflect multicultural themes at upcoming Carnival celebration

A parade of masked, costumed performers will roll through Hollywood to celebrate international cultures. The Hollywood Carnival Parade is part of the Los Angeles Cultural Festival, a four-day celebration of LA’s worldwide cultures taking place from June 27-30. Read more...

Photo: Graduate acting student Ulato Sam will dance in the Hollywood Carnival Parade with Winery Mas, a Caribbean "mas" band. The group will wear masquerade costumes dedicated to a larger cultural theme. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Graduate acting student Ulato Sam will dance in the Hollywood Carnival Parade with Winery Mas, a Caribbean "mas" band. The group will wear masquerade costumes dedicated to a larger cultural theme. (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)

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)

Participants in the marathon reading of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" will cover all 52 sections. The many voices involved should reflect the complexity of the perspectives found in his work, said Amber West, a UCLA Writing Programs lecturer. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Reading of Whitman poem to honor his bicentennial before UCLA centennial kickoff

On a small stage near the top of Janss Steps, a group of students, professors and alumni will recite all 54 pages of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” Participants will celebrate the poet’s 200th birthday alongside UCLA’s centennial anniversary Saturday. Read more...

Photo: Participants in the marathon reading of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" will cover all 52 sections. The many voices involved should reflect the complexity of the perspectives found in his work, said Amber West, a UCLA Writing Programs lecturer. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Participants in the marathon reading of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" will cover all 52 sections. The many voices involved should reflect the complexity of the perspectives found in his work, said Amber West, a UCLA Writing Programs lecturer. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Graduate acting student Chelsea Giles wanted to translate the magic she has experienced in her own queer relationships, so she directed the short film “Grapefruit.” The absurdist romantic comedy follows two women brought together by an unnamed narrator. 
(Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Alumnae produce absurdist rom-com to reflect queer experiences in dating

This post was updated May 8 at 11:27 a.m. Graduate acting student Chelsea Giles directed the kind of short film that hasn’t really been produced, she said: an absurd, feel-good romantic comedy about queer women. Read more...

Photo: Graduate acting student Chelsea Giles wanted to translate the magic she has experienced in her own queer relationships, so she directed the short film “Grapefruit.” The absurdist romantic comedy follows two women brought together by an unnamed narrator. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduate acting student Chelsea Giles wanted to translate the magic she has experienced in her own queer relationships, so she directed the short film “Grapefruit.” The absurdist romantic comedy follows two women brought together by an unnamed narrator. 
(Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Ali Jaberansari wrote and directed "Tehran: City of Love," one of the films that was screened as a part of the Celebration of Iranian Cinema. The series will run through May 11 and aims to highlight the latest trends in Persian film. (Courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive)

Annual celebration of Iranian cinema analyzes socio-cultural issues through film

A number of new films will show Westwood audiences the latest in Persian cinematic trends. The UCLA Film & Television Archive began its annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema on Saturday with a screening of “Tehran: City of Love,” followed by a Q&A with writer and director Ali Jaberansari. Read more...

Photo: Ali Jaberansari wrote and directed "Tehran: City of Love," one of the films that was screened as a part of the Celebration of Iranian Cinema. The series will run through May 11 and aims to highlight the latest trends in Persian film. (Courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive)

Ali Jaberansari wrote and directed "Tehran: City of Love," one of the films that was screened as a part of the Celebration of Iranian Cinema. The series will run through May 11 and aims to highlight the latest trends in Persian film. (Courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive)