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‘The Last Lifeboat': The Other Side of Titanic

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The story of the Titanic has been one of vast cultural significance ever since the first film based on the incident was released only 29 days following the actual sinking. Fast forward a century later and its inspiration has been translated in every art..

Trio Céleste impresses at Nixon Library

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Trio Céleste, which gave a short performance Sunday afternoon as part of the free concerts series at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, is a first-class ensemble. Formed two years ago, the group – pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna...

Play at UC Irvine considers Ismay's role in the Titanic

Friday, November 14, 2014

On the night of April 14, 1912, an iceberg struck the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage. J. Bruce Ismay, the managing director of the White Star Line, which operated the ship, found a seat on a lifeboat and made his way through the freezing night to...

UC Irvine Department of Drama Founder Robert Cohen Retires

Thursday, November 13, 2014

When Robert Cohen wakes up in his Laguna Beach home, Samuel Beckett is in the kitchen, cooking breakfast. Jerzy Grotowski is on his couch, watching the morning news. Patrick Stewart walks in the front door, carrying the newspaper. Or maybe it just...

'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...