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Dear Friends:

Join us this week for two impactful programs featuring the trans South Asian performance art-duo DarkMatter. On Thursday, they will perform their show #ItGetsBitter, and on Friday, they will facilitate a workshop on student activism. There are just a few spaces left for our first Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems event tackling homelessness, so RSVP now! And reservations are open for several other great events, including a provocative evening on Islam with best-selling author Irshad Manji. Keep reading for details!

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
  Upcoming Events
Dark Matter
 
 
  DarkMatter   #ItGetsBitter: A Performance by DarkMatter
Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
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 6:45 p.m.

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 & WAITLIST
 
 
  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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

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 & WAITLIST
 
 
  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. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. in front of the USC School of Gerontology.

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. Limited spaces left so RSVP now! 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 HERE

Comedy creators are advancing the discourse around race, religion, the economy, gender, and sexuality. Over the course of three days, screenings of key works and panels featuring such guests as Paul Feig, Norman Lear, Issa Rae, Maria Bamford, and Jay Roach will illuminate the way that comedy addresses issues of inclusion, diversity, and social change, yet still keeps us laughing! MORE INFO
 
 
  RSVP Reminders
Irshad Manji
 
 
  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 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 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 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
 
 
  Designing Utopia   500 Years of Utopia: Designing Utopia
Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, October 18, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

What does utopia mean in the context of 21st-century Los Angeles—a sprawling, heterogeneous built environment that poses increasingly serious sustainability challenges? This conversation will explore the role of design in attempting to create utopia amid the complex realities of contemporary L.A. Panelists include landscape architect Mia Lehrer; Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne; architect and USC professor Victor Jones; and game design expert and USC professor Jeff Watson. MORE INFO
 
 
  Tom Kalin   Tom Kalin: Fictionalizing History and Reinterpreting the Past
Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, October 19, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Tom Kalin is a key figure of New Queer Cinema. His critically acclaimed work, which ranges from experimental video installations to narrative feature films, explores some of the most shocking crimes of the twentieth century. In a conversation with USC professor Howard A. Rodman, Kalin will present clips of his films and discuss the aesthetic and ethical complexities of making movies about murder, sex, and queer history. MORE INFO
 
 
  The Met in HD   The Met in HD: Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Sunday, November 13, at 12 p.m.
Frank Sinatra Hall, Norris Cinema Theatre
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, October 24, at 10 a.m. RSVP HERE

Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music, we will present a delayed satellite broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, one of the greatest operas of all time. The charismatic Simon Keenlyside sings the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de theatre. Fabio Luisi conducts. MORE INFO
 
 
  Looking Ahead
Lil Buck and Ashley Bathgate
 
 
  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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