Carl Hancock Rux The Baptism

Carl Hancock Rux, Carrie Mae Weems and Meshell Ndegeocello: The Baptism

"A work that is freeing and radical in a way that Black art so often doesn't get to be." The New York Times

Written and performed by Alpert Award-winning poet and artist Carl Hancock Rux, The Baptism is a three-part poem and tribute to the legacies of civil rights leaders John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. This live event will also include two iterations of a short film — The Baptism and The Baptism (rhetoric) — directed by seminal artist Carrie Mae Weems, with the latter featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello. 

Carl Hancock Rux was the 2003 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Theatre.

Carrie Mae Weems was the 1996 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Visual Arts.

Meshell Ndegeocello was the 2019 recipient of the The Herb Alpert Award in Arts in Music.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the West Coast premiere presented by CalArts Center for New Performance.


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THU 6/9
8:30 pm
THU 6/9
8:30 pm

Ticket sales for virtual events end two hours before the event begins.

In keeping with current Los Angeles County Public Health requirements and Music Center policy, and for the safety and comfort of our community, all patrons and guests must provide proof of full vaccination, including a booster if eligible. 

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff