Dia de los Muertos celebrated in Boyle Heights

    By Lourdes Espinoza   The 3rd annual Dia de los Muertos event held at Mariachi Plaza offered the hundreds of local community residents who attended an array of entertainment and activities on Sunday, Nov. 4. This all-day event was free and open to the public hosted by the Boyle Heights International Farmer’s Market. Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that originated from both Spanish Catholicism which celebrated All…

November 7, 2012

Libros Schmibros bookstore opens in Boyle Heights

  By Lourdes Espinoza Exit Mariachi Plaza off the Gold Line and enter Libros Schmibros, a Boyle Heights-based, lending library/bookstore founded by former director of literature of the National Endowment of the Arts David Kipen. Walk through the mariachis into this quaint location as it offers an extensive collection of books ranging from art, history, children’s books, biographies and its own Shakespeare section. This new location has been a popular…

October 4, 2012

‘It’s Time’ brings folk music back

By Erik Luna With a perfect blend of traditional Son Jarocho music from Veracruz, spoken word, poetry and Afro-beat, Las Cafeteras’ new and first studio album, “It’s Time” brings together an old but refreshing sound that brings people together to dance. The energy given out from this seven-piece band is apparent from their first song, “El Chuchumbe” to their last, “Trabajador Trabajadora”. This English and Spanish speaking band, which features…

September 26, 2012

Self-Help Graphics celebrates death

By Maria Gonzales Self-Help Graphics & Art’s 38th Annual Celebration of Dia De Los Muertos brought the community together with a wide spectrum of cultural arts and entertainment. The event commemorated the annual celebrations that fuse Christians and other spiritual beliefs of the afterlife. The theme of the night was “Revival,” in celebration of SHG’s new home located in the heart of Boyle Heights. The evening started with a traditional procession from…

November 9, 2011