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Dear Friends:

We’re excited to announce a new signature event for the spring: an inspiring evening with Arianna Huffington, whose new book The Sleep Revolution is due out in April. This week, we take a look at true crime and detective fiction, as well as the illustrious career of Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo, and much more). Read on for details on these and other fantastic events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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3/28: Rolling the R's: Asian Pacific Diasporic Literature, more info

3/29: History of the Cello: Part 2, more info

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The Sleep Revolution

 

 

The Sleep Revolution
An Evening with Arianna Huffington
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Trojan Grand Ballroom, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free and open to current USC students, staff, and faculty only (two free tickets per valid ID). Reservations required.

Join us for an illuminating evening with Arianna Huffington, the co-founder, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and author of fifteen books. She will talk about her forthcoming book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time, which highlights the critical role that sleep plays in our lives. In 2005, Huffington launched The Huffington Post, one of the most widely read, linked-to, and cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Huffington has made Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list. Her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Her new book, The Sleep Revolution, will be published in April.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, March 22, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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True Crime: Detective Fiction and the Film Noir Myth of Los Angeles

 

 

True Crime: Detective Fiction and the Film Noir Myth of Los Angeles
Thursday, February 18, 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. While advance reservations are full, tickets may be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 3:15 p.m.

In film noir and mystery fiction, detectives inhabit a troubled moral universe that refuses easy distinctions between police, criminals, and everyone else. In fiction and real life, detectives enter the minds of criminals while retracing their motives and emotional states. They also make use of surveillance, wiretapping, and criminal informants—practices that pose moral quandaries about the boundaries between justice and legality. Join us for a conversation about the crafts of crime writing and crime solving, as well as the noir myth of Los Angeles, with crime novelist Walter Mosley; Andrew Marlowe, creator of the acclaimed TV series Castle; and retired LAPD detective Glynn Martin. Screenwriter and USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Howard Rodman will moderate. In conjunction, the USC Libraries will present an exhibition in Doheny Memorial Library tracing the history of detectives in the popular imagination and offer an interactive, mixed-reality detective game.
Organized by the USC Libraries.
For more info, click here.

 

 
 

Robert Towne Retrospective

 

 

A Tribute to Robert Towne
Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. While advance reservations are full for the screening of Chinatown, tickets may be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Rush tickets will be available at all other screenings.

Join us for a three-day retrospective of the work of Academy Award–winning screenwriter Robert Towne. A key figure of the “New Hollywood” wave of filmmaking, Towne wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for what may be the most iconic Los Angeles film of all time: Chinatown (1974). During the same era, he wrote The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, all of which earned him Oscar nominations. He also doubled as writer and director on films including Personal Best and Tequila Sunrise. Over a career spanning Los Angeles films, action films, TV, and much more, Towne’s numerous other credits include Mission: Impossible I and II, Days of Thunder, The Firm, and Mad Men. Screenings of Chinatown, The Last Detail, Shampoo, The Firm, Tequilla Sunrise, and others will be complemented by in-person conversations with Towne and his friends and collaborators.
Produced by Alessandro Ago and Ted Braun for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
For more info, click here.

 

 
 

LA Opera: The Magic Flute

 

 

LA Opera: The Magic Flute
An Experience L.A. Event

Wednesday, February 24
Depart USC at 6 p.m.; return at 11 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations.

A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the most beloved works in all of opera. The story transports us into an enchanted world where good faces evil. Under the masterful baton of James Conlon, LA Opera presents a highly anticipated revival of a production that created a sensation in their 2013–14 season. Director Barrie Kosky created the staging in collaboration with the British theatre group 1927, whose humorous shows have thrilled audiences all over the world with their interaction between film animation and live actors. Packed with exquisite singing and stage wizardry, The Magic Flute promises a delightful blend of high comedy and serious drama.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

Even Me

 

 

Even Me
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. 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.

Even Me is an award-winning documentary that highlights the rise of HIV/AIDS among older adults in communities of color. HIV-positive people of color in Los Angeles share their brutally honest stories of living and aging with the disease. Even Me dispels the myths that HIV/AIDS is a gay or young person’s disease, highlighting the fact that age is no vaccine and exploring the truth of how HIV/AIDS is affecting elders of color in our communities. Even Me was made by Megan Ebor, who worked in the field of aging as a senior advocate, care manager, and long-term-care ombudsman for nearly 15 years. After a screening of Even Me, USC professor Karen D. Lincoln will moderate a panel discussion with filmmaker Megan Ebor, cast members, and activist/community organizer Carrie Broadus.
Organized by Karen D. Lincoln (Social Work).
Co-sponsored by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, USC Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, Advocates for African American Elders, and USC School of Cinematic Arts.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Microlibraries

 

 

Microlibraries in the Everywhere
Part I: Create a Tiny Library

Friday, February 26, 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library Room 240
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us on an innovative walking tour to help create future microlibraries on the USC campus. What are the moral and ethical dimensions of free access to knowledge? How can the design of a space shape the experience of interacting with information? Microlibraries in the Everywhere will explore these questions with an exhibition of ten unique microlibraries created collaboratively by USC professor Lee Olvera, students in the USC Master of Management in Library and Information Science Program, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study—and perhaps you. USC students will participate in shaping the future microlibraries by helping to craft their appearance, thematic focus, and contents. Professor Lee Olvera of the USC School of Architecture and Los Angeles–based curators or creators of microlibraries will guide the walking tour of future microlibrary sites.
Organized by the USC Libraries, USC School of Architecture, and USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel and Music from the Americas

 

 

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel and Music from the Americas
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, February 27
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 10:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations.

Venezuelan-born Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, will conduct the LA Phil in a vibrant program of music from North and South America. The evening will include John Williams’s Soundings, which the composer created to capture the “colorful sonorities” of Walt Disney Concert Hall; Alberto Ginastera’s furious and fantastic Piano Concerto no. 1; a world premiere of a new work by Los Angeles–based composer Andrew Norman, who aims to create “propulsive energy” in his compositions; and Appalachian Spring, a lively and beloved work by the great American composer Aaron Copland.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

The Orion String Quartet

 

 

The Orion String Quartet Performs Haydn’s Seven Last Words
Sunday, February 28, 4 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us for a special afternoon performance of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ by the Orion String Quartet, followed by a discussion with scholars of poetry, music, and religion. Seven Last Words of Christ was first performed in 1787. Commissioned to produce an oratorio during Lent, Joseph Haydn created seven meditations on Christ’s last words, drawn from all four gospels. We invite you to encounter this moving, spiritual composition via a live performance by the Orion String Quartet, known for bringing a fresh perspective to classical works. Varun Soni will moderate a discussion about the meaning and complexity of Seven Last Words with scholars Dana Gioia and David Albertson. The confluence of words, music, and religious and secular discussion will inspire you to contemplate human existence and the transcendent force of art across cultures and belief systems.
Organized by Karen Dreyfus (Music).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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Water Rites

 

 

Water Rites
Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Water is the foundation of life. When there is plenty, we don’t think about it much more than we think about breathing. But when it disappears, everything changes. An interactive, multidisciplinary celebration of water will look at our most precious resource from multiple vantage points, from rights to rites. Water Rites will feature a staged reading of The Water Trilogy, a play by USC’s Paula Cizmar; testimonies from water experts, neighborhood representatives, and spiritual leaders; a discussion led by a JPL researcher working on the satellite that tracks California’s water supply; flash plays by students; and opportunities for participants to share their own water stories. Campus and community organizations who work on water issues will be on hand to provide information and ideas for ways we can all take action to conserve and celebrate water.
Organized by Paula Cizmar (Dramatic Arts), Debora Chan-Southwell (Provost’s Office), and Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication). Co-sponsored by the USC Environmental Student Assembly, Food Recovery Network, Club H2O, PressFriends, and the Earth Sciences Communication Initiative.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

wild Up

 

 

Art as Activism: wild Up and Edge in Concert
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

The celebrated Los Angeles-based new-music ensemble wild Up will join forces with Thornton Edge in a concert dedicated to the premise that great ideas amplified by the megaphone of art and music are capable of creating great change. The directors of these ensembles, Christopher Rountree and Donald Crockett, joined by USC Thornton School of Music faculty composer Ted Hearne, will narrate from the stage and conduct the combined ensembles in performances of socially engaged music by John Lennon, Frederic Rzewski, Julius Eastman, Ted Hearne, Nina Simone, and Louis Andriessen. The concert will be followed by a discussion with the audience, moderated by Christopher Rountree and including Donald Crockett, Ted Hearne, and members of the two ensembles.
Organized by Donald Crockett (Music).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Oresteia Project

 

 

The Oresteia Project
Written by David Bridel and the MFA Acting Class of 2016
Inspired by Aeschylus’ Oresteia
Directed by David Bridel

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.

