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 coming in March. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.

MARCH 6 | 12:30 P.M.

Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy

The United States is a spider at the heart of an international web of surveillance and control, weaving in the form of globe-spanning networks — at least, that’s the view of author and researcher Abraham Newman, who’s spent years observing, documenting and scrutinizing the rise of the American security state. His new book, Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy, delves far beneath the topical facts on the average Facebook feed or cable news channel to reveal true stories, field-defining findings and original reporting, illuminating how the intersections of international conflict, post-Cold War economies and multinational companies have shaped the past, affect the present and inform the future. In this Zoom event, Newman will discuss the contents of his book and share his informed perspective on today’s economic interdependence and globalization in a conversation moderated by Leslie Johns, UCLA professor of political science and law. RSVP online for this event, sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and co-sponsored by the department of political science.

MARCH 7 | 7 P.M.

First Thursdays

Looking for a fun blue-and-gold outing in Westwood? (Of course you are.) Come to Broxton Avenue and celebrate the annual First Thursdays March theme: Game on! Take in a livestream of the UCLA men’s basketball team going head-to-head with Pac-12 rivals University of Arizona, and experience bungee and rock climbing adventures, esports and a lot more. RSVP here — if you’re game. 

MARCH 20 | 7:30 P.M.

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

Delving into trans art, artifacts, activism and resistance across time, artist Christ E. Vargas brings his new book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects to the Hammer Museum at UCLA for a panel discussion with fellow contributors, artists and creators Zackary Drucker, Edgar Fabián Friad, Raquel Gutiérrez, Amos Mac and Uri McMillan, UCLA associate professor. This conversation will cover the contents of Vargas’ literary project while also celebrating trans and nonbinary magic, artistic activism, anti-patriarchy creativity and transmasculine hirstories. Admission is free; seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.


Spotlight On: The Brazilian Filmmakers Collective

From spots ranging from the San Francisco Bay to the cobblestone streets of Montreal, Brazilian filmmakers live, thrive and create in urban pockets all over the globe. The Brazilian Filmmakers Collective, a hub founded in 2021, aims to assemble Brazilian creatives across the world, sharing resources and opportunities to elevate cinematic creativity and exploration. Over two days, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will tap into this network of talent and screen an exciting array of Brazilian films, including Grandma Has a Video Camera (screening March 1), about the definition of “home” in a rapidly globalizing world; Ecstasy, a sci-fi short about nuns in a mausoleum and how they’re affected by black holes (screening March 2); and The Pink Cloud, an eerie 2020 feature filmed before the pandemic, centered on a yearslong isolation caused by a mysterious and deadly cloud (screening March 2). These and other provocative works by the Brazilian Filmmakers Collective will be screened at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater for free, no RSVP required.

MARCH 3 | 7 P.M.

Into the Night: Eighth Blackbird

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet,” four-time Grammy Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird lights up the stage at the UCLA Nimoy Theater. Purchase tickets to witness forward-thinking musical magic in action.

MARCH 13 | 7:30 P.M.


The Hammer Museum transforms into its own miniature Koreatown during this one-night extravaganza celebrating the creative and cultural connections between Los Angeles and the South Korean capital. Enjoy the work of up-and-coming DJs and artists from both cities, like mindspray, Zo, Dwoo and many others. Better yet: These eye-opening performances are free. No RSVP required.

MARCH 16 | 8 P.M.

Cassette Roulette

Unscripted, hilarious and completely unique every time, Cassette Roulette redefines the classic cabaret shows you know and love. Creators John Cameron Mitchell and Amber Martin are at the mercy of the audiences who play cassette roulette, the fate-filled game that decides the evening’s songs, stories and characters. Purchase tickets for what’s sure to be an unforgettable night at the United Theater on Broadway. 

MARCH 22 | 7 P.M.

Alfredo Rodriguez

Havana-born Alfredo Rodriguez combines the sounds of his Cuban and jazz roots with the classical stylings of Bach and Stravinsky in a live piano performance at the Nimoy Theater. Since immigrating to the United States with nothing but a suitcase and sheet music in 2009, Rodriguez has reinvented himself as a musician by joining a new crop of jazz artists who honor their origins while pushing past the boundaries of the genre. Get your tickets here

MARCH 23 | 7:30 P.M.

The Rockford Files: Isaac Hayes “Gandy and Rockfish” Trilogy

Combine neo-noir Los Angeles, the megawatt star power of James Garner and the too-cool-for-school attitude of 1970s primetime television and you get The Rockford Files, the cliche-busting drama series where non-hero detective Jim Rockford gets shot at least once per episode. The UCLA Film & Television Archive have selected three episodes for showing at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater from the rarely seen Archive Television Treasures, one of the largest holdings in the United States. Watch all three episodes on the big screen as the characters fight crime, crack jokes, and explore the many twists and turns of smoggy, sun-drenched ’70s L.A. (ending each episode by putting the bad guys away, of course). No reservation or tickets required.


