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Dear Friends:

We can’t wait to see you this Thursday at “SPARK!,” our annual kickoff event! From spoken word artist Javon Johnson to performance artist Kristina Wong to post-show performer El Vez, this year’s dynamic lineup will inspire you to think anew about art, culture, politics, and so much more. Also, we are accepting reservations for several fantastic events, including two programs with master documentarian Frederick Wiseman and a concert and conversation with Guatemalan hip hop artist Rebeca Lane. See below for details on these and other great events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

—The Visions and Voices Team

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  Upcoming Events
  SPARK!   SPARK! 11th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff
Thursday, August 18, from 5:15 to 8 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Space is limited! Visit our website for the event schedule and admission info.

Kick off the year with an incredible event featuring the electrifying DJ duo Urban Assault, acclaimed performance artist Kristina Wong, powerful spoken-word artists Javon Johnson and Terisa Siagatonu, the dynamic dance company Versa-Style, the beautiful melodies of Shannon Lay, and the internationally renowned musician and performer El Vez. There will also be presentations by Provost Michael Quick and USC cinematic arts professor Tara McPherson. Plus, attendees will receive free Visions and Voices T-shirts and bags! MORE INFO
  Frederick Wiseman   The World According to Frederick Wiseman
Friday, August 26, at 2 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

In a career spanning almost 30 years, legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman has created an exceptional body of work consisting of 40 films from Titicut Follies (1967) to In Jackson Heights (2015). In conversation with USC professors Michael Renov and Vanessa Schwartz, Wiseman will talk about how he documents and analyzes the present while knowing that his films will become sources for future historians. MORE INFO
  Frederick Wiseman - National Gallery   National Gallery: A Screening and Conversation with Frederick Wiseman
Friday, August 26, at 6 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Following an introduction by USC professor Daniela Bleichmar, we will screen Frederick Wiseman’s three-hour tour de force National Gallery (2014), which looks behind the scenes and on the walls of the London museum that houses one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings. A Q&A with Wiseman moderated by USC professor Akira Lippit will follow. MORE INFO
  RSVP Reminders
Rebecca Lane
  The Two Kids   Artists at Play: The Two Kids That Blow S**t Up
An Experience L.A. Event

Thursday, September 1, from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m.
The Lounge Theatre, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Take a trip to see The Two Kids That Blow S**t Up by playwright Carla Ching. The play follows Diana and Max, who meet when they are ten years old. Their parents have an affair, break up, get back together, marry, and divorce, and Diana and Max see each other through it all, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. MORE INFO
  USC Thornton Symphony   Fate and Freedom: USC Thornton Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor
Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 16, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Conductor Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a theatrical and musical performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Tchaikovsky wrote the symphony during a time of immense personal struggle and he dedicated the symphony to his patron, Nadezhda von Meck, to acknowledge her support. In this illuminating performance, actors will play the roles of Tchaikovsky and von Meck, while the music unfolds in four mesmerizing movements. MORE INFO
  Rebeca Lane   Somos Guerreras: Feminism, Hip Hop, and Guatemala
A Concert and Conversation with Rebeca Lane
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane, one of the fiercest voices in Latin American hip hop, performs around the world and agitates for justice wherever she goes. Set to reggae, dancehall, cumbia, hip hop, and R&B rhythms, Lane’s lyrics powerfully address feminism, poverty, violence against women, and much more. In an invigorating evening of music and conversation, Lane will be interviewed by acclaimed musician Maya Jupiter and perform with DJ Francesca Harding. MORE INFO
    Notes from the Café: An Evening with R.F. Georgy
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m.
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

R.F. Georgy’s Notes from the Café was selected by USC President C. L. Max Nikias as recommended summer reading for USC students. The book has been described as “an extraordinary piece of literature that [forces] us to reflect on what we have become in the digital age” (Arthur Russell, Le Monde). In a probing and lively dialogue, Georgy and USC cinematic arts professor Tara McPherson will critically reflect on the information age we are living through. MORE INFO
  Rebecca Lane   Artivism: Creating Socially Engaged Art with Rebeca Lane
Thursday, September 15, at 6 p.m.
El Centro Chicano, Student Union, Suite 402
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Join us for a rare opportunity to work with feminist Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane. In an intimate and interactive workshop, Lane will explore the connections between art and activism and offer inspiration and practical tips for how and why to make art that makes a difference. MORE INFO
  Two Men Talking   Two Men Talking
The Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series

Monday, September 19, at 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Admission is free. Reservations requested. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, August 25, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Combining theatre, therapy, and real life, Two Men Talking is a captivating storytelling event that looks at HIV/AIDS, racism, and homophobia. Created by Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Murray Nossel and psychiatrist Paul Browde, who met in South Africa as “white, Jewish, gay, and privileged [children] under apartheid,” Two Men Talking reveals the way that our personal stories connect us all. MORE INFO
  Kamasi Washington   Kamasi Washington in Concert and Conversation
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Tuesday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 23, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Take an epic musical journey with jazz artist Kamasi Washington, who has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Lauryn Hill, to name a few. GQ describes his triple-disc masterpiece The Epic as “the kind of album that can shift your mood . . . the moment you press play.” A dynamic concert with Washington and his band will be interweaved with a conversation moderated by USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun. MORE INFO
  RSVP Reminders
Focus Forsythe
  • 9/29 & 9/30: Focus Forsythe, more info
  • 10/6: An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks, more info
  • 10/11: Movements, Or What Sound Does the Earth Make?, more info
  • 10/12: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, more info
  • 10/14: Islamic Art Now at LACMA, more info
  • 10/15: 500 Years of Utopia, more info
  • 10/16: Trip to the LA Philharmonic, more info
  • 10/20: DarkMatter: #ItGetsBitter, more info
  • 10/22: Celebrate Forsythe, more info
  • 10/25: Homelessness: Stories from the Shadows, more info
  • 10/28-10/30: The Comedy Festival, Vol. 3, more info

For more information on these and other events, please visit our website.

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