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From the Highlands to the Concert Hall: Classical Music of Armenia, 2018
The UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble brings Armenia’s rich musical history to life with mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen, baritone Garrett Schoonover, and the VEM String Quartet (Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Ji Eun Hwang, Morgan O’Shaugnessey, Niall Ferguson). Commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the program features exquisite chamber music by Komitas Vardapet, a founder of Armenian modern classical music, and compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Romanos Melikian, Edward Mirzoian, and Alan Hovhaness. Introduced by artistic director, violinist, and UCLA music professor Movses Pogossian.
Cohabitation: Cities, Nature, and the Evolving Ecosystem
The mountain lions P-22 and P-55 have become unlikely stars of Los Angeles nightlife—and symbols of the complicated relationship between nature and cities. This panel examines the intersection of the built environment and Los Angeles’s natural habitat as the region prepares for a hotter and more populous future that can challenge the dynamics between urban environments, wildlife and nature. Lori Bettison-Varga, president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Mia Lehrer, landscape designer of Mia Lehrer + Associates, and Ryan Harrigan, assistant professor for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, join moderator Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability at UCLA.
Lynne Tillman: Men and Apparitions
Why do human beings feel the need to create, remake, and keep images from and of everything? Lynne Tillman’s new wry, madcap novel Men and Apparitions takes on a central question of our time through the wild musings and eventful life of Ezekiel Hooper Stark, cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, and specialist in family photographs. The artist Stephen Prina joins Tillman for a discussion of visual imagery and photography in contemporary culture.
Charles Ray: If You Can Read This You Are Dead
The Los Angeles-based artist Charles Ray reads a selection of ghost stories and tales to do with haunted objects in this unique program developed with Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi. Known for his enigmatic sculptures, Ray is also a UCLA Department of Art professor emeritus and his “career as an artist…is easily among the most important of the last twenty years” (Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times).
Orpheus and Eurydice: From Ancient Greece to Modern Ballet/Opera
Maestro James Conlon, the Grammy-award winning music director of the LA Opera, traverses mythology, literature, and music to trace the fateful love of Orpheus, son of Apollo and Calliope, as the ancient Greek hero descends into the underworld to rescue his beloved wife Eurydice. Conlon also discusses the recent collaboration between the LA Opera and the Joffrey Ballet on a modern-day retelling of the timeless story, with Orpheus as a choreographer and Eurydice as his ballerina wife.
Poetry: Rosanna Warren
Rosanna Warren’s poetry “break[s] one’s heart even as it makes one think” (Ploughshares). Her most recent volumes are Ghost in a Red Hat, Departure, a translation of Euripides’s Suppliant Women, and a book of criticism. She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Jeffrey Stewart and Carl Hancock Rux
In his new book, "The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke", historian and UC Santa Barbara professor Jeffrey Stewart recreates the world of the illustrious and enigmatic Alain Locke, father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on primary sources and interviews with those who knew him personally. Poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and musician Carl Hancock Rux joins Stewart to discuss black genius, cultural pluralism, and the legacy of Locke and his pioneering ideas.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy: "Chocolate Babies"
A post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Chocolate Babies." In this audacious political satire, a band of HIV-positive queer urban activists of color stage a series of surprise attacks to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "Mahogany"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Mahogany." Diana Ross plays a Chicago shopgirl who ends up in the glamorous world of modeling and caught in a romantic quadrangle between a photographer (Anthony Perkins), a rich count (Jean-Pierre Aumont), and an activist (Billy Dee Williams).
Some Favorite Writers: Roxane Gay
One of today’s most astute cultural critics, Roxane Gay is the author of New York Times best-seller Bad Feminist, the novel An Untamed State, and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. She has written for the New York Times, Time, The Nation, and Salon, and her work has been included in several anthologies. Raw and beautifully written, Gay’s most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength, and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body.
Los Angeles and 100% Renewable Energy
In 2016, the Los Angeles City Council tasked the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with determining how the city can achieve a clean energy future. Part of an ongoing nationwide conversation, this panel examines L.A.’s bold efforts to shift the megacity from fossil fuels to a renewable energy future. Featuring Angelina Galiteva, founder and board president of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute; Richard Wirz, professor at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and David Hochschild, Commissioner at the California Energy Commission.
Post-screening Q&A with Griffin Dunne: "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold"
A Q&A with Griffin Dunne follows a screening of "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold." “Incisive and haunting, like Didion’s best writing” (Variety), director Griffin Dunne’s documentary captures the mythic allure of his aunt’s incredible life as a writer and cultural icon and her unimaginable experiences with loss. Friends and collaborators including Vanessa Redgrave, Harrison Ford, and Anna Wintour offer insightful interviews. The film’s most crucial voice however belongs to Didion herself.
The Black Book, Volume IV: Black Love in the Hour of Chaos
Using film clips, music videos, excerpts from literature, and samples from social media, Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy celebrate black love in all its forms: romantic, familial, friendly, communal. This dense but fast-moving presentation looks at the creation, manifestation, nurturing, and resilience of black love in the face of white supremacy and anti-blackness across generations.