Vicky Carr, Jose Luis Rodriguez “El Puma”, Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Los Camperos will be special guests at Noche de Mariachis, a colorfully produced salute to the greatest mariachi performers and music in the world this Friday, Jan 26, at Palomar College (Auditorium P-32, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069). This event begins 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
The monthly Chicano Park Steering Committee meeting is this Sunday, Jan 28, at 3 p.m. at the Paradise Senior Center (1880 Logan Ave) west of Chicano Park. This 36-year-old committee is a grassroots organization comprised of volunteers who work towards the development and expansion of Chicano Park and the Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration. If you’re down for this historic piece of nuestra tierra, come see how you can play a role in its survival. Meetings are every last Sunday of the month.
The Migrant Project is an in-depth photojournalistic journey, by Rick Nahmias, that ends Sunday, Jan 28, at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts (340 N. Escond-ido Blvd). Photos detail the lives of today’s California migrant farm workers. Having traveled nearly 4,000 miles across the state of California, Nahmias’s work focuses on the migrant story, including personal lives. For details, call 760-839-4138.
In honor of twelve years of Zapatismo, La Colectiva Zapatista de San Diego is hosting their final two events for January’s month long series of events called Enero Zapatista. A Six Points discussion is set for Tuesday, Jan 30, along with their weekly open mic poetry reading. Both events are at Chicano Perk Café (129 25th St) and begin at 6:30 p.m. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out how to confront racial injustice against migrant workers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. with activist group, The Friends of Day Laborers. Meetings are held at Activist Center (4246 Wightman Street). For info, call 619-528-8383.
Spoken word every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chicano Perk Café (129 25th St), hosted by dub music/spoken word artist Ras Pablo Aztlán. During January, this will be a series in association with Enero Zapatista, organized by Colectiva Zapat-ista. For more info, call 619-746-2559.
¡A MOVER LAS CADERAS!
Come on all you hip shakers, come out and dance salsa, bachata, and merengue at the Mambo Lounge, Mission Valley Resort (875 Hotel Circle South). Every Thursday and Friday starting at 8 p.m. Cover $7, students $5 with ID. (858) 735-4159 or www themambolounge.biz for more info. See you on the dance floor!
Learn how to dance Mesoamerican dance techniques to the beat of drums. Join the Aztec dancers at the Casa Familiar Civic and Recreation Center (212 W. Park Ave., San Ysidro). Classes start at 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday. Classes are free and lots of fun! For more info call 619-428-2125.
Great shows are coming to town! Latin music lovers get ready for the sounds of Jaguares and Julieta Venegas at House of Blues (1055 5th Ave., San Diego). Jaguares live in concert, 8 p.m. on February 2. Tickets are $49-$52. Julieta Venegas, February 6 and 7, 7 p.m.Tickets are $30-$35. Call (619)299-2583 or www.hob.com for more info.
Latin jazz conguero Poncho Sánchez will be at the Belly Up Tavern (143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach) at 8p.m. on Feb. 8. This is sure to be a great time as Poncho always puts on a fabulous show!
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Chicano/Chicana community should know about? Send it to La Prensa San Diego at raymond. email@example.com. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)