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 


Ethan Russell: The Best Seat in the House

"True Stories. And the Pictures To Prove It."

Grammy-nominated photographer, author, and director Ethan Russell recounts his extraordinary journey from the vantage point of “The Best Seat in the House.” Only a handful of people toured with The Rolling Stones at the peak of their career; were behind stage at Altamont to witness the tragic unfolding of events that many define as the end of the 60’s; were with The Beatles during their last days together; and were at Apple Studios during iconic moments in music history. Ethan Russell was one of them. 

Ethan Russell’s extraordinary life is experienced through an historic collection of iconoclastic photos, a soundtrack of rock classics, and the perspectives and personal anecdotes of a thoughtful, intelligent writer, storyteller, and gifted photographer.

Ethan Russell guides us on a behind-the-scenes journey through music history. You’ll leave feeling like you were there, too. In recounting the moments behind the photographs, and in showing the audience the world that extended beyond the photograph’s frame, Ethan Russell ensures that you, too, get to relive this era in the history of music from the best seat in the house. 

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)

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