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Summer 2016 Happenings


Published Jul 1, 2016 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

The Cathlene Pineda Quartet, photo courtesy of Cathlene Pineda.


On the first three Thursdays in August, the Hammer Museum’s annual summer music festival will return to celebrate creative jazz and improvised music. Now in its 11th year, the JazzPOP festival will feature the Cathlene Pineda Quartet, the Michael Vlatkovich Septet and the Sheldon Brown Ensemble.

AUG. 4, 11, 18 / 8 P.M. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

MAO to NOW: Photographs by Stephen Verona

Stephen Verona contrasts his two vastly different sets of photographs of China, pointing out both the positive and negative effects of change that have occurred as the country’s economy has moved from the stagnation of the Maoist era to one of the fastest-growing in the world. In 1980, Verona made his initial trip to China as the director of a film; fascinated with all he saw, he compulsively documented the sights around him. In October 2014, he returned to China to retrace his steps and document the many changes that occurred in the 34-year interim.

MAY 15 – SEPT. 11. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Mbawa mask, made of plant fiber, pigment and cane by the Yaka peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Courtesy of Fowler Museum.

Fowler in Focus: The Collector and the Dealer: Gifts of African Art from Jay T. Last and Merton D. Simpson

Exceptional works have entered the museum’s collection as a result of the enduring friendship between two individuals, collector and longtime Fowler Museum patron Jay T. Last and the late New York-based artist and African art dealer Merton D. Simpson. This exhibition highlights the lasting impact of the two men on the growth and development of the Fowler’s acclaimed African art holdings.

MAY 8 – AUG. 7. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Docent-Led Tours

In these free tours, visitors gain a new knowledge of botanical concepts, historical facts and characteristics of rare specimens in the garden’s collection.

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS / 10:30 A.M. – 2 P.M. Location: Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 206-6707. Web:

Mindful Awareness

Every Thursday in the Billy Wilder Theater, Diana Winston and other instructors of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center lead a meditation session. Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences. Participants are welcome to drop in at the weekly sessions for as little as five minutes or to stay for the whole half-hour.

THURSDAYS / 12:30 P.M. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Courtesy of Hammer Museum.

Election Fever

Throughout the summer, the Hammer will show a variety of films in the Billy Wilder Theater. Many focus on a presidential race — including Medium Cool, which tells the story of a television cameraman and his romantic life, combined with actual footage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention; Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, a documentary about the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress; and Recount, which re-creates the infamous 2000 presidential election and Florida recount.

VARIOUS DAYS / 7:30 P.M. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Wednesday Evening Public Shows

The public is invited to the eighth floor of the UCLA Math Sciences Building to watch a planetarium show presented by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students every Wednesday night when UCLA is in session. The shows — comprised of a 30-minute special topic presentation followed by a 30-minute star show — vary by presenter, but generally cover currently visible stars, constellations, planets and other astronomical phenomena.

WEDNESDAYS / 8 P.M. Location: UCLA Planetarium. Admission: Free. Email: Web: