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This weekend, the actor, writer, and performance artist Roger Guenveur Smith and singer and composer Marc Anthony Thompson will present PORTRAIT OF CHARLES WHITE at LACMA.

Smith and Thompson will “navigate White’s career as an artist, educator, and political activist, as well as his compelling personal profile, to devise an intimate meditation on a man of immense complexity and enduring influence.”*


Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 pm.


5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Charles White in his Los Angeles studio, 1970, courtesy the Hammer Museum; Roger Guenveur Smith; Marc Anthony Thompson; Charles White painting Mary McLeod Bethune, 1978, © Charles White Archives, photograph by Frank J. Thomas, courtesy of the Charles White Archives and the photographer.


The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and CalArts Center for New Performance present the world premiere of Roger Guenveur Smith’s THE HENDRIX PROJECT

The show will be staged this month in Brooklyn and in February in Orange County.

“On New Year’s Eve 1969, Jimi Hendrix’s trio, Band of Gypsys, played a legendary concert at the Fillmore East. Twelve disciples gather in the upper balcony to bear witness, and as ‘bullets fly like rain’—at home and abroad—our ensemble-as-audience re-imagines an iconic moment in rock and roll history. The grit and psychedelia of the time are brought to vivid life as we are transported inside the concert experience, watching the crowd’s orgiastic trance unfold through minutely choreographed movement. It’s the end of the Sixties, and Jimi Hendrix’s final New Year’s Eve.”*


THE HENDRIX PROJECT, Thursday through Sunday, January 11 through 14.

BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.




THE HENDRIX PROJECT, Thursday through Saturday, February 1 through 3, at 8 pm.

SAMUELI THEATER, Segerstrom Center, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


From top:

Jimi Hendrix. Photograph by Marc Sharratt.

The Hendrix Project. Photograph by Nicolas Savignano.

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“…Supermarkets, assembly-lines, teen-posts firmly shuttered, one after another. Old structures stand and rot in the sun….decrepit schools, poorly funded community services, inadequate health services, jammed low-income housing. It is the fallout that has firmly secured the media’s eye, not the abundant reasons for it.” — Lynell George, 1992*

To mark the 25 years since the uprising in April and May, 1992, the Hammer Museum and Roger Guenveur Smith present Spike Lee’s new Netflix film of Smith’s performance piece RODNEY KING. This is the ninth Smith–Lee collaboration, and is co-presented with the UCLA Department of History, and the UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies.

Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with Smith—who wrote a performance piece in 1991 that predicted the events of the following year—and UC Santa Barbara Professor Stephanie Batiste. Join them afterwards for a reception in the Hammer’s courtyard, featuring a live DJ set by the film’s composer Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius).


RODNEY KING, Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 pm. Free.

HAMMER MUSEUM, Westwood, Los Angeles.


*Lynell George, No Crystal Stair: African–Americans in the City of Angels (New York: Verso, 1992), 4.

Roger Guenveur Smith in his one-man show Rodney King. Image credit: Craig Schwartz, Star-Tribune

Roger Guenveur Smith in his one-man show Rodney King.
Image credit: Craig Schwartz, Star-Tribune