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Dear Friends:

Wednesday night, we are thrilled to present the visionary, soul-stirring Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Don’t forget to RSVP for the exquisite music of Irish supergroup The Gloaming; Design Fictions, a fascinating day-long event about design and the future; Experience L.A. trips to see the LA Phil and The Sound of Music; and much more. Read on for details about these and other exciting events!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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VIVA LA CAMARA!

 

 

!VIVA LA CÁMARA! Photographs of the Mexican Revolution from the Gustavo Casasola Foundation
A Visions and Voices Affiliated Event

Wednesday, September 16
4 p.m.: Panel Discussion
5 p.m.: Opening Reception
Doheny Memorial Library, Ground Floor Rotunda
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

A discussion will explore the crucial role photography played in the 1910–1920 Mexican Revolution, followed by the opening reception for an exhibition of photographs from the Gustavo Casasola Foundation in Mexico and the USC Libraries Boeckmann Center Collection. Photojournalist Gustavo Casasola, UCLA professor Maarten Van Delden, and USC professor Liana Stepanyan will explore the causes of the decade-long upheaval, the local photographers who followed the unfolding events, and how the revolution continues to shape the country’s identity. The exhibition will be on view through December 16, 2015.
Presented by the USC Libraries.
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 and open to everyone. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full, tickets will be available at the door on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 6:45 p.m.
“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.
For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, 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
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, tickets will be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 5:15 p.m.

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' 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. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, 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 and open to everyone. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door on a standby basis.

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.
Organized by Jen Stein (Media Arts and Practice) and Jeff Watson (Interactive Media and Games).
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Hybrid Visions

 

 

Hybrid Visions, Anxious Objects: The Musical Instruments of Ken Butler
Monday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are available for USC students, staff, and faculty.

Called “ceaselessly inventive” by the New York Times, visionary composer and performer Ken Butler turns everyday things into wondrous musical instruments, illuminating and transforming our ideas of common and uncommon objects, sounds and silence. “Butler can play anything from umbrellas to power tools,” wrote a Village Voice critic. And not only can he play any object, he can play it virtuosically and energetically, thrilling audiences with inventiveness and melody. Butler will bring some of his extraordinary hybrid instruments to USC for a performance and discussion, followed by an opportunity for the audience to play these unique and exciting instruments.
Organized by Karen Koblitz (Art and Design) and Veronika Krausas (Music).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Urban Visions

 

 

Urban Visions: Art as Social Practice
- Gallery Exhibition: Monday, September 21 through Friday, October 2, School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, Room 120
- Lecture and Workshop with Rick Lowe: Saturday, September 26, 2 to 4:30 p.m., School of Cinematic Arts 108 and 120
- Explore Leimert Park Walking Tour: Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free. The exhibition, lecture, and workshop are open to everyone. The walking tour is open to USC students only. Reservations required for the lecture, workshop, and walking tour. While advance reservations are full for the Explore Leimert Park walking tour, a limited number of tickets are available for the lecture and workshop. We are currently accepting waitlist reservations for the walking tour.
Urban Visions: Art as Social Practice is a three-part series exploring the ways in which certain ubiquitous elements of city life somehow seem invisible. At a time when the arts as social practice is becoming increasingly institutionalized, can artists continue to promote ethical and meaningful public engagement? Participants are invited to experience interactive and immersive media art, talk with artists about how they reimagine urban space, and explore nearby neighborhoods with a guided arts tour. On Sunday, September 26, artist Rick Lowe, a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant,” will present an overview of his own work, including the celebrated Project Row Houses, a community-based arts and culture organization in one of Houston’s oldest African American neighborhoods. After his talk, Lowe will lead a workshop on ways to connect art to neighborhood revitalization and community engagement. On Sunday, September 27, Lowe will lead a tour of Leimert Park, a hub of African American arts and culture in Los Angeles, during its monthly art walk.
Organized by Holly Willis (Cinematic Arts) and Annette M. Kim (Public Policy).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Wounded Warrior

 

 

The Wounded Warrior: Outside the Wire’s Theater of War Presents a Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax
Thursday, September 24, 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested.

Sophocles wrote Ajax in ancient Greece for an audience reeling from the ravages of war. The play tells the story of a fierce warrior who slips into a depression and ultimately takes his own life. Written by a veteran during an era of near-constant war, Ajax appears to have served a powerful public-health purpose, helping the Greeks address the moral, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of war. Through its innovative Theater of War program, the social-impact theatre company Outside the Wire will present dramatic readings from Ajax followed by a discussion about how today’s veterans and their communities can heal from the deep wounds of war.
Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics), and Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine). 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 now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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The Gloaming

 

 

The Gloaming
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Friday, October 2
7:30 p.m.: Pre-show Conversation
8 p.m.: Concert
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

”A staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity“—The Guardian
Join us for a very special evening with The Gloaming, the Irish-music supergroup whose 2014 debut album made “best of the year” lists around the world. Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill, and Thomas Bartlett a.k.a. Doveman—a sean-nós singer, two fiddlers, a guitarist, and a pianist—reinvigorate an ancient musical tradition with thoroughly modern innovation. With lyrics drawn from historic and contemporary Irish literature, The Gloaming reworks Irish music while remaining faithfully connected to its roots. Their music is rousing, ethereal, and utterly gorgeous. Prior to the performance, Joanna Demers, associate professor in the USC Thornton School of Music, will host a pre-show conversation with Martin Hayes.
Presented in collaboration with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

True Tales from County Hospital

 

 

True Tales from County Hospital: Race, Class, and Trauma at LAC+USC
Saturday, October 3, 4 to 9 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center is one of the largest public hospitals and medical training centers in the United States and the largest single provider of health care in Los Angeles County. Two recent documentaries will be screened that illuminate both its past and present practices. A reception and panel discussion with the filmmakers and physicians will be held between the two films. No Más Bebés (No More Babies), by Academy Award–nominated director Renee Tajima-Peña and producer/historian Virginia Espino, investigates the history of women of Mexican origin who contend that they were coercively sterilized at LAC+USC during the 1960s and ’70s. Made by physician Ryan McGarry, Code Black gives viewers unprecedented access to one of the nation’s busiest emergency rooms as a team of doctors wrestles with the challenges of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Both films raise critical questions about the care of poor and immigrant populations in the United States.
Organized by Mark Jonathan Harris (Cinematic Arts).
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel

 

 

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
An Experience L.A. Event

Tuesday, October 6
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 10:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.
“[T]he central work of Western classical music”—The Guardian
Los Angeles Philharmonic artistic director and conductor Gustavo Dudamel, with the LA Phil, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will present Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, almost universally considered to be the greatest work by one of the greatest composers of all time. The monumental Choral Symphony features the first use of voices in a symphony, including the famous “Ode to Joy.” The LA Phil will perform with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, which is composed of more than 200 young musicians between the ages of 18 and 28.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. Tickets will be distributed on a lottery basis. Sign up for the lottery online on Tuesday, September 15, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more info and to sign up for the lottery, click here.

 

 
 

The Sound of Music

 

 

The Sound of Music
An Experience L.A. Event

Wednesday, October 7
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 11:30 p.m.
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien brings a lavish new production of The Sound of Music to Los Angeles’s Ahmanson Theatre. The vibrant, romantic story of Maria and the von Trapp family features songs that have been beloved by audiences since the musical’s 1959 premiere: “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and of course “The Sound of Music.” Don’t imagine that you know The Sound of Music if you have only seen the movie. As Ted Chapin of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization notes, “The stage show and the movie version are each their own entity, and are [both] brilliant.”
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. Tickets will be distributed on a lottery basis. Sign up for the lottery online on Wednesday, September 16, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more info and to sign up for the lottery, click here.

 

 
 

Singing in the Lion's Mouth

 

 

Singing in the Lion’s Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide
- Screenings of Screamers and Following the Ninth: Saturday, October 10, 4 to 9:30 p.m., School of Cinematic Arts 108
- Symposium: Sunday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Forum Room, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
- Concert: Sunday, October 11, Pre-concert Reception at 6:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m., Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required for the screenings and concert.
Can music resound against violent oppression? To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a weekend of events will explore the role of music in resisting mass violence and raising consciousness. On Saturday, we will screen two documentaries: Screamers (2006) observes how the rock band System of a Down raised awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony (2013) examines how people around the world have used “Ode to Joy” to resist dictatorships. Sunday, an international symposium will explore music as a tool of resistance during the Holocaust, the Armenian and Indonesian genocides, Apartheid-era South Africa, and elsewhere. Sunday night, join us for a powerful concert featuring students from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Organized by Wolf Gruner (Jewish Studies and History), Nick Strimple (Music), and USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, September 17, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP for the screenings, click here; to RSVP for the symposium, click here; and to RSVP for the concert, click here.

 

 
 

Earth's Waters

 

 

Earth’s Waters: Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans in Poetry and Music
Monday, October 12, 7 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

From William Shakespeare’s “Full Fathom Five” to W.B. Yeats’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” poetry has attempted to reflect on and reckon with water. Music, too, has aimed to grasp this elusive element—essential to all life, sometimes softly flowing and sometimes terrifying with its chaotic power. A live performance of famous poetic texts set to music will celebrate the earth’s rivers, lakes, and oceans. Pianist Victoria Kirsch, poet and USC Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia, soprano Jamie Chamberlin, baritone David Castillo, violinists Kevin Kumar and Hana Kim, violist Luke Maurer, and cellist Timothy Loo will perform along with student readers.
Organized by the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, September 22, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Gaming the Future of Los Angeles

 

 

Gaming the Future of Los Angeles
Thursday, October 15, 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Geoff Manaugh for a public introduction to L.A.T.B.D., which explores diverse possible futures for the city of Los Angeles. Incorporating speculative fiction, game design, and architectural modeling, L.A.T.B.D. will allow exhibition visitors to generate their own unique visions of a Los Angeles yet to be determined. Manaugh developed L.A.T.B.D. with architects Mark Smout and Laura Allen as well as Professor Jeff Watson and his students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Manaugh, who writes the widely acclaimed architecture blog BLDGBLOG, was a former editor at Dwell, editor in chief at Gizmodo, and contributing editor at Wired UK.
Organized by USC Libraries and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study with additional funding from the British Council and University College London.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, September 23, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Otello

 

 

The Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Otello
Saturday, October 17
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.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts will host a series of satellite broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera presented in spectacular HD digital projection and 5.1 surround sound. 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, we will present a delayed satellite broadcast of Verdi’s masterful Otello, which matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
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.

 

 
 

Composer, Poet, and Muse: A Concert of Songs by Alan Louis Smith

 

 

Composer, Poet, and Muse: A Concert of Songs by Alan Louis Smith
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

A kind of artistic alchemy occurs when music, words, and performers combine in the performance of a song. Friendships, artistic and professional encounters, and a shared love of words and music are the building blocks of the creative work of composer/poet Alan Louis Smith, professor in the USC Thornton Schoool of Music and one of the nation’s most highly regarded figures in the field of collaborative artistry. In a special concert, international opera stars and other distinguished musicians will perform texts and music either written expressly for or highly influenced by them, including two West Coast premieres. Alan Louis Smith will perform along with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, baritone Rod Gilfry, soprano Diana Newman, and cellist Jonathan Dormand.
Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, September 24, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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