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

NOVEMBER 2 | 7:30 P.M.

Hammer Forum: Why Is It So Hard to Build Housing in L.A.?

Journalist Anna Scott — host of KCRW podcasts Samaritans and City of Tents — continues the Hammer Museum at UCLA’s series on the Los Angeles housing crisis with a new panel. Scott joins a panel of developers and policymakers to discuss the obstacles to getting more housing built in Los Angeles and possible solutions to combat homelessness in the city. Admission is free and seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

NOVEMBER 6 | 6:30 P.M.

A Conversation with Regina Wallace-Jones

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs hosts a conversation with Regina Wallace-Jones M.P.P. ’99, CEO and president of tech nonprofit ActBlue, which builds tools for Democratic political candidates and progressive organizations. Wallace-Jones will discuss her dual-track career working in both business and political spaces. A former mayor of East Palo Alto, she has also served as an engineering executive at companies like eBay, Facebook and Yahoo. Held at the UCLA James West Alumni Center, this event — and all future lectures in this series, which celebrates UCLA Luskin alumni — is free with RSVP.


Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living 

The Hammer Museum’s 2023 iteration of its Made in L.A. series continues this month with unique and invigorating programs. Highlighting artists of all kinds in the greater Los Angeles area, this biennial exhibition features performances through November in addition to traditional art installations. Feast your ears on a ​​​​​​sonic performance by Mas Exitos as artist Gary “Ganas” Garay creates an electromagnetic mural or attend a book launch about Indigenous intersectionality co-presented with the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. And, celebrate Trans Awareness week on the 13th with artist Page Person, who uses a multisensory performance, humor, storytelling and audience participation to combat anti-drag and anti-trans rhetoric. Each of Made in L.A.’s November events is free.


The Little Syria Show

Mixing hip-hop, Arabic instrumentation and ḥakawātī oral storytelling traditions, this performance joins genres, history and culture to create a layered and dynamic production. Performers Omar Offendum, Ronnie Malley and Thanks Joey use music to reimagine Lower Manhattan’s once vibrant neighborhood Little Syria, a former cultural hub of Middle Eastern artists and intellectuals. Come for the unique musical experience and stay for the healing stories about immigration, fighting xenophobia and living the American dream as this trio takes the stage at the UCLA Nimoy Theater. Get your tickets for Friday or Saturday’s show here.

NOVEMBER 11 | 7:30 P.M.

Thank You For Your Queerness 

This Veterans Day, celebrate LGBTQ+ service members at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater, with screenings of cinematic representations of queerness in the military. Hosted by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the only program dedicated to preserving LGBT images and film, this night brings together representation, appreciation and art. Screenings include the 2015 French film Fort Buchanan, which follows sexually fluid army spouses, and the 1947 experimental short film Fireworks, about a restless young man fantasizing about sailors — from recently deceased film icon Kenneth Anger. Admission to this event is free.

NOVEMBER 16 | 5:30 P.M.

The Florentine Codex: A Treasure of Indigenous Mexican Culture

The centuries-old Aztec encyclopedia comes to life with this presentation from the UCLA Latin American Institute, American Indian Studies Center and the Getty Research Institute. Written by Aztec elders and a Franciscan friar in a Mexico City college, the 12-book Florentine Codex is one of history’s most valuable resources in understanding Aztec history and the Spanish-led invasion of Mexico. Come to the Fowler Museum at UCLA’s Lenart Auditorium this month to see the new, high-resolution digital version of the codex and more than 2,000 illustrations by Indigenous artists. Tickets are free and no reservation is required.

NOVEMBER 18 | 8 P.M.

As We Speak

Royce Hall welcomes Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer — three wildly different musicians coming together for unique collaborations. Hear Fleck’s bluegrass, Hussain’s Indian classical and Meyer’s western classical styles blend together to bridge musical genres in an entirely new, whimsical way. Watch these seemingly stand-alone performances join forces to create what the San Diego Union-Tribune calls “music magic.” Purchase your tickets here

NOVEMBER 19 | 7 P.M.

Flash Gordon

The UCLA Film & Television Archive hosts the world premiere of the newly restored 1936 superhero serial film Flash Gordon, the inspiration behind George Lucas’ Star Wars. This one-night binge session has it all: ancient religion, advanced technology, jaw-dropping cliffhangers, menacing iguanas, imagined planets and more. Recently restored by the archive from 35mm nitrate original picture negatives, this is one premiere you won’t want to miss. Admission is free with no reservations; seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the Billy Wilder Theater.


Men’s Water Polo vs. UC Irvine

Come root for the men’s water polo one last time as the Bruins take on UC Irvine in their final home match of the season. The Bruins are attempting to maintain their perfect season and continue their monthslong winning streak, though it won’t be easy with UC Irvine ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Tickets to this match at the Spieker Aquatics Center are free.


Women’s Soccer vs. USC

The regular soccer season ends with a crosstown rivalry game against the University of Southern California. As the NCAA championship tournament approaches, this is one game the Bruins definitely want to win. Get your tickets now to watch the reigning national champions take on the Trojans at Wallis Annenberg Stadium.

NOVEMBER 11 | 6 P.M.

Football vs. Arizona State

UCLA takes on Arizona State University in the historic Rose Bowl in their Veteran and Armed Forces Appreciation Game this month. Don your red, white, blue and gold as UCLA recognizes veterans with surprise pregame and halftime performances. Get your tickets for one of the last regular season home games now to cheer on the mighty Bruins and stellar players like running back Carson Steele, who ran for three touchdowns against Stanford last month.


Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal

Don’t miss the women’s volleyball team as it competes in the last home game of the year against UC Berkeley. Watch the cross-state rivalry in action as the Bruins take on the Bears in Pauley Pavilion. With both teams having their ups and downs this season, this Sunday match could be one of the most exciting of the season. Get your tickets here


Football vs. Cal

It’s also your last chance to watch UCLA football with this season closer against UC Berkeley. Celebrate the send-off of another great season in the final Rose Bowl home game for the squad’s senior players. Purchase tickets here.


UCLA Game Watch Parties

Catch the fun of UCLA watch parties this November! Connect with other Bruin faithful at bars, restaurants and other locations that host watch parties for Bruin games and sports events. Visit the Bruin watch party page to find a gathering near you.

NOVEMBER 8 | 6:30 P.M.

EmPower Hour: Beyond the Screen, Amplifying Voices of Women of Color in Entertainment

In this program, a panel will lead an in-depth discussion that reflects upon and draws from the entertainment industry expertise and experiences of successful alumnae of color. Panelists Kai Bowe 94, Emmy-nominated showrunner and Oprah Winfrey Network executive,  and Adriane Hopper-Williams 94, an award-winning executive producer, will engage in thought-provoking conversation on inclusive storytelling, equitable practices in film and television, and how alumni women of color have found ways to channel commitment to social change into their artistic and professional work. RSVP is required for this event held in the Founders Conference Room of the James West Alumni Center.


International Education Week: UCLA’s Expanding Role as a Global University

Tune in to an International Education Week fireside chat with Cindy Fan, UCLA’s vice provost for international studies and global engagement. The event’s moderator is John Arboleda 96, the co-founder and managing partner of A New Kind of Leadership, a Barcelona and New Jersey-based leadership program. As UCLA’s senior international officer, Fan has the inside track on the university’s growing presence on the world stage. RSVP to learn how Fan and UCLA are achieving this goal — and how the university, alumni and students all stand to benefit.

NOVEMBER 15 | 6 P.M.

Beat ’SC Rally

The Beat ’SC rally, one of the largest annual outdoor gatherings on campus, embodies the tremendous spirit and loyalty of UCLA students, fans and alumni. Come cheer our Bruins at Wilson Plaza in the lead-up to a potential victory versus the Trojans this year!

NOVEMBER 19 | 7 P.M.

Alumni Association Appreciation Day: UCLA Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal

In partnership with UCLA Athletics, the UCLA Alumni Association is proud to present Alumni Appreciation Days. Association members enjoy four free admissions to select home games, including the women’s volleyball match against UC Berkeley. Get your tickets and enjoy Pauley Pavilion as you root for your Bruins.