UCLA IS BRINGING THE BEST in arts and culture, community events and entertainment. From symposiums to sporting events, October is full of exciting experiences for Bruins. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.


The Enigmatist

From the creator and performer of the hit virtual production Inside the Box comes an immersive experience of puzzles and cryptology. Following a sold-out New York City run in 2019, renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong brings his popular in-person show to the Geffen Playhouse.

 NOV. 4–7

The Tune In Festival

The return of The Tune In Festival will feature more than 30 artists and ensembles over four days, joining together to pay respect to the time-honored tradition of music and poetry as sources of resilience, protest and inspiration. This event is curated by performance poet J. Ivy and pianist Lisa Kaplan in close collaboration with Kristy Edmunds, Creative Advisor at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance.

 NOV. 5 | 3 P.M.

Dancing through the Diaspora

Dancing through the Diaspora is a personal reflection about Iranian dance through a diasporic lens by Melieka Fathi. This intimate discussion will include artistic insights about the genres of Iranian dance, music, and choreographic practices used in the Iranian dance scene today.

 NOV. 9 | 4 P.M.

Property, Personhood and Police: Counter-Mapping Nuisance

Thinking, organizing, and mapping from Louisville, Kentucky, and Los Angeles, California, this event will explore how the policing of nuisance has become a tool for neighborhood transformation and racial banishment. Join us as we discuss the ways that organizing has been, and continues to be instrumental, in resisting these emerging racialized property logics.

 NOV. 9–DEC. 12

Paradise Blue

It’s 1949 in Detroit, and trumpet-playing club owner Blue has a tough decision to make. Should he sell his jazz joint as gentrification is banging on the door? In Tony Award-nominated playwright Dominique Morisseau’s (Ain’t Too Proud, Skeleton Crew) powerful noir-inspired drama, a makeshift family and their troubled bandleader find themselves fighting for the future of Paradise.

 NOV. 10 | 11 A.M.

Curator's Choice: Feather Embellishments in Mexican Huipiles

Join the Fowler Museum at UCLA and Elena Phipps, scholar of textile traditions of the Americas, in welcoming Hector Meneses Lozano, director of the Museo Textil de Oaxaca. The program will briefly trace the history of the huipil and highlight some of its special features.

 NOV. 10 | 1 P.M.

Finding Work-Life Balance With Sami Toussi ’11

This interactive workshop focuses on a three-step process to discover which areas of your life are misaligned with your long-term goals. Explore where you are today versus where you would like to be, and how to close that gap to step into the best version of yourself.

 NOV. 12 | 7:30 P.M.

Mystery of the Wax Museum / Doctor X

Mystery of the Wax Museum, the 1933 follow-up to 1932’s Doctor X, surpassed its precursor at the box office but took on legendary status after it fell out of circulation and was thought to be lost for decades. While a nitrate print of the film was discovered in 1969, it wasn’t until 2019 when the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation were able to utilize modern restoration techniques — and another nitrate print source — to give the film a digital restoration upgrade.

Doctor X, the first horror feature shot entirely in color, is also one of the earliest American serial killer movies — about a serial killer with cannibalistic tendencies, at that! Even with all this going for it, the color version of Doctor X almost became a lost film after the industry shifted from two-color to three-color Technicolor and the Production Code Administration imposed new strictures on content in 1934. Warner Bros. took pains to shoot a black-and-white version simultaneous with the color production (much to the chagrin of Technicolor) but the full spine-chilling impact of the film’s lighting and production design — intended to be seen in color — remained blunted for decades until this new digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation


 NOV. 13 | 7:30 P.M.

Chameleon Street

The sole directorial feature film effort from polymathic Black writer-director-actor Wendell B. Harris Jr., 1990’s Chameleon Street portrays the extraordinary true story of Detroit-based con man William Douglas Street Jr., who, in the 1970s and 1980s, posed as an Ivy League student, magazine reporter, gynecological surgeon, and corporate lawyer in an unbelievable stint of socioeconomic climbing. Newly restored from the original camera negative by Arbelos Films under the supervision of Harris, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to present the Los Angeles theatrical premiere of this nearly-lost masterstroke of independent Black cinema.

 NOV. 15 | 12 P.M.

Lunch & Learn: Sandrine Colard on Photo Cameroon

The Fowler is pleased to welcome Sandrine Colard, scholar of modern and contemporary African art history and independent curator, for a program inspired by the images taken by Jacques Toussele, Joseph Chila and Samuel Finlak and featured in Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture 1970–1990s. Colard will draw on her extensive research in African photography to discuss the advent of the medium on the continent, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 NOV. 15 | 8 P.M.

UCLA Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert

The UCLA Percussion Ensemble comprises students performing from the ever-growing volume of percussion ensemble literature. The Percussion Ensemble presents one public performance each quarter, and this event will mark the Percussion Ensemble's return to live performance.

 NOV. 16 | 11 A.M.


DEFER is renowned as one of the pioneering members of the original Los Angeles graffiti scene. Join the Fowler and DISRUPT to welcome DEFER and learn more about how he built his career and what inspires his art, including Asian calligraphy, the Mexican American community of Los Angeles and the use of stream-of-consciousness to weave deeper social and political commentaries into his work.

 NOV. 16 | 5 P.M.

Meet the Musician: Composer Charles Fox

Award-winning composer Charles Fox is best known for his contributions to the music of TV, film and the pop world, with such major songs as “Killing Me Softly,” the theme to the “Love Boat,”, and the theme to “Wonder Woman.” Yet, some of the compositions he is most proud of are those with Jewish themes, such as an opera he wrote inspired by the novel The Chosen, liturgical music and more. Meet Charles, learn more and hear some of his music.

 NOV. 17 | 5:30 P.M.

Alumni Town Hall With Kal Penn ’00

Actor, director, producer and former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn '00, can now add author to his credits with the release of his memoir You Can't Be Serious. Join Penn to be inspired and motivated by a Bruin who shows us that multifaceted goals are attainable.

 NOV. 17 | 6 P.M.

Beat ’SC Rally

The Beat ’SC Rally, one of the largest outdoor gatherings on campus, embodies the tremendous spirit and loyalty of UCLA students, fans and alumni. There will be games, giveaways, food trucks, music and — weather permitting — a bonfire. Come cheer our Bruins onto victory against the Trojans in this year’s football clash!

 NOV. 23

Men’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Gonzaga

UCLA and Gonzaga, two of the nation's top men's basketball teams, are set to meet in the 2021 Empire Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The rematch of the ESPY-winning "Best Game," along with the rest of the games in the tournament, will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast on television.