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Spring 2013 Happenings

Published Apr 1, 2013 8:00 AM

Arts and Entertainment

Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project


Photo by: Arthur Chedeville.

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA is partnering with the Hammer Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum to present a tribute to acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown. The Retrospective Project includes "Floor of the Forest," a series of ongoing performances in the Hammer Courtyard (Thursdays-Sundays, Mar. 30-Apr. 21); "Astral Converted," a self-contained set piece at the Sunset Canyon Amphitheatre (Apr. 4, 8 p.m.); ensemble choreography at Royce Hall (Apr. 5, 8 p.m. and Apr. 7, 2 p.m.); the first-ever remounting of Brown's "Roof Piece" outside of New York City at the Getty Museum (Apr. 6, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.); and a conference titled "Dancing With the Art World" (Apr. 26-27).

Mar. 30-Apr. 27. Locations: Various. For information or tickets: Call (310) 443-7000 (Hammer) or (310) 440-6473 (Getty), or visit;; or


Photo Courtesy of: The Geffen Playhouse.

American Buffalo

David Mamet's American Buffalo was hailed as a new American classic when it opened on Broadway in 1977. Now, the Geffen Playhouse takes a fresh look at these misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection.

Apr. 2-May 12. Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $35-$75. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Volunteer Docent Training

The UCLA Botanical Garden seeks volunteer docents for its public program serving K-12 students and the UCLA family of students, faculty and staff, as well as other adult community groups. The garden maintains one of America's largest collections of tropical and subtropical plants. Volunteers will receive basic botanical training by Professor Phil Rundel during five weekly 1-1/2-hour sessions and will experience firsthand how easy and fun the tours are.

Apr. 15 / Mon / 11 A.M. / 5 Weeks. Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Phone: (310) 206-3887. E-mail: Web:

Roger Bourland Farewell Concert

In celebration of his 60th birthday and upcoming retirement, a program of chamber music and songs by Roger Bourland, performed by faculty artists Juliana Gondek, Antoinette Perry, Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, Richard O'Neill and guests.

Apr. 17 / Wed / 8 P.M. Schoenberg Hall. Tickets: $12; $5 UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID) Phone: (310) 825-4761. Web:


Violinist Margaret Batjer of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Photo by: Michael Burke.

Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish: A Hal Willner Project for Naomi Ginsberg (1894-1956)

Kaddish is legendary music producer Hal Willner's live staging of the Allen Ginsberg poem of the same name. An epic lament to Ginsberg's loss of his mother and a reflection on his own estrangement from Judaism, Kaddish is a cornerstone of the Beat Generation and has been the inspiration to many artists past and present.

Apr. 17 / Wed / 8 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $20-$50; $15 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Concertos—Handel & Mozart

LACO has long called Royce Hall its home on the Westside and joins CAP UCLA as resident orchestra for the 2012-2013 season. Led by conductor Jeffrey Kahane on piano and Margaret Batjer on violin, the orchestra will perform Handel Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11, and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482, among other works.

Apr. 21 / Sun / 7 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $25-$105. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Seasonal Spotlight: James Bridges Theater


Photo Courtesy of: L.A. Theater Works.

Cyrano de Bergerac

In Edmond Rostand's classic romance, Cyrano, France's greatest swordsman and a distinguished poet, is cursed with a grotesquely protuberant nose. Because of his ugliness, he cannot reveal his love for the beautiful Roxane. When the heroine falls in love with Christian, an Adonean but doltish young soldier, Cyrano offers to help him by writing love letters, and their beauty wins Roxane's heart. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series and can be streamed on demand at

Apr. 18-21

Glengarry Glen Ross

Joe Mantegna re-creates his Tony Award-winning role in David Mamet's scathingly funny, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about small-time real estate brokers who vie for the hot leads at a Chicago firm selling shoddy properties. With money, egos and jobs on the line, the cutthroat salesmen will stop at nothing to get their fair share of the American Dream. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at

May 16-19


Jane Kaczmarek reprises her Ovation Award-winning role from the Tiffany Theater production when L.A. Theatre Works records Diane Samuels' play for public radio broadcast. In the last months of WWII, 10,000 Jewish children were voluntarily sent by their parents to the UK to escape the certain death of Nazi concentration camps. Most never saw their parents again. Kindertransport celebrates the heroism and hope that kept these children alive. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly nationwide and can be streamed on demand at

Jun. 20-23

L.A. Theatre Works at The James Brides Theater. Admission: $15-$49. Phone: (310) 827-0889. Web:


Baseball: UCLA vs. Arizona


Adam Plutko. Photo by: Max Waugh.

