El Centro

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

    El Centro Cultural de México, the great downtown SanTana-based non-profit, is ready to mark a milestone. The longtime hub of activism and arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday at the UFCW Hall in Buena Park with a fundraising fiesta! Named 'Best Community Space' in the Weekly's 'Best O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    With Costa Mesa's Day Laborer Crackdown in Dustbin, Local Groups Set to Celebrate!

    Grassroots organizations who helped to beat Costa Mesa's anti-day laborer law are ready to party! In October, the city repealed an ordinance that banned day laborers with threats of $1,000 fines and up to six months in jail after legal groups sued the city in March 2010. After a long activist campa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    First Ever 'Ladies Rock Camp' in OC Happens This Weekend!

    The push for an inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Orange County continues! This Saturday in SanTana, young women ages 18 and up will be taking on an extensive weekend of songwriting workshops, drum circles, self-defense classes, and instrument instruction. Hosted by El Centro Cultural de Mex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    OC Chicana All-Stars to Plant 'Seeds of Resistance' During Panel in SanTana!

    A panel of OC's Chicana All-Stars will be convening this weekend in SanTana. Organized by the Seeds of Resistance woman of color collective, the dialogue brings together the voices of mujeres committed to the arts and social justice. It all takes place at--where else?--El Centro Cultural de Mexico i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    "Wendy's Be Our Valentine!" Protest Today in SanTana!

    Today the Student Farmworker Alliance and Coalition of Immokalee Workers (those always-awesome chingones who have led successful boycotts against everyone from Taco Bell to Trader Joe's) are invting la gente to meet and prep at El Centro Cultural de Mexico at 5pm to be part of today's "Wendy's Be Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Seeds of Resistance Seeks Submissions for "Tortilla Warrior 2013 Cartonera Book''

    Seeds of Resistance, a collective of self-identifed women-of-color artists from SanTana, is at it again. The group has been around for only about a year, but their first art exhibit happened in October of 2012: "Tortilla Warrior" at the always awesome El Centr ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Navel Gazing's Project Un-uncensored

    Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Anti-Mall Returns to SanTana in the Spirit of Indigenous People's Day

    Last February, the annual LA activist event known as the "Anti-Mall: People B4 Profit Marketplace" made its SanTana debut at...where else but El Centro Cultural de Mexico! OC is being spoiled again as conscious vendors, artists, and organizations are setting up shop this weekend in counter-Columbus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Two Human Rights Champions Arrive in Santa Ana Today for Panel Discussion

    International Human Rights Day may be a few months away, but Santaneros and other good people of Orange County will have a chance to meet two extraordinary defenders of life with dignity today. Vidulfo Rosales Sierra of Tlachinollan Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña (Tlachinollan) and Jenny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Puerto Rican and Mexican Cultural Traditions Come Together for this Weekend's Bombazo Fandango!

    See Also: *All Day Santa Ana Summer Festival Puts the Movement in Music*Son del Centro Benefit Show This Friday*Calle 13 Bring Their Latin Grammy Nominated Music to the House of Blues AnaheimThe worlds of Puerto Rican bomba and Mexican son jarocho will come together in mutual admiration this Saturda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    All Day Santa Ana Summer Festival Puts the Movement in Music

    An ambitious cultural undertaking is set to take place in downtown SanTana this Saturday as musicians, poets, activist organizations, speakers, DJs, dancers, artists will congregate for the Música en Movimiento Music and Arts Festival. The event sways heavily on local Orange County talent with acts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Local 'UndocuQueer' Speaks on Identity and Equality in New Huffpo Series

    With the enactment of Seth's Law addressing anti-gay bullying in schools earlier this month, the Huffington Post is running a series of testimonial stories from those involved in the Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) campaign with an Editor's note recounting the the debacle that was the "Mr. Fullerton" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    OC May Day March and Rally in Santa Ana to Happen--When Else?--TOMORROW

