Archive for March, 2012

“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Well, you have to take the class, says guest lecturer David Leaf. The classes will be held at the UCLA Popper Theater at Schoenberg Hall, but sorry, they already have a waiting list for a class size of 144 people. But hey, someone may drop out?!

The clear goal of the class is to expose the students to a multitude of ways a person can make a career in the music business. Each class will be divided into two parts: one will have award winning musicians or songwriters speak and perform their music and then the second part of the class will be music professionals from the business side.

Some of the award winning artists already lined up will be: Mac Davis, Peter Asher, and Charlotte Caffey.

Click here to read about this rockin’ class by Alison Hewitt courtesy of UCLA Today.


Moving Forward:

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake

March 4–April 15, 2012
Fowler Museum

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent waves as far as six miles inland. This traveling exhibition commemorates the victims and the struggles of the survivors, and highlights the reconstruction and recovery efforts. Featuring a series of large-scale photographs and photographic essays in text and audio form, the exhibition—scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the quake—focuses on the stories of the people recovering from the disaster in the Tohoku area, and how the people of Japan are dealing with this difficult situation and helping one another in their day-to-day lives. This exhibition debuted in Washington, D.C. in November 2011 and will appear at the Rockefeller Memorial Church in Chicago in January 2012 before this Fowler presentation.

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Free and open to the public.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Spring 2012

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design presents a series of public events this spring, including lectures and exhibitions. Lectures offer the opportunity to hear about the new work of prominent architects, designers, theorists and historians and are presented at 6:30 p.m. in UCLA’s Decafé (Perloff Hall, Room 1302) unless otherwise noted.
Exhibitions feature innovative student and faculty work, as well as the work of local and national architects, artists and designers, and are presented in the Perloff Gallery (Perloff Hall, Room 1318) and the Perloff Main Hallway. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on campus holidays).
Monday, April 2
Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston
Lee and Johnston are principals of Johnston Marklee in Los Angeles. Since its founding in 1998, Johnston Marklee’s diverse portfolio has been unified by a singular conceptual approach to each particular project.
Monday, April 30
Walter van Dijk
Van Dijk is a principal of NL Architects in Amsterdam. Award-winning NL architects aspire to catalyze urban life through their built work. They ask the question, “How can we intensify human interaction through architecture and design?”
April 2–June 1
Currents: Winter 2012
Opening reception: Monday, April 2, 8–9 p.m.
This exhibition highlights Architecture and Urban Design’s best student work from the 2012 winter quarter.
All events are free and open to the public. Programs are subject to change.  Click here for updates.

Nato Thompson

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

UCLA Hammer Museum

Nato Thompson, chief curator at Creative Time in New York and author of the forthcoming Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production, discusses how to find one’s voice and make change in a world flooded with information and images. From cooperative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues, Thompson shows that many of today’s most innovative spaces operate as sites of dramatic personal transformation.

Free and open to the public.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.


Keorapetse Kgositsile

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum

Keorapetse Kgositsile is a South African poet and activist, and was an influential member of the African National Congress in the 1960s and 1970s.

One of the most significant poets in the Pan-African movement, he was also the founder of the Black Arts Theater in Harlem. He is the author of If I Could Sing, To the Bitter End, When the Clouds Clear, and The Word Is Here. He was South Africa’s National Poet Laureate in 2006.

Complimentary coffee and tea served.

A book signing will follow the reading.

POETRY This series of readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large and Blue Guide.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

Admission is free and open to the public.

the Architect

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Frank Gehry
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm,
Neuroscience Research Bldg. – Auditorium – Room 132

Frank Gehry is a Canadian American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles, California. His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as “the most important architect of our age”.

Gehry’s best-known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; MIT Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Experience Music Project in Seattle; Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis; Dancing House in Prague; the Vitra Design Museum and MART Museum in Germany; the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; the Cinémathèque française in Paris; and 8 Spruce Street in New York City.

But it was his private residence in Santa Monica, California, which jump-started his career, lifting it from the status of “paper architecture” – a phenomenon that many famous architects have experienced in their formative decades through experimentation almost exclusively on paper before receiving their first major commission in later years.

Free and open to the public.

This will be packed, so you can watch it live here!

Al-Mutanabbi Street: Poetry and Art from Tragedy

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

March 5-April 30, 2012

Powell Library Rotunda

Known as “the street of booksellers,” al-Mutanabbi Street is a legendary locale in Baghdad, a winding lane filled with bookstores, outdoor book stalls, small presses, and cafes where books have been made, sold, and discussed for centuries. In March 2007 a massive car bomb targeted this historic heart of the city’s intellectual and literary community, leaving thirty dead and one hundred injured.

