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Spring 2020 Happenings


Published Apr 1, 2020 8:00 AM

A Bruin guide to some of the season’s most intriguing UCLA events in arts and culture, entertainment and sports.

EVENTS / Alumni Events

Photograph courtesy of the Hammer Museum.


Inside the Mask

Central American masks worn in sacred festivals and ritual dances evolved dramatically in the centuries after the Conquista. These holy instruments of survival represent double identities and double lives, speaking to layered political and spiritual realities. Inside the Mask reimagines the museum as being without walls, as a place of community, encounter and exchange between musicians and activists, dancers and organizers. The masks on display connect to the realities and experiences of Central Americans fleeing rapacious U.S.-backed governments, extortion from deported and exported gangs, the collapse of neoliberal economic policies and some of the highest levels of gender-based violence in the world. Trapped and caged along the southern border or living precariously at constant risk of deportation in the United States, new resistance fighters and immigrants find existence inside the mask a daily reality. Looking with our own eyes through the masks, we begin to see new histories, dreams, nightmares and prayers.

Location: Hammer Museum
Admission: Free
Info: (310) 443-7000



It’s 1899, and Sarah Bernhardt shocks the world by taking on the lead role in Hamlet. While her performance is destined to become one for the ages, the famed actress first has to convince a sea of naysayers that her right to play the part should be based on ability, not gender — a feat as difficult as mastering Shakespeare’s tragic hero. Fresh off its Broadway triumph in its West Coast premiere, Theresa Rebeck’s shrewd comedy puts the spotlight on a woman who used her singular talent to challenge whether a woman’s place was “to be or not to be” in one of the greatest roles ever written for the stage. Bernhardt/Hamlet will star Diane Venora as Bernhardt, Alan Cox as Constant Coquelin, Nick Boraine as Louis and Isaiah Johnson as Edmond Rostand.

Location: Geffen Playhouse
Tickets & Info: (310) 208-5454

Junior Keegan Smith. Photography by Scott Chandler.


Men's Tennis: UCLA vs. Utah

The men’s tennis team will square off against the University of Utah in this highly anticipated game. The Bruins started the year off strong with an Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking of 11, and they hope to advance further by coming out of this showdown against the Utah Utes in victory.

Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 3 & 7 P.M.

Anthony de Mare: Liasons 2020: Re-imaging Sondheim From the Piano

Photograph courtesy of UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance

Celebrated pianist and genre-busting new music champion Anthony de Mare pays tribute to the musical genius of Stephen Sondheim with 10 fresh commissions of Sondheim songs. The songs are reimagined for piano by some of today’s leading composers in jazz, film, theater and classical music, including Timo Andres, Jon Batiste, Ted Hearne, Meredith Monk and Jeff Beal. Building on his acclaimed Liaisons project — a 2015 triple album that featured 36 reimagined Sondheim works — Liaisons 2020 was commissioned in honor of Sondheim’s 90th birthday on March 22, 2020. The two-part concert will feature works from both collections in this West Coast premiere of the Liaisons 2020 project. Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng M.F.A. ’79 will join de Mare to perform Steve Reich’s Finishing the HatTwo Pianos and the world premiere of Conrad Tao’s two-piano version of Move On.

Location: Royce Hall
Tickets: $55-$105
Info: (310) 825-2101

Photograph courtesy of UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance

MAY 1-2

Choreography for Reading Aloud

Choreography for Reading Aloud (Knowing an Author) amplifies the published works, notebooks, contemporaries and influences of writer and theorist Susan Sontag. As arranged by multimedia artist MK Guth, 60 performers throughout Powell Library will read aloud from Sontag’s works and the works of writers and thinkers who informed her ideas. These overlapping readings swell into a cacophony of narratives, facts, theories, opinions and histories that blur and transform across space and time.

Location: Powell Library
Tickets: $28
Info: (310) 825-2101

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 12 P.M.

Softball: UCLA vs. Washington

The reigning champions of softball will go head-to-head against the University of Washington Huskies. The Bruins are hoping to dominate once more and defeat this fellow top team in the Pacific-12 Conference.

Location: Easton Stadium
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN


The Enigmatist

Magician David Kwong creates an immersive experience of puzzles, cryptology and illusions in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Beginning in a puzzle room, Kwong takes the audience through a fascinating evening of enigmas. Clues are scattered everywhere, and you’ll need to keep your eyes open and be ready for surprises behind every flip of the card.

Location: Geffen Playhouse
Tickets & Info: (310) 208-5454

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 7 P.M.

David Sedaris

Photograph courtesy of UCLA Center for the Art of Performance

The master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, David Sedaris returns to Royce Hall for his annual appearance at the Center for the Art of Performance. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he is a prominent figure among humor writers, skillfully slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness. More than 10 million copies of his books are in print, and his work has been translated into 25 languages. In 2018, Sedaris was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Sedaris’ pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and his most recent collections of essays, Calypso and Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977–2002), were both New York Times bestsellers.

Location: Royce Hall
Tickets: $54-$136
Info: (310) 825-2101


Baseball: UCLA vs. USC

The Bruins and Trojans will face off once again in this upcoming game. The team will be led by junior outfielder Garrett Mitchell and junior pitcher Holden Powell, both of whom were recently named Preseason All-America first teamers.

Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN

MAY 22-23, 26-29 & 30


The kids in Washington Square have something to say about their hair — and about the Vietnam War. Catchy rock numbers — such as hit songs “Aquarius” and “Good Morning Starshine” — play throughout this musical, which follows Berger, the leader of a politically active tribe of long-haired hippies. All is well until their love-filled way of life is thrown into chaos when one of the hippies, Claude, is drafted. Directed by Jeremy Mann, with musical direction by Dan Belzer, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical returns to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television stage in this celebration of the counterculture and the sexual revolution.

Location: Freud Playhouse
Tickets & Info: (310) 825-2101

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 5:30 P.M.

Super Quiz Bowl 2020

Who wrote some of their first rock songs in the basement of the Schoenberg Music Building? What is Dunbar’s number? What keeps the Earth from colliding into the sun? These are the types of questions that could be asked at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Super Quiz Bowl. Teams of students, alumni, faculty and staff will compete to win prizes at this fun-filled trivia night. As for those trivia questions above, the answers are: The Doors’ Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. The number of relationships one can maintain — 150. And gravity and sideways momentum.

Location: The Tent on the Public Affairs Terrace, 3383 Public Affairs Building
Tickets & Info: (310) 206-8034



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