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Dear Friends:

Welcome back! We wish you all a fantastic spring semester. Don’t forget to make Visions and Voices a part of it: RSVP now for a signature event on Alzheimer’s disease with Lisa Genova (Still Alice) and brain researcher Arthur Toga; Live Artists Live, a two-day exploration of groundbreaking performance art; and more. Read on for details on these and other exciting events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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LOOKING AHEAD

2/18: True Crime: Detective Fiction in L.A., more info

2/19-21: Robert Towne retrospective, more info

2/24: LA Opera: The Magic Flute, more info


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Straight White Men

 

 

I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m.

 The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty.

On TV in the late 1980s, Saturday morning was a time “to go wacky.” After its origins in late-night comedy, Pee-wee’s Playhouse became a popular children’s TV show. Made by a team of cutting-edge artists, animators, designers, musicians, and performers, the show brought a madcap postmodern aesthetic to kids’ programming. There is, of course, much more to the Pee-wee story than most people knew at the time. Animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White will share highlights from their time collaborating on Pee-wee’s Playhouse and discuss this unique moment in pop-culture history, when the wildest fringes sat smack in the midst of the commercial mainstream.
Organized by Christine Panushka (Animation and Digital Arts) and Henry Jenkins (Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Pee-wee's Playhouse

 

 

Wonderwall/Sketchbook Workshop
Led by the Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Friday, January 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
School of Cinematic Arts (SCB) 202
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist.

Pee-wee’s Playhouse animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White will lead hands-on workshops for participants.
For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

Lita Albuquerque

 

 

20/20: Accelerando
An Art Opening and Performance by Lita Albuquerque

Sunday, January 24
Reception: 4 to 6 p.m.
Performances will be held at 4:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art

Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Lita Albuquerque is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work spans from the 1970s Light and Space and Land Art movements to a wide range of performative, sculptural, and painterly interventions. The performance and exhibition 20/20: Accelerando marks Albuquerque’s return to the USC Fisher Museum since her 1983 exhibition Abhasa: Image Bearing Light. During the exhibition opening, Albuquerque will present a multimedia performance that creates new feelings of discovery and blurs past, present, and future. The evening begins in darkness. Singers, arranged according to Orion, the winter constellation over the Los Angeles sky, will create a vibratory language that echoes throughout the galleries.
Organized by the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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A conversation with John Corey Whaley

 

 

What We Can Learn from a Severed Head
A Conversation with John Corey Whaley
Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series

Monday, January 25, 5:30 p.m.

 Aresty Auditorium, Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower
Book signing and reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested.

A sixteen-year-old, diagnosed with terminal cancer, decides to participate in an experimental procedure: his head is removed and cryogenically frozen in order to be reattached to a donor’s body. This is the subject of John Corey Whaley’s novel Noggin, a finalist for the National Book Award and a highly unconventional “cancer book.” Booklist calls Noggin “a tour de force of imagination and empathy.” Whaley, also the author of the Printz and Morris Award-winning Where Things Come Back, will discuss mortality; the growing pains of adolescence; and the medical, ethical, and scientific aspects of Noggin’s severed head with Lynn Kysh of the USC Norris Medical Library.
Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics), Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine), Lynn Kysh (USC Libraries), and Berislav Zlokovic (Physiology and Biophysics). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Still Alice

 

 

Still Alice—Movie Screening
Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 112
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
“...warm, compassionate, bitingly honest...”—Hollywood Reporter

Presented in conjunction with the Visions and Voices signature event Something’s Not Right with Alice: Understanding Alzheimer’s: A Conversation with Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga, we will present a special screening of the critically acclaimed film Still Alice. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Starring Julianne Moore in an Oscar-winning performance, Still Alice is based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name.
Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Live Artists Live

 

 

Live Artists Live
Performance and the Witness: Ron Athey

Thursday, January 28, 8 p.m.
Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St., Los Angeles, 90012
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty.
Transportation from the University Park Campus will be available for USC students, staff, and faculty. Please see our website for details.

Join us for the opening event of Live Artists Live, a two-day series of performances and discussions about performance art. Live Artists Live will open with a performance of new work by cutting-edge artist Ron Athey. From his underground art of the 1980s through international tours in the ’90s to his ceaselessly provocative works of today, Athey is renowned for projects such as Judas Cradle, the Perpetual Wound/Incorruptible Flesh series, and Self-Obliteration. He will present his newest work, introduced by scholars Amelia Jones and Jennifer Doyle.
Organized by Amelia Jones and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
Please note that Athey employs extreme body art in his performance work that may be unsuitable for some viewers.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Live Artists Live

 

 

Live Artists Live
Performances and Dialogues

Friday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, 90007
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Live art is a term used for performance art in the visual-arts realm. In a series of dynamic performances and dialogues, world-renowned artists and scholars including Ron Athey, Ulay, Harry Gamboa Jr., Nao Bustamante, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Cassils, Jack Halberstam, and Rebecca Schneider will explore key questions about the medium: How do live art performances get archived, documented, or otherwise written into history and remembered? How do audiences experience live art? How is live art created? Luminaries and legends of performance art will engage with these questions and more in a full day of conversations and live performances.
Organized by Amelia Jones and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Live Artists Live

 

 

Live Artists Live
Performing Histories with the Body: Narcissister

Friday, January 29, 7 p.m.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, 90007
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty.
Live Artists Live closes with a performance by the fascinating Brooklyn-based artist Narcissister. Wearing mask and merkin, she works at the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism, integrating her experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with photography, video art, and experimental music. Her film The Self-Gratifier won an award for “Best Use of a Sex Toy” at the 2008 Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival, and she has intrigued and entertained audiences all over the world. Interested in troubling the divide between popular entertainment and experimental art, Narcissister appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2011. She will close out Live Artists Live with a provocative performance, followed by a reception.
Organized by Amelia Jones and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

 

 

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, January 30
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 10:30 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

“[A] sharply moving synthesis of man and nature, east and west, death and rebirth...”—The Guardian
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center brings Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to Los Angeles. Immersed in everything from meditation to martial arts to modern dance, Asia’s most renowned contemporary dance company makes its Music Center debut in a stunning production of Rice. Brimming with beauty, strength, and breathtaking choreography set against powerful videographic imagery, Rice is a “song of the earth” (The Guardian) by choreographer Lin Hwai-min, the ever-innovative founder of the company and a recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement for his extraordinary contribution to modern dance.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Wednesday, January 13, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga

 

 

Something’s Not Right with Alice: Understanding Alzheimer’s
A Conversation with Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and award-winning author of several best-selling novels, including Still Alice. The book was adapted into a powerful film starring Julianne Moore, who won an Academy Award for her role as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Genova has traveled internationally to speak about Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism, and has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, and many other major media outlets. NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe will moderate a fascinating conversation with Genova and USC professor and brain researcher Arthur Toga about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals, families, and communities.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Frau Schindler

 

 

Frau Schindler—A Concert Reading
Friday, February 5
7 p.m.: Pre-Performance Discussion
8 p.m.: Performance
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

As an ordinary couple who became immersed in extraordinary circumstances, Oskar and Emilie Schindler found themselves faced with the ultimate moral decision. Told from Emilie Schindler’s perspective and reflecting new scholarly insights into the Schindlers’ lives, Frau Schindler is a poignant opera that examines how two living, breathing human beings who essentially endure the same daily wartime experiences can see them from two very different points of view. It is the story of a woman’s survival and heroism in the heart of one of the darkest periods in human history. Frau Schindler is composed by USC film scoring alumnus Thomas Morse, with a libretto and direction by Ken Cazan, chair of Vocal Arts and Opera at the USC Thornton School of Music, in collaboration with Morse.
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, January 14, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga

 

 

Fly
By Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, February 6
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 11:30 p.m.
The Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

“[A] superior piece of theatrical synergy”—The New York Times
Fly tells the story of the first African American Army Air Corps fighters, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew over Europe and North Africa during World War II. Co-author and director Ricardo Khan is the Tony Award–winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, one of the nation’s foremost African American theatre companies. Featuring a cast of eight men, including dancer Tap Griot, Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the struggle for civil rights and the desegregation of the American military.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Thursday, January 14, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Naomi Klein

 

 

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything
Tuesday, February 9, 7 p.m.
Town and Gown
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate is a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable. [It is] the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.”—The New York Times Book Review
Join us for a very special evening with Canadian author, activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein, a leading critic of corporate globalization and capitalism. Klein has elucidated the often mystifyingly abstract realm of neoliberal economics in best-selling books No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. Her most recent book and film, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, debuted at number 5 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. Klein’s work illuminates the importance of addressing economics in any effort to preserve our planet. In a deeply thoughtful and provocative lecture, she will ask us to reflect on the connections between the market and the planet—and what roles we can play in creating a just, sustainable future.
Organized by Kelly Shannon and the USC School of Architecture. Co-sponsored by the USC Environmental Student Assembly.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, January 20, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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