Contrary to popular belief, Mexicans who live in Mexico don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Growing up in Tijuana, I never saw a single Mexican flag strapped to a pickup truck roaring through stop signs and honking like crazy on May 5. Now, Sept. 16, which is Mexico's Independence Day, is a different story. My mom wouldn't let me go out to celebrate, fearing I'd be killed by a wayward bullet shot into the air in a fit of patriotism. I'm still not sure that was a thing I really had to worry about. In San Diego, people go all out for Cinco de Mayo. Here are some ways to celebrate:
Shake your Latin-loving booty on Thursday, May 2, at Voz Alta (1754 National Ave. in Barrio Logan) for the weekly Latin Jazz Jam featuring trumpeter extraordinaire Bill Caballeros. The weekly jam is always full of energy and great sounds. Grab some wine or a beer from the bar and groove to the cool sounds. While the mood is usually chill, it isn't unheard of for people to dance up a storm. Take a chance and check it out.
The Ruby Room (1271 University Ave. in Hillcrest) is getting in on the Cinco de Mayo action on Saturday, May 4, with Elektrofied, a regular club night that brings live acts, art and music to the party people as a benefit for Young Audiences of San Diego, an arts-education nonprofit. The night will feature a burlesque-style performance by Sarah Saraphim and Elena QM involving hoops, swords and fire and art by Eddy Berducido, Citali Rodriguez, Alex Arped and Rhiannon Turksu. DJs InsanelySound, Nikolbag and Datelines will spin '80s, new wave and electro to get the dance floor moving.
Finally, what's a Cinco de Mayo weekend without some Lucha Libre fun? Head out to Family Gym Stadium (101 17th St. in East Village) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for Batalla de Mexico en USA, presented by Lucha Libre legend Rey Misterio Sr. There'll be five rounds of carnage. BYO luchador mask.