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


Gosette Lubondo: Imaginary Trip

Congolese photographer Gosette Lubondo’s Imaginary Trip is a series of photos that probe the intersections of memory and architecture, examining tensions between residual colonial constructs and contemporary life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With each photo, Lubondo winds her way through the lingering remnants of her country’s colonial past. Witness schools and stations once humming with movement that conjure the ghosts of a bygone waystation — a fitting metaphor for both Lubondo’s journey and the memory of previous generations who passed through.


UCLA Football Game Watch Parties

Don’t miss the fun of UCLA football watch parties. Visit the Bruin watch party page to find a gathering near you and come root (and do the eight-clap) for your favorite team alongside other Bruin faithful.

 SEPTEMBER 7 | 12 P.M.

Secret Chord Concerts — Episode 4

Secret Chord Concerts is a free on-demand video series that spotlights today’s top Jewish musicians, and Episode 4 features a collaborative performance by two groups, Tsvey Brider and Baymele. The two ensembles will perform stylistically diverse compositions reminiscent of 20th-century Yiddish modernist poetry and Jewish Eastern European music.

 SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28 | 12:30 P.M.

Art Lectures at Lunch

The curatorial department of the Hammer Museum at UCLA leads free, insightful discussions about artists every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. This month, curators survey the works of photographer Diane Arbus, visual artist John Divola M.A. ’74, painter Albrecht Dürer and installation artist noé olivas.


New Bruin Send-off Celebration: Parents & Families — Session 3

While parents and family members are welcome at all Alumni Association celebration events, they may have more specific questions as the school year gets underway. Come out to the New Bruin Send-off for parents and families, co-hosted by the UCLA Parent & Family Association, to get all of the answers you need before you send your Bruin off to campus.

 SEPTEMBER 7, 8 & 14 | 6 P.M.

UCLA Latino Alumni Association Career Workshops

The UCLA Latino Alumni Association presents an exciting virtual workshop series providing high-level orientation for Latino students thinking about careers in business, law or medicine. Each session covers topics such as the career decision-making process, specific program entry requirements, a day in the life of students and/or professionals and more!

 SEPTEMBER 10 | 2 P.M.

Football: UCLA vs. Alabama State

UCLA football will host Alabama State at the Rose Bowl, marking the first time the Bruins will face a historically Black college or university (HBCU). Alabama State’s world-renowned marching band “The Mighty Marching Hornets” — which featured in Beyonce’s Netflix concert film Homecoming — are sure to put on a dazzling halftime performance — as will the UCLA Bruin Marching Band!


Directed by Wayne Wang

This six-night screening series showcases 12 feature films by maverick filmmaker Wayne Wang, ranging from the brooding, artsy Chan Is Missing to the popcorn rom-com Maid in Manhattan. (Wang himself will appear at each screening.) Come out and see some films that “daringly chronicled Chinese life in a time when it was unthinkable in American cinema” (The New York Times).

 SEPTEMBER 18 | 7 P.M.

Archive Treasures

Archive Treasures showcases works from UCLA Film & Television Archive’s extensive holdings, which comprise one of the largest moving image collections in the world.  Included in this series will be rarely-screened gems presented in original and restored prints, such as Daughter of Shanghai and Mantrap.

 SEPTEMBER 22 | 7 P.M.

Women’s Volleyball: UCLA vs. USC

The women’s volleyball team plays its first home game of the season against crosstown rival USC on the first day of fall quarter. Kick off the new school year the right way by watching your Bruins crush the Trojans!


Looking Within, Not Without: The Films of Shirin Neshat

Born in Iran and based in New York, visual artist Shirin Neshat has explored the dualities of diasporic identity as an Iranian woman living in the West across multiple disciplines, including photography, video, theater and film. The Archive is thrilled to present a two-night retrospective of Neshat’s feature films, beginning with Women Without Men (2009) and Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017), both of which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and culminating in the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, Land of Dreams. Neshat will make an appearance at the premiere.

 SEPTEMBER 25 | 11 A.M.

Family Flicks: School of Rock

The Family Flicks Film Series presents matinee screenings for families and film buffs, featuring new and classic films from around the world. Join the Hammer for School of Rock, the iconic film about an out-of-work but irrepressible guitarist, played by onetime UCLA student Jack Black, who poses as a substitute music teacher at an elite elementary school.



This exhibition showcases a series of animal paintings made by members of the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society in the 1990s. Come out to the Fowler Museum at UCLA to see a distinctive style of art characterized by flat, stylized animal depictions outlined against a monochrome ground.

 SEPTEMBER 28 | 12 P.M.

Breaking Bad Habits with Sami Toussi ’11

Do you find yourself saying things like, “Starting tomorrow ... ” or setting a goal in the morning, only to find yourself diving into the chip bowl by afternoon? Whether it’s overusing your phone, staying up late, binge eating, smoking or something else, Sam Toussi is here to teach you how to break bad habits and remind you that you’re not alone.