Revving up for some revolutionary Eastside history: Ruben Martinez’s “Variedades”

ALOUD author Rubén Martínez, who joins us at the library later this season for a look at Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West, takes the stage tonight to host Variedades: The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón. The story of Magón, a Mexican revolutionary whose turn of the century politics fomented for awhile in L.A.’s eastside neighborhoods and downtown, is animated through music and theatre in a multimedia performance at the Ford Amphitheatre. The salon-style variety show is an ‘unearthing of radical L.A. history’ and features local performers Quetzal, La Marisoul, Chicano/Son, Los Illegals, Ceci Bastida, and Josh Kun, among others. Read up on this revolutionary character in L.A.’s history in today’s LA Times piece and catch the show tonight at the Ford.  More info here. 

The revolution continues in Central Library’s Getty Gallery with the exhibition: A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed  (through February 2013).

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