• The Prida Project


    Sept 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2018 • 7pm
    Sept 30, 2018 • 2pm
    Theatre • $20 Ticket
    $14 for Students & Seniors with ID
    $14 early bird until Sep 16

    The Prida Project is a glorious collage of the music, dance, theatre and poetry of groundbreaking Cuban American playwright Dolores Prida. This world premiere takes you on a unique journey as it explores pressing themes including immigration, gentrification and cultural identity. These challenges are approached with strength, humor, and humanity.

    The piece consists of adaptations of two of her plays interwoven with her poetry and essays. Music and dance and interspersed throughout.

    An Actor's Equity approved project.

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    We thank our sponsors:
    The Rainin Foundation
    The Jewish Community Foundation
    The Zellerbach Family Fund

    Playwrights adaptation of the work of Dolores Prida
    Rosa Boshier
    Claudia Rosa*
    *courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

    Artistic Director
    Claudia Rosa

    Amy Crumpacker

    Musical Director
    Omar Ledezma, Jr.

    Temistocles Fuentes Betancourt
    Karen Puerto

    Set Design and Projections
    Melanie Treuhaft

    Sound Design
    Laurence Tasse

    Production Assistant
    Pamela Cruz

    Janelle Aguirre
    Olivia Browne
    Leticia Duarte
    Nancy Lemmel
    Maria Medina
    Claudia Rosa

    Hector Benites
    Joseph Churchill
    David Pedroso Rivero

  • Redobles De Cultura

    Redobles de Cultura Presents: Bomba & Plena Workshop


    Wed Sept 19, 2018 • 3:30 to 5pm
    $20 Admission • Studio B (3rd Floor)

    NYC group Redobles de Cultura is coming to the Bay Area to lead a Master Dance Workshop on Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba at the MCCLA! Their goal is to preserve the rich music of Puerto Rico through education, collaboration, and performances in schools and throughout the community.

    Join us for this one day special workshop!

    Come ready to dance and learn about Puerto Rico’s rich musical traditions.

    Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, no heels, no boots.

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  • Fiesta De Las Americas

    Fiesta de las Americas


    Sun Sep 16, 2018 • 11am to 5pm
    Free • Adobe Books (3130 24th St)
    Art Class • Music

    Fiesta de la Americas celebrates the unique Latino diaspora experiences which have cemented the arts, commerce, and culture of San Francisco's Latino Cultural District.

    For more info, visit the the Calle 24 Website - Fiesta de las Americas.

  • Carnaval 2019 Brainstorming Meeting

    MCCLA’s Carnaval 2019 Brainstorming Meeting


    Sat Sept 15, 2018 • 11am to 12:30pm
    Cafe de la Muerte (2nd floor)
    Everybody Welcome!

  • Tertulias Literarias

    Tertulias Literarias: La muerte de Artemio Cruz


    Wed Sep 5th, 2018 • 7pm to 8:30pm
    Free • La Salita (2nd floor)

    In coordination with the Public Library of San Francisco, MCCLA presents a book club for the community.

    Book of the month: La muerte de Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes. (reading in Spanish)

    For more information please contact Ramon Hernandez at Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org or call 415-355-2800.

  • Sin Nombre

    Cine Con Cultura: Sin Nombre


    Wed Aug 29, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Sin Nombre. Cary Fukunaga. 2009

    Willy, nicknamed El Casper, is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and lives in Tapachula, a Mexican town near the border with Guatemala. He introduces a young boy into his gang, and the boy is given the nickname Smiley after a violent initiation. Casper later helps Smiley to complete this initiation by helping him execute a rival gang member. Casper is romantically involved with a girl, Martha Marlen. Fearing for the girl's safety, he keeps the relationship a secret from his gang, but his double life causes his gang to doubt his loyalty. When Martha follows Casper to a gathering of his gang, the gang leader, Lil Mago, escorts her out, despite Casper's misgivings. Mago attempts to rape Martha and accidentally kills her. Later, he blithely tells Casper that he will find another.

