Voz Alta's One Year Anniversary Celebration
The Rosary Room, 947 E St., Downtown, 619-230-1869
Friday, Feb. 28, 8 pm
If you're heavy into either underground hardcore music, the Save Our Centro protest movement or painfully authentic carne asada burritos, then you're well acquainted with the cultural nexus at the 900 block of E Street downtown. Four doors down from Pokéz Mexican restaurant (which houses the Roseary Room), the Voz Alta Performance Space and Art Gallery is the de facto epicenter of a revitalized "Chican@" culture blending traditional formats and sophisticated media arts. Organizers, often represented by central figure Victor Payan, have made no secret of trying to fill what they call a vacuum in confrontational Latino arts and politics, a cause abandoned by the current curators at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. Voz Alta celebrates their first eventful year with a spoken word/music bill that includes The Taco Shop Poets (founding member Miguel-Angel Soria, pictured), Goatsong Conspiracy, Malena & Verdell and Rod Ricardo Livingstone. Admission is a $10 donation.