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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:

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Josh Rosen is more than ready to lead the Bruins in 2016. Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Football: UCLA vs. Stanford

A year ago, the biggest task facing Head Coach Jim Mora was figuring out who would replace Brett Hundley as quarterback. Fast-forward 12 months, and the field has flipped — the one thing Mora knows for sure this time around is that sophomore Josh Rosen will play the position and lead the offense after a stellar freshman season. But the offense he leads will be brand-new. Kennedy Polamalu is the new offensive coordinator, with plans to run more of a power running game than the Bruins have used in the past few seasons. Soso Jamabo, Nate Starks and Bolu Olorunfunmi team up to replace NFL-bound Paul Perkins as the primary ball carriers, while true freshman Theo Howard is in the mix to replace Jordan Payton as Rosen’s prime target. On defense, five-star freshman Mique Juarez will compete to take Myles Jack’s snaps. The Bruins haven’t defeated Stanford in their last eight tries, so this early season match-up could set the tone for the rest of the season.

SEPT. 24 / SAT / TIME TBA. Location: Rose Bowl Stadium. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

UCLA Football: Fall Practice

Inland Empire Bruins — and other SoCal Bruins who don’t mind the drive — can catch the UCLA football team as they prepare for the 2016 season during fall camp held at Cal State San Bernardino. It’s hot out there, so bring plenty of water to watch the team toughen up in the heat.

DATES AND TIMES TBA. Location: Cal State San Bernardino Campus. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS

Bruin Bash

UCLA Bruin Bash is a pregame tradition! Join fellow Bruins and enjoy a buffet of delicious food and beverages, giveaways, entertainment, games and special guests at this pregame event.

VARIOUS SEPT. DATES / SAT / TIMES TBA. Locations: Sept. 3, UCLA at Texas A&M (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas); Sept. 10, UCLA vs. UNLV (Rose Bowl, UCLA Fan Zone, Lot H); Sept. 17, UCLA at BYU (TBD — Provo, Utah); Sept. 24, UCLA vs. Stanford (Rose Bowl, UCLA Fan Zone, Lot H). Register: or (310) 206-0475. Contact: or (310) 206-0475.

New Bruin Send-offs

New Bruin Send-offs offer something for each member of the UCLA family. Incoming students can grow peer networks, while alumni and parents can come together to make new friends, build community and celebrate the True Bruin spirit. All Bruins are welcome!

JULY – SEPT. Locations: Multiple locations in the U.S. and abroad. Contact: Web:

Cup of Java

Exchange referrals and expand your professional network at our monthly Cup of Java meetings, held in Silicon Valley and San Francisco from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, respectively. Bring business cards!

VARIOUS DATES / FRI / 8 A.M. Locations: Silicon Valley (July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9), Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., 2nd floor, Mountain View, CA 94041; San Francisco (July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23), KPMG Building, 55 2nd St., Lobby Atrium, San Francisco, CA 94105. Registration:

Nachos and Networking in New York City

Nachos and Networking brings Bruins together as they unwind from the workday to enjoy delicious food and tap into the powerful UCLA alumni network. Bring business cards and get ready to share stories, experiences and True Bruin spirit. Look for upcoming events in Atlanta, Los Angeles and the Conejo Valley.

JULY 14 / THURS / 6:30 P.M. Contact: regionalnetworks@alumni.

Pilipino Alumni Association 25th Anniversary Benefit

2016 marks the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association’s 25th anniversary! Join fellow Bruins of all backgrounds at this milestone celebration. Witness the inauguration of the new Pilipino floor in the residence halls, opening in the fall.

OCT. 15 / SAT / 6:30 P.M. Location: UCLA. Contact: Web:

Welcome to the City: A Year-Round Tradition

Whether you’ve just moved or are a lifelong resident, exploring where you live can be fun and exciting. UCLA Alumni are eager to welcome you to your city!

Originally created for recent graduates, Welcome to the City (W2C) hosts dozens of events each year that provide unique opportunities for alumni to bond with fellow Bruins and explore their city. Open to all alumni, as well as to friends and family of alumni, W2C keeps Bruins across all generations connected and enriched with True Bruin spirit.

W2C presents a variety of localized adventures to alumni of varying activity levels and interests. Alumni can choose activities around their city that range from a leisurely picnic in the park to paddle-boarding in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. W2C focuses specifically on activities in distinct geographic locations so Bruins can go on outings personalized to them and customized exactly to their area. From San Diego to Indonesia, events are hosted around the globe and offer alumni the chance to discover the culture and history of their home.

Past events have led daring alumni to the summit of the world’s smallest active volcano, Mount Taal in the Philippines, and gathered Bruins for a relaxing champagne brunch and an enthusiastic eight-clap in Seattle. Alumni have also come together for philanthropic causes such as the AIDS Walk Los Angeles with the UCLA Lambda Alumni Association, an event that helped benefit dozens of HIV/AIDS service organizations.

As a UCLA Alumni member, if you are passionate about local art, enjoy scenic hiking or delight in your region’s authentic cuisine, you can volunteer to host a gathering. Events hosted by alumni networks are another excellent way for Bruins who identify with a particular community to get involved with the program. Alumni attend museum tours, lunches and outdoor explorations hosted by UCLA Alumni Networks, like the UCLA Alumni Veterans Network, in order to meet Bruins.

Since its inception, the 3-year-old program has put on more than 40 events and has been gaining popularity with alumni in numerous countries. W2C is growing beyond a strictly seasonal affair into a proud year-round UCLA Alumni tradition. Visit and let UCLA Alumni welcome you to your city!

“Like” the UCLA Alumni Facebook page to see photos from past W2C adventures or to learn about future events in your area.

For more information about volunteering, upcoming events and other inquiries, email