    Shortly afterward, Mago brings Casper and Smiley to La Bombilla, a location along the train tracks where potential illegal immigrants stow away on passing trains on their way to the United States. Among the immigrants is a Honduran family introduced earlier consisting of the teenage girl Sayra, her father, and her uncle, who are on their way to relatives in New Jersey. Lil Mago, Casper, and Smiley rob the passengers for any money they have until Lil Mago spots Sayra and attempts to rape her. Casper intervenes, killing Mago and then sending Smiley off.

  • La Jaula de Oro

    Cine Con Cultura: La Jaula de Oro


    Wed Aug 22, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    La Jaula de Oro. Diego Quemada Diez. 2010

    The 1987 film, and the song, the plot concerns immigration to the United States from Latin American countries. However, unlike the earlier film that concerned itself with a successful and middle-aged Mexican immigrant, the plot of this film deals with younger undocumented immigrants.

    Samuel, Sara and Juan, three teenagers from Guatemala, decide to leave poverty by going to the United States. After crossing the Mexican border by boat, they find another immigrant, a Tzotzil native called Chauk who does not know Spanish but is able to befriend Sara. When they arrive in the town of Chiapas, they busk for money to eat and drink but are later caught by Mexican Immigration Police agents, who steal Juan's boots and threaten Chauk with a gun, before deporting all of them back to Guatemala

  • Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera


    Aug 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
    First floor theatre • $25 • 7pm

    Memory of Silence in the Land of Eternal Spring: a new play by Linda Maria Girón.

    Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the ghosts sing with the living, roses grow larger than cattle and nearby villages have gone missing; young Mari's quest to find her father's ghost becomes a desperate fight to restore her aunt's fading memory.

    Together, la familia Noguera must face the boundaries of love when tested by the realities of life—aging, war and illness.

    About the author: Linda Maria Girón is Guatemalan-American actor and playwright born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She holds BA in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she was awarded the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize for Acting and Playwriting and Michael Mansfield and Randy Sweringen Social Justice Award for her play, Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera.

    Her short play, white iris, received its first premiere at Pianofight's Shortlived VI. Linda has performed in various companies across the Bay, including the New Conservatory Theater Center, BATCO, Brava Theater Center, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, The Utopia Theatre Project and FaultLine Theater where she is also an associate artist. She is honored to receive her first theatre residency with MCCLA to stage Memoria del Silencio’s world premiere.

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  • Desierto

    Cine Con Cultura: Desierto


    Wed Aug 15, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Desierto. Jonás Cuarón. 2016

    A group of Mexican migrant workers seek a better life by crossing the US border illegally; when the truck carrying them breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the driver points the migrants and his partner Mechas in the direction of the United States and wishes them luck. Moises (Gael Garcia Bernal) is also a member of the migrants and follows as the group splits in two while trying to pass the border.

    Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is a merciless, rifle-toting vigilante who, with his faithful but vicious Malinois dog, Tracker, hunts for rabbits near the border and notices the group trespassing; with the help of Tracker and the use of his M1 Garand rifle, Sam kills most of the group, including Mechas and leaves Moises and Adela (Alondra Hidalgo) as the sole survivors after a long chase. Unable to follow the last two, Sam decides to continue his hunt the next day and leaves with Tracker.

  • Paseo Artistico

    Paseo Artístico – Every Child Is Blessed: Niños Unidos


    Sat Aug 11th, 2018 • 3 to 4 pm
    Lobby (first floor) • Free

    Paseo Artistico, the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District Free Community Arts Stroll event will promote the safety and creative opportunities for children in the Mission District and beyond through fun youth arts activities featuring youth and adult artists who also claim heritage from Mexico and Central America.

    The August 11 event aims to raise awareness about children and their families at the US-Mexico border detained by the current administration, as well as highlight the value of our children in the community through a dynamic display of artists and artistic disciplines.

    Live music and dance from Latino, indigenous, Hip-Hop, and tropical artists, poetry and literary arts from Central American authors and writers, as well as indigenous food demonstration, interactive arts and crafts workshops for all ages will be presented for free to the entire community.

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