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Winter 2020 Happenings


Published Jan 1, 2020 8:00 AM

An exclusive Bruin guide to the season’s best in UCLA arts and culture, community events, entertainment and sports.

EVENTS / Alumni Events

Rina Banerjee's Viola, From New Orleans-ah ... (2017). Courtesy of the Fowler Museum.


Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World

Rina Banerjee's Learn of Their Discovery (2013). Courtesy of the Fowler Museum.

Make Me a Summary of the World brings together several of Rina Banerjee’s monumental installations in conversation with more than two dozen sculptures, as well as a thorough selection of works on paper to create an otherworldly and multisensory space. Using a variety of gathered materials, ranging from African jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs and Murano glass, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition and culture prevalent in diasporic communities. These sensuous assemblages present themselves simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar, thriving on tensions between visual cultures and raising questions about exoticism, cultural appropriation, globalization and feminism. Her works are introduced with thought-provoking and poetic titles that are works of art and statements in themselves, ranging in length from 50 to nearly 200 words.

Location: Fowler Museum
Admission: Free
Info: (310) 825-4361

SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 5 P.M.

Men’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Cal (Centennial Celebration)

Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

The mighty UCLA Bruins will go up against Cal in a fierce home game at Pauley Pavilion. This game will also celebrate UCLA’s 100-year milestone, featuring limited-edition souvenirs, “Centennial Moments” and more.

Location: Pauley Pavilion
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN

JAN. 26-APRIL 19

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is the New York–based artist’s first museum survey exhibition in the United States. The exhibition traces Tishan Hsu’s key ideas and demonstrates how they clearly resonate in the works of younger artists coming of age today. In the mid-1980s, Hsu began a series of works that considered the implications of the accelerated use of technology and artificial intelligence and their impact on the body and human condition. His work is distinct from well-documented approaches to art making in the 1980s that relied upon strategies of appropriation, a use of references to popular culture, as well as Neo-Geo and other tendencies toward abstraction. Yet Hsu’s work takes on minimalist legacies in its reduced forms, and it processes the textures and colors of screens and other aesthetic clues of the emergent information age.

Location: Hammer Museum
Admission: Free
Info: (310) 443-7000


Piper Kerman in Conversation With Rachel Kushner

Piper Kerman got mixed up in a drug trafficking and money laundering operation soon after graduating from Smith College. In 2003, she was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. There she experienced the deep injustice undergirding the criminal justice system, which inspired her bestselling 2010 memoir, Orange Is the New Black — later turned into the Emmy Award–winning Netflix series. Kerman will discuss the challenges faced by incarcerated women with author Rachel Kushner, whose acclaimed novel The Mars Room explores the horrors of a women’s prison in California’s Central Valley.

Location: Royce Hall
Tickets: $29–$49
Info: (310) 825-2101

JAN. 31-FEB. 1

The Lady of Ro

Photography by Elina Giounanli. Courtesy of CAP UCLA.

The Lady of Ro immerses us in the ascetic world of a woman living alone on a small Greek island who questions the values she once held true. The play is inspired by the life of Despina Achladioti (played by Fotini Baxevani), the Greek widow known as the Lady of Ro — named after the isolated island near the Turkish coast that she called home for decades. When Achladioti was born, Ro belonged to the Ottoman Empire, then it passed to Italy — but she insisted on raising a Greek flag over her rocky home every day until it became Greek. The play examines what happens to the dreams we hold close during wartime, the ties that bind daughters and mothers, husbands and wives, folk legends and madwomen — and to the places they call home.

Location: Freud Playhouse
Tickets & Info: (310) 825-2101


Revenge Song

A rousing musical look at the real life of Julie d’Aubigny, a queer 17th-century French aristocrat. The cross-dressing swordswoman had an extraordinary life — she defeated three noblemen in duels after she kissed a young woman at a society ball, and her sweet contralto voice created key roles at the Paris Opera — before dying in a convent at the age of 33. In this world premiere, the New York–based theater company Vampire Cowboys may have created a new genre — a punk rock historical epic.

Location: Geffen Playhouse
Tickets & Info: (310) 208-5454

FEB. 7–9


As part of the 4th Annual Dance Festival at the Odyssey Theatre, UCLA professor Victoria Marks provides choreographic direction for the ambitious piece Pastoral, which began as a reimagining of the iconic 1944 dance-theater work Appalachian Spring. Challenging the U.S. foundational myth of the frontier, the artists seek to tell and retell stories about their relationships to land, nature and one another.

Location: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Tickets & Info: $15–$25. Student discount code: UCLADANCE

FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 11 A.M.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: UCLA vs. USC

Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Head coaches Jordan Wolfrum and Tom Stebbins dove into the season with the Bruins’ first ranked recruiting class since 2015. The Bruins will host USC in the hopes of adding another victory to their record, and the team is looking to best the Trojans in this crosstown showdown.

Location: Spieker Aquatics Center
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 6 P.M.

Women’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon State

Last year, head coach Cori Close M.Ed. ’95 led the Bruins to their fourth-straight appearance in the Sweet 16 and a fourth-place finish in a competitive Pacific-12 Conference. UCLA will go up against the Oregon State Beavers, looking to continue their steady climb to the top of the ranks.

Location: Pauley Pavilion
Tickets & Info: (310) UCLA-WIN

FEB. 21-22, 25-28, 29

Troilus and Cressida

Directed by UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television lecturer Rob Clare, an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist who has shaped productions of the Bard around the world, Troilus and Cressida is the tale of a young woman who yields to a princely suitor, only to find herself traded between two opposing camps in the course of a deadlocked, questionable war. Shakespeare’s play — a dark, satirical take on the tensions between armed conflict, love and honor — has a peculiar resonance for our times.

Location: Theater 1340 Macgowan Hall
Tickets & Info: (310) 825-2101

FEB. 29-MAY 10

Among Us

Photo courtesy of CAP UCLA.

Marike Splint is a Dutch theater maker based in L.A. who specializes in creating work in public spaces. Her latest work is an audio-theater experience that steers participants throughout the UCLA campus, creating opportunities to explore the tension between our desire to belong and our desire to be free. A voice heard through headphones prompts the spectators to consider how they relate to the strangers on the streets and what they can imagine about their lives. The experience culminates in a game of choices that illuminate hidden social structures that define us.

Location: UCLA campus
Tickets & Info: (310) 825-2101

MARCH 27-29

L.A. Hacks 2020 x UCLA 100

Photo courtesy of L.A. Hacks.

At this special multiday event, students from all over Southern California will converge on UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion to code, innovate and compete for the best idea prototype. The end result will be Southern California’s largest student hackathon: a frenzy of determined inventors with the skill sets to move the world forward.

Location: Pauley Pavilion
Admission: Free. Registration now open.