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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:

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Gymnastics: UCLA vs. Utah

The women’s gymnastics team is coming off a hot season after making it to the Super Six last year and performing strongly in both the uneven bars and balance beam. A showdown with Utah — who also made it to the Super Six last year — is sure to be exciting as UCLA returns five All-Americans from last year’s fourth-place squad. Returning are reigning NCAA bars and beam champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross, 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist Madison Kocian, 2017 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year Christine Peng-Peng Lee, and former U.S. National Team members Katelyn Ohashi and Felicia Hano. Among the newcomers to the squad are four-time U.S. National Team member Nia Dennis and German Olympic alternate Pauline Tratz.

FEB. 18 / SUN / 5 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women's Basketball: UCLA vs. Stanford

Unlike the men’s team, UCLA women’s basketball has continuity on its side. Three of the team’s top scorers from last season return, including senior guard Jordin Canada and senior forward Monique Billings, who were both selected in August to represent Team USA in the U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, ultimately helping to lead Team USA to victory. Last season was the first time the women’s team had made back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Picked by league media to win the Pac-12 title, the Bruins — whose roster includes eight returning juniors and seniors, as well as new faces such as guard Chantel Horvat and wing Kayla Owens — could very well make a third trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2018.

Junior Aaron Holiday. Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

JAN. 21 / SUN / 3 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $12 adult (reserved); $10 youth (reserved); $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under free; UCLA students free with BruinCard. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon

This won’t be the first time these two teams face down this season — UCLA will play Oregon on the Ducks’ home turf on Jan. 20. Both teams are experiencing losses this season; Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf left UCLA for the NBA and Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton graduated, leaving the Bruins without some of their firepower from last year. Oregon has lost seven top players, including heavy hitters Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey. UCLA, however, hopes to make up for the team’s losses with a freshman class that includes two McDonald’s All-Americans, Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes. The Bruins also return seniors Thomas Welsh and Gyorgy “G.G.” Goloman, junior Aaron Holiday and sophomores Prince Ali and Alex Olesinski, who both took redshirt years in 2016-2017.

FEB. 17 / SAT / 7:15 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic

The 2017 UCLA baseball team made great strides last season, finishing third in the Pac- 12 standings and making its second NCAA Regional appearance in the last three seasons. Starting pitchers Jon Olsen and Jake Bird return for another year in Westwood, as do last year’s offensive leaders Daniel Amaral and Michael Toglia. The Bruins will host college baseball powerhouses Vanderbilt on Friday (6 p.m.) and TCU on Saturday (2 p.m.) at Jackie Robinson Stadium before taking on crosstown rival USC at Dodger Stadium on Sunday in a game that has been decided by two runs or less in three of the last four seasons. Tickets for Sunday start at $10 and are good for the doubleheader (Vanderbilt- TCU and UCLA-USC) at Dodger Stadium.

MAR. 9-11 / FRI - SUN / VARIOUS TIMES. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium and Dodger Stadium. Tickets: Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS

Courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

Men's Basketball Pregame Parties

Celebrate with fellow alumni before the UCLA men’s basketball team takes on Colorado (Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m.), Stanford (Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m.), USC (Feb. 3, time TBA) and Oregon (Feb. 17, 4:45- 6:45 p.m.). Be sure to bring your Bruin pride and sport your BearWear. Enjoy food and drinks, then walk over to Pauley Pavilion together and cheer on the team. Go Bruins!

JANUARY - FEBRUARY. Location: James West Alumni Center, UCLA. For information:

Parent & Family Coffee Socials

Join us for a one-day-only, worldwide event as Bruin families gather to meet and mingle. Whether UCLA is across town or across the world, you can share your experiences and build your network with other people in your area who have students enrolled. Grab some coffee and chat about all things UCLA — or anything else.

FEB. 3 / SAT / 9:30 - 11:00 A.M. Location: Cities and towns across the world, including Atlanta, Kansas City and Abu Dhabi. For information or to register:

Dinners for 12 Strangers Turns 50

In 2018, Dinners for 12 Strangers will celebrate 50 laughter-filled years of food, conversation and fun. Last year, more than 3,700 students, faculty and alumni combined to attend more than 400 dinners in locations that spanned the globe. This proud university tradition — which falls under a suite of programs managed by UCLA’s Student Alumni Association — strives for even greater engagement and participation in this quinquagenary year.

Dinners for 12 Strangers came into being in 1968, during times of challenge and promise. Gasoline averaged 34 cents a gallon, and Apollo 8 carried the first astronauts into the moon’s orbit. Two American Olympic medalists protesting racial discrimination in the United States polarized the nation by raising a fist on the podium as the national anthem played. Today, gas prices are dollars per gallon, and SpaceX plans to send the first manned flight, after a 45-year hiatus, outside of Earth’s orbit to circumnavigate the moon. Athletes face censure for taking a knee during the national anthem for reasons that echo the past. The circular nature of time, challenge and promise only highlights the irrepressible spirit of Bruins willing to leave their comfort zones to come together in friendship.

Fifty years ago, Bruins did just that as UCLA’s Gold Shield Alumnae gave life to an idea that sought to diffuse the political acrimony on campus by bringing students, faculty and alumni together to share diverse viewpoints in a neutral and safe setting. Two dinners inspired a tradition of conviviality that has grown exponentially at UCLA and has been duplicated by universities across the nation. The golden anniversary of this program continues to celebrate the belief that a shared meal creates community.

The concept is simple. We eat to survive, but we eat together to connect and build camaraderie. Every Bruin is invited to participate as a host or guest. Students and faculty attend dinners in homes within 20 miles of campus. Dinners hosted by alumni for their peers have popped up in double digits in such international cities as Dublin, Mumbai and Nagasaki, while nationally there is representation in most states. Guests arrive with warm smiles and are greeted with open hearts. They begin the evening as strangers with different lives, majors and interests, but their shared common bond — UCLA — opens a door of trust that allows conversation to flow easily and enthusiastically. Long before they push back from the table, friendship and mutual respect have been easily given and accepted. By the end of the evening — amid the pleasant chaos of gathering purses and coats — an exchange of email addresses takes place as guests call out their final good-byes before getting into their cars, no longer strangers.

The dates for 2018 have been set — Feb. 24, Feb. 25 and March 3 — and spirited hosts are seeking Bruins like you to join them around the table. Your UCLA connection is lifelong. Discover the Bruin community that exists around you by allowing yourself to listen to other people’s stories and be willing to tell your own. Take a chance on this important UCLA tradition and reinforce your connection to the university you love.

For more information, visit www.alumni. or contact Alyson Beckman at

Courtesy of Christa Renee