 Scene Dock Theatre
Tickets required. Visions and Voices will provide a limited number of free tickets to USC students only. Reservations for free tickets are required.

Considered to be Aeschylus’ finest work, The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies that begins with the plot to murder Agamemnon, King of Argos, upon his return home from war, spiraling the House of Atreus into a vicious cycle of violence and vengeance. The Oresteia is a remarkable study of justice in its early forms, and has inspired a number of adaptations in contemporary theatre. Join the USC School of Dramatic Arts for a brand-new take on Aeschylus’ seminal trilogy, created by the MFA acting class of 2016 and David Bridel, director and interim dean of the School of Dramatic Arts. Through movement, music, and original text, The Oresteia Project will breathe modern life into this ancient Greek masterpiece.
Organized by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
USC students can RSVP for a free ticket online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here. For additional show dates and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

 
 

Backstage with the Creators of Serial

 

 

Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of Serial, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Friday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
ADMISSION:
FREE for USC Students, Staff, and Faculty with Valid ID (one free ticket per ID)
$15, USC Alumni
$20, General Public
While tickets for USC alumni and the general public are sold out, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations. There are just a few tickets left for USC students, staff, and faculty, so RSVP online now!

Launched in 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in iTunes history. The first season of the podcast presented a 12-part series on one legal case, captivating an audience that downloaded the episodes more than 100 million times (and counting). In their live presentation, co-creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder take the audience backstage in this cultural phenomenon, using some of their favorite tape to narrate personal stories about the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern storytelling.
For more info, to RSVP, or to get on the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

Dirty Talk

 

 

Dirty Talk
Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Tommy’s Place, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Poignant, hilarious, and electrifying, Dirty Talk speaks to the sexual-assault storm roiling college campuses. Composed of real-life interviews with students, professors, advocates, and activists, this theatrical docudrama about gender and sexual intrusion—from catcalls on city streets to on-campus assaults—will educate, illuminate, foster discussion, and offer empowering solutions to combat this crisis. Dirty Talk was written and directed by Shaheen Vaaz and will be performed by World Kin Ensemble, a theatre company committed to challenging conceptions of gender and power. The performance will be followed by a discussion with USC psychology professor Darby Saxbe, USC alumna Alexa Schwartz, and the cast and creator of the show.
Organized by Luis Alfaro (Dramatic Arts).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Bill T. Jones

 

 

The Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T. Jones
Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Legendary choreographer, director, dancer, activist, and MacArthur “Genius” Bill T. Jones will grace Bovard Auditorium for a one-of-a-kind evening of dance and discussion. Over the course of a spectacular decades-long career, Jones has founded and directed one of the top contemporary dance companies in the world, and created luminous works for not only his own Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company but also Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Axis Dance Company, and other renowned ballet and contemporary dance companies. In a unique two-part presentation, Jones will talk with Kenneth Foster, director of the USC Arts Leadership Program, about the challenges and rewards of being an artist-leader. In the second half of the evening, Jones will collaborate with students from the USC Thornton School of Music and USC Kaufman School of Dance on an adaptation of his fascinating multidisciplinary work Story/Time, which fuses the age-old art of storytelling with a vibrant landscape of contemporary movement and music.
Organized by Kenneth Foster (Arts Leadership), Veronika Krausas (Music), and d. Sabela Grimes (Dance).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Hubbard Street 2

 

 

Hubbard Street 2
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us for an evening of dance that will lift your spirits with Hubbard Street 2. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the world’s top contemporary dance companies. Hubbard Street 2 prepares dancers ages 18 to 25 for careers in contemporary dance and identifies next-generation choreographers. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, “It’s called the ‘second company,’ but there is absolutely nothing second-class about Hubbard Street 2.” The outstanding young company has thrilled audiences around the world with a repertory composed almost entirely of works created exclusively for them by emerging choreographers. Following the performance, Jodie Gates, vice dean of the USC Kaufman School of Dance, will moderate a discussion with Hubbard Street 2’s artistic director, Terence Marling, and the company dancers.
Organized by the USC Kaufman School of Dance.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, February 25, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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