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Evoke LA: Exclusively at La Fonda

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 3, 2022

Join us on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. for Evoke LA – a unique collaboration between ALOUD and KPCC/LAist. Inspired by collections in the Los Angeles Public Library archives, we’ll dive into the heart and soul of the city to illuminate its rich history through a contemporary lens.

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For this episode, a 1980s menu from legendary L.A. restaurant La Fonda was given to Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, L.A.’s path-breaking queer and transgender mariachi group, to inspire a new dinner theatre experience. Joining the conversation are acclaimed historian Natalia Molina (she/her), who has just finished a book on her family’s former Echo Park restaurant, the Nayarit. Along with host Erick Galindo (he/him) and series curator Josh Kun (he/him), the group gets into the intersection of food and entertainment and what restaurants tell us about histories of community-making in Los Angeles.


Check out these other Evoke LA events: Lord, Don’t Move That Mountain and Central Americans, W 7th St.


ALOUD is the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ series of bold and powerful programs. This series brings world-class authors, artists, scientists, activists, and more, together for conversation and performances to libraries and other venues across the city. These free events are constantly evolving through new ideas that are informed by the changing world and the audiences we serve.


A recipient of the nation’s highest honor for library service—the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse urban population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, collection of more than 6 million books, state-of-the-art technology accessible at, and more than 18,000 public programs a year provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for lifelong learning.

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This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

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