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Dear Friends:

Tuesday night, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones will grace the Bovard stage for a performance of his incredible piece Story/Time and a rare discussion about leadership in the arts. Also this week, don’t forget to RSVP for Hubbard Street 2, a unique opportunity to create tiny libraries on campus, an exploration of Asian Pacific diasporic literature, and more. Read on for details on these and other exciting events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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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, more info

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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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door.

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 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. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Kenneth Foster, director of the USC Arts Leadership Program, about the challenges and rewards of being an artist-leader.
Organized by Kenneth Foster (Arts Leadership), Veronika Krausas (Music), and d. Sabela Grimes (Dance).
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 now! 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 now! 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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Complexions Contemporary Ballet



Complexions Contemporary Ballet
April 15 to 17
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles

Complexions Contemporary Ballet comes to the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with a mixed repertory that combines technical precision, power, passion, and the occasional pop song. Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, two esteemed alumni of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions delivers an exciting, genre-bending performance. For a limited time, get 20 percent off tickets with the following code: 29322.*
For more info and to get tickets, click here.

*Discount valid for all performances and in all sections except Premier Orchestra and Premier Founders. Other restrictions apply. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges. Offer expires March 31, 2016.


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