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Spring 2016 Happenings

Published Apr 1, 2016 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events


Made in L.A., photo by Shahryar Nashat.

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only

This biennial Hammer Museum series is back for its third run, featuring local artists from different disciplines, including dance, fashion, literature, music, film and performance. Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions.

JUNE 12 – AUG. 28. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.

Phantom Limb Company: Memory Rings

Memory Rings is a performance inspired by the “Methuselah Tree,” a California bristlecone pine estimated to be more than 4,800 years old; it is under this tree’s watchful gaze that the story of environmental change unfolds. The theatrical collage uses fairy tale, fable, puppetry, choreography, original music and striking visual design to present 5,000 years of human impact on nature.

APR. 8, APR. 9 / 8 P.M. Location: Freud Playhouse. Tickets: $29-$49. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.

José Montoya’s Abundant Harvest: Works on Paper/Works on Life

Highly regarded for his contributions as an artist, educator and activist, José Montoya (1932–2013) was a pivotal figure in the Chicano movement. José Montoya’s Abundant Harvest honors the artist’s life and work with a comprehensive survey that includes nearly 2,000 drawings, along with paintings, poems, sketchbooks, video footage, music and other ephemera. Montoya often found inspiration in the verdant fields of the San Joaquin Valley and in the farming towns and port cities of postwar California. Alive and pulsating with the bebop rhythms of pachucos and pachucas, the beatnik scene in the Bay Area, and sailors on leave, the drawings show how Montoya captured the spirit of the times and documented some of the most important civil rights and labor movements of the 20th century.

FEB. 21 – JULY 17. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.


Anoushka Shankar, photo by Jamie-James Medina.

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar is one of the foremost sitarists in the world today. Throughout her youth, she studied classical Indian music under her father, Ravi Shankar, the legendary performer and composer. In her 20s, after establishing herself as a successful classical sitar player, she began to experiment in composition. Her work mixes Indian music with a variety of genres, including flamenco, jazz, electronic and Western classical. She will be joined in this performance by Manu Delago on the Hang drum, Tom Farmer on acoustic bass and keyboards/piano, and Sanjeev Shankar on the shehnai (double reed oboe) and live electronics.

APR. 13 / WED / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $19-$69. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.

Untitled, Derek DelGaudio

Magician Derek DelGaudio returns to the Geffen in a world debut of his new magic show, Untitled. His practice took off after a joint show at the Magic Castle with Helder Guimarães, then continued in Nothing to Hide, which was directed by Neil Patrick Harris at the Geffen Playhouse.

MAY 3 – JUNE 12. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $60-$82. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Carousel, a play featuring Broadway actress Linda Kerns and undergraduate acting students from the UCLA TFT Department of Theater, tells the story of the 19th century carnival barker Billy Bigelow and his attempts to right the wrongs he committed years earlier.

MAY 6 – 7, MAY 10 – 14 / 8 P.M. Location: Freud Playhouse. Tickets: $22. Phone: (310) 825–2101. Web: www.tft.ucla.edu.

Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging

Art of the Austronesians explores the arts and cultures of the Austronesian peoples — from their prehistoric origins in what is now Taiwan through their successive seafaring migrations into the Philippines, Indonesia, the Pacific and beyond. With approximately 200 works on view, the exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the cultures of the descendants of these voyaging peoples.

APR. 24 – AUG. 14. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.

Big Sky

Five-star amenities and family fallout are on the itinerary as Jack races to land a life-changing deal during an Aspen getaway. But wide-open spaces offer no place to hide as Jack’s family fails to keep the truth and elements at bay.

JUNE 7 – JULY 17. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $32-$82. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events


Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Baseball: UCLA vs. Oregon

Baseball America ranks UCLA 10th in its preseason poll, and when one considers that this is very much a rebuilding year, it reads like a tribute to the overall strength of the program John Savage has put together in Westwood. The Bruins must replace a number of key players, including shortstop Kevin Kramer, starters James Kaprielian and Grant Watson, and record-setting closer David Berg. Junior right-hander Grant Dyer makes the move from the bullpen to starter, while sophomore right-hander Griffin Canning looks to build on an exceptional freshman season. Berg’s replacement is expected to be freshman Brian Gadsby. Once again, the Bruins will rely on pitching and defense, as their top three home-run hitters have all moved on. Luke Persico, the new third baseman, is the leading HR hitter returning. The Oregon Ducks, ranked 14th in Baseball America’s preseason poll, should be a great midseason test for the Bruins.

APR. 21-23 / THURS-SAT / 7 P.M., 7 P.M., 1 P.M. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $12 All-Bruin Dugout Club; $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Stanford, Cal

UCLA’s men’s tennis team defines consistency; it is the only team to make the NCAA Round of 16 every year since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999. And since Head Coach Billy Martin has lost only one player from last year’s team, that streak should continue — though surely Martin seeks more than a Sweet 16 in ’16. UCLA returns stalwarts junior Mackenzie McDonald and sophomore Martin Redlicki, who will lead in singles and pair in doubles, along with senior Karue Sell and junior Gage Brymer. Sophomore Logan Staggs, a transfer from Northwestern, fills out the “starting five.”

APR. 1-2 / FRI-SAT / 3 P.M. Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center, UCLA. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Women’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. Arizona State


In November, UCLA topped USC, 4-3, to take first place in the annual Collegiate Cup, and UCLA Head Coach Brandon Brooks no doubt hopes the result portends a successful 2016 season for his team. At press time, Brooks’ team ranked right where they were when last season ended — at No. 2 in the nation, behind Stanford. Juniors Mackenzie Barr, an Honorable Mention All-American in 2015, and Ashley Zwirner are among those Brooks is counting on to lead the offense.

