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Summer 2019 Happenings

Published Jul 1, 2019 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events


Sarah Lucas, Get Hold of This, 1994.

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel


Courtesy of The Hammer Museum.

Initially associated with a group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs), who began exhibiting together in London in the late 1980s, Lucas is now one of the UK’s most influential artists. Bringing together more than 130 works in photography, collage, sculpture and installation, Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel reveals the breadth and ingenuity of the artist’s practice. The exhibition addresses the ways in which Lucas’ works engage with crucial debates about gender and power — with a particular attentiveness to the legacy of surrealism — from her clever modifications to everyday objects to her exploration of sexual ambiguity and the tension between the mundanely familiar and the disorientingly strange.

THROUGH SEPT. 1. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: hammer.ucla.edu

Hammer Projects: Andrea Fraser

For this work, Fraser created a script from a little-known Pacifica Radio archival recording of four men articulating their affinities with and support for feminism and women’s rights. Fraser performs this group discussion as a one-woman show, a move that complicates the institution of gender through dramatic acting and discursive production. This slippage in and out of personas finds Fraser highlighting how socially defined identities shape the enactment of our politics.

THROUGH SEPT. 15. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: hammer.ucla.edu

Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jim and Jeanne Pieper Collection


Left to right) Bull Mask, late 19th– early 20th century; Dragon Mask, early-mid-20th century; Dead Spaniard Mask, early 20th century.

This exhibition features 80 masks depicting animals, folk personae and historical figures that are deeply rooted in Guatemalan religiosity and popular culture. Throughout the country, people perform spectacular masquerades during indigenous festivals, Catholic feast days and secular events. These public dance-dramas are jubilant expressions of devotion and community identity.

THROUGH OCT. 6. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: fowler.ucla.edu

Witch


Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse.

Simon Helberg is featured in this fiendishly funny new play by Jen Silverman. A charming devil arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. Elizabeth should be his easiest target, having been labeled a “witch” and cast out by the town, but her soul is not so readily bought. An inventive retelling of a Jacobean drama, this sharp, subversive fable debates how much our souls are worth when hope is hard to come by.

AUG. 20–SEPT. 29. Location: Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: TBD. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org

Skintight

Hanging on by a thread after her ex-husband gets engaged to a much younger woman, Jodi (Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel) retreats to her dad’s swanky Manhattan townhouse. But rather than the comforts of home, she instead finds her aging father’s new live-in boyfriend, Trey — who is 20. In his new comedy, Joshua Harmon brings neurotic family drama to the forefront as father and daughter contend with the age-old questions of how to age gracefully in a world obsessed with youth and where love fits into it all.

SEPT. 3–OCT. 6. Location: Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: TBD. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org

Adam Linder: THE WANT

Inspired by the Client/Dealer relationship from Bernard-Marie Koltès’ play In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, THE WANT is a contemporary opera — with music by Ethan Braun and lighting design by Shahryar Nashal — that fuses vocal expression with a rich physicality. The libretto, littered with interjections from Jacques Derrida to Missy Elliott, contemplates the desire, vulnerability and cunning at the heart of any transaction. The singers, actors and dancers — Jess Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla and Roger Sala Reyner — are “Offerors” and “Offerees,” enrobed as the key archetypes of mercantile Europe and the spiritual tradition of constant trade between a reflexive mind and a sensuous being.

SEPT. 19–SEPT. 22. Location: REDCAT. Tickets: TBD. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: cap.ucla.edu

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events


Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Football: UCLA vs. Oklahoma

Their second home game this season sets up UCLA against the Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners, a team that has made the College Football Playoffs for the past two seasons. Oklahoma’s upcoming season looks strong, in part from their addition of Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts at quarterback. The teams have alternated wins in their last two meetings, with the Bruins posting a 41-24 victory on Sept. 17, 2005, at the Rose Bowl and the host Sooners winning, 49-21, on Sept. 8, 2018. UCLA has the home turf advantage, but this game will be a test of Chip Kelly’s second year coaching the Bruins.

SEPT. 14 / SAT / 5 P.M. Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Football: UCLA vs. Oregon State

The next home game after Oklahoma is Oregon State, which will be a long-awaited reunion of sorts — UCLA hasn’t played Oregon State in three years. The last time these two teams faced each other was in 2016, with UCLA winning, 38-24. The Bruins have a chance to strike again while Oregon State is in rebuilding mode.

OCT. 5 / SAT / TBA. Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS


Courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

New Bruin Send-offs

Each summer, alumni networks around the world welcome incoming students and families to UCLA at New Bruin Send-offs. Join the celebration and show the strength and reach of the UCLA community at casual, fun and informative gatherings near you.

JULY–SEPTEMBER. Location: Throughout the world. Web: alumni.ucla.edu/send-offs

UCLA Centennial Celebration in Asia

UCLA’s centennial is more than a celebration of the university’s achievements in its first century. It is a global call to action for all Bruins to rise and meet society’s present and future greatest challenges. Join campus leadership to hear how UCLA is poised to enter our next century stronger than ever.

AUG. 18, 20, 23, 25, 28. Locations: Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Web: alumni.ucla.edu/international100

UC Latinx/Chicanx Alumni Social

Meet and greet Latinx/Chicanx alumni from all 10 UCs at this no-host social presented by UCLA Alumni’s Network of the Year, UCLA Latino Alumni Association and UCLA Alumni Diversity Programs.

AUG. 24 / SAT / 7P.M. Location: Downtown Los Angeles. Phone: (310) 825-6533. Web: diversity@alumni.ucla.edu

Learn Wherever You Go


Courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

On Dec. 14, 2020, join UCLA alumni and friends in witnessing a rare cosmic event — a total solar eclipse in Argentina’s Patagonian Lake District, known for its sapphire lakes, lush forests and sensational views of the snowcapped Andes. In the company of Jean-Luc Margot, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA Alumni travelers will experience the eclipse outside San Martín de los Andes, directly along the path of the totality.

If you’re looking for something in the spring, spend two weeks (Apr. 29 to May 11, 2020) following the footsteps of Easy Company, the famed World War II parachute regiment, through Europe. Led by historians and curators from The National WWII Museum, you will tour the hedgerows of Normandy, “Hell’s Highway” in the Netherlands and the foxholes surrounding Bastogne before arriving atop the Eagle’s Nest in Germany. Imagine yourself meeting the people of Cuba, while soaking in the vintage architecture and sumptuous flavors of Havana next February. Or, in March, you can get a firsthand view of the finches and iguanas that sparked Charles Darwin’s revolutionary insights.

With UCLA Alumni Travel, 2020 will be the year that you see the world, experiencing vibrant culture and natural beauty in the company of fellow Bruins. Act now to reserve your spot.

Explore dozens of trips at travel.alumni.ucla.edu.