March 2013 Events


Featured Event: The Commemorative March for Cesar E. Chavez | March 30

The March in San José will Commemorate Cesar E. Chavez to honor his legacy as one of the true heroes of the 20th Century! The March will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Mexican Heritage Plaza located at 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116. We truly need the support of the community to join this Commemorative March which will take us through the historic community in San Jose’s East Side; commonly known as “Sal Si Puedes”. The Commemorative March starting at the Mexican Heritage Plaza follows the path of Cesar Chavez, his family, followers and supporters during the early beginnings of the Farm Worker Movement. The March visits the Chavez family home on Schaarf Street, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School, Mayfair Community Center and other sites where Cesar walked in the effort to register voters in the early Community Service Organization (CSO) era. Please note that there will be a pre-March Rally and Blessing at the Mexican Heritage Plaza as well as a post-March gathering at this location. We are expecting speakers and folkloric entertainment pre and post-March. WE MARCH RAIN OR SHINE!! Bring walking shoes, umbrellas, your Huelga flags, banners, camera and your spirit. Hosted by: The Chavez Family, Councilmember Xavier Campos, The School or Arts & Culture. SI SE PUEDE!!!

Cinnequest Film Festival | February 26 – March 10

Cinequest Film Festival 23 occurs Feb. 26 – Mar. 10, 2013 in San Jose, California, Silicon Valley. Named a Top 10 Film Festival and Best Digital Film Festival by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, Cinequest provides the finest discovery bastion of international film premieres, breakthrough technology, artists and innovators.

Film: NO | March 1

In director Pablo Larraín’s political drama NO, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet is forced by international pressure to call a plebiscite on his presidency in 1988. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO camp persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free. Time: 5:45; Location: Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco

Movies, Memories and Mingling with Teatro Vision | March 2

Following the World Premiere of “Dreamer” at the Cinequest Latino Showcase, join Teatro Visión for a special reception featuring tasty bites, drink specials, and a silent auction, all for only $10! Guests will also be eligible to win door prizes including FREE passes to Cinequest screenings. You can purchase your tickets in advance or pay with cash or check at the door. Location: Cabritos Mexican Bistro, 72 S. First Street, San Jose, California 95113. Time: 7-9 pm. RSVP TODAY:

Pop Up Shop: Spicy Mexican Design | February 7- March 3

The Consulate’s Mexico In San Francisco presents Spicy Mexican Design, a Pop Up Shop featuring a new generation of Mexican designers. Different proposals of intervention and installation, the spicy flavor of an identity represented by the figure of el chile. Location: The Gallery at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, 532 Folsom Street, San Francisco. Free.

Carlos Mencia | March 1- 3

Carlos Mencia, superstar and stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today’s most lauded entertainers and feared comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Fri: 8pm, 10pm Sat: 7pm, 9pm Sun: 7pm. Location: Improv Comedy Club, 62 S 2nd Street, San Jose 95113; Ticket Information: $28 Two-item minimum Ages 21+

Chinese New Year’s Celebration At Santana Row | March 2

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Santana Row welcomes the Year of the Snake with award-winning musician, KSJO FM92.3 Sound of Hope Radio “Morning Concert” host Tony Chen and an afternoon of Chinese New Year festivities, including exciting Chinese performances, ethnic group performance, martial arts, traditional fashion shows and more. See Official Site for the program for the entertainment line-up and exclusive specials. Bring the family and enjoy at Santana Row Park. 1 pm – 4 pm; Location: Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose 95128; Ticket Information: Free;

La Arrolladora Banda El Limon – Mexican Music | March 2

Led by clarinetist Rene Camacho, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon are a banda group from Sinaloa who made their commercial recording debut in 1997 and quickly rose to the top of the Mexican regional music scene. Comprised of over a dozen band members, the group performs a range of Mexican regional music, including rancheras, corridos, ballads, and cumbias. Time: 7 pm Location: San Jose Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos Street, San Jose 95113; Ticket Information: $40

Year Of The Snake Lunar New Year Celebration | March 3

Hakone’s 5th Lunar New Year Celebration honors The Year of the Snake. Come join the fun with traditional Chinese food, music, performances, dance, and other colorful festivities to welcome in the New Year. Time: 12pm-4pm Location: Hakone Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 95070 Ticket Information: See Official Site


Harvest of Empire is based on the ground-breaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. Featuring real life stories and rare archival footage, Harvest of Empire is a gripping documentary that reveals the political and social roots that have driven millions to migrate from Latin America to the United States. At a time of heated and divisive debate over federal immigration policy, producers Eduardo López and Wendy Thompson-Marquez felt it was important to offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of the millions of Latino immigrants who are transforming the cultural and economic landscape of the nation. Friday, March 8, 2013 – 5:00pm to Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 9:15pm

Bay Area dates:

  • Here are the “Harvest of Empire” screening dates and locations.
  • San Francisco, Opera Plaza
Opens on March 8
601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Special Appearance (San Francisco, CA):
Producer J. Wendy Thompson-Marquez will appear in person on Friday, March 8. (Details to be announced)
  • Berkeley, Shattuck 10
Opens on March 8
2230 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Special Appearance at the Shattuck Cinemas (Berkeley, CA):
Producer J. Wendy Thompson-Marquez will appear in person on Saturday, March 9. (Details to be announced)

In the Heights | March 8-17

CMT San Jose presents the show that has been tagged as “The first musical of the 21st Century.” IN THE HEIGHTS is the Winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.  This high-energy show brings Tony-winning hip-hop dance moves to the stage through a contemporary Latin-flavored score; all the while telling a universal story of family, love and perseverance.  This  ground breaking musical is the show to see in San Jose this March!

