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Spring 2017 Happenings

Published Apr 1, 2017 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Photo by Dorothy Darr.

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Featuring Bill Frisell with Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz and special guest Lucinda Williams

Critics say Charles Lloyd has never sounded better. The depth of his expression reflects a lifetime of experience. With this group of musicians, expect a hybrid of free jazz, rock and Americana. With the addition of Lucinda Williams, the group speaks directly to the current national predicament. While in a groove of hope and joy, the music challenges the darker side of authority. The New York Times says, “Mr. Lloyd has come up with a strange and beautiful distillation of the American experience, part abandoned and wild, part immensely controlled and sophisticated.”

APR. 14 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert

Enduring Splendor focuses on the rich and diverse silver jewelry traditions of India’s Thar Desert region. The exhibition will present these traditions against the background of the 5,000-year history of jewelry-making across the Indian subcontinent. On view will be important sculptures and paintings borrowed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to demonstrate the profusion and variety of jewelry worn by Hindu gods and goddesses in ancient times and by maharajas and maharanis from the 17th to early 19th centuries. Drawing on recent field research in the city of Jaisalmer, a thriving center of contemporary jewelry production, Enduring Splendor will explore for the first time the life and work of four sonis (silversmiths or goldsmiths).

FEB. 19–JUNE 18, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Hammer Projects: Andrea Bowers

As a prominent advocate for the potentialities of both political activism and artistic practice, Andrea Bowers is at the forefront of conversations that illuminate issues raised by the current political climate. This installation addresses the function of art in today’s political context and the fundamental need for artists to remain politically active and engaged as participants in a broader field of dissent.

MAR. 11–JULY 16, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Photo courtesy of Gilles Touré, photo by Don Cole.

African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style

African-Print Fashion Now! introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse African dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. All feature the colorful, boldly designed, manufactured cotton textiles known as “African-print cloth.”

MAR. 26–JULY 30, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

The Legend of Georgia McBride

After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain’t nothing but a drag queen.

APR. 4–MAY 14, 2017. Location: Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $32-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Nels Cline: Music from Lovers

Guitar explorer Nels Cline is best known as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental — is well into its fourth decade, with more than 160 recordings, including at least 30 as bandleader. Rolling Stone anointed him as both one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. This all-new project (supporting Cline’s next album release, Lovers) amasses a 17-piece band of some of Cline’s most gifted collaborators.

Photo by Susana Millman.

APR. 8 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma

Renowned santoor player Rahul Sharma and one of the finest tabla players in the world, Zakir Hussain, are teaming up again. The two virtuosos, beloved in India and around the world, have collaborated before on several projects, including a live recording. Hussain’s playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. Sharma is one of India’s most prolific musicians, with more than 60 released albums spanning a career of 15 years.

APR. 29 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:


Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse.

Amber and Tom, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy. If unspoken, can it be called consent? Anna Ziegler, a playwright The New York Times calls “newly (and justly) hot,” investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in and the three sides to every story.

MAY 2–JUNE 11, 2017. Location: Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Tickets: $60-$82. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions

In recent years, the Hammer has reaffirmed its commitment to building a collection focused, in part, on the art of the past decade, with an emphasis on Los Angeles. Within the scope of its collecting, the Hammer seeks to narrate a history of the city’s artistic legacies and the relationships these have to the broader field of global contemporary art through a range of media, paying close attention to film/video and works on paper. This exhibition highlights recent acquisitions in the Hammer Museum’s collection.

MAY 21–AUG. 27, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:


Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “What if ...?” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is.”

JUNE 6–JULY 16, 2017. Location: Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $32-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Photo by Richard Quinton.

