Rodriguez, the lost legend who unknowingly became an international folk hero and anti-apartheid protest icon  and who was famously documented in the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, makes his triumphant return to the Luckman stage.

Rodriguez began his music car­­eer in the 60’s, but without any enthusiastic response, he was ultimately let go by his label and forced to work outside the music industry. Unbeknownst to him, and to the rest of the world, his songs were the inspiration for millions struggling against apartheid in South Africa where he was regarded as a superstar. With his new-found celebrity status, Rodriguez has finally found commercial success for the album he produced four decades ago. 

Rodriguez will perform his classic hits and the songs that helped shape his fascinating life. 

“Musical genius and committed to social justice.”
-RJ Cubarrubia, Rolling Stone

Special Guest - Vera Sola 

Vera Sola is a poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.

A drifter performing her own songs alone in and out of dark bars under various pseudonyms, Vera Sola toured and recorded with a variety of artists, for a long while accompanying singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins on the road. She has in turn collaborated on film scores and provided original music for theater and performance art.

General: $60, $70, $80

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.


Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet

Creator and two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for choreography, the Los Angeles Times hails Raiford Rogers as “bracingly contemporary.” Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet is an inspiring ensemble of dancers that breaks the traditional mold and reinvigorates this classic medium by presenting original dance pieces that reflect Los Angeles’ unique civic identification.

The cutting-edge company returns to the Luckman with Joshua Tree Symphony, the acclaimed second collaboration between Raiford Rogers and composer Zbynek Mateju, and concludes with the world premiere of Naivete of Flowers with music by Lloyd Rodgers. 

This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



General: $25, $35, $45

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.



CONTRA-TIEMPO, Agua Furiosa, credit Kathleen Schenck

DCA LA Dance Platform have been spearheaded and initiated by the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles in collaboration with Ford Theatres, Grand Performances, LA Dance Project, and Luckman Fine Arts Complex to support and celebrate dance in Los Angeles. This spectacular night will feature four of LA’s leading dance companies:

Syncopated Ladies, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company,
Versa-Style Dance Company, and CONTRA-TIEMPO | Urban Latin Dance Theater

Saturday, June 9, 8pm

For tickets, contact the Luckman Box Office – 323-343-6600 or TicketMaster
Dance USA attendee discount code: DANCE20; Tickets 20$

Syncopated Ladies – Chloe Arnold, artistic director - Syncopated Lades: Live. (2017)

Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company – Genevieve Carson, artist director – EBBA (2016) choreographed by Genevieve Carson

CONTRA-TIEMPO | Urban Latin Dance Theater – Ana Maria Alvarez, artistic director – joyUS (premiering Fall 2018)

Versa-Style Dance Company - Jackie Lopez & Leigh Foaad, artistic directors - Box of Hope (2016) choreographed by Lopez and Foaad.


john waters

A celebrated filmmaker, director and writer, John Waters has built a reputation for shocking his audiences. Many of the cult legend’s films satirize suburban America as well as many social conventions and attitudes. He started out making short experimental films in the 1960s, often using friends as actors and holding renegade, underground showings in offbeat locales. Roman Candles (1966), one of his early works, marked the first time Waters worked with Divine, the larger-than-life drag queen now synonymous with Waters’ body of work.

Turning to feature films, Waters made Mondo Trasho (1969), Pink Flamingos (1972), Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994), Pecker (1998) and Cecil B. Demented (2000). 

Waters has authored several books, including Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste (1981), Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (1983), Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (2015), and most recently Make Trouble (2017). He also had a traveling exhibit of his photography called Change of Life, which featured still images from some of his early films.

Jonh Waters comes to the Luckman to share his unique brand of wit, humor, and wisdom. 

General: $40, $50, $60
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)


global arts fest

An exciting new event to celebrate the diversity within our community through multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food, and audience participation. 

Global Arts Fest was created to provide civic and cultural cooperation between people and communities in the greater Los Angeles area. With a variety of activities and workshops, we aim to connect attendees with one another through creative learning and team building.

Globals Arts Fest also gives people who have previously attended a LuckmanPlus event a chance to return and share their stories and experiences of cultural and artistic enrichment. We invite all from the community to view these inspirational stories and performances.

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Scheduled activities include:

Aztec chocolate making

Chinese calligraphy

Polaroid workshop 

Photo-transfer development

Open mic 

California State University, Los Angeles | | Phone: 323-343-6600