This week, we will take students on a trip to see Artists at Play’s production of The Two Kids Who Blow S**t Up. If you don’t already have a ticket, sign up for the waitlist or join us on standby! We are currently accepting reservations for other fantastic programs, including three signature events—a show with Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane, a presentation by author R.F. Georgy, and a concert with jazz artist Kamasi Washington. Read on for details on these and other great events!
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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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. Also, spaces often open up and we encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. at USC’s Gate 2 (Exposition Blvd. and Pardee Way).
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 nine 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 & WAITLIST
Fate and Freedom: USC Thornton Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor Friday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Reservations required. 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
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.
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 Check out Rebeca Lane's video for "Poesia Venenosa" here.
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. Tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty; waitlist only for USC alumni and general public. 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
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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations.
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 & WAITLIST
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 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 in Concert and Conversation A Visions and Voices Signature Event Tuesday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Reservations required. Tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty; waitlist only for USC alumni and general public. 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
Focus Forsythe: The Choreographer’s Process Thursday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m.
Friday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 102
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, September 13, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE William Forsythe has been pushing dance forward for almost half a century as resident choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet, director of Ballet Frankfurt, and leader of The Forsythe Company. Forsythe, a faculty member in USC’s Kaufman School of Dance, will invite the community into his creative practice. Kaufman students will perform one of Forsythe’s newest works, followed by a conversation moderated by Kaufman School vice dean and director Jodie Gates. MORE INFO
An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks
A Visions and Voices Signature Event Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m.
Town and Gown
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, September 6, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
Astounding playwright Suzan-Lori Parks was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play, Topdog/Underdog. She has also been honored with a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a Tony Award, and the Kennedy Prize. Her most recent play, Father Comes Home from the Wars, is an explosively powerful trilogy set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Parks will join USC dramatic arts professor and playwright Luis Alfaro for a conversation about race, American history, storytelling, and much more. MORE INFO
Movements, Or What Sound Does the Earth Make? Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, September 14, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
This fascinating event will bring these normally inaudible sounds of seismic waves to life through a panel discussion, scientific demonstrations, experimental sonification of seismic data, and creative musical interpretations. Participants include seismologist Lucy Jones, composer and USGS geophysicist Andrew Michael, USC Dornsife earthquake geologist James Dolan, USGS physicist Stephanie Ross, sound artists DJ /rupture and Ken Goldberg, and USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun. MORE INFO
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Written by August Wilson
An Experience L.A. Event Wednesday, October 12, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, September 15, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
An American masterpiece, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a powerful depiction of rage and racism set in 1927 Chicago. Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad directs this groundbreaking play from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, a series of ten plays chronicling the twentieth-century African American experience. 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 11/2: The Trans/Gender Tipping Piont, MORE INFO 11/3: Forbidden Questions about Islam, MORE INFO 11/4: Theater Mitu’s JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology, MORE INFO
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