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Winter 2019 Happenings


Published Dec 14, 2018 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Photo by Pableaux Johnson.

New Orleans Second Line Parades: Photographs by Pableaux Johnson

Louisiana native Pableaux Johnson has photographed Second Lines — or Sunday brass band parades — in New Orleans for more than a decade. This exhibition presents more than 40 color portraits of members of African-American Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs (SAPCs). Originating as benevolent associations dedicated to charitable work within the black community, the clubs have taken to the streets on special occasions for generations.

THROUGH APRIL 28. Location; Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

This exhibition challenges fixed and familiar notions of places like Africa and Asia, and asks visitors to ponder how artistic practices lead people to remap their relationship to seemingly distant cultures. More than 150 artworks from Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Oman and India demonstrate how the region is a vibrant site of cultural convergence and illuminate Africa’s contributions to the artistic vocabulary of the wider Indian Ocean world.

THROUGH FEBRUARY 10. Location; Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

Hammer Projects: Math Bass

Working across a range of media, including painting and sculpture, Math Bass employs a distinctive language of abstract, brightly colored shapes and images to explore notions of multiplicity. Playing with bodily and architectural scale for the Hammer Museum’s lobby wall, Bass invites the viewer to inhabit a liminal space where definition and hierarchy are playfully subverted to allow for new possibilities of experience.

THROUGH FEBRUARY 17. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

UCLA Institute of American Cultures Film Festival: Celebrating 50 Years of Ethnic Stories

Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Comedy, Writer/Director/Producer Q&A, Entertainment, Food

*All films written, directed, produced and/or acted in by UCLA alumni.

FEBRUARY 1 / FRI / 11:30 A.M.-10 P.M. Location: James West Alumni Center. Admission: Free. Web:


Medea follows a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband. Medea uncovers our worst fears and, when combined with its psychological plausibility, is as terrifying today as it was almost 2,500 years ago.

FEBRUARY 1–2, 5–9 / 2 P.M., 8 P.M.. Location: The Little Theater, UCLA. Admission: $25. Phone: (310) 206-0426. Web:

Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse.

Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole

In this highly theatrical exploration into the soul of an American icon, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat “King” Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to “go out with a bang.” Songs such as “Nature Boy,” “It’s a Good Day” and “Smile” underscore this innovative look at one of America’s greatest talents.

FEBRUARY 5–MARCH 10. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $30 - $120. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Carrie Mae Weems: Past Tense

Acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems, deemed “one of the more interesting artists working in the gap between art and politics” by The New York Times, has created a new performance-based work, Past Tense. Through music, text, projection and video, Past Tense features singers Eisa Davis, Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri and Francesca Harper, poet Carl Hancock Rux and music director Craig Harris. The performance takes us on a deep dive into the enduring significance of the iconic Antigone and her profound relevance to our contemporary moment.

MARCH 8 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: $29-$59. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Courtesy of CAP UCLA.



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