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Winter 2014 Happenings

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Published Jan 1, 2014 8:00 AM


Arts and Entertainment

Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880-1914

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Photo courtesy of the Hammer Museum

Women on both extremes of the social scale are examined in this startling exhibit of fin-de-siècle art. This will be the first large-scale exhibition of the 100-work Elisabeth Dean Collection since a 1986 exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum, when the collection was only 6 years old.

Jan 26 – May 18. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: 310-443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu

Hershey Felder in Abe Lincoln’s Piano

Uncovering Abraham Lincoln’s White House piano and many of the era’s personalities to tell these stories best, Hershey Felder regales us with a stunningly new and insightful look at the artistry, politics and individuals surrounding that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre.

Jan 3 – 14. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $35 - $75. Phone: 310-208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.com

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes: Penny Plain

An utterly masterful “end of the world” romance, told through the brilliant theater artistry of the one-of-a-kind marionette maker Ronnie Burkett.

Jan 16 – 19. Location: Little Theater at Macgowan Hall. Tickets: $45 ($20 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

The Birthday Party

Academy Award-winner William Friedkin directs a new production of Nobel laureate Harold Pinter’s most famous and enigmatic work.

Feb 4 – Mar 16. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $37 - $72. Phone: 310-208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.com

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Take It or Leave It
Photo courtesy of the Hammer Museum

Take It or Leave It

The Hammer Museum presents Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, the first large-scale exhibition to explore intersections between strategies of appropriation and institutional critique in the work of American artists.

Feb 9 – May 18. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: 310-443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu

Jóhann Jóhannsson featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble: Bill Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns

This elegy, in film and music, to the coal-mining history of North East England is the product of an exceptional creative collaboration between renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) and Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, accompanied by the renowned American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the UCLA Brass Ensemble. Directed by Jens Lindemann.

Feb 14 / Fri / 8PM. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $25 - $60 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

Naomi Shihab Nye: Writing the Poetry Landscape

Naomi Shihab Nye is a Palestinian- American writer, anthologist, educator and self-described “wandering poet” who “breathes poetry like the rest of us breathe air,” as described by the Grand Rapids Press. Drawing on her Palestinian- American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Mar 8 / Sat / 7:30PM. Location: Lenart Auditorium at Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

Estrella Morente: Autorretrato

Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente, daughter of extraordinary cantaor Enrique Morente, has spent her life working within a centuries-old musical tradition. In her L.A. debut, Estrella will grace the Royce Hall stage in a concert imbued with her elegance, passion and poise.

Mar 16 / Sun/ 8PM. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $30 - $60 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

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Sarah Bernhard
Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Sandra Bernhard: I Love Being Me, Don’t You?

Sandra Bernhard wears many hats, and she dons them all in her one-woman show. Comedienne, torch singer and monologist, Bernhard’s live performances are a compelling mix of political satire and pop-culture commentary. A respected actress, singer and author, Bernhard’s career as comedienne began in L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ’70s.

Feb 15 / Sat / 8PM. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $25 - $60 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

Imani Winds featuring Simon Shaheen: Zahir

North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds, plus special guest Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer Simon Shaheen, will perform a program featuring works by Shaheen, Miguel del Aguila, Valerie Coleman, Mohammad Fairouz and more.

Mar 27 / Thur / 8PM. Location: Schoenberg Hall. Tickets: $25 - $50 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825—101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

eighth blackbird: Still in Motion

In Still in Motion, the three-time Grammy-winning “super-ensemble” (L.A. Times) takes audiences on a funny, surprising, quirky musical road trip. If Tom Johnson’s “Counting Duets” is Sesame Street on acid, then new arrangements of Ligeti’s Études are Chopin Gone Wild.

Mar 29 / Sat / 8PM. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $30 - $55 ($15 UCLA students) Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

Peter Brook/Théâtre Des Bouffes Du Nord: The Suit

Renowned theater and film director Peter Brook brings us a music-filled adaptation of a poignant original story from South African writer Can Themba. The Suit is a tragic tale of betrayal and resentment, as a scorned husband takes out his anger, pain and frustration on his wife.

Apr 9 – 13. Location: Freud Playhouse. Tickets: $50 - $85 ($20 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

Chick Corea and Béla Fleck

In 2007, these two Grammy winners collaborated on a groundbreaking album, The Enchantment, which pushed both musicians to their limits as sonic explorers. As a duo, Fleck and Corea combine a variety of musical styles and flavors — from blues to bluegrass, and from classical to country.

Apr 24 / Thur / 8PM. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $35 - $75 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: 310-825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu

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