There will be plenty to do during August 2018 at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes (La Plaza) in downtown LA. Music, art, panel discussions, and much more is on the schedule, which you’ll find listed below. Several events are free and family oriented; others are ticketed at affordable prices.
WE ARE HERE: Latinx Filmmaker Roundtable
Thursday, August 9, 7pm, FREE
Embark on a lively panel discussion and behind-the-scenes look at contemporary methods used to capture and celebrate Latinx LGBT voices on film. Moderator: Mario Novoa, Film Bliss Studios. Panelists include: Karla Legaspy, Joe Castel, Gregorio Davila, Armando Ibanez, and Nick Oceano.
Summer of Salsa Dance Concert: The Arsenio Rodriguez Project
Friday, August 10, 6pm, FREE
The Arsenio Rodriguez Project pays homage to one of the most beloved and renowned figures of Cuban music history, Arsenio Rodriguez. Food and beverages available for sale. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm. Presented by PacFed Insurance, Music Fund of Los Angeles, and Teamsters Local 936. More information about this event here.
Frida Kahlo Under the Stars with Gregorio Luke
Saturday, August 11, 8pm, $25
This fully illustrated lecture presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of Frida Kahlo, with more than 300 slides of her paintings and documentary photographs as well as rare film footage. Presenter: Gregorio Luke. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Sponsored by AARP California.
Walkouts in Pasadena Panel Discussion
Thursday, August 16, 7pm, FREE
In Pasadena, student protests led to the establishment of Chicano-based curriculum, cultural centers, and the reform of hiring policies. Speaker: Roberta H. Martinez, writer and historian. Presented as part of ¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest. Sponsored by AARP California.
Son Jarocho & Son Cubano: The Art of ImprovisaSon Concert
Friday, August 17, 7pm, FREE
This evening will showcase the art of improvisation in two musical styles – Son Jarocho and Son Cubano – that have a common history, featuring two bands: Toktli from Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Denis y su Son.
Molcajete Dominguero Vendor Marketplaces
Sunday, August 19, 11am-4pm, FREE
Latinx-inspired vendor fair featuring crafts, art, music, coffee, tacos, and more.
The World ITOTIA Festival
Sunday, August 19, 12 to 3 pm, FREE
Enjoy a day of viewing dance companies showcasing dances from around the world, including Mexico, Hawaii and Africa.
The 1968 East L.A. Blowouts: 50-Year Report Card of Student Demands
Thursday, August 23, 7pm, FREE
This presentation engages the audience in a rigorous assessment of the progress of the L.A. Unified School District in addressing student demands for educational improvements. Speaker: David L. Moguel, Ph.D., Professor of Secondary Education, CSU Northridge. Presented as part of ¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest. Sponsored by AARP California.
Jocelyn Ramirez, Todo Verde, Vegetarian Talk and Tasting
Saturday, August 25, 11am-1pm, $30
Jocelyn Ramirez, a vegan cook, yoga instructor, and advocate for healthy food access in her community, will demonstrate how to make jackfruit tacos. Tickets available at Eventbrite. Sponsored by Delta Airlines | Aeromexico.
LatinHeat Media and LA Plaza Present LATINAFest: Mind Body & Soul
Saturday, August 25, 11am to 5pm, FREE
At the center of the day’s activities will be a live taping of The Trend Talk Show, hosted and created by Bel Hernandez and Naibe Reynosa, who will interview guests before a live audience. There will also be a marketplace of vendors offering products, services and inspiration resources from a wide variety of interests, all focused on three of life’s most pivotal elements: Mind, Body, and Soul.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.