Monday, May 25

Playwright Max Yu becomes first Chinese American to receive Relentless Award

Non-Mandarin speakers may have difficulty deciphering the dialogue in “Nightwatch.” Using Mandarin characters in its dialogue, the play is set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution. Read more...

Photo: Alumnus Max Yu’s play “Nightwatch” recently won the Relentless Award, making him the first Chinese American awardee. The play explores the lingering effects of China’s Cultural Revolution on different generations of the family. (Courtesy of Max Yu)

Author Ben Lerner discusses role of fractured narratives in ‘The Topeka School’

Ben Lerner’s latest novel is the only one he wrote with intention to be a novel. The poet’s first two novels, “Leaving the Atocha Station” and “10:04,” were tied more closely to his poetic work, which coalesced together into a novelistic structure as he wrote them. Read more...

Photo: Poet and author Ben Lerner joins English professor Mona Simpson to discuss his newest book “The Topeka School,” which marks the third book in a trilogy. He spoke about his transition from poetry to prose and how he wrote his characters’ voices. (Keaton Larson/Daily Bruin)

‘The Shining’ spinoff ‘Doctor Sleep’ brings updated themes to source storyline

The Overlook Hotel, once defeated in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining,” is coming back to life in “Doctor Sleep.” The spinoff follows protagonist Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor), a recovering alcoholic with psychic powers dubbed the “shining.” “Doctor Sleep” delves deeper into the psychological scars left by Dan’s time at the Overlook Hotel as a child. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Event on music of Ottoman diaspora will explore immigration, loss of homeland

Zabelle Panosian sang a hit record that became a staple of Armenian American households in the 1920s but died in anonymity. Panosian is one of the many immigrant musical performers whose songs will be presented during “Historic Recordings from the Ottoman Diaspora: Music & Migration” at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Read more...

Photo: Musical works by Sephardic oudist Louis Matalon (left) and Lebanese singer Evelyn Maroon (right), will be in Ian Nagoski’s “Historic Recordings from the Ottoman Diaspora: Music & Migration” at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. (Courtesy of Marjorie Collins/Library of Congress)

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