It's not as if Roy Choi (Chego, A-Frame, Kogi, the world) doesn't have lots of things to do in his off hours, what few there are of them. But if Mike D (Beastie Boys, the world) asks you to cook some food, you'd probably do it too. Or, to quote the chef, “I don't know where you come from, but in my world if Mike D steps to me, I listen.”
What Mike D asked Choi to step into, so to speak, is Transmission L.A.: AV Club, a 17-day festival at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. As part of the festival, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from April 20 through May 6, Choi will run an outdoor pop-up restaurant, each day with a different original addition to the Kogi menu. Or, as Choi put it, “I want to extend what we do on the streets one step further into an exploration of flavor and straight gangster love.”
The event, for which Mike D will act as “official curator,” features a mixture of contemporary art, design, music, film and food. Artists include Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata and Tom Sachs. There will also be an “interactive coffee bar” curated (lotsa curating here) and designed by Robert McKinley.
Choi and company will cook lunch on the applicable Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rock on, I guess.