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Spring 2014 Happenings


Published Apr 1, 2014 8:00 AM

Arts and Entertainment

Robert Altman: A Retrospective


The UCLA Film & Television Archive proudly presents this tribute to legendary American filmmaker Robert Altman (1925- 2006), whose unique gifts as a storyteller and visionary are enshrined in such iconoclastic features as M*A*S*H (1970), Nashville (1975), The Player (1992) and Gosford Park (2001). This series features selected UCLA Film & Television Archive restorations, rarities and treasures from the maverick director’s personal film collection (held by the Archive), and in-person appearances by key Altman collaborators.

April – June. Billy Wilder Theater. Admission: $9 (free for UCLA students with ID). Phone: (310) 206-8013. Web:


Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney returns to his oldstomping grounds at Steppenwolf and brings home this intimate and elegant glimpse at two characters seeking forgiveness and finding each other. With sharp humor and authenticity, this West Coast premiere reminds us that escape is easy, but redemption is hard.

Mar 4 – Apr 20. Geffen Playhouse. Admission: $57 - $72. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Hammer Projects: Andra Ursuta


Andra Ursuta makes work fueled by her memories and fears. Her sculptures and installations are often wry, poignant, self-deprecating, melancholic, nostalgic and apocalyptic. Her cemetery for this show is even more abstract: The vault gallery will be transformed into a shadow graveyard populated with sculptures that are casts of the shadows of tombstones. In Ursuta’s deft hands, we are left to wander a shadow cemetery, empty of souls, yet full of memories.

Mar 8 – May 25. Hammer Museum. Admissions: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Masters of Tradition: Celebrating Irish Music in its Purest Form

If you have a kid who’s ever spontaneously danced a jig; if you’re the kind of grownup who often feels like dancing a jig right along with them, this joyous performance of tried-and- true Irish tunes is for you and the whole family to enjoy.

Mar 30 / Sun / 2 PM & 7 PM. Royce Hall. Tickets: $15-$40 ($15 children and UCLA students). Phone:(310) 825-2101. Web:

Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas

Featuring an array of paintings, sculptures, digital arts, mixed-media works, and site-specific installations, Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas examines a series of crucial, and often controversial, divine beings in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, and the United States.

Mar 30 – July 20. Fowler Museum. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Ruth Draper's Monologues

A pioneer in 20th century drama, Ruth Draper was described as, “the greatest individual performer that America has ever given.” Her uncanny ability, while alone on stage, to shift between many characters brought awe to actors, royalty and throngs of crowds for decades. Now, Annette Bening makes Draper’s timeless monologues her own — highlighting their continued influence on audiences and artists alike.

Apr 8 – May 18. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $37-$72. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

Opening at the Fowler on Earth Day, Earth Matters is the first major exhibition to examine the conceptually complex and visually rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, walk, and frame their days.

Apr 23 – Sep 14. Fowler Museum. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Philip Glass Ensemble: Music in Twelve Parts


One of the most revolutionary works of composer Philip Glass’ oeuvre comes to Los Angeles for the first time. Music in Twelve Parts, an epic performance work composed by Glass for his acclaimed ensemble between 1971- 1974, is simultaneously a massive theoretical exercise and a deeply engrossing work of art.

May 3 / Sat/ 5 PM. Royce Hall. Tickets: $25-$95 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Guys and Dolls

Gamblers, showgirls and missionaries find love and luck in this musical theater classic performed by the undergraduate students in the School of Theater, Film and Television’s Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program.

May 22 – 24, 27 – 31/ 2 & 8 PM. Freud Playhouse. Tickets: $26. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

The Faith of Beethoven: A Musical Journey of Hope

In a festive evening of grand scale, brought to life by more than 250 performers, the Angeles Chorale joins with the UCLA Chorale and UCLA Philharmonia to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C, Op. 86; Choral Fantasia, Op. 80; and Hallelujah Chorus, from the Mount of Olives.

Jun 7 / Sat / 8 PM. Royce Hall. Tickets: $24-$46. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Made in L.A.

Made in L.A., organized by the Hammer Museum, is an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions, focused on artwork created in the Los Angeles region by emerging and overlooked artists. Made in L.A. 2014 will be installed in every gallery of the museum and debuts recent work and new painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography, and performances created specifically for the exhibition. There are 11 major new commissions for the exhibition and every artist has received an honorarium.

Jun 15 – Sep 7. Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

An Evening with David Sedaris

Back by popular demand, David Sedaris returns to Royce Hall for another winning evening at the podium featuring anecdotes, works-in-progress and readings from recent and popular books. Sedaris is a perennial crowd-pleaser whose unassuming charm and wry humor have won him legions of avid readers worldwide.

Jun 24 / Tues / 8 PM. Royce Hall. Tickets: $30-$80 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

An All-Shakespeare Season

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars and live oaks of Topanga Canyon. The 2014 five-play repertory season has something for everyone, including unique Theatricum twists on King Lear and All’s Well That Ends Well; Shakespeare’s much-beloved Much Ado About Nothing; the company’s annual, signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Equivocation, the award-winning play by Bill Cain.

Jun 7 – Oct 4 / Times vary / $25-$50 / For details on showtimes, call (310) 455-3723 / Or visit website: