UCLA PRESENTS THE BEST in arts and culture, community events, sports and entertainment. From film screenings to concerts, April is full of exciting experiences. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.

APRIL 6 | 12:00 P.M. 

UCLA First Thursdays: “Arts Avenue”

UCLA First Thursdays’ all-day event is kicking off Earth Month by hosting climate conversations at the Westwood Farmers’ Market. Shop the market’s array of homegrown produce, then stop by the pop-up to learn about UCLA climate resilience planning and how to upcycle your old clothing through screen printing. Starting at 7 p.m., Broxton Avenue invites you to embrace its creative side in an artistic-themed night of hands-on activities, live performances and art making by ArtLab. Reserve your free ticket in advance!

APRIL 7 | 11:00 A.M. 

Identity War in Ukraine: The Power of Cultural Resistance

Ihor Poshyvailo

Almost a year after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, an estimated 1,189 cultural objects have been destroyed in Ukraine in a devastating display of the war’s toll on Ukrainian heritage. In this virtual installment of UCLA/Getty Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series, the general director of Maidan Museum, Ihor Poshyvailo, discusses cultural resistance in times of war, including issues of safeguarding and retrieving lost art. Register for the webinar.


APRIL 14 | 9–11:30 A.M., 1–6 P.M.; APRIL 15 | 9–5 P.M.

International Conference on Forced Migration

When did forced migration become the norm, not the exception? During this two-day conference, this topical issue will be examined in different settings, beginning with a discussion of a new book The Refugee System. Keynote addresses will outline the current inefficiencies of the immigration system. The conference concludes on Saturday, with a conference featuring papers written by scholars from around the globe on this pressing topic. Visit the site to register and check session locations.

APRIL 4 | 7:30 P.M.

Cao Fei: Short Films

Cao Fei Short Films

Chinese contemporary artist Cao Fei weaves together the quotidian and the surreal in three short films offering glimpses of Chinese society in the early 2000s. Loud atmospheric sound —at times tempered by soft piano — accompanies the visuals in the films. The suite of shorts presents a layered range of contexts and themes, from adolescent escapism in Cosplayers to the unexpected elegance of ballet dancers within a factory in Whose Utopia. Hosted at the Billy Wilder Theater inside the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the screening coincides with the Hammer’s exhibition, Cruel Youth Diary: Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection, which also features Cao Fei’s work.

APRIL 5 | 7:30 P.M.

Schoenberg Art Walk

Schoenberg Art Walk

Come take a walk through Schoenberg Music Building and witness an eclectic exhibition of student projects in dance, film, music, acting and visual mediums. Featuring student artists from the Herb Alpert School of Music, the School of the Arts and Architecture, and the School of Theater, Film and Television, this exhibition is a self-guided art showcase. Exhibits will be interspersed throughout the building. Roam the hallways, classrooms and outdoor spacesto interact with artists — and find inspiration. 

APRIL 6 | 5:30 P.M.

Cyberfeminism Index: Nora Khan, Lauren Lee McCarthy & Mindy Seu

Nora Khan, Lauren Lee McCarthy and Mindy Seu

Chronicling over 700 entries of digital activism, Cyberfeminism Index traces three decades of feminist art and academic and activist writings in this analog repository of online work. To celebrate the book’s release, the Hammer brings together editor of Cyberfeminism Index, Mindy Seu, computer programmer Lauren Lee McCarthy and writer, editor and curator Nora Khan for an intersectional discussion of the different aspects of the book. This event is free to the public.

APRIL 19 | 7:30 P.M.

Resonances: Music of Armenia

Internationally acclaimed folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan leads the Lernazang Ensemble in its Hammer debut for this evening celebration of Armenian music. Also set to perform: the VEM Ensemble, in their annual performance of Armenian classics, led by artistic director and UCLA professor Movses Pogossian. In commemoration of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, the event will be introduced by associate director of the Armenian Music Program Melissa Bilal. This Hammer Museum event is free to the public.

APRIL 21 | 7:30 P.M.; APRIL 22 | 11:30 A.M.

Orphan Film Symposium: All-Television Edition​​​​​

Giving home to the lost, neglected, forgotten and rare works of television, this two-day symposium promises an exclusive look at seldom seen films. Spanning eight decades from the 20th century, the eclectic and diverse array of restored gems will be introduced and contextualized by a range of scholars, artists and activists. This free event is held at the Billy Wilder Theater and hosted by Dan Streible, the symposium’s founder, and May Hong HaDuong M.A. ’06, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

APRIL 29 | 7:00 P.M.

Vocal Night: A Tribute to Los Angeles Jazz and Blues Legend, Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison

An L.A. institution, Barbara Morrison played at Disney Hall, small jazz clubs and everywhere in between in a career that spanned five decades. She performed alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and Etta James and recorded solo albums. She built an L.A. music community, opening the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park in 2009, and also taught on the UCLA faculty for 26 years. Enjoy the free tribute concert at Lani Hall. 

APRIL 29 | 8:00 P.M.

