The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2017
The Best Albums of 2017
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble “Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds” (FPE). [UCI professor] Ms. Mitchell, a flutist, recorded a couple of outstanding albums this year (the other was “Liberation Narratives,” with the poet Haki Madhubuti). On this one, her eight-piece Black Earth Ensemble draws inspiration from an Afrofuturist concept, creating freely improvised music that’s wide open, deeply rooted and utterly cooperative.
Science Magazine, Dec. 6, 2017
In California fires, a starring role for the wicked wind of the West
The fire threat is likely to be even greater in the future, according to a study out of UCLA, the University of California, Davis, and UC Irvine that says climate change will make the destruction from all blazes worse.
Orange County Register, Dec. 2, 2017
Housing is a hand up not a hand out
A recent cost study conducted by UC Irvine and the United Way indicated that $300 million was spent on homelessness within one fiscal year between the county, cities, hospitals, law enforcement agencies and community based organizations.
The Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 6, 2017
White voters would be discriminated against by Navajos, say San Juan Co. Commissioners of proposed voting district boundaries
In June, Shelby declared the county’s new proposals did not meet legal mandates. He then appointed Bernard Grofman, a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, to redraw them.
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 7, 2017
Datebook: The ties between Mexico and Asia, a famous Rembrandt comes to L.A. and Art Basil
“Aztlán to Magulandia: The journey of Chicano artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján,” at the University Art Galleries. This is the first museum survey of one of Chicano art’s most notable figures: Luján, a pioneering member of the 1970s collective Los Four, and a painter known for creating iconographic paintings and murals that featured anthropomorphic animal figures, pyramids that transform into dogs, highly stylized lowriders, and people and landscape. It was work that drew from pop as much as it did from indigenous themes. Through Dec. 16. UC Irvine, 712 Arts Plaza, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, uag.arts.uci.edu.