The Nutcracker

The Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features dancers whose artistry and poise belie their young ages. This full-length ballet complete with battling mice and soldiers, an enchanting snowy forest, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is an audience favorite. 

With more than 150 dancers and 500 costumes, acclaimed former Kirov ballet star Marat Daukayev dances the role of Drosselmeyer alongside his amazingly accomplished students in this iconic and magically festive holiday classic. 

Marat Daukayev received his professional training at the Vaganova and Perm Ballet Schools. During his 20 year career, he danced the leading male roles in the complete repertoire of classical ballets with numerous international ballet companies. He has also performed on television and in a number of feature films. St. Petersburg audiences loved him for the brilliant technique and exceptional dramatic ability that he brought to his roles. 




Acclaimed performer Valentina - best known for her multi-season appearances on VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and her performance as Angel in Fox’s production of Rent: Live - comes to the Luckman with a new full-length evening of song, dance, and multi-media insight into her fascinating career. 

Valentina has made a tremendous impact in and out of the drag world where she got her start. Recognized for her attention to detail, her beauty, and her visual vocabulary, her artistry is second-to-none. An inspiration to millions of fans around the world, Valentina has appeared in numerous publications such as Vogue, FLAUNT, Billboard, and PAPER, among others.

The evening will conclude with an on-stage Q&A where audience members will have the opportunity to engage with Valentina.

Tickets: $30, $40, $50

Tickets available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.


Asian-American Film Festival

The Asian-American Film Festival is a celebration that showcases recent acclaimed films by American artists of Asian decent. Each film highlights current social and economic issues that are shown through the lens of Asian-American storytellers and with Asian-American casts at their helm. 

Last Sunrise | Director: Wen Ren | Sci-Fi  | 103 mins

A future reliant on solar energy falls into chaos after the sun disappears, forcing a reclusive astronomer and his bubbly neighbor out of the city.

Happy Cleaners | Director: Julian Kim & Peter S. Lee | Drama | 98 mins

We observe the day-to-day lives of the Choi Family as they navigate through their struggles, all while trying to keep their business afloat. 


Ms. Purple | Director: Justin Chon | Drama | 87 mins

A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father’s life.


Yellow Rose | Director: Diane Paragas | Drama | 94 mins

Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by ICE. 



And on the 366th Day, a once-in-every-four-years affair, spotlights the musical and lyrical prowess of Jack and Benny Lipson, a.k.a. jackbenny, Los Angeles-native twin composers, songsters, and multi- instrumentalists who inject the craft of musical theater into a spectrum of sonic worlds. Heralded as “a testament to their generation,” their progressive and fresh harmonic language informed by classical and jazz roots complements their savvy lyrics that tackle myriad contemporary social/cultural phenomena, from queer identity and consensual conduct to healthcare bureaucracy. In a comedic and colorful exhibition of provocative originals with a healthy heaping of sibling shtick, the Lipsons guide audiences on a candid tour through the delicate, well-curated millennial mind. 

Jack and Benny have supported such luminaries as Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, and Barry Manilow, and they serve as house band for both Jonnie Reinhart’s Revolver Revue and A Queer Cabaret, where they’ve collaborated with artists including Darren Criss and Michael Arden. The Lipsons are developing Brainstorm, a three-character song cycle of their material.

Tickets: $30, $40, $50

Tickets available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

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