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 February offers. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.


Racial Baggage: Mexican Immigrants and Race Across the Border

Author meets critic in this conversation about the racialization of immigration, hosted by the UCLA Center for the Study of International Immigration. Join Sylvia Zamora, assistant professor of sociology at Loyola Marymount University, and Kelly Lytle Hernández, professor of history, African American studies and urban planning at UCLA, as they discuss Zamora’s new book, Racial Baggage: Mexican Immigration and Race Across the Border. Learn about how Mexico’s color-conscious hierarchy — or “pigmentocracy” — and how the United States’ Black-white binary creates an evolving social phenomenon affecting immigration, race relations and the future of international identity. Bunche Hall, Room 10383; no RSVP required.

FEBRUARY 22 | 4 P.M.

How the Idea of Tianxia Can Help Us to Reimagine the Global Order

The Chinese concept of Tianxia, or “All Under Heaven,” has shaped Chinese political thought for centuries, rooted in ancient philosophy and Confucianism, and refers to the idea of a universal order in which all realms unite under heaven. But what can it contribute to contemporary Western thought? This two-part presentation will critically examine Tianxia before then exploring the cultural diversity and new visions in a developing post-hegemonic political landscape. No RSVP is required for this event at Bunche Hall 10383, featuring Liu Qing, professor at East China Normal University, and hosted by the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and the UCLA International Institute.


The Healing Project

Composer and artist Samora Pinderhughes brings his love of music and activism to The Healing Project, a multidisciplinary investigation of the prison industrial complex in the United States. Pinderhughes uses moving testimonials, strikingly honest lyrics and original film to present a bold form of storytelling rooted in compassion and social change. Get your tickets and come to Royce Hall to experience and examine this form of didactic media and performance.


Black Cypress Bayou

The Geffen Playhouse hosts the world premiere of Black Cypress Bayou, a Southern mystery filled with hilarity, comeuppance and suspense. Vernita Manifold and her daughters harbor the biggest secrets in town; when the town tycoon suddenly dies, the Manifold women are thrust into the center of bubbling drama. With their relationships, the legacy of their ancestors and their town at stake, the Manifolds must find ways to uncover the truth and right many wrongs — and maybe get some revenge along the way. Purchase your tickets here


Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s–1970s

The Hammer Museum at UCLA’s newest exhibit is the first North American exhibition to explore Korean art in the aftermath of the Korean War (1950–53). Displaying art rooted in innovation, provocation and experimentation through painted sculptures, silent films and striking photographs, Only the Young showcases how a generation undertook both new expression and escaping the past. The exhibition features some of South Korea’s most symbolic works, capturing a lesser-known moment in Korean cultural history. No RSVP or tickets required.


Riding the Rollercoaster: An Artist’s Life in Los Angeles

UCLA alumnus India Carney ’15 curates and performs in this two-night celebration of music and young artists at the UCLA Nimoy Theater. Calling upon her time in the YoungArts program, an initiative identifying and celebrating trailblazing young artists, Carney brings Los Angeles’s newest and most innovative up-and-comers to the stage with her. Enjoy a night (or two) of the next generation of great musicians, their lyrics and uplifting art; get your tickets here. 

FEBRUARY 23 | 7:30 P.M.

I’m No Longer Here

The UCLA Film & Television Archive hosts a screening of the 2019 Mexican drama I’m No Longer Here at the Billy Wilder Theater. Follow main character Ulises’ melancholic journey from Monterrey, Mexico, to New York through fashion, music and choreography. Director Fernando Frías de la Parra includes performances by amateur actors, overlaps cinematic genres and experiments with nonlinear narratives. Come see why I’m No Longer Here was one of 15 shortlisted films at the 93rd Academy Awards and stay after the showing for a Q&A with Frías de la Parra. No reservations required; seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

FEBRUARY 24 | 7:30 P.M.

Preserving Historic Color Videotape: Mr. Television

Milton Berle was known as “Mr. Television” for a reason — a pioneer of the form, the iconic actor and comedian dominated the medium in the 1950s. Known for a prolific career lasting eight decades, the actor performed in more than 75 shows and seven Broadway productions, including NBC’s Texaco Star Theater. Recently, the UCLA Film & Television Archive preserved a rare gem, the oldest known entertainment program to survive on color videotape: The Kraft Music Hall Starring Milton Berle, from 1958. In addition to unveiling the debut color recording, the archive will screen other recovered selections from Berle’s Kraft series, featuring icons Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Griffith and Sammy Davis Jr., and more. Come to the Billy Wilder Theater — no RSVP or reservation required — to witness entertainment history.

FEBRUARY 24 | 8 P.M.

Dan and Claudia Zanes

Early rock and roll, sea shanties, Haitian folk songs and gospel blues come together at the Nimoy Theater this month. Grammy Award–winning performer Dan Zanes and vocalist Claudia Zanes join forces to mix genres in the creation of a therapeutic, uplifting and energetic musical experience. The Zanes couple will perform songs from Dan’s old catalog — from his tenure as a guitarist in the band the Del Fuegos — and songs from their newest album, Let Love Be Your Guide. Get tickets and bring your family to dance and sing the night away in this sensory-friendly concert.

