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Dear Friends:

Tomorrow night, we will present the second installment of the Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems with a critical conversation exploring the issue of addiction in America. On Thursday, we are thrilled to bring you a performance by Transparent’s inimitable Alexandra Billings, who will also take part in a conversation about gender and the media on Friday. And join us this weekend for a fascinating event exploring the creativity of Minecraft. Keep reading for details on these and other programs.

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
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  Wendy Whelan   Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
A Screening and Conversation with Wendy Whelan

Wednesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 102
Admission is free and open to USC students, staff, and faculty only. See below for details.
MORE INFO
 
 
    Cyber Wars and Global Politics
Fred Kaplan and General David Petraeus in Conversation
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free.
MORE INFO
 
 
  Upcoming Events
Alexandra Billings Performs Live
 
 
  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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 6:15 p.m.

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 & WAITLIST
 
 
  Alexandra Billings   I’m Still Here, Still
A Performance by Alexandra Billings

Thursday, January 26, at 7 p.m.
Bing Theatre
Admission is free. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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, writer/performer D'Lo, 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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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. An 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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. 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 & WAITLIST
 
 
  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 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
 
 
  Upcoming Events
Wendy Whelan/Brian Brooks et al
 
 
  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 HERE

The concept of utopia has provoked the Western political imagination for 500 years, since the term was coined by Sir Thomas More to describe the ideal metropolis. But how do we envision utopia in the context of a 21st-century megacity like Los Angeles, with its particular environmental, social, and economic challenges? In a multimedia conversation, archivist and cultural historian Megan Prelinger will discuss these questions with USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Geoff Manaugh. 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 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 and 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
 
 
  Restless Creature   Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
A Screening and Conversation with Wendy Whelan

Wednesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 102
Admission is free and open to USC students, staff, and faculty only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 25, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

In conjunction with the performance of Some of a Thousand Words featuring Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider, we are thrilled to present a preview screening of the riveting new documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan. This intimate portrait follows the journey of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after three decades with the company. Featuring Whelan’s unflinching honesty, tireless determination, and breathtaking dancing, Restless Creature is a fascinating portrait that is also a delight to watch. MORE INFO
 
 
  Free Outgoing   Free Outgoing
Written by Anupama Chandrasekhar
An Experience L.A. Event

Thursday, February 16, from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m.
East West Players, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, January 24, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Modern technology and old-world values collide in East West Players’ production of Free Outgoing, a play about a middle-class home in Chennai torn apart by an indiscreet cell-phone video. When a well-behaved Indian girl is filmed with a boy in her classroom, the video clip goes viral, infecting what feels like the entire country with a burning moral outrage. The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2007 to sold-out shows and rave reviews. MORE INFO
 
 
  Wendy Whelan Brian Brooks   Wendy Whelan / Brian Brooks / Brooklyn Rider
Some of a Thousand Words
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Don’t miss this incredible event featuring one of the world’s leading dancers, Wendy Whelan; award-winning contemporary choreographer Brian Brooks; and acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Whelan, who spent 30 years with New York City Ballet, and Brooks will perform their mesmerizing duet First Fall, described as “luminous” and a “tour de force” by the Boston Globe, along with stunning new work they have created with Brooklyn Rider, “one of the wonders of contemporary music” (Los Angeles Times). MORE INFO
 
 
  Angels in America, Part 1   USC MFA in Acting Repertory Presents Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
Wednesday, February 22, at 6:45 p.m.
Scene Dock Theatre
Tickets required. Visions and Voices is giving a limited number of free tickets to USC students only. RSVP HERE

The USC School of Dramatic Arts MFA in Acting will present a fully staged production of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches directed by faculty member John Rubinstein. Set in 1980s New York City, Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece follows a gay man abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s stalling marriage to his pill-popping wife. MORE INFO
 
 
 
  sSISTERSs   sSISTERSs: An Experimental Musical
Written and Directed by Gina Young

Thursday, February 23, at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m.
24th Street Theatre
1117 W. 24th Street, Los Angeles 90007
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, January 31, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

From Gina Young, the award-winning writer/director of Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo, comes a new punk musical about three sisters who may or may not be witches. Trapped in the drawing room of an old Victorian house, the sisters embody famous sisterly triads in a psychedelic, stream-of-consciousness trip through time. sSISTERSs explores memory, family, mortality, the repression of female sexuality, and the struggles of being a woman artist. MORE INFO
 
 
  Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca   Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca: Antigona
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, January 30, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Don’t miss Antigona, Martín Santangelo’s stunning flamenco interpretation of Sophocles’ Antigone, performed by Noche Flamenca, a company celebrated around the world for its spellbinding performances. The production stars Bessie Award–winning flamenco superstar Soledad Barrio as a disenfranchised woman struggling against patriarchal authority. At its heart, the story of Antigone resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based on the strength of family. Antigone’s story is her humanity and her quest to bury her brother regardless of the circumstances. MORE INFO
 
 
  Sound Maze   Sound Maze
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Friday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Admission is free. Reservations requested for the opening reception. RSVP beginning Wednesday, February 1, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Listen, play, and discover sound anew as you improvise with more than a dozen newly invented musical instruments in Sound Maze, an interactive installation created by composer and instrument inventor Paul Dresher. Designed for all ages, all levels of musical experience, and all types of minds, this remarkable hands-on installation lets you experiment with extraordinary inventions to discover new ways of creating sound and music, unleashing the musical creativity in everyone. MORE INFO
 
 
  Looking Ahead
Kaplan and Petraeus
 
 
  3/3: Griot! African and European Improvisations, MORE INFO
3/7: The Dresher/Davel Instrument Duo, MORE INFO
3/9: Cyber Wars and Global Politics with Fred Kaplan and General David Petraeus, MORE INFO
 
 
 

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