USC Visions and Voices

 

 

 

Visions and Voices Event Calendar

  • Archives, Algorithms and Art
  • 10/30/2014: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
  • How does technology relate to race, history, identity and the very contours of human existence in a networked society? Artist and researcher Kevin Hamilton will shed light on the history of computation and the inextricable links between science and technology and the arts and humanities.

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  • The Punk Singer
    A Screening and Discussion with Kathleen Hanna
  • 11/02/2014: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, was a reluctant leader but never-shy voice of the 1990s riot grrrl movement. The Punk Singer, a documentary by Sini Anderson, tours twenty years of Hanna’s life and career through archival footage and intimate interviews.

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  • The Julie Ruin
    With Sex Stains
  • 11/03/2014: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Join us for a riotously entertaining, politically provocative evening with punk-feminist icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and her new band, The Julie Ruin, whose music is raw, soulful and incredibly danceable.

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  • The Art of the Empty Orchestra: Creativity in a Karaoke Culture
  • 11/05/2014: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Karaoke—a Japanese word that translates into English as “empty orchestra”—is everywhere. A participatory karaoke event, exhibition and discussion with New Sound Karaoke, Amy Von Harrington, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez will explore karaoke as a technology, an aesthetic and a participatory cultural practice.

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  • Aaron Koblin: Media Wall Mash-Up
  • 11/06/2014: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Aaron Koblin—creative director of Google’s Data Arts Team and an internationally acclaimed artist specializing in data and digital technologies—will use the new three-story Wallis Annenberg Hall media wall to showcase extraordinary, creative, contemporary digital work by himself and others.

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  • The Last Movie
  • 11/14/2014: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Independent, rebellious and extreme, the late Dennis Hopper is beloved for his work as an actor and director in cult films. As part of a multi-event tribute to Hopper, we will screen The Last Movie (1971)—a notorious bomb upon release that has since been revisited with an admiring eye by critics and audiences alike.

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  • What Makes a Monster?
  • 11/18/2014: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • From vampires and werewolves to Resident Evil and The Walking Dead, we delight in the strange and monstrous. But why? Game designer Leonard Boyarsky (Diablo III, Fallout), USC professor and multimedia artist Charlie White and USC professor and folklore scholar Tok Thompson will discuss monsters’ many meanings and messages.

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  • Stop Kiss: A Play by Diana Son
  • 11/20/2014: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Sara and Callie share their first kiss on the New York streets. They are then viciously attacked. Diana Son’s Stop Kiss humorously and heartbreakingly portrays the events surrounding the attack. This beautiful theatrical performance reminds us of the importance of self-discovery and the dangers of repression.

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  • Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard
  • 01/14/2015: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Join us for a 50th-anniversary screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard. Set in a public hospital serving the indigent in rural, feudal Japan, the film stars Toshiro Mifune and asks profound humanist and existential questions relating to social injustice.

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  • Red Beard/Red Beard
    A Performance by the Los Angeles Poverty Department
  • 01/15/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • On the 30th anniversary of the founding of renowned theatre troupe the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)—the first U.S. theatre company composed of homeless and formerly homeless artists—LAPD will stage an excerpt from Red Beard/Red Beard, the group’s acclaimed master work rarely seen in Los Angeles.

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  • LAPD Performance Workshop
  • 01/16/2015: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • John Malpede and Henriëtte Brouwers of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)—the first U.S. theatre company composed of homeless and formerly homeless artists—will lead a performance workshop drawing on LAPD’s revolutionary practices for creating community-based theatre.

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  • The Met in HD: Lehar’s The Merry Widow
  • 01/24/2015: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • In a satellite broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, the great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all of Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, The Merry Widow.

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  • An Evening with Academy Award Winner William Friedkin
  • 02/06/2015: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • For sheer cinematic punch, it’s hard to match the films of William Friedkin, among them The Exorcist, The French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A. A screening of Friedkin’s digitally remastered Sorcerer (1977) will be followed by a discussion with this extraordinary writer/director/producer.

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  • LA Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles
  • 02/18/2015: 5:45pm - 11:30pm
  • LA Opera proudly presents John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, one of the most acclaimed operas of our time. Extravagantly scaled, gloriously tuneful, supremely touching and uproariously entertaining, The Ghosts of Versailles turns history on its head as love attempts to alter destiny.

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  • Black Grace
    Choreographer, Neil Ieremia
  • 02/21/2015: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Join us for an exhilarating performance by Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company. Rooted in the rich Samoan and New Zealand rhythm and storytelling traditions, Black Grace’s innovative dances are highly physical, uniquely beautiful and immensely powerful.

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  • Food, Recreation and the Arts as Social Justice
  • 02/26/2015: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • South L.A. community leaders will share their diverse and dynamic visions for food justice, urban agriculture, community arts and recreation. Panelists include Ben Caldwell (Kaos Network); guerrilla gardener Ron Finley; Karen Mack (LA Commons); Javier “JP” Partida (Los Ryderz); and Neelam Sharma (Community Services Unlimited).

