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Winter 2016 Happenings


Published Jan 1, 2016 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events


Knot 2 from Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. Photo courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall

This presentation of scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala’s graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall features a romance between two robots. The live adaptation will unfold via the real-time filming of more than a dozen intricately crafted miniature stage settings in which a cast of puppets interact. Kid Koala and the Afiara Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables, tugging on heartstrings and moving the story forward.

JAN. 29 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $19-$49. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Catherine Opie: Portraits

UCLA Professor Catherine Opie, who finds inspiration from subjects as diverse as surfers and President Obama’s first inauguration, is known for capturing evocative images of contemporary America. This exhibition of her photography features 12 portraits of sitters emerging from the darkness to create striking works of art.

JAN. 30 – MAY 22. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:


Photo courtesy of CAP.

Roz Chast: “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

Roz Chast is a cartoonist known and loved for her brilliant interpretations of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. The New Yorker has published more than 1,000 of them since 1978. In this performance, she will read from her memoir, which recounts her experience caring for her aging parents. In a narrative rife with both laughter and tears, this evening will showcase the full range of Chast’s talent as a cartoonist and storyteller.

JAN. 31 / SUN / 4 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $19-$49. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:


When a young American tourist has a wild night out with an elegant Spaniard, what begins as a drunken fling becomes a searing and seductive look at two lost souls seeking solace in each other. Bess Wohl’s biting humor uncovers the individual tragedies and triumphs that build us up as well as tear us down in the West Coast premiere of this play.

FEB. 2 – MAR. 13. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $32-$82. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 plus Red Baraat: Mardi Gras Bhangra

Legendary New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein and a New Orleans rhythm section come together for this Mardi Gras performance. The team will use a traditional New Orleans palate as a launching point, but will also explore everything from pre-jazz to thoughtful, yet fearless, improvisations.

FEB. 9 / TUES / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

Black Mountain College (BMC) was a renowned experimental college that placed the arts at the center of a liberal arts education in an effort to better educate citizens for participation in a democratic society. This exhibition displays works of art from BMC and will showcase how the college served as an influential meeting place for many artists who would become principal practitioners in the post-WWII period.

FEB. 21 – MAY 15. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: