UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is setting the plates for a festival of gatherings full of great food, fun and lively conversation in L.A.’s beloved restaurants, cafes and watering holes. 12+ amazing people are seated at each table to ‘break bread,’ raise a glass and exchange what’s on our minds in an intimate setting to help support the cultural life of Los Angeles.

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Soup, Solidarity and Sewing With Carole Frances Lung
Hosted by Ann Carlson
At Thank You For Coming
$100 per person/Limited to 20

Join Frau Fiber for an evening commemorating the labor behind the label of the fast fashion supply chains with a bowl of hearty soup, conversation and hand sewing in solidarity with garment workers around the world.

Carole Frances Lung is an artist, soft power activist and the biographer and archivist for her alter ego Frau Fiber, through whom Carole activates a vocabulary of fashion and textile production and consumption, crafting one of a kind garments, installations, performances and social sculpture, paying homage to labor, textile and apparel manufacturing histories and contemporary production systems.

Keep Your Eyes on the Pies With Phranc
Hosted by Gai Gherardi
At l.a.Eyeworks on Melrose
$250 per person/Limited to 20

Join the self-proclaimed “All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger” Phranc for an old-fashionedpie social at l.a.Eyeworks featuring sumptuous slices by L.A.’s blue-ribbon pie maestro Nicole Rucker. Each guest will be styled for a complimentary eyeglass frame by l.a.Eyeworks’ colorful co-founder / co-designer Gai Gherardi. Additional surprises will be served.

As a teenager, folksinger and visual artist Phranc attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles where she focused on songwriting and silk-screening. She joined the LA punk scene in the late 70s as a member of the bands Nervous Gender and Catholic Discipline and has released five albums of original music. Both her music and visual work employ humor to raise consciousness, trigger response and provoke discussion. Phranc is currently working on a multi-media memoir, Phranc Talk.

Founded in 1979, l.a.Eyeworks redefines luxury eyewear with bold shapes and compelling color, propelled by a commitment to full freedom of expression and Uncensored Visions.

¡Viva la Gente y la Comida! With Ana Maria Alvarez
Hosted by Ellyn Levine
At Lula Cocina Mexicana
$250 per person/Limited to 15

Awaken your senses to new possibilities with auténtica cuisine and a tequila and mezcal tasting, surrounded by local Latinx art in a fun, festive atmosphere.

Ana Maria Alvarez is a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and founder of CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. Inspired by her upbringing as a Cuban American, raised mainly in the Southeastern United States and the daughter of two labor union organizers/ educators, her work boldly traverses the world of social dance, political activism, community organizing and art making.

Eat, Dance and Be Merry With David Rousseve
Hosted by James Costa
At Crossroads Kitchen
$200 per person/Limited to 20

You’ll feel like dancing when you taste this mouthwatering Mediterranean fare and learn more about the joy of the body in motion.

David Rousseve is an award-winning choreographer, writer, director and filmmaker.  He has written, directed and choreographed fourteen full evening-length works for his company, Reality.  His most recent work, Halfway to Dawn, premiered at REDCAT in October 2018 and toured nationally.  David is a Guggenheim Fellow and distinguished Professor of Choreography at UCLA’s department of World Arts Culture and Dance.

The Art of Failing Upwards With Nguyen Tran
Hosted by Gigi Pritzker and Abby Pucker
At Jeong Yuk Jeom
$300 per person/Limited to 18

Join chef and restaurateur, Nguyen Tran, for an evening of discussions surrounding the inevitable ups and downs of success while dining in a stunningly designed Korean BBQ spot in the heart of Koreatown.

Nguyen Tran is an accidental chef / television personality / infamous wearer of a banana suit. He and his wife, Thi Tran started an illegal underground restaurant called Starry Kitchen out of their apartment that eventually became the #1 Asian Fusion restaurant in all of LA. They continue their Pan-Asian comfort tomfoolery at Button Mash in Echo Park still led by their most famous signature dish, Crispy Tofu Balls, and sometimes their secretive Singaporean Chili Crabs (that people often share with each other). Jonathan Gold featured Starry Kitchen for two years in a row on his 101 Best Restaurants, and Nguyen and Thi’s story has been told in numerous publications, such as the LA and NY Times, NPR and Food and Wine magazine. Adventures in Starry Kitchen, their memoir/cookbook was published with HarperOne in 2017. 

Sustenance and Sustainability With Constance Hockaday
Hosted by Kristy Edmunds
At Botanica
$250 per person/Limited to 10

Feed both your body and soul with fresh, exciting and nourishing food — and conversation — that will make you feel good!

Constance Hockaday is a Chilean-American artist who grew up on the US/Mexico border. She creates immersive experiential art projects that confront issues surrounding public space, political voice and belonging. Currently she is creating a floating social club on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's retired presidential yacht, scheduled to premiere during the 2020 presidential campaign.

La Primavera With Gloria Cheng
Hosted by Raulee Marcus
At a Private Residence in DTLA
$350 per person/Limited to 12

Celebrate the onset of spring with a delightful al fresco brunch underneath the gold clock at the iconic Eastern Columbia Building with a panoramic view of Los Angeles.

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng has long been devoted to a process of creative collaboration, having worked extensively with such internationally renowned composers as John Adams, Terry Riley, Thomas Adès and the late Steven Stucky. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez, and on its acclaimed Green Umbrella series with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Oliver Knussen.

(From top to bottom) Photos courtesy of Hauser and Wirth. Bidhan Chandra Roy Photo: smg photography | Sarah M. Golonka; Tobias Tubbs Photo: smg photography | Sarah M. Golonka; Dimitri Chamblas Photo: Mario de Lopez

As Friends and Shared Bread With WordsUncaged and Dimitri Chamblas
$250 per person/Limited to 10 seats

Break bread with three pioneers shifting the narrative surrounding mass incarceration through their unique approach to art, writing and performance. Attendees will enjoy a festive menu from Manuela’s Chef Kris Tominaga, receive a signed copy of Dis/Reconnected published by WordsUncaged, and a one-of-a-kind artwork created by the incarcerated artists at Los Angeles County Prison Lancaster.

Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy is the faculty director of Cal State LA's BA program at Lancaster state prison, and WordsUncaged and Paws For Life programs at Lancaster State Prison, Mule Creek State Prison, and CMC Prison. In addition to providing a platform for men with life sentences, the projects offer a rethinking of who incarcerated men are, explores common humanity, and imagines prison alternatives. Components that offer student involvement include: WordsUncaged literary journal, WordsUncaged Working Group (WWG) in Prison Pedagogy & Cultural Representation, WordsUncaged Prison Art Exhibition, among others.

Tobias Tubbs is the Chief Ambassador for WordsUncaged, the Insight Gardening program, and the Catalyst Program at Lancaster State Prison and facilitator of Narrative Therapy Based Reentry Healing and Collaboration Circles. Tubbs co-authored Human (2017), to break the criminal stigma and dehumanization of incarcerated people. Having received a life sentence himself, Tubbs was released in 2018 when Former Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence. His work with WordsUncaged continuously tackles prison prevention, reentry, and transitioning by implementing programs and art exhibitions that engage the philosophy of narrative therapy.

Dimitri Chamblas is a Dancer, choreographer, former artistic director at Paris Opera and the Dean of dance at California Institute for the Arts (CalArts). He recently created « Slow Show », « Los Angeles » and has performed around the world in renowned venues like Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), REDCAT (Los Angeles), St Mark’s church (New York), among others. A Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, Chamblas has his own studio in Paris and Los Angeles to host all of his projects and collaborations. 

CAP UCLA gratefully acknowledges ForYourArt for supporting artist participation in Cuisine.Art.People.

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines – dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well as emerging digital, collaborative and cross-platforms utilized by today’s leading artists. CAP UCLA is the public-facing presenting organization for the performing arts at UCLA – one of the world’s top public research universities – and is housed within the UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture along with Hammer and Fowler museums. CAP UCLA curates and facilitates direct exposure to contemporary performance from around the globe, supporting artists who are creating extraordinary works of art and fostering a vibrant learning community both on and off the UCLA campus. CAP UCLA presents its programs in different venues around the city with the majority presented in the iconic Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus or the historic Theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.