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Dear Friends:

2016 has been quite a momentous year, with the loss of many legendary artists and a tumultuous presidential election. The role that the arts play in our lives is more critical than ever. The arts allow us to explore diverse perspectives and connect to each other as human beings. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with artists, students, and the larger community in our shared vision of the arts as a vehicle for transformation. We thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to celebrating and experiencing the arts with you in the new year!

—The Visions and Voices Team

  Upcoming Events
Addiction in America
  The Big Lie   The Big Lie: American Addict 2
Wednesday, January 18, at 7 p.m.
School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Join director Sasha Knezev and physician and executive producer Gregory A. Smith for a screening of their film, The Big Lie: American Addict 2. Featuring candid interviews with politicians, celebrities, and physicians, the film reveals the effects of addiction on society, links between certain medications and crime, and the compelling and unbelievable stories of everyday people that have become addicted to prescription drugs. MORE INFO
  Kurt Weill   Forging “The Knife”—Kurt Weill Before Broadway
Thursday, January 19, at 8 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Explore the musical and political roots of Kurt Weill (“Mack the Knife,” “Moon of Alabama”) in a special evening of performance and conversation with violin virtuoso and humanitarian Daniel Hope and distinguished pianist, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) music director, and USC Thornton professor Jeffrey Kahane. They will share insights on Weill’s compositions, life, and career as a young composer in 1920s Berlin. They will also be joined by LACO and USC Thornton musicians for a performance including some of Weill's major chamber works. MORE INFO
  Hopscoth   What Does Hopscotch Sound Like?
Friday, January 20, at 4 p.m.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Hopscotch, the world’s first-ever “mobile opera”—performed in cars and at iconic L.A. sites in 2015—has completely altered how we think about opera. A fascinating conversation about producing live performing arts in L.A.’s public spaces will feature Hopscotch composers Veronika Krausas and Marc Lowenstein; director Yuval Sharon and Elizabeth Cline of The Industry, the artist-driven company that made Hopscotch; and arts journalists Mark Swed and Sasha Anawalt. MORE INFO
  Hopscoth in Concert   Hopscotch in Concert
Friday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

“A masterpiece. Hopscotch has broken the fourth wall with a vengeance.”—The Wall Street Journal
A special evening emceed by director Yuval Sharon will be the first live concert of songs from Hopscotch, the opera that is changing how we think about opera. Following the concert, a reception and conversation will feature Industry creative-team members, renowned arts journalists, and Hopscotch composers. MORE INFO
  Addiction in America   Addiction in America
The Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems

Tuesday, January 24, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Join Provost Michael Quick for the second installment of the Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems. Opioid abuse has led to tragic consequences in nearly every community in America. A critical conversation with filmmaker Sasha Knezev and physician Gregory A. Smith, MD, who collaborated on the documentaries American Addict and The Big Lie: American Addict 2; USC professor and health-policy expert Dana Goldman; and moderator Avelardo Valdez, a professor in the USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, will explore the American addiction epidemic and what it might take to save lives. MORE INFO
  Looking Ahead
Alexandra Billings
  1/26: Alexandra Billings Performs, MORE INFO
1/27: Trans Representation and Hollywood, MORE INFO
1/28 & 1/29: The Minecraft Experience @ USC, MORE INFO

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

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