In the News

UCI Jazz Orchestra Reborn

Under the direction of Grammy-nominated trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, the ensemble’s growth was evidenced by their tighter articulation, stylistic competency and cognizance of dynamics...

Small Jazz, Big Jams

Winifred Smith Hall sizzled with conversation last Tuesday night as patrons sat waiting for the UCI Small Jazz Group Concert to commence. Elderly jazz fans from the community filled the theater alongside proud parents and members of the student body...

UCI Drama Presents: Man of La Mancha

Claire Trevor’s Drama Department will commence its 2015-16 season themed “Care, Cure and Corruption” with the first production, “Man of La Mancha.” This will mark the department’s first production in the Barclay Theater in over five years...

Lifetime Achievement Award for Rudy Perez

Rudy Perez is considered by many to be the inventor of Experimental Dance and along with his solo work with the Judson Church Theater in New York City in the 1960s, to have helped launch the postmodern era. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929, Perez is...

17 Best Things to Do in Irvine

Irvine in Orange County is a fun weekend destination for couples and families, offering great parks, museums and unique adventures. Stroll through the Orange County Great Park, admire beautiful art at the Irvine Museum, go racing at K1 Speed Irvine...

At 85, choreographer Rudy Perez is still inspired by the rhythms of everyday life

Choreographer Rudy Perez may be 85 and legally blind, but when he strolls along the sidewalks near Hollywood and Vine on a recent afternoon, his vision is crystal clear. Gripping his cane, the pioneer of 1960s postmodern dance takes slow, deliberate...

Essential Moves

For his first New York City performance, Bronx-born Rudy Perez presented a program of dance solos. It was the mid-1960s, and the venue was one of those “alternative” spaces that sat about 50. As he began the concert, Perez says that he noticed there...

Live this month in OC: Man of La Mancha AND Laguna Art Museum

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts director Don Hill presents his version of “Man of La Mancha,” in this year’s dramatic arts theme Care/Cure/Corruption, at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Ticket sales are brisk and available at www.arts.uci.edu or the...

UC Irvine exhibit captures a significant, homegrown period in art history

n November 1971, a young UC Irvine art graduate student, Chris Burden, had himself shot in the arm with a .22 rifle in the performance piece, "Shoot." The shot heard around the art world took place at F Space Gallery in Santa Ana. Though shocking by...

Shaken, Not Stirred

Be careful wandering around Irvine, Calif.—you could get ambushed by with some Bard-spewing prose by a fobbing lily-livered vassal! Or at least a University of California Irvine student. Jane Page, head of drama, has taken Shakespeare off the boards...

The Roots of Radical Art at University of California, Irvine

Created in 1965, in politically conservative Orange County, the University of California, Irvine's art department rapidly became a daunting force in the advancement of radical performance and conceptual art. This department's early teaching model include

A half century smart: 50th anniversary celebrated at UC Irvine

IRVINE – Six buried bodies prompted UC Irvine to be built where it is today. Five decades ago, there was another candidate for a University of California campus – on the slopes of Spyglass Hill in Corona del Mar, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But the...

Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals

A new show at UC Irvine explores the radical artists who came out of the university's art program in the early 1970s. Seen here: a young Chris Burden and Charles Christopher Hill in the early 1970s. (Paula Sweet / Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

You've only got 10 minutes: Can you put on a musical? They did, in contest performances at UC

The winners of a national musical-writing competition for college and high school students were declared Aug. 29 after the six student finalists debuted their shows at UC Irvine. Judges at the Showsearch performance in the Claire Trevor Theatre...

Student-written musical gets the star treatment

The Festival of New American Musicals, in residence at UC Irvine, hosts a nationwide search each year for new short musicals created by high school and college students. Show Search 2015 included six musicals written by aspiring artists ages 16-23 and...

UCI program allows young dancers to shine

The kids stood patiently in four lines watching as their teacher, UC Irvine undergraduate student Irishia Hubbard, snaked across the floor demonstrating the dance move they were about to perform. “Right, back, right,” she yelled as they began to shake...

A children's dance class also focuses on body image and self-respect

While others pursue dance to become professional performers, UC Irvine student Irishia Hubbard has another goal in mind: to become a teacher. She and Nicole Rivor, who graduated from UC Irvine in June, teamed up in late May to co-found Shining Stars, a...

They're honing dance skills to pass them on

While others pursue dance to become professional performers, UC Irvine student Irishia Hubbard has another goal in mind — to become a teacher. She and Nicole Rivor, who graduated from UC Irvine in June, teamed up in late May to co-found Shining Stars...