Life and Art: A Conversation with James Franco

James Franco for Illuminations

UPDATE: All tickets are sold out.  Another way to secure an undergraduate student ticket to James Franco is to register through WebReg ( for University Studies 43 (a pass / no pass class) offered by Professor Julia Lupton, director of Illuminations.  The class will meet on Thursdays at 6:00 pm in SSL 248.  As a student in this class, should you decide to attend five Illuminations events with Julia Lupton, you will receive 1 unit of credit.  And, as a student in this class you are guaranteed free tickets to the James Franco event.  Additional events through Illuminations may be viewed here:

There will be a student rush line at the Irvine Barclay Theatre prior to the event in case any tickets become available before Mr. Franco’s appearance, but admission is not guaranteed.


Actor James Franco, perhaps most familiar from his roles in Freaks and Geeks, the Spiderman trilogy, 127 Hours, and Pineapple Express, has been active in a broad range of creative fields, including film, drama, visual art, and creative writing. His projects have included films on the lives of James Dean and Harvey Milk. Franco has taught at USC and UCLA, where he holds a BA in English. He is the author of the gritty suburban youth novel Palo Alto, which became the film of the same name. Franco will speak about his broad artistic energies, his creative process, and his commitment to higher education and the liberal arts.

Students: FREE

Faculty, Staff, and Alumni: $15

Community Members: $30

Advanced tickets are required! Seating is limited.


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