Women’s Water Polo: UCLA vs. USC

UCLA’s women’s water polo team has won 11 national championships and is annually one of the top teams in the nation. The 2016 edition finished third in the NCAA tournament, a disappointing conclusion when you expect to finish at the top. The expectations for this season are no exception; Brandon Brooks’ squad ranks third in the polls at press time behind rivals Stanford and USC. Crucial to the Bruins’ success is freshman attacker Maddie Musselman, who spent last summer representing the U.S. in the Olympics, scoring 12 goals in Rio. Key returnees are senior Mackenzie Barr, who was a first-team All-MPSF and an NCAA All-Tournament first-team selection last year. Sophomore Lizette Rozeboom earned a selection to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team last year. Barr, junior Devin Grab, senior Kelsey O’Brien and redshirt senior Alexa Tielmann all earned All-America selections. UCLA closes the regular season against USC.

APR. 22 / SAT / 1 P.M. Location: Spieker Aquatics Center. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. Oregon

UCLA softball won 40 games in 2016, a fine season for most but perhaps a bit below expectations for a team coming off consecutive 50-win campaigns, while finishing the year ranked 13th was again unexpected for a program with 12 national titles. Leading the way in 2017 are a pair of U.S. Women’s National Team players, sophomore Paige Halstead and senior Delaney Spaulding. Halstead was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2016, while Spaulding was named an NFCA Second Team All-American and All-Pac-12 First Team. She led the team with 17 home runs and 61 runs batted in. All three of the Bruins’ top pitchers return for the 2017 campaign, including 19-game winner junior Selina Ta’amilo, 15-game winner junior Johanna Grauer and redshirt senior Paige McDuffee, who led the team in ERA. In this home stand, the Bruins face the Oregon Ducks, who finished the 2016 season ranked in the Top Ten.

APR. 7-9 / FRI-SUN / 7 P.M., 7 P.M., 2 P.M. Location: Easton Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/ student (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Utah

Freshman Ena Shibahara is proving to be a singles and doubles threat for the Bruins. Photo by Don Liebig.

The Bruins opened the 2017 women’s tennis season in an unfamiliar position: ranked outside the top 15 for the first time since 2009. One of the keys to the team’s returning to its championship form (they won the national title in 2008 and 2014) will be the play of freshman Ena Shibahara, ranked fourth in the nation in singles at press time and, along with fellow freshman Jada Hart, ninth in doubles. Shibahara had a terrific fall season, culminating in a national championship at the 2016 Oracle ITA Masters. She also had a great showing at the 2016 Riviera/ ITA All-American Women’s Championships, where she lost in the finals.

APR. 8 / SAT / 1:30 P.M. Location: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. USC

Junior quarterback Josh Rosen is back after recovering from a shoulder injury last season. Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

UCLA’s men’s tennis team went 24-2 in matches last season, including a perfect 11-0 mark at home. Along the way, they won the Pac-12 title and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, where the then-ranked No. 2 Bruins fell to No. 10 Oklahoma in Tulsa. The 2017 team is off to another hot start, at press time ranked sixth in the nation. With a goal of winning a national title, Head Coach Billy Martin looks to his singles line-up to lead the way, telling the Daily Bruin, “I think we have good depth in our singles. We don’t have a real weakness in any of our spots in the singles line-up.” Key returnees for UCLA include seniors Gage Brymer (who was 20-8 in 2016 and has already notched a conference Player of the Week honor) and Joseph Di Giulio (26-12 last year in singles, 24-12 in doubles). Junior Martin Redlicki, an All-American doubles player last season, is also back.

APR. 21 / FRI / 3 P.M. Location: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

UCLA Spring Football Showcase

The annual UCLA Spring Football Showcase offers fans one last chance to check out the team before practice begins in August. Set up more like an elaborate practice session than a competitive game, the showcase offers an enjoyable and optimistic preview of the season to come. This year’s edition offers an opportunity for fans to get a preview of what new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has planned; it’s also a chance to check out junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who missed much of 2016 with a shoulder injury. The event will also be the first time fans will get a glimpse of the two jewels of the 2017 recruiting class: Jaelan Phillips, the nation’s No. 1 prep defensive end, and Darnay Holmes, the No. 1 cornerback.

Date, location, time: TBA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS

Courtesy of UCLA Alumni.

