UCLA PRESENTS THE BEST in arts and culture, community events, sports and entertainment. From film screenings to art exhibits, explore the unique and interesting experiences January and the New Year have to offer. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.

January 10 | 4 P.M.

Listening to Nina Simone’s Diary

Salamishah Tillet, professor of African studies and creative writing, brings her expertise on singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Tillet — winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for her critical work of Black perspectives in art and entertainment at The New York Times — will discuss Simone’s impact in music and civil rights, blending biography, criticism and cultural commentary. RSVP and come to Royce 314 to hear Nina Simone in an entirely new way.​​​​​​

JANUARY 16 | 8 P.M.

Momentum: Time and Space

Known for uplifting fellow artists and creating forums encouraging musical discovery, pianist Althea Waites brings her musical expertise, her love for celebrating the unnoticed and her international acclaim to the UCLA Nimoy Theater. In Momentum: Time and Space, Waites will feature the recently unveiled discography of Margaret Bonds, one of the first Black artists to gain recognition for her composing and performing in the 20th century. With arrangements of African American spirituals, Langston Hughes poetry and music from underappreciated Black composers, Bonds’ revolutionary work comes to life with Waites’ own flair and talent. Purchase tickets here


Potus: Geffen Playhouse

The Geffen Playhouse starts a new year of hilarious and thought-provoking plays with the Los Angeles premiere of POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. Written by Selina Fillinger from Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, this satirical show follows the president creating a PR nightmare and the seven women left to clean up the mess. Purchase tickets to see the comedic chaos of the West Wing on the Geffen stage, beginning with raucous hilarity and ending with irreverent commentary on which White House staffers actually get the job done. 

JANUARY 19 | 8 P.M.

Sammy Miller and The Congregation

A six-piece band of musical superstars jauntily crisscrossing the country in vaudevillian-fashion: what could be greater? All the way from New York City, Sammy Miller and The Congregation fill their joyous jazz performances with childlike wonder and a passion for bringing people together. Entangled with theatricality and an appropriate dose of ridiculousness, the group freely mixes vocal tracks, instrumentals and leading melodies in their energetic displays. Purchase tickets to join Sammy Miller and The Congregation on their exuberant, musical romp. 

JANUARY 27 | 8 P.M.

New Standards

Three-time Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington brings her latest project, New Standards, to life at Royce Hall. Focused on showcasing and elevating women, trans, and non-binary people, New Standards brings a fresh and women-led perspective to jazz and music composition. Special guests Ambrose Akinmusire, Ravi Coltrane, Dianne Reeves and more will join Carrington on stage to play selections from the New Standards songbook — from ballads to experimental compositions to classic jazz. Get your tickets to hear the expansive universe of jazz yourself. 


I Will Meet You Yet Again: Contemporary Sikh Art

The Fowler Museum at UCLA invites you to explore the paintings, posters, tapestries and multimedia installations celebrating Sikh culture. Intertwining motifs of home, holy scriptures, Sikh histories and legacies, this exhibition highlights new perspectives to centuries-old narratives of struggles and persecution. Tickets to this new exhibit, opening January 28, are free. RSVP and come January 27 and 6 P.M. for an opening celebration featuring music, performance and refreshments.

JANUARY 3 | 6 P.M.

Men’s Basketball vs. Stanford

If your New Year’s Resolution is to attend more exhilarating UCLA basketball games in the new year, this matchup with Stanford is the perfect place to start. Get your tickets and sport all your Bruin blue and gold for the first game of 2024.

JANUARY 4 | 5 P.M.

Men's Volleyball vs. Fort Valley State and Morehouse

Don’t miss men’s volleyball’s double-header season opener against Fort Valley State and Morehouse College in the inaugural HBCU/SoCal Challenge. After winning the NCAA Championship and becoming the school with the most (20!) national titles, the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this January. Purchase tickets to see the defending national champions in action.

JANUARY 26 | 7 P.M.

Women’s Basketball vs. Washington

Join your fellow Bruins in cheering on UCLA basketball against the Huskies of the University of Washington in this highly anticipated match. With the Bruins at their highest ranking (2nd nationally!) in program history for four weeks straight, expect an action-packed game filled with amazing play and plenty of UCLA pride. Get your tickets here

JANUARY 27 | 6 P.M.

Gymnastics vs. Washington

UCLA Gymnastics hosts the University of Washington for the first home meet of the season. There are only five chances to see the Bruins at home this year, so make sure to purchase your tickets, bring the energy and cheer on your reigning Pac-12 Gymnastics Champions. Get your tickets here.

JANUARY 8 | 3:30 P.M.

UCLA Alumni Town Hall: Bruins in Office

The UCLA Alumni Association and UCLA Government and Community Relations invite you to participate in its upcoming program “Bruins in Office,” a virtual fireside chat with UCLA alumni serving in elected office. Join California Secretary of State Shirley Weber ’70, M.A. ’71, Ph.D. ’75 and Pico Rivera City Council Member Monica Sanchez, M.A. ’04, Ph.D. ’12 in a moderated discussion highlighting each elected official’s paths to office and the importance of public service. RSVP now. 


Leslie A. and Dennis J. Drag Distinguished Lecture Series — Building SoFi Stadium

The UCLA Samueli Civil and Environmental Engineering Department invites you to The Leslie A. and Dennis J. Drag Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Mark Waggoner and Rafael Sabelli of Walter P. Moore, the lead engineers on the SoFi Stadium project. This year's conversation will center on the design and construction of the stadium, undoubtedly one of L.A.’s most iconic building projects of the last decade. RSVP for the event held in the Mong Auditorium in the Engineering VI Building to gain new perspectives on the future of Los Angeles engineering.

JANUARY 23 | 6 P.M.

Personal Development Workshop: Defining Your Values

This interactive workshop features a discussion of the power of values and why they're important for leaders of all ages — from recent grads and mid-career workers to seasoned professionals and retirees. They’ll be an exercise to help define and operationalize participants’ values, leaving attendees with a clear compass to guide decisions, filter connections and more. Purchase your ticket and come to the ServiceNow Office in San Diego for a night of self-discovery, interactive workshops and networking

JANUARY 25 | 9 A.M.

Alumni Mentor Program Shadow Day

Bring your Bruin expertise to the Alumni Mentor Program Shadow Day. In this program, Alumni and students will select one day to participate in a job “shadow” experience so that students can learn, firsthand, what their mentor’s careers are all about. For remote workers, space will be made available for mentorship meetings on Friday, Jan. 25 in the James West Alumni Center Founders' Room. RSVP here to pass on your valuable wisdom, experience and acumen to the future Bruin workforce.