eddie palmieri latin jazz orchestra: eddie at the 80

Celebrating his 80th year, 10-time Grammy Award-winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri hosts a party for the ages featuring some of the finest musicians around. With an exceptionally accomplished and prolific body of work, Palmieri remains an engaging innovator and a joyful unifier whose ideas explode from the stage with kinetic energy.

Regarded as one of the top pianists of the past 60 years, Palmieri is a celebrated bandleader, arranger, and titan of salsa and Latin jazz. By skillfully fusing the rhythms of Puerto Rico with the melodic and harmonic complexity of his jazz influences (Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner, to name a few) Palmieri has established himself as a musical innovator whose work is both bold and downright danceable.

Palmieri has received numerous honors: Eubie Blake Award (1991); Most Exciting Latin Performance, presented by the BBC in London (2002); Yale University’s Chubb Fellowship, usually reserved for international heads of state, but given to Palmieri in recognition of his work building communities through music (2002); Harlem Renaissance Award (2005); Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), and an induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (2008).


General: $30, $40, $50
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)



Filmed live on stage at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada as part of the Stratford Festival HD Series.

A ghostly visitor with a shocking secret, a daughter devastated by loss, a deadly duel, and the most famous question in all of drama: Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy will hold you spellbound. Jonathan Goad is witty and courageous in the title role, as well as being deeply human. The film excites and surprises at every turn, with a cast of some of the world’s finest classical actors bringing to life the most intense and heart-breaking relationships the stage has ever seen. 

Canada, 2016, 1 hour 56 minutes

Directed by Antoni Cimolino (stage), Shelagh O’Brien (screen)

Jonathan Goad as Hamlet

Seana McKenna as Gertrude

Geraint Wyn Davies as Claudius

Tim Campbell as Horatio

Adrienne Gould as Ophelia

Thomas Olajide as Voltemand

Mike Shara as Laertes


jad abumrad

Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of Radiolab, which reaches roughly two million people per month, makes his debut at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA with his new program, Gut Churn. The evening begins with two simple questions: What does it mean to “innovate?” How does it feel to make something new in the world? On one level, it’s the personal story of how Abumrad invented a new aesthetic. On another, it is a clinic in the art of storytelling. And on a more profound level, the journey is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy, and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this presentation: gut churn. What use do negative feelings have during the creative process?  Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward? 

Abumrad has been called a “master of the radio craft” for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to explaining complex topics, from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality.  

Jad Abumrad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He composes much of the music for Radiolab, and in the past has composed music for film, theater, and dance. In 2011, Radiolab received a Peabody Award, the highest honor in broadcasting, and Jad received the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

General: $30, $40, $50
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Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)




Experience one the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary dance groups, with their warm energy, athleticism, and eye toward aesthetic innovation as they showcase works that uniquely reflect the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, where they are based.

This exciting ensemble comes to the Luckman with their celebrated works The Green Bride Floated Through The Village Square by Barak Marshall, Once Again, Before You Go by Victor Quijada, and o2Joy by Richard Siegal.  

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Juilliard alums Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company has surged to the forefront of the dance world. Named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work and their dancers’ abilities to fulfill the distinct tenor of each movement language they employ. BODYTRAFFIC’s ever-growing repertory represents many distinctive choreographic voices that are accessible, challenging, versatile, and inspiring. 

General: $30, $40, $50
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)


world arts day

World Arts Day is designed to give the community an opportunity to experience and interact with various art forms from around the world. 

This year, we celebrate the music, dance, and visual art traditions of West Africa and India. From Senegalese drumming to Bollywood dancing, participants will be immersed in a day of cultural discovery. 

All activities are hands-on and interactive. We encourage people of all ages to take part and learn more about different cultures that make our city, country, and world beautiful. 

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Scheduled workshops include: 

Senegalese drumming and dancing

Malian mask making

Indian henna art

Gambian jewelry making 

Indian rangoli sand art

Bollywood dance class

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