There will be plenty to do during October 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.
An Evening at the Olympic Auditorium: Boxing! Wrestling! Roller Derby! Mayhem! / Thursday, October 4, 7pm | Free
Director Steve DeBro screens excerpts from 18th & Grand, his upcoming documentary about the Olympic, along with a trio of performers beloved by the Olympic faithful: Bantamweight champ Frankie Duarte, Mando Guerrero of the Guerrero wrestling family, and Honey Sanchez, skating star from the L.A. T-Birds. DeBro, along with author/historians Gene Aguilera and Rock Rims leads a roundtable discussion full of wild tales of the late great punch palace and its deep roots within the Spanish speaking community of Los Angeles. Co-presented with California Historical Society.
The Past, Present, and Future of the Chicano Movement/ Saturday, October 6, 3pm | Free
Key figures of the 1968 Chicano Student Blowouts, including Carlos Montes, Paula Crisostomo, Victoria Castro, and Margarita Cuarón examine their roles in the origins, achievements, and legacy of the East L.A. Walkouts. With a daunting array of challenges confronting Chicano and Latino communities, elders face the future in conversation with young activists of today. Moderator: David L. Moguel, Ph.D., Professor of Secondary Education, California State University Northridge. Presented as part of ¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest exhibition The program will kick-off with excerpts from “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe,” an About…Productions Theaterwork. Sponsored by KCET and AARP California.
El Circo Anahuac: An Aztec Opera / Sat, October 6 & 13 at 7pm / Sun, October 7 & 14, 5pm | $30 – $50
El Circo Anahuac is a multi-media classical music and theater production which tells the story of the birth of the twin volcanoes outside Mexico City, Popocaltepetl and Ixtlacihuatl, with a surprising twist: A modern circus troupe acts out the ancient legend. Through props, stage illusions, and choreography, it blends the present with the fantastic, the real with the imagined, the historic with the mythical. The Brown Fist Productions presentation features designs by artist Lalo Alcaraz; a unique choreography by Janelle Gonzales, and tri-lingual lyrics written by librettist Nahuatl poets. Music by David Reyes, libretto by Maria Elena Yepes.
Learn Modern Nahuatl / Sunday, October 7, 14, 21, 28 | 12pm – 4pm | Free
Study beginning Nahuatl every Sunday @ 12PM, with an intermediate level class @ 2:30PM. Classes are free but donations are encouraged for class supplies. Students of all ages welcome. The focus is on a variant of Nahuatl that is spoken today by native Nahuatl speakers.
SPANISH PROGRAM – Historia Compartida México California / Tuesday, October 9 & 16 / Monday, October 22, 6pm| Free
Este Seminario, organizado por The University of Guadalajara Foundation-USA y el Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades de la Universidad de Guadalajara, ofrece un acercamiento a la historia mexicana desde un conjunto de enfoques complementarios.
Oct. 9 – Los libros de cocina en Mexico y la construcción de una identidad” – Dr. Sarah Bak-Geller Corona
Oct. 16 – “Las mujeres mexicanas y sus derechos: una larga lucha” – Dra. Maria Candelaria Ocho Avalos
Oct. 22 – “Nuevas Narrativas en retablos populares mexicanos” – Dr. Gerardo Gutiérrez Cham
Q Youth Foundation’s Eastside Queer Stories Festival / Thursday, October 11, 7pm | Free
This festival will present readings of emerging LGBTQIA+ Latinx writers from Los Angeles. Moderator: Ana Bernal, Executive Director, Q Youth Foundation.
Celebrate the Life of Vahac Mardirosian / Friday, October 12, 5:30pm | Free
Revisit, renew, and rejoin the struggle for educational reform. Vahac Mardirosian was a Baptist minister-turned educational reformer. The child of survivors of the Turkish genocide perpetrated on Armenian, he grew up in post-revolutionary Mexico and came to the United States during World War II. He served as a Baptist minister until he became a political activist and educational reformer during the turbulent days of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s. He capped his career by creating a nonprofit organization that helps immigrant parents become partners with the public schools in order to improve educational opportunities for their children. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information: Steve at 213-805-5333.
Teacher Training: Unconstitutional Deportation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans during the 1930s / Saturday, October 13 | 8:30am-3pm | Free
This workshop will explore the historical context of this topic, primary sources, curriculum implementation using the History-Social Science Framework and Ethnic Studies lens, and classroom tools. Limited to 30 educators. To RSVP, please email: email@example.com
Documentary – A Forgotten Injustice / Thursday, October 18, 7pm | Free
Uncover the story of an estimated 1.3 million U.S. citizens and legal residents of Mexican descent who were deported from the U.S. during the 1930s. Guest Speaker: Dr. Francisco Balderrama, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles. Sponsored by KCET.
Documentary: Chavela / Friday, October 19, 6pm | Free
This film chronicles the life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012. Music by Voz Bohemia will open the night. Guest speaker: Daresha Kyi, co-producer and co-director. Sponsored by Health Net.
Hecho con Amor: Chef Humberto Raygoza, the Chori-Man / Saturday, October 20, 11am | $30
Learn all about making artisan chorizo from The Chori-Man himself. Chef Humberto Raygoza is a fourth generation artisan chorizo maker. His hand-on class will explore his family’s legacy. Sponsored by Delta Airlines / Aeromexico
Film Series: Machete / Saturday, October 20, 5pm | Free
After nearly being killed during a violent fight with a powerful drug lord, a former Mexican Federale known as Machete, played by Danny Trejo, roams Texas streets as a vigilante and sometime day-laborer. Cheech Marin co-stars in this film by Robert Rodriguez. 1 hour 45 minutes. Live music, food, and beverages. Film starts at dusk.
Molcajete Dominguero Vendor Marketplace / Sunday, October 21, 11am-4pm, FREE
Latinx-inspired vendor fair featuring crafts, art, music, coffee, tacos, and more.
Book Presentation: Chicana Movidas / Thursday, October 25, 7pm | Free
With contributions from a wide array of scholars and activists, including leading Chicana feminists from the period, this groundbreaking anthology is the first collection of scholarly essays and testimonials that focuses on Chicana organizing, activism, and leadership in the movement years.
Fundraiser: AltaMed Catrinas Unidas 2018 / Saturday, October 27, 3-7pm | $125
Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and fun for the whole family, that will help provide financial support toward AltaMed’s Women’s Health Services & Diabetes Prevention programs. Tickets are $125 per person.
Family Day: Día de los Muertos / Sunday, October 28, 12-4pm |Free
The dead come to life at LA Plaza! Watch performances that pay homage to the dead through music and dance. Families can participate in arts, garden and culinary workshops. The program will include a performance by El Circo Anahuac. LA Plaza’s annual Day of the Dead altar reception honors a notable figure in the Mexican and Mexican American community. Sponsored by Health Net
Film Screening: Coco (2017) / Sunday, October 28, 6pm | Free
In Coco, Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. Sponsored by AARP California.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.