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Fall 2017 Happenings

Published Oct 1, 2017 9:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis. Photo courtesy of the Fowler Museum.

Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis

This exhibition — the most comprehensive presentation of Bahian arts to date in the U.S. — explores the distinctive cultural role of the city of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia.

SEPT. 24, 2017-APR. 15, 2018. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

L’État de siège (The State of Siege)

When a comet appears in the sky over the city of Cádiz, the nihilistic town drunkard, Nada, warns that it is an evil omen. Yet the government forbids people from acknowledging that they’ve seen a comet, and a chorus parrots, “Nothing is happening, nothing will happen.” Thus begins The State of Siege, a modern myth created by Albert Camus that was originally staged in 1948 by Jean-Louis Barrault. Both prescient and poetic, this rare piece — restaged by the internationally renowned French company Théâtre de la Ville — is a distorted reflection of a nightmarish future in which a city is reduced to silence and submission under the leadership of a character called La Peste (“The Plague”).

OCT. 26-27. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $49-$99; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Lineage Through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil, by Fran Siegel

This 40-foot-long “weaving” is made of strips of sun-exposed and patterned fabric crossed by lengths of delicate drawings of sacred plants on drafting film. Siegel, a Los Angeles–based artist, developed the project during a research residency in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Itaparica.

THOUGH DEC. 10. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences

Courtesy of Geffen Playhouse.

When a reclusive librarian discovers a 113-year overdue book in the night slot, curiosity compels him to pursue the borrower. His search for answers takes him on a whirlwind journey on which he discovers instead the great mysteries of humanity.

OCT. 10-NOV. 19. Location: Geffen Playhouse/Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Tickets: $60-$85. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical

In this world premiere play, with songs written by legendary lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Tyne Daly stars as a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she’s loved and the love of her life.

NOV. 7-DEC 10. Location: Geffen Playhouse/Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $25-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

AteNine: calling glen

Members of Los Angeles–based dance company AteNine were artists-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance last year. Their new work, calling glenn, is a collaboration with composer Glenn Kotche, best known as the percussionist for the rock band Wilco. AteNine is regarded as one of the most important emerging dance companies on the West Coast.

NOV. 11 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Onix Ensemble

This talented group of Mexican musicians — known for their virtuosity and innovative interpretations — brings contemporary music from Mexico and Latin America to audiences around the world. The result is a unique panorama of work often influenced by literature, theater, visual arts and new technologies.

DEC. 3 / SUN / 7 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Football quarterback Josh Rosen. Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Football: UCLA vs. Arizona State

By the time UCLA wraps up its home schedule with a game against Arizona State, fans will already have the answer to a question first posed when the Bruins took on the Sun Devils last year in Tempe — namely, how healthy is quarterback Josh Rosen? Rosen, you’ll recall, injured his throwing shoulder when an ASU player tackled him, and he missed the rest of the 2016 campaign. Assuming he’s 100% for the 2017 season — and all reports suggest he’s fine — then the Bruins should be in the home stretch of a bowl-game-bound season with the match-up against USC coming up the following week. By the time the ASU game rolls around, new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will hopefully have the offense peaking while the defense looks to build on the quality it displayed last year.

NOV. 11 / SAT / TIME TBD. Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena. Tickets: $39-$275. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women's Volleyball: UCLA vs. Washington

The 2016 version of the UCLA women’s volleyball team, which finished the season ranked 8th in the nation, featured a program-high four All-Americans. Three-fourths of the stellar quartet have moved on, leaving now-senior outside hitter Reily Buechler to lead the 2017 team.Buechler, an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the third year in a row, led the team last season with 3.34 kills and 3.78 points per set, ranking eighth among Pac-12 players in kills per set. She reached the 20-kill mark three times. Among those joining Buechler this year is the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class and outside hitter Sarah Sponcil, a transfer from Loyola Marymount and a two-time All-American Honorable Mention.

SEP. 29 / FRI / 7 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Soccer: UCLA vs. Stanford

Ranked second in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll, the UCLA men’s soccer team is looking to improve on last season’s second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will be led by junior defender Erik Holt, an Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 selection and one of only two players to start all 20 matches last season. He’ll be joined by senior midfielder Brian Iloski, last year’s point leader, as UCLA seeks its ninth Pac- 12 Conference title in program history and seventh during Head Coach Jorge Salcedo’s 14-year tenure. This midseason match against Stanford, the two-time defending national champions, is sure to be one of the most exciting games on the schedule!

OCT. 1 / SUN / 5 P.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women's Soccer: UCLA vs. USC

UCLA finished the 2016 women’s soccer season ranked No. 8 in the country after dropping its final match in penalty kicks to No. 1-seed West Virginia. The Bruins return nine starters from last season’s squad, including All-American and Olympic bronze medalist Jessie Fleming, All-Pac-12 honorees Anika Rodriguez and Hailie Mace and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman players Kaiya McCullough and Teagan Micah. The Bruins also added to their 2017 roster three athletes who played in either the Under-20 or Under-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup — Marley Canales, Ashley Sanchez and Karina Rodriguez. The season concludes with the biggest rivalry game in women’s college soccer, the crosstown showdown against defending NCAA champion USC.

NOV. 3 / FRI / 7 P.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Cincinnati

Cincinnati makes its first-ever appearance in Pauley Pavilion this season, the first match-up in a home-and-home series that concludes next year in the Queen City. The Bruins defeated the Bearcats in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Sacramento, 79-67, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons. UCLA returns Aaron Holiday, Thomas Welsh and G.G. Goloman in 2017-18 and welcomes a Top 5-ranked freshman class that features two McDonald’s All-Americans — Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes — and coveted recruits LiAngelo Ball (brother of Bruin/Laker Lonzo), Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and Chris Smith.

