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Join hip hop artist Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), chef Roy Choi, and USC professor Josh Kun for a one-of-a-kind Los Angeles evening, where beats and rhymes (and jarocho and opera) will meet food history and food justice.  Through music, video, storytelling, and more, an all-star lineup of very special guests will take us on a DJ-driven, multidimensional journey through the menu collection of the Los Angeles Public Library and shine a light on the issues of food insecurity currently facing the city.


  • Legendary TV writer, creator, and producer Norman Lear
  • A special performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd
  • Mark Broyard and Roger Guenveur Smith present excerpts from their award-winning “not-too-dark comedy” Inside the Creole Mafia
  • KCRW host and culinarian Evan Kleiman with a live taping of “Good Food”
  • Jarocho musicians César Castro, Cambalache, and Son del Centro with a fandango for food justice
  • Chris Cormier, director of food services at the Los Angeles Mission
  • DJ Cavem Moetavation and Alkemia Earth with an interactive Culinary Concert
  • Actress Tembi Locke of “The Kitchen Widow” sharing about the comfort of food in times of grief
  • L.A. Opera Soprano Lisa Eden singing a menu from the Library’s collection
  • Los Angeles Eats Itself” with a custom menu inspired by one of the city’s most notorious moments
  • Restaurateur Nes Abegaze and hip hop DJ Ras G with Ethiopian beats and food stories
  • Mexico City legend Luis Perez Ixoneztli with a musical blessing
  • L.A. Son Roy Choi and legendary battle rapper MC Supernatural with a never-before-seen Los Angeles recipe freestyle
  • All stitched together by DJ Zo (The LINE Hotel, Soho House)
  • And much, much more…

Tickets are $20 general admission and $60 VIP (includes seating and a special cocktail reception). Library Foundation Members receive 20% off all tickets with their special code. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Tickets can be purchased through The Regent’s website.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show begins at 7:00 p.m.

Rakaa Iriscience

L.A. hip hop underground legend Rakaa Iriscience is a member of Dilated Peoples alongside Evidence and DJ Babu. Since 1992, they have been central figures in the L.A. hip hop underground and have released six acclaimed albums, including last year’s Directors of Photography. In 2010, Rakaa released the solo debut album, Crown of Thorns, which featured vocal contributions from Aloe Blacc, KRS-One, Chali 2na, Evidence, and Fashawn. It was produced by Exile, DJ Babu, Oh No, El-P, and The Alchemist.

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is the chef behind Los Angeles restaurants Chego, Sunny Spot, Alibi Room, A-Frame, 3 Worlds Cafe, POT, POT caFe and Commissary.  He has authored a New York Times Bestselling cookbook/memoir L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food and most recently launched one of CNN’s first digital web series, Street Food.  He is also known as the godfather of the food truck movement thanks to his success with the much celebrated Kogi Truck. At a time when chefs and food trucks were members of distinctly different classes of the food world, Roy had the gall to rent a truck with his partners and hit the streets of Los Angeles. With a pedigree including the CIA, Le Bernardin, and the Beverly Hilton, Choi might not have seemed like a likely candidate to go roadside, hawking tacos on street corners, but this bold move garnered praise and attention of the food press and public alike. With his Korean-Mexican tacos as the star, Choi has carried out, built bridges, and expanded the vision that drives him to this day.

Josh Kun

Josh Kun is a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he also directs the Popular Music Project of the Norman Lear Center. He is the author of the new book To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City (Angel City Press) based on the special collections of the Los Angeles Public Library. His first collaboration with the Library was Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, an examination of the early sheet music of the city that resulted in an award-winning book, as well as new recordings, public concerts, and an online web series with KCET Artbound. He is also the author of the American Book Award winning Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, co-author of And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl, and co-editor of Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border, among other volumes.