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Summer 2018 Happenings

Published Jul 1, 2018 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Patrick Staff from Made in L.A. 2018. Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

Made in L.A. 2018

The fourth iteration of the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition continues to highlight the practices of artists working throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The exhibition, organized by Hammer curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog as well as a full roster of free public programming.

THROUGH SEPT. 2. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

taisha paggett from Made In L.A. 2018.

Fiiman Tembe: Maroon Arts from Suriname

The Maroon peoples hold a special place in the history of Africans and their descendants in the Americas. Their enslaved ancestors escaped the coastal plantations of the Dutch colony of Suriname and established free communities with whom the colonial authorities eventually negotiated formal peace treaties. The Maroons, or Fiiman (Freemen or Free People), have long been renowned for tembe — traditional art forms including architectural designs, vibrantly hued textiles and intricately carved utilitarian objects such as serving trays, combs and canoe paddles. A legacy of resistance and self-determination remains critically relevant for Maroons, as major economic, political and social challenges in recent decades have significantly affected many aspects of life, including artistic practices. Nonetheless, tembe remains an important element of being Fiiman.

THROUGH SEPT. 9. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

A Better Orpheus Inc. provides an unusual service — one that allows the living to communicate with the dead. When Nikki Corona loses her twin sister, A Better Orpheus puts her in touch with Orlando, a man dying too young. The ensuing love story leads to a journey through a vivid, surprising afterlife. In the rich literary tradition of magical realism and inspired by Dante’s Inferno comes the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award–winning playwright and Academy Award– nominated screenwriter José Rivera.

SEPT. 4 - OCT. 7. Location: Gil Cates Theater . Tickets: TBD. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole: Blind Spot

Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer was named Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2012, 2015 and 2016. Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer and the photography critic for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the author of four books, each in a different genre: the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, the novel Open City, the essay collection Known and Strange Things and, most recently, the genre-defying Blind Spot. Their powerful new collaboration, Blind Spot, based on Cole’s new work of the same name, investigates humanity’s blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history, combining photography and Cole’s own voice with a live score composed by Iyer and featuring trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, mallet percussionist Patricia Franceschy and cellist Tomeka Reid.

SEPT. 22 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: TBD. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Teju Cole. Courtesy of CAP UCLA.


This Ukrainian quartet describes itself as an “ethno-chaos” band. The term dakhabrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, and the quartet takes from both ancient traditions and contemporary aesthetics to give a truly unique and unexpected musical experience. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian instrumentation, the quartet’s powerful vocal range creates a unique style that reflects their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary resonances.

SEPT. 27 / THURS / 8 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: TBD. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Assembled from public and private collections, Striking Iron reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency, and astonishing artistry.

THROUGH DEC. 30. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Football: UCLA vs. Washington

This will be a tantalizing showdown between Head Coach Chip Kelly’s Bruins and the Washington Huskies, who are coming off an impressive 10-3 season and are ranked No. 4 in Sports Illustrated’s Post-Spring Top 25. At press time, it was too early to know who would replace UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who left school at the close of his junior season to enter the NFL draft. Quarterbacks Devon Modster, Austin Burton and Matt Lynch all saw playing time during the spring football game in April. But by October, with four games under their belts, the Bruins will have settled into Kelly’s offensive system, and the question on everyone’s mind — Who will lead the Bruins? — will have been answered.

OCT. 6 / SAT / TBD. Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Football: UCLA vs. Cincinnati

All eyes will be on new Head Coach Chip Kelly — a three-time Pac-12 champion while at the University of Oregon — when UCLA opens its 2018 season at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Returning Bruins include senior running back Soso Jamabo, junior wide receiver Theo Howard, junior kicker JJ Molson and junior linebacker Krys Barnes.

SEPT. 1 / SAT / TBD. Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Christian Pabico (No. 17) and Darren Andrews.

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS

Courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

New Bruin Send-off Celebrations

New Bruin Send-off Celebrations have something for every member of the UCLA family. Incoming students will start making new friends, while alumni and parents build community and join in celebrating the true Bruin spirit. All Bruins are welcome to attend any and all Send-off events!

JULY - SEPT. Locations: Cities and towns around the world. For information to

Star Wars: A New Hope with the San Francisco Symphony

Watch this intergalactic epic come to life on the big screen with the San Francisco Symphony performing John Williams’ unforgettable score live. Dine on hors d’oeuvres and sip champagne at an exclusive Bay Area Bruins pre-concert reception, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Green Room at the S.F. Symphony.

JULY 21 / SAT / 5:30 P.M. Location: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102. For more information:

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane … It’s UCLA Alumni Day, and it’s Online!

Join fellow Bruins on Thursday, Sept. 13, for UCLA Alumni Day, transformed in 2018 into an online community for alumni and friends worldwide. On hiatus since 2015, Alumni Day will return to campus as part of the UCLA Centennial Celebration in 2019 — but this year, UCLA will come to you.

In the spirit of Brigadoon — the magical Scottish village that appeared for only one day every 100 years — the UCLA Alumni Day website ( will be bursting with games, history, tours and wisdom for just one day. You won’t need to get snarled in traffic on the 405 Freeway or pay a fee to park. In fact, there are no fees at all. To join, all you need is your phone, tablet or computer. Log in from home, work, a coffee shop, on the train during your daily commute or anywhere you find yourself with a few free moments. Then be part of a groundbreaking experience that will bring the UCLA community into a shared space for fun, information and innovation.

Bruins are proud of UCLA’s reputation as a thought leader, a barrier breaker and a tradition maker, and in keeping with that spirit Alumni Day will celebrate the people and possibilities of UCLA in an online space. Just as Dinners for 12 Strangers — which was first imagined 50 years ago with two dinners and has now grown to more than 4,000 participants — has been duplicated across the nation, Alumni Day is the beginning of a vibrant tradition. Your participation is key to creating an online community gathering place that welcomes alumni back to UCLA from anywhere in the world.

Follow your Bruin pride and curiosity to your keyboard and join the fun. Content is easily digestible, varied and suitable for multiple visits throughout the day. Turn back the pages of time with our virtual yearbooks and see the future with the latest in artificial intelligence. Watch videos, listen to music and ask professors anything. Rest assured that you’ll discover something new or gain a fresh perspective. As the launch date gets closer, you’ll receive a login link from us.

UCLA Alumni Day: It’s online for one day only — and created especially for you. Hope to see you there!