REDCAT: “Her self-deprecating humor is not just funny, its excesses contain jaw-dropping revelations on the intersections of passion and fear.” – LA Weekly
“A theatrical whirling dervish… painfully, hilariously funny. –The Seattle Times
With live music and a wicked wit, incisive and hilarious writer/performer Lauren Weedman shares secrets of her alternate identity: a colorful personality born in her past and controlling her future. Before becoming an acclaimed author, a popular star of HBO’s Looking, and a noted correspondent for TheDaily Show, Lauren was given the birth name(s) Tammy Lisa. Her adopted family gave her a new name and a life that led to near-stardom and gobs of critical praise, but as early-ish midlife approaches, Tammy Lisa is re-emerging as a musical and multi-faceted character who often embodies Loretta Lynn, Helen Reddy, or Lucinda Williams — depending on her mood swings. Tammy Lisa re-invents the cabaret form with funny and dark songs of heartbreak, gay boys, straight boys, volatile love, side-splitting comedy, and bliss.
Direction: Erica Beeney
Music: Tim Sonnefeld
CalArts, Bijou Theater
Film/Video: The CalArts School of Film/ Video Proudly Presents Tournées Film Festival, A Festival of French, French-Speaking and French-produced films
Image: Deniz Gamze Ergüven: Mustang. Still courtesy of Cohen Media Group.
Some have called Mustang the “Turkish Virgin Suicides.” While Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s extraordinary debut has striking thematic similarities to Sofia Coppola’s film, its spirit of revolt is all its own. Ergüven goes beyond evoking the mystery and marvels of the world of adolescent girls to decry the denial of women’s rights the world over. Mustang begins at the point when the childhoods of five orphaned sisters in the Turkish countryside come to an abrupt end: when their grandmother and uncle learn they have been seen splashing around in the sea with boys, they lock them up inside the house. From there, things only get worse: medical virginity checks, arranged marriages, suicide… But the film holds our interest and carries our hope through the unrelenting rebellion of the youngest sister, Lale, who will not accept to be deprived of attending her favorite soccer team’s game, just as she will not stand to watch yet another sister be forced into a stranger’s arms. Lale’s long-planned escape from oppression and the sisters’ unbreakable bonds and explosive liveliness in the face of a repressive society are the giddy counterbalances to a sobering account of a state of affairs that holds true for millions of young women. As such, Mustang, a French co-production and nominee for the 2015 Academy Award for best foreign film, is not only a profoundly enjoyable viewing experience, but an essential one.
Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.”
CalArts, The Wild Beast
We Are Birds:
An Evening of Bird Singing from Native Southern California.
Increasingly recognized as one of the most sublime legacies in world music, the Bird Singing tradition of Cahuilla and other Southern California Native cultures is the subject of this revelatory program. CalArts is honored to welcome Elders Wally Antone and Walter Holmes Jr., the foremost practitioners of a repertoire that includes nearly 400 songs. The Elders are followed by Derek Duro and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, who represent the younger generation fueling the resurgence of Native art forms across Southern California. The program opens with an outdoor presentation of the documentary We Are Birds: A California Indian Story by its director, Albert Chacon.
D300 Gallery: Vienna Gist BFA 3 PHOTO and Cici Cheng BFA 3 PHOTO
D301 Gallery: Zane Gutierrez BFA 3 PHOTO and Camille Tupper BFA 3 PHOTO
L-Shape Gallery: Sophia Aria BFA 3 PHOTO
Main Gallery: Giselle Morgan BFA 3 PHOTO
A402 Gallery: Sasha Douglas BFA 3 PHOTO
Lime Gallery: Jeehyun Yoon BFA 3 PHOTO
Mint Gallery: Lozen Haozous BFA 3 PHOTO
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
MUSIC: Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock lived in London/UK from 1989 till 2008 and is now residing in Brooklyn. She leads a host of her own projects including Anti-House, Ubatuba and Ingrid Laubrock Sextet. She won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and was the recipient of the 'Fellowship in Jazz Composition' by the Arts Foundation in 2006. Ingrid also won the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and was one of the fink nominees for the Doris Duke Impact Award 2015.
She is a prolific composer who has written for her own groups as well as for classical orchestra. Her orchestral piece 'Vogelfrei' has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra and the Tricentric Orchestra in 2012.