APR. 15 / FRI / 3:30 P.M. Location: Spieker Aquatics Center, UCLA. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

UCLA Spring Football Showcase

The annual UCLA Spring Football Showcase offers fans one last chance to check out the team before it goes into hibernation for the off-season. Functioning more like a practice session than an actual game, the event nonetheless offers an enjoyable preview of the season to come. Among the things to look for is who will step up in the absence of star running back Paul Perkins, and who will emerge as quarterback Josh Rosen’s go-to receivers after the departures of Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte. Five-star recruit Mique Juarez, a linebacker from North Torrance High School, is expected to enroll in time to participate in spring ball, with the showcase the first chance for fans to see him in blue and gold.

APR. 23 / SAT / 11:30 A.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Softball: UCLA vs. Arizona State

Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez’s Bruins are returning 14 letter-winners from a 2015 team that went 51-12, finished second in the Pac-12 and advanced to the Women’s College World Series. So it’s no real surprise the team is ranked 7th in the national preseason polls and 2nd in the Pac. Two All-Americans return in 2016: senior Allexis Bennett and junior Delaney Spaulding.

APR. 29-30, MAY 1 / FRI-SUN / 5 P.M., 7 P.M., 12 P.M. Location: Easton Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/student (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. giving a speech at UCLA in 1965.

UCLA ONE (Opportunity.Network.Experience)

UCLA’s exclusive online community connects Bruins worldwide to provide exclusive job leads for a wide variety of industries and career levels; peer-to-peer career advice (everything from résumé reviews and informational interviews to job shadows and industry introductions); career development (information about career events and programs); and networking — a unique opportunity to network within the UCLA community.

Web: www.uclaone.com.

The Affiliates of UCLA Spring Reception

As a cultural bridge from the community to UCLA, The Affiliates of UCLA offer access to the university’s excellence. UCLA Men’s Soccer Head Coach Jorge Salcedo, in his 12th season with the team, and UCLA Women’s Soccer Head Coach Amanda Cromwell, who coached the women’s team to its first NCAA Championship in 2013, will speak at this dinner reception.

APR. 14 / THURS / 4:30-8 P.M. Location: Calif. Room, Faculty Center. Contact: Juliana Alvarez, jalvarez@support.ucla.edu, (310) 825-6338.

2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Day: “All Labor Has Dignity”

Join UCLA Black Alumni as they co-sponsor this event commemorating the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic visit and speech at UCLA in 1965. At noon, there will be a rebroadcast of King’s speech and other speakers at Meyerhoff Park. In the afternoon and evening, there will be film screenings, including Concussion.

APR. 26 / TUES / 12 P.M. Admission: TBA. Location: UCLA Campus. Contact: Vusisizwe Azania, vazania@CPO.ucla.edu.

15th Annual UCLA Alumni Day at the Races

Dust off your most dapper duds and don your most fabulous chapeau. Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day at beautiful Santa Anita Park with fellow Bruins. Registration includes general admission, a racing program, a buffet luncheon, games and prizes. Lunch is served at noon; the program ends at 3 p.m.

MAY 7 / SAT / 10:30 A.M. Admission: TBA. Location: Santa Anita Park and Racetrack, Picnic Circle #1, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91066. Contact: rosebowlbruins@alumni.ucla.edu. Web: www.alumni.ucla.edu/alumninetworks/rose-bowl-bruins.

UCLA Social Enterprise Academy: Venture Competition and Showcase

This six-month social entrepreneurship program partners UCLA students with social ventures to develop earned-income opportunities and to make presentations to potential investors. Come hear the pitches and vote for an audience favorite and award up to $5,000.

JUNE 3 / FRI / Time TBA. Location: De Neve Auditorium. Web: www.partnership.ucla.edu/seacademy.

More Reasons Than Ever to Stay Connected

UCLA Alumni Association members are UCLA degree holders, UCLA Extension certificate holders, UCLA Medical Center residents and others in the UCLA community — 525,000 persons strong. Members are entitled to a breadth of useful benefits, including access to the exclusive UCLA Alumni LinkedIn group, and UCLA Recreation eligibility with the registration fee waived. Membership also includes an increasing number of conveniences, such as the ability to print your membership card off the website and to view your member number and other information online. Access to your membership information is now easier than ever! All members receive these benefits, and many more, at no cost.

Members who make a financial contribution to support UCLA Alumni Scholarships or the association itself receive additional benefits and a 100% tax deduction. This generosity allows UCLA Alumni Scholars the continued pursuit of their dreams and gives the association the opportunity to offer engaging events, services, benefits and discounts. As of January, the number of Gold Members (who make a one-time investment of $1,000) had grown to 771 — including 388 Life Members who upgraded — and the number of Blue Members (those who make an annual $100 contribution) had increased to 6,772. We continue to honor our Legacy Life Members, who make up 80,295 of the association family. For a full list of alumni events in your area and member benefits, visit www.alumni.ucla.edu.

Members of the community have shared thoughts about their experiences and the new membership model. One alumnus wrote, “Despite living more than 100 miles away, I still feel part of the Bruin family.” Another wrote, “I am a new member. It was a great idea to open up membership to all alumni. It has allowed me the opportunity to explore the benefits. I am amazed at all of the programs available. We are definitely looking forward to attending Bruin Woods and summer programs in the future.”

The UCLA Alumni Membership team is constantly working with campus partners — including the UCLA Library, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, UCLA Extension and ASUCLA — to enhance benefit offerings. They also work closely with other University of California campuses to develop new reciprocal benefits. There is much to explore and much to look forward to.

Share your ideas on what other benefits you would like by emailing the membership team at member@support.ucla.edu.