Local Foundation Builds Up a Full Head of STEAM

This past Saturday the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) hosted its annual STEAM festival, an exciting and fun event celebrating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Taking place in the Orange County Great Park, the five-hour event featured over 40 fun and engaging activities for kids and was sponsored by a wide array of organizations and educational groups from all around Irvine. The STEAM Fest was designed to “spark student …

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Hope, History and Play with the UCI MFAs (Part I)

The MFA, the terminal degree for artists — it is what artists strive for and what gallerists pushing the contemporary art market forward thrive on. For an artist, the MFA’s culmination is the thesis exhibition; it is like their coming out party in the art world, their brief introduction into the real art world and can make or break an artist’s forthcoming luck in the art market. UCI’s MFA program …

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Alex Lilly Confronts Ambivalence on 2% Milk

Alex Lilly’s new album is called 2% Milk, but she would never touch the stuff. “I’m trying to drink less [of it]…But when I do have milk I definitely have whole milk.” Two percent is just watered down anyway. It reflects a part of society that bothers her; throughout our conversation on a frigid afternoon at Echo Park Lake she gives wry examples: “Tinder is the two percent milk of …

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Netflix’s Bonding is a Quirky, Quickie Binge

When it comes to the millennial mindset, there are certain things we all know to be true: (1) attention spans are short, (2) sex shaming is no longer a thing, and (3) “Netflix and chill” is very much still a thing. Bonding, Netflix’s new original seven episode series, is an uncensored look at life for 20-somethings today, and it provides a quirky and quick (each episode is only 15 minutes) …

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UglyDolls Plays in Familiar Territory

There are some pretty huge names attached to STX films’ new animated musical UglyDolls, particularly from the pop music sphere. But don’t expect Toy Story or anything close. Unlike the Disney classic, which tapped into the nostalgic yet bittersweet heart of why our childhood belongings are so beloved, this little movie offers nothing new in terms of storyline, dialog or visuals. Even the main characters seem very familiar, recalling everything from Nick …

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