UCLA IS BRINGING THE BEST in arts and culture, community events and entertainment. From music performances to lectures, April is full of exciting experiences for Bruins. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.


 APRIL 6 | 7:30 P.M. 

Nervous About Your Recital? Sports Psychology Applied to Music Performance

The UCLA Percussion Studio is thrilled to present sports psychologist Nicole Detling. Co-author of Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind, Detling has worked with several Olympic medalists and world champions as well as professional athletes from the NBA, the NFL and MLB. She will discuss enhancing one’s musical performances through mental skills training.


 APRIL 9 | 9 A.M. 

Homes for All: Building Coalitions for Equitable Planning in L.A. County

Cities in Los Angeles County face a requirement to build 800,000 new homes over the next eight years. This event will focus on the lessons that can be learned from coalitions in places such as Seattle, Minneapolis, the East Bay and elsewhere that have achieved political and legislative wins in recent years while strengthening protections for those most vulnerable to displacement.


 APRIL 10 | 10 A.M. 

Alumnae Sip & Share

Home brew morning coffee with Sahra Nguyen ’09 of Nguyen Coffee Supply. Along with the coffee brewing demo, Nguyen will discuss the story behind her success and how she effectively made a difference in the world. There also will be a live Q&A.


 APRIL 11 | 12 P.M. 

Patrisse Cullors: F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free

Join in on a worldwide electric slide online with artist Patrisse Cullors and DJ collectives Everyday People in New York City and Cumbiatón in Los Angeles. This program invites everyone around the globe to move together, united by a groove and the freeing act of dancing.


 APRIL 12 | 12 P.M. 

Anne Holtrop: “Site, Matter, Gesture”

The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design will welcome Anne Holtrop, founder of Studio Anne Holtrop and associate professor at ETH Zurich. To view this free lecture, which will be held on Zoom, you must RSVP.


 APRIL 13 | 5:30 P.M. 

EmPower Hour: Reginaldo Francisco del Valle

Join UCLA Alumni Diversity Programs & Initiatives for this Activating the Activist session, which will focus on the contributions of Reginaldo Francisco del Valle, an activist, legislator and UCLA’s Latino forefather. In partnership with UCLA Health’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, this event will feature Dr. David Hayes-Bautista and Seira Santizo Greenwood ’10.


 APRIL 15 | 4 P.M. 

The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

Written, directed and produced by Juleen Compton, The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean is the story of a clairvoyant teenage girl, Norma Jean (Sharon Henesy), who is taken advantage of by a boy band. Film preservationist Jillian Borders and Maya Montañez Smukler, who heads the Archive Research and Study Center, will introduce the film at the screening.


 APRIL 15 | 7 P.M. 

DakhaBrakha

Firmly rooted at the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theater, DakhaBrakha’s musical spectrum is both intimate and riotous, plumbing the depths of traditional and contemporary roots and rhythms and inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation.”


 APRIL 16–25 

Bruin Run/Walk

This year’s 21st annual event will be held virtually, and runners are encouraged to participate in the 5K from the comfort and safety of their own neighborhoods. Registration ends on April 15. Proceeds will benefit the Painted Turtle, a year-round medical specialty camp for children who have serious medical conditions.


 APRIL 20 | 5 P.M. 

Inna Faliks Featured in Jewish Music Masterclass

Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances, genre-bending interdisciplinary projects and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. She has performed on many of the world’s great stages with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Faliks, who is a professor and head of piano in the music department at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, will discuss the inspirations behind her performances.


 APRIL 22 | 4 P.M. 

Two by Sarah Maldoror

Filmmaker and theater artist Sarah Maldoror died last April due to complications from the coronavirus. In partnership with the Black Feminism Initiative at UCLA, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present two of Maldoror’s markedly distinct works: her first short, Monangambé (1969), and her satiric French television film, Dessert for Constance (1981). RSVP to view the free screening.


 APRIL 22 | 5 P.M. 

Frank B. Wilderson III: Afropessimism and the Status of the Subject

Afropessimism, Frank B. Wilderson III’s unique work of literature, philosophy and memoir, asks the question: Why does race — in its myriad manifestations — seem to color almost every pore of our moral and political universe? Wilderson will discuss this provocative question and how a perpetual form of political, intellectual and cultural slavery continues to define the Black experience.


 APRIL 24 

She Is Called: Dear Stranger

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus — in collaboration with theater artists Janani Balasubramanian, Charlotte Brathwaite, Sunder Ganglani and Tareke Ortiz — remixes works by celebrated contemporary composers with poetic, handwritten letters by the chorus members. The project offers a meaningful at-home experience of a youth chorus’s voice and perspectives on personhood, community and connection.


 APRIL 29 | 4 P.M. 

Split: Portrait of a Drag Queen

A portrait of International Chrysis (1951–90), the celebrated drag queen who, from the tender age of 14, graced Manhattan’s nightlife. Chrysis made her screen debut in Frank Simon’s documentary The Queen (1968) as one of dozens of contestants in the All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. Years later she appeared briefly in Sidney Lumet’s Q&A (1990). This program includes filmmaker Ellen Fisher-Turk in conversation with cultural critic Ernest Hardy.


 APRIL 29–MAY 2 

Beach Volleyball: Pac-12 Championship

The back-to-back NCAA champion Bruins will host the 2021 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championship at Mapes Beach at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Pac-12 Network will televise the tournament, which concludes on May 2 with the championship match.


 APRIL 30 | 12 P.M. 

Thinking Gender 2021: Care, Mutual Aid and Reproductive Labor in a Time of Crisis

Join the UCLA Center for the Study of Women for a webinar featuring keynote presentations and a conversation with Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, and Melanie Yazzie, assistant professor of Native American studies and American studies at the University of New Mexico. They will discuss the subject of mutual aid, abolitionist politics of care and radical relationality.


Read more from UCLA Magazine’s April 2021 issue.