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


Amir H. Fallah: The Fallacy of Borders

On display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, The Fallacy of Borders presents 25 colorful, visually decadent and richly autobiographical cross-media works of Amir Fallah M.F.A. ’06. Containing themes of diaspora and homeland; inheritance and appropriation; and working across a variety of textures and mediums, the survey exhibition quite literally stands alone, marking Fallah’s first solo museum presentation in Los Angeles.

 FEBRUARY 2  | 12:00 P.M. 

UCLA First Thursdays: “Westwood Wonder”

Glimpse the cosmos without having to leave the streets of Westwood at this month’s stellar-themed UCLA First Thursdays. Replete with meteorite displays, telescopes offering views of Mars and the moon, and an out-of-this-world dance floor, Broxton Avenue will transform into its very own “city of stars” for the event’s evening block party. During the day, the Westwood Village Farmer’s Market will host a different kind of exploration — a “Mentorship Café” where students can look to the future and chat with UCLA Alumni from various industries to gauge professional interests.

 FEBRUARY 9  | 7:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 10  | 2:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 11  | 10:00 A.M., FEBRUARY 12  | 11:00 A.M.

Stacy Winsberg Invitational

Let the softball season commence! Easton Stadium is once again hosting the softball invitational honoring UCLA alumna Stacy Winsberg ’86 and her immense contribution to the sport. Bruin pride will be unmatched this weekend as UCLA takes on Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount University and University of San Diego in a thrilling four-day extravaganza. Strike Out Cancer will be providing gifts for early fans, so plan to arrive before the first pitch!

 FEBRUARY 12 | 11:00 A.M. 

Family Flicks: Ponyo

Filled with high adventure and childlike wonder, Hayao Miyazaki’s whimsically animated film offers escapism for the whole family at this Sunday matinee. Screening at the Billy Wilder Theater, this classic continues the monthly Family Flicks tradition facilitated through the partnership of the Hammer Museum at UCLA and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

 FEBRUARY 14 | 7:30 P.M. 

Liz Goldwyn

Love is on the brain this month, but is it in your body? Discover a nuanced sense of love for yourself and your community by joining writer, filmmaker and artist Liz Goldwyn at the Hammer for a guided interactive meditation. Goldwyn’s mastery in conducting breathwork will be amplified by the transportive live soundscapes played by Soulei Goe, creating a space primed for physical tranquility. This free event will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

 FEBRUARY 22 | 7:30 P.M. 

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases, with Erwin Chemerinsky

This three-part Hammer Forum series is tackling all things Supreme Court, offering engaged citizens an accessible way to actively understand the decisions that affect them. One of the nation’s foremost constitutional scholars and dean of UC Berkeley Law Erwin Chemerinsky returns for this second installment to cover the current term and the potential ramifications of the court’s possible decisions. Arrive at the Hammer early, as this is not a ticketed event.

 FEBRUARY 23 | 8:00 P.M. 

MVF Band

It’s a banjo! It’s a guitar! No, it’s the tar — the long-necked instrumental companion to Armenian bards and now the revolutionary centerpiece to the jazz arrangement for MVF Band (short for Miqayel Voskanyan and Friends). At times percussive but also elegantly poignant, the tar embodies the innovative range of MVF Band. Their quest to reimagine Armenia’s age-old sounds and challenge the conventions of genre spans the last decade, leading them here to enlighten and delight the audiences at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

 FEBRUARY 25 | 7:30 P.M. 

Bruce Lee: “The Way of the Intercepting Fist”

Perhaps you know Bruce Lee for his incomparable martial arts skills, but Lee’s athletic prowess is merely one aspect that contributes to his enduring legacy. The Billy Wilder Theater’s two-part screening reacquaints viewers with Lee as philosopher, actor and martial artist through his seminal roles in Longstreet: “The Way of the Intercepting Fist” and Enter the Dragon. Following the screening there will be a special Q&A with Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, author of Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee.

 FEBRUARY 25 & 26 | 12:00 P.M. 

Dinners for 12 Strangers

Every year, on one of three nights, UCLA students, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in the treasured tradition of these intimate gatherings hosted by UCLA alumni. This unique opportunity unites various members of the Bruin community, allowing them to connect and make new friends through their shared Bruin identity. Dinners for 12 Strangers adopted a hybrid format last year, and the tradition has never shone brighter with more than 100 gatherings and 1,000 Bruins keeping the tradition alive and well. This year, the tradition continues to accommodate Bruins virtually and in person. Visit the link in the title above for more information on hosting and/or attending one of these acclaimed gatherings.

 FEBRUARY 26–28 

Music and Justice

Artists and academics join forces in this groundbreaking intersection of music, race and social justice. The first two days of the three-day event will be hosted on UCLA campus with a rich program, featuring world premieres, panels and opening remarks by Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA, Anna Spain Bradley. Chief among the musical offerings is a rare performance of jazz legend Dave Brubeck's large-scale tour de force The Gates of Justice. Brubeck’s sons appear as the accompanying jazz trio for the cantata written in the name of cultural healing and unity after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Find further program details, including times and event locations, at the link.