UCLA IS BRINGING THE BEST in arts and culture, community events and entertainment. From film screenings to art installations, August is full of exciting experiences for Bruins. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.
The UCLA Alumni Association has proudly hosted New Bruin Send-off events worldwide since 2013. Send-offs are often the first official UCLA event many new students attend. Hosted by affinity, diversity, regional and parent networks each summer, these casual and celebratory gatherings welcome students and their parents to the Bruin family. Events traditionally occur in person as backyard gatherings or potlucks in community parks, but many are also virtual. Each event is unique, but one common theme always emerges the strength and reach of the UCLA community.
AUG. 5 | 4 P.M.
Broadcast at a time when LGBTQ+ people were frequently depicted negatively on television, playwright Harvey Perr’s acclaimed period drama The War Widow dared to sensitively portray the gentle unfolding of two women falling in love. Following this screening, Perr and actress Frances Lee McCain will join LGBTQ+ historian Jenni Olson for a conversation about the film.
In The Evening Redness in the West (2006), Canadian artist Brian Jungen addresses the legacy of colonialism and violence in Hollywood Westerns. Informed by the artist's Dane-zaa First Nations heritage and influenced by indigenous craft and iconography, the work exemplifies Jungen's use of consumer goods and materials to question depictions of Native American experience in popular culture.
AUG. 19 | 4 P.M.
The Bruins will face off against the Anteaters in their first home game of the season. Head Coach Amanda Cromwell and her team hope to start the season strong as they welcome fans back to the Wallis Annenberg Stadium. This match will also be broadcasted live on the PAC-12 network.
AUG. 19 | 4 P.M.
The UCLA Film & Television Archive is hosting a special live webinar presented by Steven C. Smith, who will share selections from his extensive primary and archival research — including film clips, music cues and rare interviews with Steiner — to illuminate Steiner’s passions, his process and his lasting impact on the art and industry of film composing.
Houseguest is a series of exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in which an artist is invited to curate an installation drawn from the collections of the museum and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. For her Houseguest exhibition, the Los Angeles–based artist Monica Majoli ’89, M.F.A. ’92 presents works of art inspired by her experience at the Grunwald study room.
David Hartt’s The Histories (Old Black Joe) centers on two Jacquard-woven tapestries and a quadraphonic soundtrack arranged by the legendary musician Van Dyke Parks. The shared space of his installation offers an opportunity to study and listen to cultural pasts once removed, reflecting on the history of empire, postcolonial identity formation and the roles of painting and music at the intersections of race and geography.
This weeklong workshop will be taught by leading authorities in the historical, philological and material study of Arabic manuscripts. Co-organized by Princeton and UCLA, which house the two largest repositories of Islamicate manuscripts in North America, the workshop will equip emerging scholars with the basic tools to conduct research using original handwritten texts in Arabic script.
AUG. 24 | 5 P.M.
In the final program of this four-part concert-lecture series featuring Asher Shasho Levy, viewers will focus on the extensive body of Judeo-Spanish translations of the Selihot and High Holiday liturgy, in particular, those of Rabbi Reuven Eliyahu Israel, which form a unique part of the Seattle Rhodesli liturgy.
AUG. 26 | 4 P.M.
More than a decade before the emergence of Shirley Temple, Baby Peggy began her career as a diminutive dynamo in short silent comedies and became one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars. Later in life, as Diana Serra Cary, she authored several successful books on the subject of child actors, including her autobiography. This program offers a fascinating selection of Baby Peggy’s surviving films preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. This is a one-time live screening, including The Flower Girl (fragment) — not seen by audiences since the 1920s — in which Baby Peggy and her dog prepare for a playful day selling flowers. Introduction and post-screening conversation with David Stenn and associate motion picture archivist Steven K. Hill.