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Thursday, April 23

Rebel Spirit: Lyrics of Power and Protest

Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA

7:15pm

Ana Tijoux in conversation with Jen Hofer

Raising her voice for women’s rights, immigration reform, environmental activism, and more, GRAMMY-nominated musician Ana Tijoux has transformed the global stage with her politically powered verses. Unbounded by geography and genre, Tijoux’s songwriting reflects the literary influences of her youth and the rich musical traditions of her native Chile. From Eduardo Galeano to Violeta Parra, hear—through conversation and song—the inspirations that fuel her rebel spirit. Reservations recommended. Please visit website for reservation/standby policies.

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Friday, April 24

Crumbs from the Table of Joy

USC Scene Dock Theatre

1029 Childs Way, Los Angeles, 90089

7:00pm

By Lynn Nottage. Directed by Gregg T. Daniel.

Seventeen-year-old Ernestine’s world is turned upside down when her father moves her and her sister to Brooklyn in the late 1950s. Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy is an exploration of racism, feminism and the challenging nature of change

Performance Dates and Times
4/25/2015 at 2:30 p.m.
4/25/2015 at 8 p.m.
4/26/2015 at 2:30 p.m.

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That Long Damn Dark

USC Massman Theatre

1029 Childs Way, Los Angeles, 90089

7:00pm

By Ashley Rose Wellman. Directed by Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx.

One of the plays featured in exciting and diverse new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ second-year MFA Dramatic Writing students.

After committing brutal murders, two teenage lovers go on the run in search of salvation, but cannot outrun the unearthly talking corpses that haunt both their memories.

Performance Dates and Times
4/24/2015 at 7 p.m.
4/25/2015 at 2:30 p.m.
4/25/2015 at 8 p.m.
4/26/2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: $5. Tickets purchased by phone or online are $7

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Poor Dog Group: The Murder Ballad (1938)

REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012

8:30pm

With a volatile mix of desire, jealousy and emancipatory yearning, Poor Dog Group's latest movement-based work—first staged at REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival—gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton's legendary 1938 recording. Originally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district, Morton's song revels in the nastiness of its heroine’s voice, embodied here by Jessica Emmanuel, whose feral physical energy lays claim to the violent impulses of a woman betrayed. Directed by Jesse Bonnell, The Murder Ballad (1938) delves into the myth of female madness and racialized representations of sexuality.

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Young Fathers

The Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

8:30pm

Their first full-length album, released in February, 2014, on Anticon and Big Dada has been given the kind of critical appraisal normally held hidden in the filing cabinets of dusty music journos and only brought out, along with the bottle of fine blended whisky for those special occasions, those special rock occasions. You know the kind, when a credible bunch of guitar, bass and drum twenty-somethings from some northern town in the UK or from Indianapolis USA put something together in the studio that reaches out and reminds everyone that modern life isn’t rubbish. Which is a weird reaction for a group who sit in some non-categorisable space between genres ancient and modern, who take hiphop and pop and dip it in a tie-dye mix of Ronnettes and krautrock and ragga and dub and post-punk and afropsych… and make something, something, something.

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