Tonight at the Palace!: A ‘variedades’ tribute
Step into a 1950s variety show, reimagined for a 21st-century audience. Spanish-language vaudeville shows, or variedades, were centerpieces of early L.A. entertainment, catering to Latinx communities in movie palaces that are now considered historic architectural sites. Revisit this spectacular history at the beautiful Downtown Palace Theatre, built in 1911 as one of the first homes of vaudeville in Los Angeles. Amandititita will emcee an evening of music, dance, film and conversation featuring traditional Mexican music by La Familia Gonzalez de Los Angeles, who performed at variedades as children in the 1970s and ’80s; the hip hop, house, popping, locking, and Afro-Latin moves of Versa-Style Dance Company; a jam session with legendary Latin American session players Alex Acuña, Justo Almario, Paulinho Da Costa, and Abraham Laboriel; and a screening of Laurel & Hardy films.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Josh Kun (Communication and Journalism) as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Major support is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Co-sponsored by El Centro Chicano.
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