For most, "Friday Night Lights" connotes high school football; for the UCLA baseball team, "Friday Night Lights" connotes the opening night of a three-game weekend series against the Wildcats with Bruin ace Adam Plutko on the mound. As a sophomore, Plutko went 12-3 in that spot. In February, USA Baseball named the junior pitcher to the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually at the end of the season to the top amateur baseball player. "People see me as a big-game pitcher," Plutko says, "someone who, when the lights shine the brightest, that's when I shine the brightest." The spotlight will surely shine bright on May 10. When these two teams—both ranked in the Top 10 in preseason polls—last met, the Wildcats handed the Bruins a 4-0 loss in Omaha at the College World Series.

May 10 / Fri / 6 P.M.; May 11 / Sat / 2 P.M.; May 12 / Sun / 3 P.M. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $8 general admission (adult); $5 general admission (youth 3-16 years); free for children 2 and under. For information: Call (310) 825-2946 or visit

Men's Volleyball: UCLA vs. Pepperdine For the first time in decades, Al Scates will not be on UCLA's bench. New head coach John Speraw '95 and the Bruins look for a win over the Waves.

Apr. 10 / Wed / 7 P.M. Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: $8 general admission (adult); $5 general admission (youth 3-16 years); free for children 2 and under. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. California

The Cal Bears enter the 2013 season ranked third in the nation, led by senior Jolene Henderson, a two-time, first team All-American and two-time conference Pitcher of the Year, who enters the season with a 78-12 pitching record. The Bruins counter with a powerful lineup, featuring a pair of Player of the Year candidates in senior B.B. Bates and sophomore Stephany LaRosa.

Apr. 11-13. East on Stadium. Tickets: $8 general admission (adult); $5 general admission (youth 3-16 years); free for children 2 and under. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Men's Tennis: UCLA vs. USC

In 2012, Head Coach Billy Martin's squad stunned top-ranked USC, snapping the Trojans' 45-match winning streak. The Trojans visit the LATC this year for the annual rivalry match, with both teams ranked in the top three.


Senior Vanessa Zamarripa will help lead the Bruins in their quest for a seventh gymnastics national title. Photo Courtesy of: UCLA Athletics.

Apr. 19 / Fri / 3 P.M. L.A. Tennis Center at UCLA. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships

The last time UCLA hosted the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships was 2004, and the Bruins marked the occasionby winning their fifth national title. "We're hoping to accomplish the same thing this year," says Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field '87. The Bruins return several key athletes from their third-ranked 2012 squad, including junior Samantha Peszek and senior Vanessa Zamarripa, giving them every reason to believe they'll celebrate the first major gymnastics tournament in New Pauley with a national title.

Apr. 19-21. Pauley Pavilion. Admission: All Session Pass (includes admission for all three days): $55 reserved (adult); $40 reserved (UCLA student/youth 16 years and under); $40 general admission (adult); $32 general admission (UCLA student/ youth 16 and under); $35 group general admission (10+) (adult); $25 group general admission (10+) (UCLA student/youth 16 and under). Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Women's Pac-12 Golf Championship


Photo Courtesy of: UCLA Athletics.

Led by All-Americans Tiffany Lua, Lee Lopez and Erynne Lee, the Bruins will be shooting for a Pac-12 title on the way to repeating their 2011 feat of winning the national championship. UCLA is serving as host for the 2013 Pac-12 championship at Valencia Country Club.

