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Art Classes and More!
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:32
Monday, 26 September 2011 12:21

There’s one place in your very own neighborhood where you can find something for the entire family—Plaza de la Raza!

There’s one place in your very own neighborhood where you can hear Los Lobos in concert, take mariachi classes, watch danza Azteca, create Dias de los Muertos art, view the work of local Latino artists, and find something for the entire family—from children to grandparents. That place is Plaza de la Raza.

Nestled within the 40-acre Lincoln Park on North Mission Road, Plaza de la Raza is where everyone comes together to visit, relax and have fun. It’s been the heart and soul of Latino Los Angeles for 40 years, with its outdoor amphitheater, gallery, indoor theater, gift shop and—of course—its plaza.

Visit Plaza once and you’ll be back throughout the year for other special programs including the popular Target Feria de la Familia, the Con Sabor Latino music series, the annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos commemoration on November 1, and many others.

If you’re looking for something to do outdoors this summer and fall, check out the many performances at the Plaza’s Willie Velasquez Outdoor Stage, which has hosted such greats as Los Lobos, Willie G and Thee Midniters, renowned orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plus Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club and the Plaza’s Mariachi Monumental de America.

Theater is alive and well at Plaza’s Margo Albert Theatre. Original plays by students and professionals have included ¡Cantinflas!, written and performed by Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash; The Last Angry Brown Hat, an award-winning production that premiered at Plaza and now tours the nation; and Ray Bradbury’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.

Plaza’s dance studio has brought together not only aspiring and professional dancers but also many of the greatest choreographers. Bella Lewitsky, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp are among the many dancers who have performed and even taught classes at the Plaza’s dance studio. Francisco Martinez Dance Theatre, the West Coast’s only Hispanic ballet company, and Brasil Brazil are just a few of the many popular groups that have also dazzled audiences with their performances in Plaza’s intimate studio.

There’s a place in your very own neighborhood where you can come face to face with the paintings of Frida Kahlo, the work of famed muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, the canvasses of local artists such as Patssi Valdez, and art of Cheech Marin’s The Chicano Collection/La Colección Chicana. That place is Plaza’s Boathouse Gallery, which celebrates the rich, vibrant culture of Latino art with exhibitions held year round. A perennial favorite is Con Nuestras Manos/With Our Hands, an exhibit of paintings, drawings, folk art, and sculpture by young artists in the community.

Whatever your interest—music, dance, performance, art, culture—you’ll find exciting events for you and your entire family at Plaza de la Raza. To learn more, call (323) 223-2475 or visit www.plazadelaraza.org.


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