Visions & Voices Fall 2019

Theme Guides to selected programs from the Fall 2017 Visions & Voices program were created in partnership with USC Libraries faculty and staff.
Look for recommended books and readings on the people, performances and topics covered by these events.
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Photo: David Ohmer from Cincinnati, USA - Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum "Autumn Reflection", CC BY 2.0

Architectures of Light: The Drone Photography of Reuben Wu (Theme Guide PDF)

Related Event: Drone Photography and 3D Modeling Workshop
Tuesday, September 10, at 3 p.m., Ahmanson Lab, Leavey Library

Main Event: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7 p.m.
USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

USC Libraries Contributor: Stacy Williams

V&V Event Information

Event Description: Join us for an artist’s talk by Reuben Wu, who uses light-carrying drones to create sublime and otherworldly photographic landscapes. Wu’s photographs evoke conventions of Romantic painting and the wonder of planetary discovery in vintage sci-fi films, and draw on his unique understanding of time and memory as a musician and co-founder of the British electronic band Ladytron.

In conversation with author and BLDGBLOG creator Geoff Manaugh, Wu will present pieces from his photo series Lux Noctis and Aeroglyphs, as well as new artworks inspired by drawings and models in the USC Libraries’ architectural collections and featuring landmarks of the USC campus.

In conjunction with the event, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study will offer hands-on workshops on drone photography and the creation of interactive 3D models of the USC campus.

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons (Theme Guide PDF)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., Ahmanson Theatre

USC Libraries Contributor: Eimmy Solis

V&V Event Information:

Event Description: A sold-out run at the Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. Chalk it all up to the mad genius of Tony and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, standing at the head of the class in his one-man show, Latin History for Morons.

When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John seizes the chance to teach him all about the great figures of the Latinx world. But once he sets out on his irreverent crash course across three continents and 3,000 years of history—from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo, and taking on the characters in all of it—he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him.

Sell/Buy/Date: A Performance by Sarah Jones (Theme Guide PDF)

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7 p.m., Bing Theatre (BIT)

USC Libraries Contributor: Stacy Williams

V&V Event Information:

Event Description: In Sell/Buy/Date, Tony and Obie Award–winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones portrays a dazzling medley of characters inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. Brimming with Jones’s masterful, multicultural characterizations, the exuberant show presents an honest, moving, and humorous look at a complex and fascinating subject—all while preserving the full humanity of voices seldom heard in the theatre. The acclaimed show will be followed by a discussion with Jones and Q&A with the audience.

Art Deco Walking Tour (Theme Guide PDF)

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles

USC Libraries Contributor: Bryn Ziegler

V&V Event Information:

Event Description: Everyone knows that L.A. is a glamorous city. But few know that true Old Hollywood glamour lies in the streets of Downtown L.A. This walking tour will focus on the Jazz Age elegance of Art Deco. Its clean lines and geometric patterns proved a perfect style for L.A. in the 1920s and ‘30s, and an extraordinary collection of these masterpieces still stands in the heart of the city.

In a stroll through one of the jazziest parts of town, you’ll marvel at the incredible detail of these structures, with their brilliant colors and lush materials. You’ll learn how Art Deco made its way to L.A., and why it became such a defining architectural style in the city.

WET: A DACAmented Journey: A Performance by Alex Alpharaoh (Theme Guide PDF)

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7 p.m., USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

USC Libraries Contributors: Barbara Robinson and Javier Garibay

V&V Event Information:

Event Description: WET: A DACAmented Journey is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Chronicling Anner Cividanis’s journey living his whole life in the United States as an undocumented American, the solo performance by Alex Alpharaoh captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when forced to navigate a broken U.S. immigration system with very limited options, and examines the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in Los Angeles, the only home he has known. USC students are also invited to attend a special pre-show dinner featuring foods from several of Los Angeles' immigrant communities and conversation led by USC faculty and guests.  Further details are available at the RSVP page.

Alex Alpharaoh earned his reputation as an emcee and spoken word artist by honing his skills in Los Angeles outlets such as KPCC’s Unheard LA as well as venues around the country, including New York’s renowned Nuyorican Café. The award-winning performer is also the founder and creator of SP!T: Spoken Word Theatre, a Los Angeles–based ensemble that combines hip hop culture, spoken word, acting, and dynamic movement to tell original stories centered around societal issues with the city of Los Angeles as the backdrop.