Winter 2017 Happenings
Published Jan 1, 2017 8:00 AM
Pantsula 4 LYF: Popular Dance and Fashion in Johannesburg
Pantsula 4 LYF: Popular Dance and Fashion in Johannesburg will feature a series of photographs and videos taken by South African photographer Chris Saunders that examine the township culture of pantsula. Known predominantly as a youth movement, pantsula is characterized by crews of men and women who perform acrobatic, virtuosic dances. These performers dress in a distinctive style that favors American-made brands such as Converse All-Star shoes and Dickies brand work pants.
JAN. 29 – MAY 7. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.
Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar — actually, six guitars — in this uplifting musical experience that tells one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock ’n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, pain and healing, to discover the power of music.
JAN. 4 – FEB. 19. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $60-$82. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.
Black with a Drop of Red: Contemporary Cuban Poster Work
Featuring posters of U.S. movies, Cuban cultural events and documentaries, this exhibition showcases the work of Cuban graphic designers. Carefully chosen by Claudio Sotolongo, a designer and professor based in Havana, the images reflect Cuba’s fascination with cinema, as well as its political struggles.
THROUGH JAN. 22. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.
In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance
This ambitious program of daytime performances and film screenings activates the museum’s courtyard, annex and Billy Wilder Theater. In Real Life includes four monthlong curated film and video series; 15 weekends of performances and durational, immersive works; and weekday rehearsals by a select group of performers.
THROUGH JAN. 25. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Long Day’s Journey into Night
Eugene O’Neill’s semiautobiographical masterpiece pulls back the curtain on the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family, where deep-seated resentments and bourbon-fueled tirades cause a family to expose their darkest natures. O’Neill paints the powerful and heartrending portrait of a single day that begins as any other, only to become a night from which they will never recover. Director Jeanie Hackett revisits this Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic with a cast featuring Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina.
JAN. 31 – MAR. 18. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $32-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.
Dianne Reeves is widely considered to be the preeminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category. Reeves’ definition of jazz encompasses rhythm and blues, reggae and salsa. And her band — Peter Martin on piano, Romero Lumbambo on guitar, Reginald Veal on bass and Terreon Gully on drums — shares her concept of jazz songs as territories whose borders are ripe for expansion.
FEB. 25 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $39-$69; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World
Artist, performer, poet, essayist and activist Jimmie Durham is one of the most compelling, inventive and multifaceted artists working internationally today. Durham brings a crucial perspective to an understanding of the history of American art as well as of the importance for American artists to be “citizens of the world.”
JAN. 29 – MAY 7. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Silencio Blanco: Chiflón, el Silencio del Carbón
Mass dismissals following a mine shaft collapse force a young miner to head for the Chiflón del Diablo mine — the most deadly pit of all. As he toils in danger deep underground, his family faces a day-to-day struggle of uncertainty and anxiety. This exquisitely eloquent retelling of a story by the distinguished Chilean author Baldomero Lillo is played out in silence using simple marionettes fashioned from newsprint and chopsticks. Silencio Blanco creates its own language through gesture, making the audience’s imagination an active participant in the interpretation of the story. The emotional and dramatic impact of this adaptation takes puppetry to new levels.
MAR. 3 – 4 / FRI – SAT / 2 P.M., 8 P.M. Location: Freud Playhouse. Tickets: $49; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Trisha Brown Dance Company: In Plain Site
Trisha Brown is recognized as one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of her time. Her role as the curator of her own work remains one of her most significant contributions to dance and art history. With a new program, In Plain Site, the Trisha Brown Dance Company brings this facet of Brown’s vision to the foreground as a means to perpetuate her legacy into the future.
MAR. 7 / TUES / 8 P.M. Location: To be announced. Tickets: To be announced. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Cameron Carpenter: International Touring Organ
Cameron Carpenter is smashing stereotypes about organ music worldwide while generating international acclaim and controversy. He launched his International Touring Organ in 2014, which has escalated to live performances for audiences on four continents. He now embarks on his second U.S. national tour, playing a crossgenre digital organ built by Marshall & Ogletree to respond to the demands of multiple genres from Bach to film scores and Carpenter’s original compositions and arrangements. He will also play several pieces on Royce Hall’s historic Skinner pipe organ.
MAR. 16 / THURS / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets:$29–$49; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.