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University Times

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University Times

Nguyen said this still represents a moment of intimacy. Photo by Tristan Longwell.

Two graduate artists on display in on-campus exhibition

Tristan Longwell, Intern Reporter April 27, 2023

This article has been edited after posting, for a correction. Two Cal State LA graduate students, Boone Nguyen and Devanshi Purohit, were featured in this spring's Graduate Thesis exhibition. The...

Boone Nguyen and his family moved from Saigon to Philadelphia when he was seven as refugees. This experience made him create art that represented displaced communities. Photo courtesy of Boone Nguyen.

Meet Boone Nguyen: Putting a spotlight on Vietnamese culture and history

Anne To, Managing Editor March 13, 2023

Flashing images of floral patterns from his mother’s clothing overlay a white ao dai, a traditional Vietnamese garment that is worn by both men and women. The sound of his mother’s village plays in...

A mural of a cemetery

Boyle Heights artists create connections at a local coffee shop while being inspired by the community

Denis Akbari, Community News Editor-in-Chief February 28, 2023

At the Weird Wave Coffee Brewers in Boyle Heights, owner Jackson Defa provides a space for some of the community's artists to grab a cup of joe and seek inspiration for their next masterpieces. Boyle...

People gathered around a circle

First Asian-themed exhibit at Oxy Arts in Eagle Rock helps heal community after racist texts

Gavin J. Quinton, Community News Reporter November 9, 2022

Dozens of people gathered around windows at the Oxy Arts Gallery in Eagle Rock last month. But they didn't see faces staring back. They saw a collection of multicolored post-it notes filled with self-reflections...

Children in the Boys and Girls Clubs child care program help create a poster. Picture taken by Edward Nelson/UT

Prop 28: Should taxpayers help add more arts and music programs in schools?

Thomas Davila, Community News Reporter October 23, 2022

Thinking outside of the box. Engaging diverse learners. Providing a creative and therapeutic outlet. These are some of the benefits of arts and music education, according to advocates of Prop. 28. The...

An actor in a bed, while another actor speaks to them.

Keely and Du in the post-Roe era

Jessica Lopez, Multimedia Reporter October 17, 2022

“Keely and Du,” a production run through early October by the department of theater and dance, centers the voices of underrepresented women in the ongoing conversation of abortion rights.  Written...

Playground Mural Renovation that depicts two tourists in the midst of forest, next to a river, and surrounded by animals

Art and school supplies are ‘little things that can have a big impact’

Andres Perez, Community News Reporter September 27, 2022

Why create murals in economically depressed areas? Those areas need money and resources, not art, some might say. Javier Ruiz, of the H.E.R.R. Foundation in Alhambra, gets it: “The mural is just on...

Loretta E. doing her makeup while looking into a mirror.

How burlesque seduced one performer into an unconventional life

Alyssah Hall, Community News Reporter July 20, 2022

A hostess at Goodfellas, a restaurant in Corona, was dressed all in black in 1940’s attire when a co-worker addressed her: “Loretta, can you seat these people over here? Oh my God, I got your name...

Circular beige mat with dark brown triangular patterns

Weaving together culture and a colonialist past

Alyssah Hall, Community News Reporter May 28, 2022

Brightly patterned fabrics made of plant fiber -- one with maroon and black leaves contrasting with a cream background, for instance -- are used for clothes, bedding and wall hangings in some Pacific Islander...

Bryan Harris and Lynn Nguyen on screen during their Coca-Cola short film.

First-year transfer students transfer their dream from page to screen

Will Baker, Reporter May 5, 2022

Despite being the first year Cal State LA has entered, two Golden Eagles made a big splash in the Annual Coca-Cola Refreshing Film’s Program (CCRFP) contest. The Cal State LA students even made one...

Los Faustinos flyer showing where the play is happening.

Los Faustinos has final performance at Cal State LA 

Anna Kuchison, Intern May 2, 2022

Cal State LA’s production of Los Faustinos opened on April 21 and ran through the 30. It was directed by Roberto Alcaraz, a theater professor at Cal State LA. The musical comedy-drama told the story...

Artist Claudio Talavera-Ballon painting the first part of a mural in front of the Cal State LA library.

Live mural painting sparks community and culture on campus

Victoria Ivie, Managing Editor April 20, 2022

The scrape of white pencil onto the panel was faint, the artist leisurely bringing to life six outlines of people crossing a blue river that reflects the slightly cloudy sky. Paint supplies littered the...

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