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Winter 2017 Happenings

Published Jan 1, 2017 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Courtesy of Fowler Museum.

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:

The Lion

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:

Courtesy of Geffen Playhouse.

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:

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:

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:

Dianne Reeves

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.

Jimmie Durham’s Tlunh Datsi (1984), made of puma skull, shells, turquoise, turkey feathers, metal, sheep and deer fur, pine and acrylic paint.

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:

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:

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:

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:

Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

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:

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

All-American point guard Jordin Canada. Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Women’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Washington

For the first time since 2000, UCLA was voted first in the Pac-12 women’s basketball preseason media poll. Much of the buzz around Head Coach Cori Close’s squad comes from her stellar junior class, which includes guards Jordin Canada and Kelli Hayes and forwards Lajahna Drummer and Monique Billings — all part of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class two years ago. How far the Bruins go this year depends a lot on Canada. As the team’s point guard and a returning All-American, she controls the flow offensively; last season she led UCLA in scoring (16.1 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and steals (2.3 spg). The 2016 team went to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999, and this year’s edition has designs on winning the league and advancing even further. With that in mind, UCLA women’s basketball is expected to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

FEB. 17 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $12 adult (reserved); $10 youth (reserved); $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for children 2 and under; free for students with BruinCard. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon

It sounds cliché, but it’s fair to say that Head Coach Steve Alford’s UCLA men’s basketball team is looking to rebound this year, not only on the court but in the standings as well. The squad was picked to finish third in the annual Pac-12 media day poll and was ranked 20th in USA Today’s preseason ranking. UCLA fans are familiar with the returners: senior Bryce Alford, sophomore Aaron Holiday and junior Thomas Welsh. But all eyes will be on the newcomer — freshman Lonzo Ball from state champion Chino Hills High School. Ball is a 6’6” do-everything point guard, rated anywhere from the 4th- to the 7th-best high school player in the nation by the recruiting services, not to mention being named National Player of the Year by USA Today. Whether or not the Bruins return to national prominence will depend a lot on how Ball bounces.

Doubles All-American Martin Redlicki. Photo by Scott Chandler.

FEB. 9 / THURS / 7 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Stanford

UCLA’s men’s tennis team won the Pac-12 in 2016 and were second-ranked in the NCAA tournament when they fell to Oklahoma in the NCAA quarterfinals. The anchor of that team — NCAA singles champ Mackenzie McDonald, the ITA Player of the Year — decided to forgo his senior season and turn professional. But his NCAA champion doubles partner, Martin Redlicki (who also plays singles), is back. So are key 2016 contributors Joseph DiGiulio, Austin Rapp, Maxime Cressy and Gage Brymer.

FEB. 25 / SAT / 1 P.M. Location: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts, UCLA. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

All-American Christine Peng-Peng Lee. Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Gymnastics: UCLA vs. Cal

In 2016, UCLA women’s gymnastics won the Pac-12 title for the 17th time (their first since 2012), while finishing fifth at the NCAA championships. UCLA returns All-Americans Angi Cipra and Christine Peng-Peng Lee, along with Pac-12 uneven bars champion JaNay Honest. Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field also welcomes an outstanding freshman class that includes the first two Olympic gold medalists ever to compete in NCAA gymnastics: Kyla Ross (2012 team gold) and Madison Kocian (2016 team gold, uneven bars silver).

MAR. 5 / SUN / 2 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Baseball: UCLA vs. Arizona

Despite missing the playoffs last year, the Bruins put up their 11th consecutive 25+ win season. There were some highlights that the team hopes to build on this season, including pitcher Kyle Molnar’s being named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. It was the second consecutive year a Bruin earned the honor, as pitcher Griffin Canning earned the honor in 2015. Molnar and Canning will anchor Head Coach John Savage’s pitching staff this season. The Bruins will also count heavily on their highly rated recruiting class, which includes three players who were drafted by Major League Baseball: infielder Ryan Kreidler, outfielder Jeremy Ydens and first baseman and outfielder Michael Toglia.

MAR. 17 – 19 / FRI – SUN / TIMES TBA. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $12 All-Bruin Dugout Club; $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. Oregon

In 2016, the UCLA softball team advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the 26th time. Back from that squad is NFCA All-American Delaney Spaulding, who earned the honor for the second time. Also back to lead the Bruins as they seek their first national title since 2010 are Rachel Garcia, Paige Halstead and Madeline Jelenicki — all of whom (along with Spaulding) were invited to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp. Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez and her staff were named the NFCA West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight time.

APR. 7 – 9 / FRI – SUN / TIMES TBA. Location: Easton Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS


The Affiliates of UCLA Luncheon

Join the Affiliates of UCLA for a thought-provoking luncheon with guest speaker Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, associate dean in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Department of Urban Planning, as she discusses local and historical landmarks. Her cutting-edge research specifically focuses on the public environment of Los Angeles and its physical representation, aesthetic, social meaning and impact on the urban resident.

JAN. 12 / THURS / 12-1:30 P.M. Location: James West Alumni Center. Contact:

Parent & Family Coffee Socials

Coffee Socials are fun, informal get-togethers held at neighborhood coffee shops and hosted by current UCLA parents and family members. Proudly organized by the Office of Parent & Family Programs, Coffee Socials are a terrific way to bring UCLA to new communities across the globe and to engage Bruins. These events foster interaction on a regional level, building and strengthening connections between parents and family members of current UCLA undergraduate students.

FEB. 4 / SAT / 9:30-11:30 A.M. Location: Various cities around the world. Contact: or (310) 794-6737. Register:

Dinners for 12 Strangers

Nothing says “home” like 12 Bruins visiting around a warm, comforting meal. Dinners for 12 Strangers has grown to be a strong local and global university event, with 350 Bruin-hosted dinners last year. Host or attend a dinner in your area to connect with current students, share Bruin memories and be part of one of the most popular and longstanding traditions at UCLA.

FEB. 25-26, MAR. 5. Location: All across the globe. Contact: Web:

Every career is a journey. Prepare yourself for the professional world and a long, successful career with professional development opportunities in conjunction with the vast Bruin network, available through the UCLA Alumni Association.

For alumni who are looking for specialized professional growth, the Association has created two highly effective online career tools: UCLA ONE and InsideTrack. UCLA ONE is an online resource where you can learn professional advancement techniques, connect with other Bruins and find the career that is perfect for you. Representing “Opportunity, Network, Experience,” UCLA ONE is home to job leads and employment postings that are only offered to students and alumni. The multifaceted site also acts as a networking resource, building and linking Bruin alumni with peer-driven career advice and events. Regardless of where you are in the world, you can have a better career by taking advantage of the many professional opportunities offered by UCLA ONE. Visit for more details.

In partnership with UCLA Extension and the UCLA Career Center, Alumni Affairs proudly introduces InsideTrack, an online career service designed to unlock your full professional potential. The online platform offers many unique features, including customized and personalized career coaching for alumni like you. Through InsideTrack, Bruins can connect with professional career counselors who provide guidance at all career stages, as well as firsthand advice on sought-after fields. With detailed video tutorials, informative development workshops and customized career action plans, the platform is an affordable tool for getting the inside track on a prosperous career. Achieve more at

Professional growth is at the heart of every career development opportunity available to alumni. At UCLA Extension, for example, Bruins can elevate their knowledge and professional standing with courses and certificate programs that range from business administration to creative writing. Interested in making a career shift? UCLA Extension is an excellent place to explore various professional fields and areas of interest before making that life-changing — and often scary — career switch.

If you are searching for more professional engagement, you can gather with similar business-minded alumni in Bruin Professionals. This network, which is dedicated solely to career development, hosts localized alumni events throughout the year, including business mixers, happy hours and field-specific networking nights. Bruin Professionals is a robust network with 17 regional chapters in California. Search for a chapter in your area at and take advantage of your Bruin alumni community.

Want more details about the opportunities above or other career development programs offered by the Alumni Association? Visit or send an email to