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Winter 2013 Happenings


Published Jan 1, 2013 8:00 AM

Arts and Entertainment

Cambodian Shop Signs: Fowler Museum Celebrates Life After Khmer Rouge


Photo courtesy of: Fowler Museum at UCLA.

After the Vietnamese military overcame Khmer Rouge's brutal reign and the United Nations began transitional efforts, Cambodia's urban environments finally began to reemerge. Hand-painted signs advertising small businesses filled the storefronts with lively representations of everyday goods and services. Today, these hand-painted signs are displayed at the Fowler Museum, courtesy of Joel Montague.

Dec. 12–Mar. 31. Fowler Museum. Tickets: Free Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:


Photo courtesy of: CAP UCLA.

Steve Earle & Allison Moorer (plus special guests The Living Sisters)

As a couple and as musical confidants, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer were recently nominated for another Grammy (Best Country Collaboration with Vocals) and are not afraid to explore some pretty heavy material. In this stripped-down presentation, Earle and Moorer perform at their most vulnerable—just where they want to be. Opening the evening is vocal quartet The Living Sisters—Eleni Mandell, Inara George, Becky Stark and Alex Lilly, all accomplished singer-songwriters in their own right.

Jan. 12 / Sat / 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Admission: $15-$45; $15 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Dara Friedman

In her exhibition, Dancer, Dara Friedman explores notions of performativity, urban space, and the individual in the public sphere. She captures Miami-based dancers on 16mm black-and-white film as they dance through the city streets and express their specific styles, making meaning through movement.

Jan. 19–Apr. 14. Hammer Museum. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members; free for museum members, students with I.D., UCLA faculty and staff, military personnel, veterans and visitors 17 and under accompanied by an adult. Free on Thursdays for all visitors. Phone: (310) 443-7000.


Photo by: Jeff Busby.

Back to Back Theatre: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

The Australian theater company, Back to Back Theatre, is a professional ensemble of actors with a disability, giving voice to the social and political issues that speak to all people. Their production, Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, is a self-reflective revelation on the = creation of theater, beginning with an actor portraying Ganesh, who embarks upon a mission through Nazi Germany to reclaim the ancient Hindu symbol being exploited as the swastika and restore it to its proper context.

Jan. 24–Jan. 27. Freud Playhouse. Tickets: $40-$60; $20 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101.

The Gift

When two couples meet while vacationing at a ritzy resort, they instantly transition from strangers to the best of friends. When one seemingly inconsequential event throws their lives into a tailspin, the couples find themselves wondering: While it's human nature to want what you don't have, is it unnatural to abandon something that you do? This provocative new work draws audiences in with beguiling hilarity that gives way to an unsettling twist, posing searing questions rather than providing comfortable answers.

Jan. 29–Mar. 10. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $35–$55. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

The MotherF***er with the Hat

Comedian Chris Rock and other members of the original Broadway cast, including Tony nominees Bobby Cannavale and Elizabeth Rodriguez, reprise their roles from this hit Broadway show. Strap yourself in for a high-octane, verbal cage-fighting match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Couple Jackie and Veronica have been in love since the eighth grade. Nothing can come between them—except a hat. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at

Jan. 31–Feb. 3. L.A. Theatre Works at The James Brides Theater. Tickets: $15-$49; $100. Phone: (310) 827-0889. Web:

Circus Oz: From the Ground Up


Photo by: Shalev Netanel.

Internationally heralded troupe Circus Oz is a versatile and diverse mob of quick-witted stunt jumpers who are fully charged and raring to go with powerpacked aerialists, knockabout jugglers and live-wire musicians, all acrobatically suspended in disbelief under the big top of Royce Hall. Circus Oz hits Los Angeles for the first time since the 1984 Olympics opening ceremonies, for a not-to-be-missed performance spectacle that will light up Royce Hall with vibrant characters and ribald theatrical artistry.

Feb. 7–10. Royce Hall. Tickets: $15-$65; $15 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Allen Toussaint Band (plus special guests The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and All on a Mardi Gras Day

Enjoy a preshow crawfish boil and party on the Royce Terrace and two spectacular flavors of New Orleans music. American songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint is one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band kicks off the festivities with its genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

Feb. 12 / Tue / 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Tickets: $20-$60; $15 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Miss Julie

This scandalous turn-of-the-century play chronicles the night-long flirtation and seduction between the wealthy lady of the house and one of her father's footmen. The world premiere of the play by August Strindberg, adapted by Neil LaBute, captures the timeless consequences of passion and power.

Feb. 26–Apr. 7. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $57-$72. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Alfred Molina and Jonathan Groff in John Logan’s Tony Award-winning “Red”

L.A. Theatre Works presents "Red," an intimate glimpse into the world of outspoken and opinionated artist Mark Rothko. Tony-nominated Alfred Molina is joined by Jonathan Groff in a drama the Associated Press calls "an engrossing, enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation."

Mar. 14 – 17. L.A. Theatre Works at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; Admission: $60-$100. Phone: (310) 827-0889. Web: