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'Titanic' play probes life of ship owner

Thursday, November 13, 2014

“The Last Lifeboat,” a new drama currently receiving its world premiere at UC Irvine, seeks to plumb new depths in the Titanic tragedy by chronicling the life of J. Bruce Ismay, owner of the White Star Line of ships, both before and after the famously...

Claire Trevor Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Countless UC Irvine students, faculty, alumni and even Irvine community members found themselves walking through campus on Nov. 6 on a serendipitously warm autumn night, with the full moon shining joyfully and the faint sound of music tickling the air...

Improv Helps Ph.D.'s Explain Their Work—and Loosen Up

Monday, November 10, 2014

The question surprised Lyl Tomlinson. The graduate student in neuroscience was telling a room full of about 150 people about his research into how exercise improved memory in mice, when a query from a panel threw him a curveball: Could there be a link...

On Abstraction, Ed Moses and the Need to Explain

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

When abstract painting first came into being around a century ago, the traumatic struggle of overcoming 500 years of figuration set the prevailing defensive tone shared by its "inventors." Russian Cubo-Futurist painter Kazimir Malevich felt compelled...


Monday, November 3, 2014

The 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award winners were announced. Congratulations to our Drama alum Amanda McRaven for her best Director of a Play and to Meghan Brown for best Original Play both for "The Pliant Girls" at the Fugitive Kind Theater.

SPOTLIGHT: Orange County, CA

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Orange County’s contemporary arts legacy begins in the 1960s when the University of California at Irvine’s art department attracted rebellious artists who taught there, staff who ran the place, and eager students who created wildly conceptual pieces...

A History Built on Stars

Friday, October 31, 2014

Eugene Loring, the founder of the Department of Dance and Anthony Tudor, who taught Dance for years in the early decades of the school, are featured dancing together in Loring's "The Great American Goof" for the American Ballet Theatre in 1940.

The Explorer

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ed Moses, at 88, refuses to be tied down to any style or concept, rejects the idea of “the artist,” and creates by embracing the happy accident. The small house in Venice, Calif., where Ed Moses lives is filled with his new paintings, spare diagonal...

Claire Trevor Brakes for ‘Redline’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If you were walking through the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) last Monday, chances are you heard the emphatic shouts and the loud revving of engines as UCI and the Newport Beach Film Festival teamed up to present a free showing of the anime...

Neil Rolnick’s Mastering of Music and Technology

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In the late 1970s, Neil boldly –– not without criticism –– pioneered the incorporation of early computers into musical performance. By creating and layering musical samples on top of each other, Neil discovered a whole new realm of possibilities. His...