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May 5, 2017





“Food for Thought” with Richard Hayden, Head Gardener

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.





“How Green is Your Plate” with Rachel Surls, Ph.D. and Judith Gerber

Discussion: 6:30 pm

For almost all of human history, the food we ate came from no farther than a day’s search. Now, food zips around the world. But with climate change and drought, that may change. What does this mean for food in Southern California, where we once grew almost everything? Can we shorten our supply lines to feed ourselves again, if we have to? 







Rachel Surls, Ph.D.

Rachel Surls, Ph.D. is the Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County. She has been involved with school gardens, community gardens, and urban agriculture around Los Angeles for more than twenty five years. She holds two degrees in agricultural sciences.


Judith Gerber

Judith Gerber, is a second generation Angeleno, is a farm and garden authority who has written about sustainable and urban farming, local foods, and organic gardening for more than twenty years. She is also the author of Farming in Torrance and the South Bay (2008).


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



KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

5-6:00 pm and 8:30-10 pm

Anthony Valadez can currently be found on FM.TV hosting CrateDiggers, a weekly show in its 3rd season dedicated to respectable musical collectors and record stores. He also travels across the country documenting festival experiences and exploring small towns on FUSEtv’s WristBanded. His weekly radio show on KCRW has been heralded by the likes of Childish Gambino, Ty Dolla $ign and Julian Casablancas (The Strokes). He can also be found hosting his popular music discover show on Dash Radio. Valadez has opened for the likes of Bruno Mars, Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Little Dragon, Capital Cities, Prince and Jennifer Lopez.  He was voted Best DJ in the LA Weekly Readers Pool for 2016.



6:00-8:30 pm

Subsuelo is a global bass crew that came together in Boyle Heights, and explores electronic-analog fusion and experimental dance music through DJs, MCs, instrumentalists, dancers and visualists who mix together cumbia, hip-hop, flamenco, house, salsa, trap and other music from around the world.


8 pm - 10 pm



7:00pm (Becoming LA Exhibit)

QUITAPENAS, one word – all caps, four syllables – all claps, gives you a taste of their rhythmic contagion. This tropicalAfro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun in 2011. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a "pena" and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry.




Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus” – which certainly describes the scene on the dance floors of Los Angeles whenever the band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms. But it also describes Buyepongo’s riotous mash-up of influences, which absorbs hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz sounds into a delirious tropical blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Like its name, the band is part hybrid, part invention, something untranslatable that nevertheless perfectly captures its uniquely vibrant spirit.




Chico Mann, a time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers, and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history.

Chico Mann has created a musical time machine that simultaneously fuses the sounds of 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle and Afro Cuban in a hybrid beast of culture and tone. Its the big 'what if' Freestyle, Afrobeat & Afro Cuban converged and hit the mainstream for an army of Chicos to pick up where Stevie B, TKA, George Lamond, Sa-Fire, Information Society, Noel, and Cult Jam, and Exposé left off. Chico's choruses of multi-layered vocals with funky guitar lines helps to cool off the heat created between the bass and rhythm... creating a unique conversation of color and value that pays homage to the past but raises the bar for the future.

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