Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Luminarias" Illuminates LatinoLA 10 Years Later

Ten years ago, was a fledgling website with a singular mission: To be the local go-to website to promote Latino arts, entertainment, culture and community, in the words of the writers, artists, musician and more who lived it.

Also ten years ago, a group of filmmakers released a feature movie that was as groundbreaking as it was entertaining. That movie was "Luminarias", written by Evelina Fernandez, directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela and starring a slew of outstanding Latino talent.

They're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of "Luminarias" on Saturday, August 20 with a VIP reception and viewing at the L.A. Theatre Center. We are lucky to have one pair of tickets to give away.

Here's how to win: Send an email to, with "Luminarias" as the subject, and tell us why you enjoyed the movie or why you really want to see it. Simple, eh? Best response wins. Good luck! The winner will be announced on the LatinoLA Newsletter next Thursday, August 19. Still haven't subscribed? Go here.

More great LatinoLA events here!

Friday, August 5, 2011

¡Free Summer!

August is here -- the middle of summer, almost -- and LatinoLA is heating up. We're talking about music and movies, art shows and workshops, festival and fiestas ... and the best part is that many of them are for families ...and they're free!

Por ejemplo: Going on their seventh year is Caracol Marketplace, a unique bazaar-market where handmade crafts are sold by their makers. The free event combines music, art, health, wellness and amistad in an outdoor setting close to downtown LatinoLA: Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space.

Come hungry and thirsty and open for new sights and sounds. It's free, but bring your wallet to buy their unique items, many of them home made by local artisans.

Also, thanks to all of you who have been "liking" the work of our fine writers and contributors, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter and more, and leaving your comments. Don't leave LatinoLA without having your voice heard! (scroll down to the end of the article or calendar listing and you'll know what I'm talking about!)