Coming this weekend: a big Cinco de Mayo event in L.A., a multi-tiered celebration with:
an art gallery opening
a theatrical performance of a new play/musical
and lots of other stuff — and it’s all free (except parking, of course). Here are details from the organizers at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, worth checking out in its own right before or after the Cinco de Mayo event:
150-Year Anniversary of Cinco de Mayo
May 5 & 6, 2012
Join us for a FREE Cinco de Mayo celebration! Bring the entire family to enjoy live music and performances and participate in hands-on art workshops.
Venues include: North Main Street Stage and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Stage.
Main location: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA (Second Floor Galleries)
Saturday, May 5, 12pm-9pm
12:00 pm: Theatrical reenactment of The Real Cinco de Mayo, including special musical guest, Las Cafeteras
3:00 pm: Book signing and discussion with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista about his newest book, Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition
7:00 pm: Official Ceremony
8:00 pm: Performance by featured artist Alex Lora of El Tri
Other entertainment by El Paraíso Ballet Folklórico, Los Chavos de la Cumbia, Luna Sur Este, and many more!
Sunday, May 6, 11am-6pm
The celebration continues with more family art workshops, food vendors, and live entertainment by Ballet Folklórico from Colima State, Los Chavos de la Cumbia, Luna Sur Este, and more!
These events are presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and Unión de Pobladores en El Exterior (UPEXT).
More about LAPCA.org:
The mission of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza’s interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond.
Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden.
LA Plaza is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Federal Tax ID# 75-3059288
LA Plaza is an official project of Los Angeles County and a Smithsonian Affiliate.
— Carlos San Miguel