    The first of May arrives tomorrow and in Santa Ana that has translated over the years into community activists turning out to mark International Workers' Day. With an agenda for social justice, the Orange County May Day Coalition is readying for a march and rally through the city starting at Sasscer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Learn the Art of Songwriting from Members of Quetzal this Saturday

    Having trouble finding those melodies to capture and transmit a definitive life experience? Constantly scratching out words on a piece of paper here and there on that rabble-rousing political anthem-to-be? No worries. This Saturday in SanTana, Martha González and Quetzal Flores of the East LA band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Santa Ana Coalition Calls For Transparancy Where the Sun Don't Shine

    ​SACReD, a broad coalition of diverse organizations, is hosting a community forum this evening as a first step towards developing what it calls a landmark transparency policy for the city of Santa Ana. The umbrella group had previously attempted to push for a community benefits agreement to promot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    'Now This is SanTana' Exhibit Offers a Photographic Vision of the City

    ​As tomorrow marks International Women's Day, a new photography exhibit Now This is SanTana is set to open in the city's downtown at El Centro Cultural de Mexico. Through the lens of a camera, Zuleica Zepeda, a local award-winning Xicana indigenous artist and photographer, has collected a series o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Stop Stealing Our Cars, New Documentary, Shows Santa Ana's Fight Against Unjust Impound Policies

    ​Working-class immigrant residents of SanTana have been beneficiaries of new, fairer vehicle impound policies since October 1, 2011, when activists scored a solid grassroots victory. Stop Stealing Our Cars, set to premiere this Saturday at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in the city's downtown, is an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Another 'Anti-Mall' is Possible and It Happens Saturday in SanTana!

    ​For the past ten years, LA Chicano All-Stars (as we like to call them) have put together a community event known as the 'Anti-Mall' every December. The annual "People B4 Profit Marketplace" brings artists, musicians, craft and food vendors together in one place to celebrate conscious consuming a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Set to Re-open in Downtown Santa Ana

    ​After spending the past few months continuing its classes and programs wherever it could while searching for a new space, El Centro Cultural de Mexico is now ready to re-open its doors to the community this weekend in downtown Santa Ana. The award-winning nonprofit, as Weekly readers will recall, ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Santa Ana's 9th Annual 'Noche de Altares' Readies to Celebrate Día de los Muertos

    Mary Bell/OC Weekly​Check out last year's photos here! As today marks Día de los Muertos, organizers of Santa Ana's Noche de Altares celebration are preparing for this weekend's 9th annual celebration of the Mexican tradition firmly rooted in the living history of its indigenous peoples. Altar ap ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2011

    OC's Scariest People 2011

    Celebrating the Day of the Dead with some of the county's worst offenders

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Hundreds March To Trader Joe's Headquarters In Monrovia To Demand A One Penny Per Pound Raise For Florida Farm Workers

    Marisa Gerber/ OCWeekly​Three vans of people -- many from El Centro Cultural de Mexico and others from Justice for Janitors and an inter-faith group -- carpooled from Santa Ana to Monrovia today for a protest at Trader Joe's headquarters. The crew of 30 or so from Santa Ana convened with abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Son del Centro Benefit Show This Friday!

    ​ Son del Centro's roots date back almost ten years now when high school-aged youth began exploring the rich Mexican musical tradition of son jarocho. Five years ago, the group's efforts came to fruition in the form of their first album Mi Jarana es mi Fusil. Son del Centro owes its accomplis ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    The Yost Theater Is Ready for Its Closeup

    The renovated, revamped venue is ready for its grand reopening. So why aren't all of its downtown Santa Ana neighbors celebrating?

