UCLA Live presents the Los Angeles premiere of eclectic genre-bending artist Laurie Anderson’s latest work, Delusion. Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion jump cuts between the everyday and the mythic. Combining violin, electronic puppetry, music and visuals, the piece speaks the colorful, poetic and imagistic language that has become Anderson’s trademark. Inspired by the breadth of Balzac, Ozu and Laurence Sterne and employing a series of altered voices and imaginary guests, Anderson tells a complex story about longing, memory and identity. At the heart of Delusion is the pleasure of language and a terror that the world is made entirely of words. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Thurs., Oct. 21, 8 p.m. $33-58 ($15 for UCLA students) (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.