Rancho Cordillera del Norte is the San Fernando Valley's "best kept cultural secret." Operated under the auspices of the Multicultural Music and Art Foundation, Northridge, the pastoral and historic rancho is home to a variety of lively cultural events that showcase the romance and history of the Native American-Spanish-Mexican California.
This holiday season, a festive "Holidays at the Rancho" takes place Saturday, December 20. Replete with Mariachi Welcome, traditional Luminarias candlelight procession, "Echoes of Native California" indigenous dance troupe, and a catered dinner show featuring renowned composer/ violinist Elisabeth Waldo and a colorful cast of musicians, singers and dancers performing cultural pieces inspired by the customs, romance and history of the California frontier, it is an event not to be missed.
Highlighting the evening, featured guest artist/author J. Michael Walker presents excerpts from his critically acclaimed paintings-and-story exhibition, "All the Saints of the City of the Angels," to Ms. Waldo's original musical score. The performance is a fascinating examination of the "patron saints" of the 103 saint-named streets in the city of Los Angeles.
Holiday at the Rancho begins at 5:30 pm with hors d'oeuvers, wine and grog. Reservations & info: 818-998-0326. The cost is $75 per person. Checks, Visa, MasterCard accepted. Presented by the Multicultural Music and Art Foundation Northridge.
Rancho Cordillera del Norte is located on parklike acreage at 9015 Wilbur Ave. in Northridge, at the intersection of Nordhoff & Wilbur avenues.