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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:


Women’s Sand Volleyball: UCLA vs. USC


UCLA’s inaugural season of sand volleyball, under the tutelage of Head Coach Stein Metzger, included a number of firsts: the first pairs win by freshmen Rachel Inouye and Maddy Klineman; the first match victory against Loyola Marymount; and the first two pairs to reach Nationals (Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves and sophomore Zoë Nightingale and freshman Becca Strehlow). Four of those six athletes return this season, which includes an early April clash with LMU and USC. Led by juniors Nightingale and Karsta Lowe, the squad will also participate in the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge April 12 and 13 in Hermosa Beach.

Apr 3 / Thurs / 4:30 PM. Merle Norman Stadium at USC. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Cal and Stanford

UCLA’s men’s tennis team enters the 2014 season where they left off in 2013 — ranked No. 2 in the nation. They are led by Clay Thompson, the first Bruin to be ranked as the nation’s No. 1 singles player since Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006. Thompson is joined in the preseason rankings by four other UCLA singles players and one doubles team, including Marcos Giron (No. 11), Mackenzie McDonald (No. 62), Karue Sell (No. 64) and Gage Brymer (No. 120). Giron and McDonald are also ranked No. 10 in doubles. The match against Cal features two teams ranked in the national Top 20. The Friday match begins at 1:30 p.m.; the Saturday match, at 1 p.m.

Apr 4 -5 / Fri – Sat. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Women’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. Stanford

Last year, UCLA Head Coach Brandon Brooks’ women’s water polo team entered the postseason ranked third in the country and finished true to form, capturing third place with a 13-8 win over sixth-ranked Hawai’i — their third straight, third-place finish. Brooks’ 2014 squad is loaded with talent, including Rachel Fattal, the MPSF Newcomer of the Year who was named to the ACWPC first team; Sami Hill, who was named to the second team; Emily Donohoe, third team; and Alys Williams, honorable mention. The Stanford Cardinal, the 2013 runner-ups, travel to Westwood for what could be a preview of the national finals.

Apr 11 / Fri / 1:30 PM. Spieker Aquatics Center. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Women’s Tennis: UCLA vs. USC

Junior Robin Anderson is the player to watch as she enters the season ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Also ranked in singles for UCLA to start the season are Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 9), Jennifer Brady (No. 24) and Kyle McPhillips (tied at No. 36). At press time, UCLA was ranked No. 2 while USC was at No. 9.

Apr 18 / Fri / 12:30 PM. Los Angeles Tennis Center. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

UCLA Football Spring Showcase


For UCLA football fans, the annual spring game is the sole oasis of action between last season’s bowl game and next season’s opener. This year’s spring scrimmage will be the most anticipated in memory as a loaded Bruin squad tries to ride the momentum of last season’s 10-3 record toward a Pac-12 title. Jim Mora’s team returns eight starters on defense and nine more on offense, including quarterback Brett Hundley, who eschewed the NFL draft for another season in Westwood.

Apr 26 / Sat / 5 PM. Location StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 on day of event. Free for UCLA students and children 2 and under. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. Stanford

The 2014 edition of Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez’s softball squad has 17 returning letter-winners, including seven of nine position starters and all three starting pitchers from a 40-win team a year ago. Among them are junior All-American Stephany LaRosa and her classmates, Paige McDuffee and Mysha Sataraka, who, as part of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team, picked up silver medals last summer. Friday’s game is at 7 p.m.; Saturday’s is at 3 p.m.; and Sunday’s is at 12 p.m.

May 2 – 4 / Fri – Sun. Easton Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for kids 2 and under. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Track and Field: UCLA vs. USC

For this dual meet in May, much will be new in Westwood, including UCLA’s coaches (John Frazier for the men, John Henry Johnson for the women) and the running track at Drake Stadium, where a new, blue Mondo surface replaces the old, red Tartan track. UCLA senior thrower Julian Wruck is on the men’s 2014 Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, an annual award that recognizes the top collegiate athletes in track and field.

May 4 / Sun / 9 AM. Drake Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for children 2 and under. Phone: (310) UCLA-WIN. Web:

Baseball: UCLA vs. Oregon


When the Oregon Ducks travel to Westwood for the Bruins’ last home stand of the season, both dugouts should have a handle on exactly what kind of team they’ve got heading into the postseason. At press time, Oregon ranked No. 6 in the preseason polls while UCLA, the defending national champs, held down the No. 15 spot. The Ducks return six starting position players from their 2013 team, which finished 48-16 and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. On the mound, they are led by a pair of preseason All-Americans, Garrett Cleavinger and Cole Irvin. UCLA Head Coach John Savage has a quartet of All-Americans of his own, including two relievers, record-setting closer David Berg and James Kaprielian; southpaw starter Grant Watson; and infielder Kevin Kramer. Starting times are Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 12 p.m.

May 16 – 18/ Fri – Sun. Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for children 2 and under. For information: Call (310) UCLA-WIN or visit

UCLA Summer Camps

UCLA Recreation offers a full schedule of summer camps for kids of every age, from tots to teens. Get your kids away from the TV and video games and give them a UCLA experience this summer. UCLA Recreation member discounts available.

Registration now open; visit Phone: (310) 825-3701. Email:

Spring Break at Bruin Woods

Spend quality time with your family over spring break in a truly spectacular setting. Enjoy crisp mountain air, crackling fireplaces, beautiful family-style accommodations, delicious meals and fun-filled activities.

Adults: $475, Children through 10th grade: $250, Children under 3: Free. Web:

Spring Sing Tickets on Sale


Join fellow alumni and students in Pauley Pavilion for UCLA’s greatest musical tradition at Spring Sing 2014. Spring Sing tickets go on sale April 15.

May 16 / Fri / 8 PM. Web:

Get Social with UCLA Alumni!

Get connected with UCLA Alumni and join the conversation on social media. Like UCLA Alumni on Facebook, follow @uclaalumni on Twitter and uclaalumni on Instagram, and join the official UCLA Alumni group on LinkedIn, open to all degree-holders.

Nachos and Networking

Whether you’re looking for a way to expand your professional network or seeking opportunities to meet alumni contacts as you embark on your career, UCLA Alumni’s Nachos and Networking events are for you. Last year, more than 1,000 Bruins met at Nachos and Networking events throughout Southern California from the San Fernando Valley to San Diego to meet old friends, network with new colleagues and give advice to young alumni. Nachos and Networking provides all Bruins with a comfortable and casual context to meet other alumni and learn about opportunities with Bruin Professionals, their local alumni networks and the UCLA Fund. There are growing regional alumni networks throughout California, the U.S. and the world. Bruins at all stages of life and career are welcome at Nachos and Networking. The events offer a great opportunity to discover how Bruins are contributing to their communities and professions. To see photos from last year’s Nachos and Networking events or to learn networking tips, check out the Nachos and Networking Advice photo album on UCLA Alumni’s Facebook page. Information and event details will be emailed to alumni in the spring.

For more information about the programs mentioned, visit: Bruin Professionals: UCLA Alumni Regional Networks: The UCLA Fund: