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Winter 2018 Happenings


Published Jan 1, 2018 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

For the past 20 years, Taylor Mac has created award-winning performance events that provoke and embrace his diverse audiences with their passion. In A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Mac charts the history of popular music and activism in America, from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. This performance-art concert featuring many special guests will be presented over two weeks. The production won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

MAR. 15, 17, 22, 24 / 6 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: $45–$250; $15 UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis

This exhibition — the most comprehensive presentation of Bahian arts to date in the U.S. — explores the distinctive cultural role of the city of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia.

THROUGH APR. 15. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Stories of Almost Everyone

This exhibition is organized around the premise that objects of contemporary art possess narrative histories and inner lives that the conventions of display can only, at best, approximate. Through the work of more than 30 international artists, Stories of Almost Everyone seeks to address the means by which a broad range of contemporary artworks and artifacts traffic in meaning and mythology in equal measure.

JAN. 28 - MAY 6. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:


At once humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years to tell the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism and sheer will. In this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.

JAN. 30 - MAR. 4. Location: Geffen Playhouse/Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $25 - $90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

Ann Carlson: Doggie Hamlet

This full-length, outdoor performance weaves theatrical elements with competitive sheepherding trials. Two women, two men, one boy, three herding dogs and a flock of sheep in a fenced field perform, recalling the bucolic impression of a landscape painting or a 3-D pastoral poem. Ann Carlson borrows from dance, performance, theater, visual and conceptual art to create award-winning work that defies categorization.

FEB. 3 - 4 / SAT. - SUN. / 4 P.M. Location: Will Rogers State Historic Park. Admission: $59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

This large-scale, episodic painting cycle explores an overarching theme of feminism throughout southern Africa and considers the consequences of dividing labor practices by gender. Mokgosi’s emphasis on narrative storytelling enables viewers to compare what they see in the paintings to the realities of inequality and gendered labor divisions closer to home. The Brooklyn-based artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles will be a homecoming for Mokgosi, who received his M.F.A. from UCLA in 2011.

FEB. 11 - JULY 1. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Courtesy of the Fowler Museum.

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart sits imprisoned for pushing her claim to the throne of England, currently held by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. As she waits for a pardon, intrigue and secret alliances form in an attempt to save her from execution.

MAR. 2 - 3, 6 - 9, 10 / 8 P.M. Location: :Little Theater. Admission: $25. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Significant Other

In this smash-hit comedy from Bad Jews writer Joshua Harmon, 20-something Jordan is the life of the wedding party, until it dawns on him that he is “always a groomsman, never the groom.”

APR. 3 - MAY 6. Location: Geffen Playhouse/Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $25 - $90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:



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