Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche is multimedia artist M. Lamar’s latest meditation on race and power. A music-theater piece for piano and countertenor, it’s inspired by the near-constant fetishization of the bodies of black males by everything from slavery to the NBA to the depressingly regular violent deaths of people of color. In the piece, a black man murders his male overseer/lover, and his story is told through a multitude of surveillance cameras as he awaits his fate in one prison or another. With additional text by Tucker Culbertson, music by Lamar and art design by Sabin Calvert, it has more layers than an onion and just as many tears.

Sun., Feb. 15, 7 p.m., 2015
(Expired: 02/15/15)

Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.