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Dear Friends:

This week, we will get a rare glimpse into the creative practice of William Forsythe, one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance! If you don’t already have a reservation, sign up for the waitlist or join us on standby. And there are a limited number of tickets left for a Visions and Voices signature event featuring acclaimed playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, so if you haven’t already, RSVP now. Keep reading for details on these and other great events!

—The Visions and Voices Team

  Upcoming Events
Focus Forsythe
  William Forsythe   Focus Forsythe: The Choreographer’s Process
Thursday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 102
Admission is free. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby.

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 & WAITLIST
  A View from the White House   A View from the White House: 20 Years of Faith-State Partnerships
Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room 106
Admission is free. Reservations requested. RSVP HERE

How can the government and people of faith work together to address pressing social issues? 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Charitable Choice, a policy that allows government to fund faith organizations as a part of welfare reform. Melissa Rogers, head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will discuss the legacy of Charitable Choice and the future of church-state relations. 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. Limited spaces left, so RSVP now! 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
  RSVP Reminders
Islamic Art Now
  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 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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. 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 & WAITLIST
  Islamic Art   A Trip to LACMA: 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.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

USC students will take a trip to the incredible Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see Islamic Art Now, Part 2, an exciting exhibition of contemporary works from the Middle East featuring artists from Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and northwest Africa. Students will also have the opportunity to explore other LACMA collections on their own. 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 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
An Experience L.A. Event

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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. 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. Gustavo Dudamel conducts. MORE INFO & WAITLIST
  DarkMatter   #ItGetsBitter: A Performance by DarkMatter
Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. Limited space available for USC students, staff, and faculty. General public is at waitlist only. RSVP HERE

Join us for a powerful 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 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
  Celebrate Forsythe   Celebrate Forsythe
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, October 22, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. Tickets will be distributed by lottery. Sign up on Tuesday, September 27, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. RSVP HERE

Experience a never-before-seen approach to dance performance as three major U.S. ballet companies—San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Houston Ballet—share the stage in one distinctive program devoted entirely to the work of acclaimed American choreographer William Forsythe, widely considered the greatest innovator in his field since Balanchine. MORE INFO
  Homelessness: Stories from the Shadows   Homelessness: Stories from the Shadows
The Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems

Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, September 28, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Join Provost Michael Quick for an illuminating event on homelessness featuring Dr. James O’Connell, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor and founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. O’Connell, who has been providing medical care to people who live on the streets for three decades, will share stories of struggle, survival, hope, and humanity, followed by a conversation with Professor Suzanne Wenzel of the USC School of Social Work. MORE INFO
  The Comedy Festival   The Comedy Festival, Vol. 3—The Changing Face of Comedy
Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30
Various Locations at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Friday, October 7, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Artists like Stephen Colbert, Key and Peele, Lena Dunham, Tig Notaro, John Oliver, and Louis C.K., and shows like Veep, Transparent, and Orange Is the New Black, have advanced conversations around same-sex marriage, trans rights, the changing role of women, immigration reform, and electoral politics. This three-day celebration of comedy will feature screenings of key works and discussions with figures who are shaping our national discourse through entertainment. MORE INFO
  The Trans/Gender Tipping Point   The Trans/Gender Tipping Point
Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, October 6, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

The past year has been called a “tipping point” for the media representation of transgender and gender-variant people. But trans activists continue to fight for basic rights. Two discussions will feature experimental media makers along with artists behind the Emmy Award–winning series Transparent, exploring the many meanings of trans visibility in mainstream and experimental media, and the shifting nature of trans politics. MORE INFO
  Looking Ahead
Forbidden Questions
  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
11/18: USC Thornton Opera: Golijov's Ainadamar, MORE INFO
11/30: Jookin' with Buck, MORE INFO
12/1: WHAT MOVES YOU—Lil Buck and Ashley Bathgate, MORE INFO

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

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