• The Single Wing Turquoise Bird

    4/25/14 & 4/26/14

    The recently reformed Single Wing Turquoise Bird, one of the most sophisticated of the 1960s and í70s psychedelic light shows, will present a dazzling spectacle of lights and music in two unique performances. More info »
  • “New York Is Like Johannesburg”


    Twenty years after Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa, a panel and concert will consider the current condition of South Africa and the United States, highlighting ongoing global struggles for social justice. More info »
  • SPARK! 8th Annual Multimedia Kickoff


    Visions and Voices kicks off the year with a dynamic arts extravaganza featuring music, dance, performance art, spoken word and a welcome by USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett. More info »
  • The Underground: Street Chronicles


    A thrilling production will feature krump pioneers Lil “C” and Miss Prissy and some of the best street dancers in the world. More info »
  • Mike Farrell in Dr. Keelingís Curve


    Mike Farrell stars in a powerful and funny one-man bio-play that reveals the truth about global warming and climate change. More info »
  • Rescuing Ruben Salazar


    The premiere of the documentary, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, will explore the life and death of the celebrated Chicano journalist who was killed by a Los Angeles deputy in 1970. More info »
  • Change Agents

    10/2/13 & 11/4/13

    Internationally acclaimed artists Eric Zimmerman, Nathalie Pozzi and Jeanne van Heeswijk will present lectures and workshops about art, action and the public sphere. More info »
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company


    A stunning evening of dance and design will feature the New YorkĖbased Brian Brooks Moving Company, whose performances combine spectacle and physical virtuosity. More info »
  • An Afternoon with Tony Kushner


    A stimulating conversation will feature preeminent playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America and the screenplay for Steven Spielbergís Lincoln. More info »
  • Imagining New Communities in the Digital Age with Low End Theory


    In an interactive community space, the resident artists of Low End Theory will present a multimedia event that merges hip hop and electronica with vibrant visual design. More info »
  • Mary Roach: Gulp, Stiff, Spook, Bonk and Packing for Mars


    An action-packed conversation will feature Mary Roach, Americaís funniest science writer and author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. More info »
  • Dava Sobel: Galileoís Daughter


    Dava Sobel, award-winning author of the best-selling Galileoís Daughter, will present a provocative talk that will elucidate science and our lives. More info »
  • Mx America: A Performance by Justin Vivian Bond


    In Mx America, world-renowned writer/singer/performer Justin Vivian Bond explores seeing and being seen as a patriot, a gender non-conformist and a cabaret artist. More info »
  • Collecting the Cosmos


    A discussion and exhibition will reveal the unexpected ways that the arts can help us interpret the cosmos and, in turn, how the sciences are transforming the arts. More info »
  • Freaks and Geeks: A Series Retrospective

    1/26/14, 2/23/14, 3/30/14 & 4/6/14

    A complete series retrospective of the influential but short-lived NBC comedy series Freaks and Geeks will feature screenings and discussions with the cast and crew. More info »
  • The Langston Hughes Project


    Poetry and jazz come together in a performance of Langston Hughesís kaleidoscopic Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz featuring Malcolm-Jamal Warner and the Ron McCurdy Quartet. More info »
  • The Provostís Writers Series

    9/12/13, 11/12/13, 2/4/14 & 4/3/14

    The Provostís Writers Series features the extraordinary talents of USC authors. Throughout the year, USC faculty will read from and discuss their recent publications. More info »
  • Against All Odds: The Legacy of Paul R. Williams


    A distinguished panel will discuss the legacy of architect Paul R. Williams, whose elegant homes and iconic commercial buildings shaped the architectural landscape of Los Angeles. More info »
  • Dave and Dana Dornsife: The Quest for Water in Africa


    USC trustee Dave Dornsife and his wife, Dana, will discuss the important work they are doing to bring fresh water, sanitation and hygiene to rural African villages. More info »
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet


    Global choreographers, groundbreaking works and virtuoso dancers comprise the incredible Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, who will present a breathtaking evening of dance. More info »
  • Queer in the Other Europe

    2/26/14 & 2/27/14

    A discussion and film screening will explore queer culture, activism and contemporary histories in Eastern Europe. More info »
  • Subversive Works/Sustainable Art: Latin American Book Artists


    A discussion and workshop with artists, scholars and publishers from Cuba and Mexico will explore the artistry and social vision of Latin American publishing collectives. More info »
  • Unperformable: Dance Pioneer Rudy Perez


    Join us for the debut performance of a new piece by dance pioneer Rudy Perez, whose inventive choreography emerged in the 1960s, intersecting performance art and experimental music. More info »
  • Silver & Gold: A Performance by Nao Bustamante


    Take a magical journey with innovative cross-genre artist Nao Bustamante, whose performance of Silver & Gold explores race, glamour, sexuality and the silver screen. More info »
  • Alexandra Fuller: Donít Letís Go to the Dogs Tonight


    Alexandra Fuller, author of the acclaimed Donít Letís Go to the Dogs Tonight, will present a powerful and intimate exploration of war, family, love and death. More info »
  • Truth Values: A Performance by Gioia De Cari


    Nonbinary algorithms and sexism collide in Truth Values: One Girlís Romp Through M.I.T.ís Male Math Maze, a painfully funny show about navigating the elite boysí club of higher mathematics. More info »
  • BODYTRAFFIC and the Work of Barak Marshall


    In an inspiring performance, Los Angeles dance company BODYTRAFFIC will present the work of innovative Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall. More info »
  • South Asian Religions Remixed through Poetry and Music


    Legendary South Asian musicians and poets will come together to celebrate and investigate the rich diversity of South Asian spiritual influences. More info »
  • Wonderland Unbound


    In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award, a multimedia event will transform Doheny Memorial Library with digital animation and light projection. More info »

Hip Hop Meets History in a Concert and Conversation on South African Politics

NY Johannesburg

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of South Africa elected under universal suffrage. The end of the violent segregationist policy of apartheid two years prior had launched an era of new political possibilities. In celebration of the twenty-year anniversary of Mandelaís election, a concert and conversation will consider the current condition of both South Africa and the United States, highlighting ongoing global struggles for an end to police abuse and labor suppression. Hip hop emcee Jean Grae will be joined by Mazibuko K. Jara and Brian Ashley from South Africaís Amandla magazine as well as U.S. historians Robin D. G. Kelley, Johanna Fernandez and Shana Redmond. The event will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom. For more info, click here.

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Upcoming Events

Arts Leadership: A Contemporary Vision, Featuring the Kronos Quartet

San Francisco's Kronos Quartet is one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles. The quartet exemplifies arts leadership at its most transformative. An interactive discussion/performance with these remarkable musicians will explore their history, inspirations and sustainability in the arts.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Single Wing Turquoise Bird

Single Wing Turquoise Bird was among the most sophisticated of the 1960s and ’70s psychedelic light shows. They used overhead projectors, slide projectors and film projectors to create swirling visual compositions. The group, who reformed several years ago, adding new technologies, will present two performances and a workshop.

Friday, April 25, 2014; Saturday, April 26, 2014 7:30 PM

Porgy and Bess

The legendary Porgy and Bess, one of theatre’s most unforgettable and timeless love stories, is filled with glorious Gershwin melodies and rousing production numbers. The show has come of age in a contemporary new adaptation deservedly celebrated with the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:45 PM - 11:30 PM

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