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Spring 2018 Happenings

Published Mar 14, 2018 2:45 PM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events


Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

Made in L.A. 2018

The fourth iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition continues to highlight the practices of artists working throughout the Los Angeles area. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalog, as well as a full roster of free public programming.

JUNE 3 - SEPT. 2. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: hammer.ucla.edu.

Design Showcase West

Design Showcase West (DSW), created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of students graduating from the nation’s top university design programs. Studio executives, film and television producers, theater artistic directors and professional designers attend DSW to meet the industry’s rising stars.

JUNE 2 / SAT / 9 A.M.. Location: Freud Playhouse. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 206-2736. Web: tft.ucla.edu.

Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

This large-scale, episodic painting cycle explores an overarching theme of feminism throughout southern Africa and considers the consequences of dividing labor practices by gender.

THROUGH JULY 1. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: fowler.ucla.edu.

Lost Landscapes of New York

Film historian and archivist Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of New York mixes home movies by New Yorkers, tourists and semi-professional cinematographers with outtakes from feature films and background “process plates” picturing granular details of New York’s cityscape.

MAR. 31 / SAT / 7:30 P.M.. Location: Billy Wilder Theater. Admission: $10; free for UCLA students. Phone: (310) 206-8013. Web: cinema.ucla.edu.


Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion: Dearest Home

In collaboration with the members of Abraham.In.Motion, choreographer Kyle Abraham entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, behavior and all things visual to create an avenue for personal investigation that can be explored on stage.

APR. 5-7 / THURS - SAT / 3 P.M., 8 P.M. Location: Freud Playhouse. Admission: $59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: cap.ucla.edu.

Eighth Blackbird featuring Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy)

Four-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird and singer-songwriter Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy) will perform a set of original songs, including Frederic Rzewski’s iconic Coming Together, a piece whose text was taken directly from a letter written by Attica prison inmate Sam Melville in 1971.

APR. 21 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: $59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: cap.ucla.edu.


Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

Ann Hamilton and SITI Company: the theater is a blank page

The world-renowned SITI Company is lauded for its innovation and the creation of new forms of theater that challenge accepted norms and defy classification. Their latest work, the theater is a blank page, is a collaboration with celebrated visual artist Ann Hamilton.

APR. 28 - MAY 12 / 2 P.M., 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Admission: $19; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: cap.ucla.edu.

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

A single mother discovers that her ten-year-old daughter is a tennis phenom. When a young, dedicated coach takes Carlin under his wing, her meteoric rise takes shape, and this threesome struggles over what is best when building up a champion.

JUNE 19 - JULY 29. Location: Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater . Tickets: $60 - $85. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events


Photos courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Men’s Volleyball: UCLA vs. Brigham Young

Men’s volleyball had the deck seemingly stacked against them at the start of the 2018 season: They finished 2017 with a 17-10 record and failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, even though they were ranked sixth. The team also lost middle blocker Mitch Stahl, who graduated and is now playing for the U.S. national team. This year, however, the No. 2-ranked Bruins are on a tear — they recently defeated two-time defending national champion Ohio State, marking Coach John Speraw’s 300th career win in the process. They’ll take on the No. 7-ranked Cougars in their last home match of the season.

APR. 7 / SAT / 7 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/student (general admission); children 2 and under free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Stanford

Last year, UCLA made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA national championships before losing to Georgia. This year, the team continues to be strong, recently winning a spot in the National Men’s Team Indoor Championships. UCLA has two fan favorites returning this year: junior Maxime Cressy and senior Martin Redlicki, who was named the No. 1 overall player in the Oracle/ITA Division I men’s national singles rankings. The March 30 match against Stanford is sure to be an exciting one — UCLA currently ranks seventh in the country, while Stanford ranks fifth.

MAR. 30 / FRI / 3 P.M. Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center. Tickets: Free . Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Women’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Arizona


Sophomore Ena Shibahara.

For 15 straight years, the UCLA women’s tennis team made it to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, but that record was broken two seasons ago. Health has been an ongoing issue for the women’s team, but with sophomore Ena Shibahara and junior Alaina Miller back on track after recovering from illness, the No. 13-ranked Bruins are feeling strong and ready to take on the Wildcats.

APR. 14 / SAT / 12 P.M. Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center. Tickets: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Football: Spring Game

The Chip Kelly era of UCLA football is right around the corner, as the UCLA football team begins spring practice in early March, culminating with the annual Spring Game. In addition to getting a preview of the 2018 team, fans will also get a chance to meet the players after the game. The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, which is located in the J.D. Morgan Center, will be open that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for visitors.

