Whether you’re still upset that you did not snag a ticket to the one of the world’s biggest festivals or you’re in a major post-Coachella slump, all hope is not lost. You don’t need major music acts or crazy art installations to have a good time with your friends. With these tips you can save 300-plus dollars and bring Coachella to campus.
1. Create your own dorm room stages One of the best parts of attending a major music festival is the ability to hop from one stage to the other, indulging in a variety of different acts. The multiroom setup of dorm hallways is perfect for recreating the Coachella experience. Blast some beat-heavy EDM, bust out some multicolored string lights in one room and fist pump until you can’t feel your arms anymore. Layer some blankets on the floor picnic-style for a more laid-back setting to sway to your favorite indie singer. Just watch out for the furniture if you attempt your own mosh pit.
2. Embrace the signature Coachella style Coachella is not just about music. The hippie-chic look is a trademark of this event. Don’t have the funds to spend on new wardrobe? Pick some flowers and braid them into your hair for a cheap and easy flower crown alternative. Take some tips from the people over at YouTube and make your own flash tattoos. Sleep in your clothes to get the slightly wrinkled, relaxed aesthetic for which designers charge hundreds.
3. Have an “authentic” camping experience Make the grass at Sunset Village your own private campgrounds. Grab a tent, some sleeping bags and a few friends, and fall asleep under the stars. (Since this is Los Angeles, though, the “stars” may just be the lights flashing from the planes flying to the Los Angeles International Airport.) If you’re low on camping gear, creating a fort out of pillows and blankets in your floor’s lounge is a solid alternative.
4. Flood social media Finally, Coachella is not Coachella without the flood of artsy attempts at Instagram photos and overly excited tweets. Just because you didn’t attend the real thing doesn’t mean you can’t brag about your own campus Coachella. After all, pictures or it didn’t happen.
As we come back to campus from spring break, the tease of the vacation leaves many students dreaming of the freedom of summer and overlooking the awesomeness that spring quarter offers. Whether you need convincing or a refresher of the greatness that is to come over the next few weeks, here are just a few of the many reasons why spring quarter will be the best yet.
1. Summer is just around the corner! If you are hoping for a speedy third quarter, slow down and smell the flowers. Summer will be here shortly and then you can do whatever you please! But don’t fret, because summer is only 11 weeks away, and you CAN do this!
2. The weather is basically perfect. If you ever need a pick-me-up after a long day of studying, just go take a look at your weather app and you’re almost guaranteed to get a smile. With the typical “75 and sunny” weather of April and May, this quarter will be B-E-A-UTIFUL.
3. Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon is closely approaching! (For those of you not yet signed up to dance the night away April 18-19, click here to do so.) Put on by the Pediatric Aids Coalition at UCLA, Dance Marathon raises money to fight pediatric AIDS by giving students the chance to raise money by dancing for 26 hours. So get your groove on!
4. Festivals on festivals on festivals. From music to movies to food, it is officially festival season here in southern California. For you music lovers, there’s Coachella (April 10-12 and April 17-19), featuring AC/DC, Jack White, Drake and many more. There’s Stagecoach (April 24-26) for the country music fans, featuring Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and many more too. Both festivals are a full three days of music and sun in the desert at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
For those of you looking for a cheaper, closer way to be a part of the festival magic, starting in May and running through the entire summer is the Street Food Cinema, a festival in parks in the Greater Los Angeles Area that feature a band, food trucks and a screening of a movie – and tickets are only $12.
And finally, for those of you that couldn’t get enough when B-Plate put out the strawberries, the California Strawberry Festival runs May 16-17 featuring strawberry pie eating contests, relay races, strawberry shortcake building competitions and SO MANY STRAWBERRIES. So whether you’re a music fan, movie lover or strawberry connoisseur, there’s a festival for you.
5. It’s your final set of finals! If the idea of another finals week makes your vision go blurry and mind run scared, think about it this way: It’s the last time (at least until next year). But for now, you just have to push through these last 11 weeks and remember that waiting for you on the other side is a relaxing 100 days of summer (yes, I counted).
