'Vietgone' - zany, sexy, and maybe even a little bit true
UCR’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production is staging “Vietgone” by Qui Nguyen through Feb. 24. Nguyen described “Vietgone” as a “probably-mostly-true” and "zany, sex comedy” about how his parents met in a refugee camp at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, after the fall of Saigon in 1975. His future father...
Writers Week to honor Dave Eggers, Rigoberto González, and Quincy Troupe
Free literary festival is set for Feb. 10 and Feb. 12-16.
Exhibition explores line between real and fiction, in LA style
The first exhibition in the New Acquisitions Series is the artist Zoe Crosher’s seven photographs that make up "LA Like: “Transgressing the Pacific (2008–10).” Alyse Yeargan, collections manager for the UCR Arts’ California Museum of Photography, or CMP, says she chose Crosher’s photographs for several reasons. The works are “emotionally...
Weekend concerts feature cellist and 'mashup' of movements
Ruth Charloff, the conductor of the UCR Orchestra , says the upcoming performance of UCR’s orchestra will begin with Henri Büsser’s orchestral adaptation of Claude Debussy's “Petite Suite for four-hands.” The suite Charloff said, “is an intimate piece.” “Think about two people sitting next to each other on one piano...
Emmett Till exhibition answered a call to action
When discussing the exhibition, “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy,” Douglas McCulloh says, “Her decision to have an open casket and insist Black photographers be present wasn’t just courageous.” The casket was for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, “who was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi in...
UCR Arts exhibition explores where AI meets art
As you enter “ Every Day We Must Make the Reality of This World: AI Post Photography, ” you step from a darkened, industrial space into a bright white room that curves around to an exit. It’s like stepping into the Discovery One spaceship in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space...
BOOKS: ‘Acting: The Basics,’ brings an art form back to its cave-drawing origins
Bella Merlin, professor of theatre, film, and digital production, releases a third edition with updated case studies and a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
47th Writers Week coming to UC Riverside in February
The event includes 52 authors and will honor literary giants Dave Eggers, Quincy Troupe, and Rigoberto González.
Music department hosts fall concerts on Nov. 20, Dec. 4
At an orchestra’s rehearsal, a listener can get a sense of the relationship between the conductor and the musicians. With Ruth Charloff, the conductor of the UCR Orchestra, we discover she is more than a conductor. She educates her students in performance expertise, while also showing them the rich history...
Cast - like the faux guitar heroes they play - achieves 'Airness'
The stage of the ARTS Building’s Studio Theatre is a floor with seating on three sides. For the theatre department’s latest production, “Airness,” the stage is converted to a Staten Island bar, with the bar and stools set back to the right and tables and chairs to the left. Downstage...
'Stranger Fruit' depicts plight of Black mothers and sons
On the second floor of the California Museum of Photography, a catwalk leads to the exhibition, “Jon Henry, Stranger Fruit.” At the end you see a portrait lit on either side by chrome light tubes on a purple wall. Below the shadowy catwalk, light shines up from the first-floor exhibition...
Playwright sets sights on Broadway for 'Blackbox'
A mist shrouds the stage, and the angled light creates shadows and mystery. It could be dawn or dusk. At center stage sits a large wooden box with a lock hung on the hasp as if ready for an escape artist to perform his act. Crates, a lamp, and other...
Tod Goldberg’s fictional crime world feels so real
On Sunday, Nov. 5 the author of “Gangsters Don’t Die” will be in conversation with authors Lee Goldberg and Susan Straight at UCR ARTS in downtown Riverside.
Palm Desert’s first Poet Laureate is a UCR alumna
Lori Davis became the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate and will help celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary.
Halloween: Black horror films at UCR ARTS
All films are free and open to the public. Screenings run through Oct. 28.
UCR ARTS preps for ‘PST ART: Art & Science Collide’
Getty and Thoma foundation grants are supporting this exhibition. The Center for Ideas and Society will host art scholar Jussi Parikka.
On stage: Magic, gospel music, and an escape from enslavement
Rickerby Hinds, UCR playwright and professor, transforms the true story of Henry Box Brown’s harrowing escape from enslavement in 1849 America into a magic show in the first full production of “Blackbox,” October 5-14.
New, untold history of Indigenous people is now part of revamped Mission San Gabriel Museum exhibition
History professor Steven Hackel is the exhibition’s lead curator. The museum’s galleries now offer a more comprehensive history surrounding the Catholic mission’s life with the help of baptismal records, textiles, baskets, paintings, and audio recordings.
Grant supports African American art exhibition at UCR ARTS
Teiger Foundation funds will support ‘David C. Driskell & Friends,’ which opens in September.
Classical repertoire celebrates Spanish, Latin American music
UC Riverside’s Orchestra has weekend performances focusing on Spanish and Latin American music, featuring soprano Patricia Caicedo. The May 20-21 concerts called “Canción con todos” (“A Song With Everyone”) are open to the public. General entrance tickets are $10; $8 for seniors and students; and $6 for children. Performances will...