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Dear Friends:

We can’t wait to launch the tenth season of Visions and Voices this Thursday with “SPARK!,” our annual kickoff event. Don’t miss Urban Assault, Javon Johnson, Trio Ellas, and more as we celebrate the start of another fantastic year. And don’t forget to RSVP for an extraordinary evening with award-winning author Junot Díaz. We look forward to seeing you there!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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9/21-10/2: Urban Visions exhibition, more info

9/21: Ken Butler, more info

9/24: Theater of War: Ajax, more info

9/26: Rick Lowe, more info

9/27: Explore Leimert Park, more info

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Volunteer for Visions and Voices!
If you are a USC student who wants to get more involved with this groundbreaking initiative, join our volunteer team! Meet legendary artists, experience innovative events, and bring the campus community together through the power of the arts and humanities. Volunteers will help at events, spread the word about programs, and provide feedback and ideas at volunteer gatherings. Expand your Visions and Voices involvement with a behind-the-scenes look at our programming and meet students and faculty across campus. Applications are currently being accepted. Priority for the Fall 2015 semester will be given to applications received by Friday, August 28. To apply online, please click here.



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SPARK! 10th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff
Thursday, August 20, 5:30 p.m.
Pre-show performance at 4:45 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Reception to follow. Free shirts and bags!
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Space is limited! See below for details.

USC Visions and Voices’s annual arts extravaganza will kick off our tenth season with music, dance, theatre, and spoken word. Come early for an electrifying pre-show by DJs Urban Assault (aka Faust and Shortee). The fun continues with sensational street-dance troupe The Groovaloos and the irresistible alternative pop of Bellorage. Spoken-word artist Javon Johnson will move and inspire you with socially engaged lyricism, and comedian Kat Evasco will perform excerpts from her autobiographical one-woman show Mommy Queerest. The event will also include a welcome by Provost Michael Quick and a presentation by USC cinematic arts professor Tara McPherson. A post-show reception will follow featuring live music from the all-female Latin GRAMMY–nominated Trio Ellas. Plus, attendees will receive free Visions and Voices T-shirts and bags!
ADMISSION: USC students should line up and get a wristband on Trousdale Parkway in front of Bovard Auditorium. Wristbands, shirts, and bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Arrive early!
For more info, click here.



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Junot Diaz



An Evening with Junot Díaz
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are still available for USC students, staff and faculty.
“An extraordinarily vibrant book that’s fueled by adrenaline-powered prose...[by] one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices.”—New York Times on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
We are thrilled to present an evening with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; This Is How You Lose Her). Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz writes of the immigrant experience with a “potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred” (O Magazine). The MacArthur “Genius” is equally committed to art and to social justice: he co-founded the Voices of Our Nation Workshop for writers of color and has been involved with Freedom University, which provides education to undocumented immigrants. In a fascinating talk that is both literary and streetwise, Díaz will discuss writing, the border-transcending potential of literature, and the importance of centering marginalized voices.
Co-sponsored by El Centro Chicano.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.



Alonzo King LINES Ballet



Alonzo King LINES Ballet
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required.
“Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Join us for a beautiful, soul-stirring evening with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Seamlessly combining classical ballet with diverse cultural traditions, the San Francisco–based company reinvigorates dance in bold and breathtaking ways. The program for this special evening will include Biophony, a riveting new work made in collaboration with natural-soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. From the rainforests of Borneo to a water hole in Kenya, Krause’s recordings of habitats in peril will accompany the dancers in a gorgeous ballet that reminds us of the interconnectedness of all life.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, August 25, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.



Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles



Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles
By Luis Alfaro
An Experience L.A. Event

Friday, September 18
Depart USC at 6 p.m.; return at 11 p.m.
The Getty Villa, Malibu
Open to USC students only. Reservations required.

Luis Alfaro—a MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and author of the explosive Oedipus El Rey—continues his brilliant reexamination of the Greek classics through a modern lens with Mojada, a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides’s Medea transported to East Los Angeles. Medea, a Mexican seamstress with extraordinary skill, is running from a past filled with betrayals. On an epic, border-crossing journey with her husband, Jason, and their son, this reenvisioned Medea faces the complexities of family, tradition, and culture. Old and new worlds collide in Mojada and at the Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman villa, where Luis Alfaro’s gripping play will be performed in a classical outdoor theatre.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Wednesday, August 26, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.



Design Fictions



Design Fictions :: Imagined Futures
Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free. Reservations required.

What do product design and advertising look like in a future where everything has collapsed? What do those things look like in a future where things have gotten radically better? To truly imagine the future, you need to visualize how things will look, guess at the elements the world will be made of, and brainstorm about how things might work. This is the fascinating realm of “design fiction”—the conceptualization, design, and fabrication of media artifacts, objects, spaces, and processes from speculative futures. A day-long event will bring together futurists, designers, and thought leaders for media screenings, discussions, and a hands-on creative workshop led by the Extrapolation Factory and the Situation Lab.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, August 27, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.


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