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  • BOOKS: ‘Acting: The Basics,’ brings an art form back to its cave-drawing origins
    by Sandra Baltazar Martínez on December 18, 2023 at 8:00 am

    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.

  • Cast - like the faux guitar heroes they play - achieves 'Airness'
    by J.D. Mathes on November 15, 2023 at 8:00 am

    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 across the middle is a dais raised about a foot above the floor. On this platform one witnesses the air guitar shredding triumphs and failures of seven competitors on their quest to qualify for the national championship and a chance to compete at the Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu, Finland.

  • Music department hosts fall concerts on Nov. 20, Dec. 4
    by J.D. Mathes on November 15, 2023 at 8:00 am

    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 they are taking part in by grounding them in the classics as well as learning about new forms and artists.

  • Playwright sets sights on Broadway for 'Blackbox'
    by J.D. Mathes on November 2, 2023 at 7:00 am

    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 objects give the impression of a loading dock. The wooden slats of a box make up the background. Beyond the background, a screen to project silhouettes, a popular Antebellum South artform.

  • Tod Goldberg’s fictional crime world feels so real
    by Sandra Baltazar Martínez on October 31, 2023 at 7:00 am

    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.

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