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2023

John Waters

John Waters returns to the Luckman with an all-new version of his solo stand-up performance. Waters’ joyously devious monologue celebrates his film career and obsessional tastes. A celebrated filmmaker, director, and writer, John Waters has built a reputation for shocking his audiences.

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Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

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spring gala 2023

Cal State LA Spring 2023 GALA Concert

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. SPRING 2023 GALA CONCERT University Choirs and Student/Faculty Orchestra performing Carmina Burana composed by Carl Orff, conducted by Dr. Christopher Gravis, with faculty soloists Natalie Buickians and Robert MacNeil, and the Children’s Choir of All Saints Church in Pasadena (Luckman Fine Arts Complex Mainstage)

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Patti LaBelle

Known as the “godmother of soul,” Patti LaBelle is a Grammy winner and legendary hit-maker. She has given the world many memorable songs over her career of 60+ years, including “Lady Marmalade,” “When You Talk About Love,” “New Attitude,” “If Only You Knew,” and “On My Own.”

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Jazz at Lincoln Center: Songs We Love

For over three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been a leading advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally. Under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center has brought the art form of jazz from the heart of New York City to over 446 cities in more than 40 countries. Songs We Love was first presented as the 2016 season opener at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The program is a journey through the first 50 years of jazz song. Under the musical direction of trumpeter Riley Mulherkar, vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, and Shenel Johns join Mariel Bildsten on trombone, Lucas Pino on reeds, Mathis Picard on piano, Barry Stephenson on bass, and TJ Reddick in this all-star ensemble celebrating the American art form of jazz. Combining their distinct talents, the group will sing their way through four decades of music, beginning with the early blues and jazz of the 1920s and ending in the early 1950s. Iconic singers to be explored include Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland.

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Julieta Venegas

An icon on the Latin pop music scene, Julieta Venegas has made a significant impact as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer — garnering international recognition and acclaim throughout her illustrative career. Her exceptional talent and versatility have allowed her to captivate audiences on prominent stages and festivals worldwide, resulting in Gold and Platinum-certified albums in Mexico, the United States, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain.

Her artistry has been recognized with 2 Grammy Awards and 11 Latin Grammy Awards, as well as 2 Billboard Music Awards and 7 MTV Awards, among thirty other awards. Julieta continues to conquer hits collaborating with notable artists such as Tainy, Bad Bunny, Sen Senra, Dom La Nena, No Te Va a Gustar, and more.

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Goran Bregović

Goran Bregović is a highly-acclaimed international composer and musician who weaves together traditional styles from the region where he grew up, experimenting with genres from Romani to Klezmer to classical, incorporating traditional chants and infusing electronic music while maintaining a distinctly Balkan identity in his sound.

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Dance & Dialogue

World Arts Day is designed to give the community an opportunity to experience and interact with various art forms from around the world. Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, and this dynamic interaction has made it a vibrant and rich community. The event will include a Mexican Folklorico dance class with the Dance & Dialogue program, along with other various dance classes.

Serving over 24,000 youths over the past ten years, the Dance & Dialogue series at the Luckman is a program that allows teens from all over the city with a shared interest in dance to come together and connect. This program is an opportunity for students to put dance in a context beyond performance-based skills alone. It is a chance to appreciate the expression of emotional honesty through movement, and so to grow as an individual. As the preeminent arts center east of Downtown Los Angeles, we provide a context for the development of imaginative and artistic expression and the discovery of new cultures while cultivating an appreciation for the arts.

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