The taco is the perfect food, often made with a nutritious whole grain corn tortilla base and an incredible range of regional ingredients and unique textures. You can eat tacos regularly and never get bored of them. There’s no better city in the United States to enjoy tacos than Los Angeles - the taco motherland is just two and a half hours away, and L.A. has the second-largest population of Mexicans after Mexico City. The taco is finally getting the respect that it deserves, and is being taken as seriously as a good pasta. Read our guide to some of the best tacos in L.A., and discover a little bit of this Mexican staple food’s vast nuances. ¡Provecho!
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From the earliest days of historic Los Angeles to the modern age, Latin American culture has played a significant role in shaping the City of Angels. L.A.'s rich Latino heritage is celebrated throughout the year with traditional Mexican holidays and festive events. Read on for a guide to Latin American holiday celebrations and festivals in Los Angeles.
In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.
Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.
“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.
Murals are a city's urban canvas, expressing the history, concerns and aspirations of a community. Though they are susceptible to weather, vandalism and decay, murals are also freely visible and open for all to enjoy. For generations, Los Angeles has been renowned as one of the world’s great mural capitals. Latino artists and their culture are an integral part of the city’s mural heritage. You can travel between multicultural neighborhoods and view murals as if they’re on display in the wings of a vast, concrete museum. Here are ten exemplary pieces to discover throughout L.A.
Los Angeles has a rich Latino heritage, and the city’s vibrant Latino communities continue to influence and make lasting contributions its culture. It comes as no surprise that L.A.’s world-famous museums are teeming with outstanding artworks by Latin American masters. Read on for a guide to selected masterpieces of Latin American art at Los Angeles museums.
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Latino Heritage Month engages, inspires and highlights contributions made by the Latino community to our country, while connecting the multicultural communities of Los Angeles, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Read on for highlights of events taking place in L.A. during Latino Heritage Month.
Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 Southern California cultural institutions presenting a vibrant and diverse array of exhibitions, public events and performances that explore Latin American and Latino art. Check out our PST: LA/LA Neighborhood Guide.
The past, present and future of Los Angeles have been shaped by the rich diversity of its cultures. Nearly half of L.A.'s residents can trace their roots to Latin American origins, from Mexico and Peru to El Salvador and Costa Rica. Each year from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, Angelenos and visitors of all backgrounds celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultural heritage and traditions of the Latino population.
Los Angeles was officially founded on Sept. 4, 1781, centuries after European explorers first arrived in the region in 1542. The cradle of L.A. is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a historic district located in the oldest section of the city. The area includes landmarks such as Los Angeles Plaza, La Placita Church, and Olvera Street, the lively outdoor Mexican marketplace where visitors can find anything from handmade leather goods to custard filled churros.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to experience L.A.’s vibrant and diverse cultures. The following three-day guide explores historic and modern Latino culture in Downtown, then takes you west to Museum Row and West L.A.