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Dear Friends:

This week, we will take USC students on two trips as part of our Experience L.A. series. On Thursday, we will see a thrilling performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and on Saturday, we will visit the Underground Museum for a powerful exhibition exploring violence against the black community. We are also accepting reservations for several exciting events, including a performance featuring the incredible Wendy Whelan, one of the most renowned dancers in the world. And reservations open today for Noche Flamenca’s spellbinding performance of Antigona. Read on for details on these and other great events.

—The Visions and Voices Team

  Upcoming Events
Alexandra Billings Performs Live
  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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 5:45 p.m. in front of the USC School of Gerontology.

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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m. in front of the USC School of Gerontology.

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 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
  Upcoming Events
Wendy Whelan/Brian Brooks et al
  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 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 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, queer feminist identity, 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
  Griot   Griot! African and European Improvisations with Jalli Lamin Kuyateh and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, February 7, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Guest artist Lamin Kuyateh joins the USC Baroque Sinfonia for a fascinatingly unusual meeting of musical styles, time periods, and instruments. As a griot (or jalli), Kuyateh comes from a long tradition of Gambian bards. A historian, performer, and spiritual leader, he plays the African gourd harp (or kora) while singing improvised songs and stories that tell history and offer sage advice. This special concert will feature Kuyateh’s songs and improvisations, baroque narrative songs and improvisations, and improvisations that bring together African griot and Euro-Baroque traditions. MORE INFO
  Davel Instrumental Duo   Paul Dresher and the Dresher/Davel Instrument Duo
Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, February 9, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Renowned composer, performer, and instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist extraordinaire Joel Davel come together for an exciting electro-acoustic performance on extraordinary musical instruments of their and their collaborators’ own invention. Hear lush textures and fascinating rhythmic structures as Dresher and Davel create music on these utterly unique instruments—and then come onstage to explore the instruments yourself. MORE INFO
  Cyber Wars and Global Politics   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. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, February 8, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Best-selling author Fred Kaplan and USC Judge Widney Professor General David Petraeus will come together for a fascinating and timely conversation on cyber wars, national security, and global politics. Kaplan spent 20 years at the Boston Globe and is currently the “War Stories” columnist for Slate. He is the author of several books, including Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. General (Ret.) David Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, General Petraeus served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. MORE INFO
  From our partners  
  Jessica Lang Dance   Jessica Lang Dance
Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19
The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre

New York–based Jessica Lang Dance makes its Music Center debut with dance that will spark your imagination. Save 20% with code* 32123.
*20% off applies to all performances of Jessica Lang Dance in all sections EXCEPT Premier Orchestra and Premier Mezzanine. Expires 2/19/2017, no refunds or exchanges. MORE INFO
  Looking Ahead  
  3/22: A Curiously Moving Talk with Dana Caspersen, MORE INFO
3/23: Thinking and Feeling in the Age of Synthetic Humans, MORE INFO
3/24: Anarchy in Asian America, MORE INFO
3/25: Fun Home, MORE INFO

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