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Dear Friends:

We are so excited to present two events this week featuring the incredible Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane! And there are just a few spots left for our conversation with author R.F. Georgy, whose book Notes from the Café was featured on President Nikias’s summer reading list. And if you haven’t already, RSVP now for events with the epic jazz artist Kamasi Washington and the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Read on for details on these and other great events.

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
  Upcoming Events
Rebeca Lane
 
 
  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
Attendees will receive FREE V&V T-shirts and bags (while supplies last).
Admission is free. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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 this short video with Rebeca Lane speaking out against sexism and violence in Guatemala here.
 
 
    Notes from the Café: An Evening with R.F. Georgy
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free. There are just a few tickets left for USC students, staff, and faculty, so RSVP online now! Waitlist only for general public. Spaces will also be available at the door on standby. Check-in begins at 6:15 p.m. 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. While advance reservations are full, spaces often open up and we encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.

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   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   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. A limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty, so RSVP online now! 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
 
 
  RSVP Reminders
Focus Forsythe
 
 
  William Forsythe   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 active in the field of choreography for over 45 years. His work has reoriented ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form. 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
 
 
  Suzan-Lori Park   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 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   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 the 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 artist DJ /rupture, and USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun. MORE INFO
 
 
  Ma Rainey   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
 
 
  Islamic Art   Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
An Experience L.A. Event

Friday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, September 20, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

USC students will take a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see Islamic Art Now, Part 2, an exhibition showcasing LACMA’s contemporary collection from the Middle East. The show features works by artists from Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and northwest Africa, including Shoja Azari, Lulwah Al Homoud, Burhan Doǧançay, Fereydoun Ave, and Sherin Guirguis, among others. MORE INFO
 
 
  500 Years of Utopia: Governing Paradise   500 Years of Utopia: Governing Paradise
Saturday, October 15, at 1 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, September 21, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Sir Thomas More coined the term utopia 500 years ago to describe the ideal city. But what does it mean in a 21st-century megacity like Los Angeles? In the first in a series of events, architecture writer Geoff Manaugh, Santa Monica city manager Rick Cole, USC Price professor David Sloane, and Aurora Tang from the Center for Land Use Interpretation, will discuss what utopian governance might look like in today’s L.A. MORE INFO
 
 
  Dudamel   Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel and Joshua Bell
Sunday, October 16, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. Tickets will be distributed by lottery. Sign up for the lottery on Thursday, September 22, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. RSVP HERE

This enticing program by the Los Angeles Philharmonic boasts masterworks by two giants of late German Romanticism. Hear the pristine, Apollonian majesty of Johannes Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Then, a Dionysian outlook takes over with Richard Strauss’s vivid characterization of the bold seducer Don Juan, followed by the defiant joker of German folklore, Till Eulenspiegel. Gustavo Dudamel conducts. MORE INFO
 
 
  DarkMatter   DarkMatter: #ItGetsBitter
Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, September 19, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Join us for a performance by the trans South Asian performance-art duo DarkMatter. A pair of self-described “radical, freaky queers of color who are not proud in the ways that the white gay establishment wants us to be,” DarkMatter is known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache. Their show, #ItGetsBitter, is a mixture of art and activism, poetry and polemic, giggles and gasps, that critiques the status quo while imagining new ways of being and resisting. MORE INFO
 
 
  DarkMatter   Resist! A Workshop on Student Activism with DarkMatter
Friday, October 21, from 12 to 2 p.m.
Parkside Performance Café
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, September 19, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Drawing from their experience working on campaigns for gender, racial, economic, and environmental justice, DarkMatter will present a workshop focused on skill-building and theoretical frameworks for student activism. Taking an intersectional approach to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, they will explore how the university system keeps us reading rather than revolting. MORE INFO
 
 
  RSVP Reminders
Homelessness
 
 
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
11/9: Designing Utopia, MORE INFO
11/10: Tom Kalin, MORE INFO
11/13: The Met in HD, Don Giovanni, MORE INFO
 
 
 
 

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