Interview With a Bruin

The job interview is the most crucial part of the job hunt. To give students a cutting edge, Interview With a Bruin pairs experienced alumni with UCLA students to help them sharpen their interview skills. Alumni conduct mock interviews and give students valuable feedback and professional advice. Volunteering takes only a few hours and can make a positive impact on a student’s life. The event is also a great opportunity to network with other professional alumni from a variety of fields and outstanding students. Stick around for a reception immediately following the second round of interviews.

APR. 25 / TUES / 5:30–9 P.M. Location: James West Alumni Center & Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Web: .

Rose Bowl Bruins Annual Day at the Races

Dust off your most dapper duds and don a fabulous chapeau, because the Rose Bowl Bruins Annual Day at the Races is fast approaching. Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day in style at the beautiful and historic Santa Anita Park with fellow Bruins. Enjoy fashion, food and fun as the Rose Bowl Bruins take off to the races!

MAY 6 / SAT / GATES OPEN AT 10:30 A.M., LUNCH AT 11:30 A.M., FIRST POST AT NOON. Location: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007. Contact:

Social Enterprise Academy Final Showcase

Want to experience student programming at its finest? Join other Bruins at the Sixth Annual UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Final Showcase and Pitch Competition, hosted by the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, Partnership UCLA and the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship. Watch student teams representing local community organizations pitch innovative business ventures for more than $30,000 in cash prizes!

JUNE 9 / FRI / 3 P.M. Location: Northwest Campus Auditorium, UCLA. Contact: Register:

It’s Time for Spring Sing

Every year, Spring Sing draws thousands of students, celebrities and alumni to Pauley Pavilion for a night of spectacular entertainment. So be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, May 19, and come experience the musical, comedic and performance talents of your fellow Bruins at Spring Sing 2017.

Spring Sing has a long, star-studded history that reaches back to the early days of the university. Originating in 1945 under the direction of William Ackerman, Spring Sing began as a singing competition among fraternities held in Royce Hall. However, the event quickly gained popularity in the community and overflowed into the historic Hollywood Bowl. After a brief hiatus, Spring Sing was revived by an ambitious group of students in 1978 and was finally adopted by the UCLA Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association in 1986.

Today, Spring Sing is a full-fledged entertainment showcase with laugh-out-loud comedy, acrobatic dance performances and musical talent that could rival any Top 40 artist. Spring Sing now hosts more than 15 artists who are grouped into six different categories: solo, duet, a cappella, band, production and exhibition. Rounding out the event is Company, a comedy troupe that cracks up the audience between artist performances with sidesplitting skits, songs and parodies. The group has become a Spring Sing staple and audience favorite. Check out Company’s videos and past Spring Sing performances at

Throughout its history, Spring Sing has attracted celebrities and high-profile alumni who attend the event as spectators, judges and masters of ceremonies. In 1952, Ronald Reagan served as a guest judge and master of ceremonies, a position he held for six consecutive years. Actors Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), as well as Grammy Award-winner Paula Abdul, have all participated in Spring Sing as special celebrity judges. Notable Bruins such as Sean Astin ’97 and Saturday Night Live’s Nasim Pedrad have also returned to their alma mater to act as guest judges.

In addition to student performances, the distinguished George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement is presented at the annual event. Established by the Student Alumni Association in 1988, the Gershwin Award is given to an artist or musical group for their contribution to American music. Past award recipients include Ella Fitzgerald (1989), Tom Petty (1996), Stevie Wonder (2002), Julie Andrews (2009) and Anthony Kiedis (2015), who stunned the audience with an impromptu and intimate acoustic musical performance. In 2016, the Gershwin Award went to rock ’n’ roll legends The Who.

Yet Spring Sing would not be possible without those working behind the scenes. Each year, a committee from the Student Alumni Association (SAA) is responsible for the organization and execution of Spring Sing. The opportunity to host such a professional and large event gives SAA students firsthand experience in project management, marketing, business relations and more. From selecting talent to selling tickets, the SAA student committee oversees the success of this one-night-only event.

The stage is currently being set, the talent is warming up and soon the curtain will rise on one of UCLA’s oldest and most dazzling traditions. To buy tickets or to get a sneak peek at who will be rocking Pauley in May, visit Questions about Spring Sing? Send an e-mail to