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John Leguizamo

Wed, Feb 2 / 8:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Emmy and Tony Award winner John Leguizamo brings his irresistibly irreverent brand of comedy to a new evening inspired by his life story.
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Joshua Bell, violin
Peter Dugan, piano

Thu, Feb 3 / 7:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

“One of the most imaginative, technically gifted and altogether extraordinary violinists of our time,” (The Washington Post) Joshua Bell appears with pianist Peter Dugan.
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Fri, Feb 4 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Nine-time Grammy winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis returns with the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, comprising 15 of the nation’s finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers.
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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

Tenmei (Destiny)

Sat, Feb 5 / 7:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Showcasing skill, physicality and discipline – with a twist of high-energy fun – taiko ensemble Yamato performs a dynamic new show that takes the group’s virtuosity to thrilling new heights.
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Dreamers' Circus

Tue, Feb 8 / 8:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Winner of five prestigious Danish Music Awards, Dreamers’ Circus performs a thrilling blend of contemporary and traditional folk music from Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands.
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Cathy Park Hong

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Thu, Feb 10 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Award-winning poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong integrates personal stories, historical context and cultural criticism into a radically honest meditation on the Asian-American experience.
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A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

An Untitled Love

Sun, Feb 13 / 7:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Mixing contemporary, ballet and hip-hop dance, this evening-length work from choreographer Kyle Abraham is a thumping mixtape celebrating culture and community set to the music of R&B legend D’Angelo.
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Amanda Nguyen

“Hopeanomics” and How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Grassroots Activism

Wed, Feb 16 / 7:30 PM Pacific / VIRTUAL

Recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Time magazine’s 100 Next lists, Amanda Nguyen helped draft the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and is the CEO and founder of Rise.
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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Tales of Hope on the American Landscape

Thu, Feb 17 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Renowned journalists and authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have co-written the bestselling books Half the Sky, A Path Appears, Tightrope, China Wakes and Thunder From the East.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Tue, Feb 22 / 7:30 PM Pacific / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur captured in exotic locations the world over.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Wed, Feb 23 / 7:30 PM Pacific / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Featuring the world’s best films and videos on mountain subjects, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur captured in exotic locations the world over.
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Roxane Gay

Roxane with One N

Fri, Feb 25 / 7:30 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

The author of celebrated books including Bad Feminist, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Difficult Women, Roxane Gay critiques the ebb and flow of modern culture with wit and ferocity.
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

with special guest Shawn Colvin

Sat, Feb 26 / 8:00 PM Pacific / ARLINGTON THEATRE

Whether solo, with former band the Drive-By Truckers or fronting the 400 Unit, four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell shows his Alabama soul as he drifts between rock, country and roots.
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Erik Larson

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Wed, Mar 2 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

A master of narrative non-fiction, Erik Larson's many bestsellers include Thunderstruck, Dead Wake, Isaac’s Storm and the National Book Award-winning Devil in the White City.
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Memphis Jookin': The Show

Featuring Lil Buck

Tue, Mar 8 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

An ode to the birthplace of the singular dance style known as Memphis Jookin’, this evening-length show stars renowned dance artist Lil Buck alongside eight highly-skilled dancers and a DJ.
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Andrea Elliott

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City

Wed, Mar 9 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Andrea Elliott examines homelessness and the dire state of poverty in America in Invisible Child, her five-part NYT series and subsequent book.
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Silkroad

Home Within

Thu, Mar 31 / 8:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

This multimedia performance conceived by Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad is an emotional accounting of home in a time of conflict.
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Punch Brothers

Tue, Apr 5 / 8:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Comprised of Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher, Punch Brothers is an all-start quintet known for its experimentation, poignancy and subversive humor.
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Everything Rises

Jennifer Koh and Davóne Tines

Tue, Apr 12 / 8:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

This multimedia performance from violinist Jennifer Koh and singer Davóne Tines explores each artist's cultural background and seeks to reveal a universal history shared by immigrants and minority Americans.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Wed, Apr 13 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

The groundbreaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has cultivated the brightest choreographers working today and its dancers dazzle with their trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Thu, Apr 14 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

The groundbreaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has cultivated the brightest choreographers working today and its dancers dazzle with their trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy.
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Tue, Apr 19 / 7:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Sibling duo Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason will astound with their tight-knit communication, exuberance and humility in this special recital featuring works by Britten, Shostakovich, Khachaturian and more.
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Michael Steele

How to Win Elections and Lose the Country

Thu, Apr 21 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

MSNBC political analyst and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele examines our political parties and the systems they create in the fight for electoral success.
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Danish String Quartet

The Doppelgänger Project, Part II

Wed, Apr 27 / 7:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

The Danish String Quartet introduces Doppelgänger, an ambitious four-year project pairing world premieres from four renowned composers with chamber music masterpieces by Schubert.
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Colson Whitehead

Thu, Apr 28 / 7:30 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Colson Whitehead is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of unforgettable novels such as The Underground Railroad, John Henry Days and The Nickel Boys.
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Ballet Hispánico

Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years

Fri, Apr 29 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Named one of America’s Cultural Treasures by the Ford Foundation, Ballet Hispánico celebrates Latinx cultures through innovative performances that elevate diverse artists and ignite cultural pride.
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Daniil Trifonov, piano

Sat, Apr 30 / 7:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Grammy-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov combines consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth in a tempestuous program anchored by Prokofiev’s Sarcasms and Debussy’s Pour le Piano.
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Ami Vitale

Wild Hope

Sun, May 1 / 3:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale’s award-winning work illuminates the unsung heroes and communities working to protect our wildlife and find harmony in our natural world.
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Gautier Capuçon, cello
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Wed, May 4 / 7:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Recognized for his “dynamic daring and supple phrasing” (The Times, U.K.), cellist Gautier Capuçon performs one of the year's must-see recitals alongside “master colorist” (The Seattle Times) Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
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Amythyst Kiah

Thu, May 5 / 8:00 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah has been dubbed “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets” by Rolling Stone.
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David Sedaris

Fri, May 6 / 7:30 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Through his numerous essay collections and regular contributions to the New Yorker and This American Life, Sedaris has become one of today’s most beloved writers addressing the human condition.
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Ted Chiang

Tue, May 10 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

Science fiction and fantasy short story writer Ted Chiang has won multiple Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, and his latest collection, Exhalation, was named one of the best books of 2020.
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The Joffrey Ballet

Wed, May 11 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Considered one of today's premier dance companies, the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet performs a unique repertoire encompassing past masterpieces and cutting-edge works.
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The Joffrey Ballet

Thu, May 12 / 8:00 PM Pacific / THE GRANADA THEATRE

Considered one of today's premier dance companies, the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet performs a unique repertoire encompassing past masterpieces and cutting-edge works.
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Elizabeth Strout

in Conversation with Pico Iyer

Fri, May 13 / 7:30 PM Pacific / CAMPBELL HALL

In her bestselling books including Olive Kitteridge and My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout captivates with her incisive prose and ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
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