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Meet the LA Made Performers - Season 6: 2021 - 22


Academy Museum Tour

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open to the public on September 30, 2021. Join Senior Director of Film Programs Bernardo Rondeau and Film Programmer Kiva Reardon as they discuss the museum’s theater spaces and plans for ongoing and robust film screenings, including retrospectives and thematic series.

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Banda las Angelinas

Banda Las Angelinas se formó en marzo de 2018. Son mujeres unidas por su pasión por la música, con el objetivo de llegar a los corazones de mucha gente y ayudar a su comunidad con su talento.

Banda Las Angelinas was formed in March of 2018. They are women united by their passion for music, with the goal of touching many hearts and helping their community with their talent.

California Native Garden Tour

Flor Mota is an Angeleno who has called this city home her entire life. Her love of plants and nature has led her to pursue a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. Her garden-style incorporates mostly California Native plants which allow her to create beautiful spaces while also giving back to nature by providing plenty of food and habitat to local pollinating animals.

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Comida salvadoreña deliciosa

Alicia Maher nació en El Salvador y reside en Los Ángeles. Aprendió a cocinar comida salvadorena auténtica de su abuelita, tía-abuelas, tías y amigas salvadoreñas. Era propietaria de dos panaderías de servicio completo y ha enseñado clases privadas en los últimos cinco años.

Alicia Maher was born in El Salvador and resides in Los Angeles. She learned to cook authentic Salvadoran food from her grandmother, great aunts, aunts, and her Salvadoran friends. She is the former owner of two full-service bakeries and has taught private cooking classes for the last five years.

Cooking Fresh Greens With Vane Million Kuhn

Join Vane Million Kuhn as she walks you through a simple yet colorful meal that is packed with fresh produce and greens from the garden that may be enjoyed any time of day. A perfect opportunity to get the family involved and be creative together. Eating should be fun, and if most of us “eat with our eyes,” then why not make it beautiful.

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Dolphin & Whale Neighbors

Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., is a wildlife scientist, advocate, author, and TED speaker with Terramar Research. Join us as we explore cognition, communication, culture, and conservation of dolphins and whales. And learn about surprising ways in which our abilities to thrive—and even survive—are deeply interconnected with these denizens of the sea

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Dr. Jose Hernandez: Soaring to New Heights

One of four children in a migrant farming family from Mexico, Hernandez, Dr. Jose Hernandez didn't learn English until he was 12 years old. After graduating high school in Stockton, Hernandez enrolled at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and later was awarded a full scholarship to the graduate program at the University of California in Santa Barbara, In 1987, he accepted a full-time job with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on signal and image processing applications in radar imaging, computed tomography, and acoustic imaging. In 2001, Hernández joined the Johnson Space Center and soon became Chief of the Materials and Processes Branch. He was eventually selected as part of the 19th class of astronauts in 2004 after failing the previous 11 times.  In 2006, José completed Astronaut Candidate Training and in 2009, he was a mission specialist on the STS-128 mission on board the Space Shuttle, Discovery.

Film Criticism Beyond the Establishment

Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by RogerEbert.com, the Sundance Institute, and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Variety, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, among others. He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Gustavo Arellano is author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and host of its daily news podcast The Times, and has been an essayist and reporter for various publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He was formerly editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and penned the award-winning “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answered any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. Gustavo is the recipient of awards ranging from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for Best Columnist to the Los Angeles Press Club President's Award to an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one who came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

Guelaguetza Restaurant + LA Taco

Bricia Lopez was born and raised in Mitla, Oaxaca. Her father founded Guelaguetza in 1994, a Oaxacan restaurant that has become a temple to Oaxacan food and tradition in Los Angeles and the US. She is a partner in Guelaguetza and spearheads all operations alongside her siblings. She also is a co-creator for the podcast, Super Mamás, alongside her sister and co-founder of I Love Michelada.

Javier Cabral was born in East Hollywood and raised in the streets of East L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley. As a teenager, he started one of the first food blogs in Los Angeles, Teenage Glutster. At 16, he published his first paid article about Mexican American holiday food traditions and in 2012, became an official restaurant scout for the late Jonathan Gold. His writing has been featured in over a dozen publications, including Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, and Razorcake.

History of Black Dance in America

Ron Parker is the director of the Central Avenue Dance Ensemble. A native Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of U.C.L.A. with a degree in French and Linguistics. Ron is a nationally recognized dance instructor, dance historian, Jazz, Ballroom, and Tap dancer and is the co-founder of the R & B Salsa Network, which taught and promoted the dance in the Black community for several years.

Jane Russell: 100 Year Centennial Anniversary

Christina Rice is the Senior Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection. She is the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky, 2013), Mean…Moody…Magnificent! Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend (University Press of Kentucky, 2021), and multiple issues of the My Little Pony comic book series (IDW Publishing). She lives in North Hollywood with her husband, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and their daughter.

Jim Sherman is a librarian in the Literature & Fiction Department of the Los Angeles Public Library and is adjunct faculty at Glendale Community College. He holds an M.F.A from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television.

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Life on a String

Enjoy this guided overview of the library's latest exhibit Life on a String: The Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Theatre. Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the library's photo collection and curator of the exhibit, will provide background on the exhibition and collection, and how three puppeteers from Michigan started a theater using discarded street car seats, helped spark the career of an African American folk singer, and performed alongside the Bride of Frankenstein.

Phenakite Restaurant and the Art of Menu Creation

Chef Minh Phan is a proud Angeleno who has been cooking professionally for almost two decades, creating and tinkering her entire life. She currently helms two critically-acclaimed Modern Californian restaurants Phenakite at Second Home Los Angeles and porridge + puffs.

Saving Bees with Byron Levy

Beekeeper Byron Levy invites you into his apiary where you’ll get to experience a close-up hive inspection. Dip your mind into one of the most complex and evolved insect colonies on our planet and learn the basics of what beekeepers are looking for during inspections.

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An Afternoon with TC Boyle

T.C. Boyle is an American novelist and short-story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published seventeen novels and twelve collections of short stories. He's recently been the recipient of the Mark Twain Voice in American Literature Award, the Henry David Thoreau Award, and the Jonathan Swift Prize for satire. He is a Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.

Karen Pickard-Four has been with the Los Angeles Public Library for over 14 years. She has served as a Young Adult librarian, Senior Librarian, and for the past 5 years as the Principal Librarian for the East Valley Region. Currently, she is interim Principal II for the Library Experience Office.

theatre dybbuk

Aaron Henne is the Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk, an arts and education organization whose work illuminates universal human experience from a Jewish perspective. He has served as a professional mentor at Otis College of Art and Design and as faculty for the Wexner Heritage Program, as well as for Georgetown University.

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Yuri Kochiyama Centennial

Angela Romero is a local historian who has spent over ten years studying the history and culture of San Pedro, CA, a harbor community within the City of Los Angeles. She continues to explore and has kept the conversation going for over a decade through walking tours, a monthly column in San Pedro Today magazine, podcasts, and her latest endeavor, the San Pedro Heritage Museum.

Performers 2020-21

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