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Published Oct 1, 2016 8:00 AM


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events


A piece in The Box Project: Uncommon Threads exhibition. Courtesy of the Fowler Museum.

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

This colorful exhibition features commissions by three dozen acclaimed international artists, including Richard Tuttle, Cynthia Schira, Helena Hernmarck, James Bassler, Gyöngy Laky, Gerhardt Knodel, Sherri Smith, N. Dash, Lewis Knauss, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Kiyomi Iwata, Nancy Koenigsberg and John Garrett. The works showcase the artists’ ingenious use — and often expansive definitions — of fiber, while exploring the collector/artist relationship. The commissioned works come from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection.

SEPT. 11, 2016—JAN. 15, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.

Barbecue


Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse.

A typical O’Mallery family barbecue takes a turn when Zippity Boom, the drug-addicted sister, arrives and brings trouble with her. Other family members stage an intervention, but only after a fair bit of alcohol and pill-popping themselves. The ensuing less-than-delicate conflict ensures a comedy that will turn our view of the average American family on its head.

SEPT. 6—OCT. 16, 2016. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $40-$98. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.

Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh

Working across ceramics, sculpture, video, installation and social practice, Simone Leigh examines the construction of black female subjectivity. Her practice is largely research-based and intersectional and considers a range of sources, including ethnography, feminist discourse, folklore and histories of political resistance.

SEPT. 17, 2016—JAN. 8, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.

Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party

Swiss artist Nicolas Party is known for a unique aesthetic style that blends a vibrant palette with flat graphics. Though classically trained, Party is not limited in his techniques, and his works include styles such as fresco, gold leaf and marbling. Party’s debut exhibit in Los Angeles will take center stage in the Hammer Museum as a mural for the lobby wall.

SEPT. 30, 2016—FEB. 19, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.

Burt Bacharach


Burt Bacharach. Photo by Olaf Heine.

Six decades of songwriting have earned Burt Bacharach much acclaim, including 48 Top-10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions, three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards. His songs have been recorded and reinterpreted by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and more. Now, with a 10-piece band to accompany him, he will perform many of his legendary songs at Royce Hall.

OCT. 1 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $39-$89; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.

Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón

Nkame is the first solo museum exhibition in the United States dedicated to the work of the late Cuban visual artist Belkis Ayón (1967– 1999). Ayón mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. For a black Cuban woman, both her ascendency in the contemporary printmaking world and her investigation of a powerful all-male brotherhood were notable and bold.

OCT. 2, 2016—FEB. 12, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.

An Evening with Ludovico Einaudi: Elements

Pianist Ludovico Einaudi blends music genres — rock, classical, electronica and world music — in a way that defies traditional labels. Within a week of its release, Einaudi’s newest album, Elements, took the #1 spot on iTunes’ classical charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, U.K., Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Lithuania, Belgium, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands. He is the most streamed classical artist in the world, and after experiencing his music performed live at Royce Hall, you’ll see why.

OCT. 8 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.

Lucinda Childs Dance: A Portrait (1963-2016)

This retrospective performance will celebrate one of America’s great modern choreographers, Lucinda Childs, by showcasing early and recent works from the Lucinda Childs Dance Company. The works include an iconic solo piece (Pastime) and early silent routines (Radial Courses, Interior Drama and Concerto), as well as modern pieces, all tracing the five decades of Childs’ career.


Lucinda Childs Dance Company; Babette Mangolte.

NOV. 5 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.

Icebergs

Dancing skeletons, psychic revelations and the plight of the polar bear fan the flames of fortune for a young filmmaker and his wife, who await the greenlight of a lifetime. On a hot November night in Silver Lake, five friends navigate filmmaking, fossil-finding and family planning in this acerbic, affectionate and affecting world premiere comedy.

NOV. 8, 2016—DEC. 18, 2016. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $32-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.

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