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Evoke LA: Central Americans, W 7th St

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 17, 2022

Join us on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. for the premiere of 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.

A photograph taken in 1986 of a mother and daughter walking down 7th St. is the inspiration for this conversation. Honduran-American, L.A.-raised musician and composer Empress Of (Lorely Rodriguez) (she/her) and Pitzer College Professor Suyapa Portillo Villeda (she/her/ella) sit down with KPCC/LAist Immigrant Communities Reporter Leslie Berestein Rojas (she/her/ella) and series curator Josh Kun (he/him) to talk about Honduran and Central American life, politics, and influence in Los Angeles with special performances by Empress Of.

Check out the next two Evoke LA events: Lord, Don’t Move that Mountain and Exclusively at La Fonda.

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.

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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