Moreno Beach festival fuses experimental music and psychedelic culture


In an age where festival headliners have become almost homogenized, one California desert festival has separated itself from the pack. And no, it is not the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — truthfully, this festival is a far cry from it. From Oct. 12 to 14, fans of experimental music will flock to Moreno […]

REVIEW: Sugar, butter and bad ideas in Sara Bareilles’ ‘Waitress’


Minutes into the first act of Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress,” it becomes clear that this musical is about women — about their desires, relationships and mistakes. This female voice incarnates itself in Jenna, portrayed by the mesmerizing Desi Oakley, who discovers she is pregnant while stuck in an abusive marriage. Aside from the support of her […]

SCA hosts first Middle East Media Initiative


Earlier this summer, the School of Cinematic Arts partnered with the U.S. State Department to launch the Middle East Media Initiative, the first in a two-year lineup that aims to expose Middle Eastern writers and producers to Hollywood’s process of developing television. The program ran from July 1 to Aug. 5, during which 10 writers […]

A beginner’s guide to discovering Los Angeles


Los Angeles is a city like no other — it exists at the intersection of entertainment and culture. A melting pot of diverse histories and identities, the City of Angels was practically built for exploration. Walking a few blocks through any given neighborhood will lead explorers to a completely different locale with new atmospheres and […]

Swim & Sunburn: A guide to L.A. beaches


Whether you want to surf, shop or sunbathe, there’s a perfect beach for you to explore near campus. Take some time to get off campus and explore the sandy oases L.A. has to offer.   Santa Monica State Beach Main attractions: Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Pacific Park Proximity to USC: 13 miles […]

REVIEW: The Growlers strike sunny, spooky tone with Beach Goth


After the cancellation of this year’s FYF Fest, Southern California festival goers needed a short-term alternative for the dog days of summer. Those prayers were answered in the form of a daylong gathering at Los Angeles State Historic Park. On Aug. 5, The Growlers invited fans for the seventh annual edition of Beach Goth. The […]

Magic on Menlo: The Making of Moontower


Three piece indie-electronic band Moontower — comprising Thornton School of Music seniors Jake Culver, Tom Carpenter and Devan Welsh — has been on a meteoric rise through the Southern California musical circuit and is poised to distribute its genre-defying sound across a much larger scale. Each bandmate matriculated at Thornton’s contemporary music degree programs touting […]