Drummer, Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with many artists such as John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, and Mark Ducret just to name a few.
Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his quintet Obbligato.
CalArts, B319 - VoiceArts Forum
MUSIC: Bonnie Barnett is a vocalist, composer and improviser residing in Los Angeles. After a classical musical education (B.S., Music Education, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana), she became interested in contemporary work. She began singing in Kenneth Gaburo's New Music Choral Ensemble at the University of Illinois, and when he and the ensemble moved to La Jolla, Barnett moved with them, working on and completing her Masters in Music at the University of California, San Diego. At this time Barnett also worked with Pauline Oliveros and was a member of her original ensemble focusing on Sonic Meditations. Barnett began exploring extended vocal techniques during this period, which resulted in experiments at the Linguistics Department at UCSD, and a Masters thesis titled 'Aspects of Vocal Multiphonics' (1972), which was published in Interface, Journal of New Music Research (Amsterdam and Ghent) in 1977. In the early 1980's Barnett began her TUNNEL HUM PROJECT, a series of public participatory vocal events set in resonant environments, 67 Hums later, the project continues. In the 1990’s Barnett became interested in vocal free improvisation. She worked with a number of musicians, and formed various ensembles. She appears on two DICE compilations and has three CD releases on Nine Winds Records (including 'Trio for Two' with Ken Filiano). Her most recent release is out on pfMentum ('In Between Dreams'). She has been exploring the texts of Gertrude Stein, Jean-Paul Sartre, the Dada writers and others, and also delights in improvising faux texts.
CalArts, Tatum Lounge
MUSIC: CalArts jazz ensembles perform in the annual beginning of the year concert.
REDCAT: "Like a fevered dream, tempting us into its movement and ephemeral images." - Pop Matters
Adventurous curators Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen research, curate, and exhibit programs of short films that represent resistance to power around the world. This program draws from their engagement with the histories of struggle for freedom, and the often surprising history of short-form non-fiction media. Filmmakers include: Ariella Azoulay (Israel/USA); Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler (Australia/Austria); Filipa Cesar (Portugal); Chen Chieh-Jen (Taiwan); Chiapas Media Project (Mexico); Sylvain George (France); John Greyson (Canada); Armand Guerra and Le Cinéma du Peuple (France); Birgit Hein (Germany); Sherry Millner (USA); Mosireen Collective (Egypt); Olga Poliakoff & Yann Le Masson (France/Algeria); and René Vautier (France/Rhodesia/Algeria), among others.
In person: Curators Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Soprano Mary Rawcliffe and Guitarist/Lutenist Stuart Fox performing 16th and 17th Century songs with lute and 20th Century songs with guitar.
REDCAT: Aron Kallay explores the tension and uncertainty of the presidential election with classical music for piano, synthesizer, and retuned-keyboard. Composers Ian Dicke and Grammy® winner Laura Karpman further comment on the lunacy of our time with two newly commissioned works: Counterpundit (Dicke) and Shrill (Karpman). Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene.
REDCAT: Presented with The Broad. ARRAY @ The Broad is created and curated by Ava DuVernay.
She is a single mother raising six kids. He is a bachelor intimidated by fatherhood. Each has found their match in the classic film, Claudine. With characters portrayed exquisitely by Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones, we navigate the welfare system, family structure, and racial tensions brewing on Harlem’s consciousness. Presented in 35MM and curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (SELMA), ARRAY @ The Broad’s screening of this 1974 motion picture will serve as the springboard for open exchange about economic and social stigmas and the role in which government plays in personal pursuits. A post screening discussion with special guests to follow immediately.
REDCAT: "An emotional cataclysm, a dream-like form that detaches Takao Kawaguchi his own body as a result of a metamorphosis.” – RTBF Radio/TV
Takao Kawaguchi, who first came to REDCAT with the Tokyo-based collective Dumb Type, reimagines legendary works by revered Butoh master Kazuo Ohno in an original production that prompted both excitement and commotion in the Tokyo cultural scene. Any interpretation of the inimitable work of Kazuo Ohno requires the performer to suspend his personal beliefs and interpretation, in order to project his body onto the forms and contours of the aged dancer as precisely as possible. The result is a copy that is in itself an original, a choreography created by Kawaguchi with the illusory image of Ohno, one of the most honored artists in dance history.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Voice (tenor) mostly accompanied by piano. A few pieces accompanied by instruments and choir.