The broadsides and artists’ books by poets, writers, artists, booksellers, printers, and readers in this exhibit commemorate not just the tragic loss of life, but also the idea of a targeted attack on a street where ideas have always been exchanged. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the UCLA G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies and with support from the Dean of Humanities Fund.

Free and open to the public.

The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $11; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions page for more information.

Dance, Dance, and Dance

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

‘Culture Crossing’

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall – Dance Theater – Room 200

Students and faculty explore the creative potential of intercultural communication through choreography, spoken word, performance, visual art, theater and more.

Free and open to the public.

General seating. Seating is limited.

Open letter to the UC community from President Yudof

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I write today to address, once again, the moral and ethical imperative for all of our University of California students, faculty and staff members to foster a climate of tolerance, civility and open-mindedness. I am prompted to do so because of a number of recent incidents that undermine this imperative.

University campuses are proper venues for collisions of ideas and viewpoints. Conflicting viewpoints not only are inevitable but also healthy in this context.

What is not acceptable are acts meant to disrupt the speech of others. What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and, yes, verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions.

It was wrong for hecklers to disrupt speakers on the UC Davis campus at an event titled “Israeli Soldiers Speak Out.” It was reprehensible that one of these hecklers accused the speakers of being associated with rapists and murderers. Under the direction of Chancellor Katehi, campus officials dealt appropriately with this individual, moving him out of the room and barring reentry. But I want to make this clear: I condemn the actions of those who would disrupt this event. Attempting to shout down speakers is not protected speech. It is an action meant to deny others their right to free speech.

It was wrong for a vandal or vandals on the UC Riverside campus to deface the Israeli flag displayed by the Jewish student organization Hillel, scrawling the word “terrorists” across it. I applaud Chancellor White for his rapid and vigorous condemnation of this cowardly act. And I join him wholeheartedly in that condemnation. The chancellor was right to assign campus police to investigate.

Two years ago, at UC San Diego, it was African Americans who were vilified by words and images that mocked their heritage and who felt threatened by the hanging of a noose. Around the same time, derogatory and profane words were spray-painted across the entrance to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at UC Davis. Likewise, swastikas scrawled on campus walls or doors have made Jewish students feel unsafe.

Since then, among other initiatives, the system’s central office has worked with the campuses and various groups, including students, to revise policies on student conduct; the new provisions strengthen prohibitions on threatening conduct and acts motivated by bias, including religious bias. We also are working with the Museum of Tolerance and the Anti-Defamation League to improve campus climate for all students and to take full advantage of our marvelous diversity.

Still, despite diligent efforts, we cannot say – and, realistically, never will be able to say – that hateful incidents won’t occur in a community made up of 235,000 students and 185,000 employees. There inevitably will be speakers or forums that present ideas others will view as hateful and abhorrent. Hateful incidents will not be tolerated and I stand ready to condemn them whenever and wherever they occur, as should all members of the UC community.

As for incendiary speakers, we cannot as a society allow what we regard as vile speech to lead us to abandon the cherished value of free speech. But the same Constitution that permits some public figures to engage in hateful commentary also protects my right and duty – and your right and duty – to condemn these merchants of hatred when they come into our community. Again, the best remedy for bad speech is to surround it with good speech.

Finally, it is important that we keep our eyes on the prize. What we collectively are trying to preserve is a vibrant and vocal university community that is not afraid to explore or even argue about ideas, that is not afraid to make stands on controversial issues, that is not afraid of discourse, but is one that embraces the ethic of doing so in a spirit of respect and civility.

With our Chancellors, I remain committed to the principle of balancing protection of free speech and promoting strategies to foster an environment where all students, faculty, staff members and guests can feel safe and respected – no matter their individual characteristics or viewpoints.


Mark G. Yudof

Masoureh Shojai

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Dodd Hall – Room 121

Mansoureh Shojai is an Iranian writer, translator, and women’s activist. She is one of the founders of the Women’s Cultural Center (2000), Sedigheh Dolatabadi Library (2003), and the Banoo Library, in Lar province near Shiraz (2005), as well as the Campaign for One Million Signatures (2006).

She has more than 200 articles published in various magazines, periodicals and sites, and she has been awarded a scholarship by Germany’s international PEN Association in Nuremberg.

Free and open to the public.