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Dear Friends:

This week, as part of Trojan Family Weekend, join us for a very special signature event with the remarkable playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. If you don’t already have a reservation, sign up for the waitlist or join us on standby. We are also accepting reservations for several other great events, including a trip for USC students to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a conversation considering what utopian governance might look like in L.A. today, a performance by the provocative duo DarkMatter, and an important conversation on homelessness. Keep reading for details and we look forward to seeing you soon!

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
  Upcoming Events
Suzan-Lori Parks
 
 
  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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 6:15 p.m.

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 & WAITLIST
 
 
  Movements   Movements, Or What Sound Does the Earth Make?
Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. Limited spaces left, so RSVP now! 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 and MacArthur “Genius” 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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations.

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.

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
 
 
  RSVP Reminders
DarkMatter
 
 
  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 spaces left for USC students, staff, and faculty, so RSVP now! 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
Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free. Reservations required. Limited spaces left, so RSVP now! 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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations.

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 & WAITLIST
 
 
  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 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   USC 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
 
 
  Irshad Manji   Forbidden Questions about Islam: Turning Polarization into Constructive Conversation
An Evening with Irshad Manji

Thursday, November 3, at 6 p.m.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, October 11, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

In an interactive multimedia forum, Muslim feminist author Irshad Manji will answer USC students’ most candid questions about her faith, even those questions that many would deem “offensive.” Manji is the internationally best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today, founder of the Moral Courage Project, and recipient of Oprah Winfrey’s first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.” MORE INFO
 
 
  Theater Mitu   Theater Mitu: JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology
An Experience L.A. Event

Friday, November 4, from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m.
Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, October 12, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Theater Mitu, a dynamic New York City–based ensemble of artists, will perform JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology. In the past decade, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, emerged as the “Murder Capital of the World.” Across the border, El Paso, Texas, branded itself the “Safest Large City in America.” Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, the play is a powerful theatrical exploration of this border community. MORE INFO
 
 
  Looking Ahead
Forbidden Questions
 
 
  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
 
 
 
 

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