CalArts, Butler Building #2
STUDENT AFFAIRS: This is an evening of queer performance by queer students, creating an inclusive space for LGBT students.
D300 Gallery: Christopher Freedman BFA 3 ART and Emily Whittemore BFA 3 ART
D301 Gallery: Jae Hyun Hong BFA 3 PHOTO and Ryan Archambault BFA 3 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Hee Jin Byun BFA 3 ART
Main Gallery: Mayahuel Rosado BFA 3 ART
A402 Gallery: Uluwehi Kang Abangan BFA 3 ART
Lime Gallery: Lydia Choi BFA 3 ART
Mint Gallery: Yoo-Jin Oh BFA 3 ART
Los Angeles, Centro Cultural Cinematografico Mexico
INSTITUTE: The Consulate General of Mexico in LA and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in LA invite you to the shorts program screening which features the best contemporary Ibero-American cinema.
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
DANCE: Open house dance concert presented by the School of Dance.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: African Beats: From Ghana to L.A.
A Tribute to Steven Lavine.
The African Music and Dance Program has been a CalArts hallmark since the Institute first opened in 1970, informing not only generations of musicmakers but the community as a whole. This special concert pays tribute to the program’s most ardent champion, outgoing President Steven Lavine, through the artistry of three CalArts African groups. The alumni quartet Kidi Band opens the show with polyrhythmic dance grooves and tight harmonies before a second alumni ensemble, Azoli, offers a contemporary take on a popular Ghanaian crossover genre called Highlife. The evening concludes with what is sure to be rousing performance by Aza, the Institute’s resident African music and dance ensemble, as it salutes President Lavine, who is stepping down this spring after a 29-year tenure. Optional catered global cuisine dinner tickets available.
D300 Gallery: Anja Salonen BFA 3 ART and Adian Bach BFA 3 ART
D301 Gallery: Matthew Wilkinson BFA 3 ART and Sierra Pollack BFA 3 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Angelo Gomez BFA 3 ART
Main Gallery: Alex Beauregard BFA 3 ART and Andrea Forbush BFA 3 ART
A402 Gallery: Peter Selma BFA 3 ART
Lime Gallery: Brittany Soo Hoo BFA 3 PHOTO
Mint Gallery: Chloe Ribotsky BFA 3 PHOTO
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Carmen Lau writes fairy tale and folktale-inspired fiction. Her stories have appeared in a number of literary journals, in print and online. Her collection of short stories, The Girl Wakes, won Alternating Current’s 2015 Electric Book Award and is available now. Carmen graduated from UC Davis with an MA in Creative Writing in 2009 and has resided around the world since then. She has been a full-time volunteer for Berkeley’s Tibetan Aid Project and taught English as a foreign language to both children and adults in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Carmen is currently working on two projects: a novel tentatively called Wonderhaven and a collection of “hometown stories.”
CalArts, Roy O Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: A concert showcasing the diverse music of students in CalArts doctoral program, featuring the work of Sara Cubarsi Fernandez, Meltem Ege, Sean Hayward, James Rushford and Fahad Siadat.
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Anne Carson is a professor of Classics as well as a poet, essayist and translator. “In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry,” wrote Daphne Merkin in the New York Times Book Review, “Anne Carson, a Canadian professor of classics, has been cutting a large swath, inciting both envy and admiration.”Carson has gained both critical accolades and a wide readership over the course of her “unclassifiable” publishing career. In addition to her many highly-regarded translations of classical writers such as Sappho and Euripides, and her triptych rendering of An Oresteia (2009), Carson has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism and verse novels that often cross genres. Known for her supreme erudition—Merkin called her “one of the great pasticheurs”—Carson’s poetry can also be heart-breaking and she regularly writes on love, desire, sexual longing and despair. Always an ambitious poet whatever her topic or genre, Merkin wrote of Carson’s The Beauty of the Husband, “I don’t think there has been a book since Robert Lowell’s Life Studies that has advanced the art of poetry quite as radically as Anne Carson is in the process of doing.”
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
DANCE: Annual BFA II solo dance concert presented by the School of Dance.