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  • North/South: The Arctic and Antarctic in Words and Music
  • 03/02/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Join us for an expansive evening reflecting on the vastness of space and time via photographs, texts and music inspired by the far reaches of the Arctic and Antarctic. A multimedia performance will feature pianist Victoria Kirsch, baritone Robin Buck, soprano Suzan Hanson and actor Jamieson Price.

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  • Art in the Court: Famous Trials Illustrated
  • 03/05/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Legendary defendants, sensational trials and courtroom drama—each visualized for the masses by courtroom artists. Join us for an evening of art, law, history and news as we highlight the work of award-winning courtroom illustrators Elizabeth Williams, Bill Robles and Aggie Kenny.

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  • South Los Angeles Walking Tour
  • 03/07/2015: 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Karen Mack of LA Commons will lead a dynamic, culturally engaged walking tour of South Los Angeles, highlighting public art projects that validate the importance of local narratives and encourage ties between people and places.

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  • The Schoenberg Soundways
  • 03/07/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • The revolutionary music of twelve-tone composer Arnold Schoenberg will course through USC during a five-day, campus-wide sound installation, a lecture and a concert featuring some of Schoenberg’s greatest works, played by pianist Aron Kallay and USC Thornton students.

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  • Full Still Hungry
    A Performance by Contra-Tiempo
  • 03/27/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Join us for an enlivening evening as dance company Contra-Tiempo fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop and contemporary dance theatre in Full Still Hungry, a vigorous dance about the search for nourishment inside the American capitalist juggernaut.

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  • Dreaming of Harlem Under a High Southern Sky
  • 03/28/2015: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Theatre, dance and music intertwine to tell the story of three women who grew up on a plantation outside of New Orleans and migrated to Harlem at the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance, discovering a new caramel-colored world filled with art, music, fashion and dance.

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  • Measures & Frames
  • 03/28/2015: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • What happens when music and images merge? Visionary contemporary composers Thomas Adès, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Jeffrey Holmes, Veronika Krausas and Marek Zebrowski will collaborate live with avant-garde filmmakers David Lynch, Michael Patterson, Candace Reckinger and Agnès Varda to create riveting visual music. Works will be performed by the Penderecki String Quartet and soprano Rebekah Barton.

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  • Self/Split: Performance and Poetry from Asian Diasporas
  • 04/01/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30am
  • “Self/Split” brings together four renowned Asian diasporic artists—Sam Chanse, Chiwan Choi, D’Lo and Nicolas Wang—for an evening of live performances and discussion that will movingly confront queerness, displacement, immigrant identity, the creative process and more.

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  • Mercy Killers
    A Play by Michael Milligan
  • 04/02/2015: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • As part of the Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, we will present Mercy Killers, a powerful one-man theatrical performance exploring the increasing dysfunction of the American health care system.

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  • Touch of the Other
    Takao Kawaguchi Performs the Laud Humphreys Papers
  • 04/08/2015: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • During the 1960s, controversial sociologist Laud Humphreys studied the codes and choreography of male-male sex in public restrooms. Avant-garde Japanese choreographer Takao Kawaguchi will explore the legacies of public sex mapped out by Humphreys in a site-specific performance at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.

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  • The Getty Center
  • 04/10/2015: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Join us for an afternoon at the Getty Center, one of Los Angeles’s cultural gems. The Getty boasts an impressive collection of classical and contemporary art housed in delightful modern buildings designed by Richard Meier, Robert Irwin’s unique Central Garden, open spaces and spectacular views of Los Angeles.

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  • The Spoken World
    A Performance by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • 04/16/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, one of America’s vital voices, will perform The Spoken World, an interweaving of text and movement that journeys through African American fatherhood, planet hip hop and environmental justice in the United States and Africa.

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  • Engaging Community: Pathways to Social Change through Art
  • 04/17/2015: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Los Angeles is home to an extraordinary number of arts organizations committed to social change and social justice. Leaders from several organizations will discuss how they got their start, the challenges of their work and the future of socially engaged art.

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  • Our Environmental Destiny
    An Evening with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 04/23/2015: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Join us for a special evening with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In a passionate and eloquent speech, Kennedy will reflect on the role of natural resources in our work, health and identity as Americans, reminding us of our responsibility to preserve our planet for future generations.

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  • Cyberpunk: Past and Future
  • 04/24/2015: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Starting in the 1980s, speculative-fiction writers created a subgenre—cyberpunk—that not only predicted but also helped shape the future. A day-long event will bring together seminal figures of cyberpunk, including Rudy Rucker, Pat Cadigan and Bruce Sterling, to discuss the cultural moment they incited.

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