As part of the Autry National Center?s musical ?Scenes? program, S? Se Puede! Bailar, Cantar, Perdurar will feature the ?father of Chicano music,? Lalo Guerrero, and grass-roots activist band Quetzal. The grand finale will be a special Fandango Chicano where everyone will be invited to sing and dance?led by the all-female jarocho group Candela and featuring the student dance group Son Del Centro.
Artist Jose Ramirez will project his artwork on a large screen during Quetzal?s performance and will display his original works in the theater lobby. In addition, Ramirez has provided the event?s signature image, titled "Comunidad" (pictured), which will be reproduced on a commemorative T-shirt and made available for sale at the event. In addition, community-provided images of concerts, protests, marches, festivals, and celebrations will be compiled into a slide presentation that will be projected on the building wall beginning at sundown. Other community artists, poets, and writers will also be on hand to offer visitors a glimpse into the current Chicano music scene.
Arrive early to view the Museum of the American West?s current exhibition, "Encounters: El Norte?The Spanish and Mexican North". The exhibition closes at 5 p.m. Afterward, visitors can enjoy Mexican food available for purchase in the Golden Spur Cafe throughout the afternoon and evening.
Admission to this event is $8 for Autry National Center members, $15 for nonmembers. For tickets, call TicketWeb at 866.468.3399, or visit www.ticketweb.com.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Los Angeles's historic Griffith Park, across from the L.A. Zoo, with plenty of FREE PARKING.
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Yadhira De Leon is the Community and Public Relations manager at the Autry National Center. www.autrynationalcenter.org