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Spring 2015 Happenings


Published Apr 1, 2015 8:00 AM

Arts & Entertainment


Courtesy of the UCLA Film & TV Archive

Hammer Projects: Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio

Bon’s immersive sonic work, The Catch, 2015, imbues the gallery with deep aural impressions, triggering a physical sensation in viewers and a visual response as shadow waves sweep across the floor, a reflection of a water lens suspended above visitors’ heads.

MAR. 8 -MAY 10. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

The Power of Duff

Charlie Duff’s nightly newscast makes him a voice to be heard, so why isn’t his teenage son listening? When an on-air prayer for his father goes viral, Duff is at the center of a firestorm over God’s place in the newsroom. When his prayers turn prophetic, he gains the power to reach everyone — except his son.

APR. 7-MAY 17. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $37–$77. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

‘When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend’: U.S. Grant and the Surrender at Appomattox

UCLA history professor Joan Waugh, who is the author of an authoritative, biography of Civil War general and two-term president U.S. Grant is giving a public speech on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War – on the actual anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox. Joan Waugh’s lecture is part of the CLAFI series commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial and will occur precisely on the 150th anniversary of the surrender.

THU / APR 9 / 7:30 PM. Law School Room 1447. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-5148. Web:

William A. Wellman, Hollywood Rebel

Wellman directed war films, comedies, domestic dramas, Westerns, social-problem films and crime films — including cinematic landmarks Wings (1927), The Public Enemy (1931), A Star Is Born (1937) and The Ox-Bow Incident (1943).

APR. 10 - JUNE 28. Billy Wilder Theater. Admission: $9, $8 UCLA alumni, free for UCLA students with ID. Phone: (310) 206-8013. Web:

Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments

Photos by Jo Farb Hernández document the monumental art environments of eight self-taught artists from Spain. In sculptures, gardens and buildings, these sites developed organically sans architectural or engineering plans.

APR. 12 - SEPT. 6. Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

An Evening with Gilberto Gil: Gilbertos Samba


Courtesy of the Fowler Museum

Singer, guitarist, composer and diplomat Gil has played a key role in the modernization of Brazilian culture worldwide. This evening’s program focuses on the jazzy, urbane bossa nova of cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, in tribute to recording artist and father of the form João Gilberto.

APR. 18 / SAT / 8 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $29–$79 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ — Solo Organ Improvisations

The organ was Zorn’s first instrument, and in 2011 the saxophone great surprised his fans by initiating a series of solo organ concerts in churches. The music has a spiritual mood that only a huge pipe organ like Royce Hall’s can create.

,i>MAY 2 / SAT / 8 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $29–$69 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Making Strange: Gagawaka + Postmortem by Vivan Sundaram

Making Strange presents recent work by Delhi-based contemporary artist Vivan Sundaram, a founding member of Sahmat and a veteran of socially engaged art. Using modernist avant-garde aesthetic strategies, high fashion, recycled materials and pop-culture references, Sundaram invites us to contemplate the fragility of the body as well as the possibilities for representing the human figure within the conditions of our globalized world.

APR. 19 - SEPT. 6. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Hammer Projects: Mary Reid Kelley

Painter Kelley creates narrative videos within her own black-andwhite drawings. Working with videographer Patrick Kelley, her characters — usually played by her — move through scenery and speak in poetic verse.

MAY 23 - SEPT. 27. Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Murder for Two

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small-town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney, and the writer is killed. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills — with the help of his silent partner, Lou. A hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist.

MAY 27 - JULY 7. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $57–$72. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: