Art Exhibit and Benefit for Plaza De La Raza

A CULTURAL DAY OF THE DEAD EVENT, PROMOTING THE ARTS AND GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH WORKS BY OVER 100 LOCAL CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND HOSTED BY ACTOR JACOB VARGAS

Curator, Antonio Pelayo, graciously invites The City of Los Angeles to immerse themselves in Mexico’s Day of the Dead at this year’s El Velorio 2013, a celebratory community Day of the Dead event hosted by actor Jacob Vargas featuring an art exhibition with over 100 Contemporary works for sale by local artists, live musical performances, special screening of Kenneth Castillo’s film “La Guapa”, face painting,
photo booth, food, cash bar and arts and craft vendors. El Velorio 2013 is open to the public and is $10 presale or $15 door entry (early arrival suggested) and proceeds will benefit LA’s only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Plaza De la Raza.

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El Velorio will take place on November 2, 2013 from 7pm – 1am at Plaza de la Raza’s beautiful cultural center for the arts located at 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031.

A highlight to El Velorio, musical headliner performance by Colombian super group, La Sonora Dinamita, who have taken their cumbia sounds all over the world; also performing, Cuicani, a musical trio whose sound mirrors the rich spirit of the music of some of the many cultures of the Andean regions of South America, and Plaza De la Raza’s Youth Mariachi Ensemble performing with youth musicians, ages 9-15 years. Additional music for the evening will also be provided by Coleman (Mochilla) and Enorbito (Mas Exitos).

About Plaza De La Raza:
Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education is the only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it offers affordable after-school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 5,000 children, teens and adults each year. Its mission is to foster enrichment of all cultures bridging the geographic, social, artistic, and cultural boundaries of Los Angeles, and beyond.

Throughout the year, Plaza presents more than 500 classes (beginning to advanced) that are taught quarterly by local artists and performers in theater, dance, music, and the visual arts. In addition, the center attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year with its free cultural programs, and manages almost 300 community volunteers.
To learn more, email [email protected] or visit www.plazadelaraza.org.

The event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.elvelorio.com.

Official Press Release from El Velorio
Edited by Angel Aguilar