Having been brought up mostly in Mexico means certain music is ingrained in me. I suspect that doctors allow a live mariachi band in the hospital delivery room in order to start indoctrinating at birth. But even those who didn't get a head start can't deny the sway of the violins, trumpets and congas. That's why Saturday night's “La Epoca de Oro” event at Queen Bee's Art and Cultural Center in North Park was such a blast for me and my crew of rowdy, hardraging Mexican party machines—my family.
The night was a celebration of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema (1936-1969). Attendees were encouraged to dress in decade attire or as a Golden Age star, and there were two live bands playing romantic standards and salsa, mambo and other hip-shaking Latino jams. This meant Carmen Miranda and Frida Kahlo worked the dance floor with Mario “Cantinflas” Moreno not too far away shaking his thing.
Being who they are, the family made sure to be the loudest people in the joint, dancing, joking and swearing up a storm.
At other places, this may present a problem. Someone might come by and say to my cousin, “Miss, please refrain from wearing a low-cut halter top and drinking up all of our wine supply, then yelling, ‘Pinche mora mamona' across the room to your sister,” or, to my mom, “I know you didn't purchase this many plates of food, ma'am, so please stop insisting you be brought more.”
But not here. The energy was fun and effervescent, and organizers seemed to be having too much fun themselves to care. It was like a quinceañera, minus the need to act appropriately in front of the kids.
Even so, I'd like to thank Alma Rodriguez at Queen Bee's for enduring our shenanigans and putting on what became an awesome reunion for my family and I suspect many others.