Please join us for these events
Our first upcoming event is recognition of November 1st as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day in Los Angeles County by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mike Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The presentation will honor the over 500 veterans who have made significant contributions to the Arts, Humanities and entertainment industry since the Revolutionary War and will take place at the LA County Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:30 am, Tuesday, October 28th in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration 500 W. Temple Street. To arrange free parking please contact Keith Jeffreys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 28th, USVAA, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library and Craft in America, is proud to announce a free screening of Service, at the Los Angeles Public Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Service is part of CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series that explores America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. SERVICE premieres at 10:30 pm, Sunday, November 2d on PBS.
A panel discussion led by director and writer, Michael Rose (Veteran, U.S. Army) follows the screening of Service. The panel includes the film's director, Emily Zaiden, photographer Joan Pahoyo (U.S. Navy) and sculptor Thomas Dang (U.S.M.C. Veteran, OIF).
CALIFORNIA READS: War Comes Home
What is it like to be a veteran? What does it mean to come home from war?
As part of Cal Humanities War Comes Home initiative, 43 library systems across the state are presenting reading and discussion programs, oral history collection, story-sharing projects, art-making activities, community forums and dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, film screenings, and civic engagement and community service projects to support veterans and their families. Over 340 branch libraries are involved, along with hundreds of community partners, including local veteran- and active military-serving organizations, schools, colleges, museums, cultural organizations, social service organizations, government agencies, and booksellers.
Karl Marlantes is touring to speak with community audiences in Northern California the week of October 6 and Southern California the week of November 16.
Please join Cal Humanities and USVAA at UCLA's DeNeve Plaza Auditorium November 16th, 4pm for an audience Q & A and book signing to follow.
TRACERS REVIEWS ARE IN!
Los Angeles Times
"As much a visceral experience as a dramatic presentation...celebrated in the percussive rock finale.."
Tracers is the"Pick of the Week!"
Santa Monica Daily Press calls it...
"Powerful! Mesmerizing! Brilliant!"
The Santa Monica Mirror declares...
"Each and every member of this highly trained, extraordinary cast has created a living, breathing, totally unique, actualized character- All the elements blend together, creating yet again, an unforgettable evening of theatre."
The Los Angeles Post says...
"It is so strong and powerful it will hurt, but don't let that scare you, it's a good hurt. Although the stage was small there was so much passion streaming from the stage, it made it seem huge."
And in the Culver City News...
"Despite the fact that the play was originally written with the stories of Vietnam veterans, and the current cast is comprised primarily of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the truths to be found in the shared experiences still ring true and provide a harrowing glimpse into the reality of what our service men and women encounter in the line of duty.."
The LA Progressive
"With Tracers’s run extended through November 9th, you might want to catch this riveting performance if you care at all about what these wars our country choses to fight do to the young men — boys, really — and now young women we send off to fight them."
Eye Spy LA
"From before the Vietnam War to the present day, veterans are among us with stories of service and sacrifice. ‘Tracers’ is a play everyone should see because these stories matter. These men represent the commitment and heroism both for those still serving and those who, like them, have come home. It is up to us to listen with our minds and hearts and never forget the tributes our veterans pay with their lives. This play will continue to leave an unforgettable trace on the theatrical canon and for every generation who finds it and brings its truth to the stage."
"Unforgettable. I was privileged to see such a moving story...as true to form as it should be.."