March 3, 2017 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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March 3, 2017



Tour 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


“Food for Thought” with Carol Bornstein, Director, Nature Gardens

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. Feast your eyes on NHMLA’s artifacts and specimens through the lens of culture and technology.



Discussion: 6:30 pm


“Food: More Than A Four Letter Word”

Such a small word for such a big role in our lives! Food has always been fraught with politics and class and culture. Salt was originally a pleasure for the rich; now, people of means are wary of too much sodium. Eating by the calendar – fresh food in season – was replaced by processed “forever” food. As food science and food tastes change, how are we taking back control of our personal food chains? Backyard gardens, neighborhood beers, urban beekeeping, home pickling and canning: does all this make food fairer, more plentiful and safer?



Renee Gunter

Renee Gunter was born a DOER, curious, highly creative, and involved. These characteristics surely have solidified the foundation for her richly diverse life explorations to date. She was a former haut couture model in Paris during the eighties (YSL, Givenchy, Balenciaga, et al.), living and traveling the world for seven years. Founded a highly regarded landscape design company (Urbanscapes for Sustainable Living) specializing in drought tolerant gardens which have been featured in the L.A. Times, Country Gardens Magazine, Food and Wine magazine, CBS Eyewitness News and others. She returned to South L.A. in 2004, to share her commitment and artistry to the community that raised her. In 2006 Renee ran and was elected to UNNC (United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council, board member from 2006-2009.) She was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, Community Environmental Activist 2009. Appointed by Councilman-Council President Herb Wesson to the Urban Design Committee for Expo Line light rail transit parkway, Phase one and two and Art Advisory Board member for Metro 2006 to present. Concerned about healthy food options in her community, which is known as a food desert, she founded Daily Organics, an organic produce market in West Adams Los Angeles since 2013. A mother of two and fully present!


Nancy Neiman Auerbach

Nancy Neiman Auerbach is currently the Mary Wig Johnson Professor of Teaching at Scripps College, where she teaches a wide range of political economy courses. She organizes food justice community engagement projects with formerly imprisoned women and high school students from underserved communities. Her current research and teaching interests include the political economy of race and food justice, markets and social justice, Cuban financial reform, and neoliberal ideology.


Eve Lahijani

Eve has a Bachelors degree from UCLA and a Masters of Science in Nutritional Science from CSULA. She is a Registered Dietitian and has experience working in the fields of corporate wellness, eating disorders and higher education.  She has a TEDx talk titled, Trust Your Hunger and Make Peace with Food. Eve currently teaches nutrition, body image and other wellness classes at UCLA and has a private practice in West Los Angeles.  Eve’s passion is helping people get off diets and end the restrictive mentality to cultivate a harmonious relationship with food once and for all!  She loves empowering her clients and students to listen to their bodies, take pleasure in their eating and following their hearts as the ONLY way to lasting results and a fulfilling LIFE!


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.



Performances: 8 - 10 pm



Emily Wells

8 pm

As a follow up to her critically acclaimed album “Promise”, Emily Wells will release an EP of B sides, remixes / live arrangements March 3, 2017. With a belief in the sovereignty of melody to hold a song to itself, Wells consistently bends and re-renders her original works to almost entirely new forms in her live performances. Not wanting her months of touring to fall away entirely to the ephemeral Wells has recorded a few of the arrangements in their new forms. There are also the songs written and recorded during the creation of “Promise” that were not made for the record. This release seeks to give all of these works a home. She will tour in support of the EP in select US and European cities.


Japanese Breakfast

9:15 pm

A side project from her work as front woman of Philadelphia indie punk band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner released a tape in June 2013 under the solo moniker Japanese Breakfast. The tape was titled June and boasted thirty tracks written and recorded every day of the month. A stark deviation from Little Big League’s guitar- based indie rock, it showcased Zauner’s dark lyrics, unique vocals and inherent knack for pop melody.

Two bedroom pop cassettes later, Japanese Breakfast returns with its first full- fledged LP and vinyl release, Psychopomp. The album explores Zauner’s experimental interests and hosts a wide range of sound: jarring anime samples, minimalist ballads, rhythms and synths reminiscent of Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac paired with the moody intimacy of Mount Eerie. After the foundation of the album was built, Zauner enlisted Ned Eisenberg to coproduce and embellish the record. Eisenberg helped with the mixing and production of the album. Psychopomp revisits and revamps lo-fi tracks and adds chilling new songs to fall in love with.

DJ Lounge

DJ Lounge: 5 - 10 pm


KCRW Resident DJ Anne Litt

5 - 6:30 pm & 9 - 10 pm

Anne Litt has been anchoring weekend afternoons for NPR’s LA flagship, 89.9 KCRW for the last 12 years, 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.



6:30 - 9 pm

Serbian born/Los Angeles bred DJ MASHA was curating shows long before she got behind the decks. As soon as she did, she found her calling.  LA Weekly dubbed her as one of LA’s top 20 Djs. In the past year alone, she’s played Coachella, Nocturnal Wonderland and Decibel Festival. Masha is a resident DJ and co-founder of LA’s highly curated underground party Dig Deeper. 

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