Archive for March, 2011

Exhibition: Art Department MFA #2

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Broad Art Ctr. – - New Wight Gallery

Opening Reception

The second of four final exhibitions by the 2011 Master of Fine Art (MFA) candidates in the UCLA Department of Art. MFA #2 artists: Math Bass, Ivan Iannoli, Alexander Kantarovsky, Dashiell Manley.

Admission is free

New Wight Gallery
Broad Art Center, Suite 1100
240 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm

Daily parking in Lot 3: $10
Short term parking (payable at pay stations) in Lot 3 North: $3/hour

For further information, call (310) 825-0557

Click here to visit the website.

Voces Nostrates Lecture: ‘On the Backs of Civilians: War in Europe, 1500–1700′

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Royce Hall – Room 314

Lecture by Lauro Martines

Cities and towns were the chief ground of warfare in early modern Europe, above all in sieges, as armies worked to starve them into submission. In the countryside, soldiers were ordinarily billeted on village people, and here again civilians were bullied into “paying up.” Country folk were often filled with an incandescent hatred for soldiers. In the background, meanwhile, loomed the continent’s princes, ministers, and bankers.

This lecture is by CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lauro Martines, Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA. Professor Martines is renowned for his research and numerous publications on the Italian Renaissance. His novel of Renaissance Italy, “Loredana,” won the Sagittarius Prize for 2005. “April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici” (2003) spent several weeks on the best-seller list in London. Currently, he is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement and is preparing a book on war in early modern Europe.

The complete schedule for the Voces Nostrates lecture series is available as a PDF.

Free and open to the public.

Bach “Sweets” Part Two

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Music in the Rotunda

Friday, April 8
8 p.m.

The UCLA Cello Studio, directed by Antonio Lysy, return for their second concert featuring the complete epic solo cello suites, performing suites numbers 1, 3 and 5, with other contrasting solo works.

Benjamin Britten – Tema ‘Sacher,’ for solo cello (1976)
J.S. Bach – Suite No.1 in G major
William Walton – Passacaglia, for solo cello (1979)
J.S. Bach – Suite No.3 in C Major
Luciano Berio – Les mots sont allés…”Recitativo” for solo cello (1978)
J.S. Bach – Suite No.5 in C Minor

Admission to the concerts is free, and seating is unreserved.

The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $10; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions page for more information.

UCLA Quiddich?!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Quidditch the fantastically silly game from the Harry Potter series of books and movies, has moved from the book to actuality in some universities across the United States, and UCLA has joined this illustrious group of nerds gone wild with broomsticks.

Broomsticks? Well, the players can’t fly, but the team players must have a broom between their legs at all time while on the field.

Think of it loosely as rugby by way of Dodge-ball and add some Laser tag but without using lasers. But instead of being Quidditch, the players refer to the game as Muggle Quidditch, because we (all of us, darn) are Muggles.

UCLA is an active member of the International Quidditch Association’s West Region, and just last September received official club sport status.

It was bound to happen, and I am so glad it did. I can’t wait to see my first match.

Click here to read Wendy Soderburg’s article in UCLA Magazine.

Tracking the American Family

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

UCLA sociologist Suzanne Bianchi has been tracking and recording the American family for over three decades. With women entering the work force, this certainly has given cause to many questions on where this country is heading in the 21st century.

Will fathers and mothers take on different roles within the household? Will fathers take care of the children, will mothers be the breadwinners? How will this change the ideal of a mother at home and a father at work? Are women still wanting children?

UCLA Today and writer Cynthia Lee have written a brilliant article on UCLA sociologist Suzanne Bianchi, and her talk that she gave at Georgetown University.

Click here to read the article courtesy of UCLA Today.

Eat This Book

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The UCLA Library’s Third Annual International Edible Book Festival

The Young Research Library (YRL) Portico

When: Friday, April 1st (no joke!), from 12 noon to 1:30 pm

Why:  To celebrate the consumption of booksin all ways and to honor Judith Hoffberg, donor of the artists’ books collection at the Arts Library

HowCreate an edible book entry for this festival!!  Enter the festival as an individual, a unit or department, as a group, and/or in collaboration with your student assistants.  To work as a group or to easily involve your student assistants, consider brainstorming ideas together and then bringing back components for your team to assemble. 

Entries will be judged in a variety of categories, including:  Most Creative, Best Tasting, The People’s Choice, and the Best Student Entry.

For GREAT ideas, check these links:

-          International Edible Book Festival, main page (

-          UCLA Library International Edible Book Festival, Facebook page (

-          The International Edible Book Festival Gallery Tasty Samples (

Everyone is welcome to come by and enjoy the event!

If you’re going to create an entry, please send an RSVP to enter the Edible Books Festival by Thursday, March 24 to Monica at ( to reserve a spot at the table.  For the RSVP, it’s helpful if you include the name of the book you’re working on, the anticipated dimensions of the edible book entry, and the names of individuals on your team.  Space is limited, so sign up soon!

The International Edible Book Festival at UCLA is jointly sponsored by:  The UCLA Library, the Library Staff Association, and the International Edible Book Festival Working Group at UCLA.

Jazz Concerts at Kerckhoff Coffee House

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Kerckhoff Hall – Coffeehouse Stage

The Concert Series is dedicated to keeping the jazz and its history alive through both weekly and quarterly events. The weekly Monday Night Series showcases the best of UCLA student talent to provide a unique atmosphere to Kerckhoff Coffee House every Monday evening. Jazz is dying at every level! Our Concert Series is one of the only programs left on West Coast dedicated to showcasing student jazz talent.
All Concert Series events are open to the public and are free of charge.

John Fante: A Life in the Works

Monday, March 21st, 2011


This exhibit traces Fante’s development as a writer of literary fiction and Hollywood films, his slide into near oblivion, and his ongoing international revival. Contents have been selected from the John Fante Collection, acquired by the UCLA Library Special Collections in 2009, and include original manuscripts, screenplays, letters, diaries, and assorted other personal and professional documents. The exhibit is on view in the Department of Special Collections on the A level.

Charles E. Young Research Library
Department of Special Collections
A level

Directions to UCLA and maps are available online.

Chamber Music at the Clark

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Clark Library – Facility

The American String Quartet

Today’s Chamber Music at the Clark performance features The American String Quartet.  The program will include Franz Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in G Major, op. 77, no.1, Joan Tower’s Quartet no. 1, Night Fields,  and Franz Schubert’s Quartet in D minor, D. 810, Death and the Maiden.”

“Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of the Ahmanson Foundation, Catherine Benkaim, the Edmund D. Edelman Foundation for Music and the Performing Arts, Mary and Donald Eversoll, Elizabeth and Gunter Herman, and Joyce Perry.”

Admission: $25 per person

Click here for directions to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Vita at UCLA is a non-profit organization that has been serving the West Los Angeles community since 1987. Our main goal is to provide income tax return assistance to those in need.

We are committed to helping UCLA staff, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as anyone in nearby communities in need of tax assistance and education.

Our target community population includes those in the West Los Angeles community who fit any of the following descriptions: elderly, low income, non-English speaking, or individuals who are simply uninformed about the tax process.

Almost everyone living in the United States must file both Federal and State taxes each year. The income tax filing process can be confusing and is often time consuming. It is important that returns are filed correctly so that the tax laws are not broken, something which frequently occurs due to the confusing tax code.

 It has been and continues to be the goal of our program to help people with their taxes and educate them in the procedure of filing a return to help clarify the process and provide assistance to those who otherwise would go without aid.

Click here for VITA tax program at UCLA.