A celebration of Mexican culture through live music, community presentations, and dance performances. There will be cultural food vendors, artisan booths, altars, art installations, and a cemetery of remembrance. Now in its 18th year, this event is attended by upwards of 5,000 visitors from the Los Angeles area.
Día de los Muertos Festival at 24th St. Theatre:
In “Tacos La Brooklyn,” Chino, a Korean American, seeks to expand his taco stand into a restaurant. Accused of cultural appropriation, he must prove his cultural authenticity to a diverse Los Angeles community while navigating gentrification. This multilingual drama explores the complexities of cultural appreciation versus appropriation in a vibrant City of Angels. Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
In a nearly abandoned Catholic monastery, a man shot through the heart disrupts the lives of a small group of Brothers. “The Travelers” explores brown men seeking connection and heart in California’s Central Valley. In the original voice of the Latinx/Latiné world, Alfaro’s writing breaks through religious dogma, recognizes cultural connections, and offers solace for communal souls. Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
Download our free digital Día de los Muertos activity book and build your own paper ofrenda activity. The “Mi Ofrenda” activity illustrated by Cynthia Navarro is a fun activity to teach your children about the significance of this holiday and special season. Download the Ofrenda base and page with graphics, then print them out. Next, color your images and cut out sections with scissors to assemble on your ofrenda!
This is an in-depth history of the Los Angeles neighborhood from early contact between Spanish colonizers and native Californians to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the hunt for hidden Communists among the Jewish population, negotiating citizenship and belonging among Latino migrants and Mexican American residents, and beyond. The residents of Boyle Heights have maintained remarkable solidarity across racial and ethnic lines, acting as a unified polyglot community even as their tribulations have become more explicitly racial…
Natalia Molina’s recent work explores her family history and the community significance of her grandmother’s Echo Park restaurant, El Nayarit. Across time and space, Cedd and Natalia epitomize what food, drink, labor, and community can mean for all of us in greater Los Angeles.