CURRENT:LA FOOD Calendar of Events

CALENDAR of EVENT

CURRENT:LA FOOD

All events are free.

RSVP to individual events at: currentla.org/calendar.

A Thousand Lunches

Emily Marchand

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Roger Jessup Park

Join a community of volunteers and CURRENT artist Emily Marchand to assemble 1,000 lunches to benefit MEND Poverty in Pacoima. The lunch packing is followed by a picnic lunch atop an 8,000 square feet textile created out of compostable fabric and embedded with edible seeds. The afternoon concludes with an invitation to cut out a part of the textile to take home and plant in a pot or garden plot. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

MRE Classic: Workshop with Tony Banuelos

LA Eats Itself

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.–noon & noon–1:00 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

This workshop includes a discussion of a cross-section of some survival-based foods: military MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat), hardtack or ship biscuit (a simple flour biscuit with a long shelf life), pemmican (a dense, protein-packed provision developed by Native Americans), and other “prepper” favorites. Capacity is limited to 15; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Waste Not: Opening Celebration

Shana Lutker

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Valley Plaza Recreation Center

Join CURRENT artist Shana Lutker to celebrate the unveiling of the collection of temporary food containers amassed over the summer with the help of the Valley Plaza community. Learn about the state of recycling and zero waste from experts. Family friendly and accessible. RSVP appreciated.

Enchanted Servers

Nari Ward

Saturdays, October 5, 12, 26 & November 2, noon–5:00 p.m.

Leimert Plaza Park

Enchanted Servers features new sculpture and a site-specific audio soundscape installation by CURRENT artist Nari Ward. Enjoy diverse menus from South LA food trucks on-site, an open-air participatory photo booth, and live performances by the S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle (performances at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.). Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Watts Cookbook Fire-Up & Barbecue Workshop

Torolab

Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, noon–5:00 p.m.

Ted Watkins Memorial Park

Give your community a better flavor. Come and join CURRENT artist collective Torolab, cook the recipes of Watts. The civic, ethnographic, and experiential history of South LA through smell, flavor, and memory. Capacity is limited to 50; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notes from a Bench 

Nancy Lupo

Saturday, October 5, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Pershing Square

Alvin Li and CURRENT artist Nancy Lupo convene again around a group of park benches—this time at Pershing Square, formerly Central Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Li reads a life script as he orbits around a set of benches that have sat on the block in front of John Portman’s Ritz Carlton Hotel on West Nanjing Road in Shanghai since the 1990s and that foregrounded Lupo’s 2017 exhibition No Country for Old Men in Shanghai. Enter the park at 6th and Hill Streets. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Comida a Mano

Eva Aguila & Coaxial Arts Foundation

Saturday, October 5, 5:00–11:00 p.m.

Reseda Recreation Center

Presented by CURRENT artist Eva Aguila and Coaxial Arts Foundation, this all-ages event features the installation of an outdoor earthen oven based on a Mexican comal and a video screening to celebrate cultural diversity through honoring utensil-less cuisines around the world. Celebrate a shared human and global food experience: eating with hands. Comal activation at 5:00 p.m.; video screenings at 7:30 p.m. RSVP appreciated.

Performance: Appetite Monument Movement #1 (Suppressant)

Christopher Reynolds

Saturday, October 5, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Valley Plaza Recreation Center

Drawing on manipulative food marketing and consumption from a personal and communal perspective, artist Christopher Reynolds presents a site-specific installation in and around the pool at Valley Plaza Recreation Center. Sounds, scents, and performances complete the Baker-Miller pink-hued experience. The fifteen-minute performances begin promptly at 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nip & Draw: Feeding Portraits in the Park

Babsi Loisch

Sunday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Palms Park

Multidisciplinary artist BRD draws and paints custom portraits that are one-of-a-kind artworks showing nurture as a gesture of care for guests to take home. This tradition of portraiture continues a dialogue on the representation of women in a visible caregiving role. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Giant Burp Cloth (ongoing production)

Babsi Loisch

Sunday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Sundays, October 13, 20, 27, noon–2:00 p.m.