APR. 21 / SAT / 11 A.M. Location: Drake Stadium. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 day of game; $5 students and kids 3 - 12; free for UCLA football season ticket holders and UCLA Den Pass holders. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Baseball: UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton


After a strong showing last year, the UCLA baseball team has been picked third in the Preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll. Currently ranked No. 11, the Bruins have retained most of their team from last year, assuring that they will maintain their strong offense. UCLA returns junior pitcher Jon Olsen and sophomore All-American Michael Toglia, who finished second on the team in home runs and RBIs.

APR. 24 / TUES / 6 P.M. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/student (general admission); children 2 and under free . Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Men’s Volleyball: NCAA Championship

The men's volleyball season will culminate at the NCAA Championships, where teams will compete for the national title.

MAY 1 - 5 / 4 P.M., 6 P.M., 8:30 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: $29 adult (general admission) for all days; $25 youth/student (general admission) for all days. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.


Softball: UCLA vs. Arizona State

UCLA’s softball team is coming in hot; they swept Ole Miss in the NCAA Super Regionals last year. The Bruins may have lost outfielder Gabrielle Maurice and infielder Delaney Spaulding to graduation, but they’ve added a crop of promising new freshmen, including Briana Perez, recently named the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week. The No. 4-ranked Bruins, picked second in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, will take on the No. 18-ranked Sun Devils in Easton Stadium.

MAY 10 / THURS / 7 P.M. Location: Easton Stadium. Tickets: $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth/student (general admission); children 2 and under free . Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS


Photos courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

Spring Sing

Experience UCLA’s longest-running musical tradition and see the most talented Bruins performing song, dance and sketch comedy.

MAY 18 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: On sale starting April 19 (Ticketmaster and at CTO). For information: springsing@alumni.ucla.edu; alumni.ucla.edu/springsing

Social Enterprise Academy: Final Showcase


Watch student teams representing local community organizations pitch innovative business ventures for up to $30,000.

JUNE 8 / FRI / TIME TBA. Location: Northwest Campus Auditorium, UCLA. For information or to register: partnership.ucla.edu/sea

I ? UCLA Week

Come back to campus and celebrate your Bruin pride with a week of activities for alumni and students!

MAY 14 - 18 / MON - FRI / VARIOUS TIMES. Location: UCLA campus. For information:alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/i-heart-ucla-week


A Life-Changing Tradition

The UCLA Alumni Scholars Program is a tradition deeply rooted in the DNA of the UCLA Alumni Association. Since 1936, alumni have been involved in helping UCLA secure the best and brightest students, from the program’s early days — when only a handful of students applied — to today, where more than 2,000 students compete for one of the few merit-based scholarships available to undergraduate Bruins. Overall, roughly 200 students are selected each year to become Alumni Scholars; of these, 20 advance to compete in National Finals.

National Finals is a game-changing spring tradition for students. According to fourth-year Alumni Scholar Nikita Thareja, “National Finals was a turning point for me, both in my decision to come to UCLA and in my confidence in myself as a leader who can bring about change in my community.” More than 100 alumni volunteers spend one Sunday in April judging three rotations of competition designed to identify those exceptional students who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

One might think that the financial reward of the competition is the biggest decisionmaking factor for students. While that is definitely part of the equation, it couldbe argued that the bonds forged with alumni volunteers are even more important. Alumni Scholar Tiana Baghdikian ’17 says, “National Finals was the first opportunity for me to see that my Alumni Scholarship wasn’t just a scholarship to fund my education, but also a network of UCLA alumni dedicated to ensuring that my time at UCLA would be a wonderful experience as well as a stepping stone to my future goals.” An alumni connection made at National Finals turned into a mentorship during Baghdikian’s tenure at UCLA, ultimately securing her a letter of recommendation to Columbia Law School, where she is now pursuing her law degree.

After they’ve been selected, what happens next? Alumni Scholars are automatically part of the Alumni Scholars Club (ASC), which focuses on building community and developing leaders. UCLA is large, but members of ASC are able to have a more personal experience at UCLA. They were selected because of their leadership skills, so ASC creates programming to continue to hone those skills while they are on campus. Leadership development workshops, networking opportunities and mentorship — all powered by Alumni Association membership — provide the tools necessary for Alumni Scholars to be a cut above their competition.

Being a Bruin is more than just a degree you hang on your office wall, the scholars say. It’s about family. Alumni Scholar Audrey Nguyen says, “The Alumni Scholarships Program gave me my first family at UCLA and has inspired me to give back tofellow Bruins in any way I can.”

That family doesn’t exist without you. The Alumni Scholarships Program offers many ways to get involved throughout the year. To learn how you can help, visit alumni.ucla.edu/scholarship-volunteers.