This weekend, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA presents Universes: Ameriville Unplugged. Universes is an ensemble of writers and performers redefining the theater experience by blending such artistic elements as poetry, hip-hop, dance, and jazz with drama. Its latest production, “Ameriville Unplugged,” explores attitudes toward race, poverty, and politics in the context of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans. Before the show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Intimate Theatre, there will be a pre-show event with music, open mic, and open bar, at 7:30 p.m. outdoors on the Luckman Street of the Arts. Tickets are $35; call (323) 343-6600.
Thurs., April 16, through Sun., April 19, 8:30 p.m. (plus 7:30 pre-show event)
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032, (323) 343-6600, www.luckmanarts.org