It may not feel like winter, but believe it or not, spring isn’t here until vernal equinox hits on March 20, or the Friday of finals week. As we head into the last stretch of winter quarter, keep your motivation high for finals and plan your calendar using Mojo’s top picks for spring SoCal electronic dance music concerts and festivals. (We’re not including Coachella, because that’s its own beast entirely.) Whether you’re staying through spring break or looking for something to do over Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered. Also, check out the Spotify playlist below for a sample of some of the music to look forward to!
Simian Mobile Disco (March 19)
Sound Nightclub (21+) If you finish finals early, celebrate by checking out Simian Mobile Disco at Sound Nightclub. An electronic duo hailing from the United Kingdom, they initially produced electro-house music but have since shifted to a more minimalist techno sound. Only a short Uber ride away in Hollywood, and with tickets at $20, it’s a low-investment jaunt for those who are into shows with an indie-electronic vibe.
Beyond Wonderland (March 20-21) San Manuel Amphitheater (San Bernardino) As an Insomniac event, Beyond Wonderland’s wide appeal among electronic music lovers and its coinciding with the end of finals week makes it the perfect way to kick off spring break with your squad of EDM-loving friends. With a two-day lineup including the likes of Dillon Francis, Tiësto and Knife Party and tickets still available, it’s not too late to organize a trip to San Bernardino for two full days of mainstream EDM-induced bliss.
Rave of Thrones (March 26)
Exchange Los Angeles (21+) Largely being noted for its lovably gimmicky premise, Rave of Thrones features DJ Kristian Nairn, also known as Hodor in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” If you’re in town over the break and want to spend a night immersed in a sea of Khaleesi wannabes dancing to Nairn’s progressive house mixes, get your Game of Thrones outfit together and dance the night away in downtown Los Angeles for only $20.
Madeon (April 15) El Rey Theatre
You may have heard his catchy remixes of Martin Solveig’s The Night Out and Deadmau5′s Raise Your Weapon, but this young French artist is about to drop a new album this year, and his original stuff is just as compelling, if not more. Though original tickets are sold out, try your luck on StubHub or with the UCLA “Free & For Sale” Facebook group for a pleasant evening of French electro-house. If you’re into softer EDM with a lyrical bent and less beat drops, Madeon is the DJ for you.
Lightning in a Bottle (May 21-25)
San Antonio Recreation Area (Bradley) If you don’t already have plans for Memorial Day weekend, consider Lightning in a Bottle. With headlines like Flume and ODESZA, this four-day festival up in the Bay Area is a lot more artistic and outdoorsy than other EDM festival offerings coming up. Goldroom, who played at Ackerman Grand Ballroom last spring, is also on the lineup. If you’re in the mood for some more ethereal electronic music with vocals, a weekend camping in NorCal may be just the thing for you. Organize a trip with some friends and a car, as they offer both full four-day passes and weekend passes ($205).
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I remember last year, while waiting patiently for my chunky chicken salad sandwich at Bruin Cafe, Jordyn Wieber was just casually standing next to me. I didn’t know what to do. Do I say hi? No, that makes me seem creepy. Do I mention something about her gymnastics abilities? Probably not. She’s a regular student, just like me. Except she has a gold medal from the Olympics and arm muscles strong enough to beat me at arm wrestling.
Seeing Jordyn Wieber in everyday clothes and ordering regular food just like me, I wondered what other famous people might have attended UCLA. So, I have done some research and am here to give you a list of some of the most famous UCLA alumni. Not all of them graduated from UCLA (some peeps gotta pursue their dreams, ya know?), but hey, they were Bruins for a coo’ minute so obviously being a Bruin is something to brag about.
Famous UCLA Alumni (who earned a degree from UCLA)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Professional basketball player
Honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Abdul-Jabbar is an American professional basketball player with a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player award. He played four seasons for the UCLA Bruins where he was twice named Player of the Year, was a three-time First Team All-American, played on three NCAA champion teams and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. A legend in both NBA and Bruin history, Abdul-Jabbar earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 1969 while being considered the most dominant player in college basketball.
Troy Aikman: Professional football player
As one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles, Troy Aikman began his rise to stardom as one of UCLA’s best quarterbacks. Aikman was the first quarterback in UCLA history to lead the Bruins to back-to-back 10-win seasons, along with two bowl victories, and is being honored on Nov. 28 with the retirement of his jersey number. The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame member participated in graduation ceremonies in front of his mother and three daughters in 2009 after completing his degree in sociology.
