There will be plenty to do during November 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.
Día de los Muertos Nahuatl Class – Sunday, November 4, 12-4pm | Free
Enjoy a special Nahuatl class with teachers Ofelia Cruz Morales and Delfina De la Cruz, who come from two indigenous communities belonging to the municipality of Chicontepec, Veracruz, Mexico.
Election Central Watch Party – Tuesday, November 6, 5:30-8:30pm | Free
Join Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles for Election Central, the L.A. election watch party where we’ll learn which newly elected officials will help shape the future of Los Angeles, the state, and the nation. This event is free, open to the public, and will have food and drinks for everyone to enjoy.
Documentary: Conexiones: A Cuban Mexican Connection – Thursday, November 8, 7-9pm | Free
Conexiones: A Cuban Mexican Connection is a documentary chronicling the 2016 tour of Cuba by Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles. Conexiones captures a unique glimpse into Cuban cultural life during an historic time of openness between the United States and Cuba.
Book Signing: Father Luis Olivares by Mario Garciá – Saturday, November 10, 3-5pm | Free
Join Dr. Mario Garciá and friends of Father Luis Olivares, including Dolores Huerta, Rev. James Lawson, and Rabbi Steven Jacobs to reflect on Father Luis’ leadership in the faith movement in Los Angeles and leadership role in the Sanctuary movement of the 1980s. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Learn Modern Nahuatl Classes – Sundays, November 11, 18, 25 | 12-4pm | FREE
The classes focus on a variant of Nahuatl that is spoken today by native Nahuatl speakers. Instructors also touch on Classical Nahuatl at times but the focus is to be able to speak to native Nahuatl speakers in present day Mexico.
Latino Leaders Speak & Power Shift – Wednesday, November 14, 7pm | Free
Enjoy a dynamic session of Latino political insight and personal stories. Authors Mickey Ibarra and David Ayón will present their books that profile Latino political leaders. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with former Supervisor Gloria Molina, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and former state senator Richard Polanco, who are all profiled in both books. Moderated by Norma Vega.
Molcajete Dominguero Vendor Marketplace – Sunday, November 18, 11am-4pm, FREE
Latinx-inspired vendor fair featuring crafts, art, music, coffee, tacos, and more.
Continuing exhibits at LA Plaza’s museum galleries include the permanent exhibits LA Starts Here!, Calle Principal: Mi México en Los Ángeles, and A View From Here. Temporary exhibits ¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Riots and the Power of Protest continues through February 25, 2019 and Landscapes and Land Dwellers: Photography of Place by Rafael Cardenas is on view until March 25, 2019.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.