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


 OCTOBER 29–NOVEMBER 7 | 10 A.M.–7 P.M., NOVEMBER 8 | 7 A.M.–8 P.M. 

The Hammer: California General Election Polling Place

Why not cast your vote while casting a glance over the curatorial magnificence of the Hammer Museum at UCLA? Through Nov. 8, the Hammer will serve as an official Vote Center for the California General Election, offering those wishing to cast their ballot the added opportunity of visiting exhibitions featuring Joan Didion and Bob Thompson. The Vote Center will be located on the museum’s courtyard level with the galleries and exhibitions just mere steps away (open during gallery hours).

 NOVEMBER 3 | 12 P.M. 

UCLA First Thursdays: “Friendsgiving”

Come celebrate with your community at this month’s “Friendsgiving”-themed First Thursday event! Begin the day by shopping the seasonal fare at the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market, and later draw inspiration from cooking demos led by celebrity chefs at the evening block party. For those wishing to embrace the spirit of giving, the UCLA Volunteer Center’s Winter Wishlist campaign will be set up at the farmers market, accepting food donations such as water, roasted coffee, jam and juice boxes. A QR code will also be available for those wishing to give a monetary donation.

 NOVEMBER 3, 12, 15, 18, 29 | 7:30 P.M. 

Can’t Get That Monster Out of My Mind: Joan Didion and Cinema

Throughout November, experience Joan Didion through the films that defined her life. From a John Wayne classic to an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play, enjoy five different film screenings that all bear the mark of Joan Didion’s influence. Whether Didion is credited for the screenplay, or the film is marked as her favorite, these various films find their commonality in their relationship to Didion. This film series coincides with the Hammer’s ongoing exhibition Joan Didion: What She Means and is copresented by the Hammer and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Admission is free.

 NOVEMBER 4 | 10 A.M. 

Tech + Society Conference 2022: New Visions 

Can the unintended consequences of technology be mitigated? What does affordable health care have to do with technology? Join UCLA Anderson’s Easton Technology Management Center at the Tech + Society Conference to engage with these pertinent questions, as well as many more! Tickets are available at a discounted rate for UCLA students, staff and faculty. RSVP required.

 NOVEMBER 6 | 3 P.M. 

Spinning, Spinning, Turning, Directing: A Portrait of Bob Thompson

The enduring influence of Bob Thompson’s powerful art continues to transcend generations and spark conversations. Join one such conversation as curator Erin Christovale, whose Thompson exhibition is currently on display at the Hammer, invites two scholarly giants to discuss the expansive themes in the inventive African American painter’s work. Writer and artist Ashon Crawley and MacArthur Fellow and curator Kellie Jones bring their vast research backgrounds to bear on Thompson’s brief but impactful mid-20th-century career in this culturally resonant symposium. 

 NOVEMBER 7 | 5:30 & 8:30 P.M. 

Women’s Basketball vs. Cal Poly, Men’s Basketball vs. Sacramento State

One night, two games, limitless school spirit! Come support both the women’s and men’s basketball teams as they kick off the 2022–23 season in Pauley Pavilion. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Pauley’s reopening, every ticket purchased for the men’s game at 8:30 includes a general admission ticket to the women’s game at 5:30. 

 NOVEMBER 8 | 4–5:30 P.M. 

Opening the Doors to Contemporary European Literature: The Lake

In search of a gripping new read? Join Czech author Bianca Bellová for a reading of her award-winning novel, The Lake. Set amid the former Soviet empire, Bellová enlivens the dystopian fiction genre with this coming-of-age story about an orphan named Nami. Copresented by UCLA Library and the Czech Consulate General of Los Angeles, the reading will be followed by a discussion and audience Q&A where light refreshments will be provided. RSVP requested. 

 NOVEMBER 12 | 9:30 A.M. 

All Roads Lead to Westwood: The Village and UCLA

It’s a wonderful day in the [Westwood] neighborhood! The Los Angeles Conservancy is here to introduce you to the true identity of the neighborhood via guided or self-guided tours to three of Westwood’s most distinct areas. Whether you’re a local or want to become a Bruin for the day, get to know Westwood by meeting the community, exploring its legacy businesses and witnessing the ongoing efforts to preserve  Westwood’s historic places. Tickets are available at a discounted rate for UCLA students and employees.  

 NOVEMBER 12 | 8 P.M. 

Tigran Hamasyan

Armenian American pianist Tigran Hamasyan is one of the most distinctive virtuosi of his generation, fusing jazz improvisation with a wide array of folk influences from his native Armenia. Described as a “musical omnivore,” Hamasyan thrives when inspired by a variety of styles – from rock to classical to the subject of his latest album: the classic American songbook. In his newest album, StandArt, Hamasyan brings his improvisational chops to deconstructed takes on old favorites, participating in American musical traditions while at the same time challenging familiar categories. 


Football: UCLA vs. USC

Mark your calendar in anticipation of the hugely anticipated Bruin football game against our crosstown rivals — the USC Trojans. Bond with fellow Bruins at the Rose Bowl and rally behind the team as UCLA strives to secure the Victory Bell for the second straight year. 

 NOVEMBER 19 | 7:30 P.M. 

Lost African American TV: Robert L. Goodwin’s The Upper Chamber

One of the first Black writers for network television, Robert L. Goodwin not only wrote, but also produced and co-starred in this powerful drama exploring the lives of four men on death row awaiting execution. The heights of Goodwin’s acclaimed work will also be celebrated by the accompanying screening of a Goodwin-penned episode of the Emmy Award-winning series Insight. After the screening, stay for a conversation between Goodwin’s son, Robert Goodwin Jr., and Ina Archer, media conservation and digitization specialist for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

 NOVEMBER 30 | 8 A.M.–6 P.M. 

Asian American & Pacific Islander Policy Summit

Are you interested in influencing the future of California? In this late-pandemic environment, the time is ripe for change-making conversations and actionable recommendations that can steer California toward achieving social justice for all. The AAPI Policy Summit will bring together students, researchers and leaders to have in-depth conversations on topics including diversity, equity and inclusion, and combatting hate. Lunch and a networking reception will be included. Tickets are required, with a discounted rate available for UCLA students.