There will be plenty to do during March 2019 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.
Pláticas y Pruebas: Female Pioneers in Mexican Cooking / Thursday, March 14 | 7pm | $25
Learn about two women who changed the face of cooking in Mexico. In 1896, Vicenta Torres de Rubio was the first woman to publish a cookbook, Cocina Michoacana. For three decades, Josefina Velasquez de Leon led a cooking empire that lasted until the mid-1960s, publishing 140 cookbooks, including the first bilingual cookbook printed in the U.S. A tasting will also be offered as part of the program. Guest Speaker & Chef: Maite Gomez-Rejón, ArtBites. Presented by LA Plaza Cocina. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com
Molcajete Dominguero @ LA Plaza / Sunday, March 17 | 11am – 4pm | Free
A monthly one-of-a-kind Latinx shopping extravaganza, with more than 100 curated local artists and vendors selling clothing, jewelry, bath and body, paper goods and more. Enjoy delicious food, including tacos, esquites, sweets, and more. More info at LA Plaza’s Facebook page.
Plática: Women Warriors/Mujeres Guerreras: A Celebration and Protest Through Writing / Wednesday, March 20 | 7pm | Free
Come hear three amazing women speak about their activism and writing, their struggles as artists, and fight for their families and communities. These guerreras are a living example of the pen being mightier than the sword. Panelists include author Reyna Grande, journalist Jean Guerrero, and immigrant rights advocate Julissa Arce. Moderator: Yareli Arizmendi, actress, writer and director. More info at LA Plaza’s Facebook page.
Music: La Lunada: LA’s Changing Landscapes / Thursday, March 21 | 7pm | Free
Enjoy a night of music celebrating the exhibition, Landscapes and Land Dwellers: Photography of Place by Rafael Cardenas, with East Los Angeles-based jazz band Hayokaht and poetry by Rocío Carlos and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo inspired by Rafael Cardenas’ photographs, which explore the complex and constantly changing relationship between people and place. More info at LA Plaza’s Facebook page.
Plática: The Latino Survival Guide in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Classroom / Thursday, March 28 | 7pm | Free
An urgent storytelling performance by Chicana/o/x Studies professor and solo performer María Elena Fernández, followed by a community conversation on surviving and taking action. More info at LA Plaza’s Facebook page.
Family Day: César Chávez / Sunday, March 31 | 12 – 4pm | Free
¡Viva la Causa! Learn about the fight for farm labor rights with a celebration of inspirational labor leader César Chávez. Be inspired by a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Enjoy the Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, and art, garden, and culinary workshops. Food is available for sale. Sponsored by AARP California. More info at LA Plaza’s Facebook page.
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.