Friday, January 24

Q&A: Piano professor shares how Soviet Union background influences her music

Inna Faliks’ Soviet Union household only had three rooms for seven people and no telephone – but it did have music. Growing up, Faliks’ parents encouraged a creative childhood that included reading books and cultivating interest in music. Read more...

Photo: Inna Faliks, a concert pianist and UCLA professor of piano, will perform the protest composition “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” at the Jacaranda Concert Series on Saturday. Frederic Rzewski composed the piece in the 1970s during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. (Photo by Mackenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin, Photo Illustration by Ludi Zhu)

Theater company gender-bends classic play to empower women’s voices

Men played women in the original Shakespearean plays, but women will get to play men in Project Nongenue’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Project Nongenue, a Los Angeles-based theater company, explores the experiences of marginalized communities through classical theater. Read more...

Photo: Marie Osterman, a third-year theater student, plays Don Pedro in the theater company Project Nongenue’s latest rendition of “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Courtesy of Project Nongenue)

Student creates collaboration between film, theater in musical short

Film and theater will unite onscreen in “Partying with Communists.” “Partying With Communists,” a short musical film, written and directed by fourth-year film and television student Vincent Blake, takes place in 1950s Hollywood during the Red Scare. Read more...

Photo: Vincent Blake collaborated with film and theater students for his short musical film “Partying With Communists.” The film, which is set in Hollywood during the Red Scare, tells the story of an actress who was blacklisted by her director because she refused sexual advances. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin senior staff)

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