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Celebration of Afro Peruvian day – 160 years of the abolition of slavery

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Celebration of Afro Peruvian day – 160 years of the abolition of slavery

For the first cajoneada in the U.S. we will be trying to collect 160 cajones for the 160 years of the abolition of slavery.

If you own a cajon, bring it.  You don’t need experience to be part of this festival of music and Afro Peruvian food.

Invited Artists:

·         Julio bravo

·         Vladimir vucanovch

·         Peta robles

·         Braulio barrera

·         Huaranguito

·         De rompe y raja

·         Kanchis

·         Nestor ruiz

·         Marina LaValle

Admission is free

Peruvian food will be available for sale

Cajoneada- blue jeans and white tshirt

Dance contest

Sign-ups for the cajoneada- call: 510-677-4200 | 510-395-7236


Celebrando La Peña Cultural Center en su aniversario

Celebracion del dia afro Peruano 160 anos de la abolicion de la esclavitud

La primera cajoneada en estados unidos, tratando de reunir 160 cajones por los 160 anos de la abolicion de la esclavitud.

Si posees un cajon, ven no necesitas experiencia para ser parte de este festival de musica y comida Afro Peruana

Entrada es gratuita

Habra comida Peruana

Entrada gratuita

Cajoneada- blue jean y white tshirt

Concurso de baile

Inscrpciones para la cajoneada Llamar a 510-677-4200 | 510-395-7236

La Peña Board Meeting Minutes, Dec 16, 2013

LP Board Meeting – Monday, December 16, 2013

Present: Mariola, Paul, Victor, Carol, Alex, Eric, Francine, Kristen, Ellen, and Sarah.

Meeting started at 6:15pm.

1.    Approve notes from the Nov. 18 mtg.

Carol moves to approve minutes from 11/18/13.

Paul seconds.

All in favor.

Sarah, Victor and Mariola abstain (not part of the Board at the moment.)

2.    Welcome new board members Sarah Guerra and Victor Martinez and renewed board member Mariola Fernandez.

3.    Report from ED: Kristen sees the need to form an active fundraising committee. This is a primary duty of the board, and we have an enormous opportunity between now and June 2015 with the Building Our Future campaign to be followed by 40th Anniversary activities.

ACTION: Kristen and Eric will look at the budget to determine if LP has money for hiring someone to help with fundraising.

Agreed: in the meantime we should keep a roster of ideas for fundraising; have another phone banking before the end of the year.

ACTION: Kristen will send an email to the board to inform of date for phone banking.

Addressing letter sent to the Board from some community, mural, and chorus members:

ACTION: Kristen will respond to the letter.

Points to cover: regular communication will be through our website; we are planning to go through with the renovations; schedule for the renovations; give numbers for the different phases; programming plan; general direction of LP; we look forward to open communication; we are willing to address the concerns; we are committed to our founding principles.

4.    Financial committee (financial review) by Carol of finance committee:

  • Thus far, for fiscal year 2014, our financial results are in line with the budget projections: Total revenue from the door has met our projected budget and also our overall operating expenses are in line with our budget projections.
  • We’ve received about $40,000 for the capital campaign with an additional $35,000 in pledges.
  • We’ve been doing very well with grants, particularly with key ones such as Hewlett and Haas.
  • So far we’ve taken the investment for the Café from the General Operations fund of the Cultural Center. We are not sure yet if we can use the endowment money for the Café. We are doing additional research.
  • For the most part we are living within our budget with minor variances.
  • Total budget for renovations, including contingencies: around $110,000. We have more than that amount available in cash, not including BOF pledges.
  • We would not be sending out a good message to our funders, donors, etc. if we delay the start of the project.


5.    Mural Report:

The mural group has raised most of what they’ve spent. The artists have been asked to do some touch ups on faces that some have complained about. The mural group has a plan/commitment to raise the money needed for this, which is about $3,000. There are some lights to put up too.

6.    Report from the Café Committee:

Things have been challenging. LP has invested $50,000 so far of which about $26,000 at this time is lost. The past month and a half has shown improvement in revenue.

We’re adopting a new approach to what we’re serving and doing popup kitchens where we bring a guest chef to handle the food service while the Café keeps proceeds from the sale of beverages. The most successful one so far has been the Flamenco cuisine, ñora. We are planning to start opening on Tuesdays. We are also getting interest from restaurants to take over the daytime business as a concession. The idea is that they open for breakfast and lunch and they would leave at 2:30pm. They would pay a rental fee and have a 1-year maximum lease. We had a tasting from one of these businesses and the board was very happy with the results. We also have interest from 2 more businesses. The deadline for proposals is December 20 and the Café board will make a decision by January 6. In terms of programming, there has been a lot more in the Lounge with many exciting events. We will try this arrangement for the next few months to see where we stand and re-evaluate as needed.

