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One of L.A.’s most experimental and dynamic programming teams turn their curatorial eye to the Central Library to reimagine and respond to the Library’s space and/or collections. From a sound and dance improvisation inspired by a photograph of legendary choreographer Bella Lewitzky in the LAPL’s photo collection, to site-specific video installations (including one based on used books unearthed in a library book sale) these artists will transform various areas of Central Library into an interactive multimedia playground, allowing for a unique participatory experience. Come for the art, stay for a drink, leave inspired! Guests are welcome anytime between 8 – 9:30 PM to experience these unique installations and performances. See below for more details.

Jmy James Kidd

Jmy James Kidd

Jmy James Kidd designs dances and clothing and runs a performance space in Los Angeles named Pieter. Her dance company, The Sunland Dancers works through feeling tones with rigorous ritual design.

Tara Jane O'Neil

Tara Jane O’Neil

Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Tara Jane O’Neil creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with artists of all disciplines, from solo singing to large ensemble sound architectures.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of two books of poems, 19 Names For Our Band and James Brown is Dead. His projects have been exhibited at MoMA/PS1, Public Fiction, Scaramouche and Samuel Freeman Gallery, among others. Educated at Bard College, Brown University and USC, his awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Millay Colony for the Arts and more. Huffman is included in the Hammer Museum Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA 2014.

Joel Fox

Joel Fox

Joel Fox works most often in children’s television, creating many dazzling worlds of light and color. His best known works are his directing projects for kid’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba.” Joel’s short films and other pieces have been seen in galleries and festivals across the US and Europe. His projects attempt to uncover a sense of wonder and awareness of ones aliveness. Joel Fox is based in Ojai, CA.



Jeepneys is a multidisciplinary artist residing between Los Angeles and outer-space. Jeepneys is named after colorful, iconic public transportation vehicles populating the Philippine islands, originating from discarded U.S. WWII army jeeps. In the spirit of decolonizing reinvention, Jeepneys uses Earthly materials to create other-worldly sounds, movements, and visuals, manifesting “electro Pinayism waves” that travel through space and time to heal and inspire love. Jeepneys has exhibited at REDCAT, MOMA PS1, and the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: LA Modern Architecture. She has toured worldwide and is a member of Black Salt Collective.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.

  • Where can I find podcasts and videos of ALOUD programs?

    Podcasts and videos from our programs are available free online at our growing Media Archive. Visit the archive at lfla.org/media-archive to explore hundreds of podcasts and videos spanning 20+ years of ALOUD’s history bringing authors, artists, and t thinkers to the Los Angeles Public Library.