UCLA PRESENTS THE BEST in arts and culture, community events, sports and entertainment on and around campus. From book readings to concerts, May is full of exciting experiences. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.


MAY 3 | 5 P.M. 

The Relationship Between Government and Nonprofit Sector in China: A Network Perspective

Professor Ji Ma

The Chinese government plays a role in the country’s nonprofit work, but to what extent exactly? And in what way does this relationship affect Chinese philanthropy? Here to challenge misconceptions and delve into the minutiae of this intricate relationship, Professor Ji Ma of the University of Texas, Austin, will analyze existing tensions and possible redistributions of government sponsorship. This free webinar is made possible through the support of the Cyrus Tang Foundation.

MAY 4 | 12 P.M. 

Opportunities With the Peace Corps

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about joining the Peace Corps, or maybe you have burning questions regarding the process — whatever your level of interest, this informational session has the answers. Nonprofit veteran and Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Jeffrey Janis brings his extensive experience with the Peace Corps to offer attendees inspiration, opportunities and assistance with applications. The UCLA Career Center hosts this one-hour event. RSVP here.

MAY 4 | 12 P.M.–4 P.M.; 7 P.M.–10 P.M.

May First Thursdays: Joy Fest

Spring Sing is in the air at this month’s First Thursday all-day event! Begin the day at the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market, where you can discover the Spring Sing lineup ahead of the anticipated show. Later, the evening block party continues the artistic celebrations with a variety of student performances and art exhibitions. Come ready to dine at one of the many food trucks and arrive early to increase your chances of winning giveaways. Reserve your free ticket here.

MAY 8 | 12 P.M. 

Until the Storm Passes: Politicians, Democracy and the Demise of Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

During Brazil’s 20-year military dictatorship, the country saw a notable attitude shift among its political elites. Bryan Pitts, assistant director of UCLA’s Latin American Institute and author of Until the Storm Passes, will discuss his newly published book and the transforming opinions toward democracy and mass mobilization that occurred in Brazil from 1964 to 1985. Pitts will be joined by Ben Cowan from UC San Diego’s history department for this free hybrid event. Register here.

MAY 6 | 7:30 P.M. 

Making Waves

UCLA Film and Television Archive presents this exciting series of films from contemporary filmmakers of color. Marking the final installment of the series, Free Chol Soo Lee follows the wrongful conviction of a 20-year-old Korean immigrant in 1970s San Francisco and the subsequent movement that rallies to demand his freedom. Following the documentary screening, filmmakers Julie Ha and Eugene Yi will speak about their relationship to the case and be joined by activists who were involved in the Free Chol Soo Lee campaign, a member of the formerly incarcerated Asian American community, and a representative of the UCLA Korean American Student Association. The screening will be held in the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

MAY 10 | 7:30 P.M. 

Some Favorite Writers: Sigrid Nunez

Described as an “excellent literary massage of sorts” by the New York Times Book Review, Sigrid Nunez’s new novel, What Are You Going Through, approaches terminal illness with equal parts levity and empathy. In honor of its release, the Hammer presents a special reading by the award-winning author, followed by a discussion with the series organizer and UCLA Professor Mona Simpson. This free event will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

MAY 12 | 8 P.M. 

The Small Glories

Folk duo The Small Glories creates a musical atmosphere that is both larger-than-life and poignantly intimate. Delivering songs about love, loss and the beauty of natural landscapes, singers Cara Luft and JD Edwards are sure to elicit the full spectrum of emotions from audiences. The performance will take place at Royce Hall Terrace, where the music and atmosphere will be perfect for singing and clapping along. Tickets may be purchased online.

MAY 19 | 7:30 P.M. 

Spring Sing 2023

Spring Sing

One of UCLA’s most enduring and highly anticipated annual traditions returns in this dazzling display of Bruin talent. The acclaimed showcase presents UCLA’s most promising performers across categories of song, dance and sketch comedy. With previous performers including breakout artists Sara Bareilles ’03 and Maroon 5, you never know which up-and-coming stars and hidden gems will take the stage! Hosted by the UCLA Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association, the event will take place at Los Angeles Tennis Center. Purchase tickets here.

MAY 22 | 3 P.M. 

Approaching Composition from a Non-Eurocentric Perspective

Shahab Paranj Ph.D. ’21, a post-doctoral scholar of Iranian music, sets off a timely discussion of the cultural appropriation that Turkish and Persian music often faces in Eurocentric compositions. Engaging with the various components that define Turkish and Persian music, the panel will analyze issues of authenticity that composers may face when seeking to incorporate non-Eurocentric elements into their music. The panel discussion will take place in the Schoenberg Music Building’s Green Room. Register for priority seating.

MAY 25 | 7:30 P.M. 

Voluspa Jarpa: UCLA Department of Art Lecture


From Shanghai to Paris to Buenos Aires, Chilean artist Voluspa Jarpa’s works have toured the world of exhibitions. Jarpa will investigate the notion of the archive, analyzing the construction of memory and history through various materials in this special lecture co-hosted by the UCLA Department of Art at the Hammer. Using declassified documents, state symbols and personal narratives, Jarpa creates a discourse on ways to emancipate ourselves from hegemonic structures in a search for a more transparent historical account. This free event is seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

MAY 6 | 6 P.M. 

Social Welfare 75th Anniversary Gala and Reunion

Social Welfare Photo Collage

Seventy-five years after social work became a field of study at UCLA, the Department of Social Welfare invites alumni, students, faculty and staff to celebrate the achievements and individuals who have shaped the field since 1947. The gala will also feature the notable presentation of the annual Joseph A. Nunn Social Welfare Alumnus of the Year award, which honors the impact of distinguished alumni. The gala will be hosted at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center; RSVP online.

MAY 6 | 12 P.M.; 2 P.M. 

UCLA Alumni Bruin Bash — UCLA vs. Cal Baseball​​

Get into the blue and gold spirit! Join alumni and friends for a family-friendly pregame bash. Beginning at noon, Jackie Robinson Stadium will serve as the site for ballpark food, performances from the UCLA Alumni Band and exclusive UCLA Alumni giveaways. Attendees will also get to watch the Bruins warm up before seeing them play against UC Berkeley in the 2 p.m. game. In honor of UCLA Athletics’ Alumni Association Appreciation Days, alumni can receive up to four free tickets to the game. Bruin Bash tickets may be purchased online; game tickets sold separately.

MAY 12 | 7 P.M.; MAY 13 | 6 P.M.; MAY 14 | 12 P.M. 

Baseball vs. Oregon State

Join friends and fellow fans in cheering on the Bruins, as they take on Oregon State University in this three-game series. Featuring special team day pricing for Sunday’s game, reserve tickets in advance and enjoy a wonderful weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets may be purchased online.

MAY 20 | 10 A.M. 

UCLA Athletics Open House — Pauley Pavilion Presented by Wescom

UCLA Athletics invites you to step behind the scenes for its annual open house event at Pauley Pavilion. Whether you’re hoping to scout out seats for the upcoming basketball season, or explore the team locker rooms, celebrate your love for Athletics and enjoy giveaways, games and special appearances. This event is open to the public and free to attend.