Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A. | Sept. 3, 2013 | Spotlight

Luckman’s 20th season to feature headlining artists


Kinky band.

Kinky concert, 'Ground Truths' exhibition to kick off new season

Kinky musical group to perform Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Luckman Theatre on the CSULA campus.

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. will commemorate its milestone 20th season with an impressive roster of international headliners.

“I am thrilled to present our 2013-2014 season of amazing artists from around the world. The arts invigorate, challenge, and inspire, and this season promises to be the most exciting ever,” said Wendy Baker, executive director of the Luckman Complex.

Kicking off the season will be a unique and authentic performance by the Mexican techno-funk band, Kinky, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

An intelligent manifestation of rock, electronic, and Mexican rhythms, Kinky produces riveting sounds and mixes that have earned them a reputation for being musical pioneers. Kinky was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album (Sueño de la Máquina) and Best Alternative Song (Negro Día) at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards.

According to Reed Johnson of the L.A. Times, “No group embodies the region’s musical multiplicity more than Kinky. Its signature sound combines insanely catchy disco-funk rhythms that music-licensing and ad-campaign directors adore. But its lyrics don’t always stick to the sunny side of the street, and there’s an anarchic alter-ego to its bouncy, good-natured stage persona.”

Sinéad O'’Connor will make her Luckman stage debut on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. Known for her eclectic musical style and raw emotion, O'Connor reinvented what it means to be a female recording artist. Following the release of her ninth and latest album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, O'Connor has received the most resounding praise to date in her celebrated 25-year career. O'’Connor'’s appearance at the Luckman will be her only performance in Los Angeles this year.

Les Nubians.
Les Nubians to perform Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., at the Luckman Theatre on the CSULA campus.

This year’s Luckman season will also include concerts featuring Grammy-nominated band Les Nubians, award-winning Malian singer and guitarist Rokia Traoré, Fado singer and composer Antonio Zambujo, genre-bending artist Karsha Kale, singer and former first lady of France Carla Bruni, and the world-class Luckman Jazz Orchestra conducted by Charles Owen.

In addition, the Luckman will host legendary actress and model Isabella Rossellini with a Los Angeles-premiere of Green Porno: Live On Stage, and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company with a premiere of its critically-acclaimed theatrical event, If At All.

The Luckman Gallery will open Saturday, Sept. 14, with Ground Truths, an exhibition of work that uses re-enactment, magic, substitution, and projection to explore the corporeal aspects of remote viewing.

Consisting of painting, sculpture and video, the work in this exhibition employs remoteness and distance as powerful tools with which to gain perspective on our desires. Participating artists include Mary Hill, Anna Mayer, Nancy Popp, and Rosha Yaghmai, among others.

“The arts are an integral part of a thriving society. It is with great pride that I am tasked with the responsibility of leading an organization that serves the community in such an important way,” said Baker.

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSULA delivers cutting-edge music, dance, and visual arts from around the world to the Los Angeles community. A professional arts entity on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, located just five miles east of downtown, the Luckman Complex is home to three unique space: the Luckman Theatre, with a capacity of nearly 1200; the Intimate Theatre, with modular seating of up to 300; and the Luckman Gallery, with contemporary presentations throughout the year. Since 1994, the Luckman has featured the best in international and local music, dance, theatre, and visual art. Bringing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and artists from all over the globe to Los Angeles, the Luckman furthers its mission of presenting the best of world-class arts to a diverse community.

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Luckman Season


Kinky - October 5 at 8 p.m.

Global Lens Cinema Series - October 10, all day

Les Nubians - October 19 at 8 p.m.

Colin Hay - October 26 at 8 p.m.

Isabella Rossellini - November 2 at 7 p.m.

Luckman Jazz Orchestra - November 9 at 8 p.m.

Rokia Traoré - November 23 at 8 p.m.

Sinèad O'Connor - November 24 at 7 p.m.

Antonio Zambujo - January 25 at 8 p.m.

Ben Sollee - February 8 at 8 p.m.

Tournées French Film Festival - February 14-16, 21-23, all day

Kibbutz Dance - February 22 at 8 p.m.

Yemen Blues - March 2 at 8 p.m.

Asaf Avidan - March 8 at 8 p.m.

Karsh Kale - April 12 at 8 p.m.

Carla Bruni - April 26 at 8 p.m.

Luckman Jazz Orchestra - May 10 at 8 p.m.

Special surprise event - May 31 at 8 p.m.