Fat Ham: West Coast Premiere

Meet Juicy, a young, queer Black man with a Shakespearean-sized dilemma: At a family wedding reception, his dead father suddenly appears, demanding his murder be avenged. What will the poetic and sensitive Juicy do? Awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for five Tony Awards — including Best Play — Fat Ham is one Geffen Playhouse tragicomedy you’ll want to devour. Get your tickets to the West Coast premiere.

MARCH 2 | 5 P.M.

Men’s Volleyball vs. USC

Pack Pauley and “blue” it out! Support the Bruins as they take on the Trojans in three simple ways: arrive early, wear blue and cheer loudly. Need another excuse to head to Pauley Pavilion? All general admission tickets are only $2 (yes, two bucks!) with the code “BEATSC.”  

MARCH 9 | 8 P.M.

Men’s Basketball vs. Arizona State

Its the Bruins versus the Sun Devils in this Alumni Association Appreciation game. Click here for a special alumni discount. Grab tickets to see a competetive Pac-12 matchup, exciting performances from the UCLA dance team and special tributes to UCLA basketball alumni and our seniors. 

MARCH 16 | 2 P.M.

Gymnastics vs. Clemson

Don’t flip out, but Clemson University is coming to Pauley. Whether you’re a Bruin groupie or a gymnastics newcomer, don’t miss out on the last regular season UCLA gymnastics meet of 2024 and the chance to cheer on our standout performers like Selena Harris, repeat winner of Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week. In addition to the usual fun, guests can make friendship bracelets, write a letter to a UCLA senior gymnast and submit their own videoboard message. Purchase tickets here and click here for information on free tickets for all active duty military and veterans.

MARCH 2224

Baseball vs. USC

Bring your friends and family to check out this three-games rivalry series against the USC Trojans. Come early to all three ball games: Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Wear blue and buy tickets here.

MARCH 12 | 7 P.M.

UCLA Softball vs. Rutgers

UCLA Athletics and the UCLA Alumni Association are proud to invite all alumni to this Alumni Association Appreciation Day. Visit Easton Stadium’s ticket window and receive four free admissions to UCLA Softball vs. Rutgers starting at 7 p.m. Alumni are required to bring their UCLA Alumni Association Member ID. If you do not have your Member ID, follow these instructions to print one:  https://bit.ly/AlumniMemberID. Go Bruins!

MARCH 16 | 9:30 A.M.

Changemakers 2024: Advancing Social Change and Preserving Culture in an Evolving Urban Landscape

Celebrate the power of alumni voices in effecting positive social change. Featured speakers will discuss the founding and evolution of the Little Tokyo Service Center and share insights into how the center responded to racist property laws, discriminatory immigration policies and the displacement of elders and low-income families. They will also share stories of how they ignited self-determination for Little Tokyo by preserving legacy businesses, working with residents to ensure greater community control and engaging in solidarity work with other communities of color facing housing insecurity to build more than 1,000 affordable housing units. RSVP and come to the Terasaki Budokan Center in Little Tokyo to learn more about the cultural histories that set the stage for todays fight for a better, more vibrant, more inclusive Los Angeles.

MARCH 21 | 6 P.M.

Your Moment of Truth: Finding Clarity in Your Career (and Life) in Uncertain Times with Jim Hjort ’94

Facing an unexpected career disruption? Contemplating a career change? Just feeling a touch stagnant or uninspired? This event is for you. Jim Hjort, an executive and career coach, will give you the knowledge and tools you need to respond to vocational stress in a way that not only promotes your long-term career growth and satisfaction, but also paves the path to self-actualization.

In this Zoom session, you will learn how to:

  • Understand your career as a crucial contributor to your happiness as a person.
  • Make wise choices even amid anxiety and uncertainty.
  • Identify and de-power the persistent, and often false, thoughts and beliefs that keep you stuck.
  • Use tools based on psychology and motivational science to make real, consistent progress toward your career and life goals.

For all this and more, RSVP here.

MARCH 22 | 10 A.M.

2024 UCLA Alumnae Conference

Join the 2024 Alumnae Conference at the James West Alumni Center to celebrate Women’s History Month. The day will include a keynote speaker, panel discussions, networking opportunities and a diverse community of Bruin alumnae. The day will consist of exploration in various areas of wellness, including career, environmental, financial, intellectual, mental, physical, social and spiritual — guiding principles on your path to holistic success. UCLA Alumni Affairs welcomes all women, nonbinary and transgender people of all ages and backgrounds to attend, share and learn from one another. RSVP and come to campus to celebrate Women’s History Month in a new, impactful way.