Featured Event: Assembling the Pieces: Reconstructing Memory & Hybrid Identity 
New Work by Tessie Barrera-Scharaga and Samuel Rodriguez
Exhibition | January 16 – March 16, 2013

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana is pleased to present Assembling the Pieces: Reconstructing Memory & Hybrid Identity, featuring new work by San Jose-based artists Tessie Barrera-Scharaga and Samuel Rodriguez. The work presented in Assembling the Pieces address themes of transformation, identity, memory, and the human experience. Barrera-Scharaga and Rodriguez are among San Jose’s most industrious and innovative artists; this exhibition highlights their significant contributions to our artistic landscape. Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, 12pm to 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
and by special appointment
Free Admission. MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 South First Street (in between William & Reed Streets)
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-ARTE

Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble | March 8

The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble presents its winter concert. Established in 2008 by Grammy-nominated pianist Murray Low, the group has emerged as one of the premier academic performing groups of its kind, having collaborated with several luminaries in the field of Afro-Latin music including John Santos, Ray Vega, John Calloway, Jesus Diaz, Wayne Wallace, and flautist Andrea Brachfeld. Time: 8:00 Location:Dinkelspiel Auditorium – Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford 94305; Ticket Information: $5-$10

Sign of the Times Art Show & Reception | March 8

Chicano Art Freestyle Sign of the Times Art Exhibit featuring Greg Carillo.Time: 6-9 pm. Location: Ay Dios Mio Shop, San Pedro Market Square, 100 N. Almaden Avenue, San Jose, CA.

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble Of San Francisco San Jose Jazz Winter Fest | March 9

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco (LJYE), composed of talented young musicians aged 10-18, performs Latin jazz classics and original compositions at a level that has landed them gigs at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, KCSM Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF Museum of Modern Art and Yoshi’s. The ensemble’s mission is to preserve the traditions of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music by teaching it to youth and to create role models for aspiring student musicians. Location: San Pedro Square Market, 87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose 95110; Ticket Information: $10 advance

Jose Luis Orozco Book Reading | March 13

Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch proudly presents Jose-Luis Orozco, renowned children’s author, recording artist, and bilingual educator. Children of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy songs and music that are based on the rich heritage of the Latin American traditions and culture. Location: Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library, 921 S 1st Street, San Jose 95110. Ticket Information: Free

Getting Your Mind And Body Back After Baby – Erin Cox, Author Talk | March 15

After giving birth, even the most confident, fit, and spiritually-centered women can feel depressed, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of motherhood, and disheartened by their plump postpartum bodies. Erin Cox knows exactly how they feel and offers a comprehensive guide to support, nurture, and steer women through a fun and completely doable process to lose unwanted pregnancy pounds and create an exceptional life. Erin is a speaker, life coach, mother of three, and author of “One Hot Mama: The Guide to Getting Your Mind and Body Back After Baby.” Location: East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View 94041. Time: 7:30 pm Ticket Information: Free; call to reserve a place

Mexican Papel Picado & Paper Flowers Class | March 16

Ay Dios Mio Hosting Casa Q! Register now for this papel picado workshop where you will learn how to make paper picado banners and flowers to add color to your upcoming spring festivities. Location: Ay Dios Mio Shop, San Pedro Market Square, 100 N. Almaden Avenue, San Jose, CA. Time: 3/16 at1-3 pm. $20 includes materials.

aTRUELatina Spirit Conference | March 24

Celebrate Women’s History month with this free conference benefitting the Chicana/Latina Foundation. Location: School of Arts & Culture at MHP, 1700 Alum Rock Rd., San Jose. Registration Conference Attendee – Free; Doors open at 12:30pm; Event 1-5 pm

Wild Heart Of One Bird Singing – Exhibition | March 1 – March 29

“Wild Heart of One Bird Singing” brings three arts, three artists, and two cultures together in an exhibit of paintings, haiku poetry , and calligraphy at Viewpoints Gallery for the month of March. These three talented, award winning artists collaborate for an extraordinary exhibit of original watercolors by Floy Zittin, haiku poetry by Patricia Machmiller, and calligraphy by Martha Dahlen. Mon-Sat: 11am-5pm Sun: 11am-3pm Opening Reception 3/1: 5pm-8pm Location:Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State Street, Los Altos 94022; Ticket Information: Free

We Carry Each Other Exhibit | January 22 – April 21

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents the latest Room for Big Ideas project, “We Carry Each Other,” an installation featuring works of art by Eliza Barrios, Lynn Breedlove, Philip Huang & Theo Knox, and Christraper Sings. Using the mediums of sculpture, projection, movement, and sound, each of these artists explores the intimate complexities — including desire, perspective, and queerness — of individual and group identity. Each work of art offers an alternative narrative of a journey each of us takes, alone and together. FREE. Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.