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Someplace Else

    The nonprofit community center got a last-minute extension, but its supporters are still crying 'gentrification'

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de México Given 60 Day Extension

    el-centro.orgA weekly volunteer meeting at El Centro in 2009​ El Centro Cultural de México, the community space in downtown Santa Ana that was originally to be vacated from its current location six days from now, has received a 60-day extension from the property owning and management company Broa ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Cutting to the Chase of the Centro Cultural de México's Ouster

    OC Weekly file photoCarolina Sarmiento​It's been a hectic week since the Weekly first broke the news that SanTana's El Centro Cultural de Mexico will soon find itself without a space to host its classes and community programs. In that time, the Voice of OC and The Santa Ana Register blog have c ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    [Mental Notes] Plus: Introducing the softer side of Rob Zombie, and NYC inmate says he shot Tupac

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    ​El Centro Cultural de Mexico, a long standing non-profit in the city of Santa Ana, faces eviction by mid-July. The award-winning organization has been housed for the past five years at the Knights of Pythias building on the corner of West Fifth Street and Broadway. The location had been one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    [UPDATED: Lineup Announced] Grrl Fair Already Planning for Its 10th Anniversary

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 8, 12:28 P.M.: Over the weekend, Grrl Fair announced the lineup of bands ready to rock the event's 10th anniversary. Nine bands in total, ranging from blues and rock to mariachi music, will perform amidst feminist-themed workshops and more (to be announced) during the Grrl Fair colle ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010


    [Mental Notes] The best alt-Latin acts in OC

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Latin Alternative Music Guide: OC Edición!

    Earlier this week, I introduced readers to my "Latin Alternative Music Guide: LA Edición" and the musicians who compiled it - a task too much for one person and one blog post! (Other "must listens" that came to mind after publication were Cava, Monte Carlo 76, and BEATMO to name a few) Now I turn t ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010

    On the Record

    [Mental Notes] Memorable lines from Brent Amaker, Juan Manuel Torreblanca and Sam James Velde

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 5/4

    Film Screening: 10, 8 p.m.Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek star in the 1979 film that made braids and bathing suits go together so well. George, a middle-aged screenwriter, kinda stalks a blonde beauty while on his honeymoon, only to learn that his infatuation isn't exactly what he dreamt of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    To Do Tonight 7/7

    OC RECRUITMENT AWARENESS PROJECT MEETING, 6:30 p.m. OC-RAP meets the first Monday of every month to encourage those interested in serving in the US armed forces to pursue safer lines of work. El Centro Cultural de Mexico 310 W. 5th St. Santa Ana CA 92706 NATASHA BEDINGFIELD; THE VERONICAS; KATE VOE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    An OC-RAP Challenge

    This Saturday Golden West College is hosting an Impeachment Forum. Details follow below the e-fold, but the method of delivery for this information was quite novel indeed. Quite novel indeed? Who am I, Jeeves? Anyway, I received an e-mail from the one, the only, Thu-Trang Tran, the indefatigable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/07

    HAPPY HOUR, 4pm $5 martinis, $6 wines, ½ price appetizers Proof Bar, 215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana OC RECRUITMENT AWARENESS PROJECT MEETING, 6:30pm The OC-RAP meets the first Monday of every month. El Centro Cultural de Mexico, 310 W. 5th St., Santa Ana ANAHEIM DUCKS, 7pm Hockey fans: take note. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    Unfortunate Acronym of the Day

    Earlier today, representatives from the Arizona Interfaith Network, Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, Kansas City's El Centro and the United Farm Workers set up a teleconference call to argue why comprehensive immigration reform is necessary. They met under the name Coalition for Comprehensive Imm ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 13, 2006

    See It Now

    The Mexican OC is perhaps the story for our times

  • Unknown

    August 4, 2005
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    December 11, 2003
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    June 26, 2003
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    February 6, 2003
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    October 31, 2002
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    March 9, 2000
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    June 24, 1999

    Shag It, Baby

    Yet another column about gay people, plus a really vicious fight

  • Columns

    September 10, 1998
  • Music

    August 13, 1998

    Together at Last!

    Euphoria! And a migraine!

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