7.    Report from the Café Committee:

The construction schedule is being developed. Programming for February should be okay.

ACTION: Kristen will send out a report after hearing construction scheduling details this week.

8.    Capital Campaign updates (see financial report above).

9.    Kristen’s leave: Kristen presented her plan for maternity leave including time off and part-time work

10.   Set February meeting: Monday, February 3 from 6-8pm at La Peña.

Meeting ends at 8:30pm.

Food First Presents: 16 Seeds, a Documentary Short (In the Lounge)

Join Bay Area filmmaker Melinda James and the urban farmers of Digg Deep Farms and Produce for a discussion about food justice.

View the trailer here.

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the Joshua Walters presents…


With the rate of technological advance, the world is becoming a faster, a more connected, and a more chaotic place. We are at a pinnacle moment in human history in which we can know everything and have our voices felt everywhere, but at what cost? What if everyone in the world stopped using technology for one day? To feel the effect on our minds, emotions, and connection to the divine: UNPLUG!

Watch Dr. Jaw says: UnPlug

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30

Advanced Tickets $10

At the door: $20

Premium Reserved Seating: $45

Mexican Tardeada (In the Lounge)

mexicantardeadaA monthly Sunday afternoon Mexican music jam in the café lounge. The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gathering of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos!

Free/Donations encouraged     

TMI Storytelling (In the Lounge)

Known as the host of her own ground-breaking comedy-sketch show, Bay Area comedian storytelling series Gina Gold presents TMI Storytelling: Raw Stories, Real Spit, a monthly storytelling series.

Raw stories and real spit rule the mic during “TMI Storytelling”, an unpolished monthly show on funny, provocative topics. Bay Area comedian Gina Gold presents this comedic series which features a rotating cast of storytellers giving a unadulterated, often hard-core look at life. You’ll hear tales of heartbreak and woe, peppered with humorous asides and serious commentary from a different lineup each show. As host, Gold will keep the heartfelt and brutally honest show flowing.

$10.00 in advance

$13.00 at the door

For more info:

Batey Boricua (In the Lounge)

The Bomba y Plena Workshop presents Batey Boricua! Come jam with us to some bombazo-eventBomba, Plena y Mas como siempre! Invite your family, bring your children and tell your friends.  Don’t miss it! No se lo pierdan!

Suggested Donation: $5

Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival – Trip to Timbuktu / Viaje a Tombuctú

$10 Students & Seniors, $12 General




trip-to-timbuktu_bus rideTrip to Timbuktu / Viaje a Tombuctú
Director: Rossana Díaz Costa
Peru/2013/100 min /95 mins Spanish with subtitles in English

Trip to Timbuktu is the story of Ana and Lucho, two teenagers who live in Peru. Their story of love, which starts in childhood, reveals the changes which took place in this country during the 80’s. For them, the only way to survive in the middle of violence, poverty and lack of opportunities is through their love, a sort of refuge which has as its homeland an imaginary country called Timbuktu. Nevertheless, the reality will stand in their way and collapse their utopia. Audience Award Winner at Lima Film Fest.

trip-to-timbuktu_kidsViaje a Tombuctú cuenta la historia de Ana y Lucho, dos adolescentes de clase media. Su historia de amor y su paso desde la niñez a la adolescencia revelan los cambios sufridos por el Perú durante los años 80. Para ellos, la única manera de sobrevivir en medio de la violencia, la pobreza y la falta de oportunidades es a través de su amor, una especie de refugio que tiene como patria un país imaginario llamado Tombuctú. Sin embargo, la realidad en la que viven intentará interponerse entre ellos para derrumbar su utopía.

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Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival – The Knife of Don Juan/ La Navaja de Don Juan

$10 Student Tickets/$12 General




The Knife of Don Juan_Suits_Guys (1)The Knife of Don Juan/ La Navaja de Don Juan -Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival

Director Tom Sanchez
2013/Peru-USA/Comedy-Drama/110 mins/Spanish with English subtitles

When the fate of an arm wrestling match leads two brothers to a house party where the younger one hopes to lose his virginity, the boys must overcome their sibling rivalry if they are going to save the day after a fight breaks out and things suddenly spiral out of control.

The Knife of Don Juan_Cover Art (1)Historia de dos hermanos cuyas relación se definirá a partir de un juego de fuerzas y una fiesta donde el menor de ellos espera perder la virginidad. Pero mientras se desenvuelven los acontecimientos, los chicos deberán superar rivalidades que, después de una pelea, llevarán las cosas de pronto a una espiral fuera de control.

$10 Student Discount, $12 General

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Mexican Tardeada (In the Lounge)

   mexicantardeadaA monthly Sunday afternoon Mexican music jam in the café lounge. The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gathering of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos!

Free/Donations requested         


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