Latino Heritage Month 2010 Opens Today

Sep 10, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Latino Heritage Month 2010 opens today. At today’s opening ceremony at the LA City Council Chambers–and simulcast to the South Lawn of LA City Hall–three special honorees were recognized with awards:

Hope of Los AngelesPlacido Domingo
Spirit of Los Angeles – The collective group of artists known as ASCO (Gronk, Patssi Valdez, Harry Gamboa, and Willie Herron III)
Dream of Los AngelesTony Plana

Unfortunately I was unable to stay until the proceedings came to an end, but for those who did, I’m sure the lunch, which was provided by the ¡NO JODAS! Cuban taco truck, and La Parilla, plus the South American Guayaki was delicious.

There was also entertainment by the Grammy winning Mariachi Divas, Argentina Tango dancers, and Mario Reyes of the Gypsy Kings.

Well-known artist MAN ONE performed a live painting performance for the attendees. I always love watching an artist create their work, especially one who paints with spray paint:

Latino Heritage Month 2010 is jam packed with Lating cultural activities, events, arts, and performances. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening:

Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Is a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Independence from Spain. In honor of that, the Latino Heritage Month will host popular and traditional entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays, food, artisan exhibits, and much more.

When: September 11 & 12, 10:00am – 10:00pm
Site: El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Sponsor: City of Los Angeles
Info: 213-485-8372

Central America Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Central American Independence Day with La Bomba Mix. The band will play cumbia, bachata, and merengue music.

When: September 11, 6:00pm
Site: Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, MacArthur Park, 6th St. and S. Park View, Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Sponsor: The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion –MacArthur Park
Info: 213-384-5701,

El Grito

“El Grito” is the City of Los Angeles’ official celebration of Mexican Independence Day. The event is sponsored by LA’s First District Councilmembers, Ed Reyes and Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the City of Los Angeles, the Mexican Consulate, and the Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico. Join us this year to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence.

When: September 15, 2010, 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: LA Live, 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Sponsors: Wells Fargo, City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Ed Reyes, Office of the Mayor
Info: 213.351.6815

Target Free Sundays @ MoLAA

For this day, feel free to bring your family or just hang out at the museum on Target Free Sundays. You can tour the galleries by yourself or with a docent and enjoy the workshops, live music, and more that’s provided.

When: September 12, 19, & 26, 12:00 noon – 4:00pm
Site: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Target
Info: 562-437-1689,

Stories and Crafts from Latin America

The Downtown Library will host stories and crafts celebrating both the Latin American and the Hispanic Heritage Month! All kids and families are welcome.

When: September 21, 28, & October 5, 12, 3:30pm
Site: Angeles Mesa Branch, 2700 W. 52nd St., Los Angeles
Cost: Free

Sponsor: Los Angeles Public Library
Info: 323-292-4328,

For a complete list of all the events, the Department of Cultural Affairs has all of the information that you’ll need.

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One Response to “Latino Heritage Month 2010 Opens Today”

  1. j choban says:

    What a great schedule of events! I guess that’s the fun of being in a big city.
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