This American singer-songwriter who graduated from UCLA in 2003, blew up on the radio with her hit single “Love Song” and has kept a prominent place in the music industry, selling over a million records and being nominated for a Grammy Award five times. While at UCLA, Bareilles was a part of the communication studies program, sung with of the co-ed a cappella group Awaken a Cappella and won the Spring Sing talent show twice.
Brad Delson is an American musician known for his role as guitarist in the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park. Delson was one of the founding members of the band and worked towards a degree in communication studies with a specialization in business and administration when he entered UCLA in 1995. Delson was roommate to future band mate Dave Farrell for three of his four attending years and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Delson graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1999.
An American television and movie actor known for his role in the hit crime TV series “NCIS,” Mark Harmon transferred to UCLA in 1972 and was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in 1972 and 1973. Receiving the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence, Harmon accomplished an amazing 17-5 record and graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
American film and television actresses, Danielle and Kay Panabaker came into the spotlight at a young age. Danielle Panabaker starred in Disney films as a teenager including “Stuck in the Suburbs” and “Sky High.” Kay Panabaker also starred on Disney with a recurring role in “Phil of the Future.” Both sisters later acted together on Disney’s original movie “Read It and Weep.” Astonishingly, Danielle Panabaker received her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in 2007 at the young age of 19 while her younger sister, Kay Panabaker, completed her bachelor’s degree in history before she even turned 18!
An American actress and former model, Gabrielle Union is known for performances as head cheerleader of the East Compton Clovers in the original “Bring It On” and as the sister of Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys II.” A transfer to UCLA, Union interned at a nearby talent agency where she was later asked to work as a model. Union graduated from UCLA with honors in sociology.
Bill Walton: Professional basketball player
Two-time NBA Champion and retired basketball legend Bill Walton rose to superstardom playing under the coaching of John Wooden at UCLA from 1971 to 1974. During this time, he won three consecutive Naismith College Player of the Year awards as a Bruin. Bill Walton is regarded by some college basketball historians as the greatest player who ever played the game at the college level. Walton graduated from UCLA in 1974 and has been honored with the retirement of his jersey number at UCLA.
Jaleel White, famous for his role as the nerdy but charming Steve Urkel in the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” White attended UCLA after the completion of the show and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film and television in 2001. He continued on with his acting career, starring in “Dreamgirls” alongside Beyonce, and has been featured as a guest on many shows including “Boston Legal,” “House M.D.,” “Psych” and as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Jamaal Wilkes: Professional basketball player
Former Los Angeles Lakers star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Wilkes was a key player for the UCLA Bruins, helping the team win consecutive NCAA Championships in 1972 and 1973, and he contributed to an NCAA record 88-game winning streak. Wilkes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1974 and left the school as a two-time All-American.
More Famous Students/Alumni (who did not or have not yet graduated)
Jack Black (Actor), “School of Rock,” Major: Theater
Nicolas Cage (Actor), “The Rock”
James Dean (Actor), “Rebel Without a Cause,” Major: Theater
Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden (Musicians), Maroon 5
Mariska Hargitay (Actress), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Major: Theater (member of Kappa Kappa Gamma)
Anthony Kiedis (Musician), Red Hot Chili Peppers, studied writing
Heather Locklear (Actress), “Dynasty,” (Pledged Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta, also model and commercial actor for UCLA Store)
Steve Martin (Actor, comedian), “The Pink Panther,” Major: Theater
Jackie Robinson (Professional baseball player), first African American to play in MLB and UCLA’s first four-sport letter winner
Kristen Stewart (Actress), “The Twilight Saga,” Major: English Literature
Ben Stiller (Actor, comedian), “Zoolander,” Major: Film
Summer is right around the corner and with it comes endless beach days, warm nights and lasting memories. The perfect complement for a summer to remember is a smashing playlist, so Mojo compiled a selection of the best songs to blast this summer. Take a listen and share your favorite summer songs with us by commenting below or tweeting us @dbmojo.