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April 7, 2017





“Food for Thought” with Lisa Gonzalez, Assistant Collections Manager

Tours: 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm

The food on our plate evolves as technology advances, alternative diets are sought, and the climate changes. Join us on a special tour and discover the connections between food and natural history.




“The Future on Your Plate” with Josh Schonwald and Robert Puro

Discussion: 6:30 pm

It's unlikely we'd trade the allure of crunchy, salty, tasty food for a single, daily capsule. But with climate change and drought, what choices will we have? Can technology keep us fed, if farm-to-table becomes lab-to-table? If you know your sci-fi, you know the future of food is a little pill.






Josh Schonwald

Josh Schonwald is an award-winning journalist who has specialized in researching the future of food and agriculture for the past decade.  He was a consulting editor for IFT’s FutureFood 2050 website, and is a consulting producer on the forthcoming documentary, Food Evolution. Schonwald’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post,, and the Evanston-based writer is the author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food — a critically-acclaimed look at the trends and technologies that could reshape the future of agriculture. In addition to writing, Schonwald frequently discusses the future of food on radio and television programs in the United States and internationally. He has appeared on NPR’s On Point, Science Friday, and the National Geographic documentary, The Story of Food. Although he’s at the mid-point of what he hopes will be a long career, Schonwald accepts that no matter what he does he’ll likely always be known as “the guy who ate the Frankenburger.”
In August of 2013 in London, Schonwald took a bite out of the world’s first in vitro hamburger; a five-ounce piece of meat grown from cow stem cells in a Dutch lab at the cost of $330,000.


Robert Puro

Robert Puro is the CEO and Co-founder of Seedstock, LLC. In 2011, he launched, creating a news and informational resource to promote and connect farmers, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and researchers involved in fostering the development of sustainable local food and agriculture systems. To further educate and engage future farmers and entrepreneurs and encourage the growth of a sustainable agriculture marketplace, Puro established the Seedstock Sustainable Ag Innovation Conference, which is now in its fifth year. Puro and Seedstock also provide senior consultancy services surrounding local food systems to industry and government bodies including the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the City of Riverside, CA. Prior to working at Seedstock, Puro ran an independent consulting firm that assisted startup companies across various industry verticals develop business plans and go to market strategies. He also has held positions in business development and marketing at such companies as Yahoo!, Warner Music Group, and Motricity, Inc. Puro is a graduate of Columbia University and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.



Moderator: Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. And Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its vegetarian hot dog “The Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog” in her honor.

DJ Lounge

DJ Lounge: 5 - 10 pm



Anne Litt

(5 - 6:30 pm & 9 - 10 pm)

Anne Litt has been anchoring weekend afternoons for NPR’s LA flagship, 89.9 KCRW since 1996, playing a seductive mix of sounds from around the world. Her goal is to take listeners on a sonic journey, telling stories of the past, present and future. She contributes regularly to NPR Music's Heavy Rotation series and is a frequent guest on the NPR syndicated radio show “Here And Now.”   Outside of public radio, Anne’s projects include her ongoing music series, "Music In The Garden", voiceover work, and music consultation/supervision for TV, film, advertising and brands.  She knows of no activity more satisfying, in this world, than hosting her radio show -- unless it's skiing with her young son, Guy.


Heidi Lawden

(6:30 - 9 pm)

Heidi Lawden is an underground heroine of modern dance music, first carving her niche in the UK's formative rave days. With her hand in many pies over the years, from the first incarnation of London’s famed Ministry of Sound to what many now consider Los Angeles’ finest contemporary underground radio station; Dublab, she continues to elevate taste levels and enlighten all listeners and party goers who cross her path. Heidi has become a go-to DJ for LA’s evolving dance scene—whether exciting big room crowds at venues such as Sound, Rhonda and Deep, pushing musical boundaries in Downtown underground warehouse parties, maintaining eclectic dancefloors at Acabar and Chateau Marmont, or curating moods at exclusive art events for the likes of Jeffrey Deitch and Aitor Throup.  Heidi’s further immersion in today’s festival circuit has seen her contributing revered performances at Burning Man, Rock In Rio, Day In The Desert and an exceptional opening set for disco legend Giorgio Moroder at Pacific Festival. Heidi is a featured vocalist of DJ Harvey’s critically acclaimed Locussolus, and is currently in the studio working on new productions. Although media shy, she is a necessary cog in the wheel of LA's evolving dance scene.



8 pm - 10 pm



8 pm

Settle into Tonstartssbandht's music and let it rock heavy from all sides. The music melds with the personal, tangible nature of the city climate, telling a stunning tale. Discovered on the road and distilled at home, the music conveys experience and subtlety, scars exposed to carry the chronicle.



9 pm

Sunflower Bean find magic within friction. The New York trio’s full-length debut album, Human Ceremony [Fat Possum Records], emerges at the intersection of dreamy modern psychedelica and urgent fuzzed-out bliss. That push-and-pull colors the aural tapestry of these three musicians—Jacob Faber [drums], Julia Cumming [vocals/bass], and Nick Kivlen [vocals/guitars].

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