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Dear Friends:

Tomorrow night we will present a fascinating event that will use theatre and conversation to explore the critical role of water in our lives. Later this week, we’ll encounter politically engaged art, including social-justice-minded music with wild Up and Thornton Edge and Dirty Talk, a theatrical piece about the sexual-assault crisis on college campuses. We also can’t wait to hear from the creators of the binge-worthy podcast Serial. Read on for details on these and other exciting events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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LOOKING AHEAD

4/13: Arianna Huffington: The Sleep Revolution, more info

4/14: Edgar Arceneaux: Until, Until, Until, more info

4/15: The Broad Museum, more info

4/16: Six Characters in Search of an Author, more info

4/16: M. Lamar: Funeral Doom Spiritual, more info

4/18: Microlibraries in the Everywhere, Part II: Exhibit Opening and Discussion, more info

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Important update! Microlibraries in the Everywhere, Parts I and II, have been rescheduled. Part I, originally scheduled for Friday, February 26, has been rescheduled for Friday, March 25.Part II, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, has been rescheduled for Monday, April 18. Please see below for additional info.


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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. While advance reservations are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations. Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 6:15 p.m.

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.
For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 
 

wild Up

 

 

Art as Activism: wild Up and Edge in Concert
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. RSVP online now! Rush tickets will also be available at the door. Check-in opens at 6:45 p.m.

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. While advance reservations for the free tickets are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations. Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 5:30 p.m.

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.
For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, 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 are sold out, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations. Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 6 p.m.

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 or to sign up for 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. While advance reservations are full, we are currently accepting waitlist reservations. Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 6:15 p.m.

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).
For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, 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.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend the evening with legendary choreographer, director, dancer, activist, and MacArthur “Genius” Bill T. Jones. 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.

 

 

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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 now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Microlibraries Part I

 

 

Microlibraries in the Everywhere
Part I: Create a Tiny Library

Friday, March 25, 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library Room 240
Admission is free and open to everyone.

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.

 

 
 

Rolling the R’s: Literary Revolutions in the Asian Pacific Diaspora

 

 

Rolling the R’s: Literary Revolutions in the Asian Pacific Diaspora
Monday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library Room 240
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Twenty years ago, a new generation of Asian Pacific American writers from island nations published their first novels—and changed American literature. Irreverent, experimental, and heavily influenced by pop culture, these books put the experiences of diverse working-class immigrant populations into print. An exciting event will bring together authors Jessica Hagedorn (Dogeaters), Lois-Ann Yamanaka (Blu’s Hanging), and R. Zamora Linmark (Rolling the R’s) for a conversation about writing books that exploded the static, prescribed ideas of 1990s multiculturalism and ultimately became staples of American literature courses. Playwright and USC professor Luis Alfaro will guide the discussion as it winds through the authors’ literary beginnings, their multifaceted careers, and the island heritages that shaped their identities.
Organized by Luis Alfaro (Dramatic Arts), Viet Nguyen (English and American Studies and Ethnicity), Karen Tongson (English and Gender Studies), and Sunyoung Lee (Kaya Press). Co-sponsored by the USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Asian Pacific American Student Services, and the Center for Transpacific Studies.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, March 2, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

History of the Cello

 

 

History of the Cello: The Music of the Cello from Baroque through Modern
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Ralph Kirshbaum, the chair of the USC Thornton School of Music Strings Department and one of the world’s top cellists, will moderate a riveting presentation featuring the best of the cello repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern eras. The evening will explore different styles, fingering and bowing choices, the aesthetic and technical range of the instrument, and the relationship between cello music and other art forms. Throughout the course of the evening, you can enjoy a recital of the works discussed—plus a surprise or two!
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, March 3, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Music and Medicine

 

 

Music and Medicine: Experiments and Explorations
The Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series
Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
How does music affect the human brain? Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute director Berislav Zlokovic, a leader in Alzheimer’s disease research and a classically trained tenor whom Thomson Reuters has listed among “the world’s most influential scientific minds”, will moderate a fascinating discussion with world-renowned neurologist Marcus Raichle; harpist and PhD candidate at the USC Davis School of Gerontology Alison Balbag; Christopher Snowdy, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry; and singers from LA Opera who have participated in the Music and Memories program, in which young singers perform for individuals affected by dementia. Concert pianist Zora Mihailovich will also perform in this multidisciplinary event that will illuminate the ways music impacts the mind.
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 beginning Tuesday, March 8, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Madama Butterfly

 

 

The Metropolitan Opera in HD: Madama Butterfly
Saturday, April 2
12 p.m.: Pre-Opera Discussion
1 p.m.: HD Opera Broadcast
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by Ken Cazan, chair of vocal arts and opera/resident stage director at the USC Thornton School of Music, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host a delayed satellite broadcast of Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production of Madama Butterfly—a production that has wowed audiences since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. The broadcast will be presented in spectacular HD digital projection and 5.1 surround sound.
Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts in conjunction with the USC Thornton School of Music and the Metropolitan Opera.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Lisa Dwan Beckett Trilogy

 

 

Lisa Dwan Beckett Trilogy
An Experience L.A. Event

Thursday, April 7
Depart USC at 6 p.m.; return at 10 p.m.
The Broad Stage, Santa Monica
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

After a critically acclaimed sell-out run performing Beckett at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Irish actor Lisa Dwan will perform a one-woman Samuel Beckett trilogy—Not I, Rockaby, and Footfalls—at the Broad Stage. Directed by Beckett’s friend and collaborator Walter Asmus, Dwan will revisit her celebrated performance of Not I, a rapidfire monologue in which a female mouth is the only thing illuminated in an otherwise pitch-dark space. Dwan was tutored in the role by Billie Whitelaw, who performed Not I at its 1973 UK premiere after being coached by Beckett himself. Dwan will also perform Rockaby, one of Beckett’s most famous last works, and Footfalls, in which a woman paces back and forth outside her dying mother’s room.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Thursday, March 10, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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