Perla Batalla & Quetzal

Forming an unlikely but powerful collaboration, Grammy-nominated Perla Batalla brings her classical, operatic sounds to the stage with rock band Quetzal in this multiethnic celebration of Latinx culture. Blending rock and jazz, Quetzal will be performing songs from its newest album, Puentes Sonoros, an ode to the band’s Jarocho music roots. Come to Royce Hall prepared to sing and dance! Tickets may be purchased online.

APRIL 30 | 10:00 A.M.

Drop the Needle

Aspiring producers, managers and artists in UCLA’s new music history and industry program present Drop the Needle: Remixing the Music Industry, a showcase for the degree’s Senior Capstone projects in research, entrepreneurship and creativity. Highlights will include musical performances, first listens to recordings, presentations about student-built software companies and record labels, and research papers focused on the contemporary music industry. This daylong event in Lani Hall gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned from UCLA’s music industry program. Bonus: plenty of food, refreshments and inspiration.

APRIL 30 | 7:00 P.M.

Dream House Quartet

Beautifully balanced with its instrumental combo of two guitars and two pianos, the Dream House Quartet boasts four individually renowned musicians. Composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner from The National and David Chalmin of La Terre Invisible play opposite the internationally acclaimed sister duo Katia and Marielle Labèque in this masterful fusion of classical and contemporary. The quartet’s premiere U.S. tour will include a newly commissioned work from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, further amplifying the musical prowess on stage at Royce Hall. Tickets may be purchased online.

APRIL 6 | 7:00 P.M.

UCLA Latino Alumni Association at UCLA vs. USC Men’s Volleyball

UCLA Latino Alumni Association volleyball players

The UCLA Latino Alumni Association invites you to Pauley Pavilion to cheer on our men’s volleyball team as they take on the University of Southern California. The Bruins finished the 2022 season ranked No. 5 and were recently ranked No. 1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference. Show up for your team and show your pride in Bruin blue and gold! RSVP online for a free ticket to the evening block party.

APRIL 11 | 11:30 A.M.

The Town & Gown Affiliates of UCLA: An Inside Look at UCLA Athletics

Join The Town & Gown Affiliates of UCLA in the James West Alumni Center for a special event featuring Martin Jarmond, UCLA’s Alice and Nahum Lanier Family Director of Athletics. Hear updates and insights into the future of UCLA Athletics while networking with your local Bruin community.

APRIL 13 | 5:00 P.M.

Jaquez Family Scholarship Fund Dinner

Family photo of Jaime Jaquez, Jr. with his parents, his sister Gabriella and their brother

The Latino Alumni Association and the UCLA Alumni Association are proud to invite you to a special evening at Pauley Pavilion’s Pavilion Club to honor the distinguished Jaquez family and celebrate the launch of the Jaquez Family Scholarship Fund.

The Jaquez Family is the embodiment of what it means to be a Bruin — with hard work, education and heart being the pillars of its members’ success. Jaime Jaquez Jr. has been a cornerstone for the UCLA men’s basketball team over the last four years, while his younger sister Gabriela recently began her collegiate career on UCLA’s women’s basketball team. The Jaquez siblings grew up in a family filled with educators who spent endless hours supporting them, whether at the gym or at their desks. RSVP to celebrate this inspiring family’s commitment to academic success.

APRIL 20 | 6:00 P.M.

Spring Forward: Drop the Baggage and Leap into the Career (and Life) That’s Waiting for You with Jim Hjort ‘94

Jim Hjort ‘94

If you’ve ended up feeling stuck in your work life — or your whole life — over the past couple of years, you’re not alone. We’ve had no shortage of global and domestic crises to distract and disorient us. But other factors are always influencing us in the background: conditioning in our early years that served others’ needs more than ours; living in a society which, in some ways, relies upon our most self-destructive instincts for its functioning; and an inherently ambivalent human brain. Even in the best of times, it’s hard to manage it all in a way that produces sustained well-being and fulfillment, and when we have trouble doing that, sometimes we blame ourselves and feel like our own worst enemy. In this Zoom session, Jim Hjort ’94, an executive and career coach, licensed psychotherapist and UCLA staff clinician, will help you understand how to tap into the clarity and motivation you need to reclaim a life in which you can be at your best.

APRIL 14 | 6 P.M.; APRIL 15 | 2 P.M.; APRIL 16 | 1 P.M.

Baseball vs. UC Davis

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day on April 15th, stake out your spot at Jackie Robinson Stadium for an all-baseball weekend as UCLA takes on UC Davis. Special ticket promotions will run all weekend long, with UCLA faculty and staff eligible for four free tickets at the box office. On Sunday, buy tickets for you and a friend with a Title IX offer of two tickets for $9 with code TITLEIX. Purchase tickets online.

APRIL 23 | 12 P.M.

UCLA Alumni Bruin Bash — UCLA vs. Arizona State Softball

Join the pregame gathering in the James West Alumni Center before the UCLA vs. Arizona State University softball game at Easton Stadium. Enjoy ballpark fare, such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Special guest appearances include The Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez ’93 and others. First pitch is at 2 p.m. Batter up!