Apr. 22-24. Valencia Country Club. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Track and Field: Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational

The Bruins will host LSU and TCU in the annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, honoring two of the greatest athletes ever to set foot on the UCLA campus.

Apr. 6 / Sat / 10 A.M. Drake Stadium. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Men's Pac-12 Golf Championship

UCLA is one of four Pac-12 teams (along with Cal, USC and Washington) ranked in the top 10 of the national polls. The Bruins hope to turn the "home green" advantage of the L.A. Country Club into a conference title heading into the NCAA tournament.

Apr. 29-May 1. Los Angeles Country Club. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:


Photo by: Don Liebig/UCLA Photography.

Women's Rowing: UCLA vs. USC

The last time these two schools met, UCLA was narrowly edged by USC, falling in the dual meet by just a single point. Look for the Bruins to turn things around against their crosstown rivals at Ballona Creek.

May 4 / Sat / TBA. Marina Del Rey, California. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-2946 Web:

Women's Tennis NCAA Regionals

Head women's tennis coach Stella Sampras Webster, last year's Wilson/ ITA National Coach of the Year, is looking to guide her No. 2-ranked Bruins into the 2013 NCAA Regionals in the friendly confines of the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Among her many talented players are All-American sophomore Robin Anderson, last year's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

May 11-12. L.A. Tennis Center. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) 825-2946. Web:

Alumni Events

Spring Sing: A Show Like No Other


Photo Courtesy of: UCLA Alumni Association.

As the sun rises over the Central Ticket Office, hundreds of students are already lined up for tickets to the one show at UCLA no one wants to miss—Spring Sing. The first Spring Sing was held in 1945 as a competition among fraternities vying for the affection of their sorority sisters through song and dance. Today's show features UCLA's very best in the performing arts. Large production numbers, bands, a cappella groups and soloists headline the show and have given rise to pop sensations like Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5. Add to the mix a hilarious sketch comedy troupe, high-energy hip-hop dance crews, surprise celebrity guest judges and a legendary musician honored with a lifetime musical achievement award, and you've got three hours of non-stop WOW! This year, the show returns to Pauley Pavilion, promising to elevate the Spring Sing experience.

May 17 / Fri / 8 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: For presale (April 17-18), visit For information: Visit

UCLA On the Road

Join fellow Bruins as UCLA Chancellor Gene Block discusses the neurobiology of circadian rhythms, which deals with the functioning of 24-hour rhythms in higher organisms. Enjoy an engaging lecture as the chancellor speaks on his research specialty of biological timing.

Apr . 23 / Tue. Location: San Diego. Web:

UCLA Alumni "Day at the Races"

Spend a day with fellow alumni at beautiful Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, Calif. The event will include an all-you-caneat barbecue buffet lunch, an opportunity to socialize with fellow Bruins and exciting racing action.

Apr. 20 / Sat / 11 A.M. Location: Santa Anita Racetrack, Arcadia. E-mail:

Connect with Fellow Classmates and Professional Colleagues on BruinWorks

UCLA's definitive alumni directory is available on BruinWorks. Take advantage of this great tool to search for friends from your time in Westwood and network professionally with fellow Bruins who are in your same field.

Year-round. Phone: (310) 206-0613. Web:

Discount on CAP UCLA Events

Save 10% off tickets to select Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA events (formerly UCLA Live). Show your membership card at the box office or call (310) 825-2101 for tickets and information on upcoming performances.

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Join the Conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Engage in dialogue via social media with more than 10,000 UCLA alumni on Facebook and Twitter. Share your thoughts on new UCLA innovations and discoveries, and get the latest news on UCLA athletic and cultural events. "Like" UCLA Alumni on Facebook and be sure to follow the official Twitter feed at @ UCLA_Alumni.


Illustration by: Heather Mcgrath.


UCLA Alumni Travel Eligibility

UCLA Alumni members are eligible to explore the world through UCLA Alumni Travel. All seven continents are covered through 47 tour offerings. Enjoy an exotic excursion to India or Antarctica, and even travel the world by private jet.

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