DEC. 16 / SAT / TIME TBD. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $39-$231+. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky

Bruin fans in the Big Easy — or those looking to spend the holidays enjoying beignets at Café du Monde — won’t want to miss the UCLA-Kentucky match-up in New Orleans. UCLA has beaten Kentucky in regular season match-ups the past two years, but the ’Cats got the best of the Bruins in a 2017 Sweet 16 game.

DEC. 23 / SAT / TIME TBD. Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women's Basketball: UCLA vs. UConn

When UCLA booked UConn for an early season intersectional contest, they likely assumed they’d be hosting the defending national champs. After all, UConn won four straight titles from 2013-16 (10 titles since 2000). But the Huskies lost to Mississippi State in the 2017 national semifinals and saw their record 111-win streak come to an end. That said, the Huskies should still be a tough match-up when they visit Pauley Pavilion. It’s doubtful that Cori Close’s Bruins feel otherwise; it was the Huskies who ended the Bruins’ 2016-2017 season in the Sweet 16. UCLA’s squad is led by All-American guard Jordin Canada, along with forward (and fellow senior) Monique Billings. Canada has guided UCLA to its first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in school history, leading the Pac-12 in assists (7.1 apg), steals (2.5 spg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.7). She was third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.9 points per game. Billings averaged 16.7 points and 10.5 boards in 2016-2017.

DEC. 16 / TUES / TIME TBA. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: 12 adult (reserved); $10 youth (reserved); $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under free; UCLA students free with BruinCard. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS

Photo courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally

As the countdown to the UCLA-USC game approaches, Bruins will gather under night skies to light a 30-foot tower of wooden pallets in a bonfire of pride and spirit. Hosted by the Student Alumni Association, this annual, student-run tradition unites alumni, students, celebrities and performers with players and coaches in anticipation of a UCLA football victory against crosstown rival USC. Fans worldwide may access the event via livestream.

NOV. 15 OR 17 / TIME TBA. Location: Wilson Plaza, UCLA campus. Web:

A Veterans Day Commemorative: Remembering Our Fallen

Join author, historian, speaker and research expert Bill Beigel ’80, M.A. ’83 and the UCLA Veterans Network to pause, remember and hear the stories of UCLA alumni who fought and died to save the world and our freedom in the Second World War. Beigel’s work — featured by USA Today, CBS News and dozens of other media outlets — has highlighted service histories, lives, deaths, and the last acts in wartime of soldiers and of entire fighting squads.

NOV. 9 / THURS / 6-8 P.M. Location: James West Alumni Center, UCLA. For information or to RSVP:

UCLA Alumni Mentor Program Orientation

Help students build a bright future by sharing your academic, career and personal development insights as a mentor. You can interact through social and volunteer events, mixers and workshops, but mentorship is not confined to campus. Geographically dispersed pairings can establish closeness through Skype or FaceTime chats and virtual events. Sign up by early October for the best chance to be matched as a mentor. Attend the Mentor Program Orientation in person or by livestream.

NOV. 8 OR 12 / 7-9 P.M. Location: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA. Register: Join and select "Willing to be a Mentor"

Business Leaders, the Sharpe Fellows Program Needs You

Recruitment for UCLA’s William Sharpe Fellows Program for Undergraduate Internships is in full swing, with industry leaders from the fields of investment banking, finance, consulting and technology coming on board and students vying for one of 40-50 places in the 2018 cohort. The program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 14, occupies a distinguished position in the suite of programs that has become “Partnership UCLA.”

Named in honor of Nobel Laureate and UCLA alumnus William F. Sharpe ’55, M.A. ’56, Ph.D. ’61, the creation of the Sharpe Fellows program was spearheaded in the Department of Economics by Professor Andy Atkeson, director of business economics, and Kevin Albert ’74, M.B.A. ’78, member of the economics board of visitors, both of whom recognized the need to draw business leaders to UCLA. The program’s founders felt that success in the business world required the critical thinking skills developed through a liberal arts education.

“We knew UCLA had bright, capable students who could make a positive impact on their chosen industry — we just had to get them the exposure to the right people and coach them into how to put their best foot forward,” Albert says. “Partnering with the economics department to launch this program was not only a great way to give back to my alma mater, but a way to make a contribution to my industry.”

The program was created to address the needs of three groups of people: employers who liked the academically ambitious students UCLA produces, but who had stopped coming to campus simply because it was too expensive to sift through the hundreds of applications they would get for each job opening; students who had the raw talent to succeed in those industries, but not the exposure or polish needed to ace an interview; and alumni who had succeeded in these fields without extensive connections but who wanted to establish the kind of network that, for example, is present at Ivy League schools. Crucially, Atkeson saw in these alumni a “remarkable eagerness to come back and get involved. They know that even a brief meeting can have a huge impact on the course of a student’s life.”

The program, which runs for an entire academic year plus the following summer, is geared to juniors with at least a 3.2 cumulative UCLA GPA who expect to graduate in the following academic year. (The recently created Simon Fellows program is an extension of the Sharpe Investment Banking portion for candidates interested in careers on the buy-side of the industry.) During the school year, fellows have opportunities to connect with industry mentors, alumni and other students. New this year are “peer mentors” — students from the previous year’s cohort.

These nurturing and interconnected relationships — involving students, alumni, industry leaders, former mentees and even program staff — are the key to building the community of support, mentorship and partnership that makes the Sharpe Fellows program a great success and a shining example of what UCLA can offer students as well as alumni.

To get involved with the William Sharpe Fellows Program as a mentor or employer, email