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Fall 2019 Happenings


Published Oct 1, 2019 8:00 AM

An exclusive Bruin guide to the season’s best in UCLA arts and culture, community events, entertainment and sports.

EVENTS / Alumni Events

Lari Pittman’s Untitled #5 (2010). Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

SEPT. 29-JAN. 5, 2020

Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence

Lari Pittman’s How Sweet the Day After This and That, Deep Sleep Is Truly Welcomed (1988). Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence is the most comprehensive retrospective in 20 years of the work of the American artist Lari Pittman. As both a prolific painter and a long-revered teacher, the Los Angeles–based artist is a strong presence in both the local art community and the international sphere. Pittman’s work has been featured in important exhibitions such as Documenta (1997), the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (1993, 1995), as well as in major survey exhibitions of Los Angeles and American art in both the United States and Europe. This exhibition will include approximately 80 paintings and 50 works on paper drawn from the Hammer’s own holdings as well as from public and private collections throughout the world.

Location: Hammer Museum
Admission: Free
Info: (310) 443-7000


“10 Questions: Centennial Edition”

Both an upper-division undergraduate course and a series of public conversations open to the broader community, “10 Questions: Centennial Edition” will provide a platform for vibrant conversations that engage multiple disciplinary viewpoints. Every Tuesday evening from Oct. 1 through Dec. 3, the public can join UCLA students in the classroom for an intimate panel discussion featuring UCLA faculty members and distinguished alumni as they come together to explore an essential question, such as: What is knowledge? What is justice? What is creativity? What is nature?

Admission: Free



UCLA: Our Stories, Our Impact

UCLA: Our Stories, Our Impact is a multimedia traveling exhibit that will showcase the role of UCLA and its alumni in advancing equity and equality in America. The exhibit is anchored by the stories of unsung Bruins, past and present, who have advanced and shaped social justice movements. This project is led by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Labor Center and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Immigration Policy, in partnership with the Institute of American Cultures, the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Bunche Center for African American Studies and the Chicano Studies Research Center.

Location: Kerckhoff Art Gallery

SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A., Celebrating 100 Years of UCLA

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A. will take place on Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of

Imagine the streets of downtown Los Angeles with no cars for a day — wide open for Angelenos to wander and explore by bike or by walking, jogging or skating. Imagine no more. On Sunday, Oct. 6, UCLA will honor its early years in downtown L.A. and partner with CicLAvia on a 6.5-mile route of open streets, celebrating with art, food trucks, performances and more.

Location: Downtown Los Angeles
Admission: Free
Info: (213) 355-8500


THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 4 to 8 P.M.

2020 Presidential Democratic Candidate Forum

UPDATE, Sept. 5, 2019: The venue for the Oct. 10 presidential candidate forum has been changed to the Novo, an entertainment venue in downtown Los Angeles, in order to accommodate broadcast coverage. For further information, please contact Lucas Acosta of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation at or 347-834-5063. The foundation will be the forum’s sole sponsor.

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs will be co-hosting a forum with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Democratic candidates can qualify for the event by receiving 1 percent or more of the vote in three separate national polls or by receiving donations from 65,000 different people in 20 different states. The forum will provide candidates with an opportunity to speak about their policy platforms and plans regarding moving LGBTQ equality forward.

Location: Royce Hall
Tickets: Free. Details regarding the RSVP process will be made available in late summer.
Info: (310) 206-8034

SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 7 P.M.

Samin Nosrat in Conversation With Lindy West

Samin Nosrat is a food columnist for The New York Times Magazine, author of the bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking and the star of the Netflix series of the same name. As an undergraduate studying English at the University of California, Berkeley, she took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse, and since 2000, she has pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor, aiming to create work that inspires, creates community and raises cultural, social and environmental awareness. Lindy West is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, which she recently adapted as a half-hour comedy series for Hulu. They will discuss the challenges and experiences of women in the 21st century and, of course, food.

Location: Royce Hall
Tickets: $44–$79
Info: (310) 825-2101

OCT. 22–DEC. 1

The Thanksgiving Play

How does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time? In Larissa FastHorse’s biting satire, this is the question facing three “woke” white thespians tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps. A roast of the politics of entertainment and well-meaning political correctness alike, The Thanksgiving Play puts the American origin story itself in the comedy crosshairs.

Location: The Geffen Playhouse
Tickets & Info: (310) 208-5454


Internet 50

On Oct. 29, the world’s leading Internet experts — from business, entertainment, government and media — will gather on the UCLA campus to honor the significance of the moment 50 years ago when UCLA Professor Len Kleinrock and his team sent the first message over a network of computers that would grow into what we know today as the Internet. Speakers — including Eric Schmidt, Mark Cuban, Vint Cerf, Jameela Jamil and Kleinrock himself — will take stock of the impact the Internet has had on every facet of our world and project where we go from here.

Location: UCLA campus
Tickets & Info:


Men’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. Cal

UCLA men’s water polo player Nicolas Saveljic. Photo by Don Liebig.

Two of 2018’s top four men’s water polo teams square off in a big conference home game for the Bruins. Recently inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in June, coach Adam Wright will be looking for another strong contribution from last year’s top goal scorer, junior Nicolas Saveljic.

Location: Spieker Aquatics Center
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN


Football: UCLA vs. USC

UCLA football wide receiver Theo Howard. Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Last year, the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak against the rival Trojans with a hard-fought 34–27 win. The Bruins will look to retain bragging rights in the City of Angels by winning in enemy territory. Senior running back Joshua Kelley, the hero of last year’s rivalry win, will look to lead the Bruins to another victory in his last showdown with USC.

Location: L.A. Memorial Coliseum
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN