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Dear Friends:

Welcome back! The spring semester has begun and our spring season of events begins next week. We are currently accepting reservations for several programs, including two events exploring addiction in America and a concert and conversation about the life and work of composer Kurt Weill. Keep reading for details, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
  Upcoming Events
Addiction in America
 
 
  The Big Lie   The Big Lie: American Addict 2
Wednesday, January 18, at 7 p.m.
School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Join director Sasha Knezev and physician and executive producer Gregory A. Smith for a screening of their film, The Big Lie: American Addict 2. Featuring candid interviews with politicians, celebrities, and physicians, the film reveals the effects of addiction on society, links between certain medications and crime, and the compelling and unbelievable stories of everyday people that have become addicted to prescription drugs. MORE INFO
 
 
  Kurt Weill   Forging “The Knife”—Kurt Weill Before Broadway
Thursday, January 19, at 8 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Explore the musical and political roots of Kurt Weill (“Mack the Knife,” “Moon of Alabama”) in a special evening of performance and conversation with violin virtuoso and humanitarian Daniel Hope and distinguished pianist, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) music director, and USC Thornton professor Jeffrey Kahane. They will share insights on Weill’s compositions, life, and career as a young composer in 1920s Berlin. They will also be joined by LACO and USC Thornton musicians for a performance including some of Weill's major chamber works. MORE INFO
 
 
  Hopscoth   What Does Hopscotch Sound Like?
Friday, January 20, at 4 p.m.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Hopscotch, the world’s first-ever “mobile opera”—performed in cars and at iconic L.A. sites in 2015—has completely altered how we think about opera. A fascinating conversation about producing live performing arts in L.A.’s public spaces will feature Hopscotch composers Veronika Krausas and Marc Lowenstein; director Yuval Sharon and Elizabeth Cline of The Industry, the artist-driven company that made Hopscotch; and arts journalists Mark Swed and Sasha Anawalt. MORE INFO
 
 
  Hopscoth in Concert   Hopscotch in Concert
Friday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. RSVP HERE

“A masterpiece. Hopscotch has broken the fourth wall with a vengeance.”—The Wall Street Journal
A special evening emceed by director Yuval Sharon will be the first live concert of songs from Hopscotch, the opera that is changing how we think about opera. Following the concert, a reception and conversation will feature Industry creative-team members, renowned arts journalists, and Hopscotch composers. MORE INFO & WAITLIST
 
 
  Upcoming Events
Alexandra Billings
 
 
  Addiction in America   Addiction in America
The Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems

Tuesday, January 24, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Join Provost Michael Quick for the second installment of the Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems. Opioid abuse has led to tragic consequences in nearly every community in America. A critical conversation with filmmaker Sasha Knezev and physician Gregory A. Smith, MD, who collaborated on the documentaries American Addict and The Big Lie: American Addict 2; USC professor and health-policy expert Dana Goldman; and moderator Avelardo Valdez, a professor in the USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, will explore the American addiction epidemic and what it might take to save lives. MORE INFO
 
 
  Alexandra Billings   I’m Still Here, Still
A Performance by Alexandra Billings

Thursday, January 26, at 7 p.m.
Bing Theatre
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, January 10, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Alexandra Billings plays Davina on Transparent, and in 2005, she became the first transgender actress to play a transgender character on television. Billings will perform her powerful cabaret show, I’m Still Here, Still. Using show tunes and storytelling, she shares her triumphant life story of a little boy from Inglewood who through a dark pathway of shame and self-hatred found the trans woman she was born to be. It is a story of humor and pathos, of ease and stillness, that insists that even in the greatest chaos, there can be beautiful peace. MORE INFO
 
 
  Hollywood Transparent   Is Hollywood “Transparent”? Identity and “Mis”representation in the Industry
Friday, January 27, at 3 p.m.
McClintock Theatre
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, January 10, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Trans people are more visible than ever before in mainstream film and television. But is Hollywood helping or hurting struggles for gender justice? And what are the ethical and political dimensions of hiring trans actors to play cis characters, or cis actors to play trans characters? A panel of actors and activists, including Transparent’s Alexandra Billings, actor and musician Elliot Fletcher, and moderator and USC professor Brent Blair, will explore these questions and more. MORE INFO
 
 
  The Minecraft* Experience   Building Blocks of the Future: The Minecraft* Experience @ USC
Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m.
School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 11, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Since its release in 2011, the Swedish game Minecraft has captured the attention of a generation. Minecraft is less a traditional game than a form of building blocks for the digital age. We will reflect on the impact of Minecraft and celebrate the creativity of the USC community with a panel featuring educators and game designers, including Connected Camps’ Summer of Minecraft founders Mizuko Ito and Katie Salen Tekinbaş. A overnight game jam will also be held in conjunction with this event beginning Saturday, January 28. MORE INFO
*This event is not affiliated with or endorsed by Minecraft.
 
 
  LA Phil: Romeo and Juliet with Dudamel   Los Angeles Philharmonic: Romeo and Juliet with Dudamel
An Experience L.A. Event

Thursday, February 2, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. Tickets will be distributed by lottery. Sign up for the lottery on Thursday, January 12, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. RSVP HERE

Take a trip to see the acclaimed Gustavo Dudamel conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an incredible program featuring compositions by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, including Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Romantic Violin Concerto along with the vivid orchestration of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. MORE INFO
 
 
  Non-fiction   Non-fiction
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, February 4, from 12 to 2 p.m.
The Underground Museum, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, January 12, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Non-fiction is an art exhibition at The Underground Museum that investigates, either explicitly or implicitly, the culture of violence perpetrated on black citizens. The complex, emotionally charged show features works by Kara Walker, Henry Taylor, Marion Palfi, Theaster Gates, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Deana Lawson, and Kerry James Marshall. MORE INFO
 
 
  500 Years of Utopia   500 Years of Utopia: Utopian Representations
Tuesday, February 7, at 5 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, January 17, at 9 a.m RSVP HERE

The concept of utopia has sparked the Western political imagination for 500 years, since the term was coined by Sir Thomas More to describe the ideal city. But how do we envision utopia in the context of 21st-century Los Angeles, and a media and technological landscape that Sir Thomas More could scarcely have imagined? A panel of distinguished guests will discuss how the “ideal city” is envisioned in the art and media of today. MORE INFO
 
 
  Byzantium 2.0   Byzantium 2.0: Acoustic Time Travel
Thursday, February 9, at 7 p.m.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
1324 Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles 90006
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 18, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Enter a dark space and take a journey across time to medieval Byzantium. Using cutting-edge immersive-audio technologies, we will recreate virtual ancient acoustic spaces in this fascinating event featuring performances by award-winning chanters Spyridon Antonopoulos, Dimos Papatzalakis, and Paz Lenchantin, the current bassist for the Pixies. The performance will be followed by a conversation exploring technology and the implications of recreating ancient spaces. MORE INFO
 
 
  Looking Ahead
Some of a Thousand Words Featuring Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider
 
 
  2/16: Free Outgoing, MORE INFO
2/21: Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks & Brooklyn Rider, MORE INFO
2/22: MFA in Acting Rep Presents Angels in America, MORE INFO
2/23 & 2/24: sSISTERSs: An Experimental Musical, MORE INFO
 
 
 

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