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As Los Angeles officially recognizes Latino Heritage month, we're also getting ready to welcome LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, a show freely inspired by the beauty of Mexico. Celebrate with us as we appreciate the richness of the Mexican culture, with some of the city's most historic, cultural and beautiful sites - and the debt that we owe to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans for helping L.A. be what it is today.
LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich vibrant culture of Mexico, a land that inspires awe with its architectural wonders. A great disc towering above the LUZIA stage plays tribute to some of the most colossal manmade structures in the world. In the heart of downtown L.A., El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument is a historic district located at the oldest section of the city. The district, which encompasses Olvera Street, was the city's center under Spanish rule through most of the 19th century. The area was designated a state historic monument in 1953 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. When visiting Olvera Street, be sure to shop the various stores and stalls, stocked to the brim with gorgeous décor, handmade goods from local artisans, instruments and more. The holidays are coming, and this a perfect place to pick up a thoughtful, unique gift that anyone is sure to love. Great gift idea: Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico! Buy Now →
No performance of LUZIA would be complete without a fiesta! L.A. party planners in the know congregate at this colorful area around East Olympic Boulevard and South Central Avenue in search of the essential party prop: a perfect pinata. At the Downtown L.A. Piñata District, piñatas of every color, stripe, or celebrity can be found or created. On weekends the half-mile area turns into an informal party of its own, with food vendors and authentic Mexican wares. What's the origin of the pinata? Legend has it, that for the birthday celebration for Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war, priests placed a clay pot adorned with colorful feathers on a pole in the temple. It was filled with tiny treasures, and when broken with a stick or club, the treasures fell to the feet of the god's image as an offering. Today, we associate the pinatas with parties and fun, and the Pinata District is a perfect place to awaken inspiration, inspire artistic endeavors, and adopt a childlike sense of wonder. You're invited to our celebration every night! We'll bring the music, dancing and fun. Join us!
Where to find hummingbirds and butterflies in Los Angeles, besides within the wonder of LUZIA? LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a contemporary museum space with a focus on the unique Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California. Their innovative exhibits and programs invite visitors to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument, LA Plaza's 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden.
Pan Dulce is the name of the game at La Monarca Bakery. Entrepreneurs from Mexico Ricardo Cervantes and Alfredo Livas created La Monarca to bring the authentic flavor of Mexican pastries to the U.S. La Monarca has been recognized with “Best of” awards across the city and they even donate proceeds to Monarch Butterfly preservation. Visit La Monarca Bakery's 11 locations this holiday season for surprise offerings inspired by LUZIA.
LUZIA features an aerial strap act where an artist representing a demigod of rain emerges from the pristine water of a cenote recalling the naturally reoccurring sinkholes the Mayans believed were gateways to the afterlife. At the El Mercado de Los Angeles, you can find authentic Mexican goods, religious relics, lots of live mariachi music, and numerous dining options. Founded in 1968 on the former site of the Boyle Heights Lumber Company, the two-story stucco building at one time served the local Mexican, Japanese, and Italian communities. In 1991, artist Jose-Luis Gonzalez designed and installed a bas-relief, mosaic tile mural called Mayan Rain God, on the first level of the western elevation. The must-see mural depicts the ancient Mayan deity in a largely serpentine form.
It's always a fiesta at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. The Plaza has served as a gateway to the neighborhood Since the 1930s - it’s also the place to go when looking to hire a band or a musician. The small ornamental kiosk was donated by the Mexican State of Jalisco, the birthplace of mariachi music. There's also a statue of Lucha Reyes (aka "the mother of Ranchera music") standing guard. The music of LUZIA is steeped in a blend of ancient and modern sounds infused with the brassy notes of tubas and trumpets and the suave melodies of the Spanish guitar. Join our fiesta finale, where it’s a party every night - See you at Dodgers Stadium December 8!
In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production. Located at Dodger Stadium, the world-famous Big Top features printed patterns directly related to the theme of the show, another first for a Cirque du Soleil production.