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Cal State LA Alumna Snags Role in Award-Winning Musical, “Zoot Suit”

Cal State LA Alumna Snags Role in Award-Winning Musical, “Zoot Suit”

Anthony Karambelas, Staff Reporter

March 28, 2017


Filed under Arts

After a 39-year hiatus, the hit Broadway musical “Zoot Suit” returns to the Mark Taper Forum for another successful run. Since its opening in 1978, “Zoot Suit” has remained a keystone of Chicano theatre. Written by American playwright Luis Valdez, the play was not only the first Chicano/Latino...

Skanking Reggae Festival in LA highlights the power of diversity through music

Ricky Rodas, Managing Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Arts

Ska and Reggae music find their roots in Jamaica, and pioneering artists such as Prince Buster and Bob Marley carried their respective musical styles into the global spotlight. Now, groups such as Japanese band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Argentinean band Los, Caligaris, and Los Angeles natives Raskahuele...

Genre bending, Grammys, and Gentrification

Ricky Rodas, Managing Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Arts

The East LA band Quetzal cannot be defined by one genre, as their songs fuse multiple musical styles together to craft one unique sound. Likewise, their activism works sprawl across multiple platforms. They advocate for social justice as seen through their performances and also going to schools to inspire...

A Double Whammy

A Double Whammy

David Czinner, Intern

March 17, 2017


Filed under Arts

On Monday, March 6, Cal State LA Jazz Combos and Big Band were very fortunate to be assessed by Jazz icons John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. Together, they co-founded and co-lead the well-known and Grammy-Nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Both leaders also worked together with jazz legend Monty...

Undocumented and Unafraid

Undocumented and Unafraid

Miguel Arriola, Intern

March 14, 2017


Filed under Arts

On Tuesday, March 7, Student Union hosted the Cal State LA Dreamer’s Resource Center’s event with Yosimar Reyes. The event was designed to question and broaden understandings of the undocumented narrative from one that is largely dominated by media coverage of tragic or problematic stories, to one...

Your VIP Pass into Cal State LA’s Hilarious and Extravagant Spring Musical Comedy

Your VIP Pass into Cal State LA’s Hilarious and Extravagant Spring Musical Comedy

Anthony Karambelas, Staff Reporter

March 10, 2017


Filed under Arts

Optimism only goes so far before it veers into carefree gullibility. Leonard Bernstein’s renowned “Candide”--based on the satire by French writer Voltaire--explores this very fine line. Over the course of this two-hour musical, audience members experience the world through the lens of an extremel...

From the Barrio to The Smithsonian

From the Barrio to The Smithsonian

Sylvia Valdez, Intern

March 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Frank Romero, is an East Los Angeles native, who expressed an era though paintings. Frank grew up in Boyle Heights during the 1940’s. According to the Smithonian,“[He] grew up on the culturally mixed, middle-class Los Angeles community and was well into his career by the time he developed consciousness...

Performing Arts Initiative Places Student Actors Alongside Professionals

Performing Arts Initiative Places Student Actors Alongside Professionals

Anthony Karambelas, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Ever dreamed of working alongside experienced actors? If so, Cal State LA’s Performance Salon (PS) is a dream come true. Started this past fall by theater arts professor, Dr. Theresa Larkin, PS provides students with the special opportunity to perform staged readings alongside professional actors. Last...

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold

Ricky Rodas, Managing Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Black athletes who play hockey are rarely talked about, but do exist and  excel. For this reason, they are the subject of Soul on Ice, a 2015 sports documentary directed by Canadian filmmaker Damon Kwame Mason. The filmmaker was invited to speak at the screening at the U-SU Theatre by Cross Cultural Center...

You got the gig and it’s for the President of your school. No pressure.

You got the gig and it’s for the President of your school. No pressure.

David Czinner, Intern

March 3, 2017


Filed under Arts, Headlines

When people discuss famous albums, compositions and songs, many immediately think of the producer, performer, composer or writer of the work. Yet frequently, it's forgotten by many, including musicians, that one of the most important considerations during the creative process is the audience. Music has...

2017 Jean Burden Poetry Series

2017 Jean Burden Poetry Series

Enron Franklin, Copy Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under Arts

On Thursday evening the College of Arts and Letters hosted the annual Jean Burden Poetry Series in conjunction with the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. The featured reader for the evening was poet Daniel Borzutsky, author of “The Performance of Becoming Human,” which won the 2016 National Boo...

Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church

Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church

Mimi Li, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

The church doors have been crucial for Black liberation as a vital ground for the civil rights movement and a continuous space for community in the past and present, but for Black LGBTQ church goers, this space becomes a place of deep conflict as they struggle with reconciling their spiritual beliefs...

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