Palms Park

Drop off feeding-related textiles (burp cloths, nursing pads, bibs, nursing tops) and have a conversation about nourishing at Palms Park. The artist sews a giant burp cloth as a symbol of the many parts coming together to make a feeding system work. RSVP appreciated.

Solar Cooking

Bed & Breakfast

Sunday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Roger Jessup Park

Workshop participants learn how to fabricate and cook with a box solar cooker while Bed & Breakfast demonstrates on a prefabricated box cooker on-site. Participants gather for bread baked in the box cooker at the end of the workshop. Additionally, an instructional publication with building plans and recipes for a variety of DIY methods, as well as B&B artist contributions, has been printed to illustrate the energy-efficient (and fun!) process of cooking with the sun. Capacity is limited to 25; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Embracing Localism in the Landscape 

Nonfood

Sunday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

With so many native species to choose from (more than 6,000), where does a gardener who is interested in transformative landscaping begin to choose? The Theodore Payne Foundation has been striving to create a selection of plants that represents the vast diversity of our local and, in many cases, endemic flora. Find out how planting locally native species inspires beauty in the garden and adds resilience to your landscape. Led by Tim Becker. Capacity is limited to 13; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rainbow Transmissions

The Golden Dome

Sunday, October 6, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Pershing Square

The Golden Dome and its collaborators bring people together to explore food and prismatic colors at this rainbow feast that incorporates food, performance, and sound. Discover the deep personal, social, spiritual, and political ways that we can experience food and drink. Performances by the Rainbow Chorus (Thaddeus Pedisich, Estela Sanchez, Edgar Fabián Frías, Eliza Swann, Laura Stinger), Fawntisse Finesse, and Breadwoman (Anna Homler and Jorge Martin featuring Maya Gingery). Capacity is limited to 40; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Going Bananas

Women’s Center for Creative Work

Sunday, October 6, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Delano Recreation Center

A screening of Going Bananas by gloria galvez—an animated film about the problematic history and contemporary condition of bananas sold to Western countries—is accompanied by a meal of snack-sized banana foods prepared by food historian Susan Park and a discussion of the film. Guests are also invited to write postcards offering notes of solidarity to the banana. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter 1: Korea of New Shores

Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick

Sunday, October 6, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

Take part in this late-summer party that is a multisensory meal and performance and a glimpse of the future, an evening created and presented by CURRENT artist team Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick. This event celebrates Korea, and related nights recognize other immigrant cultures of East Hollywood. Bring your friends, children, and beverages; food is provided. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eating in Yaanga

LA Food Policy Council

Wednesday, October 9, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

LA State Historic Park

Tribal biologist Matt Teutimez leads the first fireside chat as part of a series about the layered history of food, development, and cultural transformation embodied at this park site. Yaangna is the indigenous name for the current site of LA State Historic Park. Participants learn how traditional food cultivation can regenerate soil, water, and ecosystems. Participants are invited to touch and taste edible native plants to create their own land-based relationship with food. The event includes a food sampling. Capacity is limited to 30; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Imperishable Talk with Ruth Galaviz, Karla Vasquez, Emily Marchand

Jazmin Urrea

Thursday, October 10, 3:00–7:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Join CURRENT artist Jazmin Urrea at Martin Luther King Jr. Park for a conversation with Ruth Galaviz (SEE-LA), Karla Vasquez (SalviSoul), and Emily Marchand (visual artist) about how their respective practices relate to food insecurity, health, and community building. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket. Capacity is limited to 30; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

A Very White Flower

Adrià Julià

Friday, October 11, 7:00–11:00 p.m.

LA State Historic Park

Meditate on the history of popcorn at LA State Historic Park (commonly referred to as “the Cornfield”) in a film-performance titled The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain. The event is followed by a feature film, Popcorn. Popcorn is first mentioned as a flower in Bernardino de Sahagún’s Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain, written to acquaint the King of Spain with his colonies. Blankets and snacks encouraged. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

California Food Chains

Michael Queenland

Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Exposition Park Rose Garden

CURRENT artist Michael Queenland grew native California plant seedlings from seed that he offers for free to participants. Speakers explore the uses and benefits of planting native plants in the garden and throughout the city, an effort that promotes the pollination of fruit and vegetable plants and supports the rich biodiversity that already exists but is threatened by the region’s real-estate development boom. This event is the first in the artist’s long-term goal of encouraging the planting of at least one native plant in each yard across Los Angeles. Capacity is limited to 15; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fermentation: Workshop with David Anthony David

LA Eats Itself

Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m.–noon & noon–1:00 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

David Anthony David asks, Why can’t survival fuel taste like LA? Using the process of fermentation, David helps participants make sauces that preserve the relationship among food, cultures, and nostalgia, making the palate the first thing to get restored. Capacity is limited to 15; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family + Food = Love: A Parent Appreciation Picnic

LA Commons

Saturday, October 12, noon–5:00 p.m.

Ted Watkins Memorial Park

LA Commons collaborates with Ted Watkins Memorial Park for their annual parent-appreciation celebration. Join an afternoon of barbecue and picnics, story sharing, and games and art designed by local youth. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshops with LA Compost 

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas

Saturdays, October 12, 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Delano Recreation Center

LA Compost shares how to transform food waste into nutrient-rich soil. Workshops provided in both English and Spanish. Capacity is limited to 40; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Turn! Turn! Vocal & Movement Performance Workshop #1

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas

Saturday, October 12, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Delano Recreation Center

Perform in CURRENT:LA FOOD—no experience necessary! Participate in one or more of the three Saturday workshops (held on October 12, 19, 26) plus the final afternoon rehearsal on November 2 and be eligible and prepared to perform in ALL AGAIN on the evening of Saturday, November 2. Light refreshments are provided; workshops take place outside, and comfortable clothing is suggested. This first workshop features special guest Tany Ling. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Architecture of Nourishment

Babsi Loisch

Sunday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Palms Park

Join a discussion about different approaches to push the act of breast-feeding nourishment forward into public space as a way of creating visibility around this form of care, bringing it into community. Led by Anna Barie (performer, community organizer), Katy Barkan (architect, adjunct assistant professor at UCLA), Christine Dansereau (research knowledge manager, senior associate at Perkins & Will), and Katy Robinson (geographer, independent consultant). Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grow Your Own Algae 

Nonfood

Sunday, October 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Members of the CURRENT artist collective Nonfood talk about the construction of Algae Bioreactor 1 and how one can be made on a smaller scale, followed by a harvesting of the grown algae. Capacity is limited to 13; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Food Group: The Body Palms, a performance 

Ry Rocklen

Sundays, October 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Palms Park

Join CURRENT artist Ry Rocklen in the belly of Palms Park for Food Group: The Body Palms, a musical performance featuring actors wearing costumes of some of America’s favorite handheld foods. Moving through the park as if it were a giant body, Food Group highlights the power and danger of these foods and our relationships to them. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Toothtone with Nour Mobarak

Nancy Lupo

Sunday, October 13, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Pershing Square

Nour Mobarak is an artist, musician, and writer who excavates violence and desire. Her interests lie in the compulsions and glitches in either a person or nation-state. She activates the tones from each tooth’s cavity, performing from within CURRENT artist Nancy Lupo’s Open Mouth at Pershing Square. Enter the park at 6th and Hill Streets. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter 2: Thailand of New Shores

Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick

Sunday, October 13, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

Take part in this late-summer party that is a multisensory meal and performance and a glimpse of the future, an evening created and presented by CURRENT artist team Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick. This event celebrates Thailand, and related nights recognize other immigrant cultures of East Hollywood. Bring your friends, children, and beverages; food is provided. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sukkot Dinner 

Michael Rakowitz

Sunday, October 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park 

Jewish Voices for Peace cohosts the transformation of Room F of the Palace of Nimrud into a community sukkah for the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth. Dates harvested at Aziz Farms in Thermal, California, by members of the Iraqi diaspora, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and the studio of CURRENT artist Michael Rakowitz are highlighted in the meal prepared and shared at this Beneath the Date Palms event. Capacity is limited to 50; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learning from LA

Diana Nawi

Tuesday, October 15, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

The HUB @ LA State Historic Park

Independent curator and CURRENT curatorial advisor Diana Nawi moderates a panel discussion featuring CURRENT artists and programmers, who speak about their experiences learning about and from LA. How did these discoveries inform and challenge their projects as they progressed? Each artist discusses their ideas and expectations, the surprises they encountered, and the lessons they learned. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cows to Concrete, Rail Yard to Cornfield

LA Food Policy Council

Wednesday, October 16, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

LA State Historic Park

Author Rachel Surls leads the second fireside chat exploring the history of agriculture and industry in LA, after settlers and immigrants arrived in the neighborhoods surrounding LA State Historic Park—Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, and Chinatown. She shares how industrial development has impacted the way Angelenos eat and the way we think about farming in the city. Capacity is limited to 30; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fermentation: Workshop with Jessica Wang

LA Eats Itself

Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.–noon & noon–1:00 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

Fermentation enthusiast and educator Jessica Wang of Picklé leads workshop participants in basic food-preservation techniques using hearty seasonal vegetables and sea salt. Samples of fermented pickles are available for tasting. Fermenters take home a jar of pickles they prepare during the workshop. Capacity is limited to 15; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

SÜPRFEST

SÜPRSEED

Saturday, October 19, noon–5:00 p.m.

Leimert Plaza Park

Enjoy a vegan experience as SÜPRFEST brings a taste of delicious health to Leimert Park, featuring some of the best vegan vendors in the city. Eats and experiences combine to make wellness accessible, and participants are encouraged to drop by for an incredibly enjoyable afternoon! RSVP appreciated.

The Town Oven: Azerbaijan & Turkey

Leyna Lightman

Saturday, October 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park 

Leyna Lightman revives the communal baking tradition and collaborates with women from different regions of the world to prepare, bake, and share bread over conversations that explore the history and heritage of this fundamental food. This installment focuses on Azerbijiani and Turkish bread, led by Feride Buyruran and Aliye Aydin. Capacity is limited to 18; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wheel of Life: Vocal & Movement Performance Workshop #2

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas

Saturday, October 19, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Delano Recreation Center

Perform in CURRENT:LA FOOD—no experience necessary! Participate in one or more of three Saturday workshops (held on October 12, 19, 26) plus the final afternoon rehearsal on November 2 and be eligible and prepared to perform in ALL AGAIN on the evening of Saturday, November 2. Light refreshments are provided; workshops take place outside, and comfortable clothing is suggested. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Performance: Muscle House Cookbook

Human Resources LA

Saturdays, October 19 & November 2, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Venice Beach Recreation Center

A diverse group of artists have contributed recipe versions of new and existing artworks to an artist’s cookbook. At this event, these recipes are performed by facilitators using four handball courts as theatrical stages next to Muscle Beach in Venice. All are invited to participate. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Lactation Club

Babsi Loisch

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Palms Park

Join this breastfeeding-support meeting with Susan Martin of La Leche League for education and encouragement on your feeding journey. Meet to find answers to questions, share concerns, and celebrate successes. Capacity is limited to 25; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Solar Cooking

Bed & Breakfast

Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Roger Jessup Park

Workshop participants learn how to fabricate and cook with a box solar cooker while Bed & Breakfast demonstrates how to cook with a prefabricated panel solar cooker on-site. Participants gather for stew cooked in the panel cooker at the end of the workshop. Additionally, an instructional publication with plans and recipes for a variety of DIY methods, as well as B&B artist contributions, has been printed to illustrate the energy-efficient (and fun!) process of cooking with the sun. Capacity is limited to 25; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eating Green?

Nonfood

Sunday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Guest artist Bettina Yung leads an edible workshop based on familiar recipes using algae at home. Capacity is limited to 13; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Town Oven: Costa Rica & El Salvador

Leyna Lightman

Sunday, October 20, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park 

Leyna Lightman revives the communal baking tradition and collaborates with women from different regions of the world to prepare, bake, and share bread over conversations that explore the history and heritage of this fundamental food. This installment focuses on traditions from Costa Rica and El Salvador, led by Karla T. Vasquez, Roxana Jullapat, and Michelle Lainez. Capacity is limited to 18; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter 3: Armenia of New Shores

Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick

Sunday, October 20, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

Take part in this late-summer party that is a multisensory meal and performance and a glimpse of the future, an evening created and presented by CURRENT artist team Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick. This event celebrates Armenia, and related nights recognize other immigrant cultures of East Hollywood. Bring your friends, children, and beverages; food is provided. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dreaming of Food Sovereignty in LA

LA Food Policy Council

Wednesday, October 23, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

LA State Historic Park

Artist Joel Garcia collaborates with Tongva musician Kelly Caballero and students in the Toypurina Youth Arts & Action program to share their dreams for food sovereignty and food justice for all Angelenos. They explore how can we create healthy food access and sustainable food growing that repair colonial histories and account for indigenous futures in LA. Youth shares music and art projects that respond to this question. The event includes a food sampling and performances. Capacity is limited to 30; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Imperishable Workshop with Angela Means Kaay

Jazmin Urrea

Thursday, October 24, 3:00–7:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Join CURRENT artist Jazmin Urrea at Martin Luther King Jr. Park for a vegan food workshop with Angela Means Kaay, the owner and chef at Jackfruit Café, a vegan soul food restaurant that serves the Jefferson Park community. Capacity is limited to 30; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Solar Cooking

Bed & Breakfast

Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Roger Jessup Park

Workshop participants learn how to fabricate and cook with a box solar cooker, while Bed & Breakfast demonstrates how to boil water with a prefabricated parabolic cooker on-site. Participants gather for tea at the end of the workshop. Additionally, an instructional publication with plans and recipes for a variety of DIY methods, as well as B&B artist contributions, has been printed to illustrate the energy-efficient (and fun!) process of cooking with the sun. Capacity is limited to 25; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

SEE-LA Change: Anyone Can Grow 

SEE-LA

Saturday, October 26, 2019 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Join SEE-LA (Sustainable Economic Enterprises of LA) for this daylong event that includes workshops and conversations about food access, food sovereignty, backyard growing, and food distribution. Workshops include hands-on lessons on home composting and growing in small spaces. Speakers include experienced backyard farmers, community organizers, technical resources, and healthy neighborhood retailers. Follow @SEELAORG on Instagram for event details and scheduling updates. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Foodscapes Festival: Art, Cultural & Ecological Histories

Across Our Kitchen Tables

Saturday, October 26, noon–4:30 p.m.

Reseda Recreation Center

Cohosted by Big City Forum, this afternoon-long event centered in the San Fernando Valley features a pop-up marketplace, a traditional arts workshop, cooking demos, family activities, and a dance performance—inviting viewers to eat, exchange ideas, and reflect on local and global histories. RSVP appreciated.

The Town Oven: Ethiopia

Leyna Lightman

Saturday, October 26, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park

Leyma Lightman revives the communal baking tradition and collaborates with women from different regions of the world to prepare, bake, and share bread over conversations that explore the history and heritage of this fundamental food. This installment focuses on Ethiopian bread, led by the Legesse sisters. Capacity is limited to 18; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Temporary 

Lauren Mackler

Saturday, October 26, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Valley Plaza Recreation Center

This afternoon event is in two acts, beginning with a performative reading of a newly commissioned monologue using CURRENT artist Shana Lutker’s dystopian sculpture as a set for science fiction followed by a public conversation between Lutker and CURRENT curatorial advisor Lauren Mackler contextualizing the artist’s CURRENT:LA FOOD project within her larger body of work. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ring: Vocal & Movement Performance Workshop #3

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas

Saturday, October 26, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Delano Recreation Center

Perform in CURRENT:LA FOOD—no experience necessary! Participate in one or more of three Saturday workshops (held on October 12, 19, 26) plus the final afternoon rehearsal on November 2 and be eligible and prepared to perform in ALL AGAIN on the evening of Saturday, November 2. Light refreshments are provided; workshops take place outside, and comfortable clothing is suggested. This third workshop features special guest Tany Ling. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

SHOOK: A Survivalist Last Supper

LA Eats Itself

Saturday, October 26, 5:30–10:30 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

SHOOK offers a small edible experience based on “prepperism” and the new culinary movements of foraging and fermentation. A drum-circle performance is featured through the course of the supper, along with prepper spoken word and a group call and response through handcrank. Capacity is limited to 60; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beneath the Date Palms

Michael Rakowitz

Saturday, October 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park 

Take part in a dinner cohosted by Wendy Barranco of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Dates harvested at Aziz Farms in Thermal, California, by members of the Iraqi diaspora, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and the studio of CURRENT artist Michael Rakowitz are highlighted in the meal prepared and shared at this Beneath the Date Palms event. Capacity is limited to 50; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Breast/Milk: A Discussion of Support, Access & Class

Babsi Loisch

Sunday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Palms Park

This panel explores the complicated story of infant feeding and how history, race, income, and other factors influence the decision on how to feed a baby. Led by Kimberly Durdin (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, doula, senior student midwife; Kindred Space LA), Pauline Sakamoto (Mothers’ Milk Bank San Jose), and others. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Town Oven: Armenia

Leyna Lightman

Sunday, October 27, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park

Leyna Lightman revives the communal baking tradition and collaborates with women from different regions of the world to prepare, bake, and share bread over conversations that explore the history and heritage of this fundamental food. This installment focuses on Armenian bread, led by Kristine Jingozian. Capacity is limited to 18; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter 4: Mayan of New Shores

Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick

Sunday, October 27, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

Take part in this late-summer party that is a multisensory meal and performance and a glimpse of the future, an evening created and presented by CURRENT artist team Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick. This event celebrates Mexico and El Salvador, and related nights recognize other immigrant cultures of East Hollywood. Bring your friends, children, and beverages; food is provided. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mmm!

Marco Rios 

Tuesday, October 29, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

The nineteenth-century French gastronome (or foodie today) Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously wrote in his 1825 book The Physiology of Taste: “Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.” CURRENT curatorial advisor Marco Rios invites fifteen artists to present and reflect on a memorable meal, from the sublime to the traumatic, such as eating fake whale meat in Japan to the best ceviche on a Tijuana street corner. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

ALL AGAIN: Final Rehearsal 

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas

Saturday, November 2, 4:00–5:30p

Delano Recreation Center

Perform in CURRENT:LA FOOD—no experience necessary! This is the final rehearsal session for October workshop participants before the evening’s two public performances. Light refreshments are provided; workshops take place outside, and comfortable clothing is suggested. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

ALL AGAIN: Two Performances

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas

Saturday, November 2, 6:00–7:00 p.m. & 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Delano Recreation Center

Performances take place outside and feature a professional ensemble, workshop participants, and community chorus. Performances begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve

Michael Rakowitz

Saturday, November 2, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Pan Pacific Park

Take part in a dinner cohosted by Iraqi American chef Sara Ahmad. Dates harvested at Aziz Farms in Thermal, California, by members of the Iraqi diaspora, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and the studio of CURRENT artist Michael Rakowitz are highlighted in the meal prepared and shared at this Beneath the Date Palms event. Capacity is limited to 50; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

What’s Going on with Recycling?! Closing Celebration & Conversation

Shana Lutker

Sunday, November 3, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Valley Plaza Recreation Center

Join an open discussion and workshop about the current state of recycling in Los Angeles. Get answers to questions about how to recycle and reduce waste. Closing ceremony and recycling of the Shana Lutker’s CURRENT art project. Family friendly and accessible. Capacity is limited to 40; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Feed-In: A Gathering

Babsi Loisch

Sunday, November 3, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Palms Park

Join a picnic on a communal giant burp cloth—a community artwork created throughout the CURRENT triennial. An event designed for adults with children, bring whatever your accompanying child prefers to eat and drink and celebrate the often-private act of feeding infants and toddlers in public. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

From Seed to Earth

Lucia Fabio

Sunday, November 3, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Bring a picnic and discover the parallels between plants and humans and their cycles of birth, life, and death. Participants learn through the combined knowledge of such groups as Hey Baby Feminist Parenting Group, Seed Library of Los Angeles, Ford House Kitchen Garden, Food Forward, LA Compost, and Tembi Locke. RSVP appreciated. 

The Art of Food: A Recipe for Community

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Sunday, November 3, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Exposition Park Rose Garden

This one-day, all-ages event brings together members of LA’s artist and culinary communities to engage participants in a vibrant series of hands-on activities exploring the city’s rich and diverse art and food cultures. Visitors take part in an enchanted picnic and painting experience, pop-up food poetry, vegetable printmaking, and heritage chocolate making. Visit cfaer.org for more info. RSVP appreciated.

Rainbow Transmissions

The Golden Dome

Sunday, November 3, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Pershing Square

The Golden Dome invites guests to a tea ceremony and healing sounds gathering featuring sonic rainbows created by 미친년 and Leaving Records. Tea and fruit are served. Capacity is limited to 60; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Performance: Appetite Monument Movement #2 (Stimulant)

Christopher Reynolds

Sunday, November 3, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Valley Plaza Recreation Center

Christopher Reynolds’s second performance acts as an aggressive crescendo of gastronomic hunger. Although the work provides no relief for unsettled and unsatiated hunger, the performance serves as cathartic release of a monthlong suppression. Performances begin promptly at 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Crown, Neck, Root

Nancy Lupo

Sunday, November 3, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Pershing Square

Hard to Read and Fiona Alison Duncan invite readers to explore excavation, regeneration, consecration, and the motif of teeth. Featuring writings by the late poet and translator David Rattray, author of How I Became One of the Invisible (published by Semiotext(e)), Norman M. Klein, author of The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory and Tales of the Floating Class, and others. Hard to Read is a literary social practice that promotes print reading and active listening as vital meditations for our turbulent current. Enter the park at 6th and Hill Streets. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter 5: Futuro of New Shores

Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick

Sunday, November 3, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Barnsdall Park

Take part in this late-summer party that is a multisensory meal and performance and glimpse of the future, an evening created and presented by CURRENT artist team Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick. This night considers an unknown future, given the drastic changes in our global environment. Related nights recognize immigrant cultures of East Hollywood. Bring your friends, children, and beverages; food is provided. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

ONGOING

Mussel Beach

Cooking Sections

Saturdays & Sundays, noon–6:00 p.m. 

(Audio narration downloadable and available from your smartphone 24/7)

Venice Beach Recreation Center

Bring your phone and headphones to follow the thirty-minute audio narration through a series of mixed-media interventions along the Venice Boardwalk created by CURRENT artist duo Cooking Sections. Discover Mussel Beach merchandise as well as specially created food and drinks in local shops during weekly open operating hours. Download the free app at www.musselbeach.org. RSVP appreciated.

Algae Bioreactor 1: Open Hours

Nonfood

Wednesdays–Fridays, noon–sundown; Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Nonfood’s functioning algae bioreactor is housed in a greenhouse located onsite at the Orcutt Ranch. Throughout CURRENT:LA FOOD, live microalgae are growing and multiplying, observable by the changing shade and density of green within the water. The bioreactor creates the perfect environment for algae to grow, and they double in size every 24 hours. RSVP appreciated.

Open Hours @ the HUB

Dyson & Womack

Wednesdays–Fridays, 4:00–7:00 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

LA State Historic Park

The HUB is the headquarters of CURRENT:LA FOOD. Designed by Dyson & Womack, the HUB is a meeting point, an information center, a landmark for community recognition, a stop for triennial visitors to regroup between sites, and a space for spontaneous gatherings and social events throughout the triennial. As such, the HUB support and connects the energy and fluidity of a triennial with fifteen artists activating fifteen sites across Los Angeles. RSVP appreciated.

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