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Dear Friends:

Join us TONIGHT for Some of a Thousand Words, a thrilling new production featuring prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, acclaimed choreographer Brian Brooks, and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. We are also accepting reservations for a spellbinding flamenco version of Antigone by the renowned company, Noche Flamenca; the opening reception for Sound Maze, an interactive and wildly inventive exhibition of musical instruments by composer Paul Dresher; a conversation with award-winning journalist Fred Kaplan and General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus; and more! Read on for details on these and other great events.

—The Visions and Voices Team

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  Enriques Journey   Beyond Enrique’s Journey: Solving Illegal Immigration (For Real)
An Evening with Sonia Nazario, with a Response by Stephanie Canzales

Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum Courtyard
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, February 22, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

In conjunction with the USC Fisher Museum exhibition MONTARlabestia, we will present an evening with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario. Nazario is the author of Enrique's Journey, the story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. First published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, Enrique's Journey became a national best-selling book. In a special event, Nazario will discuss U.S. immigration reform, followed by a response by Stephanie Canzales, a PhD candidate in sociology at USC. MORE INFO
  Upcoming Events
Whelan Brooks
  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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m. 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. While advance reservations for the free tickets are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Unclaimed tickets will be given to USC students with valid ID on a first-come, first-served basis. 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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 7:15 p.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 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 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 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
  Upcoming Events
Kaplan Petraeus
  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 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 (Ret.) David H. Petraeus in Conversation
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Join USC President C. L. Max Nikias for a fascinating and timely conversation on cyber wars, national security, and global politics featuring best-selling author Fred Kaplan and USC Judge Widney Professor General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus. The conversation will be moderated by USC Price professor David Sloane. 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 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
  Dana Caspersen   A Curiously Moving Talk with Dana Caspersen
Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 102
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, February 22, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Conflict specialist, choreographer, and author Dana Caspersen believes in the power of the individual to positively transform destructive systems. Learn the physicalized methods she has developed for learning and creating change in conflicts—from interpersonal to international—in a unique event that focuses on transforming conflict from the inside by changing your own actions and approach. MORE INFO
  Uncanny Valleys   Uncanny Valleys: Thinking and Feeling in the Age of Synthetic Humans
Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, February 23, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

From service robots to virtual agents like Apple’s Siri, humanlike machines are poised to grow ever more integral to our daily lives. Join us for a discussion with leading creators of humanlike machines, including Hiroshi Ishiguro, Yoshio Matsumoto, Travis Deyle, and Jonathan Gratch, and science historian Jessica Riskin (The Restless Clock) about the future of artificial life and new pathways for human-machine interactions. You’ll also have a chance to explore an interactive showcase of humanlike machines and virtual agents currently under development. MORE INFO
  Anarchy in Asian American   Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema
Friday, March 24
7 p.m.: Panel Discussion, School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108
9 p.m.: After Party and Concert, Tommy’s Place
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Friday, February 24, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Gregg Araki, Roddy Bogawa, Marcus Hu, and Jon Moritsugu—the “bad boys” of Asian American cinema—have exploded notions of identity and identification through a radicalized indie-film aesthetic inspired as much by the anything-goes energy of the underground music scene as by the formalist experimentations of directors like Godard. Join us for a discussion exploring the impact of their punk-influenced, sexually and artistically transgressive, DIY filmmaking, followed by a concert featuring Low on High and SISU. MORE INFO
  Fun Home   Fun Home
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, March 25, from 7:15 to 11 p.m.
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. Tickets will be distributed on a lottery basis. RSVP for the lottery on Tuesday, February 28, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. RSVP HERE

Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” —The New York Times
USC students will take a trip to see the landmark Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Fun Home, a refreshingly honest story about seeing one’s parents through grown-up eyes. Based on Alison Bechdel’s beloved graphic novel, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising ways. MORE INFO
  Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance   Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance
Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, March 1, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Gay-rights movements in the United States have often focused on visibility and legibility within the public sphere. But as gay and lesbian issues are being rapidly mainstreamed, many artists and theorists—especially those engaging in queer, feminist, and people-of-color discourses—are pushing against visibility as a social and political enterprise. A panel of artists and scholars will discuss the role of opacity as a tactic of queer subjectivity and activism in our contemporary moment. MORE INFO
  The Business of Trade Ceramics of Asia   The Business of Trade Ceramics of Asia
Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, March 2, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

In conjunction with the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s exhibition China Trace: The Export of Chinese Ceramics in the Global Market, on view in Doheny Memorial Library from March 2 to August 6, USC professor and internationally renowned ceramicist Karen Koblitz will discuss the role of ceramics in Asia with Dennis Carr, curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The conversation will be moderated by Christina Yu Yu, director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum. MORE INFO
  Roz Chast   When We Have to Talk about Something Less Pleasant: Aging, Alzheimer’s, and the End of Life
A Lecture by Roz Chast

Thursday, March 30, at 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Admission is free. Reservations requested. RSVP beginning Friday, March 3, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Cartoonist Roz Chast will share her story of coping with the loss of her parents and the everyday realities of Alzheimer’s disease—a story she tells with courageous honesty in the gut-wrenching and darkly humorous graphic memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Chast’s cartoons appear in magazines including The New Yorker and Scientific American. Her award-winning memoir masterfully combines cartoons, text, and photographs to challenge readers’ perceptions of death and dementia. MORE INFO
  Looking Ahead
Latent Memory
  3/31: Latin American Political Animation, MORE INFO
4/1: Data-Driven Animation Workshop, MORE INFO
4/1: The Met in HD: Verdi's La Traviata, MORE INFO
4/3: Making Visual History: Amandy Vickery, MORE INFO
4/6: Doctors’ Orders for a Good Death, MORE INFO
4/7: Trade Ceramics of Asia, MORE INFO
4/8: Downtown L.A. Walking and Food Tour, MORE INFO
4/13: Los Angeles, City of Tomorrow, MORE INFO
4/15: The Hotel Play, MORE INFO

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