Local Lowdown

Latina city guides for New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. More to come! 🙂


Sor Juana Festival
Through November 8th
Mexican Fine Arts Museum, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 738 1503
Cross Street: S. Wolcott Ave
The Sor Juana Festival honors Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, an influential Latina from the 16th century that helped Latinas to pursuit education. The kick off reception was held at Rumba Restaurant on W. Hubbard Street, where we checked out some murals from Chicago artists and enjoyed complimentary sangria pitchers and appetizers.

La Boriqua at Excalibur
Excalibur Nightclub, 633 N. Dearborn St. Chicago (
W. Ontario St.)
(312) 266-1944
You can count on a fiesta at Excalibur every Thursday. Beginners are welcome to instruction, as La Boriqua dance teachers of Latin Street Dancing move at your pace as they teach you the basic steps, cross leads, and combinaciones. Excalibur is in an old castle-like building in the heart of River North downtown. Once you’re in, you will see sexy salsa dancers on the catwalks along the bar corridor. This is the place to really show off that combination out you learned in your salsa class. www.laboriqua.com


The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
685 Venice Blvd. (
Amoroso Ct.)
(310) 822-9560
If you like art and kids, this is a great organization to be involved with. Become a volunteer or mentor neighborhood kids. If you are looking for something positive and impactful to do with your time, SPARC is a wonderful choice. Approved SPARC artists can paint murals at any building in Los Angeles (with proper permission).

137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (
Cuesta Cala Rd.)
(310) 455-8788
This is a fabulous Mexican restaurant. The food is superb and the patio dining space feels just like your abuelita´s backyard. For appetizers, try a plate of nachos with chicken with a mixed cantaloupe margarita. Then move on to a delightful pollo en mole or a tostada salad. But anything you order is delish like the house specialty, a chicken breast stuffed with cheese, served with vegetables in a white sauce.


In the Heights
Tuesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 7pm
Saturday/Sunday matinee at 2pm
In the Heights is a new musical about three days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. It’s a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
37 Arts Theatre, 450 W. 37th St., New York, NY 10018
(212) 560-8912

320 Amsterdam Ave.
(75th St.)
Latin and Japanese food smoothly co-exist at this Upper West Side restaurant washed with orange accents. The ultimate roll combination represents this fusion: Raw fish paired with mango, avocados and bananas, wrapped in seaweed and served with spicy dipping sauces. Instead of dessert, enjoy their key lime pie cocktail, which is made of Absolut vanilla, pineapple and lime juice in a sugar-rimmed glass.


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