L.A. Jazz 1999
The largest free jazz festival in Los Angeles, L.A. Jazz 1999 offers 12 performances over four days, with two outdoor afternoon concerts and an evening event in Bovard Auditorium each day. The featured evening performers are the David Sanchez Quartet, credited by the New York Times with carrying Latin jazz toward the millennium; the Dave Douglas/Mark Turner Quartet, with Douglas on trumpet and Turner on tenor saxophone; Kamau Daáood and His Army of Healers; and the McCoy Tyner Trio, with pianist Tyner. USC Jazz student ensembles and faculty members are showcased in the afternoons. This years festival includes a jazz film archive presentation and a photo exhibit on the evolution of the musical form. Produced by USC Spectrum.
April 19-22, noon, 5 and 7 p.m., Alumni Memorial Park and Bovard Auditorium, free.
Loves Labours Lost by William Shakespeare
Allan Hendrick directs one of the Bards most pun-filled comedies, in which the King of Navarre and three of his noblemen forswear the company of women for three years to create a little Academe. Their misguided principles are tested when the Princess of France and three of her ladies arrive.
Feb. 11-14, Bing Theatre, $5.
On the Verge by Eric Overmeyer
Three adventurers trek across Terra Incognita, from 19th-century New England to Las Vegas, circa 1955, where they discover the surfboard, the backyard barbecue (or suburban charred-meat festival) and the unspeakable pleasure of the Jacuzzi reminding us that just when we think we know, were only on the verge of discovering what we dont know.
Feb. 11-March 21, 24th Street Theatre, $15.
Saturday Explorer Series
The 24th Street Theatre and the Glorious Repertory Company, its award-winning resident family theater company, continue the Saturday Explorer Series free productions for children, youth and their families. The series is made possible by a grant from USC Neighborhood Outreach. Reservations are required.
Feb. 13-March 20, 1 p.m., 24th Street Theatre, free.
Red Noses by Peter Barnes
After an encounter with a flagellant, Marcel Flote the wandering monk who is the main character in Barnes bawdy and British play discovers what he must do in the face of plague: laugh. He then sets off with a troupe of clowns to spread merriment throughout 14th-century France. Written in 1978, the play was first produced in 1985, when the specter of another plague loomed. Brent Blair directs.
March 4-7, Scene Dock Theatre, $5.
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
A fairy tale for grown-ups. Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack of beanstalk fame as well as princes both charming and churlish chase their dreams in the woods of this Broadway hit musical. Directed by Kelly Ward.
April 1-11, Bing Theatre, $8.
Maxim Gorkys Barbarians
Forced by circumstances to earn his own living from the age of 8 and driven to a suicide attempt at 21, Aleksey Maximovich Peshkov (1868-1936) had every reason to adopt the pseudonym Gorky, meaning bitter. With the publication in 1895 of his short story Chelkash, however, Gorkys fortunes took a sharp turn for the better: in time, he would become the leader of Social Realism and the first president of the Union of Soviet Writers. In this play, an indictment of those who destroy in the name of progress, a provincial town is turned upside down by the impending arrival of the railroad. Translated by Kitty Hunter Blair, Jeremy Brooks and Michael Weller. Stephanie Shroyer directs.
April 22-25, Scene Dock Theatre, $5.
International Performing Arts Festival for Youth
Co-sponsored by the USC School of Theatre, The Childrens Museum and the 24th Street Theatre, this festival a pilot for an even larger one planned for the year 2000 features performances, master classes and workshops for audiences of all ages by an international roster of artists in theater, puppetry, music, dance and circus arts.
May 21-22, Bing Theatre, call for admissions.
Hollywood Black Film Festival
Black Talent News presents the first annual Hollywood Black Film Festival a competitive event designed to enhance the careers of emerging and established filmmakers featuring screenings, panels, workshops, juried awards and more. USC alumnus Forest Whitaker, who most recently directed Hope Floats and Waiting to Exhale, is chairperson of the Honorary Host Committee. (310-348-3942)
Feb. 19-21, USC School of Cinema-Television and the Flagship theaters, call for admissions.
Music Masters Series: USC Faculty and Friends in Recital
A new series of faculty concerts, both solo and ensemble. Performers include John Perry, solo piano; violinist Peter Marsh and pianist Norman Krieger; Jim Smith and Friends; violinist Martin Chalifour and pianist Bernadene Blaha; Kirill Gliadkovsky, solo piano; Scott Tennant, solo guitar; and many others.
Through April 29, Newman Recital Hall, call for complete concert schedule.
USC Symphonic Winds
Douglas Lowry conducts a program of Davids Trombone Concerto, Bachs Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, Gordon Jacobs William Byrd Suite, Hindemiths Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Weber and Maurice Monhardts The Seasons. Featuring Amy Bowers on trombone.
Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.
Bennetts Suite of Old American Dances, Coplands The Red Pony, Alec Wilders A Debutantes Diary and Bull Fiddle in a China Shop, as well as the world premiere of Meredith Brammeiers Against the Summer Sky. Douglas Lowry, conductor. Jane Wei, flute.
April 14, 8 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, free.
Presidents Distinguished Artist Concert Series:
Celebrating the Trojan Family
Celebrating the achievements of USC graduates and Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Audition winners Christina Suh and Cedric Berry, Jung-Ho Pak, in his second season as music director of the USC Symphony, presents a program including Stephen Hartkes Pacific Rim and Modest Mussorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition.
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Bovard Auditorium, $15.
USC and Stuttgart Chamber Choirs
The USC Chamber Choir, led by William Dehning, hosts the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and its conductor Frieder Bernius.
Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $10.
USC Contemporary Music Ensemble
Tenor Jonathan Mack in a program that includes Kamran Inces Turquise, Poul Ruders Vox in Rama and John Coriglianos Poem in October.
March 2, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $7.
A concert of Shakedown by Randall Wolf, Tientos by Ian Krouse and Spasm by Michael Lowenstein.
April 16, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, $7.