FEBRUARY 1 | 7:30 P.M.

Men’s Basketball vs. Oregon State

Its the Bruins against the Beavers in this highly anticipated match against Oregon State University. Halftime performances will be from Icarus Contemporary Dance and Little Bruin Spirit Performance. UCLA faculty and staff are eligible for special discount ticket offers. Make your purchase here.


Stacy Winsberg Memorial Softball Tournament

Softball season opens with the 20th annual Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium. While the season officially begins with a game against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., the fun continues throughout the weekend. Come watch the games against the University of Texas Longhorns on Friday at 6 p.m. or the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls on Sunday at 1 p.m.; both teams finished in the top 15 in the final 2023 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll. Purchase tickets here

FEBRUARY 10 | 6 P.M.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Long Beach State

Head to Pauley Pavilion to see one of the best matchups of the 2024 men’s volleyball season with this game against Long Beach State University. Both teams rank in the top 5 nationally and with the NCAA Championship fast approaching, a UCLA win over Long Beach State could indicate another national title on the horizon for the Bruins. Purchase your tickets here

FEBRUARY 19 | 2:30 P.M.

Gymnastics vs. Utah

UCLA hosts the University of Utah at Pauley Pavilion. Witness the energetic excellence of Bruins like Chae Campbell, who performed her sixth perfect 9.950 vault at the Mean Girls Super 16 meet last month. Get your tickets now. 


Men’s Basketball vs. USC

Don’t miss the big SoCal college basketball rivalry. Get your tickets to see the Bruins take on the Trojans right at home in Pauley Pavilion. Don’t forget to don your UCLA blue for this “Blue Out” game — and bring your best eight-clap!

FEBRUARY 26 | 6 P.M.

Women’s Basketball vs. Colorado

See why UCLA women’s basketball is ranked as one of the best teams in the nation in this game against the University of Colorado, Boulder. While the Bruins have been ranked in the AP Top 5 all season, Colorado has never been too far behind. Purchase tickets here to see the Bruins and the Buffs battle it out in their final Pac-12 season.


Alumni Association Appreciation Day: UCLA Softball vs. Maryland and Texas Doubleheader

UCLA Athletics and the UCLA Alumni Association are proud to invite all alumni to Alumni Association Appreciation Day. Visit the Easton Stadium ticket window and receive four free admissions to UCLA vs. University of Maryland and UCLA vs. University of Texas in this doubleheader event. Find out more information and see the upcoming Alumni Association Appreciation events here

FEBRUARY 12 | 5:30 P.M.

UCLA Luskin Public Policy Alumni Speaker Series: A Conversation with Sandeep Prasanna

Sandeep Prasanna M.P.P. ’15, J.D. ’15, UCLA Luskin M.P.P. Alumnus of the Year 2022, is a proud double Bruin based in Washington, D.C. As a lawyer and policy expert, Prasanna has advised U.S. senators, representatives and Department of Justice officials on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges, including hate crime laws, gun violence prevention, international and domestic terrorism, and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Prasanna currently works as a senior advisor at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, a D.C.-based law firm, where he focuses on congressional and other complex government and corporate investigative matters. Join Prasanna and hear from the investigative counsel for the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States. RSVP to hear Prasanna’s perspective at the UCLA Public Affairs Building.

FEBRUARY 15 | 7:30 P.M.

A Real Right to Vote: Richard L. Hasen & Erwin Chemerinsky

Throughout history, too many Americans have faced needless barriers to voting. Part of the blame falls on the U.S. Constitution, which does not contain an affirmative right to vote. Richard Hasen, director of the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA Law and author of the new book A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy, draws on troubling stories of state attempts to disenfranchise military voters, women, African Americans, students, former felons, Native Americans and others, arguing how American democracy can and must do better. Joining Hasen is dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law and leading scholar of the U.S. Constitution, Erwin Chemerinsky.


Dinners for 12 Strangers

Every year, on one of three nights, members of the Bruin community come together. Last year, Dinners for 12 Strangers transitioned to a hybrid format allowing participants to choose the option that was best for them, and hosted more than 100 in-person and virtual gatherings around the world, involving more than 1,000 Bruins keeping the tradition alive. This year, the program continues in a hybrid format. Alumni can sign up to be an in-person host to students and faculty or sign up to gather with other alumni, either in-person or virtually — the choice is yours! Hosting a gathering or attending a gathering is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and connections and reengage with the UCLA community. Sign up to host your own Dinners for 12 Strangers here

FEBRUARY 29 | 6 P.M.

Rosenfeld Hall Tour: Hub for Cutting-Edge Training, Technology and Collaboration

UCLA was among the first institutions to integrate simulation technology and techniques, which has now become a standard for medical education, surgical training, and healthcare team training. The UCLA Simulation Center and CASIT (Center for Advanced Surgical & Interventional Technology) welcome UCLA Alumni to tour three floors of the new state-of-the-art facility and experience live interactive demos of simulation training tools, including robotics, virtual reality and more. RSVP to learn more about the UCLA Simulation Center and see the future of medical education.