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BWW's 'Brush Up On Your TONY Nominees': Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Musical

Leading up to Broadway's biggest night, the 2015 TONY AWARDS, BWW brings you our 'Brush Up On Your TONY Nominees' Guide to this year's nominees in the top categories. Next up, the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical!

Don't forget to tune in to BroadwayWorld for Broadway's biggest night, the 69th Annual Tony Awards on CBS, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. The stars will align at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015 and we'll be bringing you exclusive, live photos, videos and blogs of everything that's happening from the red carpet to the winners' room; the pre-show ceremony to the after parties. We'll be there for it all, and there's no better place for comprehensive coverage this Sunday than BroadwayWorld!

(Read full article on Alumnus and Tony Nominee, Beth Malone.)

Chris Burden dies at 69: artist's light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

Los Angeles Times
Story by Christopher Knight

When he had himself shot in the arm for a performance piece at a Santa Ana gallery, Chris Burden became fleetingly famous. But years later, when he created such outsized, imagination-charged works as “Urban Light,” the ranks of vintage lampposts tightly arrayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, he left a longer-lasting legacy.

Burden, the protean Conceptual artist who rose from doing controversial performances in the 1970s to become one of the most compelling and widely admired sculptors of his generation, died Sunday at his home in Topanga Canyon. He was 69.

Paul Schimmel, a close friend of the artist and the former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art who had organized Burden’s first retrospective exhibition in 1988, said the cause was malignant melanoma. Burden was diagnosed 18 months ago, Schimmel said, but kept the information private except for a few family members...

Beth Malone Nominated for Best Actress Tony Award in “Fun Home”

UCI Alumna Beth Malone, who earned an M.F.A. in acting (2000), has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” for her role in “Fun Home.” It is a coming-of-age musical that examines the main characters life as a lesbian growing up in a dysfunctional family. The musical opened on Broadway April 19th.

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Nzuji De Magalhaes Artwork Installed in New Metro Station

Nzuji De Magalhaes, who earned her BA at UCI in Studio Art (2000), has just had her artwork installed in the new Expo/Bundy station of the Metro Expo extension.

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Elan Greenwald in First Solo Exhibition in Germany

We are pleased to announce the opening of A Matter of Appearance, the first solo exhibition by artist Elan Greenwald at the Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Germany.

In Greenwald's homonymous large scale installation A Matter of Appearance 7 watercolors, 6 photographs, and one video are shown. The exhibition runs from April 17 through June 13, 2015.

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Kevin Kwan Loucks Brings Chamber Music to the Masses Through Chamber Music | OC

UCI Alum, Kevin Kwan Loucks, is named one of the 30 most important people in Orange County by OC Weekly. 

Shabnam Kalbasi Wins Metropolitan Opera Audition in Las Vegas

UCI Alumna, Shabnam Kalbasi, is one of four winners of the Nevada District’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, who will compete in February at Denver University’s Gates Concert Hall for the chance to sing at the Metropolitan Opera Grand Finals Concert.

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Michael Moshe Dahan’s short film “Two Points of Failure”

2014 Department of Art MFA Alumnus Michael Moshe Dahan’s short film “Two Points of Failure”  (2013) continues to be presented at prestigious international experimental film festivals.

The piece made its international premiere in competition as part of the Tiger Shorts Program at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2014, and was subsequently invited to screen at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.  Invitations have been made to screen the film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scottland (EIFF) 2014, 25FPS Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) 2014, and most recently, the 18th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2014 in the Czech Republic.   In addition, the artist was featured in conversation with Professor Jamie Nisbet for / 500 Words.

Conceived and directed by Dahan and Produced by N. Braxton Pope, "Two Points of Failure" frames the demise...

Edward Patrick Alva Returning to Sundance as Assistant Editor

Edward Patrick Alva returns to Sundance as the assistant editor on the film "The Hunting Ground" by Kirby Dick.

From the Makers of "the Invisible War" comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses. Weaving together first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and justice - despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.

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